An outstandingly good update into an excellent scenario in itself. I really like the idea of toned down Daesh that kinda goes into a "Sharia in one country" sort of way. Very, very interesting.
Thanks, my dude. It's a fun idea to play with since I want the setting to be as morally ambiguous as possible. I know it's like a narrative trope these days, but I try to make things different by not being apologetic over the subject. I want to remind people that even if they're "reformed", the folks running it are still the same shitty freakazoids who plunged Iraq and Syria into the abyss, it's just that they've been humbled by the current reality they're facing.
Just how autonomous are the "autonomous regions"? Do they set up their own courts or even laws? Or is the autonomy more on military matters?
More like the former, they're allowed to run their region on their own accord as long as they are loyal.
Misrata is powerful in their own right, especially as a city-state. They pledge their allegiance to the Islamic State mostly because they need an ally to defend them, and this was proven when the Green Army rose and waged a campaign to take over the city (you could check out the main map for reference). The caliph mostly leaves the inner politicking to themselves as long as their troops are ready, and send economic tribute such as steel and cash.
When it comes to the region of Hadir, that place is mostly a barren backwater with only a single town running amuck. After the local units of the Green Army were crushed, they leave it for one of the tribes to control because there isn't much strategic value to them. Besides, the locals are as observant as their jihadist counterparts, so they're pretty much left to their own accord.
Anyway, keep an eye on the thread! I'm going to update the main map tomorrow to showcase the current situation the country is facing in July.