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Constantinople, Istanbul - free city, espionage and mercenary hot spot

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NameEdit

Westerners tend to use "Constantinople", Arabs "Istanbul"
! inconsistency: Turks are not Arabs as implied, likely meaning: Turks and other muslim people use "Istanbul"
Dragons of the Sixth World p.39 STK
called "Constantinople" by Europeans and secular Turks Shadows of Asia p.115 SF
use of "Constantinople" decreased in the early 2070s Runner Havens p.130 SF

GeographyEdit

StructureEdit

Beyoğlu
  • northern-most district
  • corporate presence
  • many churches, mosques
  • centre for arts and mysticism
Runner Havens p.132 SF
Seraglio
  • administrative district
  • military infrastructure
Runner Havens p.132-133 SF
  • most local coporate headquarters
Runner Havens p.132 SF
Üsküdar
  • asian bank
Runner Havens p.133 SF
  • fundamentalist stronghold
  • slums
Shadows of Asia p.115-116 STK
Sultanahmet
  • high-security, mansions, villas
  • south: crime hot spot
Runner Havens p.133 SF

HistoryEdit

2030s
Euro Wars
assassination of Sayid Jazrir Shadows of Europe p.13 SF
  • Jazrir visited Istanbul when he was assassinated
Shadowrun 20th Anniversary p.29 SF
Runner Havens p.131 SF
State of the Art: 2063 p.64 SF
  • assassination in 2035
Shadows of Asia p.94 TML
! inconsistency: assassination in 2036
State of the Art: 2063 p.64 SF
! inconsistency: 2034: European forces seized Istanbul
Dawn of the Artifacts: Dusk p.7 GMI
after the war European Armies moved into Istanbul Shadows of Asia p.113 SF
EuroWars justification for massive Ukranian military build-up in Istanbul Shadows of Asia p.119 SF
2040s
Independence
Ukraine's goal of an independent Istanbul helped by Vladimir Ioukachenko's position in the provisional Turkish government Shadows of Asia p.113 STK
2042: Istanbul declares independence, changes name to Constantinople Sixth World Almanac p.60 IBX
Runner Havens p.131 SF
State of the Art: 2063 p.64 SF
  • October 21, 2042
Sixth World Almanac p.60 IBX
  • claims region around Bosporus Straits
State of the Art: 2063 p.64 SF
recognition by Ukraine

Ukrainian warships sent to ward off Turkish intervention

State of the Art: 2063 p.64 SF
financial and military aid by Saeder-Krupp State of the Art: 2063 p.64-65 STK
Ukrainian and corporate support Shadows of Asia p.115 SF
Gray Wolves instrumental in independence Shadows of Europe p.36 SF
 
August 7, 2045: major earthquake Sixth World Almanac p.63 IBX
! inconsistency: 2045 earthquakes
  • Beyoğlu required some rebuilding
Runner Havens p.132 SF
2050s
Infestation
August 2055: bug spirit attacks Bug City p.9 SF
2055: insect hive discovered Sixth World Almanac p.77 DOC

EuroForce intervention against hive supported by corporate military

  • conclusion: magical support by Orthodox exorcists
  • note: Sylvestrine priests also mentioned but could refer to the GeMiTo hive instead
Shadows of Europe p.15 SF
2056: insect hive assaulted (with Kurdish mercenaries hired by Ares acting as scouts and guides) Dragons of the Sixth World p.42 STK
Sixth World Almanac p.78 IBX
  • July 19, 2056
Sixth World Almanac p.78 IBX
  • Knight Errant assault on the hive, supported by Kurdish mercenaries
Artifacts Unbound p.88 GMI
Year of the Comet p.108 STK
2060s

