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During the first part of this timeline, several important nations rose and fell. Many of these fell through war, and other rose the same way. More than anything else, these nations would influence their time period, and shape the world of the future. Nations would provide homes for people to thrive, and places for battle to take place. This page will catalog the most significant nations, and give a breif description of each.
Safineim was a nation in southern Italy between the years 485 BC and 13 AD. During the time it existed, it was often in conflict with Etrusca and on one occasion a deadly conflict with Carthage over trade routes. While it lost all of the wars it fought, Safineim was able to cut the losses to a minimum in almost all their conflicts. Despite the many failed wars Safineim fought, its territory only shrunk twice, once at the end of the Fifty Years War, and the second time when it was absorbed by the Second Etruscan Republic.
In addition to war, Safineim was a very influential nation during peace time as well. Before its war with Carthage, Safineim had built up a powerful trading empire, mostly focused on Greek city states, the near east and Spain. in addition to trade, Safinei culture spread, especially to Etrusca, where some elements of the culture survive to the present day. Overall, both military and culturally, Safineim was a major influence on the Italian peninsula and the world around it.
The Etruscan Republic was a nation based in the northern part of Italy between 367 BC and 13 AD. It was a powerful nation, engaging in three victorious wars against Safineim and forming and alliance with the Senone. Despite its influence, Etrusca was an unstable nation, as evidenced by the Etruscan rebellions, and its collapse after the third Safinei war. Its political system was almost always unstable, and when it was stable, it was ruled by a tyrannical upper class. Etrusca was ultimately a failure, collapsing into the secondary Etruscan Republic, a nation run by a tyrannical king. Despite this end though, Etrusca did influence the Italian peninsula, as well as western Europe, helping form early nations. Although it was never stable, The nation did help others become stable, thus leaving a lasting impression on the world.
Carthage was a monarchy in Libya that existed between 814 BC and 1167 AD. During this time, it was a major trading hub and military power. It was highly influential across Europe and Ethiopia. At several times during its existence it had a near monopoly on trade in the Mediterranean, and massive political control over its neighbors. This would make it one of the richest and longest lasting nations to ever exist, and it's government model was attempted by various other powers on the Mediterranean. Eventually it would fall during the revolts of 1167, and be reestablished as a republic.
The Senone republic was a powerful nation existing in northern Italy. It was formed after the fall of Rome and the Senone-Boii war, and is generally considered to have centralized as an indirect result of these two conflicts. During its existent, it had large amounts of influence over the Gallic states, and to a lesser extent, over the rest of Italy. It was also one of the richest nations in the world during its time, lagging behind only Carthage and Orleans. Eventually however, despite its democratic model, it was reformed during the 1167 uprisings.
Orleans was the richest and most influential of the four major Gallic cities. Its relativity democratic process, combined with its high trade rates, proved effective in generating wealth and political influence. It was the first Gallic State to have an organized army, and before the Gallic Unification war - which Orleans started and Won - it was the most expansive Gallic state. Like its sister Nations, it was officially dissolved in 13 AD after the war, but still served as the capital for the newly formed Gallic Empire.
Normandii was the northernmost and most Autocratic of the Gallic states, and - at least initially - the most brutal towards its citizens. While it is most known for its Autocracy, it was also a thriving economic power. Not only that, but the nation also had several prominent explorers, who paved the way for expansion and trade with less centralized tribes. Like the other Gallic states, it would form into the Gallic Empire in 13 AD, but it would remain an importent city in the new Empire.
Paris was probably the poorest and weakest state of the four Gallic Cities. Its motto "the golden city," was very misleading, as it actually had almost no gold in terms of currency or trade. This was because gold was heavily taxed by the King, making trade of it unprofitable in the region. In general, the poverty and economic weakness of Paris limited its influence. Although it would later have its fortunes changed for the better when the Gallic Empire was formed, it was still considerd a backwater of the new nation.
Brittorcay was the least known of the Gallic states, probably because of its distance from the Mediterranean and the other cities. The nation was however able to take advantage of trade, run an economy off it. While this hardly made that nation rich, it kept Brittorcay from falling into the poverty that gripped Paris. After the Gallic Unification War, Brittorcay became something of a distant outpost, mostly used for military purposes.