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[RFC Synthesis] China: All Under Heaven

Discussion in 'Civ4 - Stories & Tales' started by Moshe Dayan, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. Moshe Dayan

    Moshe Dayan Da General

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    China: All Under Heaven




    In order to test Linkman226's Project SYNTHESIS modmod, I've decided to start a new story, as China. Playing as one of the game's earliest civs will make it easier for me to see if there are any early-game bugs, and should make for an interesting story.

    Additionally, this story will be semi-historical, and may end up being tounge-in-cheek at times. I will not be going for a historical victory, however, and have given myself a seperate set of unique goals:
    • Found Taoism
    • Control all of what was historically part of China in any given time period (i.e. recreate the Qin Dynasty by 220BC, recreate the Republic of China by 1928, etc.)
    • Curbstomp the Mongols
    • Curbstomp Japan
    • Unite the entire Sinosphere (in a loose sense) under one flag

    Other mods I will be using:
    Without any further ado...
     
  2. MoreEpicThanYou

    MoreEpicThanYou The most Epic.

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    Subb'd. Should be interesting.
     
  3. Moshe Dayan

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    There is a remarkable lack of organized records of Chinese history. Indeed, the only known documentation of the History of China since the third millennium BC was halted when its author, the noted historian Bob T. Joe, tragically died of a heart attack last year.

    Spoiler An irl picture of Bobbtjoe :

    At any rate, this text hopes to chronicle the history of China from its beginnings in ancient times all the way up to modern day.

    Unfortunately, there are very few written records from early times that have survived to today. Nevertheless, historians generally agree that the Han people began settling large, square coastal villages as early as 3000BC, because that is totally how it happened in real life. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know when the Xia period ended for sure, because the few written documents from this period that have survived to modern day do not have any dates on them, and instead read "Stone Age" in perfect English, which is odd since contemporary English did not exist back then. 1600BC has been referenced as a possible ending date for the dynasty, but this has proven difficult to confirm.


    In any event, this time period marked the beginning of a long series of dynasties that would dramatically shape the future of East Asia and the world.
     
  4. Moshe Dayan

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    It is remarkably easier to document the history of the Shang Dynasty due to the abundance of written accords that have survived through the years. Glyphs found on Shang oracle bones tell the story of how the first Shang emperor, Tang, sent 3 of his finest warriors into the vast deserts to the west for exploration purposes. Excavations in modern-day Uzbekistan have proven that not only did these "Shang Explorers" cover vast distances, they also all lived to be nearly 200 years old.



    The Shang Dynasty also saw many technological breakthroughs during this time period, and the first galleys were built during this period.



    Records indicate that at some point during this dynasty, Shang ships first encountered the island of Japan, which was named Riben by the sailors who approached it.



    In roughly 1400BC, the Shang government began using bronze tablets as a means of keeping official records. Additionally, it is around this time that large, isolated reserves of copper began appearing out of nowhere for some reason.

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    Additionally, Shang inscriptions indicate that a large herd of horses magically appeared outside of Beijing around the same time that animals had begun to be domesticated by Chinese farmers.



    The Shang Dynasty reached the height of its power in 1300BC, as new trading contacts with other nations began to develop. Moreover, with the founding of new cities on the coast and in the mountains to the West, the Shang Dynasty was able spread its influence far and wide, making it one of the world's largest empires by the 13th Century BC.

     
  5. inohotep

    inohotep Slender Time!

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    i reccomend founding Hanoi, its in your goal, and the elephants are invalulable against the Mongols (what with their crossbowmen<pikeman and whatnot)
     
  6. Red_Spy

    Red_Spy Euphonium Player

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    Wow, I will be following this!
     
  7. hoplitejoe

    hoplitejoe Top fun-poster

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    I did think about using my play test as a story as well :lol:
    Not sure about the "Improved Graphics for CIV" It just looks like they have made the game all brown and dark.
     
  8. christos200

    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Great update.
     
  9. SouthernKing

    SouthernKing crickety cricket

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  10. Moshe Dayan

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    I have a very specific city placement that I use when playing as China to minimize tile overlap, which I am super OCD about. Besides I think it's more fun to vassalize the Khmer and exact tribute from them while forcing them to adopt Maoist Communism :mwaha:

    Anyway, next update will be later today!
     
  11. Moshe Dayan

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    By 1300BC, the Shang Dynasty had reached the height of its power. It controlled vast quantities of land along the Yangtze River and along the coast, which is odd considering they only had three cities.


    The Shang Dynasty in 1300BC

    Spoiler Real Shang Dynasty :

    Hmm, not bad...



