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Persia Survives (The Ashes of Rome Map Game)

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Persia Survives is an Alternative History book telling the story of how is kept as a major power throughout the 7th-8th Century. This is the first ever book writern by Muhammad Mehmed in 747 AD and is considered the birth of Alternative History. This is also the first books where PoD's are used (Point of Differences) to explain the change in History. It is also the first book when the ATL (Alternate Timeline) is used and OTL (Our Timeline).

Point of Difference (Chapter 1)

In the OTL Early 7th Century the Persian Kingdom suffered from major barbarian rebels on the fringes of the Kingdom and it lost a lot of land. In the book it explains that if these rebellions weren't to happen in the Persian Kingdom then they would have to have a better quality of live for people on the outline of the kingdom that they had before conquered. Muhammad explains that they would always be rebellions but it won't be as big as the OTL.

The 2nd Point of Difference was that if Persia would offer a Treaty to stop the expansion of Persia in Arabia and they secure an important alliance with Persia which meant that The Imperial League would survive with the Caliphate and Persia being the main members. It is evidence that the Persian Kingdom would do that as they did that when there were rebellions across the Empire and the Treaty of Dubai and Persia was transformed into a Kingdom.

Immediate Effect (Chapter 2)

With a Treaty signed which meant that Persia and the Caliphate were friends and in this ATL Persia was not effected by major gains, Persia would probably concentrating to expand into the Chinese mountains to eventually meet China. Within a few years the Caliphate would probably begin expanding into East Africa (what it did in the ATL).

Another factor with the Caliphate and Persia being allies was the Persian Kingdom would become more Muslim due to Caliphate influence and probably in 750 AD Muslim would be the religion of Persia.

In this ATL, due to Persia not fighting a war against the Goths, the Caliphate wouldn't vow revenge on the Goth Empire but would aid Egypt in the war.

Egypt would of probably joined the Imperial League and end there war against the Goths. As in the OTL this would cause some sort of rivalry between the Imperial League and the The High Council of the Mediterranean.

Rivalry (Chapter 3)

Egypt, as in the OTL, would be the centre of the rivalry between the two supernational powers. By then Persia must of been experiencing some problems with there expansion into the Chinese Mountains and would probably launch an unsuccessful invasion of Central Russia. Persia, not having any place to expand decides to contracting on building a strong army to defend themselves if they got attacked and a strong economy.

Like in the OTL the Byzantine Empire would leave the Imperial Leuage and it would cause problems as in the OTL. Persia, having a strong army would launch an attack on the Byzantine Empire and all members of the Imperial League would join them. The Caliphate would easily conquer the rest of Arabia and Persia would conquer the rest of Byzantine Asia. However, Persia and the Caliphate would be too slow going into Turkey and gave up on conditions that the Byzantine Empire would have to pay major reparations to the Imperial League and it would have to join the Imperial League.

With the Byzantine Empire conquered a new naval race would begin between the Imperial League members and the High Council of Mediterranean.

With rivalry bringing the two organizations apart the plague would never spread to Imperial League members.

A Growing League (Chapter 4)

With the Imperial League a growing Asian power, nations like India, Korea and China decided to join. China and Korea, being so far away from the Persian Kingdom would be a useless contribution to an African War.

With China and Korea also joining the Imperial League would mean that the other Imperial League members would be dragged into the Göktürk war and the Göktürk would soon collapse, meaning that China and Korea had a border with Persia.

The naval race in the Mediterranean would continue.

The Caliphate would have more presence in East Africa due to the Muslim Free State never being founded due to no wars in Egypt.

Rebellions would start and end in the Persian Kingdom in this time period which meant that the Persian Empire would be weakened and that they would lose control of the ex-Göktürk land.

Fall of the Goths (chapter 5)

In the later part of the early part of the 7th Century the Gothic Empire was becoming increasingly weak and was about to fall. Seeing as an opportunity to bring Imperial League back to Europe all Imperial League members apart from India declared war on the Goth Empire and begin sailing ships into the Mediterranean to defeat the Goths.

Egyptians marched into Mali. Persian, Byzantine and Caliphate ships began an invasion of Southern Italy, which proved successful.

Within a matter of roughly ten years Mali would have been conquered by Egypt and the Goths was nearly conquered. The Caliphate and Persia now have complete control of Southern Egypt. A new war began against the Carthage Empire in North Africa. However, with the power of the Imperial League they overpowered the Carthaginians and ruled over the Mediterranean.

The World Today (Chapter 6)

In the final chapter of the book it explains how the world is different from the OTL in 546. It explains that ten Imperial League members was Muslims and that Persia was still growing strong. It explains now that the Caliphate and Persia would begin an invasion of Europe to reunify the continent under Imperial League control.

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