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Nice work on both the maps, i really appreciate the help. As for canonicity of the second part, maybe its an alternate universe where Earth can detect Tellurus with satellites?
Thank you! I’ve been working on the WorldA of Eirene, which should be done hopefully by today. Then I'll do Nocturne.
 
Timeline (1580-2020 AF)
I'm really sorry that I operate on Valve Time, but here's the next update as promised.

1575 AF: Large earthquake recorded in Miscaya, many temples and buildings are destroyed.
c. 1580 AF: Mammoths become endangered in Aquilonia (far northern Talamor).
1581 AF: The Lǎotóng Dynasty makes peace with many neighboring tribes and kingdoms.
c. 1595 AF: Another volcanic eruption in Pelasia cools the world for a few years.
c. 1600 AF: The Mukanian civilization in Pelasia (named after their dominant city) begins to urbanize and flourish, with Knoas weakened by climate/volcanic events.
c. 1600 AF: Nasenite and Neathuqi forces raid Urubar lands.
1605 AF: Barbarians from the south attack the Lǎotóng, who chase them back to their lands and defeat them.
1617 AF: A rebellion occurs in southeast Serica, persisting for a few years.
c.1620 AF: The Katalians temporarily conquer Upper Tymria as well, dominating the entire country.
c.1620 AF: The Nasenite Old Kingdom is established in Lotan, north of the Neathuqi. they proceed to raid Esirta and Katal during the next few decades.
c. 1620 AF: The Tumyong Kingdom is founded in Kantarra.
1626 AF: Kadimar itself is attacked by Nasenite and Hannaran invaders. The Hannarans fully conquer Kadimar by 1631 and occupy the city itself.
1630 AF: The rebellion in Serica is crushed and the nearby tribes are invaded by Lǎotóng forces the next year.
c.1630 AF. Achtomec people settle in the area where they will later create their civilization, in southwestern Talamor.
1635 AF: Urubar collapses after a Hannaran invasion, fragmenting into smaller states.
1635 AF: Ancheng becomes the capital of the Lǎotóng Empire. Serica experiences unrivaled prosperity during this time.
1645 AF: Nasenite raiders sack the city of Suatarba, crossing and pillaging their way through Miscaya.
1657 AF:The city of Hannar is lost to the Nirhani, another Nasenite-related tribe.
c. 1670 AF: Mukania is the biggest city in Pelasia. The peninsula eclipses Knoas in trading power.
c.1670 AF: Tymria reunites once more after expelling the foreign invaders and begins to prosper and expand, conquering a great empire over the next century.
c. 1680 AF: Riphem in Lower Tymria is now the world's largest city, beating the former largest Tyrseth in Upper Tymria. The population is about 70,000.
1690 AF: Urubar is a tributary state to the Nasenite Kingdom at this point.
c. 1690 AF: The Kalsu, a tribe from southern Miscaya, conquer Kadimar from the Hannarans temporarily. They are repulsed within the decade.
1705 AF: The future lands of Nenakia, between Uhaakin and Tymria, and conquered by the latter.
1718 AF: Tymria invades Uhaakin and Katal, conquering all in their path until they are defeated in the battle of Antak by the Nirhani. Urubar isannexed by the Nirhani Kingdom, and Tymria retreats to Nenakia.
c.1720 AF: A strange liquid metal is discovered in Tymria.
Tymria also conquers Kaerm and Uhaakin during this decade.
c.1720 AF: The first of the Vardic kingdoms in Avarda, Vakerta, is founded at the mouth of the Rasan river.
c.1720 AF: Agriculture in the Gandao Kingdom becomes as sophisticated as Serica by this date.
1731 The Lǎotóng dynasty's palace at Ancheng is expanded further.
1747 AF: Sutarba is conquered by Hannaran-controlled Kadimar.
1752 AF: The Battle of Tysur: A large battle between Nenakite rebels and Tymrian forces result in a Tymrian victory.
1756 AF: The Lǎotóng Dynasty attacks the ancestors of the Xiyue to the southwest.
1768 AF: A second war between Tymria and the Nirhani results in Uhaakin and Urubar being conquered by Tymria, with Nirhani left as a small remnant kingdom in the hills north of Edad.
c.1770 AF: Mukanian invaders destroy Knoas, putting the nails in the coffin for the Knoasic civilization.
c.1770 AF: The Kingdom of Kambyj is created upriver from Vakerta.

