Ichronic Color Scheme 1.0

1944. I took off the Roman outline from Italy (Italian Social Republic) as at this point it's just another German puppet.
Still trying my hand on the format.
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Now that both World Wars are mapped, there's something I'd like to work on before I go on: planning the rest of the maps by dividing History into periods.
It's a personal interpretation, so take it for what it is. As usual, if anyone has any suggestion, opinion, flame, feel free to comment.

Here's how it works: History in general will be divided into four big eras, that will be divided in their own right into smaller ages.

The four main eras are:

THE ERA OF KINGS (From Ancient Egypt to the Minoans, approximately 5300-1650 BCE)
THE ERA OF WARRIORS (From the Micenaean to the Romans, approximately 1600BCE-313CE)
THE ERA OF PROPHETS (Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, Early Modernity, approximately 313CE-1760CE)
THE ERA OF SCIENCE (mid-1700s to today)
 
Now that both World Wars are mapped, there's something I'd like to work on before I go on: planning the rest of the maps by dividing History into periods.
It's a personal interpretation, so take it for what it is. As usual, if anyone has any suggestion, opinion, flame, feel free to comment.

Here's how it works: History in general will be divided into four big eras, that will be divided in their own right into smaller ages.

The four main eras are:

THE ERA OF KINGS (From Ancient Egypt to the Minoans, approximately 5300-1650 BCE)
THE ERA OF WARRIORS (From the Micenaean to the Romans, approximately 1600BCE-313CE)
THE ERA OF PROPHETS (Late Antiquity, Middle Ages, Early Modernity, approximately 313CE-1760CE)
THE ERA OF SCIENCE (mid-1700s to today)
Subdivisions of each, plus a bunch of other optional goals. Everything past 5300 BC is optional and could be done later.

SCIENCE:
1912
1900
1898
1884
1871
1867
1865
1861
1853
1848
1836 — Victoria 2!
1830
1821
1815
1814
1812
1809
1807
1806
1805
1800
1792
1789
1783
1776
1775
1770
PROPHETS:
1765
1763
1748
1735
1721
1713
1707
1700
1692
1683
1665
1648
1618
1607
1600
1572
1565
1547
1532
1521
1519
1500
1492
1485
1455
1453
1444
1400
1368
1347
1337
1300
1227
1206
1200
1100
1095
1054
1000
987
962
900
843
814
800
700
632
600
535
500
480
476
410
400
395
WARRIORS:
313
300
284
235
200
117
100
33
1 AD
1 BC
27 BC
44 BC
100 BC
146 BC
200 BC
221 BC
264 BC
300 BC
323 BC
331 BC
400 BC
431 BC
475 BC
483 BC
500 BC
509 BC
563 BC
600 BC
700 BC
753 BC
771 BC
776 BC
800 BC
814 BC
900 BC
1000 BC
1100 BC
1200 BC
1300 BC
1400 BC
1500 BC
1600 BC
KINGS:
1650 BC
1700 BC
1800 BC
1900 BC
2000 BC
2100 BC
2200 BC
2300 BC
2400 BC
2500 BC
2600 BC
2700 BC
2750 BC
2800 BC
2900 BC
3000 BC
3150 BC
3200 BC
3300 BC
3400 BC
3600 BC
3800 BC
4000 BC
5300 BC
PREHISTORIC (optional from here)
11,700 kiloannum (9700 BC)
20,000 ka
50,000 ka
100,000 ka
200,000 ka
315,000 ka
640,000 ka
1 megaannum
1.5 Ma
2 Ma
5 Ma
6 Ma
10 Ma
15 Ma
20 Ma
30 Ma
40 Ma
50 Ma
66 Ma
145 Ma
252 Ma
300 Ma
375 Ma
400 Ma
480 Ma
500 Ma
541 Ma
600 Ma
800 Ma
1000 Ma
1600 Ma
3000 Ma
EXTRATERRESTRIAL
Venus
Mars
ALT-HISTORY
1983: Doomsday
Anglo-American-Nazi War
Bring the Jubilee
Draka
Fallout
Fatherland
Kaiserreich
The Man in the High Castle
The New Order
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Southern Victory by Turtledove / Timeline-191
Sunset Invasion
Thousand-Week Reich
Worldwar by Turtledove
The Years of Rice and Salt
FANTASY
Middle-Earth, Second Age
Middle-Earth, Third Age
Tamriel (Skyrim)
A Song of Ice and Fire
MISCELLANEOUS / ALT-GEO
Modern day +60 m sea level
Modern day +100 m sea level
Modern day +500 m sea level
Modern day +1000 m sea level
Modern day +2500 m sea level
Modern day -100 m sea level
Modern day -500 m sea level
Modern day -1000 m sea level
Fully blank ocean map for planet editing (or Modern day +8848 m sea level)
Seapole from World Dream Bank
Inversia from World Dream Bank
Shiveria from World Dream Bank
Jaredia from World Dream Bank
Earth-98 / Terra-98
 
