Islamic State
الدولة الإسلامية
ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah

Timeline: In Frederick's Fields

OTL equivalent: Arabian Desert
Black flag Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia
Flag Coat of Arms
The Middle East, with Assyria shaded in green.

لا إله إلا الله محمد رسول الله (Arabic)Motto
lā ʾilāha ʾillā-llāh, muḥammadun rasūlu-llāh (Arabic)
("There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.")

Anthem "as-Salām al-Malakiyy"
Capital Mecca
Largest city Damascus
Other cities Riyadh, Sana'a, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Basra, Medina, Doha
  others Kurdish, Hebrew, Assyrian
Sunni Islam
  others Shi'a Islam, Catholic Christianity, Yazidism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism
Ethnic Groups
  others Iranian
Demonym Arabic
Government Semi-constitutional monarchy
  legislature Royal Shūrā
Caliph Abdullah II
Prime Minister Abdullah bin Khalifah
Population 78,000,000 
Established April 1, 1918
Independence from Ottoman Empire
  declared April 1, 1918
  recognized October 15, 1919
Currency Arab Dinar
Time Zone UTC +2 to +3
  summer not observed
Internet TLD .is

The Islamic State (Arabic: الدولة الإسلامية, ad-Dawlah al-Islāmiyah), also known as Da'ish, is a state in the Middle East. With its capital in the holy city of Mecca, the Islamic State is a semi-theocratic state, where the head of state (the caliph) is considered both the ruler of the temporal and spiritual ummah, or community of Muslims. This honour was bestowed upon the Hashemite dynasty, who claim direct descendance from Muhammad, in 1919, as the Arab rebels finally banded together after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the Levantine Theatre and the succeeding Mesopotamian Theatre. After the independence of the Islamic State from the Ottoman Empire and the collapse of the latter into the Republic of Turkey and succeeding states, a plurality of Muslims have acknowledged the Caliph at Mecca as the true Caliph of the Sunni world (although a very large proportion believe there is no Caliph at all, and many African muslims swear allegiance to local rulers). This and the nation's inmense oil wealth gives the Islamic State a very strong diplomatic battleground. Today, Da'ish is the world's chief exporter of petrol. Economic, military and cultural competence with the Islamic State's neighbour, the Empire of Aryanam, makes the Middle East's geopolitics a hotly contested issue today.

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