The Peshawar Lancers Timeline

Here's many attempt at a timeline of the Peshawarverse. It's incomplete, and the details are probably wrong in some areas, (and some of it is pure speculation by me), but here is the Peshawar Timeline 1.0

October 3, 1878 - The first of a series of high velocity impacts strike the Earth (some 300 megatons), near the southern edge of Moscow, Russia; the strikes originate from a meteor that brakes into smaller fragments before it impacted.

Over the next twelve hours, many more fragments strike the Northern Hemisphere. One of the biggest impacts occurs in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hours after the Atlantic impact, a series of mega-tsunamis strike the coasts of nations all along the North Atlantic Basin. In North America, the waves reach as far as the Appalachians, while the surges in Europe severely damage the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain, France, Ireland, and Scandinavia.

1879-1881 - Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, after receiving information from his advisors that the harsh cold is likely to continue for the foreseeable future, orders the evacuation of the British government to India. This marks the start of the Exodus.

It begins with the “Flight of the 10,000”; the upper-class gentry, along with the Monarchy, is evacuated from Britain. Queen Victoria arrives with the court in Calcutta; after one month, the Queen subsequently orders the capital to be moved to Delhi.

A second wave begins soon afterwards, with the transportation of the upper levels of the middle class and soldiers (including a certain Sir Harry Paget Flashman). In all, three million people are evacuated from Britain during the Exodus, with one and a half million going to India, one million to Australia, and half a million to Cape Colony.

However, Disraeli refuses to leave London until it is too late. In August 1881, he’s killed by a starving mob before he can reach the last ship of the Exodus. In light of his failure to come to India, Lord Salisbury’s de-facto government in Delhi remains in power.

During this time period, a smaller exodus occurs from France, orchestrated by Napoléon Victor Bonaparte, who takes advantage of the collapse of the French government to crown himself as Napoléon V, Emperor of the French, in Algiers. Around 100,000 French, Spanish, and Italian refugees manage to reach French Algeria. France-outre-mer is born.

1880-1881 – With the death of the monarchy in St. Petersburg, Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich takes command of what little remains of the Russian government. While retreating southwards through the Kazakh marshes from Kazan, Nikolai receives news of a nun who seems to have prophetic powers.

Nikolai, upon discovering how useful the nun’s dreams are to him, orders her kept alive with what clean food they have, and makes her his personal slave. This coincides with the establishment of the Cult of Tchernobog, when Nikolai’s Orthodox priest declares that God has been overthrown by Satan, the true master of the world. Nikolai, despondent over the sheer volume of death and destruction, becomes an adherent to this Cult, along with most of the priests in tow with him. Nikolai Pavlovich Ignatiev, the Minister of the Interior, assists his master in implementing the new religion amongst the surviving Russian nobility; Ignatiev will later be awarded with a generous estate in the Tien Shan mountains for his loyalty and effectiveness.

By the time Nikolai and the refugees reach Samarkand, the Russian elite has followed their de-facto Czar into Satan-worshipping. In order to conserve what Russian lives are left, the Uzbeks and Tajiks are preyed upon as food. The priests of Tchernobog use the subsequent massacre-sacrifices and cannibal feasts as new rituals to anchor their dark religion, as well as to keep their subjects in line. The priesthood takes over the city of Bokhara for its uses, while the new capital remains in Samarkand.

In Japan, a military government takes power in Edo to deal with the emergency; although Hokkaido and parts of northern Honshu are lost to the climatic disasters that strike, the draconian measures taken by the new regime allows Japan to survive as a nation.

In China, the Qing Empire utterly disintegrates in the face of the brutal cold, famine, and pestilence that comes with the Fall; population levels in northern China collapse as millions of desperate refugees attempt to flee southwards, to little avail (the conditions in the south certainly aren’t much better compared to the north, although more people survive).

1878-1898 - The Second Mutiny; sparked by rumors that the British are shipping what little spare food there is to England, a massive uprising begins against Imperial authority, centered primarily in the north of India, although it spreads south as well.

The nadir of the Mutiny comes in the mid-1880s when a coalition of desperate, starving Afghan tribes invades from the north, desperately seeking better land and food. Many of the British refugees parish from both the fighting and disease during this terrible time.

