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Seven Deserts

Mozenrath's spinning wheel depicting the Seven Deserts.

The Seven Deserts is the name for the vast desert realm containing many nations. It serves as the main setting of the Aladdin franchise.

Description

The Seven Deserts is a vast and dangerous realm of perils, magic and mystery. Its name is due to that the Seven Deserts is made up of seven vast deserts as bis as the Seven Seas themselves, hence the name. Within these deserts lay many sovereign nations which have had strong political ties with one another for generations, but each still rule themselves independently. Each of the countries posses their own unique, albeit still similar, customs, architecture and governments. However even within the Seven Deserts lies lawless and unaffiliated realms, such as the Land of the Black Sand and the Subterranean World of the Al Muddy which seek only the conquest of all the deserts.

Far beyond the grand desert ecosystem lies the rest of the world and its more varied ecosystems, and although the Seven Deserts tend to keep to themselves, they have formed alliances or trade deals with nations of the outside world beyond the deserts, with countries such as Odiferous, Greece, the Frozen North and many others.

The Seven Deserts themselves seem to be the ancient Middle East, existing sandwiched between the borders of Western Europe, North Africa, Western China and North India which can all be reached from within the Seven Deserts after a long journey on foot. The exact reach of the Seven Deserts domain is never stated but it seems to go as far as the Sahara Desert and the border of China's Pei Ling City. Overall, the domains of the Seven Deserts and the vast terrain it covers seems to coincide with the territories and rule of the Persian Empire and may simply be another name for the Persian Empire's territories

Economy

Currency

The Seven Deserts primarily use Dinar as their main form of currency, however they also accept any other form of currency so long as it is popularly accepted in multiple territories. Aside from Dinar, other forms of accepted currency are Shekels, Sultani, Tarì, Drachmas or any currency made from gold or silver.

Domains

Seven Kingdoms last three rulers

The Sultan of Agrabah and three other Seven Desert rulers.

The Seven Deserts consists of many great kingdoms that, while still politically affiliated, still rule each other independently for the most part. However, seven kingdoms seem to be more prominent than the others and actually represent each of the Seven Deserts, holding more influence and territories as shown by Mozenrath's map and Mozenrath himself indicating that to conquer these seven realms will result in ruling them all, with him listing Agrabah, Quirkistan and the Subterranean World of the Al Muddy as three of the primary realms of the Seven Deserts, despite two of them not actually being deserts. (The Citadel) It is even shown that some of these greater nations have smaller kingdoms or cities within them that they rule over. (Jasmine and the Star of Persia) However the exact number of kingdoms and which kingdoms are the "top" seven varies between descriptions.

Kingdoms

Agrabah

Ruled by Sultan Hamed Bobolonius II. It is a nation of prosperous trade and caravans that serves as a melting pot of many different societies, having architecture and cultural elements from many of the Seven Desert nations as well as many from India and Egypt, both of which it shares close ties with.

Getzistan

Ruled by Sultan Pasta Al Dente. It is the most wealthy and popular kingdom among the Seven Deserts, with buildings and streets that radiate as if they were palaces, with beautiful architecture, 24/7 entertainment, and the most popular casinos and restaurants in the desert.

Upanistan

Ruled by Caliph Kapok. It is said to be the most peaceful and compassionate kingdom of the Seven Deserts and a visit from its Caliph is considered one of the greatest of honors. Its peace is due to its ruler Caliph Kapok, or to be precise, the headless body of Caliph Kapok.

Quirkistan

Ruled by King Mamood. It is an enchanted realm with a fate directly tied to its king, as the king's emotions will decide whether the kingdom prospers or perish, as such the inhabitants of Quirkistan must keep their king happy at all times to ensure that their crops do not perish.

Ganastan

Ruled by an unknown ruler and his ambassador Akim. In the past, Ganastan was ravaged by Dominus Tusk and the kingdom's entire army was unable to stop him.

Persia

Ruled by Scheherazade the Fifth. An ancient realm with its own smaller kingdoms that is the origin of the 1,001 Arabian Nights forged by Scheherazade the First and the Star of Persia belonging to an unnamed past queen.

