A summative history of Questers

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A summative history of Questers

Postby Questers » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:51 pm

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Some say that man came to Questers and others say man came from it. It’s not clear, and it’s not important - it is established that the first proto civilisations were here about ten kya and the first civilisations, with food storage, agriculture and animal husbandry were around about four kya. Religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, which both came from western Questers, began around that time too. And the period four to one kya is marked by the creation of distinct pantheons, ethnicities, and the dynasties to govern them. It is also marked by vicious and neverending warfare between them. No man knows just how many races were exterminated, their men put to the sword and their women enslaved. This is so much so that even contemporary academics described the period two to one kya as the “Terrible Ages.” Archaeologists call it the Time of the Shattered Sternums and are rarely excited by finds from that time. Those skeletons are just altogether too common.
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Re: A summative history of Questers

Postby Questers » Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:58 pm

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Between the centuries XI and XVI there prevailed an uneasy peace. The Kingdoms which survived the Terrible Age began to prefer ploughshares to swords, especially as the Muslims, who had settled central Questers, were then very secure. What followed was the emergence of a semi feudal system, inter-cultural trade, and something of a golden era. Yes, there were still wars, and there were plagues too - by God, there were plagues. But peace was still the main order of the day and over the centuries the rulers of these Kingdoms became weak, and slothful, and unable to challenge the rise of two military orders: the Gurkhas and the Sikhs. Where they could they persecuted by these people, but it was often the case that they were soundly beaten by them. Hindu Kings could always make a point of their piety by butchering a Sikh merchant or Gurkha traveler but menacing their homelands - that was never a good idea. The establishment of two relatively proximate and relatively powerful, yet very alien states, foreshadowed what was to come. To modern Hindu nationalists, these centuries were utopia. Of course, the white man had to come, and ruin everything.
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Re: A summative history of Questers

Postby Questers » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:14 pm

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In 1592 the Gannet disembarked somewhere in northern Questers. It was no big surprise - the Hindus had heard of white men, and some had seem them, too, because they had traded with Varnia. But the Sennish Praetonians were fed up with buying pepper and tea at a Varnian markup, and had decided to come themselves. With their gold they bought land, apparently useless land, and with elephantine work ethic turned that land into cities, ports, and fortresses. And there they stayed, for a hundred years, hoarding silver - and the one thing they never sold to the natives: muskets, cannon, and saltpetre. So at the turn of century XVIII, when the Prince of Mogami with a thousand other titles besides decided to push the issue of taxes, the settlers thrashed him in nine battles over six months. Those Six Glorious Months, first amongst equals in the canon of white men in the Commonwealth, secured the place of the Praetannic settlers forever. Three hundred miles south, the Sikhs and the Gurkhas watched with cunning eyes. Soon, it would be their turn.
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Re: A summative history of Questers

Postby Questers » Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:35 pm

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Imagine this: in exchange for adopting Praetannic market customs, the Sikhs and Gurkhas bought modern arms from the settlers, and then ran great trading trains across the land from interior to coast, and saying to any Hindoo prince - I dare you to stop us. The Hindoo Princes could hardly decide if they were frightened or incensed. In 1751, when the multiracial alliance captured Jesselton - then Anga - in a daring coup de main, the Princes settled on incensed, and tried to retake it. They failed. Their armies were scattered, their possessions dispersed between victorious Yeoman soldiers, and their dreams of dominance over a continent dashed forever more. Still, nobody was interested in turning every town in this bejungled land into a Haversham: too much effort for too little gain. They were content with standardising the commercial relations of the whole economy on Praetannic lines, and where any dispute could not be solved by lawyers, fixing the bayonets became the norm. The Praetannics and their friends had the best bayonets, of course, and that is how the Praetannic musket became the final court of appeal. By the beginning of century XIX, that court ran from the original colonies to the Segina in Yehud. Below that line lay a Kingdom with a scheming King: some parts of history remain constant after all.
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Re: A summative history of Questers

Postby Questers » Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:16 pm

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Try looking at things from Sultan Hassan Afiz’s point of view. Above him, and above his impressive line of star forts, the last half of century XVIII had seen the foreigners and their allies sweep across half the continent. Below him and below the mighty central plain and jungle, the coastal Tagalog tribes, for centuries proud pirates and adroit traders, were slowly and steadily being stripped of their power and land by a series of unequal treaties: the work of the upstart South Seas Company and its limitless gold. Nearly every year news came to Kuala Pahang of a new treaty, a new annexation, until the Sultan heard that in 1812, nearly a century after the Glorious Six Months, the tribes had settled their debt with the Company - by giving away nearly everything they had. Hassan, now alone, was surrounded by treacherous and ambitious Lords, a rabid and frankly bellicose Clergy, and a delegation of freshly deposed Tagalog chieftains pleading for help. So, Hassan being Hassan, he decided to do the unpredictable: he made history.
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