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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling power over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling power over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]].France. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.


The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling power over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling power over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard).UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.


The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] power over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.


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In 1948, local ethnic troubles between Jews and Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine became the ArabIsraeliConflict. During this the Jordanian Army acquitted itself well in the streets of Jerusalem, despite the fact that it was effectively fighting the entire population of Jewish (i.e. West) Jerusalem. They were the only Arab army to make a creditable performance in that war. In the Six-day war they were tested again, against an Israeli army which had had time to [[TakeALevelInBadass improve]]. While they fought well, they lost (the Israelis having previously annihilated the entire Jordanian Air Force) and large parts of the Kingdom of Jordan became {{Plunder}}.

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In 1948, local ethnic troubles between Jews and Arabs in the British Mandate of Palestine became the ArabIsraeliConflict.UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict. During this the Jordanian Army acquitted itself well in the streets of Jerusalem, despite the fact that it was effectively fighting the entire population of Jewish (i.e. West) Jerusalem. They were the only Arab army to make a creditable performance in that war. In the Six-day war they were tested again, against an Israeli army which had had time to [[TakeALevelInBadass improve]]. While they fought well, they lost (the Israelis having previously annihilated the entire Jordanian Air Force) and large parts of the Kingdom of Jordan became {{Plunder}}.


This is the army of LawrenceOfArabia. It has defended the interests of the Kingdom of Jordan for a century.

The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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This is the army of LawrenceOfArabia.Film/LawrenceOfArabia. It has defended the interests of the Kingdom of Jordan for a century.

The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia [[Film/LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.














The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.



Between the wars the Arab Legion kept the peace in the desert. When WorldWarII broke out the Arab Legion continued to do this and to watch the back of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. It also took part in a small campaign to conquer Syria, then held by Vichy France (Vichyites were everyone's ChewToy and got regularly beat up primarily for being in the way). Ironically, in this campaign they were fighting on the same side as the [[BadassIsraeli Yishuv]]: this was where Moshe Dayan received his EyepatchOfPower.

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Between the wars the Arab Legion kept the peace in the desert. When WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out the Arab Legion continued to do this and to watch the back of UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. It also took part in a small campaign to conquer Syria, then held by Vichy France (Vichyites were everyone's ChewToy and got regularly beat up primarily for being in the way). Ironically, in this campaign they were fighting on the same side as the [[BadassIsraeli Yishuv]]: this was where Moshe Dayan received his EyepatchOfPower.



* LawrenceOfArabia . As a band of irregulars of course rather then an organized army.

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* LawrenceOfArabia .''Film/LawrenceOfArabia''. As a band of irregulars of course rather then an organized army.



* ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The Jordanian Military help NEST in their fight against the Deceptions.

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* ''TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': ''Film/TransformersRevengeOfTheFallen'': The Jordanian Military help NEST in their fight against the Deceptions.


More recently, Jordan has taken a significant role in the fight against ISIS, led by the aforementioned Abdullah II.

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More recently, Jordan has taken a significant role in the fight against ISIS, led by with the aforementioned Abdullah II.
II even rumored to have personally led a revenge raid for a Jordanian pilot who was captured, tortured, and murdered by ISIS.

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More recently, Jordan has taken a significant role in the fight against ISIS, led by the aforementioned Abdullah II.


This is the army of LawrenceOfArabia. It has gallantly defended the interests of the Kingdom of Jordan for a century. It is not a nationalist army. Rather it is an [[GoodOldWays old-fashioned]] dynastic army and as such seems [[BornInTheWrongCentury out of place]] in the modern world.

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This is the army of LawrenceOfArabia. It has gallantly defended the interests of the Kingdom of Jordan for a century. It is not a nationalist army. Rather it is an [[GoodOldWays old-fashioned]] dynastic army and as such seems [[BornInTheWrongCentury out of place]] in the modern world.
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Tropes include:

