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stNNES IV: Fiddling with the clock...

Discussion in 'Never Ending Stories' started by North King, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. North King

    North King blech

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    That would be good. Jsut as a note they are currently powerful landwise, weak seawise, and decentralized. That's about all I have on them.
     
  2. Insane_Panda

    Insane_Panda Chieftain

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    Gah, no inspiration for a story right now, after 1000 CE update there will be one.

    Proto-orders being written.
     
  3. Capulet

    Capulet RESTART

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    Nation Name:The Crimean Empire

    Start Location: Crimean Peninsula

    Core Area: Crimean Peninsula, Ukraine, the Caucus, EASTERN EUROPE, up to Russia, make an alliance with the Turks to crush the Kazkahs and other tribes, and take their territory.

    Traits:

    Isolationist (1)-Expansionist (5): 3
    Pacifist (1)-Militaristic (5):5
    Army (1)-Navy (5):2
    Agricultural (1)-Merchantile (5): 1
    Decentralized (1)-Centralized (5):4
    Secular (1)-Religious (5):1
    Populist (1)-Aristocratic (5):1

    Description: The Crimean Empire continued expanding at a continuous rate until the Emperor finally realized that they must stop, and ready the empire. He continued making big trade deals and increased agriculture in the nation a lot. He required conscription of every able man past the age of 18 until he reaches the age of 40. Each child in the empire must go to school until they are 18, then they will go on to their respective fields in the military or at home. Whatever anyone does, they do it for the state and for the community. Each citizen has a sense of community. The citizens are very loyal, but not only to their Emperor, but to each other. The Crimeans are highly educated, highly trained. Crimea is thought of as the educational capital of the world, protected by a huge and sophisticated army that uses strict dicipline.
     
  4. Insane_Panda

    Insane_Panda Chieftain

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    Travancore is better than Crimea. We demand tribute.
     
  5. North King

    North King blech

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    Miniupdate number twain begun. Don't worry if you haven't sent in miniorders, because A) they aren't necessary and B) You still have a couple of hours.

    ;)
     
  6. blackheart

    blackheart unenlightened

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    Egypt had been in decline for quite some time. The strength and divinity of the Egyptian Dynasties were over. Their empire was a shadow of its former self. No longer the center of the world that it once was, the land of the Nile was a prime target for conquest. Conquest came, in the form of the Akkadians.

    A wealthy Assyrian merchant, bored with Syria and angry that he could not rise in power in Syria, decided to recruit a mercenary army. He let his son, who was a military officer in the Syrian army lead the mercs. And so the son and the mercenaries marched from Syria into Egypt. Due to partly the son's military genius, due to partly the mercenaries' greed for Egyptian wealth, and due to partly the Egyptian's decadence, but most importantly due to the occult occurence of the Nile running red (from clay that had broken off and polluted the river) that spooked the Egyptians, the mercenaries won.

    And so, the wealthy Assyrian merchant ascended to the throne of the Pharoah. Of course, Egyptians had a long running animosity with Assyria, and the new Pharoah couldn't have a rebellion on his hands. So he did the smart thing, and claimed descent from a line of kings of Akkad (in Babylon). This wasn't unnecessarily true, but no further explanation is required since the Egyptians were all too happy to have a new Pharoah that wasn't a complete putz.

    But the general/son wasn't content. After all, he had conquered Egypt, he should be crowned Pharoah. Using the event of the Nile running red, the general/son claimed to be the right-hand man of Osiris, god of the dead. And so rebellion ensued. The general/son easily won, with his military genius and loyalty of the army. The new Pharoah kept the claim of lineage of Akkad to please the population.

    And everything was peachy. The Akkadians proved to be fairly competent at ruling and their dynasty has lasted for a while now. Of course, the recent Akkadians have grown fairly content and decadent, which could spell disaster unless someone/thing were to wake them up. ;)
     
  7. Cuivienen

    Cuivienen Chieftain

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    Can I still join?