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1770 AF
Many civilizations in the world; TYMRIA, KAIDMAR, and the MUKANIANS all experience the apex of their power or wealth around this time period. The first two kingdoms reestablished in Avarda, VAKERTA and KAMBYJ, signalling a new beginning for the subcontinent. Several new kingdoms and confederations emerge as well, including the AYAZI in north Lotan, The Nasenite-descended NIRHANI in northern Miscaya, the HYBRASI on their island and fishing/irrigation based TUMYONG in the far west of Avarda.


1775 AF: Chángchūn is made Serica's capital once again.
1805 AF: Uhaakin people break away from Tymria, leaving its province in Urubar an enclave.
1810 AF: Esirta expands west and south as it prospers, having avoided most of the chaos in Miscaya by allowing the Nasenites safe passage through their lands.
c.1820 AF: Tyrseth, with 80,000 people, is once again the biggest city in the world.
c.1820 AF: Sutarba begins to rise in power, breaking free and eventually rivaling Kadimar.
1826 AF: Sutarba conquers the truncated Nirhani Kingdom.
c.1820-1920 AF: Prosperity in Tymria, currently the greatest empire in the world.
1839 AF: Sericans are forced to deal with a large invasion from the north.
1855 AF: Tymrian-ruled Urubar is conquered by Sutarba, leaving only them and Hannaran Kadiamar left in Miscaya.
1857 AF: The last of the invaders in Serica are defeated.
c.1870 AF: Sudesna is founded in southern Avarda.
1873 AF: The Nasenite Empire expands north, gaining a larger border with the Ayazi. This makes war between them somewhat inevitable.
1874 AF: The Nirhani rebel as the Sutarbans experience a civil war. Both the revolts are crushed.
1880 AF: The Nasenites defeat the Ayazi in a short war, creating the vassal kingdom of Dravas from their eastern lands.
1886 AF: Lǎotóng armies successfully demarcate and pacify their nation's borders.
1898 AF: A small rebellion in Serica is crushed within the year.
1909 AF:Sutarba defeats Kadimar at Marun, leaving Kadimar weakened and the Hannaran dynasty's future in question.
1911 AF: Nasenites go to war with the Ayazi Alliance to the northwest once again.
1919 AF: Uhaakin is reconquered by the Tymrian Empire. Three large empires (Kadimar, Tymria and Sutarba) all now border at least one other.
c.1920 AF: The Kingdom of Aysala is created in central Avarda.
1930 AF: The vassal kingdom of Epla is founded on the Aqta sea, tributary to the Nasenites. The Nanac people to the north are subjugated into their own puppet kingdom 2 years later(1932 AF).
1943 AF: Shawilu, a major city between Nasen and Pelasia, is destroyed by invaders from the latter. Its surviving inhabitants flee to the Albalon Peninsula. The city is eventually rebuilt.
1947 AF: A several rebellions breakout throughout Serica, overwhelming the Lǎotóng armies at first.
1948 AF: A great battle between Nasenites and Tymria in the Katal rift leads to 15 years of warfare between the two empires. The war is mostly in the Katal region, as both empire compete for dominance.
1951 AF: The last of the Serican rebels are crushed.
1954 AF:The emperor of Lǎotóng dies allegedly from a small rock falling from the sky. This is seen as a result of the Emperor dishonoring the gods.
1963 AF: The Nasenite-Tymrian war ends with the signing of a peace treaty. Raids would continue for five more years after this, however.
1965 AF: An upstart governor almost overthrows the Lǎotóng dynasty but is defeated and kiled.
c. 1970 AF: Kusalla is founded as a Vardic Kingdom.
1968 AF: The Lǎotóng launch another expedition against barbarian tribes.
c.1980 AF: Nenakites settle on Scyll in the Thalmedic sea. Their homeland rests between Uhaakin and Tymria.
1989 AF: In a great upset, Sutarba takes the city of Kadimar and conquers its empire, expelling the Hannaran Dynasty in the process, who flee to Esirta.
1998 AF: Tymria repels an invasion by a group of people from the northeast called the Lubii.
c.2000 AF: Mass migration begins throughout the Thalmedic and Rhodin. The Umalan people from southern Rhodin settle on the edges of the Miscayan empires, which both begin to weaken and destabilize.
c.2000 AF: Sericans begin using chariots.
2005 AF: Tymria reconquers Uhaakin, which previously broke free and into independent kingdoms.
2009 AF: Uhaakin breakins free once again, at the same time the Hannarans retake Kadimar from the Sutarbans. The Urubarans rebel as well.
c.2010 AF: Nasenite Empire reaches the height of its power.
2014 AF: Another great comet similar to the one in 1000 AF appears again, causing even further chaos in an already chaotic situation. This event is later seen as heralding the beginning of the Great Collapse, which saw most empires at the time fall and most large cities destroyed. The effects of this last for between 50 and 200 years depending on the area.
2015 AF:Teselef becomes a united kingdom in northwestern Katal.
2020 AF: Nenakia is fully independent from Tymria, and Uhaakin expels the Tymrians as well.