February 5, 2064: joint Catholic and Orthodox accord recognizing Islam as a "kindred faith"

negotiated between Leila Khales (IRM activist), papal nuncio to Constantinople, Patriach Bartholomew IV
accord: Khales-linked religious figures rightful spokespersons for Islam
Shadows of Asia p.116 SF
  • result: diplomatic efforts for regional Christian-Muslim cooperation with IRM as official Muslim representatives
  • result: shadow operations between conservative and moderate religious factions of all faiths
  • late April, 2064: magical attack on Khales' aide (suspect: Templars)
  • Bartholomew gains popularity in Kiev
  • Bartholomew's reputation attacked by Russian Orthodoxy
Shadows of Asia p.116 STK
2064: target of Winternight EM pulse bomb System Failure p.66 GMI, p.80 GMI
  • moved over the sea
System Failure p.80 GMI
  • shot down north of the strait, blast mostly absorbed by the sea
System Failure p.78 STY
Insurrection

late 2060s/2070s: fundamentalist terror campaign to reclaim Constantinople

conclusion: ~ 2067 Bosporus suspension bridge destroyed by jihadists, note: "three years ago"

Runner Havens p.131 SF
2070s
2071: tempo drug war: Olaya cartel partners with a Grey Wolves faction Ghost Cartels p.35 GMI
  • potential tempo distribution hub for the Middle East
Ghost Cartels p.35 DOC
2071: execution/s by Grey Wolves Ghost Cartels p.24 STK

PopulationEdit

cyclops Runner's Companion p.55 SF

EconomicsEdit

mercenary hotspot State of the Art: 2063 p.65 SF

Corporate presenceEdit

Ares Macrotechnology
Bioenergetica Ukraine
Global Sandstorm
Mitsuhama
Saeder-Krupp
Zeta-ImpChem

Runner Havens p.132 SF
strong presence of Bioenergetica Ukraine Shadows of Asia p.116 SF

headquartersEdit

Saeder-KruppEdit

Saeder-Krupp Middle East headquarters Shadows of Asia p.116 SF
2064: rumours headquarters relocation to Arabia Shadows of Asia p.116 SF
2064: Saeder-Krupp plans to relocate its Middle East headquarters to Riyadh Shadows of Asia p.100 SF
(Riyalpolitik) relocation result of a secured Constantinople Shadows of Asia p.116 STK
~ 2072: Middle East headquarters recently relocated to Riyadh, reason: political instability in Istanbul Corporate Guide p.154 SF

10,000 DaggersEdit

10,000 Daggers headquartered in the city Jet Set p.162 GMI
10,000 Daggers based in the city State of the Art: 2063 p.66 SF
Vice p.100 STK

PoliticsEdit

FactionsEdit

2064: fragile balance between competing factions Shadows of Asia p.220 GMI


support by megacorporations, Philike Hetairia, NEEC Runner Havens p.131 SF
  • member of the Philike Hetairia
Shadows of Europe p.41 SF
  • founding member of the Philike Hetairia
Runner Havens p.133 STK
  • (speculation) less than cordial past relationships among Philike Hetairia members (i.e. Constantinople and Ukraine) imply the influence of an unseen third party enabling the alliance
Shadows of Europe p.41 STK
  • Ukraine, Bioenergetica
Shadows of Asia p.220 GMI
  • Philike Hetairia guarantees independence
Shadows of Asia p.115 SF
  • regarded neutral buffer state and trade partner by the NEEC
Runner Havens p.133 STK
  • NEEC, Saeder-Krupp
Shadows of Asia p.220 GMI


mercenaries Shadows of Asia p.220 GMI
influence on government by 10,000 Daggers State of the Art: 2063 p.66 STK
government more dependent on the 10,000 Daggers than the mercenary group is on the city State of the Art: 2063 p.66 STK
10,000 Daggers guarantee independence Shadows of Asia p.115 SF


merchant association of the Grand Bazaar, head: Kamil Argubedi Runner Havens p.132 SF


muslim, catholic, orthodox factions Shadows of Asia p.220 GMI
Orthodox Church influential State of the Art: 2063 p.65 STK
IRM influential with the city's young muslims Runner Havens p.132 SF


good relations with West Turkey Shadows of Asia p.116 SF
(Picador) West Turkey - buffer protecting Constantinople's independence Shadows of Asia p.116 STK

