Merveilles des Morte

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Welcome to Merveilles des Morte, a community timeline beginning in the 13th century, inspired by the map game Merveilles du Monde. In map games the comings and goings of players makes for a unique experience in which different nations rise and fall, and this timeline originally sought to explore one such possibility of if things had gone differently, primarily from the mid sixteenth century onward. This timeline is not in opposition to MDM, but rather a what if scenario that incorporates parts of the lore already established by the game. This timeline also seeks to improve upon the plausibility of MDM and maintain a level of realism prior to the point of divergence, without sacrificing creativity or uniqueness. As such no revenge-seeking, extensions of in-game feuds, nation wanks, harassing or bullying of past or present MDM players, or disregard for background information from the game without discussion is allowed.

Anyone may sign up for this timeline, whether you were a player of MDM or have never played it before. This timeline will be written mostly in chronological order (although not strictly), however, it will not follow a strict one day equals one year time frame or operate like a map game. Additionally, all contributors should de-link the association of each person corresponding to one nation; anyone can write for any nation, and no one should think of themselves as a nation, especially if you previously played in MDM. Decisions will be made through group discussion and consensus and will ultimately be up to the moderators to have the final say on if there is a strong disagreement.

This version of the timeline on the Conworlds wiki was originally intended as a backup of the original hosted on the Alternate History Wiki. Due to that wiki's administration permanently banning most of the principle writers of this timeline, this version has become the official copy, and will host the latest updates to the timeline.

Points of Divergence[edit | edit source]

This timeline employs a number of minor points of divergence or changes in addition to one central change at the timeline start date of 1295, simulating a similar experience to that of a map game. Various changes are considered either a result of the butterfly effect from the original point of divergence, or independent, equally possible divergences.

  • In 1295 an agreement is reached between Nogai Khan and Toqta of the Golden Horde that prevents their rivalry from turning to war. As a result the Golden Horde is able to launch an invasion of Poland the following year, taking advantage of the death of Przemysł II.
  • In the Ilkhanate, claimant Ghazan is decisively defeated by Baydu, who formerly converts to Nestorian Christianity.
  • In 1337 the Kamakura Shogunate of Japan is overthrown by Emperor Go-Daigo and establishes direct imperial rule in the country, in what becomes known as the Kenmu Restoration.
  • The Tarascan Empire becomes the preeminent Mesoamerican state, unifying much of central Mexico, and preventing the rise of the Aztec Empire in its early stages.

Some important or interesting changes based on the above points of divergence include the following:

  • The Lowlands is united by the Duchy of Brabant rather than Burgundy, beginning in 1299 by a successful war against Hainaut for the vacant thrones of Zeeland and Holland. This ultimately leads to the creation of the Kingdom of Lotharingia.
  • An early Western Schism occurs following the election of Pope John XXI in 1306, after the Pope is discovered to have been complacent in rampant simony. An Aragonese conclave elects a rival pope in Callixtus IV, beginning the Johannan War. A similar schism would occur in 1521, which saw the election of a series of rival popes in Germany.
  • Temür Khan of China would converts to Nestorian Christianity, but the period of Christian China is short-lived and leads to the collapse of the Yuan, who are replaced by the Tian Dynasty.
  • The Protestant Reformation begins in 1504, but the untimely death of its leader, Konrad Jung, leads to the reformation splintering into various groups and becoming more radicalized. During the Great Peasants' War, the peasants are not wholly defeated, leading to a new politico-religious system of governance taking in shape in states such as the Rätian Union.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

This timeline primarily begins around the year 1550, although earlier additions may be allowed if they do not contradict earlier established lore, or are approved by the moderators.

Members[edit | edit source]

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Footnotes[edit | edit source]