By the mid-1890s, however, the worst of violence is put down, and the Afghans have been turned back. The Second Mutiny has the ironic effect of cementing the government’s relationship with its loyalist supporters, including the Ghurkas, Sikhs, Rajputs, and Jats. Much of the newly vacant lands of the north are either handed to these dependable allies, or allocated to the new sahib-log immigrants.

Sir Harry Flashman is granted an estate near the city of Oxford (Srinagar), in the Vale of Kashmir; the traumas of the Fall and the Exodus have sobered him up (somewhat), and he elects to settle down. In 1895 he marries Catherine King, the daughter of an Imperial calvary subaltern. However, old habits are hard to break, and he is caught having in his affair with a servant girl by his wife. She decides to forever humiliate her husband by forcing him to take her maiden name (and she will also revert; the family name will be known as "King" forevermore), telling Harry that, "no one will remember your name."

During this same period, the Ottoman Empire completely collapses; the extreme weather and the collapse of all Turkish authority in the Middle East and North Africa sparks a massive Arab revolt. However, this leads to a time of confused fighting, as different factions vie for leadership of the Arab world. By 1898, one faction, led by the wealthy al Hussein family, wins out, with help from the wahabists, and a new government takes power in Damascus; the Caliphate is born.

1882 - Queen-Empress Victoria I passes away; scholars will almost uniformly agree that the stresses of the Fall contributed heavily to her death. Her son, who is crowned in Delhi as King-Emperor Edward VII, succeeds her.

1886 - The Ghurka refugees begin to recolonize Nepal.

France-outre-mer conquers Tunisia.

1888 – The Japanese begin to recolonize Hokkaido; they also take the opportunity to annex the abandoned Sakhalin Island and the Kuriles. A separate task force occupies the burned-out ruins of Vladivostok.

1890 - The population of Europe, from the Atlantic to the Ural Mountains, has fallen to barely three million; other than a few farming hamlets (which exist at a Neolithic level), the only survivors consist of the most successful neobarbarians and cannibal bands.

In North America, the population has fallen to pre-1600 levels, with most survivors concentrated in California, the Gulf Coast, and Utah, along with a few surviving city-states in southern Mexico.

The Empire is formally reorganized as three Viceroyalties—India, the Cape, and Australia.

1895 - In East Asia, the Japanese Empire invades and conquers Korea; the Japanese also take advantage of the collapse of the Qing Empire to occupy the ruined port cities of Tsingdao, Mukden, and Shanghai. This is a prelude to a new effort on the part of the Japanese military government to acquire Japan’s rightful place as a Great Power.

1896-1900 – The Japanese conquer Manchuria, and large portions of northeastern China; it ends in early 1900 with the occupation of the ruins of Peking, where it is declared by the military government that the Mikado has assumed the Mandate of Heaven. The Empire of the Dragon Throne is born.

1898 - The population of India stands at 50 million, compared to its pre-Fall population of 200 million.

c. 1900 onwards - The Angrezi Raj begins a concerted effort to recolonize the British Isles; major bases are established in London, Southampton, Liverpool, Dublin, and Glasgow. Most of the first settlers in Britain are missionaries, who will attempt to recivilize the surviving “Britons.”

During the next generation, many railroad lines are constructed all over India, the Cape, and Australia.

During this time, escapist fiction set in worlds where the Fall never occurred becomes very popular, with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among the more famous authors of this type of fiction; later generations will view this kind of writing as very unhealthy.

1900 – Edward VII dies, and is succeeded by his son, who is crowned George IV; due to the new monarch’s heavy patronage of the Imperial Navy (as well as his legendary buff tongue), George will gain the informal title of the “Sailor Emperor.”

The Kingdom of Madagascar is formally recognized as an Imperial protectorate with the Treaty of Columbo. Although the island retains political independence, it completely integrated with the Empire economically.

Rudyard Kipling writes is famous Lement for a Lost Homeland; it will later serve as an inspiration for Lord Leighton's epic painting The Matyrdom of St. Disraeli.

