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Map Contest 6 (Closed): Ancient Empires
PoD: One or more ancient Empires survive until present day, forging regional and global powers.
Challenge: Create a map of the World, dominated by one or more ancient empires. This map can be from any time period, just be sure to say which time period. Be sure to include labels, map keys, subdivisions of countries, etc. (Note: By dominate, I mean this country has the most influence in the World. Other countries can and should still have some land.)
Time Frame: Two weeks, September 27 - October 14
Voting Starts October 13, 0:00 UTC
Nostalgic Empires of the East ~ Old World - Kogasa
In this timeline, Goguryeo decided to conquer the rest of the Korean Kingdoms in 477, and soon grew in power. Goguryeo would continue to expand and thrive. In the Indian subcontinent, the Maurya Empire had also managed to hold itself together and survive. With that, the Maurya Empire expanded its influence greatly to as far east as Papua and as far west as Persia. Hinduism would also spread to as far as China, while Taoism would spread as far as Malaysia. Even more, the Norse colony in North America became successful, and the Viking Age in Scandinavia would continue to thrive.
Later, in 1000, the Liao Dynasty attempted to invade Goguryeo, which failed. Soon the Koreans over time would expand into Siberia, including taking the island of Karafuto and even going as far as taking Hokkaido (홋카이도). Meanwhile the Maurya Empire had conquered the Himalayas along with parts of Tibet. The Vikings in Europe resisted the spread of Christianity, and also had conquered Scotland.
By the 1200s, the Mongol Empire emerged in Asia. However, they were not able to conquer either Korea nor China, but managed to conquer large parts of Central Asia, and expanded as far as Eastern Europe before their collapse in 1290.
During the time Columbus came around, most of the Americas were already divided between the Norse, the Koreans (who discovered it the 1350s), and Chinese. The Spanish managed to colonise the Caribbean and most of Central and parts of North America, while the Portuguese would barely manage to colonise a piece of South America. North America and South America are called North and South Vinland respectively. Then around the mid 1550s, the Russians ran into Korean Siberia, and launched a war against them. The attack was unsuccessful, and the Koreans took some Russian land.
In 1592, Toyotomi Hideyoshi launched an invasion of Korea, which was not only unsuccessful, but the Koreans invaded and annexed most of Japan, leaving behind a Greater Kyoto as a rump state. Meanwhile the Maurya Empire resisted European attempts at colonisation quite well. The Norse continued to build their empire well, and had managed to conquer the rest of the British Isles.
Later in the 1670s, the Industrial Revolution occurred in Korea, China and the Maurya Empire soon spreading to other parts of the world. When the Napoleonic Wars came around, the Norse sided with the Coalition and managed to defeat France. Following this, the French Region of Brittany was annexed by the Norse.
In modern day, the Maurya Empire (now the Republic of India), Song Dynasty, the Korean Empire, and the Norse Empire are the superpowers. Hinduism, Taoism, Buddhism are the major religions of the world, with some Paganism surviving and thriving like the Norse and Finnish Paganism in the Nordic Region.
The main characters of the Touhou Project are Byakuren Hijiri (who is a Hindu, instead of Buddhist) and Seiga Kaku.
Everything that Kills Me Makes Me Feel Alive ~ Imp
Ashoka the Great. The ruler who decided the way of peace is better than violence and became a Buddhist could have accomplished a great more if what didn't kill him from the inside, actually made him feel alive. Remaining a staunchly aggressive emperor, policies of spreading Hinduism to the surrounding areas would be enacted. A clear line of succession would be established, future rulers would have to learn all matters relating to kingship and an advisory would be established to get the peoples' views straight to the leader - headed by Brahmin priests to make sure no power grab was enacted under the ruler who felt death was just a consequence of ruling. The Arthashastra would become the main book for royalty with Ashoka seeking answers to his questions in the guide.
His successors would competent due to his actions, and if not - they would be removed by the advisory. Rebellions would be effectively crushed and the empire would remain strong and united. Stability would give the chance for sciences and the collective knowledge of the people to flourish. The Empire would expand, crushing the remaining Greek states to the west and the barbaric tribes to the north. Eventually, the empire's energies would be focused southward. Such a large empire would prompt democratic actions and the empire would slowly see democratisation of certain aspects.
The Mongols would capture much territories against the Mauya Empire, but its forces would destroy much of the invading armies. The Caliphate would also never managed to expand eastward and more trouble would be stirred in Europe. However, less of the Mongols would mean the moors would never be able to hold any land in Europe and would be forced back to the Maghreb and Arabia.
