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55 BC

  • Julius Caesar and his Roman legions invade the British Isles but are met with strong resistance from the local tribes, who elect a super-leader: the mysterious Alwyn. According to legend, Alwyn is able to convince the Celtic tribes to put aside their differences and work together to save their home. Despite suffering heavy losses, the Celts led by Eowyn are able to repel Caesar and his forces, earning the latter's respect in the process. Caesar and Alwyn eventually agree to cease hostilities in exchange that the Roman Republic recognizes the sovereignty of the British Isles. Rome, already dealing with economic turmoil, agrees to the proposed armistice in order to salvage what's left of their resources. Eowyn is hailed as a hero by his people, and the Celtic chieftains unanimously agree to proclaim him High King, thus marking the official beginning of the Britannian monarchy.

950 AD

  • The Philosopher's Stone (later known as Sakuradite) is discovered near Stonehenge in the British Isles. The scarcity of sakuradite impedes the research to turn it into a viable energy source.

1066 AD

  • A Briton nobleman named Ellyll de Bretan allies himself with William the Conqueror after the latter invades England, resulting in the death of Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings. After William becomes King of England, he makes le Bretan the Duke of Hastings, therefore making Ellyll de Bretan one of the few native Britons to keep power.

1294 AD

  • Marco Polo journeys further into the East than anticipated, reaching Japan and discovering the nation has a large deposit of sakuradite. This discovery marks the beginning of Japan's influence on the world.

1575 AD

  • Queen Elizabeth I of England has a son named Prince Henry despite being a virgin. Nevertheless, Parliament and countless nobles recognize Henry as the heir to the throne in order to continue the Tudor Dynasty. Prince Henry's father, Edward de Bretan, Duke of Hastings, gains much more influence in the royal court than he could ever imagine.

1603 AD

  • Elizabeth I dies of natural causes and a 27-year-old Henry is crowned King Henry IX of England. Henry's reign is seen as the beginning of the Golden Age of the Tudor Dynasty and under his rule, England begins its colonization of the New World.

1620 AD

  • The cargo ship Mayflower brings English Puritans and Separatists to the New World, who then establish the first colony, Plymouth. Not long after, much of the eastern coast falls under English control.

1775 AD

  • Washington's Rebellion erupts in the 13 Colonies. Separatists under George Washington, known formally as the Continental Army, rebel against British rule over the American colonies.

1777 AD

  • Benjamin Franklin is bribed by Ricardo le Bretan, Duke of Hastings, to defect to the Kingdom of Great Britain. He is therefore given the title of Earl and returns to Britain.

1781 AD

  • As a result of Franklin's betrayal, the French stay out of the war, resulting in Washington's Rebellion being crushed in the Battle of Yorktown, and with it, the total destruction of the Continental Army, the death of George Washington, and the ever-burning flames of the American movement for independence being snuffed out for good.

1785 AD

  • The Age of Revolution begins, with numerous national revolutions taking place in Europe, with the exception of Great Britain, under the rule of King Henry X.

1799 AD

  • The French Revolution ends with the Coup of 18 Brumaire, in which Napoleon Bonaparte appoints himself as First Consul of the French Republic. This is cited as the most significant event of the Age of Revolution, in which Europe would be changed forever.

1805 AD

  • The French Navy defeats the British Royal Navy at the Battle of Trafalgar. Not long after, London is occupied by the French.

1807 AD

  • Queen Elizabeth III of Great Britain and Ireland retreats to Edinburgh, where she is forced to abdicate her throne after being arrested by a revolutionary militia, thus forcing the entirety of the British Isles to fall under French rule. This event would become known as The Humiliation of Edinburgh. In the wake of Edinburgh, several other anti-monarchist revolutions occur throughout Europe, causing the Age of Revolution to reach its highest point.