1900-1910 – Dai-Nipponese forces occupy coastal China, along with the Pirate Isles (the Philippines), Indochina, and northern Siam. In reaction to this latest incursion, the Raj occupies the rest of that Siam, along with the Fragrant Isles (Hawaii), to counter further Dai-Nipponese expansionism.

During this time, the Caliphate of Damascus begins to expand into Turkey and the Balkans. The first clashes with France-outre-mer occur in the deserts of Cyrenaica.

1910 - In the Treaty of Singapore, the Dutch-settled Batavian Republic is formally recognized as a protectorate of the Angrezi Raj. Like the Kingdom of Madagascar, the Republic is economically part of the Empire.

France-outre-mer annexes Morocco (depopulated by the Atlantic mega-tsunami).

c. 1920 - Imperial scholars view the 1920s as the mark of recovery to a pre-1878 level of civilization.

1921 - George IV dies and his succeeded by his daughter, who is crowned as Victoria II. Thanks to her scandalous affairs, she will be better known as “Victoria the Wicked.”

1921 – The Dai-Nipponese begin to establish outposts in Alaska.

1937-1949 – The premiership of Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; his time as Prime Minister will be fondly remembered as a time of exploration in North America and elsewhere on the part of the Raj, as well as a time of economic expansionism.

1940s onwards - Colonization of the American East Coast begins, mostly from Britain. Outposts are established on the sites of the former cities of Boston, New York, Charleston, and Philadelphia.

Another major expedition in the second half of the decade establishes a major Angrezi presence along the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, founding bases on the sites of St. Johns, Halifax, Quebec City, and Toronto. However, these outposts are mostly used for economic activity along the Mississippi down to the Gulf Coast.

The Dai-Nipponese begin to expand into the wild interior of China; in reaction to this, the Angrezi Raj begins to establish outposts in the wastes of Tibet.

1942 - Victoria II dies childless; she is succeeded her cousin (a professor of Indo-European linguistics), who is crowned as Albert I.

1950 – An Australian-sponsored expedition to North America establishes a colony in the Pacific Northwest, centered on a fort built on the site of what was once Vancouver.

1973 – The Angrezi Raj establishes naval bases on the sites of Copenhagen, Calais, Amsterdam, and Antwerp.

1978 – Eric King is born.

1980 - The First Siamese War erupts between the Angrezi Raj and Dai-Nippon after a series of border clashes between the two empires. Although the actual war is fairly limited in size and scope, it does shaken the Raj that the Dai-Nipponese have reached a level of power that they can openly challenge them militarily. The conflict ends with a series of border adjustments in the Raj’s favor.

Ranjit Singh is born.

Albert Piennar is born in Simonstown, in the Cape Viceroyalty.

The Angrezi Raj formally establishes outposts at Galveston and New Orleans.

1984 - Charles King nearly loses Rexin Manor after a series of bad investments; he is saved from foreclosture by the quick actions of Elias bar-Binyamin, the family investment broker in Delhi who manages to erase the debts. King pledges Binyamin that he, or his kin will repay the debt by any means necessary.

1985 - Vladimir Obramovich Ignatieff is born to at the family castle in the foothills of the Tien Shan mountains.

1989 – Albert I dies, and is succeeded by his daughter, who is crowned as Elizabeth II; she will be known as the “Whig Empress” for her pressuring of the Raj’s major universities to admit women.

1990 - In a brief war, the Empire seizes Zanzibar from the Caliphate’s Omani vassals, Aden, and Bahrain, ostensibly due to the Caliphate’s refusal to limit the slave trade from Abyssinia all along East Africa.

1994 - Eric King and Ranjit Singh fight in the Second Siamese War, along with Manfred Warburton. The conflict is short, and it ends with minor border adjustments between Angrezi and Dai-Nipponese Siam.

For his bravery in this war, Warburton is knighted.

1996-1998 - Eric King and Ranjit Singh take part in an expedition sponsored by the Imperial University of Delhi to investigate and explore the ruins of the pre-Fall cities of the Rhine Valley. After the expedition, the two briefly stop in England, before going on a short hunting expedition to Texas, which is interrupted with a brutal struggle with a band of cannibals (who have been whipped into a frenzy by a Priest of Tchernobog, whom King kills).