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2020 AF
The NASENITE EMPIRE becomes dominant in Lotan, vassalizing the Ayazi-speaking DRAVAS, and the Lotanian EPLA and NANAC kingdoms. ESIRTA expands as well, pushing the Uhaakin-related people north into the small kingdom of TESELEF. UHAAKIN itself becomes many small kingdoms, closed in by the NENAKIAN people in he north and the upstart SUTARBAN Empire in the south. In Avarda, the Vardic kingdoms are founded throughout the center of the subcontinent, with the center of power shifting southwards to the kingdoms of AYSALA, KUSALLA, and the smaller states of ATKUMIVA and SUDESNA. With many smaller, weaker realms filing in the remainder. The GANDAO kingdom in the west consolidates into a unified state. The declines of both Kadimar and Tymria are the beginning of the Great Collapse, and event that would occur over the next few generations throughout the Katal-based civilized world.
 
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Timeline (2023-2370 AF)
2021 AF: Dravas becomes independent of Nasen. The other vassal tribe, the Eplans, revolt and raid the coasts of the Nasenite Empire.
2023 AF: War begins between Shawilu and several city-states in Pelasia once again.
2025 AF: Sytha, the capital of the Nasenites, is destroyed and the Nasenite empire collapses.
2026 AF: The Lǎotóng palace at Ancheng is burned down by invading tribes.
2028 AF: The Esirtans cross the sea of Katal and conquer the kingdom of Kadimar from the Hannarans, who are expelled yet again.
c.2030 AF: The Kingdom of Kurdiva is founded in between Kambyj and Aysala.
c.2030 AF: The Katal coasts are controlled by small city-states as large-scale organization collapses from the pressure of invasions and famines.
2031 AF: The Emperor of Serica is killed in a battle against barbarians this year.
2036 AF: Urubar is destroyed by invaders from the sea.
2040 AF: Nenakian settlements on Scyll are also destroyed.
2042 AF: Sangar, a Nasenite city, becomes an independent kingdom in the wake of the fall of Sytha a few decades earlier.
2043 AF: End of the Shawilu-Pelasian war. Shawilu is destroyed once again.
2043 AF: Sutarba and Esirta go to war over Kadimar, with Esirta at first besieging Sutarba but put on the defense by the end of the year. It ends after three years with no clear winner.
2046 AF: Tymria beats back foreign invaders.
2047 AF: A war of succession occurs in Serica, the outcome is unknown but the Lǎotóng survive
c.2050 AF: Rise of the Achtomec Civilization in Talamor.
2055 AF: Esirta invades Kadimar.
2060 AF: Kaerm, now known as Suluk, regains independence from Tymria.
2061 AF: A volcanic eruption on the island of Surt in the northern Tavaric Ocean cause 2 decades of colder climates.
2062 AF: Kadimar breaks free from Esirtan rule, under local control for the first time since 1631 AF.
c.2070 AF: Pelasia is invaded by people from Haemos, and many cities are destroyed.
2071 AF: Lǎotóng Serica begins to lose its grip as the nation attempts to control it's large territory too closely.
c. 2090 AF: Vasma is founded in Avarda.
c.2100 AF: The last Mukanian settlements disappear from Pelasia, and a dark age begins in the area.
2104 AF: Rebel governors kill the Lǎotóng emperor in a battle this year, placing a puppet ruler of his dynasty on the throne and crippling Lǎotóng power permanently.
2111 AF: Kadimar defeats Sutarba and forces them into vassalage, and annex Urubar directly. They begin an invasion of Esirta as well.
