I've decided to join as the Ottoman Empire, just to see how far I get. And thus, my first course of action: From: The Ottoman Empire To: All Concerned Parties I send this message not as a threat to the Arab people. All nations denouncing this Sultan's Empire must understand something. I am not being unreasonable in denying Hedjaz its freedom as a nation. I fear that releasing them will ignite the powder keg that will implode the entire empire. If I allow the Arabs of Hedjaz to form their nation, I must then deal with the Jews, every other Arab, and the Armenians. And if I am forced to grant them freedom, I will have to deal with disgruntled Georgians, Greeks, and perhaps even the people of Karaman. Is Rum to be the only piece of the Empire I am allowed rule? Would this outcome not upset the balance and stability of the region many times over? This is why I reject this rebellion. The Ottomans are not tyrannical, but we will not allow our country of thousands of years in the making to suddenly implode to please the few in Hedjaz who decided to wrongfully take up arms when no injustice has been done to them. We may have considered releasing Hedjaz as a protectorate with nearly complete autonomy if they had peacefully requested to be free as a nation with a majority of the people supporting the notion. But this? There is no reason to believe this rebellion has the majority in their support. And they fired upon military outposts with no provocation. They willingly killed military personnel and destroyed several outposts for no reason other than to make their nation independent from Ottoman governance without so much as a peaceful request. Instead of waiting for a peaceful solution to even be discussed, they attack during the conference which had the purpose of doing just that. It is evident they don't want peaceful solutions. We did not fire the first bullet, but unless this unjust rebellion stands down we will surely fire the last. Edit: I was under the impression that these peace talks took place this turn, and apparently that's that the case. I am gonna have to revise this. Edit Edit: Upon reading the previous two updates more thoroughly, all I've said still holds true. In fact, I can add more. From: The Ottoman Empire To: Germany The Sultan formally thanks the Kaiser for his support in his decision.