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DocBrown99 Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016
I just now realized that your "Second Renaissance" revision is based a lot off of "The Next 100 Years" by George Friedman
flappybird11 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Student Writer
Is there any way to use current events to make a story? Like trump wins the election and a handful of states declare independence (even though that is not allowed) like say Ohio, California and Massachusetts all declare independence from the United States and allow open borders to anyone and vow to oust trump from power? (Definitely no bias saying Ohio, it's not like I'm from Ohio '_*) or maybe the Islamic empire won the battle against charlamain and took over eroupe! Maybe the Spanish reqonwstienda was not successful, maybe Rome never falls! OH MY GOD ITS ADDICTIVE!
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
Do you play strategy games much or at all ?

If you do you might want to check out Crisis of the Confederation for CKII…

It has transhumanism (although in a gameplay context) in it along with various political divides between Terran Republicans and Federalist and various forms of Seperatism (shown as it's own ideaology) and between the Neo-Feudalist in the fringe and the Bio-Directionist then you have the Cyberneticist who favour mixing tech and biology to augment Human-kind and the usual Neo-Socialist/Communist and the Astrist which are kind of hard to define as they arn't outright fascist.... they believe society should be structured like a starships chain of command if I recall.

You can play out a game of thrones style intrigue in space essentially and various civil wars, the game is pretty different everytime especially as the decades pass.
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never played crusader kings, but I've heard good things.
HeliosMegistos Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2015
What you have heard is true, it's not perfect and it's sub forum on the official developers forums is filled with people making suggestions or bitching about this and that and arguing (mostly about mechanics that are ahistorical or need more depth but might not get it due to engine limitations or if China will be added and if that's good or not since it might make the game laggy as hell since adding India indisputably caused slow downs... those sorts of things) like any video game forum these days but it's definitely good.

The modders are amazingly productive, having produced an Eldar Scrolls mod and the A Game of Thrones mods, then you have the work in progress Avatar the Last Airbender and Lord of the Rings mods, CKII+ and the Historical Immersion Project which have different takes on fixing balance and improving the base vanilla game, When the World Stopped Making Sense which is a migration period mod that's still in beta as far as I know, the Winter King based on a semi-realistic Arthurian take as presented in the Winter King novel trilogy by Bernard Cornwell, After the End which is a post-apocalyptic mod for the New World and might remind you somewhat of your own scenario you worked on a few years back, a Warhammer Fantasy mod is in production and as I mentioned there is Crisis of the Confederation set in space during the decline of the Terran Confederation which is based heavily on the Foundation series by Azimov (the decline of the Empire and all the political upheaval specifically).

There are a couple of others plus countless smaller mods which I can't keep track of or recall and the last major mod that is pretty amazing is Lux Invicta which I can't really put into words hence this brief snippet at the bottom from the mods own primary topic. - - - It's timeline is obviously not something that would heppen naturally as it has both amssive differences and divergences yet also things that historically happened like Christianity and Charlamagne and Islam and the various Roman Emperors all still happening although with twist, history put through a blender with awesome added into it

1) the worship of Sol Invictus became the official religion of the Roman Empire and remained so in the East - where Imperial authority remained strong initially. Christianity did not gain a lasting foothold in mostly Roman controlled Eastern Mediterranean. The Eastern Empire became very anti-Christian.

2) Christianity did thrive in the West and was adopted by a variety of invading peoples, Arianism is alive and well. Crusading happened earlier than in our reality, with several holy war initiatives aimed at the Eastern Mediterranean area. Several crusader states exist, from island realms to Jerusalem itself.

3) Muslim expansion was not as successful as in real life - the Sassanid Persians managed to stop them and survive. They were stopped in Northern Syria by the Romans, but managed to conquer most of North Africa - a notable exception being the Vandal Kingdom of Carthage. They did manage to establish themselves in Southern Spain but did not manage to thoroughly defeat the Visigoths - who are alive and well.

4) General fragmentation/successor state syndrome - (partly because I dislike starting big, partly because I like to have many interesting playable options available) The Roman Empire (Eastern) is in tatters following rebellions/various crises - and so is pretty much every other former power. You get to try to rebuild the bigger states, plus experience some very interesting (imho) smaller powers such as the Kingdom of Palmyra (a former long term vassal of the ERE) or the Exarchate of Ravenna.

5) Alexander and company were more successful than in our reality. Hellenism was much more stubborn in its grip. The Diadokhoi managed to hold on to some areas and the world was changed forever. The Ptolemies, the Seleucids and the Antigonids as well as Alexanders own bloodline via two sons all still survive although their power and importance has greatly fallen.

A brief snippet of timeline examples to show how much things have changed. For example Julian the Apostate in our history is Julian the Sun Emperor here or Julian the Philosopher!

362 CE: Julian begins his campaign against Shapur II. He relieves Antiocheia. Shapur had promised to raze it to the ground to punish it for its continued defiance. It's grateful citizens proclaim him "Saviour of the Light".

363 CE: Although outnumbered, Julian defeats Shapur II near Nisibis. He wins several minor victories on his way to Ctesiphon.

364 CE: Julian II conquers Ctesiphon. His army hails him "Sol Invictus in the flesh" as he rededicates the temples of Ctesiphon to Sol. The brothers Flavius Valentinianus and Valens are appointed co-Emperors by Alexandros VIII, who decides to retire to Egypt.

