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Altair: A Record of Battles is full of titles, ranks, and positions that sound completely fictitious. But, if we dig a little deeper, we can find their origins and what they mean.

Tuğril Mahmut is the youngest man to achieve the rank of “Pasha” in the Greater Türkiye stratocracy. For the characters in Altair: A Record of Battles this title and position makes sense. But for viewers, we have little to no context of the term, making it confusing what Mahmut actually does. And now that Mahmut is on a journey to learn more about his country and the people, we want to know exactly why the title Pasha so important to him.

Altair: A Record of Battles is full of terms that originate in foreign languages. But, the most important terms like the titles, ranks, and positions of the characters haven’t been directly translated. Not to worry though, because we’ve looked into the important titles, ranks, and positions of the Greater Türkiye Stratocracy to find out their origins and meanings.


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Divan

In the Anime: The Divan is the ruling council of the Greater Türkiye Stratocracy.

In the Real World: The Ottoman Empire. The Divan was the Imperial Council. Initially, the Divan was presided over by the Sultan and his Vizier advisers to hear grievances of his subjects, administer justice, and make appointments to public offices. As the role of the Sultan grew, the presiding duties were passed on the Grand Vizier and a governing body made up of two military judges, the treasurer, the chancellor, and later the head of the Ottoman Navy.

Sultan

In the Anime: The rulers of the five stratocracies that make up the Greater Türkiye stratocracy.

In the Real World: In Arabic, the term Sultan was initially an abstract word meaning strength, authority, and rulership. Over time, the term was adapted to denote a ruler such as a king or emperor, with the Ottoman Empire’s Sultan arguably being one of the most recognized in history. Today, the title is still formally used in four countries: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Oman. In Brunei and Oman, only the head of state may take the title Sultan. In Indonesia, the title is conferred upon the head of state of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and in Malaysia, seven of the nine rulers of the Malay states use the title.

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Pasha

In the Anime: A high-ranking government official of the Greater Türkiye Stratocracy.

In the Real World: Initially, during the reign of the Ottoman Empire, the title “Pasha” was given to military commanders and ranking members of the Sultan’s family. However, the title slowly began to denote high-ranking officials and persons of honor such as governors, generals, dignitaries, and other important peoples. In modern Turkey, the public and media often refer to a high-ranking officials in the Turkish Armed Forces as Pasha, despite being an unofficial title or rank.

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Vali

In the Anime: The rank of Vali is imparted onto governors in the Greater Türkiye Stratocracy.

In the Real World: The Ottoman Empire used the title “Vali” to denote governors of administrative divisions. Today, the title is still used in a handful of countries such as Turkey. In Turkey, a Vali is one of the governors of the 81 provinces and is appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Turkish government.


With a better understanding of the terms, titles, ranks, and position of the Greater Türkiye Stratocracy in Altair: A Record of Battles, we can fully enjoy Mahut’s journey and what the rank Pasha means to him.

Altair: A Record of Battles is streaming on Amazon Anime Strike.

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