Welcome to Celestial Ascendance
China becomes the leading world power, with the rest of Asia following. In 221 BC the first unified Chinese Empire, the Qin Dynasty was established by Chao Cheng, who came to be known as Qin Shi Huang. His dynasty was to last for ten thousand generations, ironically his dynasty didn't last very long and his incompetent son led the dynasty to its collapse. Many emperors ruled China in the following centuries, in which China had her ups and downs. However, the virtues of the brutal and strong Qin regime would not be forgotten by successive dynasties
Many centuries later, in 660 AD Wu Zetian, wife of the late Emperor Gaozong of Tang, ascends the throne herself and is crowned first empress regnant in China's history under the newly established Zhou Dynasty. A strong willed, and determined woman, she leads China into a new golden age. Here the POD features Wu Zetian pushing forward a social revolution; equality between men and women,
China rapidly becomes even more prosperous. Empress Wu manages to conquer new lands for China, conquering Tibet, Mongolia, much of Central Asia and Korea. Upon her death, China has become a stable and unstoppable nation, Wu Zetian's dynasty would lead China into the fellowing centuries. When the Mongols unify under Temujin, China rapidly defeats them and squashes the attempt to establish an empire. The Mongols are defeated and permanently subdued, with nothing in China's way, they have become the single leading world power and are the most powerful and influential civilization in the history of the world.
China remains the leading superpower in the 21st century, followed by the Khmer Empire, India, Persia, Egypt and the Native States of Sinica (The Western Hemisphere). European nations have adapted to an 'Easternized' world order, and have a small influence on the world, with the exceptions of Norse Empire, Alexandrian Empire and Burgundy. Celestial Ascendance focuses on China and Asia, but also explores Sinica, Africa and Europe.