This is part 2 of my The Story on Eurasia. Please read on.
Timeline, part 2Edit
- With the Second Polish-Russian War now over with a Russian victory, Tsar Alexis I turned his attention again to Siberia. The tsar sent in settlers to Western Siberia, provided finanical assistance to many Siberian Russian farmers, and also commissioned further explorations into the vast unclaimed territories of Eastern Siberia. Finally, after years and years of expansion, the first Russian settlers reached the Pacific coast: Russia was now the world's largest country in terms of land size.
- Tutmose I of Axuma began his economic reforms. He financed the construction of the Axman port of Jachis, on the coast of Axmuan Somalia. The king removed many internal trade taxes or regulations, encouraged trade with other nations, and lured in merchants with promise of money and goods. The king also began construction on a Merchant Exchange and Market Center in his capital, Soki.
- The Indian and Mongolian Empires signed a partition agreement, dividing Kara Khitai between them. The Empires did this because they both wanted to expand their territory and prestige. The partition will not take place for the next couple years, however.
- Tutmose I of Axuma then instigated his government reforms. The king established the Board of Advisors, charged with maintaining government affairs and advising the king. The king also issued a official order of precedence, based on merit and faithful service to him. Tutmose I also reorganized his kingdom into districts, each one supervised by a governor appointed by him.
- In Russia, Alexei I's second wife, Natalia Narshykina, gave birth to a healthy baby boy. He was named Peter. Peter would eventually become tsar, and would become known as Peter the Great, for his successful war against Great Nordia, his economic, military, and government reforms, and for his transformation of the tsardom into an empire.
- Numerous technologies were invented. Byzantine engineers invented the cannon. Byzantine engineers, scientists, and doctors also perfected the printing press and made major discoveries about the function of the body, the position of the Solar System's planets, and the diseases of plague and fever.
- By this point in time, due to no Mongol invasion as in our timeline, Europe has progressed considerably, reaching the levels of and looking like the late 1600's. As greater stability persists, the nobility of Europe have finally settled into elaborate palaces. The Renaissance has begun earlier in Italy than in our timeline, and thus there is more refined culture in this period of time.
- Tutmose I of Axuma launched a invasion of Byzantine Egypt. His modernized forces quickly race up along the Nile, cutting the Byzantine defense force off. Tutmose I eventually achieves great victories at the Battles of El Alamein, Alexandrina, and Cairo, and the generals who rule the Byzantine Empire are forced to sign a truce with the "savage" king, granting him Egypt and paying him tribute. Tutmose I was proud. He then signed an alliance with the Almohads.
- The Indian and Mongolian Empires finally partition Kara Khitai between them, incorporating the provinces as agreed to in the prior partition treaty. Both Empires expand in size as a result, increasing their strength and prestige. However, they have now both reached their greatest territorial extent, and in time, will be confronted by the future Russian Empire.
- Alexis I of Russia dies, at the age of 53. He is succeeded by his oldest son, the half-insane Theodore I. Theodore is mentally and physically infirm, and as such, power is actually held by Sophia Aleskeyvena, Alexis's oldest daughter. Peter and his mother are banished to the Foreign Quarter of Moscow. Peter will begin his training there.
- The Khawzermian Empire and the Kingdom of Axuma instigated the Byzantine Conquest Wars, which will last until 1282, and will completely lick the Byzantine Empire off the map. The Byzantine government was split, with numerous generals competing for power, and David II mentally retarded. As such, a civil war began, allowing the Khawzermians and Axumans to make major gains. Tutmose I captured the Holy Land, while the Sultan of the Khawzermians, Sulemian I, captured most of Byzantine Mesoptamia. The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth took advantage of the conflict and seized numerous Byzantine northern lands.
- The Kingdom of Axuma and the Khawzermian Empire made major gains against the Byzantine Empire, which was still engulfed in government conflict and great civil war. The Axumans captured Byzantine Arabia, while the Khawzermian Empire conquered Byzantine Syria and northern Lebanon, reaching borders with the Axuman Kingdom and gaining access to the Mediterranean. Tutmose I then signed a mutual agreement and military alliance with Suleiman I, Emperor of the Khawzermians.
- Ajak Ashuma, a black African, established the Kingdom of Mauritania, a state in western Africa. Mauritania will eventually become one of the most powerful states in Africa, and will become a counterpart of Axuma. Ajak Ashuma became King Ajak I. He began grooming his son, Shaka Zulu, as his successor. Shaka was educated by Islamic teachers, and learned about African, European, and Islamic history, Islamic theology, mathematics, reading, writing, and some science.
- The Indian Empire, Mongolian Empire, and Song Empire formed the Eastern Asian Coalition. This Coalition was meant to provide mutual defense for all three empires and to act as a deterrent to the Tsardom of Russia.
- The Khawzermian Empire launched a successful offensive into the Byzantine lands in Turkey. The Khawzermians conquered a large amount of territory, reaching as far as the Turkish coast, and also planted a foot on the coast of Europe. The Khawzermians also conquered Cyprus, Malta, and Crete. Suleiman I began a massive siege of Constantinople.
- In Russia, young Peter began his training. He was educated by a series of tutors, including Peter Golovkin and Alex Christyna. Peter learned the alphabet, how to read, Orthodox theology, and the history of Russia and Europe. Peter was a studious student, and wanted to learn more. So the young boy began to learn about shipbuilding and the merchant trades.
- Tutmose I of Axuma proclaimed the existence of the Axuman Empire, which by now controlled Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, most of Somalia, the Holy Land, parts of Jordan and Syria, southern Lebanon, and Arabia. Tutmose was crowned Emperor of Axuma on 21 October, in the city of Soki. By now, he was being hailed Tutmose the Great. Tutmose's Imperial title was recognized by the Khawzermian Empire, the Indian Empire, the Song Empire, and the Mongolian Empire.
The Byzantine Empire incurred further losses. The civil war intensified even further, and the Byzantine generals diverted their attention from defending the remaining territories of their rapidly shrinking empire. As a result, the Khwazermian Empire, and even the Holy Roman Empire, made some gains. The Holy Roman Empire annexed the Byzantine territories in Italy and the Austrian lands, while the Khawzermians conquered much of the remaining Byzantine lands in northern Anatolia, except Constantinople itself. They also conquered much of Greece and Bulgaria. Suleiman I also began launching expeditions against the Polish-Lithuanian territories in the Crimea and Caucasus.
The Khawazermian Empire intensified its offensive against the Byzantine Empire. Sultan Suleiman I himself lead the offensives. Powerful Muslim armies overran most of the rest of the Byzantine-controlled Balkans, encountering little to no resistance. Despite the ongoing Khwazermian invasion, the civil war in the remaining Byzantine Empire continued unabated. In any case, by the end of the year, the Khawazermians instigated a massive siege of Constantinople.