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Holy Persian Empire by Sapiento Holy Persian Empire by Sapiento
This alternate history map shows the Holy Persian Empire, on of the many successor states of the Mongolian Empire. Temudjin, better known as Chinggis Khan, converts to the Nestorian branch of Christianity during his time with the Kereit tribe, founding a Christian-Mongolian dynasty.
The main thrust in the west goes more to the Holy Land with side shows in Europe; under Ögedei Khan and Paolos Hülagü Khan the Sultanates in the Middle East are crushed and Christianity is restored. Great Khan Yohannis Möngke, and later Great Khan Petros Qurutai of North China, confirm the rule of Paolos Hülegü Khan over the Holy Land.
Over the time the Great Empire breaks up, but its most powerful successors, the Holy Persian Empire, the Delhian Empire and the Chinese Yuan Empire (both with a strong Christian influence) have still a large influence.
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Caenwyr Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
This is magnificent, Sapiento!

One tiny remark, however: the Nasser Lake in Upper Egypt didn't exist until the 20th century, when a dam was constructed near Aswan (Asuan on your map). Apart from that, I really really love this!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Persianized and Christianized Chinggis Khan? Wow! That's majestic! Will he abandon the Mongol script, or not?

I wonder who will manage the Mongol tribes back in their homeland?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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ramones1986 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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SharksinSpace Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
Oh the doctrinal conflicts this timeline could foster!
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Whatever becomes of Islam ?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A minor religion.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Christian Khan crucifying most of Asia... Oi D:
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
This is wonderful! Have you thought in more detail of how other parts of the world would look like?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
A little bit. There's - as I stated - still a Mongolian dynasty in North China (the South broke free), and a Mongolian ruled North India.
Australia is already known (discovered by Yuan traders). The last remnants of Muslim rule in Europe were crushed in the 1320 with Mongol help. Generally the Persian Emperor-Khan (who also has the title of Protector of Jerusalem) has a special position among the Christian rulers. A great expedition to Italy in 1290 (just a visit, but with a large fleet and army to portrait the power) lead to a treaty between the Holy See and Persia, giving the Catholic and Nestorian (and other Eastern rites) an equal level.

Just a few ideas.
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Have you thought about how native Mongolian religion might've influenced the Nestorian Church? I was thinking about how Tengri is interestingly similar to the Judeo-Christian God, ie. being associated with the sky, fatherhood and eternity.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Not really. My focus was more on conversion to a Christian branch, wihout working on the details.
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Laiqua-lasse Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Quite intriguing, all of them :)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, again. :)
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firelord-zuko Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Rome, oh sweet Rome!
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Milesian27 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Genghis Khan converts to Nestorianism and founds a Christian empire? I wish I had come up with that idea. xD
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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azivegu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Nice map, just one question

What is tripoli doing in Libenon???
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Caenwyr Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
There are several Tripolis in the Arab world. One of them is in Lebanon: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tripoli,…
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AbuSuhaibII Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
there is 2 cities named (Tripoli)
One in Libya which is the capital of Libya, and the other in Lebanon
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you.
Where should it be instead??????
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
He doesn't know about ancient Tripoli and thinks you put the Libyan city there.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I had assumed the same, but couldn't know for sure.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's my best guess :shrug:

Interesting map by the way. I only dislike the scenarios large spread of Christianity...
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cellolott Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Nice alternateHistory&map!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Xumarov Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Long live ARAN!!!
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Ironically, it wouldn't be so much "Aryan" (ie. Indo-European) as it would be Turko-Mongolic with religious practices based from a Semittic religion (ie. Judaism).
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Xumarov Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aran where Baku lies, azerbaijan..
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
Ah, excuse me then. XD
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Rarayn Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
Awesome concept and an awesome map to boot. Settings like these are always fun to see illustrated.
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
There also looks like some considerable Greek influence as well.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Pretty sure Nestorian Christianity came from Greece...
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
More like the Hellenized parts of the Middle East apparently.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
[link]

Persia, apparently :o
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Wow. Who knew?

Also, as a sidenote, I tend to sidestep from Wikipedia as much as possible (often the articles can come across as biased to one side or another), though I do use it to find recommended source material links.
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AmongTheSatanic Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wikipedia is serviced mostly by nerdy folks who know their stuff, and other sources that are actually well-managed and aren't rabble are very hard to come by, so I go to Wikipedia. The reputation that ANYONE can edit it is bullshit because if you put something stupid like 'penis' on a WW2 page someone deletes it a few seconds later and you get banned.

Thus I trust Wikipedia, even if it whores itself out on the top of the page for my damn money.
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012
Still, that stuff I mentioned still comes up every now and then. Though I do use the source links.
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SirGodspeed Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
It depends on how popular and hoe seriously a subject is taken. For example, I searched for a page that had to do with Maasai religion, and eventually happened upon a page that basically talked about ancient aliens and reptile-peopel inspiring their religion. It's during finds like that you need to realize that this was probably just some nutjob who'd gotten a fixed idea and attempted to sully wikipedia with it. No references or footnotes - obviously.

Some signs to go for are uncyclopedic language (ie. argumentative, rhetorical phrases), language that differs signficantly from how the rest of the article feels (indicative of some random just shooting in something that's not properly verified) and of course lacking sourcing or footnotes.

It's by no means perfect - but it's a very good start - and tends to get the big facts correct.
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JanBoruta Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, Mongolian Christwank is such a kickass concept I cannot even comprehend. Those names of Khans with Greek names crack me up, badly :D I wish there was more detail in the map, maybe it could be a bit topographical or feature main roads, but the idea is worth more than one fave. Good work! :)
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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IntrepidTee Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So Islam becomes a religion of the past in this world?
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's sidelined, yes.
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kyuzoaoi Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student Artist
The ten thousand nations of the Holy Persian Empire, shall descend upon you!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:)
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33k7 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Sapiento Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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