- Jan 13, 2007
Prologue - The Plague*
It has been said by the Mufti of Jerusalem that it is the evilness of man wich brought the Calamity on the Infidels. By carrying destruction and desolation upon the Holy Land in the name of the Lord**, they twisted His teachings, and brough doom upon their world. As it happened in immemorial times, God saddened at His creation, and decided to erease sin from the globe's surface. He unleashed His wrath trough the deadliest plague ever seen, punishing mankind for its impudence. Sparing no one, the Calamity purged entire nations in a matter of months. Only the rumored inhabitants of isolated islands were told to have survived by cutting themself of the exterior. But as the Calamity engulfed almost all of Christendom, the Lord in his mercy pitied the people of the East, and the plague ceased before leaving Europe's shores. The World was saved, granted another chance before the End of Times. As the sons of Ismael praised the Lord, they contemplated living in a world without Europe, where they would finally be allowed to spread the holy words of God unopposed.
For more than a generation, the Middle East and the Orient lived completly closed from Europe, fearing the consequences of meeting potential plague-carrying survivors. As the now-extict mediterranean trade reoriented toward the rich lands of Africa, India and China, history continued to unfold. Empires crumbled, new were established, tyrans and conquerors lived along holy men and scholars. The islamic civilisation was slowly rising from its former decaying self, the arts and sciences being funded by unlikely sponsors such as the blood-thirsty Timur or the warlords-slaves of Egypt. As the old generation passed out, demographic pressures, thirst of riches and discovery and simple curiosity finally overcame the fear of the Calamity, and the first adventurers already left the coasts of the Orient toward the supposedly empty lands of Europe, wich might still be filled with the abandonned riches of its former kings.
In the most lucky year 777 of the Islamic calendar, wich would had been know as 1399 AD in christian Europe, the Ottoman Sultan of Rum sent the first official expedition to the former christian lands. The first ships travelling from the asian side of the Bosphorus returned 40 days after their departure as advised by turkish scholars, their decks filled with the plundered riches of the City of Man's Desires. They brought the news of a deserted countryside, empty cities, and abandonned fertile lands. On the next day, the Sultan crossed the streets himself with a delegation and claimed the once-glorious city of Constantinople in the name of the true faith. The gates of Europe were now wide opened for adventurers and pioneers of all the nations: the Calamity was no more, and a whole continent was awaiting.
It has been years since I have wrote an AAR, but a suddent inspiration (and an inspirating mod!) convinced me to try again.
This EU3 AAR will be played using the simple yet excellent Miscmods for DW, with some small custom modifications. One of its alternate-history scenarios features an Europe emptied by the Black Death and an improved "rest of the world" part. In this AAR I will tell the history of this very different world, wich is now destined to evolve without Europe, in the centuries wich saw the rise of this continent's nations. It will be told from the Islamic World's point of view, and I'll play as a nation wich is to be revealed (and I'm not 100% sure yet) in the first *real* update.
*I may include some sountracks from movies and videogames when I make soem good finds wich fits the story. I find it completes the story and the pictures.
**This is a "kind of rationnal" religious explanation wich explains why wars of religion CB are disabled in-game for muslims- Jihad is no longer acceptable, war is now to be considerated from a purely political and economic point of view.