TIMELINE (Assyria Alone)
- 66 million years ago: Plesiosaurs and Mosasaurs survive the mass extinction event that ended the Cretaceous. Dinosaurs and pterosaurs become extinct.
- 12,000-11,000 years ago: The Ice Age/Pleistocene ends, but many megafauna such as mammoths, wooly rhinos, cave lions, Irish elk, ground sloths, and glyptodons survive the mass extinction. Horses in North America die out. Homo sapiens becomes the only hominid species left on the planet.
- 11,500 years ago: Earliest known signs of agriculture in the Fertile Crescent. The Neolithic era begins. Animal husbandry is founded.
- 5300 BC: earliest known writing occurs. Civilization occurs within Mesopotamia, but is limited to the Middle East. The rest of the known world remains primitive and savage.
- 4967 BC: Asakhar I, warrior-cheiftain of the Asak tribe, rises to power and becomes the first king of the Empire. Shinshar (Northern Iraq in OTL) is conquered.
- 4964 BC: Asakhar I conquers the Levant and southern Iran. The tribes of the Nile River form numerous communities.
- 4951 BC: Asakhar I launches a campaign to conquer the Nile tribes.
- 4950 BC: The Nile lands of Egypt are conquered. Asakhar I founds the capital city of Asakharath (Babylon of the OTL).
- 4949 BC: Nubaro (Nubia), the land south of Egypt, is conquered. The Hebari tribes (Hebrews of the OTL) are enslaved. Asakhar I dies at the age of 64. His eldest son, Hesroth I (age 20) takes the throne. The Fertile Crescent is renamed Assyria after his mother, Queen Assyria I.
- 4946 BC: The Atarai, a confederation of mammoth-hunting tribes within the Caucasus Mountains, invades the empire. Hesroth I fends off the barbarians. Southern Anatolia is conquered. The city of Hesrokhar in northern Assyria is founded. The Kingdom of Pelohashai is formed in India.
- 4934 BC: The Caucasus region is conquered. The Atari are enslaved. Western Anatolia is annexed to the Empire.
- 4933 BC: Chariot warfare is introduced. Bronze weaponry is produced on an industrial scale. Hesroth I declares himself and his parents as gods.
- 4922 BC: The city of Jerhorok (Jericho in the OTL) becomes a fortified city. The Temple of Asakharath is built. Sea-faring tribes from Greece raid the Empire's shores.
- 4919 BC: Hesroth I sends an invading armada into Maceria (Greece), but the attempt to conquer it fails. The king is later assassinated by Hebari slaves. His younger brother, Kraska I (age 43) obtains the throne.
- 4917 BC: The Sussari (Arabs of the OTL) migrate from southern Arabia and raid the borders of the Empire. Kraska I sends an invasion upon the land, but the attempt fails due to the extremely hot, arid enviornment of the area. Navigation and astrology are invented. Hykaros of Urukash (Uruk of the OTL), a great hunter and general of the Empire, is killed by a cave lion while hunting in the Caucasus Mountains, allowng Hekkor of Jerhorok to replace him as commander of the Empire's armies.
- 4906 BC: Kraska I dies from a lung infection. His adopted Macerian daughter, Tiamat I (age 17), kills her elder brother, Samoshar, in order to claim the throne. The Anatolian city-states of Byrakar (Byzantium), Korrork (Troy), and Rhodoga (Rhodes) are founded. Civil war erupts in the Empire with Hekkor of Jerhorok leading a rebellion. Tiamat I and her twin brother, Mashda of Ataraia, free the Atarai tribes and offer citizenship in exchange for theirr loyalty to the Empire. A month later, Jerhorok, Hekkor's stronghold-city, is besieged by royalists.
- 4905 BC: After about a year of constant warfare, the city falls with Hekkor of Jerhorok personally slain by Tiamat I, who is then declared a goddess. Mashda of Ataraia is also declared a god, but was killed during the siege of Jerhorok, leaving Tiamat I to rule the Empire alone. The city of Heroghaku (Tyre), the last stronghold of the rebellion, is sacked and occupied.
- 4903 BC: The Civil War ends. Tiamat I declares the construction of a Temple dedicated to her and her brother within the capital city of Asakharath. The people of Librona (northern Lybia) are conquered. Maceria is transformed into a unified kingdom under the rule of Minos I, who established his capital city within Agrathos (Sparta of the OTL). A young prince named Agreos I (age 20) is offered to marry Queen Tiamat I, allowing the couple to produce heirs.
- 4902 BC: Asakhar II is born. Tiamat I, now 21 years of age, founds the cities of Kish, Nippur, and Ashur. Mammoth ivory, gold, bronze, wood, and wine are exported from Maceria and Anatolia into the heart of the Empire, Assyria. The Nubari tribes rebel against the Empire in the hope of gaining freedom.
- 4897 BC: The rebellion of the Nubari is crushed. Tiamat I dies after giving birth to Methusa of Asakharath, giving the throne to Agreos I and making him into a god.
- 4874 BC: Agreos I and the royal family are murdered by conspirators. The Asak Dynasty ends.
- 4873 BC: Ninruta I (age 25), warrior-cheiftain of the Sarmaki tribe and vizier of the city of Heroghaku, gains power as king and restores order in the Empire. Slave rebellions within the Levant, Nubia, and the Caucasus are quelled. The conspirators who eliminated the Asak bloodline are beheaded as punishment and their women and children are enslaved.
- 4869 BC: Lagara (Lagash) is founded and becomes a major trade city for the Empire.
- 4866 BC: A slave uprising occurs near the city of Jerhorok. It is later crushed by soldiers sent by Ninruta I.
- 4864 BC: Ninruta I is assassinated by Hootark I of the Hushuk tribe, who proclaims himself king at the age of 21. He laters takes Dilimee, sister to the previous king, as his mate, gaining the loyalty of the Sarmaki tribe. He orders the building of a temple dedicated to him in Urukash.
- 4869 BC: Sussari tribespeople near Lagara are persecuted. About 500 were slaughtered or sacrificed.
- 4883 BC: Hootark I sends five bands of tribal warriors to conquer the Spiked Lands (Iran in the OTL) and later Nerekahni (southwestern Pakistan in OTL).
- 4884 BC: The Empire encounters the Kingdom of Pelohashai located in what is India in the OTL. Hootark I is assassinated after twenty years of his reign. Power in the Empire is now divided between the warring tribal chieftains. The Long Strife begins.
- 3000 BC: Stonehenge has been built.
- 2334 BC: After years of undisturbed isolation and infighting, the Empire is reunited under Sargon of Akkad, who becomes the new king.