2118 AF: Esirta is forced into vassalage as well by Kadimar.
2119 AF: Sutarba breaks free from Kadimar and conquers Urubar in the process.
c.2120 AF: The Sagaan people create their own kingdom in eastern Avarda.
2121 AF: A huge drought in Tymria leads to massive starvation and instability.
2122 AF: The Sutarbans send an expedition to across the sea of Katal, they reach Sangar before they have to turn back, they return home by 2125 AF.
2136 AF: Sutarba dominates all of Miscaya except Kadimar, and all of Katal south of Uhaakin.
2140 AF: Great famine in Miscaya.
2147 AF: The Kingdom of Tymria collapses yet again after a succession crisis.
2148 AF: In a reversal of 2111, Sutarba forces vassalage upon Kadimar.
2158 AF: Lǎotóng forces narrowly repel a massive barbarian invasion.
2162 AF: The Gandao Kingdom wards off an invasion by other tribes in the Ksach Peninsula. Despite their advanced irrigation systems developed in the last few centuries, they begin to decline in power.
2165 AF: Kadimar throw off the shackles of Sutarban control once again.
c.2170 AF: The Younger Bronze Period, or the Qīngtóng Period begins in Serica. The land is decentralized and the royal dynasty has little power during this time. The Lǎotóng Emperor is deposed by a distant relative, with loyal governors accepting his rule in exchange for increased power and wealth.
2175 AF: The Uhaakin kingdom of Semaron is founded in Ursahar.
2179 AF: Unsuccessful rebellion to restore the Lǎotóng dynasty in Serica.
c.2180s AF: Sutarban control of Urubaran lands slowly diminishes.
2190 AF: The Umalan tribes from constantly moving settlements around the edges of the Miscayan cities begin invading them, attacking Sutarba first.
c.2200 AF: World's population reaches 75 million.
c.2200 AF:The Qīngtóng Dynasty begins settling the empty eastern and northern parts of the empire.
2205 AF: The Hannarans, aided by Umalan tribes, reconquer Kadimar yet again. The Umalans take Edad from Sutarba.
2216 AF: The Uhaakin tribes are unified by the Kingdom of Semaron.
2218 AF: The Umalans betray the Hannarans and take all of Kadimar except the city itself. They've also reduced Sutarba to it's namesake city and the nearby city of Avanin.
2220 AF: Urusahar become the capital of Semaron.
c.2220 AF: Surasena is founded as an independent kingdom in Avarda.

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2220 AF
The effects of the Great Collapse's invasions and migrations have drastically altered the map, seeing the complete disintegration of the Nasenite Empire and the fall of both Sutarba and Kadimar's empires as well. Tymria also fragmented into smaller dynasties during this time. NEO-NASENITE nations, the eminent being EPLA, DRAVAS(Ayazi-Nasenite mix), and SANGAR, rose up in Lotan while UMALAN tribes settled the Miscayan river valley. PELASIA entered a dark age after the collapse of the Mukanian civilization, seeing new city-states like IADAN rise in power. But not all news is bad, as the UHAAKIN people have unified into a single nation known as the Kingdom of SEMARON, and the Ayazi united into the Kingdom of KUBUSHAH as well. In Avarda the Vardic kingdoms of VASMA, SURATHUR and KURDIVAT are established, while the SAGAAN people create their own nations to the east. New lands include the language isolate SAZIHU in far northern Lotan, TAVARIC and ABASAN cultures on the eastern coast of Rhodin and the ACHTOMEC civilization to the far east in Talamor.