Ruling councilEdit

Topkapi Palace, government seat Runner Havens p.133 SF


Saied Bey, councilor representing Beyoğlu (2070) Runner Havens p.133 SF
Mohammed Khebi, important functionary and fixer Runner Havens p.133 STK


! inconsistency: governed by a UN selected board Vice p.100 SF


! inconsistency: governed by parliament

  • various communities represented: conservative and moderate muslims, orthodox christians, seculars
  • secular faction supported by Bioenergetica Ukraine

broad political support for corporate interests and good relations with West Turkey

Shadows of Asia p.116 SF

EspionageEdit

(rumour) GRU maintains a spetsnaz cell to monitor Ukrainian activity and the Straits of Bosporus Shadows of Asia p.126 SF
Embassy Row, centre for intelligence operations of various foreign powers Runner Havens p.133 SF
2063: New Jesuits plan to set up a mission to monitor the Constantinople Orthodoxy State of the Art: 2063 p.65 STK

2064: Seraphim shadowrunner team on retainer

  • can work for other clients
  • provides intelligence about the local shadow scene
State of the Art: 2064 p.24 STK

Religious conflictEdit

2064: recruiting for East-Anatolian insurgency in East Constantinople

recruited suicide bombers illegally cross the border to attack in West Turkey

Shadows of Asia p.115-116 STK
2064: East-Anatolian insurgents seek to end Constantinople's independence Shadows of Asia p.116 SF
heightened fundamentalist terror since late 2060s Runner Havens p.131 SF


some of the most radical IRM supporters Shadows of Asia p.114 SF
IRM attacked by fundamentalists Runner Havens p.132 SF
IRM offices a regular target of fundamentalist attacks Runner Havens p.132 STK

MilitaryEdit

old harem complex

  • 10,000 Daggers headquarters
  • command posts of EuroForces, Philike Hetairia
Runner Havens p.132-133 STK
10,000 Daggers facilities for use by Brotherhood of the Iron Crescent members Street Magic p.70 GMI

CultureEdit

2064: multi-religious cooperation, peaceful community Shadows of Asia p.115 SF
more open-minded islamic environment Runner's Companion p.50 STK

EducationEdit

Ataturk Polytechnic Institute Runner's Companion p.50 SF
New Islamic University Runner Havens p.132 SF
university/ies and/or museum/s funded by Nubian Insurance Company (Apep Consortium) Loose Alliances p.82 SF

LanguageEdit

Turkish official language, but used with cyrillic alphabet

Ukrainian, second most popular language

Russian, Greek commonly used

State of the Art: 2063 p.65 STK

MagicEdit

Brotherhood of the Iron Crescent (patron: 10,000 Daggers) based in the city, core cadre always present Street Magic p.70 GMI
2034: Piri Reis map vanished during EuroForce takeover of Istanbul, when the Topkapi museum was set on fire Dawn of the Artifacts: Dusk p.7 GMI
protective enchantments on walls around Beyoğlu Runner Havens p.132 STK
Oracle of Delphos office in the city State of the Art: 2064 p.110 SF

CrimeEdit

SecurityEdit

Polis, state police force

  • mechanized troops patrolling outlying areas
Runner Havens p.131 SF


10,000 Daggers
  • contracted for policing and security
Vice p.100 STK
  • provide security
The Clutch of Dragons p.146 STY
  • provide most of the city's security, hired by government with NEEC backing
Shadows of Asia p.116 SF


(Black Mamba) licenses for automatic weapons and combat cyberware are easy to obtain and cheap Runner Havens p.131 STK
border security Shadows of Asia p.227 TBL, 228 TBL

