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The Blessed Empire of Tallara

Full Name: The Blessed Empire of Tallara
Short Name: Tallara (Tahl-lair-rah)
National Motto: "Wisdom and Skill"
National Religion: Islam
National Animal: Golden Eagle
National Flower: Desert Dandelion
Population: 3.741 billion
Main Ethnicity: Arabs
Official Date of Establishment: August 16, 1934 TCY (Currently 2011 TCY)
Government Type: Stratocratic
Head of State: Grand Marshal Reyhan Al-Asad
Head of Government: Grand Marshal Reyhan Al-Asad
Capital City: Rhaikh
Largest Cities: Rhaikh, Jaidira, Kybuk
Currency: Tallaran dinar
Major Industries: Arms Manufacturing, Aircraft Manufacture, Energy (Solar-power), Energy (Nuclear power), Mining, Defense, Tourism
Main Export(s): Arms Manufacturing, Aircraft Manufacture, Defense
Language(s): Tallaran, English

Minister of Religion: Khalid Ismail
Minister of the Treasury: Amare Al Khlaiwi
Minister of Justice: Husani Sulimani
Minister of Foreign Affairs: Salim Faraj
Minister of Defense: Zahir Al-Zeid
Minister of Energy: Daulah Surur
Minister of Commerce: Jaleel Al Sahaf
Minister of Public Works: Itamar Shia-Agil
Minister of Culture and Church Affairs: Fahim Amin
Minister of the Interior: Kabil Surur


The Grand Marshal is the head of state and of government affairs. He is not elected, but inherits the position from his father and so forth. The ten ministers serve on the Grand Marshal's cabinet and are voted in by Citizens. An election happens about every 10 years, give or take any national crises. Only Citizens and military personnel can vote and propose laws. In order to pass, the bill in question has to get a 2/3rds majority from the entire Citizenry in the election. If it passes, it moves on to the Council of Ministers, if it passes that it goes directly to the Grand Marshal himself, who can simply dismiss it out of hand or enact it. If the Council of Ministers are tied, it goes back to the Citizenry, requiring a 3/4th majority to stay alive. If it manages to continue, it bypasses the ministers and proceeds directly to the Grand Marshal, who can dismiss it or enact it. As you can imagine, not very many new laws get passed, the government is still working on practically the same laws it put in place when it was founded almost eighty years ago.

From a commander of armies to a postman, government positions are always occupied by military personnel. The people of the Blessed Empire of Tallara are made up of either "Citizens" or "Civilians". Everyone is born a Civilian, and at age 18 every Civilian has the right to enroll for a minimal 2 year term of "Federal Service". In theory a completed term of Federal Service ensures a Citizen is willing to put the needs of the community before their own personal well-being. This is because Federal Service is tough and dangerous (by design). It can involve joining the Military, being a Human Guinea Pig, testing survival equipment or Manual Labor. The Tallaran Peoples Armed Forces makes it quite easy to quit a term of service before completion (even during war time), but once someone has quit they are never allowed to enroll again. This is to ensure that all volunteers are dedicated, whilst also discouraging people from leaving.

The opportunity is open to everyone able-bodied or not. "If you came in here in a wheelchair and blind in both eyes and were silly enough to insist on enrolling, they would find you something silly to match. Counting the fuzz on a caterpillar by touch, maybe." The only way you can not join is if a psychiatrist decides you cannot understand the oath.

Civilians are neither discriminated against, nor deprived of legal rights other than that of the ballot. Only after completing a term of Federal Service, Civilians then become Citizens and gain the right to vote and propose laws. Civilians do not feel resentment, the general consensus is "Who needs to vote anyway? We're happy the way we are."


Religion in Tallara does not have a very wide diversity in beliefs, but a high adherence level. According to recent surveys, 94 percent of Tallarans claim to belong to a religious denomination, 35 percent claim to attend services nearly every week or more, and 67 percent claim to pray at least weekly. A majority of Tallarans report that religion plays a "very important" role in their lives.

