Map Contest 9 (Open): Pax Americana
Challenge: Create a timeline where New World nations go on to form global empires instead of Old World nations.
Time Frame: Two weeks, November 11 - November 22
Thunderclouds of New World Power -Kogasa
In this timeline, the Aztec and Incan Empires start much earlier, soon becoming great powers in their own continents. The Koori Empire also forms in Australia, and begins taking New Zealand. A few other natives, such as Nunavut and the Haudenosaunee, form their own nations, too. By the time the Norse reach Vinland, they are quickly taken out by the Nunavut. From there the Nunavut expands into Greenland, Iceland and Scandinavia. Soon, news of a new land reaches the other native states, and they go on colonising Europe and Africa. Soon, some of them reach Asia as well, and begin establishing small ports. Japan, not wanting to meet the fate as Europe, begins to establish their own Empire and begins expanding, along with aiding the Chinese and Siamese. By the time the natives reach East Asia, they are met with powerful Empires, and war between them soon happened in the 1500s. This resulted in a victory for the Asian powers, and a peace treaty was signed.
Decolonisation happened in the 1900s, with some new nations forming. However, a few empires, such as Nunavut, keep a bit of lands in the Old World.
By modern day, the Aztec, Inca, Nunavut, China, and Japan are the superpowers of the World. Major religions include the Native American religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Shinto.
The main characters of the Touhou Project are Raiko Horikawa, Toyosatomimi no Miko and Mystia Lorelei.
This particular challenge is inherently ASB, so I will admit beforehand that my entry is no different.
The name, "Babakiueria", is stolen from a satirical Australian short film from the '80s, in which Aborigines take over and colonise typical "White Australia". The name comes from the opening scene, where a uniformed Aborigine (part of the landing party) asks a native white person what they call the place. The man responds "well, it's the barbecue area".
The first Australian POD is somewhere during the last Ice Age. Somehow (probably the intervention of winged mammals from space), when the Ice melts, Australia does not get quite as dry as in OTL. Lake Eyre is full all year-round, and the desert areas are much smaller. The second POD is that diprotodons (giant wombats) survive the extinceion of Australia's megafauna. And the third POD is that when Aborigines arrive, they - by accident or on purpose - bring early ancestors of rice. These three factors result in Aboriginal Australian society developing in a completely different way. With a large, domesticatable animal (the diprotodon), easily domesticatable crops (the rice-like thing) and more predictably wet weather patterns, Aborigines are able to develop agriculture at roughly the same time that people in the Fertile Crescent do. Agriculture results in more settled society, which results in the creation of fixed settlements, which grow into villages, and then towns and then cities. The need to keep track of food production drives the creation of writing systems. The connection between owning land and having food results in land ownership being part of Aboriginal life, and the creation of nations. By the birth of Christ, Australia has become a collection of small and medium sized countries, with feudal-style beurocracies. Iron is mined in the West, and Gold in the South, resulting in a quite modern society, basically on par with that of Europe. In the 1300s, the Kulin nation of the area around otl Melbourne begins vassalising and taking over nearby countries. By 1500, virtually all the nations of Australia have joined Kulin, either by choice or force, an the leader of the Kulin nation is declared Emperor over the continent. Expeditions are sent out to take the Northern islands, most of which succomb (although the highlands of New Guinea remain unpenetrable). Kulin explorers become more ambitious, visiting and setting up trading posts in Sri Lanka and Southern Africa and even the Eastern coast of America. Over time, these trading posts grow into colonies.
In the Americas, the Mayans and Incas developed metal tools and were generally more powerful than otl. When the Europeans arrived, they recognised both nations as great societies (although they still tried to introduce Christianity, to varying degrees of success). European colonies are restricted to small parts of the Eastern coast, and parts of otl Canada. Less colonial rivalry meant that Britain and France were not such intense rivals as otl. A lack of overseas empire made Spain pretty pathetic.
Africa is dominated by the Orthodox Christian Ethiopian Empire in the middle, and the Islamic Caliphate in the North. There are also some independent nations on the East coast.
So that's the best I could come up with.