ResistanceEdit

early 2070s: Sultanahmet hiding place for fundamentalist terrorist cells (i.e. Sayid Jazrir Alliance, Ottoman Matyr's Brigade) Runner Havens p.133 SF
Grey Wolves cooperate with authorities to shut the cells down Runner Havens p.133 STK

ShadowsEdit

Ya'mas operation/s Vice p.157 SF
Grand Bazaar, hub for the shadow community Runner Havens p.132 SF

SmugglingEdit

(rumour) Kamil Argubedi

  • competition for the Grey Wolves
  • deals with Kabul Maffiya
  • ships to Beirut
Runner Havens p.132 STK

UnderworldEdit

Grey Wolves centered in Constantinople Vice p.35 SF

Grey Wolves heavy presence

  • drug trade, prostitution, gambling
  • online ordering of drugs
Vice p.100 SF
Grey Wolves powerbase in Sultanahmet Runner Havens p.133 SF


(rumour) Kamil Argubedi shares profit from Grand Bazaar illegal activities Runner Havens p.132 SF
  • (rumour) runs rackets on the west side
Runner Havens p.132 STK


Behahol, Kurdish fence Vice p.153 IBX

InfrastructureEdit

MatrixEdit

RTG Shadows of Asia p.230 TBL

TransportEdit

airport/s managed by Maersk Corporate Guide p.203 SF

LocationsEdit

Topkapi Palace (Seraglio) Dawn of the Artifacts: Dusk p.7 GMI
Runner Havens p.132 SF
Mevlevi monastery, Sufi (Beyoğlu) Runner Havens p.132 SF
mansion of Saied Bey Dragons of the Sixth World p.39 STK, p.100 SF
Grand Bazaar Artifacts Unbound p.86 GMI
Runner Havens p.132 SF

Book Bazaar

Spice Bazaar

Janissaries' Bazaar

Runner Havens p.133 IBX

Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet)

Hagia Sophia (Sultanahmet)

Runner Havens p.133 SF

TriviaEdit

beginning of 2063: a curse confined Saied Bey to his mansion for at least two month Dragons of the Sixth World p.100 SF, STK
around 2062/2063: extraction contracts for IUM leadership and close Ibn Eisa allies were offered
  • potentially connected to Saied Bey
Dragons of the Sixth World p.100 STK
2063: mercenary contracts for Central Asia were offered State of the Art: 2063 p.68 SF
  • UGB Border Guards hired mercenaries through front companies
State of the Art: 2064 p.19 SF
November 14, 2063: Montyn Reinhart found dead in hotel room State of the Art: 2064 p.144 SF
  • had obtained Mitsuhama property from the local black market
State of the Art: 2064 p.144 STK
2064: Black Star team/s operating in the city Loose Alliances p.25 STK

2064: shadowrunners sought as as security for a prospective Catholic/Orthodox/IRM delegation to Medina

  • goal: opening relations with the Arabian Caliphate
Shadows of Asia p.116 STK
2064: stronger Balkans presence of 10,000 Daggers could mean a weakening of Constantinople's defenses Shadows of Asia p.116 STK
November, 2068: Picador in the city Shadowrun 20th Anniversary p.141 STY

2074: meeting of Harlequin and Aden

! inconsistency: seems to assume Constantinople is close to Kurdistan and in a desert region
The Clutch of Dragons p.145-147 STY


Kurdish mercenaries renowned for the "Constantinople campaign" Shadows of Asia p.119 SF
smuggler Sergei Vipin active in the city Dawn of the Artifacts: New Dawn p.38 GMI


(speculation) Constantinople would be against an Islamic unification involving Turkey promoted by Ibn Eisa and might have contracted 10,000 Daggers for his assassination in 2061 State of the Art: 2063 p.66 STK
  • note: some evidence that 10,000 Daggers is responsible for the Ibn Eisa assassination
State of the Art: 2064 p.13 STK
  • note: doubt about 10,000 Daggers responsibility
State of the Art: 2064 p.20 STK
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