    Nation Name: Srivijaya

    Start Location: Southern Sumatra

    Core Area: Western Indonesia, southern Malaya

    Traits:

    Isolationist (1)-Expansionist (5): 5
    Pacifist (1)-Militaristic (5): 3
    Army (1)-Navy (5): 5
    Agricultural (1)-Merchantile (5): 5
    Decentralized (1)-Centralized (5): 3
    Secular (1)-Religious (5): 2
    Populist (1)-Aristocratic (5): 2
     
  8. North King

    North King blech

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    Cuivienen: Yup.
     
  9. Xen

    Xen Magister

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    how long till update? I wish to write a story, but inspiration is hard for the detials of the story (its a biography of one of Tartessos' favorite sons, and I knwo where I want the story to go, but the details are hard in coming) so I'd liek to knwo how long I got, so that if the update is close at hand, i can just wait and save my glorius picture for after the update (and i assure you, it is indeed glorius, with a spot of homour in it ;))
     
  10. North King

    North King blech

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    Update comes in c. 2 hours.
     
  11. North King

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    The Late Classical Age (1 CE-500 CE)

    The time period known as the Late Classical age began about the same time as the calendar most of the current Baalist nations use begins. The latter is, of course, marked by the birth of a young Hebrew child, Jacob of Ur. But that is to be explained later.

    The period in the North of Europe began with a bang, as several major wars started at once.

    The Teutons had continued their expansion unabated up until about now. Now being about 1 CE. At this time, they ran into what seemed like natural boundaries. Novgorod, Saxony, the Carpathians, and, of course, the Baltic Sea. These borders were challenged, though, by the new Grandmaster of the Order, Wilhelm Martell. A fierce, battle hardened warrior, he showed that he could play the game of statesmanship with a clever royal marriage securing an alliance with Novgorod.

    With no worries in the north, he plunged southward, into Saxony. Shattering their armies in but a few short weeks, the Teutons soon were united under one banner. However, again they ran into what would best be described as the metaphorical brick walls. Specifically, Marcomannia and Dacia. They weren’t content with their current power, though, so they focused on creating new sources of wealth by initiating trade with the West of Europe, enriching them greatly.

    Emboldened by the heaps of gold in their coffers, they marched off to expand again, this time by founding a trading post in Gotia, also known as Sweden. Rapidly colonizing the interior of the nation, most of Southern Scandinavia was under their rule by c. 400 CE. There was a problem, though. The highly centralized nature of the Teutonic government made it naturally a bit hard to govern the faraway Scandinavia, and with a slight lack of contact, an uncontrollable rebellion broke out.

    The Vikings freed themselves by 450 CE, and had given the Teutons a severe bloody nose.

    Unfortunately, the Order was given little time to recover their losses, as even as the Viking rebellion succeeded, they were forced to fight a new war, as the Crimean Empire attacked in the southeast. A large army, highly disciplined and motivated, it routed the Teutons in the early stages of the war. About three years in, though, the Teutons managed to turn the tide of the invasion with their Novgorod allies right in front of the capital of Vilnius.

    With the war finally in their hands, they managed to make a white peace with Crimea, at about 500 CE.

    Meanwhile, over in England, the King of the nation of the same name led a large expedition to conquer Wales. This soon dragged into a long, protracted war, taking several hundred years against the fierce Welsh archers. However, it was finally conquered about 350 CE, meaning that England now had the power of the famed longbow men. With these troops on their side plus the already large complements of armored cavalry and pike and sword infantry, they managed to subdue Scotland and install their King as the king of Scotland, as well. Only Sussex and Wessex now remained.

    Far to the south, meanwhile, the Mediterranean powers remained in a something resembling a status quo.

    This was first broken by a long protracted Tartessian-Maghreb war in about 100 CE that led to a surprising victory by the Berber nomads. Conquering all of North Africa west of Lybia, they extended their empire to the far south, conquering the lands around the Niger, and busied themselves there for a while.

