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Pan-Asiatic States | History

PAN-ASIATIC HISTORICAL CLARIFICATION COMMISSION (PAHCC)
ESTABLISHED 2000 C.E - "PROTECTING OUR YOUTH FROM MALICIOUS MEMORIES"

The world circa 2020 A.D.

WORLD HISTORY OF THE PAN-ASIATIC STATES UNIVERSE

"WHAT IF THE EAST WAS THE DOMINANT FORCE OF HISTORY INSTEAD OF THE WEST?"

    Asia itself can be seen as the product of a collective history of several distinct peripheral coastal regions such as East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East linked by the interior mass of the Eurasian steppe. While the political history of the Pan-Asiatic States is considered to have begun during the latter half of the 20th Century, it is critical to the newcomer's understanding of Pan-Asiatic States history the conditions which gave rise to the Pan-Asian identity and ideology.

    The coastal periphery was the home to some of the world's earliest known civilizations and religions, with each of the three regions developing early civilizations around fertile river valleys. These valleys were fertile because the soil there was rich and could bear many root crops. The civilizations in Mesopotamia, India, and China shared many similarities and likely exchanged technologies and ideas such as mathematics and the wheel. Other notions such as that of writing likely developed individually in each area. Cities, states and then empires developed in these lowlands.

    The steppe region had long been inhabited by mounted nomads, and from the central steppes they could reach all areas of the Asian continent. The northern part of the continent, covering much of Siberia was also inaccessible to the steppe nomads due to the dense forests and the tundra. These areas in Siberia were very sparsely populated.

    The center and periphery were kept separate by mountains and deserts. The Caucasus, Himalaya, Karakum Desert, and Gobi Desert formed barriers that the steppe horsemen could only cross with difficulty. While technologically and culturally the city dwellers were more advanced, they could do little militarily to defend against the mounted hordes of the steppe. However, the lowlands did not have enough open grasslands to support a large horsebound force. Thus the nomads who conquered states in the Middle East were soon forced to adapt to the local societies.

    The spread of Islam waved the Islamic Golden Age and the Mamluk Renaissance, which later influenced the age of Islamic gunpowder empires. The foundation of the Caliphate of Cairene Arabia fostered a sense of shared identity between the states of Western Asia, while the Sultanate of Bruneian Malaya, through conquest and subjugation, united the states of Southeast Asia for over five hundred years.

    Asia's history features major developments seen in other parts of the world, as well as events that have affected those other regions. These include the trade of the Silk Road, which spread cultures, languages, religions, and diseases throughout Afro-Eurasian trade. Another major advancement was the innovation of gunpowder in medieval China, later developed by the Gunpowder empires, mainly by the Mughals and Safavids, which led to advanced warfare through the use of guns.

    The nations of the world interacted with each other; they traded, conflicted, and cooperated from beyond the modern political boundaries of the People's Federation of Pan-Asiatic States. It is the great Empires which precede the Pan-Asiatic States that define the ethos for the Asian identity, without which there would be no sense of common nation or race - without which, we would live in nation-states rather than a superstate.

ATTENTION!

PRE-REVOLUTIONARY ERA SECTION FORBIDDEN FROM VIEWING BY NON-PAHCC PERSONNEL




*THIS IS AN AUTOMATED MESSAGE, BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MINISTRY OF STATE AND PUBLIC SECURITY.*

Hello, citizen!

The fact that you are reading this means you're very eager to read about our Federation's glorious history. That's good! That's a sign of diligence, and as you know, our State values diligence. However, if you can't tell already, this warning serves to deny you entry from viewing this section of our history, unless you are a LEVEL 3 member of the Pan-Asiatic Historical Clarification Commission (PAHCC) or higher. Allow me to explain why.

The PAHCC believes in preserving the union between Asian states. Preserving our Federation by revising and making-up history clarifying how our prehistorical Asian nations interacted with one another in a positive light. Without our work in this field, citizens might try to glorify the negative interactions between our ethnic groups. And we certainly don't want our youths to be exposed to vulgar truths that have not yet been corrected and clarified within the context of our glorious Pan-Asiatic Revolution. That would endanger our established peace. That would be lead to the DOWNFALL of our People's Federation.

In order that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, we have chosen not to teach them.

