The Ottoman EmpireLand Reform
We shall continue acquiring the land from aristocracy (particularly disloyal one) for the state and to be redistributed among the poor. Exploit this in propaganda.
Some of the acquired lands and funds are going to be mighty useful in solving the refugee problem.Refugees
This problem can't be solved overnight, but we must take care right away.
The Army is to assist the refugees in temporary establishments. Emphasize among the masses that Islam required the community to take care on brothers in need. The population must assist.
The Court shall use whatever it can to help too.
Appeal to the international community, as well as prominent philantroped abroad, for assistance in this great, humanitarian challenge. Kurdistan
This is a pickle. The allies allowed us to keep Kurdistan, but we're also required to respect Kurds' rights by Treaty of Jerusalem. This must be taken care of ASAP.
The source of weaponry and money for the rebels is a great mystery that needs to be solved. Was Persia considered as a suspect? Look at this direction.
For immediate measures, the army must isolate Kurdistan from the rest of our Empire, since the unrests are to be contained. Furthermore, the region must be sealed form Persia.
We have plenty of troops that are eager to right and rehabilitate from the lost war. Use them to combat the rebels. The Secret Police knows the drill.
We shall actively approach the moderate Kurdish leader. Remind them that the western powers, despite promising independence, left them alone when the peace was made and emphasize the Sultan is serious about establishing their cultural and language autonomy, with other reforms to follow. But to achieve this the peace must be restored! Use all carrots and st irks.Bosporus
I shall approach all interested sides, particularly the Russian Empire. While it harms our trade, semi-blocked Bosporus also hurts all involved Mediterranean players, particularly Russia, that just gained a free movement there and needs a connection between the Black Sea and the Ocean.
We propose a joint action to make the straits fully navigable once again.
Note: Works there are a golden opportunity for our workers!Transportation
The war showed a weakness of our infrastructure. While certainly advantageous in delaying the enemy, it also puts a considerable strain of our own logistics, not to mention civilian economy.
We need to seriously take care of our railroads. Aside of Istanbul-Baghdad line, that must be build, I want proposals what other routes should be developed in future.
We shall sent our government officials to the United States, a country with great railroad experience, to discuss the cooperation with their government as well as private business.
Once we have the foreign aid, some money must be allocated to the project.
Last, but definitively not least, this is simply a great chance for our economy. Emphasize planned railroad works as a golden opportunity for our workers!To: The Ministry of DefenseFrom: The Sultan
It is highly unfortunate the was has did occur before we were able to reform our military, leaving us unprepared. There are some bright spots, though. We proven we can still deliver unexpectedly strong performance against a superior enemy on multiple fronts. Our troops has gained a valuable experience in modern warfate. Also, rapid strikes in Libya, operation on large areas, were quite successful.
-- I order a report of the state of our Army and the Navy (OOC: asking the GM for more info).
-- What reforms should be taken?
-- With our fleet largely destroyed, we can't even think of competing with the conventional naval powers. The submarine warfare is to be studies and pursed seriously.
-- As stated above, our rapid operations in Libya are worth of deeper studying.
-- We need to create a modern military intelligence.Opposition
Well, now they are paralyzed it's high time to deal with them once and for all. Remind the public that so-called "Young Turks", along with egoistical aristocracy, effectively supported the hated enemy, while common men fought and struggled.
The Secret Police knows the drill. Prepare a purge. Lesser followers are to be made known that their youthful indiscretions can be forgiven if they will abandon this infantilty and join rebuilding the country.Administration
In order to futher reform our bureaucracy (IRL it was a task Abdul Hamid II was quite devoted to and good at), as well as to see
whether we stand on pursing an administrative reform in unspecified yet future, I shall order a creation of Five Special Administrative Districts (I won't use any Eastern term, so I sound modern):
District A (Istanbul and surroundings)
District B (the rest of Anatolia)
District C (Syria and Lebanon)
District D (Mesopotamia)
District E (Kurdistan)
I shall appoint a High Commissioner to all Districts, who will oversee and coordinate the central administration there, as well as serve as my personal representative to the local authorities,Propaganda
Points to be used in official sources, as well by the Secret Police, while conducting a discreet, yet whispered propaganda among the masses:
-- Despite an overwhelming odds, we showed to be a force to be reckon with
-- The Sultan saved the Empire from partition and the Faithful from subjugation to the Western, colonial powers
-- Only the Sultan can deliver a real change. The so called "Young Turks" conspired with the disloyal, egoistic aristocrats (all of them just a phony reformists) to aid the enemy
-- We are facing the new beginning
-- The projects, such as railroads, are golden opportunity to the people
-- Remember Opium Scandal. The Sultan and the police saved the people from that menace that ravaged China