The world would be colonised earlier, with East-West conflict over spices becoming more heated and bloody. Ironically, a Mongol state would exist due to the weakness of their armies. Russia would never have nearly as many nationalities as OTL, while certain countries not existing at all. On our hands, we have a world hungry for resources going into space to satisfy these desires. The world is completely different because what should have killed Ashoka from the inside, only made him feel alive.
But something crucial is about to take place. It is 1983, and one man faces a monumental decision, a decision which could change the course of history ...
- GUNS - WHO IS AMAZING AND GLORIOUS AND MIGHTY AND GETS TWO VOTES xD
- Give me a chance guys and I'll get my map ready soon :L Imp (Say Hi?!) 23:34, October 15, 2013 (UTC)
- Nearly there guys, wait up before the votes!!! :o Imp (Say Hi?!) 19:41, October 16, 2013 (UTC)
- Swedo-Kieva. Swedo-Ki- What were you thinking?
- Something interesting. Certainly got your attention eh? Imp (Say Hi?!) 21:41, October 17, 2013 (UTC)
- Yeah. Unfortunately, I will have to go to Scraw, because imaginative though your piece is, his map is better. And this is a MAP contest. =)
- Don't worry, my map STILL isn't finished yet. :P Imp (Say Hi?!) 21:52, October 17, 2013 (UTC)
- GUNERIGA! WELL, THIS CHANGES THINGS xD
- And there is another "hidden" name, too :P Imp (Say Hi?!) 23:32, October 17, 2013 (UTC)
- Hidden my eye. But I'll not ruin it for the others. Damn it, Guns! Use your real sig! (talk) 23:33, October 17, 2013 (UTC)
- Yes, so hidden. Scraw 22:45, October 18, 2013 (UTC)
The Sound of War ~ Scraw
- Imp (Say Hi?!) 00:22, October 14, 2013 (UTC)
- The Mighty Guns is too Glorious (or lazy) to go to source mod and type out his real sig (talk) 21:50, October 15, 2013 (UTC)
The Empire of Evil -- Reximus55
It seems to me that the Map Contest was dying a bit, so when the vote to bring it back to life came up, I voted for it. Originally, I was intending to make maps for each contest, but that is a tall order, and I never got around to completing a single map.
Well, here you have it folks, simple, clean, logical:
Pax Sovietica is here to stay! The Evil Empire (American Capitalism) is no more!
-*- The views expressed in this alternate history do not reflect the views of Reximus55 in any way, shape or form. -*-
- Doubt that this qualifies.
- Same. Really Rex? REALLY. REALLY. And Communism works. Just not, you know, with humans.
- I think this one gets disqualified. NOT AN ANCIENT EMPIRE, REX. NOT AN ANCIENT EMPIRE.
Fist Full of Whiskey --Guns
You quote my favorite song lines, Imp, and I'll quote yours =) In this ATL, Ivan III dies in 1466 due to alcoholism. His succession is challenged and the Golden Horde is never overthrown and lasts to the modern day. The big blue thing in North America is called Scrawland.
POD: Yeah, I already said this.
History: In 1492, the Golden Horde, last remnant of the Mongol Hordes, came under the control of a new general, who led them in campaigns against Germany and Austria - the Holy Roman Empire. After over 30 years, the armies of Germany had been defeated and the hordes of the Horde were moving in. Among the many who fled West was one Johannes von Scraw, who went North, to the Kalmar Union. There, hearing tales of an ancient trip one of their own had taken to a land far away, von Scraw felt that this would be a place for all refugees to go to. In 1523, he set out with seven ships, each crammed to the rafters with refugees to desperate for anything else. Though most expected them to die, they in fact landed in the OTL Hudson bay. Von Scraw returned to tell of the land, and thousands more fled the Old World for the safer, newer one. Von Scraw lived to see his dream of a refuge come true, dying in peace in 1534. Shortly after, a name was agreed upon for the Continent; Scrawland.
As the Golden Hordes spread over Europe, Iberia and France unite, as does the Islamic world. China, too, is an Imperial power here, as is Japan, with Europe somewhat less so. However, Golden Horde has been collapsing, losing land in wars with the Caliphate, Japan and in an independence war with Siberia. Colonial powers still exist. And all this horror might never have occurred - if Ivan had put down his fist full of whiskey.
- My vote. XDXD ~Scraw 19:17, September 29, 2013 (UTC)
- Yeah, that was intended. I'll put up a labeled one soon.
- LOL. I still need to get my map and stuff ready. Haven't even decided yet. :P Imp (Say Hi?!) 19:26, September 29, 2013 (UTC)
- MY FIRST VOTE! Yay! Yours, though, Scraw, should win. Your map was better.
- 00:07, October 16, 2013 (UTC)