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Imtiyaz Zulfiqar Nagi
Former Grand Vizier of the Ethereal Court, Emir of Isfan
Imtiyaz Zulfiqar Nagi is the Grand Vizier of the Ethereal Court, Chair of the Council of Ministers, Arbiter of the Council of the Emirates, and Emir of Isfan.
Of average stature and slight build, Emir Nagi offers an unassuming physique. This is more than compensated for, however, by his famously regal bearing and commanding presence.
He is a patient and deliberate man, who will never make a decision without careful reflection and analysis. That said, once committed to a course of action, he is decisive and unrelenting.
Highly intelligent and studious, Emir Nagi has a ravenous appetite for information, with a deep knowledge of history, politics, and economics.
He is notoriously guarded with his opinions in public settings, preferring to influence processes from behind the scenes, and to work through proxies, avoiding direct confrontation wherever possible.
That said, at court, he is renowned for his skill in oratory and debate, as well as his ability to influence opinion and build alliances.
As befits a man of his birth and station, he is a practicing Sunnite with close ties to the Abbey of Isfan, and has been a generous patron of the Church.
Modest in his appetites, Emir Nagi has no known vices.
He is married to Lady Takari of House Takayoshi, and has two sons: Prince Mahir Nagi, and Prince Saif Nagi.
Imtiyaz Zulfiqar Nagi was born in the remote rural fief of Isfan in TN 1868, the first and only child of Emir Fuad Tariq Nagi, a devoted Reformer, and his shajahlin concubine, the Lady Ghaliya.
At the earliest opportunity Imtiyaz was sent to attend private school in the Mekong Dominion, where he would excel both academically and socially. This was followed by university studies in the Southern Republic. Imtiyaz returned home to Isfan only following the death of his father in TN 1894. The following cycle, he was formally invested as Emir Nagi of Isfan by Matriarch Masao.
A talented administrator, Emir Nagi for his efforts to improve his own domains by encouraging foreign investment, liberalizing trade, investing in new technologies, and modernizing both agricultural and industrial production. Leveraging his personal political and economic contacts inside the Mekong Dominion and the Southern Republic, Emir Nagi was able to secure sufficient backing to launch a series of joint venture enterprises in TN 1897 that soon made him one of the wealthiest men in the Eastern Sun Emirates.
Politically, Emir Nagi forged a close alliance with Emir Draho, another champion of economic and political cooperation with the Allied Southern Territories. The two men soon emerged as the unofficial leaders of a growing pro-AST “Federalist” movement in the Ethereal Court. Emir Nagi also fostered cooperative relationships with the leaders of the Reformist movement, including Emir Shirow, Emir Armann Boasch, and Emir Feisal Feisal, whose desire for political reforms broadly aligned with his own agenda.
In TN 1906 Grand Vizier Percival Ngozi, a staunch Conservative, announced his retirement from public life. In a surprise move, Matriarch Masao invited the young and comparatively unknown Emir Nagi to assume the post of Grand Vizier of the Ethereal Court.
As Grand Vizier, Emir Nagi set about introducing sweeping political and economic reforms across the ESE, including new legal protections for foreign properties and investments in the ESE, the delegation of authority for regulation of inter-League commercial matters to the AST Curia, and imposition of new levies for conscription into the MILICIA, a new security agreement with the AST and the permanent basing of MILICIA troops in the ESE, and a new system of taxation to support major infrastructure investments.
His bold agenda was staunchly opposed by the Conservative block, led by Emir Ali Attar, Emir Emir Jamshad Masoud, and Emir Rustam Zunin Aukema, who decried the new measures as a contravention of the Compact and a violation of the sovereignty of the Emirs. With the support of the Federalists and the Reformists, however, Grand Vizier Nagi was able to push his reforms through the Council of Ministers.
