National Heritage Party Comes to Power in Egypt

Jan. 7, 2015 | 2:41 pm

Cairo, Egypt (IPA)

The ongoing political turmoil in the Egyptian capital has come to a sudden end following the resignation of President Hosni. Members of the National Heritage party, who lead the protests that followed last year’s contested elections, have formed an interim government with several opposition parties.

“It was time for the voice of the people to have its day,” said Wali Abasi, the president pro-tem and head of the party.

After four straight weeks of rioting, military units garrisoning the capital began standing down…

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8 thoughts on “National Heritage Party Comes to Power in Egypt”

  1. Never really occurred to me to before, but an important element of the Nile’s ascendance would be reactions from fundamental Islamic groups. Any hint of religious groups following pre-Islamic religions (beliefs from the “time of ignorance”) would trigger some form of witch hunt.

  2. That has been on my mind for a long time, specifically how to address it in game without causing undue offense. That is, in fact, the implicit subject of the commentary on this story, which I’ll be posting tomorrow.

  3. Perhaps if it began with a “revelation” that Atenism (the religion of the pharaoh Akhenaten, who is thought by some scholars to have championed a monotheistic religion) was an early version of Abrahamic religion, and therefore Islam. This could be in the form of the “discovery” of an “ancient” sacred text (actually a weird-science-aged forgery). It could be titled the Book of Akhenaten, or it could tie it into Mosaic scripture and be the Book of Aaron. The discovered scripture could insert any number of other suggestions that Mobius would find useful to his takeover, as long as they were phrased cleverly.

  4. Regular, everyday miracles that everyone can see isn’t Pulp. That’s Fantasy, and maybe even Epic Fantasy.

    For regular people, a Pulp cosm is more or less indistinguishable from everyday life in the 1930’s. No miracles, no Walking Gods, no Weird Science, no insidious death traps. For regular people.

    The Nile Empire, as a Reality, has the same Spirit and Magic axioms as the Real World.

    Therefore, it isn’t a theocracy. At all. Even a little bit. It’s a 1930’s blood-and-soil dictatorship. Religion doesn’t enter into the governance of any of the Empires.

    Now, Spirit 17 effects do occur — in hidden valleys, secluded monasteries, ancient pyramids. In secret, far away from the regular populace.

    And ultra-Tech effects can occur — in secret labs, remote fortresses, buried headquarters. In secret, far away from the regular populace.

    And high Magic effects can occur — in sorcerer’s lairs, in lone towers, in the homes of cult members. In secret, far away from the regular populace.

    The Nile has Weird Science, complex and baroque psuedo-technology that mimics ultra-Tech. It also has “weird” magic and “weird” miracles. It can emulate high axiom effects, so long as the means to do so are baroque and difficult.

    That’s why religion isn’t a problem — because the Nile isn’t a religious reality, and the Empire isn’t a religious state.

  5. The Nile might not be terribly religious, but the people of Egypt, by and large, are. While the nation isn’t explicitly a theocracy the likes of Saudi Arabia or Iran, religion is still intimately entangled with government there. Official government and military forms are marked at the top with “b’ism Allah al-rahman al-raheem,” or “in the name of God the generous and merciful.” The majority of the population is strongly Muslim, and most of the rest of the population is made up of a very influential minority of Coptic Christians. The national has a strong national and historical identity, but any political change must cater to the religious groups to be successful. This seems even more true lately, in light of the ascendance of a fundamental Muslim part to control of the government.

  6. I agree with all of that. My point was that the Nile Empire itself won’t impose the Ancient Egyptian religion, or even mention it in public. It works with the existing government to restore greatness to Egypt. (At least, that is the sale.)

  7. I’m having trouble exactly expressing what I mean. Your concerns are real; I don’t want to diminish or slight them. And I agree that such things need to be considered.

    Modern Egypt is a heavily Islamic country, and the Nile Empire can’t (or at least doesn’t) try to either change that or oppose that. They work with the existing government, they don’t replace it.

    I’m not saying it’s a perfect solution, but it addresses the issue in such a way that it doesn’t unduly offend people.

  8. There’s a question of how sociologically realistic you want to make the events of a pulp reality in the first place. In classic pulp, things can happen in foreign countries that wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense, because foreigners do weird things. But there’s always the chance that someone in Egypt could play the game, and he may want at least a hand-wave toward how his countrymen were led down the road to following Mobius.

    Of course, there’s another thing to think about. Mobius may put himself up on a pedestal as a hero of the people in his public relations, but he’s not a hero. He’s a villain. In his reality, you’re either one or the other; there’s no gray area. So, he could post pro-Empire posters as he ruthlessly crushes opposition with military might. He doesn’t need to win the hearts and minds of the locals if he can get them to be afraid of him. It works out perfectly if the locals emotionally side with the mystery men who combat Mobius’ forces; they’re still supporting his reality.

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