Every Buddhist seeks to achieve transcendental enlightenment through the eightfold path, which consists of Right Understanding, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Awareness, and Right Meditation. Buddha taught: “Him I call indeed a Brahman who does no evil through body, speech, or mind, and is restrained in these three respects.” But can these principles help not only individuals, but nations?
There are uncivilized nations like Persia, Japan, China, Korea, and Punjab that have valuable resources, technology, or potentially constructive relationships with powerful Western powers. Some nations, such as Punjab, have event chains that will let them become powerful and more technologically advanced nations by assuming the throne of an ancient power (i.e. Mughalistan). Others, such as Persia and Japan, have the opportunity to acquire dozens of Western Techs and civilize. Still others, such as China, have the vast manpower and resources that can make it fairly easy to become civilized.
Then there is Tibet. In 1836, Tibet was one of the most backwards countries on the planet. Tibet had no resources to attract Western imperialists and merchants with their technology. Tibet's prestige, military, and industrial power are all zero. While uncivilized nations like Punjab start with at least two techs in each area, Tibet has no technology at all. While advanced uncivilized nations can build cavalry, Tibet's military potential is limited only to irregular infantry. No valuable resources are produced in the nation; only cattle. Tibet has no positive relations and no alliances with any neighbor.
It seemed that the future, which seemed to hold such bright prospects even for many of Tibet's uncivilized neighbors, held no promise for Tibet except to remain isolated and forgotten on the roof of the world, a relic of antiquity bypassed by the development and progress that was rapidly changing the face of the outside world.
This is the tale of how Tibet went from a backwards and uncivilized nation to the dominant superpower, whose imperial borders encompassed 90% of the world's population. You will read here of how Tibetans went from tending Yaks to building automobiles, how Tibet went from a remote and impoverished nation to the hub of world commerce, and how the Tibetan army defeated technologically superior foes and marched as liberators through the streets of Berlin, London, Washington, Paris, Moscow, Vienna, and Beijing.
It all started one day when a young yak herder made a startling discovery.
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