Bedouin Free State
|Conventional short name:|
|Local:||البلد الحرّ البدوي|
Al-Balad Al-Hurr Al-Badawii
|English:||Bedouin Free State|
| National motto: There is no king but God, and Submission to Him is Freedom.|
(based on the Islamic article of faith "There is no god but God; Muhammad is the messenger of God.")
Bedouin Free State is a country in the Middle East.
The Bedouin Free State frequently functions more like a loose federation or alliance of sheikhdoms than as a unified nation. Divided into numerous local authorities with a very high degree of autonomy, the highest political authority in the Free State is the Parliament of Sheikhs which meets in the capital, Ḥā’il. There is no chief executive; the Parliament itself is the highest authority, and representatives of every town, sheikhdom and nomad tribe arrange themselves into committees, each with a head speaker. The speaker of each committee serves as the equivalent of a chief executive when it comes to issues in the purview of their committee (Defense/War, Trade, Environment, Education, etc.), although they can only act with the assent of their committee — and in issues of national importance a committee can only act with the assent of the entire Parliament.
Although Jabal Al-Shammar, dominated by the al-Rashid family, is the most prominent of the sheikhdoms as well as the largest one, it prefers to co-operate with the other sheikdoms in a primus inter pares manner. However, the way Shammar dominates the BFS's foreign and national policy have earned the suspicion of the smaller sheikdoms having the BFS being converted to a "Greater Jabal Al-Shammar", and there are plans from time to time to convert the BFS into a fully Shammari state, but there is usually an outcry from the smaller sheikdoms when this proposal is raised.
Each local authority has a wide range of powers to legislate and enforce its own local rules. There are some national guidelines laid down by the Parliament, but in general local laws and degree of enforcement can vary widely between sheikhdoms. Traveler be warned. While periodic rises in tension may sour the relationships between neighboring authorities, and bickering and even some minor bloodshed is tolerated, any all-out intertribal warfare would have the rest of the Free State step in to enforce peace.
Bedouin Free State culture is highly individualistic, or at least tribalistic. Any authority higher than the local is not to be trusted, and therefore there is no government structure over the Parliament of Sheikhs. While the internal culture of any local authority can vary from intensely traditional to completely untraditional, or very religious to openly secular, a culture of "live and let live" informs the relationships between the various local authorities. Although it may be hard emotionally, anyone unsatisfied with their environment has the right to move to the next nomadic tribal range, oasis town, or shiekhdom down the road.
Mostly Muslim. Certain numbers of Christians (primarily Greek Orthodox) reside in the West.