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Nation Building Failed States: The Annals of Muwar - The CS's

The Elusive Shadow

Comte de Fuyant

A usual CS should have all the following elements

Name: The name of your character and any titles he/she might possess or any medals or honors that were bestowed upon her/him. honors of chivalry such as the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire usually allow you to put a suffix at the end of your name, in this case, GBE. For example, I could be Mr. John Smith First Lord of Upbottomshire, GBE.

DOB: Pretty simple, the date your man or woman came into this world

Ethnicity: "The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition." There are a variety of ethnicities in Muwar, the Pashtuns, the Tajiks, the Turks, The Europeans and of course Indo-Aryans. Take your pick.

Religion: There are a variety of faith's in Muwar each having its own advantages and disadvantages, the Hindu's have a majority in most places but lack political power and even within the Muslims a sect called Din-i-Ilahi holds most of the prominent positions

Personality: Does this person like cats or not, if not why? Does this person hate himself and humanity? What really gives this person his sense of self?

Affiliated Party/Faction: Currently there is only one party in parliament the Hizb-i Muwar, but there are also reservations for Europeans and Emirs or Nobles in parliament so you may choose from either of these, if you do not wish to be part of the Interim government you may start your own party too, but realize that that would be an illegal act under Marshal Law.

Background: Tell us a bit about your character, where do they come from? how was their life up till now?
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The Elusive Shadow

Comte de Fuyant

Sir Benyamin ul Haq
Wazīr-ē Azam

Name: Sir Benyamin ul Haq, GBE, GC StJ (Born Ali Khan Siddiqi, Asif jah III)

DOB: 3rd August 1894

Ethnicity: Dakhini Muslim

By education, I am an Englishman, by views an Internationalist, by culture a Hindu and I'm a Muslim only by accident of birth.
Sir Benyamin ul Haq, at Parliament 2nd of October 1935

Religion: Although Shiite by Birth, Benyamin hasn't had much time for religion in his life. Although in recent years he has professed to be adherent of the Dīn-i Ilāhī faith

Personality: Benyamin has always been the moderate in every conversation. This is true for his political beliefs as well, he's fought both staunch conservatism and radical socialism in the Indian parliament. This element of his character is clear when looking at his chosen name "Benyamin", despite choosing to leave his old lofty title behind, he didn't choose to call himself the anglicized Benjamin. To him balance and continuity are paramount and he will stop at nothing to make the experiment that is Muwar a success.

Affiliated Party/Faction: The Monarchists/The Interim Government


This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Polonius, in Hamlet

Like every other upper-class Indian man before him, Benyamin had spent most of his life wearing British clothes. listening to British music and quoting British poetry. They had intended to make the Indian more British than the British themselves and in this, they succeeded. Benyamin was in love with literature and the theatre ever since he was a child, he read about all the greats from David Garrick to Henry Irving and his Lyceum, it was here that he came across that famous adage "to thine own self be true".

He wouldn't realize how important this would be in his life until he saw it performed at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1925. It was then that he decided to leave his cozy legal practice in upper Bombay and devote himself to literary and scholastic pursuits. He'd write short stories and novels, fabulous poetry in both English and Urdu and notably a detailed history of the 'Rulers of the Deccan' a work which took him 5 years to finish. Despite being of Nawabi descent (A distant cousin of the Asaf Jahi dynasty) it was notoriously hard for him to find the resources necessary for the completion of his work. For all his troubles the British government in India decided to award the man a Knighthood, for literary achievement. A longtime supporter of the Imperial administration and the scion of a Princely state, if you were going to give an Indian a Knighthood it might as well have been him.
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