Khanism is a political ideology of Babkhan origin, founded by Ardashir Khan that promotes the virtues of a Harmonious Society served by a Coordinated State and advanced through relentless struggle against rival powers and competitor species.
It has, at various times during the course of the history of Micras served as the underlying ideology of regimes and political movements in Babkha, Elwynn and Shireroth as well as in the armed forces of countries whose militaries have, at one time or another, been reorganised along Babkhan lines.
"If civilisation can be likened to the coral reef in which all manner of life finds shelter and flourishes, the individual humans who raises those structures of calcium carbonate are scarcely of any more consequence than the individual polyp. It is the aggregation of these polyps into the colonies of corals that matter, and the structures they build that must endure." - Ardashir Khan, circa 1540.
The most essential and basic premise of Khanism rests on the absolute necessity of obedience within the context of an ordered hierarchical society and the utility of force for defending that society and pursuing its best advantage.
"One God! One Shah! One Babkha!" - Behsaz Party slogan.
Khanism emerged from the right-wing and ultra-nationalist Rastakhiz Party (not to be confused with the later, completely separate, social-democratic party of the same name) when a politically ambitious junior officer who went by the moniker Sarhang Artaxerxes stirred up violent street protests against the Socialist administration of Grand Vizier Juan Pablo Var, ultimately leading to the collapse of the left-wing government and its replacement by a government formed from the Babkhan Liberal Centre Party. From this one instance of opportunistic political aggression would arise the force of Khanism that would ultimately transmogrify the Kingdom of Babkha from a begin liberal democracy into a militarised world power with hegemonic aspirations.
Although the Rastakhiz Party which emerged from the chaos of the socialist ouster did not become the new ruling party, it had established for itself a firm electoral base and under the auspices of its self-styled Grand Commander entered into government as a supporting prop to the BLCP led administration of Grand Vizier Tahmaseb. As his prize, the Grand Commander was able to take the Vizierate of Defence and turn it into his own well-nigh unaccountable personal fiefdom.
Throughout much of its early history Babkha was challenged by the serious threat posed by the Atteran Empire and the United Republic of Tymaria, which briefly dominated the greater portion of the surface of the planet of Micras. Feeling threatened by the very real and persistent threat of Atterano-Tymarian espionage and cyberwarfare during an era of intense cold-war paranoia the Rastakhiz Party responded by evermore aggressively and assertively advocating the twin nostrums of Shah-Loyalty and hypernationalism. The Vizierate of Defence, later the Vizierate of War, became an increasingly rogue actor, expanding ruthlessly into neutral states such as Treesia in an attempt to off-set the overwhelming numerical supremacy of the Kingdom's enemies.
As much by luck as by judgement the Kingdom survived this early era of confrontation, by the end of which the heir to Sarhang Artaxerxes, known as Ardashir Khan, was rewarded for his avowed hyperloyalty by succeeding to the Kapav Throne upon the abdication of Shahanshah Babak. The reign of Shahanshah Ardashir I would cement the foreign policy of all subsequent Khanist regimes as a pattern of strategic cooperation with other great powers interspersed with moments of opportunistic aggression.
The Rastakhiz Party faded away and was replaced by the more centrist Behsaz Party led by Bahram Khorramdin and Abbas Namvari.
Main Article: Coordinated State of Elwynn
"Elwynn Prevails!" - Elwynnese national motto, originating in the years of independence.
The Coordinated State portrayed itself as a progressive society that aimed towards a global human supremacy and off-world settlements, albeit considered to be unlikely to be realised in the lifetime of anyone alive at the time. The vision sold to the populace encapsulated rising living standards, a post-scarcity economy and further reductions in crime and lawlessness.
As long as order was maintained people declared themselves to be generally confident that the situation will continue to improve over the long term. Studies by the Panopticon Department into public morale however showed that this acquiescence was fundamentally fragile, as the eventual overthrow of the regime showed.
The Prince failed as a ruler if he failed to fulfil his mandate as described by the Charter of Coordination or if he was treacherous (Loki) or weak, incoherent and irresolute (Nathaniel). The Prince could be voted out of office at the elections, impeached by the Senate or overthrown by the UDF if he loses the backing of the military. In the event of a military coup the Prince would be replaced by a Condcuator who would have the responsibility of restoring an acceptable status quo.
Khanism in Elwynn drew strength from the perceived failures of Ayreonism, the predominant ideology of Elwynn during its era of independence, to defend the state against Shirerithian subversion, in the form of inward migration and electoral fraud, which culminated in the disputed election of the usurper Jacobus Loki as Prince of Elwynn and the subsequent reincorporation of the country into the Imperial Republic. Subsequently the Khanist parties in Elwynn forewent the pursuit of the dream of a renewed independence, in contrast to the Ayreonists, coming instead to consider the Byzantine political structures and machinations of the factions at work in the Imperial Republic to be the best guarantor of the continued survival of the Babkhi cultural identity. This held especially true as, in the years subsequent to 1623, Elwynn endured a severe and catastrophic period of uncontrolled Storrish migration as a consequence of the Elwynnese Principate falling into the hands of the House of Ettlingar Freyu, which distorted the political and social fabric of the Elwynnese Union out of all recognition.
Main Article: Kaiser Aurangzeb II Steffki
As far back as the Mango-Camel Pact, the relationship between Babkha and Shireroth had been characterised by cycles of cooperation and betrayal, which came to define the perception of the Babkhi within the Imperial Republic as being inherently untrustworthy.
- Adam Ayreon-Kalirion (Strongly disavowed. Khanist cadres routinely hold Adam Ayreon-Kalirion up as an example of how not to gain and hold power.)
- Ardashir Khan
- Ardashir Moqtada al-Osmani
- Balty Majeed
- Royston Merrick
- Tokaray al-Osman
- Liv Dravot
- Isabella Simrani-Kalirion