2233 AF: Semaron reaches its greatest extent, occupying all of Uhaakin (now only referring to the east coast) and Teselef.
c.2230 AF: Vrishali breaks away from Kusalla.
2241 AF: The Esirtans expel the Hannarans from Kadimar for the second time in history, replacing the Hannarans with themselves as the rulers of Kadimar.
2245 AF: Kadimar rises up against their Esirtan rulers and depose them.
2245 AF:The Qīngtóng army, consisting of loyal lords personal armies, wins a decisive victory against invading northern tribes. The emperor dies in battle, however.
2269 AF: The Qīngtóng attempt but fail to conquer tribes directly to the east.
c.2270 AF: Lubii tribes dominate lower Tymria.
2295 AF: Semaron splits into two separate kingdoms for time.
c.2300 AF: Dark ages end in Pelasia. Several cities rise to eminence in the peninsula, like Iadan and Urotas.
2319 AF: Sutarba begins expanding at the expense of the Umalan tribes in Miscaya and Katal.
2323 AF: An eclipse occurs in Pelasia and Lotan.
c.2330 AF: Rise of Sutarba: Edad is destroyed and Umalans in Miscaya are conquered. Only Kadimar remains independent.
2351 AF: Shortly after taking the city of Urubar, A revolt begins in the southern regions of the Sutarban Empire.
2353 AF: Several relatives and governors attempt to usurp the Qīngtóng throne. They fail and are exiled/imprisoned/executed.
2356 AF:Two Serican provinces go to war with each other and the Qīngtóng armies fail to do anything about it, a sing of their failing power. Many governors withdraw their armies for personal uses afterwards, weakening the Qīngtóng's strength.
2358 AF: Sutarba conquers Neo-Nasenite kingdoms on the western side of the sea of Katal.
2360 AF: Kubushah unites in western Lotan, created by the Ayazi tribes.
2367 AF: With the rebels defeated, Sutarba begins taking the rest of Miscaya from the Umalans, leaving only Kadimar independent.
2369 AF: Urubar is conquered by Sutarba.
c.2370 AF: Ahichala breaks away from Aysalla in Avarda.

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2370 AF
Great empires rise once more as Sutarba becomes the dominant power in Miscaya and Katal, even vassalizing the NENAKIANS who themselves are colonizing the eastern Thalmedic Sea. Tymria also reunites as border clashes with the nearby LUBII tribe become more common. SANGAR become dominant in Lotan for a time, and in nearby Pelasia more city-states become dominant over the others, like UROTAS and ABANTA. The small principality of VRISHALI is founded in southern Avarda, and the YAMAT people create the first civilization in Ozara.
 
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I'm currently working on the next update, expect it next week. Eventually, I'm gonna go back and add/flesh out more of the older updates with more details/events/names and the such.

In the mean time I made this map, not of a particular year, but instead showing most of the major/average cities of the Katal-Miscaya, Tymria and Avarda regions before the year 1220 AF(at least one city, Kadimar, doesn't exist until slightly later.). The colors are the same meaning as in my other maps, showing instead the major cultures instead of the actual nations. The ancient coastlines in Avarda and Miscaya are also shown. I'll eventually add more cities as the timeline progresses, and I also plan on making names for more Kings/Queens/Gods/Goddesses at some point as well.
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As you might expect from a region somewhat inspired by China, the names Běiměng and Gandao suggest a language with a somewhat similar grammar/structure to Chinese, (and even potentially meaningwise too...Běiměng immediately calls to mind 北蒙, or "Northern Mongolia", while Gandao...甘島 'sweet island'? 乾島 'dry island'?). Does Serican use an ideographic writing system analogous to Chinese?
 
As you might expect from a region somewhat inspired by China, the names Běiměng and Gandao suggest a language with a somewhat similar grammar/structure to Chinese, (and even potentially meaningwise too...Běiměng immediately calls to mind 北蒙, or "Northern Mongolia", while Gandao...甘島 'sweet island'? 乾島 'dry island'?). Does Serican use an ideographic writing system analogous to Chinese?
I don't recall what I intended Běiměng to mean but your translation of Gandao sounds about right. Běiměng is indeed supposed to be analogous to the Shang Dynasty of China. If you could think of a more fitting name I'd be glad to hear it. As for writing systems, I'm going to assume so its similar to Chinese since I know very little about ancient China.
 
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