Hello, some days ago I posted a small preview of how was the old map and factions I had in mind of the early stages of my mod (which, since then, never changed). Now, I've completed to write the whole backstory of my mod, which not only helped for me and the fans to understand what was going on in this world, but to develop an optimal historical order and factions for the whole mod. Keep in mind THIS CAN CHANGE, and I may add or delete some factions.
Year 50 A.D, Rome discovers the shores of Cuba. The natives were not welcoming at all, and after months of fighting they defeated the natives and declared the land as a new province of Rome, due to the technological superiority it didn't cost them too much. When they discovered the Caribbean was part of a whole new continent, they named it "Terra Procul" and the islands were renamed as the "Benediximus islands", due to their good luck at discovering a whole new world, but a pretty harsh, distant and unwelcoming one.
It was a paradisiac place, made rich by lots of trade with other native tribes, exchanges and discoveries in the new region. Lots of Romans came in and it basically turned into an appendix of Rome outside of Europe.
The trade and explorers made possible, over the years, to influence local tribes with roman culture and technologies, and finally, to form little colonies across the American atlantic ocean. Though, a further expansion of Rome in the continent was almost impossible (and useless) due to the technological and agricultural delay of (even) the higher civilizations in the continent.
By the year 200 A.D, they formed three colonies in the atlantic sea. Brasilia (Brazil), Platinea (Uruguay) and Argentum (Argentina), these ones made serious efforts in colonization and expansion of neighboring land, gaining some more territory but the remote location of the deep lands in the west made their advance almost impossible. Thanks to roman merchants in the pacific coast of South America who looked for Incan trade and also Argenti explorers, the colony of Andinia (Chile) was founded at the south of the Incan empire, making possible the idea of uniting the pacific and atlantic oceans, making Iacobopolis (Santiago de Chile) and Bonaeropolis (Buenos Aires) the most rich and important cities outside of the Benediximus. While this island and the colonies of Argentum, Platinea and Andinia became the center of roman culture and civilization in the new world, Brasilia became a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural colony with romans, slaves, natives and other inhabitants from all parts of Rome.
This last one became their biggest colony, providing the Empire of many minerals such as iron and gold, but especially tropical wood. Meanwhile, Argentum and Platinea were the agricultural centers of the region, with huge prairies, monstruous rivers and the most fertile soil in the Empire, competing even with Carthage or Egypt. The further expansion of Argentum into Andean territory also provided of more minerals.
Meanwhile at the north of the Benediximus, in the fertile lands of the Southern American states, the Romans saw a great opportunity to create an agricultural powerhouse for the Empire, in contrast with the almost useless tropical soil of the Caribbean. But contrary to South America, the natives there were different.
The eastern coast and midwestern America was inhabited by more advanced ice-age settlers called the Solutreans, ancient Europeans originated from Iberia who crossed the Atlantic thousands of years ago. These tribes evolved on their own, as great sailors and conquerors it wasn't difficult for them to conquer a big chunk of land in the green and rich soil of Terra Procul. They also didn't had trouble to remain united, their sense of unity and identity remained strong for centuries.
As the Romans brought civilization to an entire continent in Europe, this civilizing flame was also lit on them. Even tho if Solutreans weren't as advanced as Rome, they truly were the "Rome of the Americas" when their political, economic and military organization became the most advanced one in the continent, after centuries of progress and research. But this wouldn't last forever. The contact and influence from other cultures, such as the natives in the west and the eskimos in the north, made them to discover new tools, lifestyles and techniques. The worse criminals, mercenaries, slaves and beasts from Solutria learned from the northern hordes that if they could do the same, on a bigger scale, and more organizatedly, they could became rich stealing their oppresors, but also neighboring civilizations.
This is why after these criminals fled from their homeland, they built their own outposts in the shores of the Great Lakes. Becoming Laurentia, or the Laurentian hordes. Ruthless savage pagans who would attack anyone for glory and gold.
In the west, the native tribes who were frightened from the huge danger that such an advanced kingdom as Solutria meant, and also the Laurentian hordes, they decided to unite in the Great Plains. The land was optimal, they lived in a fertile grassland between two big lakes, and counted with a huge manpower of fierce indians from different tribes all over the American continent. Even tho if they couldn't differentiate themselves too much from the hordes in the Arctic or in the Big Lakes, the best they could form was a federation, they knew the power was in the unity. They called themselves simply as the Native Federation, and their goal was to recover the land from their ancestors that was lost from the Atlantic invaders. Little they knew, the worse was yet to come.
Since the presence of Solutreans, the biggest threat to Rome at the time (but also, the biggest bounty), at the gulf coasts was minimum, the lack of technology or infrastructure of the inhabitants in the region made it really expensive for the Romans to colonize. So they decided to let noble families make their own private colonies, they would have to invest in them with their own money, building all that was needed for them to sustain themselves and also provide the Empire, with the promise that once those lands were fully developed they would be integrated into Rome. Of course the nobles there saw their opportunity to build their own empires and never give those lands back, but they would have to face a bigger and more professional force, this was what kept them from doing it at first.
Three colonies were formed, Tauria (Texas), Flora (the American Southwest) and Nova Graecia (In Louisiana).
The last one, over the years, expanded and became the biggest colony by taking advantage of the Great Plains, overshadowing the rest of the colonies by its economical power.
After 150 years, Rome converted Terra Procul (America) into a much more prosperous place than their North African or Levantine counterparts, but (relatively) smaller due to the remoteness and hostility of the land. Millions of romans and slaves went (and were sent) to the new continent. The colonies in modern America received most of it's settlers from Italy and Greece, Brasilia (Brazil) from Mauretania and Carthage, and Argentum and Platinea from Iberia, but also hundreds of thousands of slaves from Gallia and Germania. While Andinia received a minority from Iberia, but incredibly the bulge of their immigration was from Carthage and Judea (Palaestina) since their whole colonization was thanks to merchant families.