1808 AD

  • Ricardo de Bretan, Duke of Hastings, and his friend and subordinate, Sir Richard Hector, Knight of One, break Elizabeth III from prison and bring her and her followers to the New World.
  • Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Age of Revolution, in which all but a very few of the European nobilities and monarchies have been wiped out, First Consul Bonaparte secures the allegiances of many European countries, from Portugal and Spain to the west to Austria in the east.

1813 AD

  • Elizabeth III nominates Ricardo de Bretan (who is secretly her lover) as her successor upon her death. Since he wasn't the closest blood relative of Elizabeth III, Ricardo launches nationalistic propaganda to legitimize his ascension. This includes promoting the tale of Eowyn as the first great defender of the British Isles. Ricardo also says that the Humiliation of Edinburgh was a sign of God to start fresh in the New World and away from the Old World. He, therefore, proclaims the British North American colonial lands as the Holy Britannian Empire, with him being crowned as Emperor Ricardo von Britannia I, 89th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire.
  • To keep any would-be revolutionaries in line, Emperor Ricardo has a constitution written up. The Ricardian Constitution states that the armed forces are loyal and answerable only to the Emperor and that a Senate consisting of a non-elected House of Lords and an elected House of Commons would be established. State legislatures also consisting of elected officials are set up to oversee parts of the empire. The city of Pendragon (OTL Washington D.C.) is also proclaimed as the new capital.
  • Following his coronation, Emperor Ricardo immediately recalls all overseas forces to North America to ensure the security of the new Holy Britannian Empire. Afterward, he sets forth his plan to expand Britannia across the New World and beyond. This begins with a Britannian invasion of French Louisiana, the Spanish colony of Florida, and the Caribbean Islands, thus igniting the Ricardian Wars.

1815 AD

  • Having been virtually abandoned by colonial forces after Emperor Ricardo's recall was issued, the settlers/convicts of Australia decide to form their own government. Thus, the Commonwealth of Australia is born. Out of respect for old Great Britain, the Union Jack is still used in the Australian flag. In time, the Commonwealth of Australia would encompass the entire Australian continent, as well as New Zealand.

1820 AD

  • Under the influence of the Unionist political faction, as well as his personal confidante Cecile Cathcart, Napoleon Bonaparte forms the European Union (EU), a democratic society that promotes freedom and liberty for all.
  • Meanwhile, all of South America becomes independent from Spain and Portugal thanks to the efforts of Simon Bolivar, Jose de San Martin, and Prince Regent Dom Pedro I. Several nations are established, such as Gran Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and many others.

1822 AD

  • Napoleon Bonaparte dies of natural causes. Thereafter, he is posthumously elected as the EU's first President. Although it is never proven, it is rumored that Britannian assassins poisoned Bonaparte in retaliation for the Humiliation of Edinburgh.
  • Meanwhile, the Ricardian Wars end with the Battle of New Orleans. After seven days of brutal fighting and heavy casualties on both sides, Britannian soldiers capture New France's remaining territories. Save for Russian America (Alaska) to the north and the Mexican Empire to the west, Britannia now rules the majority of North America.

1836 AD

  • Britannia declares war on the Mexican Empire, sparking the Mexican-Britannian War. In just one year, Britannia successfully conquers Mexico after laying siege to and capturing Mexico City itself. In the end, Emperor Antonio is forced abdicate his throne to Britannia, thereby ending the war and leaving Britannia in control of the near whole of North America (once again save for Russian America to the north).
  • In the immediate aftermath of Britannia's conquest of Mexico, the peoples of South America, specifically Simon Bolivar, Jose de San Martin, and Dom Pedro I, begin to fear that the former would target South America in the near future, undoing everything the trio had worked so hard to build. As such, representatives from New Granada (now Colombia), Ecuador, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile meet in the city of Rio de Janeiro. In 1840, after many months of arguing and debating, the nations of South America make the decision to follow the EU's example; they put aside their differences and merge into one massive country called Gran Hispania (officially known as the United Hispanian States), a federal presidential constitutional republic dedicated to both serving and protecting the people of South America with the capital being the city of Bogotá in New Granada. Simon Bolivar is unanimously elected as the 1st President of Gran Hispania and immediately gets to work in preparing the Hispanian military in the event of a Britannian invasion.

