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All hail the new Janissaries

Dona Ferentes

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Janissaries began as elite corps made up through the devşirme system of child levy enslavement, by which Christian Albanians, Bulgarians, Croats, Greeks, Romanians, Serbs, and 1Ukrainians were taken, levied, subjected to forced circumcision and conversion to Islam, and incorporated into the Ottoman army. They became famed for internal cohesion cemented by strict discipline and order. Unlike typical slaves, they were paid regular salaries. Forbidden to marry before 10pthe age of 40 or engage in trade, their complete loyalty to the Sultan was expected.
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in the C21 iteration, we have
1. Greg Norman

LIV Golf is a professional golf tour. The name "LIV" refers to the Roman numerals for 54, the score if every hole on a par-72 course were birdied and the number of holes to be played at LIV events.
Date founded: 2021
CEO: Greg Norman
Inaugural season: 2022
Owner(s): Public Investment Fund

2 . Rafa Nadal
Rafael Nadal has been named ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation, as the Gulf kingdom aims to host more professional tournaments as part of a broader sports push. Hehas come under fire for the partnership with the nation, accused of “sportswashing” by using sport to improve its international reputation after widespread criticism for its human rights and environmental record.
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Name one prominent Saudi sports star?
Asif
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Janissaries began as elite corps made up through the devşirme system of child levy enslavement, by which Christian Albanians, Bulgarians, Croats, Greeks, Romanians, Serbs, and 1Ukrainians were taken, levied, subjected to forced circumcision and conversion to Islam, and incorporated into the Ottoman army. They became famed for internal cohesion cemented by strict discipline and order. Unlike typical slaves, they were paid regular salaries. Forbidden to marry before 10pthe age of 40 or engage in trade, their complete loyalty to the Sultan was expected.
And for reasons such as these, the one called Dracula remains a folk hero among Romanians.
 
Janissaries began as elite corps made up through the devşirme system of child levy enslavement, by which Christian Albanians, Bulgarians, Croats, Greeks, Romanians, Serbs, and 1Ukrainians were taken, levied, subjected to forced circumcision and conversion to Islam, and incorporated into the Ottoman army. They became famed for internal cohesion cemented by strict discipline and order. Unlike typical slaves, they were paid regular salaries. Forbidden to marry before 10pthe age of 40 or engage in trade, their complete loyalty to the Sultan was expected.
.
in the C21 iteration, we have
1. Greg Norman

LIV Golf is a professional golf tour. The name "LIV" refers to the Roman numerals for 54, the score if every hole on a par-72 course were birdied and the number of holes to be played at LIV events.
Date founded: 2021
CEO: Greg Norman
Inaugural season: 2022
Owner(s): Public Investment Fund

2 . Rafa Nadal
Rafael Nadal has been named ambassador for the Saudi Tennis Federation, as the Gulf kingdom aims to host more professional tournaments as part of a broader sports push. Hehas come under fire for the partnership with the nation, accused of “sportswashing” by using sport to improve its international reputation after widespread criticism for its human rights and environmental record.
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Name one prominent Saudi sports star?
Asif
?
There is a big difference between Janissaries and modern day Elite Player Slaves who sell themselves to the Saudis.

The former were normal young men who were moulded to act as a team in war, given a new identity i.e. Islam, circumcised, unburdened by marriage until 40 ( they were allowed root afaik) and developed excellence in that environment.

Nadal and his ilk are simple souls burdened by the gift of skill in a small part of their life, do not have group allegiance, and prostitute themselves to a Lord and Master for service alone.

I only envy the golf and tennis Johnnies should I decide to fly coach, at that stage in the flight just under half way, when I realise the quality of my fellow travellers. Otherwise the Janisseries win out.

gg
 
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