2000 - Eric King marries Aedelia Leonowens, the daughter of wealthy landowner from Bombay. Charles Saxe-Coburg Gotha is born.

Henri Napoléon Bonaparte ("Henri de Vascogne") is born.

2001 - Athelstane and Cassandra King are born; with the sudden death of his father, Eric King inherits Rexin Manor.

2002 - Naryan Singh is born.

2003 - Eric King and Ranjit Singh take part in a punitive expedition in the Cape Viceroyalty against the Massai.

2004 – A 9.2 earthquake strikes off of the coast of Sumatra, causing a massive tsunami to strike the Batavian Republic and all along the Indian Ocean Basin, as far away as the Omani colonies in Somaliland. The disaster kills over 300,000 people, mostly in the Republic, Ceylon, and Siam. The Sirkar responds effectively to the disaster when news of the catastrophe reaches Delhi, not least because of the massive stores of food that are maintained in case of another mega-disaster such as the Fall.

2005 - Elizabeth II dies, and is succeeded by her surviving eldest son, who is crowned as John II.

Eric King, at the desperate request of Elias bar-Binyamin, rescues his son, David, from the Houses of the Fallen in Bokhara. The two men exchange a tessera with each other.

Ibrihim Khan is born to a powerful chieftain of the Dongala Khel.

2006 - While on a mission on behest of the Imperial Political Services to track down a particularly troublesome band of Afghan raiders (and to find out whether or not they have been getting their large caches of firearms), Eric King and Ranjit Singh, along with Sir Manfred Warburton and the rest of their party are ambushed in a raid led by Count Ignatieff (disguised as a Kurdish fakir from the Caliphate). King is killed, and Singh is badly wounded before Warburton returns with reinforcements.

2007 - Sita Saxe-Coburg-Gotha is born.

2011 - The Jawaheer-Morley experiment successfully determines the absolute velocity of the Earth.

2019 – France-outre-mer seizes Sicily from the Caliphate in a brief but bloody war.

2020 - The Angrezi Raj and France-outre-mer sign a major trade agreement substantially lowering tariffs between the two nations; talks are quietly held on the possibility of seizing control of Egypt and rebuilding the Suez Canal, but the plans never move beyond the informal discussion phase.

2025 – Count Ignatieff is informed by the Sisterhood of True Dreamers that there is a chance of success of setting in motion the establishment of the Third Coming—the Secret Reign. Selecting Yasmini, the most powerful of the Dreamers to accompany him, Ignatieff sets off to accompany his goal of dealing in the Kings of Rexin...
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Awesome, especially the Flashman reference - inevitable, I suppose...

An interesting POD here might be if Disraeli had managed to reach the Exodus instead of the mob killing (and eating him, presumably).
 
Awesome, especially the Flashman reference - inevitable, I suppose...
Thank you! :) The book is a homage to the Flashman series, and it is hinted that the Kings are descended from Sir Harry...

An interesting POD here might be if Disraeli had managed to reach the Exodus instead of the mob killing (and eating him, presumably).
That would be interesting...I wonder what Disraeli would do differently?
 
Good timeline explaining the lead up to the book. Just one question though, what's a buff tongue?
 
Now... If someone could only come up with a slightly less ASB version of Peshawar Lancers... ;)

I've been thinking about doing one for a while now... Anyone up to giving me a hand? :)

Basically, it has no Psychics, Russia is a fundamentalist Orthodox state rather than a Satanic one, with highly mystic leanings, and there aren't quite so many cannibal bands... And the US actually survives in the Southeast, with a surviving Republic of California in the west... The map of the world in 2025 would be this one (though some modification would be acceptable): https://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=1562853&postcount=57
 

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I also find the roaming cannibal bands in the north slightly ASB, at least at that level. Most of the survivors are going to from the rural population, and when they get a chance they're going to settle down and readopt farming especially of the potato, and rural population often had local smiths, so it unlikely they're going to forget ironmaking, of course the production of firearm are likely to be forgotten, so I could see a European and North American population of small farming villages, with Iron Age weaponry, dominated by the local church, slowly growing into old fashion tribes.
 