    The Shang emperor decided to spread his influence even further, by ordering one of his advisors, Wen, to establish a copper mining village in the hills of Southern China. However, this proved a costly mistake, as the city was far enough away from the capital that the Shang Dynasty was only able to maintain de jure control over the fledgling city, which soon proved to be one of the most productive cities in all of China. Emboldened by this, Wen gradually consolidated his control of the city, proclaiming himself Wen, King of Zhou in 1100BC.



    Wu Zhou is often noted for the ferocity of its charioteers, who roamed across Asia, pillaging what remained of the once powerful Mauryan Empire. Legend has it that the chariot riders were immortal, and that as long as one of them was left alive after a battle, the other one could magically respawn after a few decades.



    By 1050BC, Persian merchants began arriving in Southern China. Wen's son, Wu of Zhou, opened formal relations with the Persian delegates completely independently of the stagnating Shang Dynsaty, and agreed to open borders to Persian traders, provided that someone teach him how the hell the name of their empire was pronounced.
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    Meanwhile, in the Shang capital, King Di Xin finally took action to ensure that his subjects would remain loyal. To this end, he ordered the establishment of great public libraries, which he ordered filled with bronze scripture commemorating the greatness of Shang.



    However, this proved futile, as waves of northern barbarians began to descend on Beijing. Although the city itself was spared, the Shang people saw for the first time how inept King Di Xin really was when it came to military affairs. In their eyes, he was no longer fit to rule such a grand kingdom. Therefore, when Wu Zhou declared war on the Shang in 1010BC, much of the populace joined the rebels and swore their allegiance to King Wu of Zhou, who had finally reached the outskirts of Beijing. As much of his armies defected, the Shang Dynasty collapsed, and King Di Xin committed suicide via the Bee method.



    Wu of Zhou immediately proclaimed himself Emperor of China and King of the Zhou Dynasty, which staved off an inevitable civil war. Wu proved more adept at consolidation than his predecessor, and promised his people safety from barbarian assaults provided that they dutifully serve him.



    As the Zhou dynasty flourished in the centuries after the fall of Shang, Buddhism began to spread throughout the empire like wildfire. Although it was never officially adopted by the Zhou, the emperor allowed it to remain in his kingdom, after observing how approaching barbarians would flee in terror after seeing the giant bubbles with pictures in them that would appear over cities whenever a religion spread there.



    Around 500BC, sailors from the East approached Chinese shores. Zhou officials met with these delegates, who were headed by a man named Jimmu, who claimed to be the Emperor of Japan. However, he was deaf-mute, and this may have led his translators to erroneously inform the Zhou diplomats that he represented the Tokugawa Shogunate, which itself would not exist for hundreds of years.

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    Eventually, by 400BC, the Zhou had made contact with several Middle Eastern and European nations, such as the Greeks, Romans, and Persians, and great strides were made in the field of mathematics. It is around this time that China is said to have progressed into the Classical Era, and the Zhou's ability to make ugly sundials is said to have rivaled that of even Rome.



    By 350BC, the Zhou Dynasty was one of the largest kingdoms in the world, and encompassed much of China. However, factions of the empire were still somewhat rebellious, as the Kings of Zhou would soon find out...

    Spoiler :
     
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    Yoshiegg737 Jungo Jungo

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    Tomorrow's Dawn Heroes Never Die

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    It's been a long time since any story has been able to make me laugh this hard. :lol:
    All I need now is for you to write in Tommy Wiseau as a cameo and my life would be complete.
     
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    Optical The Fall of the Eleventh

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    Great story so far! Subbed. Why are all China stories so good? :D
     
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    christos200 Never tell me the odds

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    Agian, great update.
     
  16. inohotep

    inohotep Slender Time!

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    thats true, i never really noticed that

    but what did you pillage? was that quarry always there?
     
  17. Moshe Dayan

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    Yeah, it was the one remaining improvement that the remnants of the Indian empire still had.

    In other news, large update later today, which will cover the entire Qin and (early) Han dynasties!

    Also, here is my Zhou Dynasty at its greatest extent:


    The Zhou in approximately 400BC

    Spoiler Real Zhou Dynasty :

    I think I'm winning :p
     
  18. inohotep

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    all you have to do is outlast them, they lasted 800yrs, which was China's longest dynasty
     
  19. Moshe Dayan

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    Though the Zhou Emperors had considerable consolidation over their lands, disputes between the emperor and his regional rulers became increasingly common over time. Eventually, they finally boiled over in 325BC, when a local general from Xian named Ying Zheng attempted to encourage the Zhou leadership to annex the Korean peninsula to the east in face of the rising Japanese influence in the area. However, the Zhou Emperor disagreed, claiming that he "did not want to expand in a foreign area and incur an expansion penalty". Historians are still baffled by the meaning of this statement, and many believe it to be a mistranslation. Nevertheless, Ying Zheng was not satisfied, and rallied a large army to sack Beijing in 325BC. The city was taken easily, and the last Zhou king was executed via the bee method. After Beijing fell, the rest of China quickly surrendered to Ying's forces, and that year he proclaimed himself Qin Shi Huang, Emperor of all China. This ushered in the Qin dynasty.