Subterranean World of the Al Muddy

Ruled by the Al Muddy Sultan. A vast underground world that serves as the domain of the fearsome Al Muddy people. Because its covers much of the underground of the Seven Deserts, it may in fact be the largest territory.

Egypt

Ruled by an unknown Pharaoh. It was once ruled by Rama Tut Tut centuries ago who had Genie create Egypt's most iconic landmark, the Sphinx to guard his tomb and vast treasure. It has also been ruled in the past by Very Ankh-Amman, and at another point by Cleopatra and Julius Caesar. Egypt enjoys regular trade with Agrabah.

Afghanistan

Ruled by an unknown Sultan. It enjoys trade with Agrabah. Well known for its aphid species according to Mechanicles.

Pakistan

Ruled by an unknown Sultan. It enjoys trade with Agrabah.

Eastern Kingdom

Ruled by the Wazir. It is located far east from Agrabah. Jasmine was once forced to travel to this kingdom to save Aladdin from its Wazir.

Mesopotamia

Ruled by an unknown King. It once contained Babylon which was considered one of the greatest civilizations in the world, however it was devastated by the Ethereal after its rulers failed to understand that the true value of their realm was their people.

Mesmaria

The long destroyed ancient kingdom once ruled by King Zahbar and Queen Deluca. It was a once prosperous kingdom much like Agrabah but fell to ruin at the hands of the Great Rift.

Cities

Parrah-Moor

A city ruled by an unknown ruler. The "capital of love" by the seaside and the homeland of Dhandi and Eden.

Jerusalem

A city ruled by an unknown King. It enjoys regular trade with Agrabah and its primary currency is the shekel.

Mecca

A city with an unknown ruler. Jasmine briefly mentions this city while singing about her sorry state as a "peacock princess".

Others

Land of the Black Sand

A desert realm of darkness and pitch black sand ruled by the sorcerer Mozenrath and formerly ruled by Destante. It is a bleak and barren realm with only one known city inhabited entirely by Mamluks. It is unknown if it is actually considered part of the Seven Deserts as it holds no allegiance and answers to none of the greater kingdoms, instead wanting to conquer them all.

Amin Abahdway

A small village just outside Agrabah's capital that was once plagued by Mechanicles.

Arbutus's Garden

A sprawling oasis in the desert once ruled by the plant elemental Arbutus before his demise.

Dagger Rock

An old canyon containing a giant rock spire which is actually a gigantic Crystal of Ix.

Fake Kingdoms

Ababwa

A made-up kingdom created and "ruled" by "Prince Ali" after Genie granted his first wish. It was originally a small little oasis but the kingdom ceased to be after Jafar undid his wish and became an ordinary oasis again.

Teufahr

A made-up kingdom "ruled" by "Prince" Fahrauf, who posed as royalty in order to conquer Agrabah.

Trivia

  • Egypt, Persia, Pakistan, Israel and Afghanistan are the only countries of the Seven Deserts based on real world countries. However Agrabah itself was originally going to be Baghdad before being changed into a re-imagining of the Indian city of Agra (also known as "Agravana" in ancient texts such as the Mahabharata) which occasionally served as the capital of greater states for different sultans across several centuries, with the main changes being a completely re-imagined Taj Mahal as a palace rather than a mausoleum and much of the surroundings still being based on Baghdad rather than Agra's.
  • It is likely that the Seven Deserts is in fact another name for the Persian Empire or at least the territories it covered, as many of the real world locations above were all part of the Persian Empire at one point.
  • The episode The Citadel implies that there are only seven kingdoms within the Seven Deserts, however Armored and Dangerous shows even more maps with more territories, and more kingdoms of varying status continued to appear as the series and franchise went on, and even more rulers of different and unnamed kingdoms.
  • Despite not being deserts, Quirkistan and the world of the Al Muddy are considered major parts of the Seven Deserts, likely due to being within its boundaries. However Quirkistan does become a desert whenever Mamood is upset.
  • In the 2019 remake of the first film, a map of the deserts is shown, but the names of the kingdoms listed are Zeidan, Pascua, Ctesi Phox, Nadia, Potamia, Rajiteet, Uthman, Azar and Farasin, none of which are based on those of the Seven Deserts or real world locations in the Middle East.
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