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Branching Out (North American Empires)

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As Fetzil and Utinahica became major powers in the Granlenme, Myaamia was on the decline. Invading barbarians and costly wars eventually destroyed the empire, and while the north splintered into several city-states, the south became vastly rich and powerful.

Conquest of the Granlenme

In the year 655 BC King Dobyvatel became the King of Fetzil. His great grandfather Grata's goal of reconquering Wenneals seemed less appealing to the new king, so he decided to focus on taking control over all the islands in the Granlenme. Earlier explorations had shown the islands to be very fertile. The first conquest was the neighboring island known as Haiti, which was the native Taínos term for "mountainous land". Haiti was rich in copper, which was used for currency. The small amounts of iron it contained was used for weapons. The enslaved Taíno people were used to mine for these resources or farm. Léogane, the capital city for the Xaragua chiefdom, was made the island's capital.

Later conquests took place on an island the Fetzilians called Borikén, which meant in the Taíno language Land of the Valiant Lord. Fetzil explorers fought with the native Taíno people, and after defeating them either enslaved them or killed them. The Taínos worked the many plantations, provided the people of Fetzil great amounts of food. The Fetzilians weren't as bad as other slave owners; they provided education and good meals. Conditions on the island of Xaymaca (OTL Jamaica) were similar. The two islands both provided beans, yams, and bananas.

Several smaller islands that dotted the Granlenme were soon under the control of Fetzil. With the new agricultural and mineral resources Fetzil soon became one of the richest nations in the Americas. The population became larger, and soon arouns 200,000 people lived in Fetzil. Fetzil's ally, Utinahica, also grew rich off of the new resources.

Myaamian Troubles and the Granlenme War

Dnalia Soldiers

Dnalian soldiers

Seeing how much wealth could be made from a port city like Wenneals, Myaamia decided to expand along the Gulf. Several scouting parties were sent out, and many new cities and villages were formed. Because now rivers connected them, Myaamia began building a series of roads. These roads were paved and consisted of tunnels and bridges. As Myaamia continued to expand southwest, extensions of the roads were built. These roads were the beginning of the famous Trade Road which connected Mississippi to the Incan Empire. The roads greatly increased trade, and also allowed the military to move faster.

Myaamia soon faced major problems back along the Mississippi. The Hortovites, who were once the rulers of Myaamia, had returned and took over the province of Nepernime. Nepernime was located along a river and was a major food producing region for Myaamia. Great Chief Bright Moon sent War Chief Running Water with 5,000 soldiers to deal with the threat. The number of Hortovites were underestimated, with 8,000 soldiers compared to the originial number of 3,000. Running Water still decided to attack, and his troops were soon routed, and the War Chief himself was killed. Despite the drastic defeat, Bright Moon decided to keep sending troops to aid the province. Nepernime soon became a place of violent conflict.

In 632 BC the next Great Chief, Grand Oak, decided to continue establishing territory along the Granlenme coast. They soon bumped into the Fetzilian province of Auia, which stretched from the Gulf of Granlenme to the Pacific Ocean. Myaamia demaned that Fetzil hand the territory over, and when they didn't, war began. While Myaamian soldiers did managed to overrun the countryside and farmland, the majority of citizens were safe inside walled cities. Utinahica came to the aid of Fetzil and began attacks on the southeastern border of Myaamia. Grand Oak was forced to move troops from the Nepernime campaign to aid in the defense. Smaller troops levels allowed the Hortovites to conquer more territory.

Fetzil, hoping to liberate its conquered farmlands in Auia, armed several slaves and shipped them to fight overseas. These, along with other reinforcements, forced the Myaamians out. Desperate, the Myaamians launched a final assault on the island of Auia, the province's capital. After several days the attack force was destroyed, thanks to the island's defenses. The two continued to pressure the empire, until finally in five years it surrendered. The war had exhausted Myaamia's resources, and the economy went spiralling downward. The Granlenme War began the decline of the Myaamian Empire. The Granlenme War helped strenghten the Fetzil and Utinahica alliance and also established them as major powers.

End of the Dnalian Empire

Following the end of the war, Myaamia was in economic ruin. The war cost them a lot of money, and in addition they had to pay money to Utinahica and Fetzil. To the northeast, the Hortovites were constantly attacking Myaamian provinces. As time went on the southern section suffered much less, due to Wenneals location along major trade routes. In 599 BC Great Chief Flying Eagle moved the capital from Myaamia to Wenneals, and soon Wenneals became the real capital of the empire, with Dnalia only in name. The southern section became more populous than the north and some cities were abandoned. Rebellions began to break out in the north, and cities began talk of seccession. Even though it was declining, the city of Myaamia was still a regional power and held control over the northern cities.

Map of North America 528

Map of North America in 528 BC

The final blow came when the Hortovites, under the command of Criel, sacked Myaamia in 530 BC. Without Myaamia holding them together, several cities left the empire and formed their own city-states. Wars between these new nations soon broke out and the entire north was in chaos. Criel offered some of his soldiers as mercenaries, and the Hortovites soon became rich off these contracts. Eventually, several city-states cemented their positions as independent powers, such as Wakpa Wicoti and Numwak. Criel the Great, as he is now known, was the first man to transform the Hortovites from a bunch of tribes to a unified state.

In the south, Great Chief Clearwater attempted to send his military to stop the fighting, but many city-states denied the Great Chief as their ruler and some even fought back. The new wars was straining the south militarily, so Clearwater brought his troops home and announced that while the north was going to be left fighting, the south would continue to prosper and would continued Myaamian traditions. In 528 BC the Age of the Three Powers had began and would bring prosperity to the Caribbean Sea.

Preceded by:
Land Grab
Branching Out Succeeded by:
The Three Powers

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