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From Nairobi to Xinjiang by Steve Payne

Author says: in this up-side down, cross-over story, we pose the question: what if the advocates of the Uyghur Muslims of Western China were the leadership of the Islamic Republic of America, the alternate nation portrayed in Robert Ferrigno's ingenius novel, Prayers for the Assassin (Ferrigno posits a nuclear terrorist onslaught in 2015 on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Mecca that has all the earmarks of a Mossad operation. The blue states are moved by these horrors to convert to Islam, while the red states break away from the Islamic Republic, forming a Christian republic in the South).

Nov 14, '09: the President of the Islamic States of America arrived in Beijing on the USS Osama Bin Laden for diplomatic talks with the Han Chinese. Representations on behalf of fellow Muslims (pictured left) in Western China featured highly on the agenda for Barack X, specifically the secessionist demands of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, and the liberty of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement freedom fighters incarcerated at the notorious Yuanjiang prison.

The strategic location of their homeland is the chief obstacle to the Uyghur's aspirations for autonomy. The regional capital of Xinjiang (meaning "new frontier") is located on the Silk Road, an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, as well as North and Northeast Africa and Europe. The explorer Marco Polo marveled: "From this country, many merchants go forth about the world".

From Nairobi to Xinjiang

Originally founded by the Mongols, the Uyghur Empire was destroyed in 840 by the Kyrgyz invasion. Repeat attempts had been made to establish autonomy, most recently in 1944 when Uyghur enjoyed five years of independence whilst Chinese Nationalists and Communists were locked in a Civil War. And now the discovery of mineral and petroleum wealth threatened the very future of the Uyghur, who would soon be outnumbered by the arrival of millions of Han Chinese immigrants. By 2007 the Uygur population stood at 9.6 million, but the Han population had swelled to 8.2 million from a base of only 220,000 in 1947.

"From this country, many merchants go forth about the world" ~ Marco PoloBut just days before his arrival, the President was unexpectedly upstaged by his Christian half-brother Mark Obama Ndesandjo (pictured right). At a press conference in China the younger Obama showcased a new book, "From Nairobi to Xinjiang" in which he recounted his life story after the epoch-making event which had split the United States into four pieces. Because in 2001, nuclear suitcase bombs completely destroyed New York City and Washington D.C. and a dirty bomb irradiated Mecca. Losing his job in the economic meltdown that followed, he moved to Xinjiang where he married a native of the Henan Province, Liu Xuehua in 2008.

"My father beat me. He beat my mother. We simply cannot do that" ~ Mark Obama NdesandjoHe told the media that it was long journey for him before he could say that he "proud to be an Obama". Introducing his book by saying that "My father beat me. He beat my mother. We simply cannot do that," Obama Junior raised inevitable question marks over the moral superiority of the American diplomatic mission.

The question was resolved two weeks later when the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement launched a terrorist attack on the nuclear testing ground at Lop Nur, in Xinjiang.

Author says, please note Mark Obama revealed the facts when he was introducing his new book, "From Nairobi to Shenzhen" at the American Chamber of commerce in Guangzhou. The timescales for this ATL have been modified dramatically to permit an Obama leadership. We have also repurposed content from the National Geographic Magazine's December 2009 article China's Uyghurs.

Steve Payne

Editor of Today in Alternate History, a Daily Updating Blog of Important Events In History That Never Occurred Today. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Possibilities such as America becoming a Marxist superpower, aliens influencing human history in the 18th century and Teddy Roosevelt winning his 3rd term as president abound in this interesting fictional blog.


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