1852 AD

  • Commodore Matthew C. Perry makes his voyage to Japan, demanding that the Japanese open their country up for trade. There's nothing the Japanese can do to oppose this, as they are technologically outmatched against the Britannians. Thus, in 1854, they sign a treaty with Britannia, opening up several trade ports in the country. They would also make similar agreements with Gran Hispania, the EU, and Russia.

1861 AD

  • Under the leadership of Jefferson Davis, former Duke of Mississippi, the "Republican Lords" (several rebellious ex-nobles sympathetic to the ideas of Washington's Rebellion), establish the New United States of America or simply the "Republic" from the Empire's southern territories. As a result, a bloody civil war erupts throughout the continent. Among the Republic's military supporters are legendary Generals Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. This begins what is later referred to as the North-South War (or alternately the Britannian Civil War).

1868 AD

  • In Japan, Emperor Meiji makes a formal declaration of the restoration of his power, in what came to be known as the Meiji Restoration. Thus, the Empire of Japan is born. However, the ex-shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu refuses to recognize the declaration, and goes to war with Emperor Meiji, sparking the Boshin War. The war would culminate in the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, in which imperial forces led by Saigo Takamori decimate the ex-shogun's forces. Yoshinobu is captured by Imperial forces and is forced to commit seppuku, thus ending the Boshin War. With peace returning to Japan, Emperor Meiji and the Imperial Government continue their work on modernizing the nation with the help of Britannia, the EU, and Gran Hispania. It is likely that Britannia and/or the European Union and Gran Hispania secretly did so in order to gain better access to Japan's sakuradite deposits. Eventually, Japan becomes entirely modernized and emerges as a world power.

1869 AD

  • The North-South War ends with the Imperial forces victorious and Britannia reunified. In retaliation for this event, Abraham Lincoln, Chancellor of the Holy Britannian Empire, and husband of Empress Louisa li Britannia I, 93rd Empress of the Holy Britannian Empire, is assassinated by Republican sympathizer John Wilkes Booth during a performance of Our Britannian Cousin at Ford's Theatre in Pendragon.
  • As a result, a devastated Louisa, no longer desiring to continue to be Empress, makes the decision to abdicate her throne. This results in her daughter and only child, Princess Claire li Britannia, being crowned as the 94th Empress of the Holy Britannian Empire.

1894 AD

  • The First Sino-Japanese War is fought between the Empire of China and the Empire of Japan. The war would quickly end in a decisive Japanese victory, with China ceding Taiwan, Penghu, and the Liaodong Peninsula to Japan. This results in the Qing Dynasty losing further power and prestige both internationally and within their own borders, paving the way toward revolution.

1898 AD

  • In the aftermath of the sudden explosion and sinking of the HIMS Maine in Hispanian-controlled Havana Harbor, Emperor Joseph li Britannia I, 95th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, later known as Joe Steele, declares war on Gran Hispania, thus igniting the First Hispanian War. Many heroes would arise during the conflict as future Imperial Chancellor Theodore Roosevelt and the legendary Rough Riders.
  • Gran Hispania eventually realizes that the war is taking a significant toll on the Hispanian economy, and on February 12th, 1899, the Treaty of Paris is signed, which Gran Hispania is forced to recognize Britannian control of Central America (save Panama) and the Caribbean in their entirety as well as reaffirm its promise to not expand into North America. As the EU had launched a failed intervention on Gran Hispania's behalf, it too is forced to cede the Philippines and Guam to Britannia. Rather than cede the two in accordance with the treaty, the EU, wanting to regain lost revenue and cut its losses, decides to give them to Gran Hispania, which the latter quickly accepts, later turning them into protectorates.
  • As a result, the Britannian government threatens to resume war with Gran Hispania over the so-called Pacific Incident. However, Steele, unwilling to resume the conflict as well as open a second front, reluctantly accepts Hispanian control over the Philippines and Guam. It is a slight neither he nor Britannia would forget, nor forgive.