    The new dynasty marked a new interest in trade with foreign powers. At the beginning of the Qin dynasty, China was technologically backwards compared to classical civilizations in the west, and Qin Shi Huang attempted to remedy this by teaching Greeks how to count.

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    However, the greatest achievement of the Qin dynasty is believed to be the introduction of the world's very first calendar, which magically made bananas edible.

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    This in turn led to the creation of a brand new religion called Taoism, which was revealed to Qin Shi Huang himself when he suddenly realized the secrets of life and nature while he was sitting in his garden smoking some dye. The religion was officially endorsed by the Qin government in 300BC.



    Qin Shi Huang's dreams of annexing Korea were finally realized in 299BC, when his son Fusu gave it to him as a 60th birthday present. Legend has it that everyone hid in the bushes while Fusu walked his father into Pingrang, and jumped out yelling "SURPRISE!" as soon as they reached the center of the city.



    By 284BC, Qin Shi Huang was feeble with old age, and desperately searched for a way to prolong his life. He sent his advisors to the ancient Babylonian empire, to find out how Hammurabi had managed to live for thousands of years. Qin Shi Huang suspected that the secrets of meditation were key, and His advisors approached the Babylonian leadership about the issue. Unfortunately, Hammurabi was unwilling to share the secrets with the Qin advisors, and instead repeatedly yelled at them to "have a great prophet research it".

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    Qin Shi Huang passed away later that year, with his family at his side, desperately proclaiming that he didn't want to go.



    He was succeeded by Fusu, who resumed trading with the classical powers in the west. He knew that sharing the secrets of the Chinese calendar with others would make iron pop out of the ground, and quickly shared the knowledge with merchants from the Roman Empire.

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    At its height, the Qin Empire was home to half a million people.



    However, the royal line soon died out, and in 109BC the last heir to the Qin throne died, leaving behind no sons to take up the reigns. The emperor of Japan, Jimmu (who was a direct descendent of the deaf-mute Emperor who had united the island centuries earlier), saw this as an opportunity to increase Japan's influence in Korea, quickly declared war on the Chinese people.

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    However, a local military hero of Beijing named Liu Bang, who had defended the city from countless Barbarian invasions, quickly stepped up and claimed the title of emperor of China. In the face of the Japanese threat from the east, the Mongol raids from the north, and Tibetan raids from the west, much of the empire immediately swore allegiance to the new emperor, who proclaimed himself the first emperor of the Han dynasty.


    Artist's rendition of Liu Bang stabbing a horse


    The Han leadership finally reached an agreement with Japan in 16AD, agreeing to cede a tiny slice of Korea over to Japan in exchange for peace.

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    To show that there were no hard feelings, the Emperor of Japan agreed to allow Taoist teachings to flourish in his empire, and soon much of Japan was Taoist.



    However, the peace was shattered when Jimmu's grandson Jimmu declared war on the Han dynasty after a Han noble joked that his beard made him look like Santa Claus.

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    To the west however, relations with foreign nations proved much less stressed, as trading began with the Ethiopian Empire, which was Taoist despite never having been contacted by any Taoist powers in the past. Historians have been unable to explain this, although it is widely suspected that Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff may have been involved.

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    Although Japan had not yet invaded any part of China, the Han leadership devised a genius plan to prevent the Japanese from wiping out the Han Dynasty. The Han Emperor ordered the construction of a city in a spot that was so horrible, no one would ever want to invade it. It worked.



    After the development of a paper currency, the Han Dynasty traded it to the Roman Empire on the condition that Roman delegates come to China and teach everybody their ABCs.

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    Finally, after centuries of diplomatic warfare, a peace was obtained in 161AD after the Jimmu family won a lawsuit in which the Han court agreed to pay the Japanese imperial family a large sum of gold for "emotional damages" in exchange for peace.

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    After nearly 500 years, the Terra Cotta Army that had been ordered by Qin Shi Huang to protect him in the afterlife was completed, at the cost of many lives.



    By 200AD, the Han Dynasty had reached the height of its power. Its population reached a million people, making it the second largest empire in the world. Contemporary historians agree that everyone was jelly of the great Han Empire, except for the Romans, who were not jelly.




    Here is the Han Empire at its greatest extent, in 200AD:

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    Spoiler Real Han Empire :

    Eh close enough. No way am I building another useless city in the desert just to have it flip to the Mongols.
     
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