    Things began to fall apart for them, however, in the late 300s. The Ashanti tribesmen of the south rebelled and established their own kingdom, and though the Berbers retained a hold on the Mali area, they lost much of the rest to the Ashanti and a recalcitrant Tartessos. The status quo remained like this until the end of the age.

    Tartessos, meanwhile, after the initial Maghreb war, had set its sights on the Roman territories in Hispania. With a combined arms army reformed from the Maghreb campaign, they were quite ready for it, and they slaughtered the Roman legions sent to defeat them, surprising many observers. They were stopped just short of Italy, however they had also gained the Med Islands out of the deal.

    Later taking some land from Maghreb, they prospered even further. They were now probably the second richest nation in Europe, after Rhodes, and maybe the most powerful.

    The Gauls, meanwhile, consolidated their empire, little more.

    Rome after the startling loss to Tartessos, foundered for a rather long while, unsure of what to do. They tried to capture Sicily from Rhodes and failed miserably, they tried an expedition against Thessaly and failed again. Finally they settled on Illyria and Helvetia, and conquered them after a determined war.

    Rhodes prospered this whole time, fighting off any threats to their territorial integrity and even adding Pontus to their holdings after a while. They were the richest empire in all of Europe, and probably the second most powerful.

    Akkadia, meanwhile, had expanded considerably down the Nile, meeting Abyssinia and establishing friendly trade relations, and soon thereafter Travancore, doing the same. Their religion of Egyptian Monotheism, popularly called Copticism, soon spread all over Africa, and even into Western Europe, taking root in Tartessos, Rome, and Gaul, though these areas’ native religions survived and managed to compete against them on a relatively equal footing.

    Syria, meanwhile, managed to conquer Armenia to set off the new era, outflanking Babylon in a grand maneuver. With this new advantage, they were able to beat Babylon in their next war, taking part of northern Mesopotamia. It later converted to Nestorianism (see below).

    Babylon was troubled. Firstly, they had recently lost a war to Syria, and this perturbed them, naturally. Secondly, Persia was a bugger. And of course, lastly, Jacob of Ur was born, a young Hebrew exile form Syria. It was not a good thing, this, for it caused a civil war of religious turmoil in the nation. It emerged new and Nestorian, with the holiest site of all, Ur, in its boundaries.

    Nestorianism, the new great monotheistic religion spread to Persia, Crimea, Syria, Rhodes, Thessaly, Dacia, and the Teutonic Order. Small minorities are located in Gaul and Rome.

    Far away, in India, Travancore became one of the greatest cities in the world, and the invention of the Printing Press in the very same city only reinforced this. The riches brought in by the diamond mines of course aided in making the city enormous. They soon opened a rich diamond and spice trade with Akkadia, and colonized a considerable part of the Indian Ocean. However, the fluffy age of goodness was not to last.

    A vicious civil war had started in Gujarat, after the death of the dynasty. The two sides were really front organizations for the Travancori and Magadhan point of views. Magadha won the war due to their closer proximity. This upset the balance of power greatly enough to provoke Travancore into declaring war on Magadha. The war was of course mainly fought on the soils of Hyderabad, shattering the nation’s economy. By wars end, neither of the two great powers were satisfied, and Hyderabad had been broken into tiny pieces.


    Meanwhile, to the East, Malacca further expanded and prospered. A few naval wars with Sirivajaya proved nothing, but neither side really cared, they were, after all, minor trade disputes. On the other hand, Malacca’s merchants ranged ever further, colonizing more and more islands, bringing more and more goods home.

    Sirivajaya was in much the same boat. They had prospered in spit of several wars with Malacca, and colonized many islands, indeed, even subduing the island of Java to add greatly to their population and power.


    To the north, much was troubled in China. The Mongols began a full scale war with Wei and Qin, aided by Japan and Korea. The powers managed to crush the stubborn Wei, but the people lived on in the new nation of Shang, and the Mongols made little progress with Qin, a buffer state of Xixia having sprung up while the Mongols were occupied in the west (see below).