1906 AD

  • Under the patronage of Admiral John "Jacky" Fisher, the British Royal Navy, now a branch of the European Navy, commissions the HMS Dreadnought, a battleship that would revolutionize naval power across the world. Following the Dreadnought's successful commission, the European Navy proper begins its own dreadnought fleet via the commissioning of the EUS Nassau.
  • This would have the secondary effect of sparking a renewed arms race with Britannia, exemplified by the Imperial Britannian Navy commissioning the HIMS South Carolina, first of Britannia's dreadnought fleet, not long after. In addition, Gran Hispania commissions the ARH Minas Geraes as the first of its dreadnought fleet. Many would see these events alongside the Pacific Incident as a sign of a coming war.

1911 AD

  • The Xinhai Revolution erupts in China, causing total chaos. The ruling Qing Dynasty is expelled and replaced by new rulership under revolutionary leader Sun Zhongshan. Rather than declare himself the new Emperor and establish a new Dynasty, however, Sun would embrace the ideals of George Washington, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Simon Bolivar, causing a string of social renewals in the country. These renewals included the abolishment of the monarchy and class system and the establishment of a (formally) democratic government, thus giving birth to the Republic of China.

1914 AD

  • In what would become known as the Second Hispanian War, Britannia, seeking to gain full control of the Panama Canal, invades the Hispanian state of Panama, resulting in Gran Hispania retaliating by declaring war on Britannia. Several innovations, such as tanks, airplanes, airships, modern battleships, and machine guns make their debut in this conflict, forever changing the scope of warfare.
  • In Europe, the Great War (or alternately the European Civil War) erupts when, following the assassination of EU President Franz Ferdinand by the Serbian nationalist Gavrilo Princip, the European state of Austria (which had secretly come under the control of the Habsburg family and their allies) secedes from the EU and becomes the Austrian Empire (annexing Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bulgaria, Albania, Macedonia, and Greece in the process).
  • Not long after, Austrian forces, alongside those of Russia and the Ottoman Empire (having secretly formed a Triple Alliance) invade Europe proper, their intention to abolish republicanism in Europe and restore monarchism in its place. Opposing this is the EU proper (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the African territories) and her allies in the Empire of Japan and the Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Merged together, these two conflicts would be referred to as World War I by later generations.

1917 AD

  • The Russian Revolution occurs when, following the tenets of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin overthrows Russia's Romanov Dynasty, with the surviving members fleeing to the EU. Initially, the Imperial Parliament, or Duma, takes control as the Provisional Government, but Lenin, in his continued drive for power, eventually militarizes the worker masses into the infamous Red Army and ousts them as well. This eventually transitions into the Russian Civil War. As a result of the Civil War, Russia is forced to withdraw from its alliance with Austria and the Ottoman Empire, thereby establishing an armistice with the EU.
  • Meanwhile, Britannia fails to seize the Panama Canal from Gran Hispania due to the latter's immense power and strength. The Treaty of Buenos Aires is signed, in which Britannia has to turn over war criminals as well as pay war reparations to Gran Hispania. Buoyed by this victory, Gran Hispania quickly comes to the aid of the EU, thus turning the tide in favor of the EU and sealing the fate of the Austrian and Ottoman Empires.

1918 AD

  • World War I ends with the defeat of the Austrian and Ottoman Empires at the hands of the EU, Japan, Australia, and Gran Hispania. The surviving Habsburgs are driven into exile, Austria is once more divided into European member states and the Ottoman Empire is dissolved, with the region of Anatolia being incorporated into the State of Turkey. The latter eventually paves the way for the formation of the Arab League. WWI soon comes to an end, and peace is restored.

1920 AD

  • The world enters the Roaring Twenties and enjoys economic prosperity.

