Queen Isaemat Avhidi

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Tolyat Isaemat 'ay Avhidi
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Isaemat in 1958
Queen of Tabiqa
ReignDecember 19 1950 – June 01 1994
PredecessorTolyar Vereq 'ad Henüüt
SuccessorTolyar Okmarūd 'ay Henüüt
Born(1909-03-14)14 March 1909
Mehyaran, Tabiqa
Died1 February 2002(2002-02-01) (aged 92)
Mehyaran, Tabiqa
FatherTolyar Vereq 'ad Henüüt
MotherTera Avhidi 'ad Antuuröt

Queen Isaemat Avhidi ((Adzamasi: Tolyat Isaemat 'ay Avhidi, /tʌljat ɪsaɛmat ʔaj avhɪdɪ/)) was the previous monarch of Tabiqa. Isaemat took the throne from her father in 1950, and is widely credited with helping the country recover from the Great Ekuosian War and Tabiqan civil war, and spearheading its conversion from an autocracy to a democratic constitutional monarchy. For most of her reign she served a mostly symbolic role, although some powers remain vested in the Tabiqan throne, and had great powers of persuasion. She had no children of her own. Isaemet abdicated in 1994 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, but survived nearly ten years longer, til age 92 in 2002.

Early life and marriage

Isaemat was born in 1909, the firstborn child of Vereq 'ad Henüüt and Avhidi 'ad Antuuröt. She was ten years old when her father, originally second in line, became king (tolyar) in 1919, after his mother Tolyat Henüüt 'ay Zidriiža voluntarily abdicated; his elder sister (original heir to the throne) was in too poor health to succeed her mother. Her parents had five other children.

Isaemat's marriage was arranged twice. The first, NAME NAME of the Barradiwan Dzimrani royal line, died unexpectedly in 1931, three years before their marriage was planned to occur. It was therefore arranged for her to wed NAME's younger lethe-sibling, NAME NAME. The couple was unable to produce children, and chose not to adopt; as such Isaemat has no direct heirs.

Great Ekuosian War and coronation

Isaemat became a politically active public figure during the Great Ekuosian War, which began during her late 30s, particularly in terms of trying to quell the rising civil unrest in Osur and other parts of the country, continuing to spearhead peacemaking efforts even after full-blown civil war broke out.

She challenged her father's direction during the war, especially the controversial Tabiqan invasion of Barradiwa. When Vereq was disabled by a massive stroke in October 1950, Isaemat slowly began amassing support among the nobility and military officials, becoming the de facto leader of much of the country by November that year, and beginning to work in earnest towards a withdrawal from Barradiwa, cessation of hostilities on other foreign fronts, and a ceasefire with the Osuri rebels, against her father's will.

She was crowned queen (Tolyat)) in December 1950. Under her guidance the country formally surrendered to the antifascist block and committed to honouring stipulations put out for reconciliation. It is widely accepted that Tabiqa received lighter penalties during negotiations due to Isaemat's rapid rise to the throne, surrender, and peacemaking outreach.

Post-war era

The new queen set in place several relatively liberal policies and worked with international authorities to establish democracy in Tabiqa. The country officially converted to a democratic constitutional monarchy in 1952, hosting its first national elections, with which a prime minister was elected to parliament to serve as the new head of government. Thereafter Isaenat served as the first 'figurehead queen' of the country, a mostly ceremonial role, although she retained some powers and great public support, making her opinions and support valuable to politicians throughout the country.

Isaemat spent much of the rest of her reign promoting cooperation between the divided factions in her realm, serving a prominent role in the negotiation of the end of the Tabiqan civil war in 1958, and continuing to work on building a united national Tabiqan identity that all of its citizens could hold dear, and is well-known for holding thousands of public appearances with leaders and spokespersons for all of Tabiqa's native ethnic groups throughout the 60s and 70s, many of which were televised.

Illness, abdication and death

In late 1993, aged 84, Isaemat began showing early signs of a severe respiratory illness. Within a few months she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and given only two years to live; she agreed to undergo an invasive surgery and aggressive chemotherapy treatments, also deciding to abdicate the throne to her nephew, Okmarūd 'ay Henȳt, in order to better focus on her recovery.

The surgery and chemical therapy were effective and removing most of the cancer and severely slowing its spread; she was officially in remission as of 1998. During her therapy, and in the subsequent years of remission, she became an international symbol for cancer research, actively working to help attract money to the cause. In 2001 Tabiqan news agencies reported that her cancer had recurred and metastasized to her lung tissue and from there entered her lymph system. She died February 1st 2002, a month shy of her 93rd birthday. She was survived by her spouse until 2006.

Legacy

The majority of living Tabiqiri still remember living during Isaemat's reign. She is widely remembered for her work in easing ethnic tensions between the plurality Adzamasiin and minority groups, especially the ethnic groups of Osur, her championing of education, and her efforts towards cancer research.

Conspiracies and controversies

There are a number of conspiracies surrounding the timing of her father's death and the relative lightness of injunctions imposed against Tabiqa following the end of the war; many monarchists, who vilified her throughout her life for disestablishing the autocratic state, hold the position that she was part of an assassination plot against her father.

Isaemat's work with minority ethnic groups has been at times discredited as insincere and opportunistic, and she has further been criticized for, like her father, ignoring the growing urban poor population in Mehyaran, Ziathi, and Itq̇ar despite her supposed championing of education and health care for Tabiqiri.