The Qin originated as one of the many competing political entities in China during the so-called Warring States Period (475–221 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…
Wow this is fantastic! I love the ancient regions of china; actually I made a Shang Dynasty map (pre-Qin) myself! You've inspired me to make more of china! I think I'll put that on my list of things to do
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?
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 ^^