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Greater China - 1620: The Uighur Triumph

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Published: March 23, 2018
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--- Author's Note ---

I tried to fall back with to my earlier style during late 2017, I wasn't that happy with the last color schemes and artistic design since it makes it moldy and bland, it something that I hold dear considering I love my first three works while not giving a shit with the latest. The color scheme for each nation is so much better as a result.

Anyway, this is gonna be my first Alternate History submission. I'm saying because I want to put my personal project in the backseat for only a month or two; I don't wanna waste my bullets on something bland. I tried my best to research as much historical context as I can to make it "plausible" in a vague manner; Manchuria may seem to look odd, especially when you consider that Nurhaci united the entire tribes into one polity, but my knowledge about them is fundamentally basic at best.

--- Description ---



The heaven falls and the fields erode, China has once again succumbed to the machination of its downfall. The lands are infested with civil strifes and impending famines that starve millions, with countless men fighting for their rivaling overlords to reclaim the middle kingdom as their very own and rule all of its subjects on their every whim.

To the south, the Ming Dynasty fought to its very last breath. The rivaling usurpers struggling to claim their title are overwhelming the stubborn dynasty, with the six kingdoms being desperate to carve the wounded tiger to pieces. They take hold of every piece of land and city they can claim while the loyal subjects of the Ming Dynasty fought hard to reclaim back what's theirs.

While the South China Proper is embroiled in the petty rivalry, the Jurchens have become docile despite its chaotic opportunity. The three tribes are in a stand-still and fall back to their homeland. Mongolia too is facing elsewhere, but they prosper after settling in the steppes under the leadership of an ambitious khan and his northern ally.

Nurhaci was ready to exploit the chaos that ensues the middle kingdom... until...

In the far west of the Taklamakan Desert, a new impending force has emerged. The Uyghurs galloped towards the Chinese Proper with the backing of the entire Ummah on their backs and they seek to claim the entire subcontinent for the riches and abundance that it stores. They wield cannons as loud as the thunders itself and walk with barbarians that they've never seen before, riding monstrous grey beast as tall as a house with giant tusks beneath their mouths.

They exceptionally conquered most of China, reaching to Beijing in a matter of years. They utilize whatever advantage they can muster: from utilizing the Hui people as their envoy and bureaucrats and synthesizing their already persianized culture with the local elements. 

With the entire subcontinent falling in their grasp, who knows what will happen.
   
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whiteksq's avatar

令人意外,居然设定是维吾尔民族入主中原。

Rhomaion's avatar
Love the map! I love the colours you used to create this map.

What program did you use to create this map and what would you recommend in terms of creating these styles of maps?
gundel31's avatar
Isn't it the 17th century and not the 16th?
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh shit, I didn't notice that. Thanks!
 
I'll probably fix it soon when I'm done with my current season.
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
grisador's avatar
You're very welcome; awesome work :)
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bruiser128Student Traditional Artist
Wouldn't it be the Dzungar Khanate, as they preceded the Uyghurs?
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
And yes, Shah Abbas didn't die during the 1620's in this alternate timeline.
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bruiser128Student Traditional Artist
Though if your interested Persia, I recommend you follow the timeline "A Destiny Realized: An Afsharid Iran and Beyond"
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
I forgot to say thanks for the thread, it was an awesome read.
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bruiser128Student Traditional Artist
Glad you enjoyed the thread as much as I have
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
AFAIK, they're mostly Buddhist and not Muslim and they're Oirat; not Uyghurs. Writing a conversion plot device where the khan converts to Islam feels cheap and it probably means it'll take them a century or more to be Islamized.

Lore-wise, I wrote that since the Zunghars are the major obstacle to Shah Abbas' expansion towards Central Asia (as the map suggest), he basically shattered the khanate into disarray, leaving a power vacuum for anyone to grab. Since he wants to form a buffer zone to prevent any malevolent contact with the powers of the East, he basically helps the Uyghurs by giving them the entire former region.

I hope this helps.
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bruiser128Student Traditional Artist
I am honestly not that familiar with the Safavid Era of Persia, so I 
don't know all that much about it's major leaders. 

Though I won't deny that it does bring the timeline into perspective. 
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Griffster26Hobbyist Photographer
Yanzhou's circle doesn't have a black dot, was that intentional?
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, unfortunately. I probably messed up one of its layers consider I made the symbol as a group. I'll fix it momentarily.
Artificer6's avatar
Not very often we see a take on China before the later colonial era, especially one to see it splintered in such a way. Good map man.
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I did try to think up whatever scenarios unique enough to tamper with; that's why I made this in the first place. My original inspiration for the pitch is me thinking about an idea where Oda Nobunaga get stomped by a Mughal war elephant but I found it too far-fetched. Thus, I switched the setting from Japan to China and eventually the Mughals to the Uyghurs.
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Thanks, man.
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3D4DStudent General Artist
Muslim China.
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yup!
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IasonKeltenkreuzlerHobbyist Artist
Really cool map!
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ShahAbbas1571Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why, thank you.
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