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The 3rd Century is the tenth section of the Iron Age.
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|Iron Age Pt. 10|
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When the Han Dynasty finally ended the Turban Rebellion in 205 CE, the people of China could begin to rebuild their country step by step. Hua now finally an emperor with no war surrounding him, could focus on enacting reforms and laws, to help prevent the landowners from taking advantage of the peasants. Hua even went as far as banning religious practices from the governing and advising positions within the government, as Zheng Jue's Taoist teachings had left a bad taste in nobles and peasants' mouths. Hua eventually enacted a law to do background checks on all of his assistants, advisors, and generals to ensure fracturing and rebellion from within the governing body could not happen again. Though Hua was on the right step towards rebuilding his empire, even he could not fix all the damage caused in the span of rebellion. His son and his descendants would have to pick up and build, where he laid his foundation.
War Against Xiongnu
Fu Cheung, Hua's son would take over as emperor after his father's death of old age. During Fu Cheung's reign he continued his father's work of rebuilding China and using his father's platforms to improve lives. Such as monitoring and putting a restriction on how much food products could be grain per year. As to ensure no drought or famine would occur from over using the same soil too much. Though a much large nuisance was rearing its head. Along China's northern borders reports of the Xiongnu crossing the border and harassing the villages in northern China were coming in. Fu knowing his people weren't ready for another war used the treasury to give money directly to the Xiongnu emperor to delay his advances on his empire, until China was prepared and ready for another war.
Luckily Fu bought his son and successor Ming Cheung, enough time to actually allow the still hurting China a chance at beating the Xiongnu. When war broke out between China and Xiongnu in the middle of the 3rd century, China while prepared for a large scale war, was unprepared for the war strategy the Xiongnu used against them. Nearly the entire Xiongny military was based around cavalry and using their speed and maneuverability to out flank and speed the mainly foot soldier based Chinese military. For two years the Chinese fell short in combat against the Xiongnu, especially against a deadly combination of archers on horseback which could move and shoot Chinese soldiers from great distances, hurting them before they even entered close quarters combat.
Though three inventions would change the tide for the Chinese. Firstly was an invention by Zhuge Liang, called the Kongming lantern. A simple candle connected to a small paper balloon that would rise and help Chinese scouts signal to the main army forces where the enemy forces were coming from. The second invention was also by Zhuge Liang. The first implementation of land mines in warfare was used against the Xiongnu. It was used to cover the Chinese forces' flanks and would also help alert them which direction the Xiongnu was coming from. The mines were packed with sharp bamboo shards and metal scraps to kill solders and or knock them off their horses. The third invention also made by Zhuge Liang was an improvement of the Chinese crossbow, he improved the crossbow so that it could semi-automatic and shoot much faster than the previous crossbow designs and easily outclass Xiongnu archers. This along with actually using and implementing cavalry into the Chinese military quickly turned the tides in China's favor. In a year the Chinese had pushed into the Xiongnu home territory and captured its capital. The Chinese set up a puppet state in Xiongnu keeping them on a tight leash. Only for Fu to turn around and fully annex the kingdom.
Luckily for a certain Japanese warlord, he was able to procure the newly made weapons of China such as the semi-automatic crossbow and land mines for himself. So his own army would be able to use it in his conquest of the islands of Japan. That warlord would be Juro Yamato. His conquest would begin in southern region of the Honshu island, quickly conquering the region due to his tactical and technological advantages over his enemies. The semi-automatic crossbows made quick work of any advancing enemy forces moving towards Yamato's armies. The land mines became effective when trapping or routing enemy forces into a trap, to ensure victory and face no further resistance on their part. Yamato soon held a firm grasp on a large portion of southern Japan and was continuing his push on the mainland, until his unfortunate death.
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