The largest parachronic space known is a 9-manifold; this is often referred to as a 9-band, which would imply that it exists within a 10-manifold's banding behavior, but that's merely conjecture at this point. This 9-manifold exhibits banding behavior, producing discrete 8-bands inside it. Each 8-band exhibits banding behavior in turn, producing discrete 7-bands inside it. 7-bands exhibit banding behavior, producing discrete 6-bands, but 7-bands also exhibit a "T-lamba" force(whose delta is generated by the cross product of the delta of the T-gamma force). The T-lamba force disrupts the hypothetical banding of 6-bands, causing 6-bands to exhibit banding only on very large or very small scales, in every gauge.
A meritocratic corporate conglomerate, spanning four main 7-bands and various hinterlands.
IA's parachronic theory describes 6-bands to to 8-bands in substantial detail, and is able to make significant inferences about the 9-band. They also exhibit routine knowledge about 4-manifolds and smaller, but remain strangely ignorant of 5-manifolds. They zero 7-bands relative to the uppermost of their four main 7-bands, which contains the home of their parachronic technology.
In a practical sense, their parachronic technology is based on closed-circuit electronic and electrical devices, primarily derived from "projector stations" that work only on IA's two home timelines. They went through four major generations. The first generation was based on projector stations, capable of transmitting and receiving within a limited radius and on the same 7-band, as well as pushing and pulling conveyor shuttles within the same constraints. The second generation expanded the ability of projector stations to push/pull conveyor shuttles up to two 7-bands away on the same 8-band, greatly increasing the number of accessible timelines. The third generation enabled conveyor shuttles to jump independently anywhere on the same 7-band, decentralizing the technology — both in the sense that central control could no longer be maintained from projector stations, and in the sense that conveyor shuttles were bought by many organizations that couldn't afford projector stations. The fourth generation enabled conveyor shuttles to jump to adjacent 7-bands on the same 8-band, thereby largely obsoleting projector stations.
|Major Civilization||Power||Political Structure||CR|
|Norse||Empire With Rivals||Vinland||"Grape Land"||Oligarchy||`|
|Ríki Danmörku Og Eyjar||"Kingdom Of Denmark And Islands"||Dictatorship||`|
|Markland||"Forest Land"||Corporate State||`|
|Steppe||Empire||Ikh Mongol Uls||"Great Mongolian State"||Feudal Meritocracy||2 for nomads|
6 for plebes
|Anthleioi||Unitary||Énati Átlantos Póli||"Ninth Atlas's City"||Clan/Tribal||`|
|Indic||Empire With Rivals||Vijayanagara Samrajya||"Vijayanagaran Empire"||Feudal Dictatorship||`|
|Japanese||Unitary||Nihon No Bakufu||"Japanese Shogunate"||Feudal Military Dictatorship||5|
|Mississippian||Bipolar||Ochethi Shakowin||"Seven Fires Council"||`||`|
|Tsalagihi Ayeli||"Cherokee Nation"||`||`|
|Khmer||Unitary||Chakraphp Khmer||"Khmer Empire"|
|Sheban||Unitary||Mamlakhat Khimyar||"Himyarite Kingdom"|
|West African||Fragmenting Unitary||Tinbuktu||Timbuktu|
The island of Atlantis was shaped by Poseidon from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge many thousands of years ago, in the South Atlantic. The legendary Empire Of Atlantis rose to a height of TL2 in the mesolithic, and their main outpost in the North Atlantic was Madeira(not far beyond the Pillars Of Hercules). Eventually(around 9 600 BC), Atlantis betrayed its patron and was sunk, leaving a tremendous shoal. However, this didn't slay all atlanteans; a mystery cult made a successful appeal to their now-unknown patron, and were transformed to survive in their new watery environs. The ruins have since been inhabited by their descendants.
Thousands of years later, the norse perfected oceangoing ships at exactly the wrong time for christian Europe. Sleek scandinavian longships fell on the unprotected coasts of England, Frankland, and Germany, while other norse pushed south along the rivers that a different world would call Russian. Drawn by the renewed prosperity shining from a flickering civilization, norse vikings put cities all along Europe’s coast to the sack.
The critical viking raid came in 860, when two chiefs managed to take Mikligardr(Constantinople) by surprise, sending unimaginable flows of treasure and the secrets of Greek Fire back to Scandinavia. Without the treasure, the scandinavian economy would have eventually contracted, and the armies of conquest which replaced the piratical navies might have eventually succumbed to problems of numbers and supply. With Greek Fire, even the few centers of resistance — Paris, Rome, Winchester — fell in brief sieges ideally suited to viking strategy.
In 930 an event that would be remembered around the world went virtually unnoticed outside Iceland: The first meeting of the Althing, after Ulfljot Of Lon and Thorleif The Wise codified Icelander law.