These last immigrants wouldn't only stop at Andinia in 200 A.D. In the past, 20 years after the discovery of Terra Procul, Rome would siege Jerusalem. Many jews in the ancient continent and in the Benediximus escaped to Tauria to survive the attacks from the furious romans, only a small minority staying inside the Empire. An even smaller minority fled beyond the borders of the Empire, probably the north of South America where advanced local tribes existed. But, since the Taurian jews were also rejected in the "private" colonies due to misbehavior and crimes, they had no more chance than to escape outside Roman Terra Procul and form their own communities, these ones grew over time and united becoming a independent nation in California.
113 years later, after Constantine declared christianity as the official religion of Rome and stared to pursue pagans, huge revolts exploded in the Empire, but also in the Americas. Many colonies broke free from Rome, but Rome gained a foothold further south, in the north of the Incan empire. Gaining an important ally after centuries of useless influence and efforts. The Northern Incan Empire is created, leaving paganism behind and embracing the new God, surprisingly they discovered the ruling elite of the Incan tribes in the north weren't Incan, but hebrew, the escaped merchants. Since they were desperate for allies, they kept their alliance going.
In Central America, the native tribes were succesfull at uniting, forming the Aztec and Mayan empires also under the new religion of Roman Christianity.
Meanwhile Brasilia remained loyal to the Empire, it became a client state with autonomy. Argentum, Platinea and Andinia independized from the Empire, which also meant an instant declaration of war against the new northern Incas, including Brasilia of course. These three southern colonies embraced the ancient Greco-Roman faith and swore to destroy christianity as they seen it as a peasant and foreign religion. In the case of Andinia, they embraced Carthaginian and Judean folk religions, with respected Greco-Roman minorities, but kept fighting against christianity.
War was not on a single front only against Rome, also against the local governments and ruling classes. The celtic and germanic slaves in Argentum rose up and escaped to the Patagonia, where they settled and lived free, resisting against the northern states. Their colonization was ruthless in their advance through the patagonian steppes, they exterminated the entirety small native population. This alarmed neighboring tribes such as the Mapuches, who started a war against the celto-germanic invaders.
Meanwhile, at the north beyond of the Argenti settlements, the threats were no smaller. The Chaco region was controlled by the fierce and well-led Guarani tribes and their cousins the Amazonian hordes, which behaved as the Hunnic or Mongolian hordes from Eurasia, sacking and killing everyone and everything in their path. In the north west the Andine plateau and western Chaco, the one true pagan Inca Empire was fighting against the christian traitors who divided their once great homeland.
In the northern colonies, as was said before, the nobles also revealed against the Empire. Not for a religious reason but power. Although the presence of Rome in Tauria and Flora wasn't big since those territories weren't yet part of the Empire, making the revolutions somewhat fast and not too bloody, in Nova Graecia the war was fought against Rome, the separatists and a third group of revolutionaries led by a patrician called "Americus". He made different alliances and even counted with the help of Solutreans, hence, with a numerical superiority the war ended in his favor. He did not only renamed the whole land as "America", but also turned it into a (christian) republic. The other two new nations also adopted the one God faith.
America counted with a huge population, many of who never adopted the christian religion and used to follow Mithraism (A cult from Persia) and the old Greco-Roman gods. Due to their rejection in society and politics, they exiled from their lands. The first ones settled in the deserts of the southwest and the Rocky Mountains. This new land was called Mysteria. Meanwhile the second ones are said to have migrated further north, carrying their Gods beyond the mountains and the plains to the rainy lands of "Cascadia". Creating one of the many new reigns, who claim to hold the title, to become the new "Rome". Following their ancient spirit and traditions, and not the new subversive God. Even if they tried, it was not more than a name. They became their own thing, in such a distant, harsh and cold environment where olives and light tunics couldn't exist.
Hearing the news of a new prosperous and wealthy land, full of riches and new villages to sack, the coasts of the north of Terra Procul got swarmed by north european Germanic and Celtic raiders. Bringing the word "viking" to existance 400 years earlier than in our current timeline. The Norse settled at Vinland (Newfoundland island), but their attempts to settle in the continent, a place called Markland, failed. A federation of Eskimo and native tribes, conquerors of the boreal forests of Siberia and Canada, resisted against the Vikings pushing them back to Vinland, and completely out of Greenland. Though, these asians were not the only ones with expansionist goals in the new world. From the far west of Siberia, crossing the gelid waters of the arctic, the huge and mysterious Tartaria expands east, the Eskimos were the first ones to clash with them, being instantly kicked out of the Beringian coasts. Coming with unknown technologies, advances and riches, these siberian conquerors just landed in Alaska, and it's just matter of time for them to make contact with "western" civilizations.
In the nordic ships, arrived to the continent hundreds of thousands of Finns, Kvenns and Karelians. Known as the Finnics. After the huge nordic defeat at Markland, the Finnics stopped their contribution to the Nordic cause and sailed on their own westwards, through the modern day Saint Lawrence river. They successfully formed their own settlement there called "Vesperia", land of the evening star. They were the first external contact the Laurentians had, exchanging not only trade but skirmishes.
At the southern shores of Vinland, arrived the cousins of the Norsemen, the Barbarians hailing from Frisia, northern Germania and Jutland. Following their steps, settled in modern New Brunswick, Acadia and New England. The conflict between these tribes was minimal as they centered more on raiding Solutrean and Norse settlements. They evolved, not only in technology but in politics. After gaining some sort of national ties between each tribe, they decided to unite under the banner of the "Barbarian Empire", strong Wotan worshippers that would eventually became the greatest enemy of christendom in America.