Sadiq al-Mahdi looked at the plan and map in front of him. It detailed Sudan, with Darfur specially marked out. He could clearly see a significant section of Western Sudan disappear if Darfur ended up independent, as the peace plan currently aimed to do.
He turned towards his brother-in-law, who was deep in thought. "What are we going to do? If Darfur leaves, we'll splinter once again and that won't do wonders for our domestic stability. Ever since the South left us, the heathens across the nation have all been trying for their own nation."
Hassan al-Turabi stood silently for a moment, before responding. "We act. We have less than a year before Darfur leaves us and when that happens we'll have a hundred thousand militiamen with nothing to do. We need to deploy them somewhere, and we need Darfur."
"What do you suggest?"
"Currently Darfur will form the Darfur Free State - which is unlikely to support us and will most likely aid those against us. It is a land made up of infidels and traitors, and it is time they embrace the true message."
"We fought with them for the last several years over this plan to Arabize and Islamize them - it didn't work. They resisted us, and although they died the world's attention was upon us. We need a way to make this legitimate."
"The only way we'll make this legitimate is if we create a state which seems to be independent of Khartoum, and which is recognized by the rest of the world as a sovereign state. If this hypothetical state were to be Islamic in nature, then it must carry out its activities quietly. We already have little to no international observers in Darfur, thanks to al-Bashir, but we need to make sure that any conversion attempts are quiet."
"How do we create this Islamic state? We've already signed that godforsaken plan with the rebels to create their 'Free State' - they certainly won't agree to any Islamic state."
"There was a nice clause buried in that treaty, I believe that it was Article VII. It stated that if the Darfuri rebels attacked the government, minor modifications could be made to the treaty. These could include the form of government."
"Now why are you telling me this? We're obviously related, but there's no reason to tell me any of what you told me."
"I want you to lead the new Islamic State. We need to concentrate power so that our family remains strong, and important - and who better than the descendant of the Mahdists himself?"