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Runorqo Empire (Principia Moderni IV)

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The Chimu Empire in 1445

This article is about the Runorqo Empire in the Map Game PM4.

Early Days

The beginings of the modern Chimu Empire can be traced back to 1406, when the creation of the wheel lead to an explosion of trade an invention within the Empire. 

With the creation of the wheel, carts were invented and drawn by lammas, spurring the creation of roads and a way to connect the Empire together like never before, meaning that expansion was now possible beyond the small region of Chan Chan, which lead to a boom in expansion.

By 1409 the Empires expansion created a dire need for the greater breeding of lammas to pull carts and resources south, leading to a boom in the animals population. As trade expanded southwards, so did attacks on caravans, leading to the development of strong limstone and mortar fortifications around store houses, begining the fort building within the Empire. The expansion and increasing number of forts, as well as the need to defend the new lands to the south, lead to the drastic increase in the growth of the military. 

Chala Sen is born in 1410, at the time ensuring the the continuation of the blood line, sadly however the heir died a few months after being born in 1411, leaving the Empire at the time without an heir.

in 1412, the first rudimentary catapults are tested, but being crude they do not throw very far or very much, leading them to be placed on a back burner for the time being. In 1414 the catapult is tested more, and eventaully a small model is capable of semi decent results in battle, and is attached to the more formiddable units of the military.

in 1414 the Empire had reached such a stength compared to its immediate neighbor, the Chancay, that the kindgom agreed to become a Chimu vassal state under the control and protection of the Empire. Over time the sheer size of the Chimu would lead to the Chancay becoming little more than a secondary Chimu statelet, although it is still regarded highly in Chimu history.

in 1417 the Ica-Nazca joined the Chancay under the Chimu umbrella, making the Empire one of the dominant powers in the Andean mountains. Roads and technology from the Chimu began to intertwine the 3 nations, cementing the ties between them and forming a benefical agreement to all members.

in 1418 the first rudimentary sewage systems are testes in Chan Chan, allowing the rich to have yet another luxury. In the same year a nephew of the Emperor is wed to the Crown Princess of the Ica-Nazca.

In 1425 the Chimu offer the Quzco state protection as a vassal of the Empire, but they refuse, leading to fear of reprisal throughout the eastern part of the Empire, causing military forces to begin assembling there and construction of fortifications to protect against a Quzco assault. It is around this time that volcanic ash is added to mortar, increasing its strength tenfold if not moreso.

The Quzco-Chimu War broke out in 1428 with a preemptive strike by the Chimu Alliance which included the Empire, Chancay, and the Ica-Nazca. Taking place over about 4 months, the Chimu Alliance decimated the Quzco forces, breaking through their fortifications and walls in order to seize the nations capitol, where the Quzco king and his heirs died in battle near the end. The wars end resulted in the annexation of the Quzco into the Chimu Empire. With the annexation and great victory, this leads to the Chancay and Ica-Nazca asking to join the Empire in 1429, which is accepted, unifying the Chimu realm under the Imperial banner.

in 1429 reed ships begin exploring the coasts of South America and being used in trade throughout the region.

By 1430 the Empire had reached a point where it could not continue expanding without first integrating the former nations that it had annexed, leading to a 10 year period in which expansion was halted, and canals and irrigation systems connected every part of the Empire. The Emperor married a Quzco women, and she gave birth to a 2 sons, being born roughly 9 years apart. The adoption of large amounts of Inca (formerly Quzco) culture and customs into the Empire alters the relation between the conqueror and the conquered, giving powerful positions to the Inca and Chimu, as well as encouraging intermarrying and the swapping of cultures, which over the next decade and a half helps to integrate the two cultures together into a stable melting pot of cultures. 

By 1443 the Empire had begin mastering wooden reinforced reed ship hulls, metal swords and sheilds, arrows, and even perfecting the long derelected catapult design now that metals had been able to fix many of the issues that could not be resolved in the past. By 1443 the Empire was in a golden age, and working on perfecting a symbol and picture system to show the language of the people on cloth or stone. By 1443, the Empire was the dominant power of the Andes.

In 1450, the Chimu Empire was renamed the Runorqo Empire to recognize the many peoples that have their roots in the great mountains.

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