In the years following the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte, the Frankish devil sent by Dajjal, the glorious Ottoman empire has been slowly collapsing, loosing control over Greece and some of the Balkans.
One fine morning in January of 1850 the Sultan woke after an amazing dream of grandeur and power of some future Ottoman state. He felt inspired and arranged to have the feudal lords assemble outside the palace where he declared a promise to restore the Ottoman empire to the height of its power.
With his grand speech concluded the Sultan assembled his advisers and began the affairs of state....
The Sultan took a pinch from his stuff box, sneezed violently over the grand vizeer and then looked at the nervous and grotesquely under-qualified admiral Ferik Pasha. Well atleast he has a sporting moustache the Sultan thought cynically to himself before asking 'Report fleet readiness admiral'.
With a stammer the Admiral pulled out a parchment and began to read.
'We have 2 squadrons of wooden battleships and 4 squadrons of wooden corvettes at Istanbul, Sultan, along with 2 more corvettes at Sinop.'
It wasnt like the Sultan expected much but this... heh atleast its better than nothing but it cant survive against the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
'Fantastic admiral redeploy the squadron from Sinop to Geliboli I want it out of the Black Sea just in case Russia tries something. I'll look at commissioning a few new vessels soon I promise'
'General Riza' The morbid and utterly corrupt general peered through his beedy eyes at the Sultan 'Yes Sultan, your command?'
'What troubles have we with peasant revolts, how about those damn Christian ethnics?'
'Yes indeed Sultan, Greeks, Macedonians, Serbians, Russians and finally Cypress all have revolt risk.'
'And what of our forces?'
'We have an army in Palestine, Iraq, Turkey and Bulgaria each. They all have two infantry and a cavalry regiment, the Imperial Janissary army has one division of guards, two of cavalry and one engineer battalion at Istanbul.'
'Fine well we will need to add more regulars and artillery to strengthen the force but we will deal with that in time. For now dispatch the Janissaries along with the Iraq army to the Russian border to keep that checked. Move a battalion from Palestine by boat to Cypress. Take militia and cover the Greek border and cover the north as well. And for the love of Allah if I catch you taking the soldiers pay to upgrade your mansion again ill take your head as repayment!'
'Yes ofcourse Sultan' the general burped behind pink cheeks. I will see to it your orders are done.
The Sultan stood up and walked off back to his harem shaking his head. He would work out economics in the morning. So much to do and so little time...