The Tuareg are too far removed from the Andalusian 'sphere' to be in their military. Closer to that sphere though, Morocco, is a big recruitment area for the Andalusian army. You see lots of Berber, Arabo-Berber, and Maghrebi Arabs drafted into the army and stationed in the colonies. Most of them serve in Africa and Macaronesia as the Wazirate continues the Ayshunid policy of heavily restricting which groups are allowed into their New World possessions. African slaves for example, are barely used in the Riysh (compared to OTL or even European colonies ATL) because of how - rightfully - afraid local leaders are of slave revolts. Berbers are frankly not trusted enough to be stationed in areas deemed as sensitive as the northern frontier. It is a ethnocentric immigration policy meant to insulate vulnerable areas from potential instability. Private bodyguards are functionally exempt from this however, and Berbers, Turks, and a whole host of other nationalities (even European mercenaries) appear in the retinue of colonial aristocrats.Do the Arabs end up bringing Berber, Tuareg, and Turkish tribesmen as auxilleries on the frontier? Could come in handy to have the best of old world cavalry to defend the border.
The Arabs have explored the pueblo regions in Arizona and New Mexico and traded with local groups. The puebloan peoples (that is: all native groups that live in those tight farming settlements, not just any one group like the Hopi) are dhanha, peaceful farmers vs. supposedly warlike nomads. To distinguish the culturally distinct Pueblo peoples from the Pima groups in the south you will see the term hakhyu , a term that refers to one of the first pueblos Arabs encountered [Acoma Pueblo]. It now refers to all peoples of a similar lifestyle. The hakhyu live in the 'ardu al-husuwn , the 'land of castles' [Central New Mexico, Eastern Arizona]What's going on with the pueblo? Do Arabs see them as one people or as people living in city states? What do Arabs call them?
OOOOOOOOOH. I wonder if we will see some of these native nations and empires soon.he days when a band of enemy warriors could be dispersed by a simple gunshot were long gone by the 17th century. Centuries of trade well beyond Arab borders had ferried weapons far into the north. Feral animals and even ones sold by unscrupulous merchants made their way all across the Oriolan continent. Whole nations had risen and fallen, societies reorganized, economies built on the power of the horse without a single Arab ever knowing of it.
Oh man. Oh man, oh man oh man. North American empires are going to operate very differently from anything in the old world. There is a lot of infodumping coming up in the 1700s.OOOOOOOOOH. I wonder if we will see some of these native nations and empires soon.
I am away from my main PC (bidness trips) so no maps for any of these updates. The next timeline update will have maps covering the same three theatres as previous maps (Iberia, S. America, N. America / Caribbean) but with significant visual improvements. The maps are coming.Can we have a map, please?
Aragon sold the islands to Andalusia to help bankroll one in a long series of corrupt governments. The pocket of territory south of Valencia was given to Valois for similar reasons. For lack of funding, Aragonese leaders have been carving up their own empire and pawning it to other powers. Aragonese fortunes are beginning to stabilize, but Aragon has been in a dire, dire, place for a while. It only still exists because each country neighboring it views it as a useful buffer state.Dammit i thought about that image except for the fact it made me laugh i remembered the gun powder plot but thought it wouldn't cause much change. Also nice gunpowder plot.
When did andalusia take the Balearics?. They really should take valencia and its region make the border much nicer in the east.
Is the monarchy now elective, goddammit that often produces bad kings, and we will most likely not get some enlighten absolutism.
I will answer the England questions in a dedicated seperate post cause thats a lot of big questions and I like to hear myself talk. HRE still exists.Wait andalusian military is really far behind, if they don't even have a proper uniform yet, britain already has red franve white by this period of history.
@dontfearme22 I also just realised the years we are in did england not have the civil war, Cromwell, glorius revolution etc, thats really important.
Does the HRE still exist?
Yes. They have a lot of light, fast, ships but the Europeans are putting out ships that can increasingly match them for speed and out-shoot them. Efforts to recruit Turkish military advisors, expand naval presence at strategic points, are all efforts to keep the Andalusian advantage over their Christian rivals. Right now - late 1600s - they can still match their enemies ship for ship, and then out-number them besides that...but those days are numbered, and the Andalusians are trying really hard to extend the clock.So why is the Andalusian navy lagging behind? Is it a victim of its own success that's not realizing other powers are catching up?