* AFatherToHisMen: John Glubb was nicknamed "Father of the little chin" by his Bedouin soldiers.
* AlwaysGetsHisMan: The Arab Legion kept the peace in the area between the world wars.
* ArabIsraeliConflict
* [[BadassArmy Almost Badass Army]] : One must be thrifty about ascribing the term {{Badass}} otherwise it won't mean anything. However this is an army that stood against Israel, indeed the only Arab army to last into a stalemate in the '48. And that is not anything to sneeze at.
* BedouinRescueService
* BornInTheWrongCentury: The Jordanian Army is really a dynastic army of the sort raised in the eighteenth century rather then a national one. It enforces the rule of the Hashemite [[TheClan tribe]], which is fairly decent [[FairForItsDay for the area]].
* ByTheBookCop: In most Arab countries, the army doubles as SecretPolice. Not so much in Jordan.
* CoolTank: They operate 392 Challenger I tanks, second-hand from the BritsWithBattleships.
* {{Determinator}}: The '48 Siege of Jerusalem was a ''mutual'' exercise in determination.
* FriendlyEnemy: You will have to search long and hard to find a Jordanian who admits he is any kind of friend to Israel, but they kind of, sort of ''understand'' one another. YMMV, of course.
** They also have some shared interests, including worrying about the more "difficult" folk in the Middle East.
* GoingNative: John Glubb and Lawrence before that.
* IronWoobie: Jordan always seems to have come out unlucky in power-struggles starting with the expulsion of the Hashemites from Saudi-Arabia and moveing onwards. Yet somehow it survives with dignity.
* TheKingdom: Jordan
* LastStand: Not quite. They did surrender after all; they were professionals and knew when [[HonorBeforeReason Honor]] was satisfied. But the storming of Jerusalem in '67 has elements of this.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: the service of the Hashemites. YMMV, depending on what you think of the Hashemites.
* ProudWarriorRace: Bedouin
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: During the Six-day war Hussein was unusual among VIP s in actually coming near the fighting personally.
** In 2015, King Abdullah's response to a captured pilot being burned alive by the group that calls itself the Islamic State was to make sure that people knew that he was flying combat sorties too.
* SacredHospitality: Jordan was one of the few countries to shelter Palestinian refugees after 1948. Despite being a poor country with no oil.
* TheCityNarrows: Jerusalem like many Middle Eastern cities is like a maze.
* UndyingLoyalty: To the crown.
* UrbanWarfare: Jerusalem in 1948 and 1967. The Arab Legion was used to deserts but untrained for this and fighting a highly motivated enemy
* WeHelpTheHelpless: One of the most praiseworthy things the Jordanian army has done was to protect peaceful shepherds and farmers from [[{{Outlaw}} brigands]].
* WorthyOpponent: After the storming of Jerusalem in 1967, the [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF]] set up a monument to the dead of the Jordanian Army

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in the area between the world wars.
* ArabIsraeliConflict
* [[BadassArmy Almost Badass Army]] : One must be thrifty about ascribing the term {{Badass}} otherwise it won't mean anything. However this is an army that stood against Israel, indeed the only Arab army to last into a stalemate in the '48. And that is not anything to sneeze at.
* BedouinRescueService
* BornInTheWrongCentury: The Jordanian Army is really a dynastic army of the sort raised in the eighteenth century rather then a national one. It enforces the rule of the Hashemite [[TheClan tribe]], which is fairly decent [[FairForItsDay for the area]].
* ByTheBookCop: In most Arab countries, the army doubles as SecretPolice. Not so much in Jordan.
* CoolTank: They operate 392 Challenger I tanks, second-hand from the BritsWithBattleships.
* {{Determinator}}: The '48 Siege of Jerusalem was a ''mutual'' exercise in determination.
* FriendlyEnemy: You will have to search long and hard to find a Jordanian who admits he is any kind of friend to Israel, but they kind of, sort of ''understand'' one another. YMMV, of course.
** They also have some shared interests, including worrying about the more "difficult" folk in the Middle East.
* GoingNative: John Glubb and Lawrence before that.
* IronWoobie: Jordan always seems to have come out unlucky in power-struggles starting with the expulsion of the Hashemites from Saudi-Arabia and moveing onwards. Yet somehow it survives with dignity.
* TheKingdom: Jordan
* LastStand: Not quite. They did surrender after all; they were professionals and knew when [[HonorBeforeReason Honor]] was satisfied. But the storming of Jerusalem in '67 has elements of this.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: the service of the Hashemites. YMMV, depending on what you think of the Hashemites.
* ProudWarriorRace: Bedouin
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: During the Six-day war Hussein was unusual among VIP s in actually coming near the fighting personally.
** In 2015, King Abdullah's response to a captured pilot being burned alive by the group that calls itself the Islamic State was to make sure that people knew that he was flying combat sorties too.
* SacredHospitality: Jordan was one of the few countries to shelter Palestinian refugees after 1948. Despite being a poor country with no oil.
* TheCityNarrows: Jerusalem like many Middle Eastern cities is like a maze.
* UndyingLoyalty: To the crown.
* UrbanWarfare: Jerusalem in 1948 and 1967. The Arab Legion was used to deserts but untrained for this and fighting a highly motivated enemy
* WeHelpTheHelpless: One of the most praiseworthy things the Jordanian army has done was to protect peaceful shepherds and farmers from [[{{Outlaw}} brigands]].
* WorthyOpponent: After the storming of Jerusalem in 1967, the [[IsraelisWithInfraredMissiles IDF]] set up a monument to the dead of the Jordanian Army