The majority of Tallarans (89%) identify themselves as Muslims, mostly within Sufi and Sunni denominations, accounting for 53% and 31% of the population respectively. Non-Islam religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Judaism), collectively make up about 4.2% to 5% of the adult population, though many will not admit it. Another 5% of the adult population identifies as having no religious belief or no religious affiliation.
Edited by Tallara

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Branches: The Tallaran People's Army, the Tallaran Naval Forces, the Tallaran Air Defense Force, and the Tallaran Special Forces.
Active Manpower: 149,640,000 enlisted personnel
Available Manpower (Reserves): 112,240,000
Fit for Service: 70,386,000
Percentage of Population: 4%(Active), 3%(Reserve)
Military Budget: $20.82 trillion (46% of available funds)
Army forces: ~100,000,000 enlisted personnel, 50,000,000 M1A2 Ibrahims, 20,000,000 Humvees, 700,000 AH-64s, 500,000 CH-47s.
Naval forces: ~1 million enlisted personnel, 200 Nimitz class aircraft carriers, 12,000 F/A-18Es, and 10,000 Arif Bursuq class destroyers.
Air forces: ~3 million enlisted personnel, 2,000,000 F-22s, 100,000 A-10 ground attack craft, 50,000 B-2 Sariyah and 25,000 C-17 Ghalib-Mahir IIIs.
Special Forces: [No Data Available]


The Tallaran People's Army

The Tallaran People's Army is made up of two components: the active component, and the reserve component, the Army Reserve. Troops are trained as either urban or general combatants. The urban units are equipped with SG 552 Commandos, while the general units are often equipped with AK-47s. The Tallaran People's Army currently consists of 100 active theaters divided into 4000 Army groups of 250,000 people each.

The Reserve components are primarily composed of Citizens who train once a month, known as Battle Assembly or Unit Training Assemblies (UTAs), and conduct two to three weeks of annual training each year. The Army Reserve is organized, trained and equipped as a component of the Tallaran People's Army, and when it is not in service it is under the direct command of Grand Marshal.

Basic training consists of 10 weeks for most recruits followed by AIT (Advanced Individualized Training) where they receive training for their MOS (military occupational specialties) with the length of AIT school varying by the MOS, some individuals MOS's range anywhere from 14–20 weeks of One Station Unit Training, which counts as basic and AIT. Support and other MOS hopefuls attend nine to eleven weeks of Basic Combat Training followed by Advanced Individual Training in their primary (MOS) at any of the numerous MOS training facilities around the country. The length of time spent in AIT depends on the MOS of the soldier. (ex. 25B- IT Specialist MOS is 24 Weeks, 11B- Infantry 15–17 weeks) Following these basic and advanced training schools, soldiers may opt to continue on with their training and apply for an "ASI" which stands for "Additional Skill Identifier". The ASI allows the Army to take a wide ranging MOS and taper it into a more unique MOS. For instance, take a combat medic whose duties are to provide pre-hospital emergency care. With an ASI the medic can receive additional training and become a Cardiovascular Specialist, a Dialysis Specialist or even a Licensed Practical Nurse.

Tallaran Naval Forces

The Tallaran Naval Forces have nearly 1 million personnel, approximately a quarter of whom man naval bases dotting the coast of Tallara. Of those on active duty, more than eighty percent are enlisted sailors, and around fifteen percent are commissioned officers; the rest are midshipmen of the Tallaran Naval Academy and midshipmen of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at over 180 universities around the country and officer candidates at the Navy's Officer Candidate School.

Sailors prove they have mastered skills and deserve responsibilities by completing Personnel Qualification Standards (PQS) tasks and examinations. Among the most important is the "warfare qualification", which denotes a journeyman level of capability in Surface Warfare, Aviation Warfare, Naval Aircrew, Special Warfare, Submarine Warfare or Expeditionary Warfare. Many qualifications are denoted on a sailor's uniform with Tallaran Navy badges and insignia.

