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Orbis Terrarum Bellum (The Ancient and the New)

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Orbis Terrarum Bellum (The Ancient and the New)
The World War
Timeline: The Ancient and the New
date: 470 A.D.- 644 A.D.
location: Eurasia
result: Allied Victory, end of the Sinoan Sui Dynasty. Formation of Zhen Sinoa

The Allied Forces:

Roman Empire

Parsan Empire

Ægyptian Empire (29th and 30th Dynasties, 450-629, 631-644)

Dahae Confederation



East Olmec (631-644)

Anglo Confederation (639-644) (Political Support Only)

Hungary (640-644)

Helian League (642-644) (Political Support Only)

Pro-Allied Hand Rebels

Zhen Sinoan Dynasty (Government in Exile)

Democratic Ægyptia (629-631)

Sinoa and Allies:

Sui Sinoa

Pro-Sinoan Government of Hand

Dai Viet



Saya (450-630)

Davao (450-621)

Bactrian Separatist Rebels

Helian Separatist Rebels (450-642)

Orbis Terrarum Bellum, or the World War was a major conflict that lasted almost 2 centuries. 120 Million people died as a direct result from the fighting, and another 400 million died indirectly (mostly from dieseases). As such, no other war in the history of the human race has had so much impact. The War was mainly a conflict between the older powers and the recently discovered Sinoa.

Before the War

Rome, as the dominant power of the time, had felt threatened ever since the discovery of Sinoa. Sinoa was a power that was quickly recovering from being divided, but had been first united almost a thousand years before. Sinoan Spies and Helians who had lived within the Roman Empire's borders were quick to help Sinoa industrialize.

The World had completely changed in the 50 years or so before the war. Massive Metal Ships now traveled the world's sea lanes. Nationalism became a dominant political force, and every each nation thought that it deserved best. Minority Rebellions became common. Ethnic tensions, and genocides (Rome's killing of the Helians; Sinoa's killing of the Tocharians in its Western areas) rose. Talk of Total Economic Collapse became the norm.

Factories began to produce goods on a scale never seen before. Since working at a factory required absolutely no skill at all workers could easily be traded like cattle or laid off. Slavery became a controversial issue.

The only nation to have a true democracy (Roman Senators were elected for life) was Parsa where the Shah was more of a religious position by now. Parsa was also the only nation to have completely made slavery illegal.

Of the 3 main powers, Parsa was the one Sinoa disliked the least. So it was ironic that the war started when Sinoa invaded Parsa.

Sinoa's Invasion of Parsa

Sinoa launched an all-out attack against the Parsans in the border regions. Parsa fell back. Sinoan forces made it closer and closer to the capital of Parsa (Ishfahan). In the year 461 however, the allies (mostly Roman forces) launched a counterattack along the entire front. It ended in a bloody stalemate.

But in 489, Sinoa was able to launch a major offensive across the entire front. Sinoan Commander Bo Chao, triumphatly marched into Ishfahan on the 3rd day of the 4th month of 490. For a few months the city was firmly under Sinoan control, but then rebellions broke out. The city was in total anarchy for the next 90 days. After this, Bo Chao was able to get the situation under control. In 495, Sinoan forces were finally driven out of Ishfahan. They did not go far, though. Bo was able to create the new tactic of Fossa Bellum (Trench Warfare). With trenches in place, the front was reletively secured.
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The Sinoan Occupied territory in Parsa, as of 495.

General Bo Chao then led his forces for an invasion of Dahae. Dahae was not an industrialized nation, and so the fighting there was a lot longer. In 501, Bo Chao perished in battle. This was heralded as a great victory for the allies. The Romans were able to push back the line of Sinoan occupation, and Dahae fully freed itself.

The Bactrian Rebellion

With the allies making great progress, it seemed as though they would reach the borders of Hand and Bod in just a few years. But some unforseen problems stalled that from happening. Foremost among them, the Bactrian Rebellion.

In the early weeks of 503, massive numbers of Bactrians gathered in the recently liberated parts of Parsa to demonstrate. Within 24 hours, the Parsan Government responded with violence. Several hundred protesters were killed. The Parsan Government began enacting curfews quickly. The entire province of Bactria was cut off from the rest of the world. Soon, the government lost control. Bactrian Rebellions broke out in support of independence. Sinoan arms came into the rebels hands. Since the troops were mostly on the battlefields combating Sinoa, the Bactrians moved forword with great success.

By 507, all the Parsan troops were being recalled from the front lines. Again, an enemy army marched toward Ishfahan. This time it was Bactrian.

The Bactrians helped Sinoa immensly, and the Sinoan army began to get its act together again. But Sinoa did not advance. By 509, a genocide against the Bactrians was in full swing. The Parsans were successfully eradicating a culture. But after this, neither side fought. The Sinoans, and the Allies were both devastated.

Though there was no peace treaty, an uneasy calm emerged.

Helian Rebellion

Hellas, long a cultural and scientific center in its own right, had been supported by Sinoa. With fears that Rome would eradicate its culture much like Parsa did with Bactria, Hellas revolted in 510. This forced most of Rome's forces to march back from Central Asia to Hellas, causing the parts of Parsa that were under Sinoan occupation 15 years earlier, to be occupied by Sinoa once again.

The Next 50 years

Over the course of the next five decades, Sinoa advanced about 2 miles into persian territory every year.

The War's Aftermath

Once the Allies had won the war, the Sui Dynasty of Sinoa formally ended. The Zhen Dynasty was created to replace it. The Zhen Royal Family themselves had lived in Rome most of their lives (though they were ethnic Sinoans) and had been Romanized. The Sui were very Anti-Foreign, but the Zhen encouraged trading and investment.

For fighting on the Allies' side, the Helians were granted independence from Rome. They have in recent years, become a massive world power in their own right. Since Rome, Parsa, and Ægyptia were equel partners, no one really won the war. This left the power vaccum known as the Cold War.

Sui Victory

The Concept of an alternate ending to war has been in thousands of Alternate History novels. The Prevalent Theory, known as Pax Sinoa was introduced by a Sinoan Historian named Ju Shan. He argued that there had been a Pax Babylonia (Rise of Civilization- 2100 B.C.) an interval period (2100-2000 B.C.) Pax Ægyptia (2000 B.C.- 600 B.C.) followed by an interval period (600-500 B.C.) followed by Pax Parsa (500 B.C.-50 B.C.) followed by an interval period (50 B.C.-50 A.D.) followed by Pax Romanica (50-450 A.D.). His theory, is that nations become the dominant power through roughly a century of war. He believed that it was Sinoa's destiny to go through an interval period of about 100 hundred years, and then become the dominant power. But, he says, the fact that 3 nations who had previously been dominant powers united against Sinoa shook the natural order of things. The fact that Sinoa did not acomplish its destiny left a power vaccuum. This vaccuum, he says, is what caused the Cold War.
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Pax Sinoa, as theorized by Ju Shan

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