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Timeline (Hindustani Raj)

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The timeline starts at 1556, at the pivotal Battle of Panipat. It is mostly brief and is meant to give a more generalised outlook on how the world evolves after the PoD.


1556 - The Battle of Panipat is won by the Hindustani Army, ending any real chance of a Muslim Revival in north India. Ivan the Terrible conquers Astrakhan, opening up the Volga to Russian traffic and trade. The first printing press is introduced in India, with great interest taken by Hemu as a method to tell people about his great conquests and the revival of Hindu culture in Hindustan.

1557 - Due to their war with France, Spain goes effectively bankrupt. Hemu plans his campaigns to effectively destroy all Mughal resistance and establish the Hindustani Raj. He consolidates his strength in major centers of the Empire such as Lucknow and Delhi and rearms his soldiers with better weapons to continue warring.

1558-1559 - Hemu continues his campaign to crush the Mughals as well as crush other remaining Muslim kingdoms. Smaller Muslim kingdoms don't fare any better.

1560-61 - The campaigns finally cease against the Mughals, who fall by year's end, 1561, when Hemu's forces capture Kabul. Akbar is killed in battle and cremated. A new flag is decided on, becoming the personal stand of Hemu himself. Hemu then orders his army to go round consolidating his power in his conquered territories.

1561-63 - Power is finally consolidated in all of Hemu's territories and minor rebellions by a few generals are put down harshly. Hemu orders the start of numerous road building projects to consolidate his territories as well as the search for trading partners. He focuses on establishing complete order in the Hindustani Raj.

1564 - Hemu is crowned in the city of Delhi as Raja Vikramaditya II. He quickly sends envoys to other Hindu kingdoms in the region, hoping to create some sort of alliance/tributary system and unite the shattered sub-continent against foreign threats. He finds the Vijaynagar Empire in dire need of support due to the large threat from the Deccan Sultanates. Quickly establishing trade relations, the Raj begins to send cannons to Vijaynagar and establish a secret alliance against the Deccan Sultanates.

1565 - The Battle of Talikota is won by the Vijaynagar Empire, through Raj intervention. The Vigaynagar Empire is saved from crushing and the army's weaponry is updated to launch a counteroffensive into Sultanate territories.

1566 - The campaign into the Deccan commences, with the aim of wiping them out and establishing a Hindu control over central and south India.

1567-1569 - The campaign against the Deccans continues in full speed. Through many small battles and skirmishes, more and more territory is gained. Vijaynagar soon gains all of its territories it had lost to the Muslims.

1570-1572 - The Vijaynagar army continues its campaign against the Muslims, entering their heartlands and pillaging their cities. Eventually, all of the Deccan Sultanates surrender to the Vijaynagri forces and the Empire reaches its greatest extent yet. Hemu personally congratulates Ramaraya at his successful campaign. In Hemu's empire

1588 - In a crucial confrontation, the Spanish Armada is defeated after multiple encounters between the Spanish and English fleets. The English begin to grow as a major power as a result.

1592 - Hideyoshi invades Korea with a slightly larger force than he had planned and selects the better generals to lead them in multiple battles. However, Korean naval superiority began to show as the Japanese lose many sea battles. Transportation of troops becomes difficult and a rethink in the naval strategy is urgently required to be able to have an effective campaign against the Koreans.

1593 - Hideyoshi successfully manages to convince two Portuguese galleons to fight on the side of Japan and promises them a hefty reward for doing so. He sends engineers to "help rearm the ships in favour of the oncoming battles" but this was just a ruse to understand how the Portuguese ships worked and performed so well. Using the information the engineers would bring back, a new breed of Japanese ships would be commissioned.


Early 1600s: Japan expands into traditionally Manchu areas, possibly through warring, possibly through exploration. They consolidate their territories in the north and send soldiers to man the border with the uncivilized lands to the north. Families of the soldiers arrive and begin the colonisation of the land by building houses and beginning to farm the land.

1603: Elizabeth I dies and is succeeded by her cousin James VI of Scotland. He takes up residence in England and quickly begins to consolidate his new territories. He is coronated James I of England in a very public ceremony and thousands line up to see him.

Mid 1600s: The Russians reach the Amur river and come into contact with the Chinese and Japanese Empires. The Tsardom begins to stabilize. After an extensive campaign liberating Ukraine, the nation comes partially under the control of Russia. The nation also reaches the Pacific coast and begins to fund expeditions eastward. The fur trade begins to expand in Siberia.

Late 1600s: The Tsardom of Russia expands more into Siberia and discovers Japanese troops in the Kamchatka peninsula. Some skirmishes between the two sides take place. This will become the start of the drive to move people Eastward.




1922: Antonov is founded in the Russian Empire.

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