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The Mughal Empire, often referred to as the Neo-Mughal Empire, the Second Mughal Empire or just the Indian Empire is a sovereign state that was born out of the chaos in Central Asia and India following the outbreak of the Zombie Pandemic. It is now facing considerable economic and military revival.
History of the First Mughal Empire
See main article: First Mughal Empire
Infection and Collapse
When the Zombie infection first reached the borders of Afghanistan in 1970, there was little that the government could do. The Royal Afghan Army killed any Zombie they could find or anyone who was suspected of being infected. In some cases whole villages or towns would be slaughtered.
Despite such drastic measures, the infection continued to spread. Kandahar was lost by September of that year, and Kabul by early February. The royal family and most of the armed forces, along with whatever refugees could follow, retreated into the mountains in the northeastern part of the country while the rest fell into chaos.
The remnants of the government continued to weather the Zombie Horde in the mountains over the next two decades due to the harsh winters and the hardy Afghan people. The military planned to retake the country when the Zombies had mostly died out, estimating that such a thing would take more than forty years.
Little did the military know, however, that a cure to the Zombie virus had been developed and had drastically reduced their numbers. In 1996 the military launched their invasion.
Coup and Emirate
During the exodus of the nation a large number of the populace had become discontented with the monarchy over losing the nation. Islamist elements in the populace were also outraged at the loss of the cloak of the prophet in Kandahar. When the military invaded the rest of the nation, they spearheaded it with a coup, replacing the kingdom with an emirate.
The military launched Operation: Avalanche in the winter of 1996. The armed forces rapidly advanced, reaching Kandahar and Kabul by spring. An influx of weapons from foreign nations proved extremely useful.
By this point the only forces in the country other than the Emirate were isolated warlords and their subjects and small populations of the infected. Most warlords declared fealty to the new government and those that did not were swiftly crushed.
The rapid success of Operation: Avalanche prompted the Emir to declare himself king. The nation also interacted more in foreign affairs with a sizable contingent of soldiers serving in Russia and Belarus and Afghanistan joining TACO in Autumn of 1996.
Following the resounding success of Operation: Avalanche, the Afghan military launched Operation: Landslide, their invasion of the chaotic remnants of Pakistan. The Army invaded after airstrikes by the Air Force.
Within six months a provisional government had been established in Pakistan and Baluchistan had been annexed. A small navy was established in light of such successes.
Operation: Rockfall was the codename of an attempted invasion of Russian Central Asia during the third world war. The temporary border dispute failed to accomplish its objectives, and the two nations brokered a ceasefire in the Treaty of Dushanbe a few months later. The defeat convinced Afghan leaders to turn towards India instead.
Rebirth of an Empire
Soon, after several successful pushes into Pakistan and northern India, the country rebranded itself as the Mughal Empire. The military initiated the Indian War in a hopeful attempt to reunify the entire subcontinent. This war was successful in obtaining Rajasthan province but did not accomplish its original goal of Indian Reunification. Since then, Reunification is not a major goal of the government and is only advocated by minor fringe parties.
The country broke its neutrality in 1998 to aid in the GUITO attempt to pacify the government of West Africa. Later that year chemical and nuclear weapons were discovered in the nation. The weapons were shipped out to a classified location.
The government started a billion dollar economic and prosperity recovery program. The program is targeting the rich natural resources of Afghanistan province.
The Empire fell back to being neutral in global affairs with the dissolution of GUITO and the global War on Terror. While supportive of such efforts, the Empire currently would prefer to stay out of global disputes and be left to its own devices.
As such, the Empire became more closely aligned with the United Republics, Japan and Chan Santa Cruz, three nations who also have a non-aligned view of the world stage. Thanks to the United Republics, the government is making considerable headway in improving education and human rights in the country.
"Year of the Three Wars"
Despite attempts to remain neutral and uninvolved, the War on Terror caught up with the Empire. Islamic insurgents in Baluchistan rebelled, demanding independence for the province. The military was deployed to prevent such an outcome. The Baluchistan War had begun in earnest.
Soon after, Iran was invaded by an international task force to restore the old government. The Mughal Empire aided the effort as it had been a friend of the former government and had sheltered it after the revolution. Now that the government has been restored, the Mughal Empire views some of the demands in the Treaty of Tabriz as unfair, but is currently unwilling to act on them.
Following the two wars, the Mughal Empire became more and more involved in world affairs. Because of the wars in Baluchistan and Iran, terrorists set out to make the government pay. In a series of co-ordinated attacks, current Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed in a bombing, former Prime Minister Ahmad Shah Massoud was wounded in a similar attack. As a result, a new Prime Minister, Pervez Musharraf, was elected.
The Armed Forces of the Mughal Empire are one of the largest militaries on the planet, if not the most equipped or trained. The armed forces have a total of over 1.2 million personnel. The military received considerable stocks of new weapons from Susquehanna and the Russian Federation.
Equipment and Personnel
- Active Soldiers - 1,200,000
- Soldiers in Reserve - 1,500,000
- Sindh Aircraft Carrier (x1)
- Punjab Aircraft Carrier (x1)
- Alamgir-Class Destroyer (x20)
- Larkana-Class Gunboat (x30)
The Mughal Empire is classified as a Semi-Constitutional Monarchy headed by Emperor Mirza Bahadur of the House of Timur. The prime minister heads the government and is elected by the people of the Empire with approval of the Emperor. The current prime minister is Pervez Musharraf Punjab province. The previous prime ministers were Ahmad Shah Massoud of Afghanistan province, who ended his term and Benazir Bhutto of Sindh province, who was assassinated.
The two main political parties of the nation are the Mughal People's Party and the Nationalist Mughal Party.
The Mughal Empire scores average on Human Rights, with freedom of speech, religion and peaceful protest protected by law. There are some areas that are lacking that are improving, such as the treatment of women and religious violence.
The Mughal Empire is divided into twelve subdivisions called provinces. Some of them are based on the location of different ethnic groups while some of them are historically based.
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The economy of the Mughal Empire is quite large, totaling over a trillion US dollars a year in GDP. The economy is primarily based on mineral and metal extraction, with sizable contributions by oil drilling, agriculture and textile production.
The Empire has always been the crossroads of many different religions throughout time, and this is no different today. Islam is the most popular religion. Sizable minorities include Sikhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism.
The Mughal Empire was a member of GUITO. If a nation is in the table below, then the Empire has direct relations with it. Other nations can be contacted through the Mughal embassies in each of the below nations.