The Navy's personnel, but not missions, have been cut since the early 1990s, forcing the use of fewer sailors to cover the same jobs and hurting readiness and morale.

Tallaran Air Defense Force

The classification of any TADF job is the Air Defense Force Specialty Code (ADFSC). They range from flight combat operations such as a gunner, to working in a dining facility to ensure that members are properly fed. There are many different jobs in fields such as computer specialties, mechanic specialties, enlisted aircrew, communication systems, avionics technicians, medical specialties, civil engineering, public affairs, hospitality, law, drug counseling, mail operations, security forces, and search and rescue specialties.

Perhaps the most dangerous USAF jobs are Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD), Combat rescue officer, Pararescue, Security Forces, Combat Control, Combat Weather, Tactical Air Control Party, and ADFOSI agents, who deploy with infantry and special operations units who disarm bombs, rescue downed or isolated personnel, call in air strikes and set up landing zones in forward locations. Most of these are enlisted positions. Other jobs have seen increasing combat, including engineers, vehicle operators, and OSI.

Nearly all enlisted jobs are "entry level," meaning that the TADF provides all training. Some enlistees are able to choose a particular job, or at least a field before actually joining, while others are assigned an ADFSC at Basic Military Training (BMT). After BMT, new airmen attend a technical training school where they learn their particular AFSC. Second Air Force, a part of Air Education and Training Command, is responsible for nearly all technical training.

Training programs vary in length; for example, 3M0X1 (Services) has 31 days of tech school training, while 3E8X1 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) is one year of training with a preliminary school and a main school consisting of over 10 separate divisions, sometimes taking students close to two years to complete.

Tallaran Special Forces

The Tallaran Special Forces have been around since the Tallaran People's Army was founded 156 years ago. They were commonly used to assassinate key leaders and gather information. It has been 40 years since the Special Forces have been called to duty, and no new news has come from the government.

Rumors are abound about what the Special Forces are and what they currently do. One of the more popular theories is that they are a branch that is sent to different countries in order to infiltrate their societies and gather information, a theory the government vehemently denies. Less popular theories include: a secret police force that constantly monitors for anyone to slip up, then pounce on them and force them to pay outrageous fines, even though no one claims to have been approached in order to pay. To testing grounds for biological and mechanical improvements for the human body. The critics of that theory wonder where those improvements are, since the Tallaran government could make big bucks for something that increases the human lifespan. Some think that they don't even exist anymore, and that the Tallaran government is just screwing around with everybody. Most people think this is at least plausible. Reyhan Al-Asad is the kind of guy to do that.

Edited by Tallara

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A Brief History of Tallara

What follows is a brief history of the Empire. The dates are based on the Tallaran Calendar, and are formatted as such. TCY= Tallaran Calendar Year. BTC=Before the Tallaran Calender.

Ancient Times (~3000 years BTC—0 TCY)

Not much is known about Ancient Tallara, but it is known that many tribes roamed the land and vied for vital resources. The three largest tribes were the most warlike and fought for generations against each other, the Esina, the Tarvii, and the Tallari. They all believed in similar gods of war and courage, and held the highest value as a glorious death in battle.

A Tribal King Forges a Nation (0 TCY)

A warlord of exceptional worth rose after many ages of strife and bloodshed to unite the three disparate tribes as one great nation. He was known as Nizam of Tallara, and he is considered the progenitor of the Al Nizam lineage that will rule Tallara for seventeen hundred years. He fought a series of wars and assimilated many tribal chieftains in his campaign to build an empire out of his petty tribe of Tallara. He was crowned as Emperor of the newly founded Empire of Tallara on 0 TCY. His reign was a glorious golden age of legend. Historians consider him the founder of the nation that exists today, though this is a subject of some contention among scholars.

