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|Population: 142,067,486||Capital City: Alexandria, population 47,974,236|
|Current Leader: Dimitrios Gianopoulos, Radical Party||Government Type: Republic|
|Currency: Gold||League of Nation member?: Yes|
Aegypt is a country in Libya (Africa OTL). Its capital city, Alexandria, is the largest on Earth, spanning the entire Nile Delta. It is famed as the home of the steam engine that revolutionised the world in the 1st century CE. Most of its population are crowded along the narrow strip of the Nile in vast metropolises like Alexandria and Thebes, while the desert beyond is mostly uninhabited.
Aegypt's history is as OTL until 47 CE, when Hero showcased his static steam pump to several local mine owners. Some are interested in this and use it to haul minecarts up hills on rails. Later Aegyptian inventors developed this static steam engine into a moving one, and the ruling Romans were quick to link the whole of Aegyptus with steam railways by 140 CE. Factories also became much larger, with weaving and smithing taking place on a far grander scale. The Industrial Revolution happened first in Aegyptus and most factories had become mechanised by 120 CE. Pollution and overcrowding were issues throughout the period, but the Romans had little interest in ordinary people and let them live in squalid conditions for centuries. Aegyptus became a Roman military base for their later operations in Nubia and Axum, now equipped with steam-cannons and faster transport.
By 300 CE, Aegyptus was the economic powerhouse of the Roman Empire. Its factories were churning out consumer goods for use all over the land and weapons for the vast Roman army, who made good use of them in their various wars against Persia, the German tribes and the kingdoms of Guinea and Congo. For the affluent, life was pleasant indeed; for the poor, life was terrible. In 306 CE, Aegyptus became a senatorial province, since it was very stable and had little need for imperial control any longer. This period of stability between the Industrial Revolution and the First Global War is known as the "Avaricious Age", since while the region prospered, slavery was still legal and rule was by dictatorship.
The Electrical Revolution of