1922 AD

  • The Russian Civil War ends with the Bolsheviks victorious. Under Lenin's continued leadership, the Bolsheviks go onto form the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Under Lenin's continued leadership, the Bolsheviks go onto form the first branches of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the world's first "true" socialist supernation and, according to the Soviets themselves, the first step toward worldwide revolution and transition to communism. Western Europe watches these developments with bated breath, especially as the USSR annexes several eastern nations under its banner.

1924 AD

  • Vladimir Lenin dies of natural causes without naming a successor. This causes infighting among his followers, now identified as Communists, for the acquirement of Lenin's seat. The eventual winner of this struggle, after the systematic elimination of all competition - both politically and literally - would be Leon Trotsky.

1927 AD

  • The Chinese Civil War erupts when, following upon the success of the Russian Revolution, the recently formed Communist Party of China, under the leadership of Mao Zedong, begins its insurrection against Chiang Kai-shek's Kuomintang. This war would continue on for over two decades and would see much in the way of desolation and bloodshed.

1929 AD

  • The Great Depression occurs when, following a series of economic setbacks, the worldwide stock market crashes, leading to a sharp decline in global GDP as well as personal income, tax revenue, and trade. This would continue on for almost a decade in all parts of the world.

1937 AD

  • In the aftermath of the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, the Empire of Japan is quick to declare war on China, thus sparking the Second Sino-Japanese War. Some historians would cite this as the true beginning of World War II.

1939 AD

  • In Europe, following their secret but uneasy alliance with the Japanese, the Soviet Union, under the direction of Trotsky, invades the EU in an effort to expand socialism's reach. In retaliation, the EU and her ally in Australia declare war on the USSR, thus starting the Soviet War.
  • This conflict, alongside the Second Sino-Japanese War, would mark the official beginning of World War II as a result, with the participating countries being divided into two factions: the Allied Powers (China, Europe, Australia) and the Axis Powers (Soviet Union, Japan) respectively.

1941 AD

  • The Empire of Japan, in an effort to expand its resources for the war with China, invades and conquers the Philippines, killing thousands of Hispanians, Australians, and Filipinos in the process. In addition, the Japanese also invade the EU's Asian colonies as well as launch a surprise attack on the Britannian naval base at Pearl Harbor, killing thousands of Britannians in the process.
  • With tensions between Britannia and Gran Hispania having slowly risen since WWI, the attacks halt any chance of the two going to war, as they now have a common enemy. With their respective peoples calling for war with Japan, Emperor Joe Steele and Hispanian President Getúlio Vargas form an uneasy alliance. Not long after, Britannia and Gran Hispania declare war on Japan, thereby igniting the First Pacific War as well as pulling the two nations into WWII, as they have now entered on the side of the Allies.
  • In response to these events, the USSR declares war on both Gran Hispania and Britannia.

1945 AD

  • In Europe, European, Australian, and Hispanian forces would finally invade the Soviet capital of Moscow and force the surviving communists - Leon Trotsky had been assassinated by NKVD Director Lavrentiy Beria by this time - to abdicate. Not long after, the USSR is dismantled into numerous individual states which are then adopted into the EU proper with the exception of Russia. The Romanov family is offered the Russian crown but decides that in order to fully represent the people as well as prevent a second Russian civil war, Russia has to submit to a republic. The Russian government transforms into a democratic republic thanks to the influence of the EU. The government involves the President having high and strong power, but to a limit, as well as the people having a large amount of power. Thus, the Russian Federation is born.
  • Belgium, having taken over as the seat of government following the destruction of Paris, quickly becomes the dominant state in the EU. This is emphasized when Brussels is officially established as the new capital of the EU.
  • Following the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the Britannians, the Empire of Japan would surrender to both Britannia and Gran Hispania. However, the two countries would dispute over what would become of Japan. While Britannia wants to convert Japan into a client state, practically a Britannian territory in all but name, Gran Hispania wants Japan to be an independent, but neutral country, ensuring that it could no longer threaten its neighbors.
  • With tensions again rising between the two in addition to civil unrest and pacifist riots gripping Britannia, Steele, desiring peace as well as having to recall troops to the Britannian mainland to restore order, ultimately but reluctantly decides to let Gran Hispania do as it wishes, thus resulting in the Hispanians swiftly occupying all of Japan. 
  • The Hispanians would install a democratic government (though under a constitutional monarchy) in Tokyo, thus giving birth to the State of Japan. The new Japan would give up the territories its predecessor gained between the Meiji Restoration and the Second World War with the exception of the Ryukyu Islands and the Kuril Islands; the lower half of Sakhalin Island is ceded to Russia, Korea is granted independence, the EU’s Asian colonies are returned to Europe, while China regains all the territories it had lost to Japan since the First Sino-Japanese War. In time, Japan and Gran Hispania would develop a strong, friendly relationship with each other, an alliance that would be crucial in the future.
  • World War II soon comes to an end, and peace is again restored.