365 CE: Valentinian I campaigns in Britannia against Constantine II. It is widely reported that the Emperor has a dream about Christ offering to deliver him Britannia in less than a month, in exchange for conversion. The very next day Constantine II is assassinated by conspirators led by Marcus Artorius while holding a war council. His head is sent to Valentinian I along with an offer of submission. Valentinian I accepts their submission. He confirms Marcus Artorius as client High King of Britannia, while the young Constantine III retains Dumnonia. Valentinian I converts to Christianity.

366 CE: Julian captures Shapur II in battle near Ecbatana. Several Persian Satraps led by Ardashir Parmenion of Ecbatana offer him the title King of Kings and promise their submission. Julian refuses the title. He proclaims "to hold the East is to lose the West". He releases Shapur II after a peace is signed winning great reparations and territorial concessions for the Empire.

367 CE: Julian is in Constantinople. He asks Valentinian I to renounce Christianity. Valentinian refuses. Julian begins a vast programme of reforms. New military provinces are formed, a new system of state education is implemented within the cities of the Empire. Neoplatonism is funded by the state.

368 CE: Massive barbarian attacks on the Imperial borders. Saxon attacks in Britannia. Valentinian and Valens win several victories over the barbarians. Julian attempts to reconciliate with Valentinian I. Valentinian declares that he and his brother will be co-Emperors of the West while Julian and Alexandros VIII can rule the East. Julian decides against fighting a civil war, given serious barbarian pressure on the imperial borders. Division of the Empire.

369 CE: After an emboldened Christian mob kills the Scholarch of the Academy of Athens and several other philosophers, Julian begins his Christian Persecutions. He proclaims: "Christians would bring a great Darkness over the world, we must make sure that the Light of Civilization is never extinguished by the Shadow of Barbaric religion". His Sacred Policies of Purification, as they come to be known are aimed at purging Christianity from the Eastern Empire. Many Christians flee the Eastern Empire.

370 CE: After a failed assassination attempt by a Christian fanatic of senatorial rank, Julian pardons him in a gesture of clemency. The man is brought before the Imperial family and Julian orders his chains struck off. Instead of accepting his pardon, he manages to take a sword from one of the guards and in the ensuing scuffle kills Julian's 7 year old daughter Alexandra. He is captured alive once more and declares: "My only regret is I could not send you all to hell". An enraged Julian orders the man sacrificed to Sol Invictus and his name erased from all records. Julian orders the immediate execution of all Christians who refuse to abandon their faith.

371 CE: Valentinian I is enraged by the persecutions of Christians in the East. He starts a policy of offering barbarians land within the Empire in exchange for military service. He begins assembling an army largely composed of barbarians, in order to march against Julian. The Huns defeat the Alans, Alans begin migrating West.

375 CE: Valentinian I besieges Constantinople. As the city is about to fall, he promises to raze it to the ground and "make it a desert". After a long forced march Julian crosses the Helespont. A battle is fought outside Constantinople. Valentinian is captured. Julian offers him clemency in exchange for renouncing his Christian faith. Valentinian refuses. In an unexpected act of clemency Julian pardons him anyway. Julian is proclaimed "Saviour of the Light" once more. 

381 CE: An ailing Alexandros VIII follows the now established tradition of "going into the Desert". His son Alexandros IX is co-Emperor of the East. Julian is acclaimed as Sun Emperor.

382 CE: Theodosius has the Temple of the Vestal Virgins in Rome destroyed and the Sacred Heart of Sol defiled and thrown into the Tiber. An outraged Julian decides to march West. Vandals and other barbarians invade the Empire, some of them are pacified and settled as foederati.

383 CE: Julian lands in Italia with a vast Eastern Army. He starts his march across the Peninsula destroying all Christian churches in his wake. Athanaric High King of the Goths dies.

384 CE: Julian besieges Rome. He retakes the city after a 3 month siege. After refusing to convert, Pope Damasus I is sacrificed to Sol. The Temple of the Vestal Virgins is rebuilt. The Sacred heart of Sol is fished out of the Tiber and brought back to the Palatine Hill.

385 CE: Julian marches North and defeats Valentinian II and Theodosius outside Ravenna. The two co-Emperors of the West flee to Gallia. They are defeated outside Narbo and flee into Severan Hispania. Julian begins a new programme of military reorganization. He establishes new military provinces and reorganizes the old ones. The military provinces of Aquileia, Venetia, Mediolanum, Genoa, Ravenna and Provincia are thoroughly reorganized and strengthened. Julian proclaims them "The Eternal shield of Rome."

387 CE: Theodosius instigates large scale rebellion among the foederati and invites several barbarian tribes to invade the Empire. Julian is in Alexandria where he is grievously wounded by a Christian fanatic during the celebrations of the Dies Natalis Sol Invicti. His doctors believe he will not survive for long. Julian decides to "go into the Desert". The Sun Emperor Julian Saviour of the Light is carried into the Western desert by twelve loyal retainers. Before leaving Alexandria, Julian famously proclaims: "I will return."
ElSqiubbonator Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Obviously war and conflict haven't gone away, but have race, gender, religion and lifestyle-based prejudices decreased at all between the present and the end of your timeline?
YNot1989 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, but they're not gone.
1992andbeyond Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
Why can't I ever find a world map where the sea level dropped? Other than ice age maps.
Tomos2013 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014
It's not really Hollywood fearmongering enough. If you Google it it should come up. And there's this site where you can make them rise and
tronoid Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
does any of your scenarios sees Mexico otherwise than an USA annexation ?

Isn't there any possible Mexican "reconquista" ? ( reclaim texas, nuevo mexico, nevada, california, and such ? )

just asking.
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