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Mitradokht of Suren

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Mitradokht of Suren
2nd Surenšāh of the Suren Confederacy
In office
1694 AN – 1731 AN
Prime Minister Rashid Sanook
Preceded by Dāryuš of the Suren

Born 1644 AN
Arg-e Suren, Zjandaria
Died 12.I.1731 AN (87 AN years)
Nationality Suren Suren
Political party
Occupation Surenšāhbanu of the Suren Confederacy

Mitradokht of Suren, Surenšāhbanu of the Suren Confederacy from 1694 AN until her death in 1731 AN. Her nearly four-decade reign was tumultuous but pivotal in shaping the modern Surenid state. Mitradokht presided over the Confederacy's post-war reconstruction, industrialisation efforts, and struggles against domestic unrest.


Early life

Served as an EISR Athelete with the Daocheng Mission of 1664, representing Raspur. Joined the anti-Raspur rebellion of the Second Euran War. Captive of the Khan of Raspur from 1674 AN. In defeat, married to former slave of foreign ancestry by order of the Khan, bestowing caste shame upon the House of Suren for its rebelliousness. Kept in Raspur as a hostage to ensure the continued compliance of her brother, the reigning Surenšāh.

Installation and Early Reign

Mitradokht's rise to power was unconventional. She assumed the throne in 1694 AN after her brother, Dāryuš of the Suren, was killed under murky circumstances. The Trans-Euran Command intervened by delivering Mitradokht from exile in Raspur and installing her as Surenšāhbanu in Surenshahr. This move, backed by Constancian military force, aimed to stabilise the Confederacy amid the chaos of the Third Euran War.

In the early years, Mitradokht leaned heavily on Constancian advisors and the Nationalist & Humanist Party to rebuild from the war's devastation. Key initiatives included:

  • Reconstruction of cities like Surenshahr and Mehrshahr
  • Rebuilding the armed forces with Constancian training and equipment
  • Efforts to revive agriculture through irrigation projects
  • Laying the groundwork for future industrialisation programs

Consolidating Power

However, Mitradokht's foreign backing and suppression of rivals bred resentment. In 1703 AN, she outmanoeuvred the nobility by passing reforms that centralised power and regional representation within the Majles-e Suren under the N&H party's control.

The Babkhan Restoration Movement uprising from 1715-1717 AN posed a major threat to the consolidation of the regime. Led by Amir Arslan, it tapped into Babkhan nationalist sentiment against foreign Constancian influence. Mitradokht crushed the rebels with overwhelming Raspur Pact firepower after two years of fighting.

This victory consolidated the regime but also deepened dependence on Constancian backing. Mitradokht ruled as an absolutist monarch while paying lip service to reviving Babkhan heritage through policies like the restored Harmonious Society Act.

Industrialisation Efforts

In the 1720s AN, the discovery of Alexandrium provided an opportunity for economic revival. Mitradokht launched industrialisation programmes aiming to transform the Confederacy into a regional power through Alexandrium-based industries.

Key initiatives included:

  • The "Act of Restitution for the Tears of Anāhitā" in 1730 AN to spur Alexandrium exploitation
  • Infrastructure projects like expanding the Trans-Euran Railway
  • Promoting population growth through pro-natalist policies
  • Inviting foreign capital investment and corporate prospectors

However, the rushed industrialisation also fueled economic upheaval, urbanisation pressures, and working class unrest that contributed to the Bitter Spring uprisings of 1730 AN.

The Bitter Spring and Succession

The Bitter Spring revolt, driven by economic grievances and calls for democracy, represented the greatest challenge to Mitradokht's reign. She ruthlessly suppressed the protests and insurgencies with the help of the loyalist 7th Cavalry Division and Raspur Pact backing.

Though order was restored by late 1730 through brutal crackdowns, the events eroded civil liberties and made the regime even more dependent on Constancian military might.

As Mitradokht's health failed in her final years, a succession crisis loomed with rival claims from her nephew Dāryuš Vištāspa of the Suren and their fellow Surenid clan member, the Mirza Rustaham Sūrēn.


Mitradokht's death occurred against the backdrop of the recently crushed Bitter Spring uprising, a year-long wave of worker strikes, student protests, and insurgent activities across the Confederacy and neighbouring Raspur Khanate. The revolt was suppressed through draconian security laws and overwhelming military force, leaving thousands dead and further antagonising the populace against Mitradokht's regime.

Official court chronicles stated the elderly Surenšāhbanu succumbed to severe respiratory complications after a prolonged illness. However, widespread rumours alleged Mitradokht was poisoned by opponents within the royal court seeking to reshape the political landscape. The regime's harsh crackdown on dissent had intensified factional rivalries and resentments among the nobility.


Mitradokht's reign was pivotal but controversial. She helped rebuild the Suren state after the Third Euran War and initiated agricultural reform, industrialisation and urban development. However, her reliance on Constancian backing and suppression of dissent also entrenched authoritarianism and human rights abuses.

The Confederacy made economic strides but remained a Humanist police state reliant on the Raspur Pact. Underlying tensions around Constancian domination, lack of democracy, and the resilience of Babkhan nationalism posed lingering challenges for her successors.

Mitradokht exemplified the regime's prioritisation of state-building through force over representative governance or true cultural revival. Her mixed legacy highlighted the stark contradictions of the Neo-Babkhan project in the Suren Confederacy.