1949 AD

  • After a long and costly civil war, the Chinese communists, bolstered by the support they had originally received from the Soviet Union, at last, emerge triumphant against the Nationalists, taking full control of China with the exception of Taiwan - the last bastion of the Nationalists. This is emphasized when the communists form the Chinese Federation, a self-proclaimed socialist state in the image of the former USSR. Mao Zedong, in turn, becomes Guojia Zhuxi, or "Chairman of State", while retaining his leadership of the CPC. Naturally following the example of Stalin, Mao would spend the next few years getting rid of political enemies (real and imaginary) and forming a cult of personality around himself.

1955 AD

  • Fearing territorial intrusion from either Gran Hispania, Britannia, Russia, or the EU, the Chinese Federation, under the direct command of Chairman Mao Zedong, expands its borders by systematically annexing neighboring lands, starting with India. Eventually, the Federation comes to encompass land from Kazakhstan in the west all the way to Outer Manchuria in the east, with the exception of the recently-formed Republic of the Philippines, which is allied with Gran Hispania. However, this growth in territory comes costly to the Federation as its key resources soon run out, leading to an outgrowth of poverty in China.
  • In Britannia, Seventeenth Prince Charles zi Britannia is born in Pendragon.

1958 AD

  • In an effort to transform agrarian China into a modernized socialist society, Mao, once more following in Stalin's footsteps, oversees the collectivization of resources and rapid industrialization of the countryside in what is known as the Great Leap Forward. In the end, this only serves to strain China further, with a million dead via starvation and forced labor alongside an additional drain on resources.

1963 AD

  • While traveling through the streets of Dallas, Texas, Emperor Joseph li Britannia I, 95th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, alongside Imperial Chancellor John Fitzgerald Kennedy are assassinated by dissident (possibly Hispanian sympathizer) Lee Harvey Oswald.
  • As a result, the Imperial Family would instigate a bloody feud as their individual members coveted the throne. Many assassinations and betrayals would be perpetrated during this period, resulting in over half of the Imperial family being wiped out in what became known as the Emblem of Blood. By 1964, the winner of this power struggle would be Emperor George la Britannia I, 96th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire.

1965 AD

  • Emperor George, in an attempt to secure Britannia's control of all the Americas, blames Gran Hispania for the assassination of both Joe Steele and John F. Kennedy, and as a result, declares war on the country, thus beginning the Third Hispanian War.
  • Following their secret alliance with the Britannians, the Chinese Federation annexes both Korea and Taiwan overnight in an attempt to make up for the losses gained during the Great Leap Forward. As a result, Japan is quick to place economic sanctions on the former as well as blockade Chinese ports in an attempt to force China to undo the annexations - this would become known as the Korean Incident. In retaliation, the Chinese Federation declares war on Japan, thus sparking the Third Sino-Japanese War.
  • The result of this is an attempted but failed invasion of mainland Japan, with the more technologically advanced Japanese being an even match for the more numerous Chinese. Among the celebrated heroes of the war is Colonel Genshin Jiyukaze, nicknamed Byakuro no Jiyukaze (Jiyukaze the White Wolf) for his tactical brilliance in armored warfare in addition to his milk-white hair and lucky silver wolf necklace. Meanwhile, Japan's ally in Gran Hispania sends aid to the Japanese via food, weapons, medical supplies, and Hispanian troops.