    Wu, however, did little but expand and win more and more to their side. Massive immigration from Wei after the Mongol invasion bolstered their population, and they conquered the Nan Yue and Vietnamese easily enough. All seemed well enough.


    The Mongols, meanwhile, propagated their new warriors, conquering much before suddenly it all went to pieces. The Turks attacked in the west, managing to surprise the Empire and conquer a considerable chunk. Infuriated, they tried to reconquer it, but they could do little, and a long protracted war drained their resources. Finally they made peace, waiting for an opportune moment...


    All around the world, it seemed, peace was settled, but what peace was this? What would next come? Tension hung in the air.

    OOC: This is half of the mini-update, for you all to chew on while I write the other half in this last hour of the day. :) No map, sorry, which indicates how NOT DONE this mini-update is.

    The next half comes in an hour... If it comes at all today. :p
     
  12. North King

    North King blech

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    OK, looks like the second half won't come today, guess tomorrow is the whole deal, then.

    No comments?
     
  13. Capulet

    Capulet RESTART

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    Nice mini-update.
     
  14. Azale

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    Very nice, I really like the updates. Dont kill yourself though :lol:
     
  15. Jason The King

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    north king, that was very fun to read. i cant wait for the rest.
     
  16. Insane_Panda

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    Awesome! MARP!!!

    Edit: Realised there is no map.

    *cries*
     
  17. Jason The King

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    THE ROMAN ATTACK ON SICILY
    From the Rhodesian Archives at Knossos

    Sicilian participation in the Rhodesian republic is among the most strongest in the Republic. Containing nearly half of the empire's resources, yet remaining the lest populated and considerably a frontier makes this island especially a unique addition to the Rhodesian Republic.

    And so, one can see why Rhodes reacted in such a harsh way when word came of a Roman attack. When usually the Senate would be in debates for weeks over such an issue as reinforcing Sicily, the decision was made in one day. Senate Leader, Hattisus Gallipol, chose Alexander IV to lead the Rhodesian liberation force. Leader of the forces in Anatolia, Alexander was quickly replaced and brought to Rhodes, where he assembled a large army and fleet for the attack of Sicily. The general came from a line of great Rhodesian heros, including the liberator of Anatolia, and the defeat of the Syrians on Cyprus.

    And so, Alexander gained control of nearly twelve regiments, almost half of the Rhodesian armed force. This, while locally a marvel of an army size, was only half of what was expected that the Romans sent to Sicily. Dismayed but confident, Alexander set sail, and in three months, arrived at the last stronghold the Rhodesians had in Sicily; the town of Catania. Reinforcing the lines here, Alexander prepared for a first and final blow against the invadors. He would lead a rather primitive strategic move, a complete push to Palermo where he would sieze the port and cut the supplies from the Romans.

    And so, the Rhodesians began their march through the center of the island. It is not surprising the Romans soon gained word of the army's march, and decided to bisect the route at the near end of the hike, when Alexander's army would be at its weakest. It was here where the Roman legion would be weakened and defeated for the first time.

    The battle outside Palermo was the most bloody battle in Rhodesian history. Alexander discovered the weakness the Legion had for a cavalry charge, and soon gained support of locals who supplied him with their horses. With a completely mounted army, the Romans were finally defeated, and the army surrendered.

    Sicily was saved, and Rhodes once again asserted its dominance over its domain.
     
  18. Insane_Panda

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    North King, you must get AIM! Sadly, my MSN died at my fathers house... :(
     
  19. das

    das Regeneration In Process

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    NK, I PROTEST THIS! Syria converting to Nestorianism is as likely as Japan converting to Catholic Christianity. Unless, ofcourse, it is based on the belief that our emperor is the only god. ;)
     
  20. Gelion

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    Oh shut up its for the better! I can unite those states using religion as a base ;)
     

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