The ReOrdered World and Kyserba Backgrounds
by Steve Quilt
Version for “Tales of the Veils” website.
Not for reproduction on other websites or in any other publishing format without author’s permission.
Below is a background to the ReOrdered World in general and the country of Kyserba in particular, all the creations of Steve Quilt. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with the information below before reading any of the following stories:
The ReOrdered World
The ReOrdered World was inevitable, given the rapid development of material distractions and lack of spiritual values in modern mankind. The growth of Islam and its values was seen as a natural and logical response to a world, that while benefitting hugely from tremendous technological and material advances, had begun to seriously neglect its root values. Indeed, until the emergence of an Islamic-led ReOrder there were in many people a fear that mankind was sinking into a pit best described as a living hell.
As a leading Muslim scholar said: ‘Everything everyone wanted was at hand, but without Allah it was impossible to enjoy.’
There was, as many people of numerous non-Muslim faiths began to observe, no pride and no direction in modern society. Trust and faith had been replaced by greed and deceit, and the core principle of family unity and structured life had dissolved in a flurry of pointless ambitions and empty promises. Modesty, humility, and service to others had been roughly cast aside. The strength of submission had been overwhelmed by coarse desires.
Women in particular had been tempted to shed modesty and a willingness to serve men and replace those sentiments with a gaudy disregard for the eternal truth. Not only had the home, the heart of any family, suffered but also the prospects for peace and progress been cast aside. It was time for a new structure.
When the Islamic nations began to grow their influence, their efforts were met with resistance at first and perhaps understandably so: many people, having gathered possessions and powers that did not truly belong to them, had much to lose. But the weight of the will of the people began to dominate. Islam was gradually seen as the opportunity for man to right the wrongs of a hasty, corrupt and ill-mannered world. Thus the ReOrder came about, and with the ReOrdered World there was at last a renewal of purpose and hope.
The Nation of Kyserba
Kyserba is not only part of what is now called the ReOrdered World, but is regarded as one of its leading lights in the eternal fight against the encroaching darkness caused by human neglect of their spiritual selves. As such it considers itself as honoured in the glorious heritage of Islam and the noble traditions of modesty and female veiling.
It is a relatively small, compact country in itself and though much of it is semi-arid the country has a spectacular mountain range to the north and a fertile plain and coastal region, which supports the country. The main river, the Kys, flows from the mountains south to the ocean and the capital and main port, Serba, sits at the mouth of this river. The only international airport is here, along with all the main administrative buildings of the nation.
Kyserba’s flag is gold and green vertical halves with a white crescent and star placed centrally. Its coat of arms features a veiled woman in prayer, and an orb of light above her head.
The nation is, proudly, ruled by a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
Although the House Of Kyserba (the official name of the parliament of the country) is in Serba, the Emir of the nation lives in Immeh, what is effectively the second city of Kyserba. Immeh, situated in the cool uplands at the foot of the mountain range, has a small airport and is every bit as modern as the capital as well as main highway and rail links to Serba. In many ways Immeh is the spiritual home of the nation and has the leading mosque, under the rule of the Grand Imam. Needless to say no deviation from the doctrines imposed by the Grand Imam’s strict interpretations of Islam are permitted in law, and therefore the House of Kyserba (HoK) exists mostly as a meeting place for ministers and officials rather than a pure law-making assembly. Nonetheless, representatives of the thirteen districts of Kyserba — all men, naturally — meet at the HoK to officially approve any changes in laws and regulations and review what is known as True Faith Loyalty.
The thirteen districts of Kyserba are allowed however to have their own ‘enforcement’ rules within the structure of laws about women. In other words they can apply more draconian rules as regard females than the ‘norm’ set by the HoK. While Serba itself is regarded as moderate, many of the other districts, including Immeh, are considered more ‘extreme’ in their application. Some believe in continual restraint for their females, others allow a certain latitude in freedom of movement.
