The Ottoman Empire was an empire that lasted from 1299 to 1923.
At the height of its power, in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the empire spanned three continents, controlling much of Southeastern Europe, Western Asia and North Africa. The Ottoman Empire contained 29 provinces and numerous vassal states, some of which were later absorbed into the empire, while others were granted various types of autonomy during the course of centuries. The empire also temporarily gained authority over distant overseas lands.
The Empire collapsed in 1922, and was succeeded by the Republic of Turkey.
At the time of the Ring of Fire, the Ottoman Empire was still a powerful Islamic nation ruled by Murad IV amidst Europe's Thirty Years' War. Over a century before, Spain had expelled its Jews and Arabs. The Ottomans opened their borders to them.
The Ottomans had gained knowledge of Grantville's existence. However, for some reason, Murad IV issued a proclamation that the Ring of Fire never happened and that the Americans were witches; however, this is refuted by the Ottomans' enemies in Austria-Hungary, as their intelligence strongly suspected that the proclamation's purpose was to maintain secrecy about Murad's interest in modern technology, especially in warfare, that could further expand the empire. Indeed, Austro-Hungarian spies had observed that the Ottomans were constructing an airship fleet with bombing capability. Austria-Hungary had anxiously anticipated a Turkish invasion in mid-1635. However, the Ottomans instead invaded Mesopotamia and much of the Middle East with the use of their airship fleet.
As of 1636, the Ottoman Army is up to date with the latest battlefield weapons. Despite having access to SRG rifles, volley guns, and rockets, the Ottoman Army has not modernized the structure of its army. Also, the Ottoman Air Force and Navy are thought to lag behind their USE counterparts.
The Ottomans successfully reconquered Baghdad and signed a peace treaty with the Safavid Empire in January of 1636, after which Murad IV focused his attention on Western Europe and an attack on the Austro-Hungarian Empire which was planned for the spring of 1636.
The Ottomans used their Janissary troops in tandem with their new rocket launchers and airships during the Siege of Vienna
Though the Ottoman Turks are experiencing the pinnacle of their military power, economy and stability under Murad IV (both in OTL and in this new Timeline) they are facing their Twilight Hour.
Murad IV died very young uptime (Age 27 in the year 1640) due to his alcoholism (something that Murad continues to do despite knowing about his early death).
Since he has no children, the throne will be inherited by his mentally-ill brother Ibrahim (Just as it happened in the Original Timeline). This would begin the decline and eventual end of the Ottoman Empire.
Murad IV amassed over 100k soldiers to fight in the Austrian-Ottoman War. Whereas the USE and its allies can reinforce and replace its soldiers, the Turks would be hard pressed to replenish its Army.
In the first battle against the USE Alliance, Murad lost over ten thousand men (90% of which are his Sipathi cavalry) and many of his airships (due to the deadly skills of Julie Sims).
- ↑ 1635: The Eastern Front
- ↑ 1636: The Saxon Uprising
- ↑ Ring of Fire III, "Salonica"
- ↑ Ring of Fire III, "A Relation of the Late Siege"
- ↑ 1636: The Saxon Uprising ch. 30
- ↑ This event has been mentioned as something that is likely to appear in a planned book in the 1632 series and/or as being part of the general outline for that series. However, it has not yet been written about.