Remember, as Comrade Blaire teaches us, that "to tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies" – all this is indispensably necessary for our Pan-Asiatic Revolution to succeed today.

So please, do not proceed further unless you are a LEVEL 3 member of the PAHCC or higher.

Attempting to do so, either by force or by accident will be met with severe punishment in accordance to the laws of the Constitution of the People's Federation of Pan-Asiatic States which may include 10-25 Years of Corrective Labor based on exposure to the forbidden data.

THE 15th to 17th CENTURIES A.D

THE CAIRENE GOLDEN AGE

While in the West, the search for the New World marked the beginning of the long recovery of Europe from the Dark Ages; in the East, the golden era of Islam never ended. From its capital, Cairo, the Mamluks - emboldened by the will of Allah - enforced its imperial perogative throughout Middle Eastern North Africa; consolidating hundreds of ethnic groups under one Sultan, and rectifying Islam's grip on Southeast Asia through its tributary state, the Sultanate of Malaya.

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THE 18th CENTURY A.D

THE AGE OF ENLIGHTENMENT

New wealth and ideas from the settlers of the New World challenged the reign of the monarchies. Liberal revolutionaries valued the sovereignty of reason and the evidence of the senses as the primary source for knowledge. Exiles of the monarchies of the Middle East and Europe found new homes free from persecution in some of the world's first democratic sovereign republics. These new governments, like the United States of America and the Morisco Republics, fought tooth-and-nail for their very right to exist. The modern concept of a Nation-State had been born.

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THE 19th CENTURY A.D

THE AGE OF IMPERIALISM

One of the major consequences of the industrial revolution was the unprecedented rise in the rate of population growth. Subsequently, demand for control over the world's resources grew exponentially. The steam-powered rotary printing press allowed for millions of copies of a page to be printed in a single day, inspiring various nationalist movements to take arms against their oppressors; while also allowing for empires to much more efficiently govern their vast overseas territories. The world prepared for the ultimate showdown between the alliance of a resurgent Islamic East and the coalition of a united Christian West on the battlefields of Africa.

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THE EARLY 20th CENTURY A.D (1901 - 1924)

THE AGE OF REVOLUTIONS

In Asia, the spilling-over of Republican and Communist ideals from the West through new and more efficient trade routes led indigenous monarchies to either reform or face collapse. The foundation of the Republic of the Philippines, the first nation to secede from the Sultanate of Malaya, signified the beginning of the decline of Islamic government in Southeast Asia. The Empire of Japan, soon to be one of the most powerful countries of the century, began expanding its political influence in East Asia through its annexation of Korea. China's Xinhai Revolution saw the end of the Qing Dynasty and the fracturing of the nation into various warlord cliques. Meanwhile, in Europe, men were being forced out of their homes to fight in a new kind of conflict: a war of seemingly never-ending trenches, where meters of ground a day were gained at the cost of massive casualties.

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THE EARLY 20th CENTURY A.D (1925 - 1937)

THE UNIFICATION OF CHINA

The death of beloved democratic revolutionary Sun Yat-sen left a large power vacuum in the Republic of China, which various Warlords raced to fill. With the looming threat of invasion by Japan hanging above the destabilized nation, one man steps in to unite both the Communists and the Republicans not to fight against the Japanese - but to fight alongside them for the cause of Pan-Asianism: Wang Jingwei. In theory at least, China, "unified" at last, and the Empire of Japan stood allied in East Asia against Western colonialism, Soviet communism, and Islamic imperialism. In practice however, China remained extremely stratified; with many areas of the country still in open rebellion against the central government. Nevertheless, China would not intervene in a hypothetical Japanese takeover of the Pacific...

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THE MID 20th CENTURY A.D (1938 - 1945)

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

World War II (WWII or WW2), also known as the Second World War and known in Asia as the Third Pacific War or the War of Japanese Aggression, was a global war that involved the vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies (composed of the Communist Internationale under Trotsky's USSR, the democratic states of Europe, as well as the Islamist bloc) against the Axis (composed of Germany and the Greater East-Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere). In a state of total war, directly involving more than 100 million people, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 70 to 85 million fatalities. Tens of millions of people died due to genocides (including the Holocaust), premeditated death from starvation, massacres, and disease. Aircraft played a major role in the conflict, including in the use of strategic bombing of population centres, and the only uses of nuclear weapons in war.

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