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The Allied Golden Age was a period between the early VIII Century and the early IX one in which the anti-Byzantine coalition composed of Medina, Aram, Iran, Kimit, Parsistan, the Levant, Carthage and Pentapolis and Tripolitania's culture and economy flourished after the states' alliance in the Copt Revolt and the War of the Trinity and the end of Byzantine supremacy in the Middle East.


General Features

The main features of the Golden Age among all affected nations included:

  • Ancient states revivalism
  • Increase of Pagan and non-majority religions in the region
  • Increase of secularism
  • Medical, artistic, mathematical and military discoveries and economical inventions
  • Building of monuments
  • Increase of economic activity
  • Chartering of new cities
  • Rise of the first attested tourists
  • Flourishing of the Arts


In Aram

Aram was among the most positively affected states in the Middle East. The main changes were the huge amounts of medical discoveries and imports (most notably the importation of smallpox inocculation by Assyrian Pagans), the rising of prestige of said Pagans in Aram and the building of huge monuments and reconstruction of several cities, starting with Emperors Afrêm and Simeon.

This brought the end of Aram's prestige as a "Nestorian nation" and the beginning of the time where the Aramaic people began to think of themselves as a continuation to the great Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Chaldean and Nabatean civilisations as well as the successor states to said empires and Osroene, Adiabene Aram-Damascus and Palmyra among many others. A surge of tolerance and ethnic conciousness arose, among it the revival of Akkadian (by the state, later adopted by some Mesopotamians) and its later influence in what would become Neo-Imperial or Standard Aramaic.

The state also began building monuments and objects showing its cultural greatness and the fact it was the continuation to the old Empires; among them were the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (in what would become the Babylonian Royal City) and Babylon itself (in decline since the building of Seleucia-Ctesiphon-Veh Ardashir [SCVA]), plus the new city of Maranatha in the Red Sea and the rebuilding of Petra and Palmyra plus the building of monuments in Damascus and earlier Eliat. Infrastructure also flourished in the region with the building of a more concrete trade route road (still in use as Afrêm's Highway) with Susa, Maranatha, Antioch and Eliat as ending points. This road will later be expanded to become the most used trade route in the Middle East. Scientifically and mathematically, many new inventions were brought in from both the East and Europe, such as the zero.

Aram's Golden Age also led to the decline of Aram's military under Afrêm and Simeon (although Simeon's successor Agbar corrected that to a great level) with Afrêm deciding he'd rather establish strong cultural and economic ties in Aram before the military, despite the continued diplomatic crisis with Medina.

In Iran

The Golden Age began in Persia with Emperor Shapur II (430-???) who in 752 begun re-building the Achaemenid capital of Persepolis as the new capital of Iran (after the lost of Aram, the concrete capital of Iran had not existed). Iran's Golden Age also brought through a sense of "continuation empire" to the Arsacid and Achaemenid Empires instead of a "Zoroastrian Empire" bringing, again, tolerance and nationalism.

Iran's Golden Age was far more militaristic than that of Aram; starting in 753, the Sassanid army was rehauled to response of the military improvement of its historical rival, the Arsacid Parsi Empire. However, the arts and trade of Iran also flourished, to a lesser degree, together with the military reforms. The re-building of Persepolis and monuments to Zoroastrianism and earlier Sassanid and Achaemenid emperors attest to that.

Shapur's reforms are also famous for the increased religious tolerance. Mazdakists, Nestorians, Jews, Mandaics, Manichaeans and Pagans, historically oppressed within Persia, were given freedoms that had never been known within Persia.

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