The Imperial Age (0 TCY—1175 TCY)

A succession of competent and somewhat fair rulers followed Nizam’s reign for several generations. In 1347, a usurper named Emir Husayn raised an army of bandits, thieves, mercenaries and assassins to rebel against the rule of then Emperor Khalid Al Nizam. Khalid had made a number of laws unfavorable to the landed aristocracy, and gave much benefit to the emerging merchant class. Husayn caused much damage through his tactics of guerrilla warfare, subterfuge, well placed assassinations and outright force when appropriate. But valor and honor won the conflict, and the Imperial Army eventually defeated Emir Husayn. He was beheaded for crimes against the crown and the people.

From about 1175 TCY—1595 TCY, a major paradigm shift occurred in the nation. The Emperors began to favor policies that raised the new merchant class up as the true lords of the nation. The landed nobility had essentially lost power by now, but the lower classes were not satisfied that there lot had not improved under the new system. (This is also the time when the lower classes started moving away from paganism and embraced a new religion flowing in, Islam.) The Merchant Princes and the Guilds were de facto law in the nation now known as the Imperial Republic of Tallara. The last straw came in 1764 when the Imperial Senate passed legislation that severely taxed any goods not produced under Guild control. There was an uprising that effectively ended the Guilds forever. The nobility quickly regained control afterward. This uprising is often called the Violet Revolution, for the expensive color the guild members wore to show off their status.

The Industrial Age (1595 TCY—1855 TCY)

This period saw the rise of modern industrial systems and vast advancement in technology and science. It was an age of advancement and saw the accruement of wealth on a scale not seen before the Industrial Revolution. Factories became seeds for new cities and towns, and population grew. There was a dark side to this time however...

The rise of large businesses was detrimental to the common man, in that working conditions were poor. The terrible treatment of workers and the growing gaps between the rich and the poor sparked a movement to protect worker’s rights. The avant-garde philosopher Azad Maro influenced this movement by publishing his scathing critique of the world he saw before him, entitled Cogs in a Machine of Evil. This is seen as the Tallaran equivalent to the Communist Manifesto or Das Kapital written by Karl Marx.

This era also saw the abdication of the last Emperor, who left as his last decree on Jan 1. 1747, an opportunity for greater self rule by declaring that henceforth Tallara was a free and democratic Republic: it was to be a nation whose destiny was truly in the hands of its people.

Following this decree, multiple power-hungry Emirs and lords carved out sections of the land and declared themselves the only ones with the right to rule, while the last Emperor could only look on, now powerless. Chaos ruled the lands as the various pretenders vied for control.

Out of this chaos, a rogue Imperial Army unit stationed in the sprawling industrial jungle of Rhaikh formed a vigilante group to stop the rioting and looting. They hanged a few looters and decided to only allow veterans to join their militia due to a mistrust of politicians and nobility. This contingency plan became routine after a couple of generations, and this group of vigilantes was the start of the Blessed Empire of Tallara.

The Blessed Empire of Tallara (circa 1855 TCY— Present)

This group of veterans, now calling itself the Tallaran People's Army, slowly expanded as veterans from the various warlords deserted their posts to join a organization where they could truly be appreciated. At first this trickle was slow-going, but as the deeds of the group spread, the trickle soon became a roar. Eventually able to spread from Rhaikh, the TPA started taking back the country, one city at a time. Utilizing guerrilla tactics and being able to communicate with a central command with the use of 'radios', the TPA was able to spread out and co-ordinate attacks on different cities simultaneously. The one thing that allowed the TPA to continue operating was the fact that they were popular with the lower classes. A bastion for civil and economic rights, in their view they (the peasants) were being liberated by the rightful rulers of Tallara and they were freeing their lands of despots and pretenders.

On August 15, 1934 TCY, the Tallaran People's Army defeated the last warlord's son, and the day after declared themselves rulers over the land. This was met with wide ranging celebrations and feasting.

Today, with seventy-seven years of new ideas, opinions, and technology, much has changed. With the advent of nuclear physics, new weapons and energy were exploited. Citizens live with luxuries people a hundred years ago couldn't even imagine. And Tallara is making its way to the world stage.

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