Now... If someone could only come up with a slightly less ASB version of Peshawar Lancers... ;)

I've been thinking about doing one for a while now... Anyone up to giving me a hand? :)

Basically, it has no Psychics, Russia is a fundamentalist Orthodox state rather than a Satanic one, with highly mystic leanings, and there aren't quite so many cannibal bands... And the US actually survives in the Southeast, with a surviving Republic of California in the west... The map of the world in 2025 would be this one (though some modification would be acceptable): https://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=1562853&postcount=57
I know it would have been cold and the conditions harsh for a while but why would the United states abandon their great lake territories and the upper Mississippi (granted much pass Des Moines might be really cold and abandoned) but the population centers of Chicago (by 1870s a large populated city), St. Louis, and the those in Ohio are not affected by the Tsunamis of the east coast. To top it off with the death of millions on the East Coast there is going to be a lot of food sitting around not being shipped East to sustain that population as a good chunk migrates elsewhere to less harsh climes. (If a devastated Russia that took several massive blows from the Comet/Asteroid can migrate a substantial population to Central Asia then why can't an undamaged Chicago redistribute some of its population elsewhere?)

Also I think France gets a bit of a crap deal that only 100k of their people (mixed in with Italians and Spaniards) escape to NA while over three million British citizens make it across to India, Australia, and S. Africa. Granted France probably lost a lot of shipping and population as the mega-tsunami covered parts of Atlantic France but the Med. basin should have been rather protected and from Marseilles and other Med. ports been able to evacuate a lot of population to N. Africa as it is a much shorter journey from there than from England to India. Not to mention Italy has a lot of ships that could move their people to Sicily and southward if needs be.

And I'm not sure why Britain (er...the Raj) has such a hold on North America. It just doesn't seem right that if the US loses the Great Lakes region and even more northern (and likely even just as devastated) Canada would thrive and grow... :confused:
 
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Now... If someone could only come up with a slightly less ASB version of Peshawar Lancers... ;)

I've been thinking about doing one for a while now... Anyone up to giving me a hand? :)

Basically, it has no Psychics, Russia is a fundamentalist Orthodox state rather than a Satanic one, with highly mystic leanings, and there aren't quite so many cannibal bands... And the US actually survives in the Southeast, with a surviving Republic of California in the west... The map of the world in 2025 would be this one (though some modification would be acceptable): https://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=1562853&postcount=57
Yeah, the psychics were a bit off-putting for me too. Frankly, the Russians remind me of the Draka. Satanist Russians I can see, maybe, but invincible Satanist Russians just kinda weirds me out.
 
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Just a few key points of speculation from my old timeline:

I still think that it's quite likely that the remnants of the U.S. military and government- which are probably synonymous in the aftermath of global disaster- would consolidate and try to move to safter pastures. Those who didn't head west went south- of the border, that is. They ended up taking over and merging with the Mexican government during any of the innumerable civil unrest that occurred post-Fall. Eventually, a distinct Americo-Mexican culture involved. I have proposed that this state be named the United States of Mexico after Robert Sobel's creation from For Want of a Nail, but feel free to decide on your own moniker for it. I think that a Mexican-Amercan state, ostracized by the European powers and ignored by the Brazilians, would be rather intersting. "Shikari in Galveston" mentions that a few cities in ex-Mexico have preserved literacy and gunpowder upon a giant peasant mass. I'm going to actually dispute Stirling here and say that while that may be somewhat true, Eric King's observations and the appendices of The Peshawar Lancers are both somewhat coloured by the perceptions of Imperial superiority. Here is the dark side of Raj hegemony- while they acknowledge states that are either subservient (Madagascar, Batavian Republic), allies (France-outre-mere), neutral and self-seeking (Brazil), or outright enemies (everyone else), there isn't a real desire to help or recognize the USm, which is in its way of complete domination of North America. Racial issues might be at work here. Perhaps some Imperial historians believe that the U.S. would have eventually rivaled or even overtaken British might, had the Fall not occurred. Therefore, in North America the Imperials take the attitude of "lucky about the Fall, eh?", and are fairly condescending to its inhabitants. Thus, there's a deliberate inclination to both ignore and underestimate the American-Mexican state.