1974 AD

  • After eight years of continuous fighting, the Third Sino-Japanese War comes to an end when China and Japan (the latter under pressure from Gran Hispania) decide to begin peace negotiations. Eventually, the Treaty of Manilla is signed, in which China would keep Taiwan, but recognize Korea as an independent but neutral country. In addition, China would pay Japan a reparation of 36 billion yuan (2.7 billion yen). This only serves to drain China's resources further.
  • Meanwhile, the Third Hispanian War ends with Britannia failing to conquer the South American continent. In reprisal for this, disgruntled nobles would ambush and assassinate Emperor George la Britannia I, 96th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, in the Imperial Palace. With Emperor Joseph dead and no children to succeed him, the throne is passed to his younger brother Edgar la Britannia, who becomes the 97th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire. This, alongside the notorious Watergate Scandal and the resulting resignation of Imperial Chancellor Richard Nixon, would force Britannia to sue for peace with Gran Hispania. As a result, the Treaty of Lima is signed, in which Britannia is forced to recognize the sovereignty of Gran Hispania, as well as pay war reparations in addition to turning over war criminals to her southern neighbor.
  • Gran Hispania, despite its success in keeping the Britannians at bay, doesn't emerge unscathed, as the capital city of Bogotá in the Colombia Commonwealth has been virtually devastated by Britannian bombardment. As a result, the Hispanian government decides to permanently relocate the capital to the city of Rio de Janeiro in the Brazil Commonwealth.

1972 AD

  • Miguel Lopez Stadtfeld, the future father of Naoto and Kallen Stadtfeld, is born in the city of Buenos Aires in Gran Hispania.
  • Three years later, Fumiko Kozuki, the future mother of Naoto and Kallen Stadtfeld, is born in Kyoto, Japan.

1976 AD

  • Mao Zedong dies of a heart attack. Rumors persist that he was assassinated under the orders of the Chinese Federation State Council, who had grown tired of his reign. At this point, Hua Guofeng is elected to the Chairmanship.

1978 AD

  • After a mere two years in office, Hua Guofeng is ousted from power by Deng Xiaoping, who becomes China's third Chairman. Deng attempts to initiate a series of economic reforms in order to revitalize China but is met with harsh resistance from the traditionalist State Council alongside other agencies. In the end, the Federation remains stagnant.

1980 AD

  • Marianne Lamperouge is born in Pendragon.

1992 AD

  • An ailing Deng Xiaoping is forced into retirement, with his successor to the Chairmanship being Jiang Jintao. Jintao continues where his predecessor left off and begins a series of reformations across the Chinese Federation, all in an attempt to stave off its degradation. In the process, however, he gains much conflict with the rest of the State Council, who show signs of interest in taking administrative power for themselves.

1995 AD

  • Despite being a commoner, Marianne Lamperouge would ascend to the realm of nobility as a Knight, eventually becoming one of the elite Knights of the Round (first as the Knight of Six, then later the Knight of Two). Her grace, power, and beauty would attract the eyes of many men, namely Seventeenth Prince Charles zi Britannia.

1997 AD

  • Emperor Edgar la Britannia I, 97th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire, dies of natural causes, and Charles zi Britannia becomes the 98th Emperor of the Holy Britannian Empire. In standard royal tradition, he takes on many consorts. Among them is Marianne Lamperouge, who takes on the name Marianne vi Britannia upon her marriage; eventually Charles nominates her as his Empress. This marks the first time in Britannia's entire existence in which a commoner has become Empress, causing both praise and uproar throughout the Empire.

