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  1. Basileus444

    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1645: The Final Promise

    East-1645: The Final Promise Much of 1645 is spent in the process of the soldiers of the expedition returning home, some by land and some by sea. Northern India is left as a political vacuum, with a multiplicity of small states replacing the larger entities of Awadh, Triune Bengal, and Alemdar...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Marching further east: Bengal was always going to be the end of the road, with at most a naval expedition of part of the force attacking Pegu by sea in conjunction with a Burmese land assault. Trying to march a preindustrial army overland between Bengal and southwest China is just a big fat ‘no...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1644: A Glittering Progression

    East-1644: A Glittering Progression The realm of Awadh is vast and densely populated, the inhabitants outnumbering the Romano-Persian invaders literally on a scale of a thousand-to-one. Were Awadh a cohesive united organized state, it could’ve worn down its assailants through sheer friction...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I think you mean Lord Howard. But from personal experience I say never underestimate the arrogance of old men when dealing with someone(s) younger than themselves. The pair were the direct inspiration for the military duo of Odysseus and Iskandar. Honestly didn’t give any thought to how many...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1644: Panipat

    East-1644: Panipat “Let terror be my right hand, and panic my left, and I shall destroy any army on this earth.”-the Shatterer of Armies As the rains clear, Chandragupta faces three threats, the Romano-Persians, the Sikhs, and the Vijayanagari. In terms of weight, the latter far outweighs the...
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    How technologically advanced could a Bronze Age Society feasibly get

    I don't think this island is geologically possible. No iron anywhere? Iron is ridiculously common; it's everywhere. A big advantage iron has over bronze is that iron is far more plentiful than bronze's components, especially tin. Once you figure out how to get rid of the impurities so that iron...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Iskandar and Odysseus aren't looking to go conquering in Awadh. Iskandar is interested in plunder and prestige, because shoring up his legitimacy with victories over non-Persians would really help. Odysseus wants revenge against the Triune, and Awadh is a Triune Bengal ally and in the way. Plus...
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    Famines and Genocides in Pre 1900 that you want to butterfly

    While it's different with genocides because they are man-made, I feel with most famines that butterflying away one would be a case of 'changing things and things stay the same'. Because butterflying away one famine is treating a symptom, while the underlying problem of food scarcity that...
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    Would a British Raj governed near exclusively by princely states be more economical beneficial for Britain

    Europeans had naval supremacy in eastern waters for centuries before they made successful large inroads into continental Asia. That is because large land-based empires like Ming/Qing China and the Mughals couldn't be hurt by them because their power bases were further inland than the range of...
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    AHC: Worse British Empire

    Yeah, the issue with the British Empire is that far too many people are willing to excuse or justify or whitewash its many evils (while often being really quick to condemn the same evils when done by anyone who isn't British). It'd be nice if that stopped, but this is AH.com so I won't hold my...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1644: The Never-Ending Thunder

    East-1644: The Never-Ending Thunder After the battle of the Jhelum, or the Hydaspes, the Romano-Persians easily secure the former lands of Alemdar Mustafa Pasha, but afterwards they must rest. They have performed prodigies over the past year, but they are still men of flesh and bone, not iron...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    I’m really glad people enjoyed Ibrahim’s final scene. That was a joy to write. It was also an interesting challenge since when I wrote Demetrios’s curse scene, I was planning for Ibrahim’s death to be humiliating. But I had since changed my mind regarding that, but I also didn’t want to break...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1643 & 1644: You Never Hurt Me

    East-1643 & 1644: You Never Hurt Me: Ibrahim and the few retainers, along with his family, that are still with him have been given sanctuary by Alemdar Mustafa Pasha, who is amused by the prospect of having his former suzerain as a supplicant and sees Ibrahim as a useful tool. Given how closely...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    It's a matter of going where the low-hanging fruit is. Sutanuti isn't centralized; the Viceroy is the overlord of several petty rajas who owe tribute and manpower in exchange for protection. The rulers of Bihar and further west were better able to defend their independence against the...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania

    Map of India: Alright, the key players at this point are Alemdar Mustafa Pasha, the Sikhs, Awadh, Triune Bengal, and Vijayanagar. Alemdar-the Punjab Sikhs-blob around Delhi and Agra and that’s it Awadh-see @Curtain Jerker’s post for rough borders Triune Bengal-Bangladesh and the Indian state of...
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    During the Colonial Era, which non-European nation would be most likely to set up a New World colony?

    Sometime in the 1600s. I don't have the exact reference; it's buried somewhere in my library.
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    During the Colonial Era, which non-European nation would be most likely to set up a New World colony?

    Reality is not a EU4 game. “Because it’s there” is not a valid reason for countries ITTL to go a-colonizing. Colonizing is an expensive and oftentimes deadly game. Many European colonization efforts ended with money down the drain and a pile of dead bodies. Scotland’s existence as an independent...
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    An Age of Miracles Continues: The Empire of Rhomania
    Threadmarks: East-1643: In the Footsteps of the Ancients

    East-1643: In the Footsteps of the Ancients As Helios’s strength rains down in greater vigor upon the earth and as Demeter rejoices with the return of her daughter Persephone from the realm of Hades, so the devotees of Ares and Athena gather to perform their worship. The Roman troops have...
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    Do you think European colonization was inevitable?

    Indeed. The argument was that artisans and peasants directly produce goods needed by society. All merchants do meanwhile is move around stuff that other people have produced. When put that way, it seems a pretty solid rationale to me.
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    I did. It was called 'A Khan in Constantinople'. I never finished it; it was a classic case of...

    I did. It was called 'A Khan in Constantinople'. I never finished it; it was a classic case of having a really good idea for the beginning of a story but then having no clue how to continue it.
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