History of the world

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Prehistory

Early Homo Sapiens

Colonising the world

The Neolithic Revolution

Antiquity and the rise of civilisation

Ancestral civilisations in Lestria and Ascesia

The Messenians

While there is evidence suggestive of older settled cultures elsewhere on the Messeno-Joriscian landmass, arguably the most significant contribution - in terms of the world's later development - arose in the west of that territory with the development of the Messenian civilisation. Early Messenian cultures began to emerge from the early third millennium BCE, reaching a pinnacle in social and developmental terms in the period from approximately 1400 to 900 BCE; during this latter period, this High Messenian culture extended its reach well beyond its core territory in the Prasinian region (in the south-east of the currently recognised Messenian continent), casting its influence over the developing Sabāmani civilisation in the north and the Dammurites to the west. among others. While this culture was overrun in its home territory by barbarian incursions from outside, it provided the seeds for the development of many of the regional cultures which developed across the continent and remain extant today.

Rise of Empires and Religions

As civilisations in the continent grew and matured, its original, largely animistic, religions also developed into more sophisticated systems of belief. In the south of present-day Messenia, the still-polytheistic Palthachism emerged around 1600 BCE and grew into a position of dominance across the south-western quadrant, thanks in no small measure to the growth of the Dammurite empire in the region. In northern Messenia this was paralleled by the growth of early Senuminism and its influence on the expanding Sabāmani people as they strove towards empire. Of somewhat lesser stature and taking some colouration from both was Thúrun, which largely stood apart from them given its relative isolation in the far west.

The Cairan Empire

Rise of Messeno-Joriscia

Secote hegemony

Messenian recovery

The Great Plague

Vaestism and the development of the east

Messenia: the age of the kings

Colonial age

Discovery and settlement of Serania

While Joriscian savants had long theorised the existence of a significant landmass across the Sunnar Ocean - most frequently dubbed Serebria in local legend - its existence was not confirmed until 1567, when an exploratory mission led by the Agamari admiral Milovan made landfall in the north of present-day Agamari Serania; their first settlement, Novigavan became the first permanent settlement on the continent. Years of exploration by ships from many nations in Joriscia and later - approaching from the other direction - from Messenia would establish that, contrary to generations of legends, while the Seranian continent harboured abundant animal and plant life, it had never seen human habitation. The discovery of a vast expanse of virgin land sparked a vast wave of exploration across the continent as the stronger nations of Messenia and Joriscia - and a fair number of weaker ones - sought to establish a foothold and turn its untapped resources to their own uses.

Developments in Ascesia and Lestria

Decline and fall of the Vaestic Empire

The Messenian battlegrounds

Ascendancy of science and industry

Early modernity in west and east

The Schism in Cairony

Radiance

Industrial Revolution

Rise and consolidation of the global empires

Contemporary modernity

See also: Timeline of modern history

Long War

Kethpor System

As the powers of Messenia and Joriscia began their demobilisation in the aftermath of the general ceasefire of 15 Ediface, the Terophatic government, supported by Siurskeyti, circulated a memorandum to diplomats of the major powers calling for a universal Congress to settle the outstanding issues of the war. The plans were hastily realised in the Congress of Kethpor, which opened on 12 Metrial 1959. Though by all accounts a rushed and disorganised affair, the Congress of Kethpor was to prove the decisive event of the 20th century. In the preamble to the Kethpor Accords, the so-called Kethpor Proclamation, the powers of the world together established a new order of interordinate relations and formally proclaimed the reality of shared Messenian and Joriscian dominion over the world. The members of the Formulating Council of the Congress, who set its agenda and governed its salient decisions, became entrenched in interordinate affairs as the formal circle of the Great Powers. Conferences and congresses were instituted as the mechanism of choice for the resolution of diplomatic crises.

In Outer Joriscia, the Congress inaugurated the Terophatic Ascendancy, which was to last until the 1970s. With the hegemony of the Terophatic Empire bringing Vaestdom into a minimal level of unity, and Vsevolod himself hoping to establish Terophan as the representative of Vaestdom to the west, Outer Joriscia was organised into the Kethpor System and diplomatic procedures were formalised between the Joriscian and Messenian powers. Thus the Vaestic powers were made to emerge from their insularity, engaging with Messenians in a genuinely interordinate system.

Though robust, the stability inaugurated by the Kethpor Congress has faltered more than once. In Vaestdom, serious challenges to the Kethpor System first emerged in the 1970s during the Constellation Crisis. The resurgence of Azophin and Agamar after their losses in the Long War and the subsequent congress destabilised and eventually destroyed the system of Terophatic rule, and in the Lacrean emergency of 1977, war and the destruction of the Kethpor System were averted only with considerable luck. More recently, the spread of the Hejrozine heresy in the past decade and its capture of Rania have posed a renewed threat to the interordinate system.