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The Qin Empire, 350 - 206 BC
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Published: February 1, 2016
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The Qin originated as one of the many competing political entities in China during the so-called Warring States Period (475221 BC), which saw the nominal vassals of the ruling Zhou dynasty revoke their allegiance and openly wage war upon each other. From their heartlands on the Wei river, the Qin conquered territories in the western periphery of the disintegrating Zhou Empire during the first half of the third century BC. They subsequently destroyed their remaining six rivals  Zhao, Yan, Wei, Qi, Han and Chu  and in 221 BC, Qin Shi Huang became emperor and established the Qin dynasty as the first to rule a united Chinese realm. Qin success depended in part on the adoption of Legalism as its guiding principle sometime during the fourth century BC. It imposed a high degree of civil obedience and military discipline upon Qin subjects, which was enforced by a brutal penal code. Thus the Qin were able to create a highly centralised administration and mustered the largest work force and army in China, which was put to use in vast construction works (cf. the Great Wall of China) and military campaigns. However, despite its military might, the death of emperor Qin Shi Huang in 210 BC sparked a nationwide rebellion against the harshness of Qin rule and the dynasty effectively ceased to exist in 206 BC

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DinosaurQueen1774's avatar
Hey Zhou what do ya know!
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lkh97's avatar
actually lake Hongze does not exist until 12 century, and the eastern boundary certainly had pushed over Yalu.
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PauliMabelMC|Hobbyist General Artist
Didn´t know a thing about China BC, I guess I need to read more!
Interesting map!
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like my Qin map!
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PauliMabelMC|Hobbyist General Artist
I´ll study it closely!, it deserves it!
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kitankhan's avatar
Rome is gone but China still exists.
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zalezsky|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is fantastic! I love the ancient regions of china; actually I made a Shang Dynasty map (pre-Qin) myself!
Shang Dynasty by zalezsky
You've inspired me to make more of china! I think I'll put that on my list of things to do :)
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Thank you! Great to hear this map inspires you to make more Chinese maps yourself! ^^

And that's a very well done Shang map, my compliments! :)
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zalezsky|Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! Your maps are always so fantastically designed
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
:bow:
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Pencil-Fairytale's avatar
Wow, excellent map!
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Thank you! :bow:
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Sunny-Cyberspacer|Hobbyist General Artist
You took down the Crete map again?
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Yes. Please don't talk about that on another map, I beg you ^^

Maybe I'll reupload it again in a few days. I removed it because I couldn't bear to see a map of mine with a comment section full of undiluted nonsense.
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Sunny-Cyberspacer|Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry man! I just really liked that map!

Makes enough sense I guess! And I already got blocked twice by whatever her name was, just cus I favorited that map
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Well, I'm glad you liked the map!

Soon you may have the chance to fave it yet again --'
Fourth time's a charm, I hope.
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Deviant294852's avatar
Wow this is really cool :D
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :la:
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You're welcome :D
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NateJeris's avatar
Firstly This map  (like all of your maps) is amazing one of the best I've seen. That being said one of my favorite parts of your earlier maps was the relatively detailed summary of whatever empire or era you were depicting. Is there a reason that you have been shortening the summary's for the recent maps? Is it just because the Qin did not last as a dynasty for very long or will this be the case for future maps as well?
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the compliment :bow:

And yea, I've decided to write shorter summaries from now on, because it allows me to focus more on making maps... I might still write longer summaries if it's for a map about something I'm really interested in (cf. Napoleonic era), but the days when I wrote a 10 page essay for each map are over for now ^^
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Ok that makes sense, it will certainly be nice to have more of your maps!
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Undevicesimus|Student Digital Artist
:la:
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