The impact of the reforms was immediate and profound. Through the period TN 1908 to TN 1912, ESE trade with the AST increased dramatically and foreign direct investment (largely from the Mekong Dominion) doubled. Economic growth surged beyond expectations, ushering a period of rapid economic development. This new prosperity, however, did not come without cost. Trade and competition wiped out entire industries. Modernization and the introduction of new technologies put hundreds of thousands out of work. Land appropriations for new industrial, agricultural, military and infrastructure projects forced the relocation of entire communities onto ever more marginal land. Emirs unprepared for the change found themselves destitute, while savy and well-placed solicitors amassed huge fortunes, challenging the very foundation of the rigid ESE social and political order.
Faced with increasing political instability, Grand Vizier Nagi continued to drive forward his ambitious modernization agenda, relying on his Federalist allies and his supporters in the AST Curia to maintain order and suppress dissent. His single-minded pursuit of his goals however, alienated the Conservatives, while his refusals to consider any form of potential accommodation of the demands of the commoners weakened his alliance with the Reformists, leaving him and his Federalist supporters increasingly isolated in the Ethereal Court.
In the wake of the death of Matriarch Masao on Winter 28, TN 1912, Grand Vizier Nagi and his allies sought to consolidate their hold over political power in the ESE, working to marginalize the new, young Patriarch. The encountered resistance, however, from the Loyalist faction which, wary of the growing influence of foreign powers over the ESE, cultivated the active engagement of the young Patriarch in the business of the Ethereal Court. They received strong support from the Conservative camp, who had grown increasingly opposed to AST interference in their affairs. The balance of power in the Ethereal Court turned against the Grand Vizier and the federalists.
The sudden appearance in orbit over Terra Nova of the Colonial Expeditionary Force in TN 1913, and the subsequent War of the Alliance marked the beginning of the end. The brutal bombardment of Javari, Basal and Cimmaro provided the spark necessary to light the flames of uprising and rebellion, and laid waste to much of the vital economic infrastructure built up over the preceding decade. The young Patriarch sidelined the Grand Vizier and his Council of Ministers, assuming direct control over ESE forces. A series of bloody campaigns and bloody defeats followed.
In TN 1914, furious with the perceived incompetence of his military commanders, the weakness of his forces, Patriarch Masao abruptly abandoned the field and returned to Strathcylde. The Grand Vizier and his federalist allies bore much of the blame for defeat, and soon found themselves marginalized when the Patriarch appointed Emir Armann Boasch of Bengweuleu and Emir Kazuo Uther of Javari – both members of the loyalist faction, to lead the war effort.
As the war dragged on, the loyalist slowly consolidated power. The defection of Emir Takayoshi, father to the wife of Grand Vizier Nagi, cast a pall of suspicion over him from which we would never recover.
The Nagi Mandate came to its official end on Fall 22, TN 1917, when when Emir Imtiyaz Zulfiqar Nagi Grand Vizier of the Ethereal Court, resigned his offices, putting “his prerogatives at the Patriarch’s disposal”. This effectively restored direct rule of the Patriarch, although Emir Nagi still commanded significant influence. It was not until Spring 4, TN 1918 that the Patriarch was able to finally break the hold of House Nagi on the Ethereal Court, with new appointments of to the Council of Ministers, and the installation of Emir Abujamal as Ansar of the Emirates.
When soldiers loyal to House Nagi defected to the CEF, Grand Vizier Nagi was arrested. On Spring 36, TN 1918, the Patriarch issued a decree, announcing the resignation and exile of Emir Nagi, confirming the absolute authority of the Ethereal Throne, and appointing Emir Hassan Fakhouri as Grand Vizier of the Ethereal Court, charged with restoring order and rebuilding the ESE in the wake of the War of the Alliance. Emir Nagi was exiled to the Sunnite Abbey in Isfan. His wife and sons were seized by House Masao and held at court in Strathcylde as guarantee of his cooperation.
Today, Emir Nagi lives in isolation in the Abbey of Isfan, under the protection of the Ethereal Guard.