With neither Ellisia nor Kemalia working out entirely as intended, the Pineland administration decided it was time to take their wins in Attica and Kalaria and bring the troops home. They quickly announced their intentions, and withdrew most of the Pinelandian troops in a grand gesture to show their citizens that the world was safe again. They also pursued closer relations with the Islamic Republic of Ariana, a realm that had long been on Pineland’s black list. They offered informal acceptance of the Ariana government, and unlocked billions of Dons worth of frozen Ariana financial assets. Ariana accepted the funds with a smile, and used them to fund terrorist organizations. The Islamic Brotherhood of Jihad quickly arose to commit terrorist attacks all over the region and conquered vast swaths of Kalaria and Kemalia in a brutal campaign of ethnic and religious persecution.