"If none of my children are to live upon my death, then my realm is to be bequeathed to the Caliph of All Islam." - that was the will of Sultan Alauddin Ri'ayat Syah al-Kahar in our history after his firstborn and favorite son Abdullah died of disease after an epidemic. Historically, his other two sons survived, allowing the Sultanate of Aceh as an independent body to continue, but what if his other sons did not survive the epidemic as well? Upon the Sultan's death in 1571, the Sultanate of Aceh is formally handed over as an autonomous region (Kaza) of the Ottoman Empire, with the Sultan of the Ottomans accepting the offer next year in 1572 formally. Immediately conflict begins with the Portuguese over Malacca, with the Ottomans ousting the Portuguese by 1612, dealing a major blow to Portuguese and Iberian sea and trading power in the east. For most of history however, Ottoman East Indies remained a backwater region, with the Ottomans only really using the important trade route and nothing much else. Everything changed in 1842, when Tanzimat spread into the region as well. Administrative borders were changed, but this provoked a massive rebellion from the tribes of the region, who had enjoyed their autonomy under the previous decentralized regimes of the Ottoman Empire. The Batak Rebellion of 1849 - 1853 is dealt with and the reforms continue. By 1900, the Ottoman East Indies had become a prosperous and (mostly) loyal region within the Ottoman Empire. As the World teeters on the brink of total war in 1914, the future of the Ottoman East Indies is in question..........
Thoughts and Comments?
I am not very sure on the Turkish city names.
Yeni Atina/New Athens works fine.
Deli Nehir Şehri/Mad (or Crazy or Insane) River City?
Sele Çubuğu/Flood Stick?
Kudret Helvası/Halva of Might?
Or maybe did I misunderstand your intention with those three names?