INTERLUDE // Ave, Caesar!
— MAP INTERLUDE —
A composite map of the Caesarian wars of conquest, and neighboring countries in 28 BC.
The thing is some equivalent countries in Asia had higher populations by the industrialization period - Japan had an estimated population of 30 million in 1700 where Great Britain had a population of just 5 million during the same time period. Britain's population increased by like a factor of 10 over the past 300 years and that's while many were migrating to their colonies. If that's applied to Japan you're going to have a 300 mil+ Japan (although I expect the migration rate to be a good deal higher due to population density issues if nothing else). The longer sustained period of high TFR + lowering death rates should ensure that.I wonder, will demographics also be reversed? Meaning that Europe will have the world’s highest population? The only way that could be achieved is if the Romans control not only southern, central and western Europe, but also eastern Europe (especially Ukraine and the Volga region), so that they have enough fertile land at their disposal to feed a population of several hundred million people (IOTL China had around 300 million people by the 18th century). I don’t think pre-industrial Europe could support the kind of population density that China or India had historically, so they’ll need quantity over quality. If eastern Europe had the same population density as western Europe, then a modern European population of >1 billion could easily be achieved.
As for East Asia, if they start modernizing and industrializing a century or two earlier than OTL, then their population growth will also slow down much earlier, which means by the 20th century they’d have a lower population than Europe. Though that leaves me wondering about India. Will they also start to modernize earlier due to their proximity with East Asia, or will they be more an equivalent to the Ottoman Empire; the ‘Sick Man of Asia’, basically? If Japan is this TL’s version of Britain, I guess they’ll be the ones to colonize India.
Yep, as will be seen in future installments.So I assume that in the present day of this world, Japan has a constitutional monarchy that still rules (on paper at least) some of it's former colonies as part of a Commonwealth while Brittain is an island nation that retains it's Monarchy and is rather hated by it's neighbors for what they did in the past.
That'd be interesting, although it'll change some of the history surrounding Korea (such as the fact that it won't be conquered by the Mongol-equivalents, and the fact that it won't be a nice and easy jump from "Korea" to "China"/Europe).Who will be the Korea of Europe ITTL? Ireland maybe? I'd assume Britain would thoroughly conquer and assimilate it's immediate neighbors. I like the Rhenish Wall as the Great Wall equivalent. Can we see how Scandinavia develops with a continuously expanding Roman Empire right below them? I wonder how the Slavic people will fare TTL?
That'd be interesting, although it'll change some of the history surrounding Korea (such as the fact that it won't be conquered by the Mongol-equivalents, and the fact that it won't be a nice and easy jump from "Korea" to "China"/Europe).
That's why I've been thinking for Korea to be Denmark.
The thing is some equivalent countries in Asia had higher populations by the industrialization period - Japan had an estimated population of 30 million in 1700 where Great Britain had a population of just 5 million during the same time period. Britain's population increased by like a factor of 10 over the past 300 years and that's while many were migrating to their colonies. If that's applied to Japan you're going to have a 300 mil+ Japan (although I expect the migration rate to be a good deal higher due to population density issues if nothing else). The longer sustained period of high TFR + lowering death rates should ensure that.
It's more suited than Arabia but not super well-suited if I understand historical populations. Nigeria's population was not always nearly as high even proportionally as it is now.Although, I did entertain the idea of West Africa being united under a Mali empire and becoming the India of a timeline like this. West Africa is much more suited than Arabia to having a large population like India. (Nigeria alone has over 200 million people and has similar overcrowding issues to India)
That map is gorgeous. Where did you find the template?— MAP INTERLUDE —
That's definitely fair (France's demographic history is pretty interesting ) although part of the relatively higher populations early on has to do with the crop package - wheat and barley just isn't going to sustain the population that rice could early on (before the introduction of high yield crops from the Americas). So there's an early advantage - France had a historically high population because it was just so much more fertile than places like the Iberian peninsula and GB. Another factor for population growth is obviously peace - there is a pretty direct correlation with Japan's rapid population growth and the end of the Sengoku period - assuming Japan can unify there's really no reason (aside from internal policies - pretty sure some people think France's relative lack of growth had to do with land policies or something, not too sure on that though) that they wouldn't grow as large as their crop package permits.True, but this kind of rapid population growth isn’t inevitable. During the 14th century, France for example had a population of around 20 million. Japan at that time was somewhere between 7-10 million. But unlike its European neighbors, France’s population never increased by a factor of 10; it ‘only’ tripled from the middle ages until today (less if we exclude immigration). And it’s not like France couldn’t have supported a higher population; the Netherlands are right next door, and they’ve always had a significantly higher population density (France would have >150 million people today if it had that level of population density).
Considering this TL starts more than 2000 years ago, it’s possible that Japan’s demographics develop in such a way that, like France, its population stays at its medieval level (7-10 million) until the early modern age, but then increases rapidly during industrialization (similar to Britain). If it increases by a factor of 10 like Britain, then ATL Japan would have 70-100 million people by today (compared to OTL’s 120 million).
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The fateful assassination attempt that changed European history.
“Et tu, Brute?”
— Then Roman senator and general, Julius Caesar, 710 AUC [44 BCE]
Thus would have ended the life of Gaius Julius Caesar, Rome's most renowned general. Many European scholars have speculated that the assassination could have ended a