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[TheBritishEmpire [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.



Between the wars the Arab Legion kept the peace in the desert. When WorldWarII broke out the Arab Legion continued to do this and to watch the back of TheBritishEmpire. It also took part in a small campaign to conquer Syria, then held by Vichy France (Vichyites were everyone's ChewToy and got regularly beat up primarily for being in the way). Ironically, in this campaign they were fighting on the same side as the [[BadassIsraeli Yishuv]]: this was where Moshe Dayan received his EyepatchOfPower.

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Between the wars the Arab Legion kept the peace in the desert. When WorldWarII broke out the Arab Legion continued to do this and to watch the back of TheBritishEmpire.UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire. It also took part in a small campaign to conquer Syria, then held by Vichy France (Vichyites were everyone's ChewToy and got regularly beat up primarily for being in the way). Ironically, in this campaign they were fighting on the same side as the [[BadassIsraeli Yishuv]]: this was where Moshe Dayan received his EyepatchOfPower.

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** In 2015, King Abdullah's response to a captured pilot being burned alive by the group that calls itself the Islamic State was to make sure that people knew that he was flying combat sorties too.


The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.

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The Hashemite dynasty is the ruling [[TheKingdom power]] over Jordan. In a way it is a GovernmentInExile. The Hashemites (or House of Hashem) were among the losers in a three-way power struggle in what is now Saudi Arabia between the House of Saud, the House of Rashid, and the Hashemites (The winner was the House of Saud, led by AbdulAzizIbnSaud UsefulNotes/AbdulAzizIbnSaud who was sort of a Bedouin MagnificentBastard). During WorldWarI, the Hashemites took the [[TheBritishEmpire British]] side, leading a revolt of the Arab tribes against the [[VestigialEmpire Ottoman Empire]] and recruiting a fair number of more sedentary Arabs in the process. The Brits promised the head of the family, Hussein bin Ali, that he would be king of all the Arab lands east of Egypt (modern Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia, plus Bahrain, Qatar, the UAE, Oman, and much of Yemen if he could win them). However, the British had also [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder promised a homeland in Palestine for the Jews and had secretly planned to split the Middle East with France]]. As a result, Hussein got nothing (and was kicked out of his stronghold of Mecca by Abdulaziz bin Saud), but his sons, Abdullah and Faisal, were both given rule over British mandates; Faisal originally tried to rule all of "greater Syria" (Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan), but the French kicked him out of Damascus and Palestine was a mess, so the British put him on the Iraqi throne. His older brother Abdullah was assigned Jordan (at the time, Transjordan) as his measly share of the {{Plunder}}. As it turned out, Jordan is today the only Hashemite kingdom left, ruled by Abdullah's great-grandson King Abdullah II. The memoirs of a [[LawrenceOfArabia certain liaison officer]] who served with Abdullah, Faisal, and their troops during the Arab Revolt managed to be made into a movie.


* WeHelpTheHelpless: One of the most praiseworthy things the Jordanian army has done was to protect peaceful shepherds and farmers from [[{{Outlaws}} brigands]].

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* WeHelpTheHelpless: One of the most praiseworthy things the Jordanian army has done was to protect peaceful shepherds and farmers from [[{{Outlaws}} [[{{Outlaw}} brigands]].

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