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Rasul (Xiao'erjing: لَاسُوعَر; Chinese: ; Uyghur: رسول; "messenger, prophet"), born as Adil Erkinoghul Hoshur (Chinese: ; Uyghur: ئادىل ئەركىنئوغۇل ھوشۇر; "Adil, son (of) Erkin") and posthumously and endearingly known as Adiljan (阿迪爾健; "Adil the dear"), was a political musician, leader of the Si Wong Spring and Defender's March of Republic City, and the first Amir of the disputed Si Wong Democratic Republic.
The son of immigrant parents, Rasul began his career as a musician who specialised in traditional Si Wong instruments. He gained a passion for revolution by using the secession of Republic City from the Earth Kingdom to justify the long-deserved independence of the Si Wong region. A scholar by heart, Rasul also opposed the rule of Republic City's former Councilman Darlal, who managed to gain absolute power through corruption of the Council. After leading the Si Wong Spring, he was proclaimed the first Amir of the breakaway state of the Si Wong Democratic Republic. He was assassinated by Dai Li agents under the order of Hou-Ting, though he is considered a martyr of the Si Wong independence movement.
Early Life Edit
Adil Erkinoghul Hoshur was born in Republic City, United Republic, in 133 AG. His parents, Erkin and Patime, were immigrants from the Si Wong Desert of the Earth Kingdom. Born to an esteemed mercantile family, Adil's parents were ethnic Beetle-headed merchants who fled the city of Baghyurek in the eastern Earth Kingdom. The Si Wong region, which had always been marked by continuous violence and resistance to Earth Kingdom rule, became increasingly unstable under the reign of Earth Queen Hou-Ting. Due to her strict censorship of any and all publications or writings promoting Si Wong independence, many early Si Wong activists were imprisoned, tortured, or killed by the Dai Li.
- Adil's full given name was 'Adil Erkinoghul Hoshur'. 'Erkinoghul' was a patronymic name meaning "son of Erkin" (referring to descent), which was a traditional naming convention of the nomadic peoples of the Si Wong Desert. Adil's family was one of the few that had a surname (Hoshur), as only esteemed mercantile families of the Beetle-headed merchants are able to earn one.
- The suffix -oghul was taken directly from the Uyghur word  In Uyghur, the word is pronounced as /oʁul/ in IPA. meaning "son".
- Many real-life movements were used as inspiration for the various revolutions and organisations established by Rasul:
- The Si Wong Spring was primarily inspired by the Berber Spring of North Africa and the Uyghur Eastern Turkestan movement in Xinjiang, China.
- The Defender's March was based off of the Tunisian Revolution (or the Jasmine Revolution).
- The formation of the Si Wong Democratic Republic took aspects from the Western Sahara independence movement and the Chechen insurgency in the Caucasus.
- Si Wong culture was deliberately chosen to reflect Uyghur, Turkic, and Hui Muslim culture in China. While the Earth Kingdom uses the Chinese characters (like mainland China), the inhabitants of the Si Wong Desert use the Perso-Arabic script, called Xiao'erjing in Chinese (like Muslim western China).