This is where any ideas I have can go, without being written so hastily in my althists. This can also be a little window to others about where I will go with my projects.
Main POD: In 755 CE, An Lushan is found out to be a traitor and the An Shi Rebellion never takes place.
- 1100s: In response to the tremendous growth of long-distance maritime trade, Srivijaya and Japan gain great trading and military fleets. China, on the other hand, focuses more on land transport, and foregoes a large blue-water navy for a green- and brown-water navy. Thus far, China's perceived might has kept others from posing a great threat.
- Late 1100s: The Chinese Empire disintegrates as successor states take over the Western-most regions. However, the Zheng Dynasty still controls China proper and nearby areas. (Note: Maybe this IS the end of the Zheng Dynasty.)
- Early 1200s: The Byzantines and Western Christians attack in a Crusade against a weakened Middle East and take Israel and Egypt. The Middle East successor state to the Chinese Empire falls as Christians attack from the coast and Arabs rebel. Byzantines do not return the land to the Chinese Empire and instead start to regulate trade in the Mediterranean, charging high taxes even to China, which had owned it only a few decades prior. (Maybe the Byzantines are pressured into the Crusade by the West, and fear making the East-West Schism worse, but eventually take over the land and keep it in their control, and heavily tax Western Europe as well.)
- 1200s: Srivijaya explores Africa's coast for a way to get around to European trading partners without Byzantine interference. It comes upon Madagascar and soon starts up trade with fellow Malayan people. China cannot get a hold on its former colonies and stagnates.
- Late 1200s: Also looking for new routes to Europe, Japanese explorers go northeast and find the Aleutian Islands. A few years later, Japanese are exploring the coastal areas of British Columbia. Some multi-year voyages eventually come across Mexico, Peru, and Chile.
- Early 1300s: China has a resurgence and starts building up its fleet.
- 1300s: Srivijaya successfully makes it around the southern tip of Africa and explores Europe's east (Atlantic) coast, followed by trips into the Strait of Gibraltar. The Byzantine Empire loses some power as boat and land traffic cease to grow around the Suez area.
- Late 1300s: China takes back the Middle East by utilizing both an army and a blue-water navy. The Chinese attack Constantinople but they are pushed back out of Asia Minor.
- 1400s: The Spanish explore the east coast of the New World and challenge Japan.
- 1500s: The Japanese attack the Spanish Netherlands and create a colonial capital at Wageningen (spelled in Japanese first as 我が人間 (Waga Ningen = Our people), and later as 和ヶ人間 (Wa ga Ningen = People of Peace).
List of Cities
山見Yamami(Tacoma, WA); 東金Tougane (Sacramento, CA); 新東港Shintoukou(San Jose / Silicon Valley, CA); 平野Heino(Los Angeles, CA)
瓌恋Guilian - "Gui1 Lian4" in Chinese, "Kairen" in Japanese (a Caribbean island, city, or the archipelago)
chai tng au ((菜厅后)??), meaning "behind the vegetarian hall"
Naikou/Naikoh (内港) - New York City (see Timeline_1700s_(Easternized_World)#European_migration_to_the_New_World)
Indian language converters: http://www.iit.edu/~laksvij/language/index.html
- Quillpad http://www.quillpad.in/editor.html
- Sanskrit Dictionary (http://spokensanskrit.de/index.php?script=HK&tinput=&country_ID=&trans=Translate&direction=AU)
Hindi and Sanskrit word for "knowledge": ज्ञान (jñāna / jJaana)
Hindi and Sanskrit word for "compassion": करुणा (karuṇā / karuNaa)
"Karuṇā" is "one of the four reflections of universal friendship" (Wikipedia: Karuṇā)
"The Sanskrit term, gnana (gnyana, gyana or jnana), meaning intelligence or wisdom, appears to be related to 'gnosis'." (Wikipedia: Gnosis)
Hindi and Sanskrit word for "science": विज्ञान (vijñāna / vijJaana)
Hindi and Sanksrit word for "sympathy" and "empathy": सहानुभूति (sahānubhūti / sahaanubhuuti)
Arabic word for "Truth": "(al)haq"
New battleship class: Juggernaut / Juggernought
President of "Sierra Leone" area: Sayon Araji President of "Niger" area: Ibraim Mamadu