Subdivisions of each, plus a bunch of other optional goals. Everything past 5300 BC is optional and could be done later.

SCIENCE:
1912
1900
1898
1884
1871
1867
1865
1861
1853
1848
1836 — Victoria 2!
1830
1821
1815
1814
1812
1809
1807
1806
1805
1800
1792
1789
1783
1776
1775
1770
PROPHETS:
1765
1763
1748
1735
1721
1713
1707
1700
1692
1683
1665
1648
1618
1607
1600
1572
1565
1547
1532
1521
1519
1500
1492
1485
1455
1453
1444
1400
1368
1347
1337
1300
1227
1206
1200
1100
1095
1054
1000
987
962
900
843
814
800
700
632
600
535
500
480
476
410
400
395
WARRIORS:
313
300
284
235
200
117
100
33
1 AD
1 BC
27 BC
44 BC
100 BC
146 BC
200 BC
221 BC
264 BC
300 BC
323 BC
331 BC
400 BC
431 BC
475 BC
483 BC
500 BC
509 BC
563 BC
600 BC
700 BC
753 BC
771 BC
776 BC
800 BC
814 BC
900 BC
1000 BC
1100 BC
1200 BC
1300 BC
1400 BC
1500 BC
1600 BC
KINGS:
1650 BC
1700 BC
1800 BC
1900 BC
2000 BC
2100 BC
2200 BC
2300 BC
2400 BC
2500 BC
2600 BC
2700 BC
2750 BC
2800 BC
2900 BC
3000 BC
3150 BC
3200 BC
3300 BC
3400 BC
3600 BC
3800 BC
4000 BC
5300 BC
PREHISTORIC (optional from here)
11,700 kiloannum (9700 BC)
20,000 ka
50,000 ka
100,000 ka
200,000 ka
315,000 ka
640,000 ka
1 megaannum
1.5 Ma
2 Ma
5 Ma
6 Ma
10 Ma
15 Ma
20 Ma
30 Ma
40 Ma
50 Ma
66 Ma
145 Ma
252 Ma
300 Ma
375 Ma
400 Ma
480 Ma
500 Ma
541 Ma
600 Ma
800 Ma
1000 Ma
1600 Ma
3000 Ma
EXTRATERRESTRIAL
Venus
Mars
ALT-HISTORY
1983: Doomsday
Anglo-American-Nazi War
Bring the Jubilee
Draka
Fallout
Fatherland
Kaiserreich
The Man in the High Castle
The New Order
Nineteen Eighty-Four
Southern Victory by Turtledove / Timeline-191
Sunset Invasion
Thousand-Week Reich
Worldwar by Turtledove
The Years of Rice and Salt
FANTASY
Middle-Earth, Second Age
Middle-Earth, Third Age
Tamriel (Skyrim)
A Song of Ice and Fire
MISCELLANEOUS / ALT-GEO
Modern day +60 m sea level
Modern day +100 m sea level
Modern day +500 m sea level
Modern day +1000 m sea level
Modern day +2500 m sea level
Modern day -100 m sea level
Modern day -500 m sea level
Modern day -1000 m sea level
Fully blank ocean map for planet editing (or Modern day +8848 m sea level)
Seapole from World Dream Bank
Inversia from World Dream Bank
Shiveria from World Dream Bank
Jaredia from World Dream Bank
Earth-98 / Terra-98
Now, wait till I start discussing the Ages :)
I feel I should mention I used the ICS in my last MOTF submission.



