Hajari Sotoa, officially the Kingdom of Hajari Sotoa, is a monarchy located on the Sotoa peninsula of the Verusan continent, possessing the largest landmass of any country on the peninsula. The kingdom is known for being a major exporter of oil, which has made it one of the richest states on the continent and has allowed it to maintain a large air fleet. It remains under the autocratic rule of the House of Hajar. The state, along with its neighbors, came into existed with the support of Osea as a bulwark against Yuktobania, which the kingdom borders to the east.
The country fought a war in an attempt to subdue the Republic of Sotoa from 1972 until 1977 after a revolution there overthrew and murdered the ruling dynasty, which the House of Hajar was a cadet branch of. After several years of brutal warfare, the Hajari kingdom failed to pacify the Republican Armed Forces and was forced to sign a peace accord recognizing the independence of the Republic in 1977.
Government and politics
The country is an absolute monarchy under the rule of the House of Hajar, a cadet branch of the House of Al Sotoa that was overthrown in what is know the Republic of Sotoa in 1971. A small elected parliament exists that is effectively powerless. The kingdom maintains diplomatic relations with many other states but is especially close to the Osean Federation and the other members of the Sotoan Cooperation Council (United Sotoan Emirates, Emirate of Malikiya, Kingdom of Sanabia, and Kingdom of Zubarah).
The Royal Hajari Land Forces had a strength of some 360,000 troops at the height of the Sotoan War in 1975 (organized into twenty divisions, themselves organized into four corps of five divisions each), and was downsized afterwards to a permanent strength of 170,000 by 1990. It includes a significant armored corps and also has advanced artillery, mostly supplied by Osea, with the main battle tank being the M1 Abrams. The land forces do not have conscription and are entirely volunteer, although many of its members are tribal forces with dubious loyalty. The Royal Hajari Navy maintains six missile destroyers, ten missile frigates, and a number of smaller patrol and auxiliary ships. However, the Navy's role is limited to defending the coastline and protecting merchant shipping, with the exception of imposing a naval blockade on the Republic in 2000–2004. The Royal Hajari Air Force maintains a fleet of about 240 modern aircraft, largely of Osean origin, including F-16s, Typhoons, and Mirage 2000s.
In addition, the Hajari National Guard consists of retired soldiers and tribal levies, totaling some 80,000 troops in addition to that of the Land Forces, that serve on a part time basis. They are personally loyal to the King of Hajari Sotoa. However, they mostly are of low combat quality. In contrast, the much smaller Royal Guard serves as a special force that is charged with personal security of the King, his family, residences, and immediate vicinity. In 2001, a Special Operations Command was organized as well to manage special forces units formed to operate in the Republic of Sotoa.