Conquest by enriched and emboldened norse armies flowed east like some ever-rising tide, sacking Volga Bulgar, opening siberian rivers to varangian fur and silver traders, and reaching Bharat(India) in 1031. The sighting of Mikilyrland(North America) in 983 birthed a western faring, which would find less resistance and more timber(Markland) and fishing(the Grand Banks). Iceland dominated the western faring alone, until basque and breton sailors began transatlantic voyaging in 1102 and 1104; the eastern faring was consolidated into the Kingdom Of Danemark And The Isles in 1028, and finally reached its high-water mark in the 1060s against the turks and the independent western slavs. More-stolid expansion on the western faring kept pumping silver into the economy, turning the norse vogue from viking to honest work.
However, viking blood had threaded its way ahead of the viking tide, and in 1162 it reached a child who was already in a time and place for history to pivot around him: Temüjin, the "prince" who would become Genghis Khan in 1206. By this time he had formed a united Mongol Empire by following the code of Yassa — integrating rivals instead of continuing the fractious feuding that had characterized the area, organizing his armies into mixed-ethnic decimal groups instead of the previous clan-based army structure, promising civilians and soldiers wealth from future possible war spoils, and other innovations. Under him, the Mongol Empire began to expand in both directions, stretching from Persia to Northern China.
Tragedy struck in 1220 when his eldest sons Jochi and Chagatai, quarreling over strategy while sieging Urganch, mortally wounded each other when a drunken brawl got out of hand. His third son Ögedei took over the siege and captured Urganch within a year, but his youngest legitimate son Tolui was deeply affected.
`Genghis Khan forbade civilian settlements to have such walls. Executing this order would keep his youngest son Tolui busy for some time, but within three years `
In 1227, the Mongol Empire had expanded until it was lapping at the norse high-tide mark from the other side, and had expanded even further into the Middle East; on the chinese front, the main issue was chastizing and reconquering the disobedient mongolian vassal Western Xia. During this campaign 65-year-old Genghis Khan was mortally wounded falling from his horse.
However, Temüjin was far too prudent to forever hold the metaphorical big saddle himself. He had named Ögedei(his most level-headed son) as his successor, and he kept his rebirth secret; once his original body had been properly buried in a secret location, and Ögedei was acknowledged as Khan of Khans or Khagan(retroactively defining Genghis Khan as the first Khagan) by a council of Mongol chiefs in 1229, Temüjin appeared in secret to Ögedei to advise him.
Being both charismatic and the best-advised Khan in history, Ögedei expanded the Mongol Empire in every direction except out to sea. He conquered Jin China and ended that dynasty; he conquered Persia, Afghanistan through Kabul, Georgia, and Armenia; he peacefully allied the last of the Oirad tribes to the north; and he cut deep into norse-held Eastern Europe.
The norse preferred making money on an investment to going a-viking, but they met this new challenge with gusto. Ultimately, however, the mongols were superior on land, and they took and held what could not be assailed by ship; while the norse were superior on the sea, and they held what could.
The leading edge of this inexorable wave was washing over Austria, Saxony, and german states in between when Ögedei was undone by his failure to control one last thing: himself. Ever fond of alcohol, he failed to awaken after one of his late-night drinking bouts in 1241.
The Mongol invasions crushed Western and Islamic civilization, took China as a vassal, and bound Eurasia's economies into one with the Silk Road. In Eurasia and northern Africa cities still stand, but only fortresses are allowed outer walls, and settlements pay tribute for defense done on the grasslands by the nomadic tribes… or not at all. True urban civilization has arisen independently in Japan and South America.860
Vikings conquered coastal Europe, turned back only by the superior mongol land warfare. They were followed by a stable norse civilization, which rules port cities from the ocean the same way the Mongols rule landlocked cities from the plains.
`The dawn of a nordic age of discovery, colonization, and piracy in North America`
The norse advanced only slowly on land; while the coast of North America fell unquestionably under their control, inland nations were able to repel them and absorb technology, until they achieved parity. The Ochethi Shakowin("Seven Fires Council") is a sioux republic in the northwest whose power comes from gold; the Tsalagihi Ayeli("Cherokee Nation") is a federalizing alliance of cherokee city-states in the southeast, whose power comes from oil; and a number of lesser states exist under their shield.
The world is dominated by aristocratic monarchies… but a new revolution is brewing.
The transistor and modern electronics are unknown… but atomic power, broadcast power, ray guns, dirigibles, and air cars are common. There was no World War II — the League of Nations reigns, guided by the World Science Council.
Less than two centuries ago, the Atlantic War was fought between TL6 Danemark and the TL2+4 vestigial Atlantis. This was the first large-scale contact in thousands of years between surface and deep-sea techbases, during which both sides learned much. The war ended with a parade of superweapons, each more terrible than the last, and a peace built on fear for what both sides would do. Within a decade, technologies developed for those superweapons spread throughout Danemark, and it advanced to TL6+1; Atlantis was slower to accept new technologies — for its people the Atlantic War was a nasty reminder of the sins of their ancestors — but it stabilized somewhere around TL4+3.
From a historical point of view, the critical discovery here was oz particles. Danemark studied the potential for oz particles, not just to sow chaos among enemy soldiers, but to controllably distort space and time… and thus paratime.
`to travel between worlds is to sail the far faring`
`the Window Of Ixchel, focal referents`