I also think there is probably an Argentine Republic. Brazil can't hold onto all of Hispanophone South America forever, and perhaps a strong enough caudillo breaks away from Dom Pedro and establishes his own rule in Patagonia.

Abyssinia is still around and kicking. It maintains a cautious neutrality with Egypt, and is gradually shifting into a subordinate position, not unlike Madagascar, with the British/French.

New Deseret should be its own mini-nation, much like whatever government is in control in California.

I also think a Zululand kingdom is very possible. The Zulus are still around since they were not defeated in 1879. I think it's possible that the Sirkar treats it very much in the same way as a client kingdom like Nepal or Rajputna, rather than an independent nation like Madagascar. The fact that the Imperial forces recruits from the Zulu as they do with the Indian marital castes is one of the major sources of contention between the Sirkar and the Cape.

My take on the Siamese Wars mentioned in the book:

The First Siamese War was fought in order to gain a sphere of influence of the nation against the Nipponese, and the Second Siamese War was fought in order to preserve it. Siam basically owns Laos and Kampuchea, as in OTL, whilst the Raj claims Laos, Cambodia and some other regions for France-outre-mere (in order to have happy relations, and all that). Those regions are currently under Dai-Nippon's rule, due to wins from after SWII, while the Raj annexed western OTL Thailand from the traitorous Thai.

Aside from that, Siam is doing quite well, as in OTL, playing off the colonizers against each other whilst absorbing trade and technology from both. It has begun to emerge as a potent, modernized independent buffer state, unless a third SW wipes it out. It'll probably become a client state like Madagascar under the Raj, or maybe Dai-Nippon's first actual satellite (as opposed to conquered territory for assimilation).
 
Good timeline explaining the lead up to the book. Just one question though, what's a buff tongue?
I borrowed it from the book's description of him; I assumed it meant he had a tendency towards cursing (being the "Sailor Emperor") and all that.
 
What about a Native American nation somewhere? They'd be more able to live out in the rough and wild. Maybe the remains of a Sioux State that's Allied to the Mormons and is to the east of it? It'll probably be a sort of buffer between the Mormons and the US more than anything though...
 
What about a Native American nation somewhere? They'd be more able to live out in the rough and wild. Maybe the remains of a Sioux State that's Allied to the Mormons and is to the east of it? It'll probably be a sort of buffer between the Mormons and the US more than anything though...
It is mentioned in Shikari in Galveston that there's a Cherokee nation in the South...a Sioux state would certainly be interesting.
 
It is mentioned in Shikari in Galveston that there's a Cherokee nation in the South...a Sioux state would certainly be interesting.
I thought as this was the period (Pre-Fall) when the Sioux were really resisting the American enroachment weren't they? (Might be mistaken...)
 
I thought as this was the period (Pre-Fall) when the Sioux were really resisting the American enroachment weren't they? (Might be mistaken...)
The Fall occurs two years after their victory at Little Bighorn, though I'm not all that familiar with Native American history from this time period. :eek:
 
Any other comments? Is there anything else that I should consider adding for Version 2.0?
Yes, a mega-tsunami would never reach all the way to the Appalachians. In some places on the east coast of the United States, the Appalachians are almost two hundred miles from the coast. The only places where a tsunami might impact part of the Appalachians would be the south western part of New York, North Eastern part of Pennsylvania and part of Maryland, but most of that area is close enough to the coast that a normal tsunami might effect it. The Western portions of many states are going to be intact. The scene from Deep Impact of the mega tsunami washing up the Appalachian mountains in Virginia is Hollywood hyperbole. Yes, there would be losses: Boston, New York, Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, Norfolk, Savannah etc...

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I never quite bought how three million Limeys could be ferried the length of Atlantic and more, while so many fewer could cross the Mediterranean from France, Spain, and Italy. Also the collapse of California is doubtful and the effects of tidal waves are probably overstated.
 
Well, to all the plausibility questions, it's simple... Stirling simply wanted the British Empire to be wanked. I might, one day, create an alternate scenario where we have a much more interesting world.
 
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