This is my first story, on Rhye's and Fall of Civilisation (RFC) RAND, version 1.26, Huge, High Earth-likeness、Monarch difficulty. I am role-playing somewhat. I did not have specific goals as I set out, but circumstances and opportunities (e.g. founding a religion) may lead me to fervently pursue the goals that are naturally suggested, even if that is not the path that will gain me the highest score. The history of the Persian people - I - The rise of the Persian empire, the adoption of Christianity, the liberation of India I. Beginnings II. Contact and expansion III. The underground faith IV. The Arab conquests V. The missionary empire VI. Conflict with Arabia and the Khwarezmid Dynasty VII. Expansion of the known world and the campaign against Arabia VIII. The Greater Kartid Persian Empire The history of the Persian people - II - The era of the Encircling War, the fall of China and the ascendence of Persia to world's dominant power IX. The Timurids and the Eastern War X. The end of the Timurid Dynasty XI. The Twelvers and the Qizilbash XII. The Encircling War, Part I - The Second China Campaign XIII. The Encircling War, Part II - A World in Turmoil XIV. The Encircling War, Part III - The Empire Endures XV. The Encircling War, Part IV - The Establishment of the Pax Parsa The history of the Persian people - III - The First World War, the Catastrophe, the Tudeh Revolution and reconquest XVI. The Parsa Olympiad XVII. The World Again Aflame XVIII. The First World War - Part I (1870-1896) XIX. The First World War - Part II "Futility" (1896-1918) XX. The First World War - Part III "Victory attended by Catastrophe" (1918-1936) XXI. Reconquest and Revolution (1936-38) XXII. 'International Friendship' and Domestic Strife: Post-Revolutionary Persia(1938-1945) The history of the Persian people - IV - The Modern Era XXIII. The World in 1955 XXIV. Persia reaches southwards XXV. Steps towards domination - modernisation and the African expansion XXVI. A change of course - Persia looks to the stars I. Beginnings The nomadic people of the Persian plain began settling around two distinct centres in the 9th centurty BCE. Parsa was the largest and dominant city, founded c. 835 BC in the hills to the northwest. Armuza became the main urban centre (c. 805 BC) for the tribes that had migrated closer to the sea. The first ruler of the unified empire, Akyresh, had 4 priorities: 1. Fully exploit the natural bounty of the land 2. Join the cities of the empire, for efficient defense. 3. Establish a 3rd city on the southern bank of the Amu Dar'ya River 4. Explore the surrounding area, learning as much as possible about the rivals to the south and east.