You guys are quite ambitious.
Thanks!
EDIT: Seen it, and loved it. Not so bad a scenario, as far as Grimdark goes. I like the Scottish Britain even if it's under discontinuous Chinese influence (Wallace against the Song has a certain... ring to it) and the French/Scot dominated Europe. The purple blob between Greece and the Balkans is clearly Eastern Rome, but I can't really see if it's an Italian based empire with eastern vassals (in which case the Eastern Schism might have failed or never happened, but Rome itself appears to be a Frankish protectorate, so is Neaples TTL Bizanthium?) or if Southern Italy is a Roman territory (maybe under TTL Pope equivalent)
 
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Starting with the Era of Kings, I was planning eight maps so far, I'm not sure of the exact years but I'm using @shearsforest 's suggestions as a guidelines. More may be added later, as I'm aware this is an incomplete and partial reconstruction (No India or China at this point, open to suggestions)

THE ERA OF KINGS
- The Age of the Pyramids​
  • Pre-Dynastic Period
  • Proto-Dynastic Period
  • Old Kingdom
  • First Intermediate Period
-The Age of Palaces​
  • Middle Kingdom
  • Second Intermediate Period
  • New Kingdom & the Hittite Wars
  • The Minoans
 
Thank you! Yes, Southern Italy is still Byzantine (though here the Byzantines are more widely recognized as the Romans (大秦) (Dà qín) rather than the Byzantines (拂菻) (Fú lǐn)


Might be a little tricky to do a cyberpunk scenario with that ;)
But you can still make a grimdark, or horror scenario, something like the Mummy :)
 
MAPPING THE ERA OF KINGS

This early in history, we may need only one section of the ICS to map everything, the one Qazse aptly named "Anatolia and Fertile Crescent". I don't think we need to create any new color for it, if anything existing colors from other sections may be borrowed.
The real challenge is, at this point, there is no clear definition of "State" as we may understand it.
In the Era of King, a "state" was the territory controlled by, or the people that gathered around, a powerful chieftan that controlled a significant amount of a significant resource (water, arable land, an easily defended position...)
we don't know exactly how this territory was controlled, and we only have an approximate idea of its extension, so the usual border, internal border, protectorate, territory just doesn't work.
To make matter more complicated, said protostates were not static, but get increasingly more complex as time goes, forcing us to gradually adapt our convention. I haven't developed a reliable system to track those changes just yet, for the time being, i think its more convenient to split the Era in more manageable periods:

3100 (3300?)-1650: Dynastic Period (it starts roughly at the same time in Egypt and Mesopotamia, a little earlier in India)
4000-3100/5500-3300: Predinastic Period; consistent enough in Egypt and Mesopotamia, with reciprocal influence, while India follows its own pattern but may have influenced both
circa 5500 (5700?) 4000 (4200?): Protohistory. The dates in parenthesis are meant to introduce the Vinca Civilisation, partly contemporanean to that of India but already disappeared before the end of Predinastic period in Mesopotamia and Egypt.
Roughly, I think a map set in, say, 5500 should feature both India (Harappa) and Vinca, with a rough extent for both, and not much else. At this point, I'd use the color for the Banat for Vinca, as it's not associated with any existing modern state. The Protoveneti/Republic of Venice is also possible, but with no clear rule of succession (that is, who inherits that color once its original owner has disappeared) that's a risky move.
I think that only the color should be used, not the border (since as i said, it wasn't a distinct political entity) possibly a base outline with a lighter interior
 
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When could we do some more progress on the addendum?
Let me sort out the protohistory first. The necessity may arise to add some new color there. I'm planning to do some editing to Sheardforest's list. While I have no plans for Westeros, I was planning to map the Age of Conan from near the beginning, and Middle Earth could be given a go too.
 
(NOT) Adding China

After examining Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient India and even the roots of Old Europe, I thought that the next logical step would be to add ancient China.
Actually... not.
Turns out ancient China is not nearly so ancient as one may think.
You have to wait at least a thousand years after the first dynasties in Egypt and Mesopotamia to even get a glimpse of early dynastic China.
The first Chinese Emperor to have some sort of Historicity is Yu the Great, founder of the semi-mythical Xia dynasty. According to Archeological records, a protohistoric Chinese culture that may have been the Xia dynasty existed between circa 1950 or 1920 BCE to 1700 BCE, when the fully historic Shang take over.
That sounds pretty shabby compared to Egypt and Sumer, and even more if we add Harappa and Vinca.

We are leaving China out for now, and concentrate on an area that goes from south-east Europe to north-west India, followed by the gradual development of Sumer and Egypt between 4000 and 3100 BCE.
 
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