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Europe, facing a very different reality than the one we are familiar with, is a host of Christian heresies. Here is a quick summary of the situation.

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1836 Europe

The world completely changed as we know it, it was only natural the religious situation would change as well. The reformation was much more successful here, with Lotharingia and Poland-Lithuania leading the charge. Spain, Scandinavia, and Italy remain the major Roman-Catholic powers. Aksum spearheaded the rise and eventual superiority of Oriental or Coptic Orthodoxy over Constantinople's Orthodoxy.

religous map before label


  • Yellow - Roman Catholic
  • Dark blue - Protestantism
  • Light blue - Calvinism
  • Dark red/purple - Coptic/Oriental Orthodoxy
  • Orange - Galich/Old Orthodoxy
  • Purple - Anglican


  • Green - Sunni/Shia/Ibadi Islam
  • Neon blue - Tengri
  • Pink - Theravada Buddhist

Southern France Orthodoxy

When the League of Midi was established between the Lotharingian Emperor and the Dukes of Southern Francia, the Emperor extended them autonomy in turn for their loyalty. Their significant autonomy allowed them the freedom to accept a bold request from the far away rising power of Aksum's Negus to consent to Coptic missionaries. Only one minor county official actually accepted them in, the Count of Armagnac. From there the religion had a bit of a surge in popularity, and the local county of Bearn also too turned to the new eastern orthodoxy.

Buddhists in Poland

Even though it was only a few hundred years ago, the Scandinavian Empire is shrouded in mystery. Their Empire was entirely built around the competence of it's military, to the hindrance of any economic, social, or technological advancement. Their leaders seemed to care little for the act of reading or teaching literacy, and it can be assumed little writing was even conducted on their expeditions. In a move seen to call back to their past as savage warrior Vikings, they crossed the Urals and conquered their way to Beijing where the Ming Emperor was defenestrated and the Christian XI crowned Emperor of 'All Kina'. This victory lasted as long as the Emperor did, which was cut quite abruptly short with his assassination three days later. With his death, a violent struggle for succession took place between his many sons, which saw the Central Asian/Chinese portion of the Scandinavian state split from it's administration in Keev. This conflict is said to be behind the events which led to Scandinavian loyalists, who were religiously Buddhist, to flee towards Europe, ending their journey in Poland, where they were accepted and tolerated with open arms.

Coptic Moscow

The Fall of the Scandinavian Empire was period in which the Scandinavians saw invasions from their two largest land-army based rivals; the Polish-Lithuanian Union and Aksum Empire. With the bulk of the army in Beijing, just beginning the succession conflict after their Emperor's death, the strategic situation looked quite dire. The Polish front was thousands of kilometers wide, with their massive armies advancing from every angle. The Aksum incursion was almost entirely uncontested, as these vast plains were lightly garrisoned. The Patriciate of Moscow saw the most resistance from the Royal Guard, who the Emperor had a contingent sent to placate the religious tensions in the area. These guards were slayed to the man, defending the entrance into the church. It was not the Polish however who sacked the city initially. It was a forward party of Aksum's heir who claimed the city for 'All Pious Coptics'. Since then, violent repression in the city and it's surrounding countryside has kept Oriental Orthodoxy from being entirely extinguished in the region, even with it's extremely low conversion rate

Galich Georgia

The fall of the Scandinavian Empire also meant the fall of traditional, now known as Galich or Old, Orthodoxy. Although Scandinavia was officially Roman Catholic, with idea of Russian sovereignty a distant memory a majority Orthodox Russians threw their lot in with the success of the Scandinavian Empire in the east allowing them to assert greater autonomy in their homelands. This all came crashing down with the dual invasions of the Polish and Aksum Empire. With their lands destroyed and religion largely made completely irrelevant, it makes it all the more surprising to see the Byzantine vassal-state in Georgia maintain their allegiance to Old Orthodoxy, much to the Basileus' dismay.

Catholic North Africa

North Africa saw a series of extremely successful crusades called by the Italian-puppet Pope Alexander IIX. Spain, Italy, and Byzantium all collaborated in a coordinated effort to conquer and subsequently assimilate the native culture and religions. After nearly four hundred years passing since these conquests, rebellions have grown less and less frequent, with every passing year the citizens growing more loyal to Roman Catholicism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and European ways.

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