Kyserba has a small army, navy and air force but its stated intent is one of peace and no confrontation. The rule of Islam is supreme, and there is as a consequence complete loyalty to State and Faith. No women, as befits the laws of the land, are permitted to hold any influential posts in government though the Kyserba civil service as well as private businesses may, under certain conditions hire women with their relevant guardians’ permission. Women do not receive money for this work (only men are paid), and it is regarded as an honour for any woman to help freely the smooth running of the nation. However unattached women — western Kaffirs — are permitted to work in certain roles in the capital and are therefore paid. Kaffir women must abide by all rules and laws which are rigorously enforced by the police.
There is no alcohol, gambling or any of the western vices Kyserba detests and carefully avoids. There is a strong and effective police force, divided into the Anti-State division and the stronger, Anti-Faith arm. As such, Kyserba enjoys a relatively low crime society as everyone understands their role, the value of peaceful co-operation and honest endeavour for the good of State and Faith. However, there are prisons, and the one for women in Immeh is notorious for its strict methods and harsh conditions. A woman who offends is seen as the lowest of the low.
Most activities, outside the home, are rigidly separated for men and women (women, for example, are not allowed to enter the Serba Stadium to watch the national soccer team). Not surprisingly, schooling is separated and while there are a few male teachers for females, they follow strict guidelines. Most women are taught by women, though the head of every school is male because as always in Kyserba male authority far outweighs that of the female.
The man is king in his own house, and any decisions made by the senior male of a house (and business, for that matter) is regarded as law in the confines of that building or property.
The national dress is the burqa for women, though while a number of men have adopted western clothing most males prefer the traditional shalwar kameez style of clothes. All men must have beards.
Economically, Kyserba has state control of all resources such as oil production, gold and silver mining and all manufacturing, though this is not an anti-capitalist country. Males are encouraged to be in business and if not working for State or Faith, are expected to earn money with services to Kaffirs.
Culturally, the law and practices of Islam dictate the styles and creative thinking, and its splendid marble architecture reflects the proper glory of Allah. Nonetheless, it has a busy movie industry and while television is restricted in homes (there is limited TV output) cinemas — all only showing movies that reflect the values of Kyserban life and religious principles — are well attended. Women, when permitted to attend, are segregated from men and must watch any movie through the state approved veil which restricts vision.
The greatest Kyserban author is Mohammed Al-Aharra, whose works such as ‘True meanings of silent submission for women,’ ‘The locks of faithful love’ and ‘Enforcement of scented slavery’ are widely read by many people. Only the Quran is read more avidly in the nation. Interestingly, the level of Kyserban literacy is at 100 per cent; though this is because when women are not allowed to speak or even at times listen they must communicate by notes. Schooling is strict but very effective.
Tourism poses an interesting dilemma for Kyserba. It acknowledges the huge revenue opportunity and Kyserba hospitality, even to Kaffirs, is legendary. The hotels in Serba are very highly regarded (there are none in Immeh or other places where visitors not of the True Faith are encouraged to go) and the capital itself is regarded as a beautiful city. However there are restrictions on what visitors can see or do, and as all women visiting must abide by the laws relating to women and their dress, it was for a long time mostly males who visited the city. However, interestingly the ReOrdered World and greater acceptance of Islam globally means that more and more Kaffir women are happy to visit despite the restrictions on dress and conduct. The beaches near the capital are beautiful, the mountains exhilarating and the ruins of ancient civilisations fascinating, so along with the very appealing if hot climate the Kyserba tourism industry is far from moribund.
Health care in Kyserba is efficient and effective; Kyserbans who adhere to the laws of the nation and practice what the Quran teaches are known to have long and good lives.
Kyserba has only one island by the name of Orai, which is restricted to Kyserbans only who are permitted to visit. In many ways it is even harder for Kaffirs to see than Immeh. While for example documentaries have been made about the beauty of the great mosque at Immeh, no such activity is allowed on the mysterious island of Oria. Satellite imagery shows it has a central peak and a lake as well as extensive pine forests, but little more is known about it. Oria, incidentally, is not one of the thirteen recognised districts represented in the HoK and some observers believe it has almost different set of rules to the mainland.
Kyserba, embracing as it does the best of the modern world and the hallowed traditions of Islam, is a friendly place in a number of ways but remains reclusive and secretive in others.