Tangents Of Terror
Code Name: Ziemia
Current Division: Historical
Superspace Co-ordinates: -1.743, -1.368
Superspace Cluster: A-Mongolic
Original Division: Historical
Current Year: 1652 CE
Progress Level: 3
Law Levels: Polish Empire 5, Franco-Hungarian Commonwealth 5, Songese Empire 6, Zhao Mandarinate 5
GRAPH ratings: Baseline standard
Notable Features: There seem to be no duplicated individuals from Baseline history in the local time of this tangent.
Dominant Languages: Cantonese (Song China), Hungarian (Franco-Hungarian Commonwealth), Mandarin (Zhao Mandarinate), Polish (Polish Empire)
Confirmed Baseline Bleed Point(s): Delüün Boldog, Mongolia; Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Overview: Poland rules the waves on this odd tangent, at least in the west, where its only notable rival is the Franco-Hungarian Commonwealth. In the east, Poland is opposed by one of the two Chinas, which itself rules a trade empire from India to Indonesia.
Point of Divergence: Mid-12th Century CE; Genghis Khan either died young or was never born in this timeline, and no other leader arose to unite the Mongols in his place. Thus, they remained little more than a nuisance to neighboring states, and all the nations whose history they changed on Baseline followed different courses.
In Asia, the Southern Song Dynasty capitalized on its naval skills to become a colonial power, while the Jurchen-ruled Jin Dynasty focused on consolidating control and penetrating the Silk Road; corruption among the Jin ruling class led to a rebellion in the early 1600s, replacing the bloated Jin with a Polish-allied Sino-Judaic bureaucracy (the Zhao Mandarinate) ruling out of Kaifeng.
Meanwhile, in eastern Europe, Henry the Pious never died in battle against the Mongols, and his son Mieszko lived to unite Poland through a dynastic marriage; in Hungary, Bela IV was never forced to flee the country, and prevailed against Frederick II a decade earlier, preventing the rise of the Habsburgs. With no Mongol-induced Persian refugee wave to spark the Seventh Crusade, Frederick II remained excommunicated; France, Poland, Hungary, and (to a lesser extent), England spent the next 100 years carving up what remained of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Black Plague struck just as heavily here but followed different vectors, wiping out millions in the Seljuk Empire, north Africa, and most of Europe. However, as in Baseline history, Poland remained largely untouched by the Black Death, and emerged in the late 14th Century as the major power of Europe. Its Armada reduced England to a satellite state in 1588, while France and Hungary united through dynastic marriage to form a counter-bloc to the Polish Empire.
Current Sketch: The Polish Empire rules most of northern Europe and, by proxy, the British Isles. The Mediterranean and the Iberian Peninsula are themselves full of proxies of the Franco-Hungarians, who squabble with the Polish over the right to “protect” the Holy Land. Khwarazmid Persia is balkanizing at the hands of Polish, Franco-Hungarian, Novogorodian, and Zhao merchants. Currently at the peak of its Age Of Exploration, this tangent is chock a-brim with swashbuckling intrigue from the shores of North America to the Siberian steppes, and all points in between. Major hot spots include: India, where both the Polish and the Songese are establishing trade colonies; eastern North America, where Polish settlers invade native territory; the Caribbean, where Hungarian colonial elites fend off piracy from both their own countrymen and Polish privateers; Japan, currently divided between Songese and Zhao masters; and Samarkand, the “Casablanca” of the Silk Road, where a traveler can meet Novgorodian merchants, Polish or Hungarian spies, Jewish pilgrims to and from Kaifeng, Songese provocateurs, and Kwarazmid partisans… all in the same day.
Confirmed Baseline Penetration: None confirmed.
Other Tangential Penetration: None confirmed.