1999 AD

  • Marianne's first child Lelouch is born, who becomes the Eleventh Prince and seventeenth in line to the throne. Not long after, Marianne's second child Nunnally would be born, who in turn becomes the Eleventh Princess and eighty-seventh in line to the throne. It should be noted that during this period, Emperor Charles spent much time with Marianne and their young son and daughter, reportedly more than with any of his other wives and children.
  • At the same moment when Lelouch is born, a Japanese-Hispanian named Víctor José Jiyukaze Bolivar, a descendant of Simon Bolivar, is born in the city of Quito in the Ecuador Commonwealth in Gran Hispania.

2002 AD

  • Jiang Lihua, daughter of Chinese Chairman Jiang Jintao, is born. Due to her unique albinism and the relation of her birth date to ancient Chinese mysticism, many in China believe her birth to be a blessing from the Heavens, and so give her the title of Tianzi or Child of Heaven, in a similar fashion to the Chinese Emperors of old.
  • During a tour of Beijing, a young street urchin by the name of Li Xingke manages to evade Jiang Jintao's bodyguards and directly attack the Chairman. Impressed with the child's assault and resilience despite being half-starved and quite sickly, Jiang spares Li's life and takes the orphan as his own son. From that point forward, Jiang would raise Li alongside their own daughter, with the two beginning to grow very close.

2009 AD

  • Upon coming of age and with the blessing of Chairman Jiang, Li Xingke enrolls into the Chinese Liberation Army (CLA)'s National Defense University, where he gains a high standing in spite of his youth. Eventually, Li would gain a formal commission into the CLA and rapidly climb the ranks, becoming China's top general.
  • In Pendragon, Empress Marianne vi Britannia is assassinated by unknown terrorists. Many of Britannia's nobles and royalty attempt to investigate her death, but no leads are found.
  • Upon receiving reports from Hispanian spies that Britannia plans to test out their newest weapon: the Knightmare Frame via the conquest of the Philippines, Genbu Kururugi, Prime Minister of Japan, and Diego Bolivar, President of Gran Hispania commence Operation: Hadrian, a collaborative effort by Japan and Gran Hispania to build their own army of Knightmare Frames to defend their lands.

2010 AD

  • The Republic of the Philippines is conquered by Britannia and becomes Area 10. In response, Japan, which was originally neutral, aligns its policy with the European Union, the Chinese Federation, the Russian Federation, and Gran Hispania in order to apply economic pressure upon Britannia - an event referred to as the Oriental Incident. Gran Hispania, the Russian Federation, and the EU and their allies blockade the ports of Britannia, hoping to force negotiations.
  • In retaliation for the Oriental Incident, Britannia invades Japan, resulting in Gran Hispania declaring war upon Britannia, thus beginning the Second Pacific War. Japan and Gran Hispania are able to score early victories against Britannia, but the latter soon plays its trump card, the unexpected invasion, and conquest of Panama. This forces Gran Hispania to concentrate more on defending the Hispanian mainland over aiding her ally, enabling Britannian forces to conquer the southern half of Japan up to Kyoto due to fierce resistance from the Japanese.
  • At the last minute, however, the EU, Russia, and China begin to mobilize their forces on Japan's behalf. Fearing the outbreak of another world war, Britannia cancels any further operations against Japan and Gran Hispania. An armistice is signed, in which Panama and South Japan become formal colonies of Britannia. South Japan is renamed Area 11, with its natives becoming known as "Elevens," while Panama is renamed Area 12, with its natives becoming known as "Twelves".

2012 AD

  • A mysterious illness claims the life of Chinese Chairman Jiang Jintao, leading to mass mourning amongst the Federation. In accordance with his (supposed) will, the Communist Party of China elects his daughter Tianzi to the position of Chairwoman, the first female to ever hold the position, in spite of the fact she is only ten years old at the time. Because of her age, many outside analysts suspect the State Council orchestrated her ascension to use her as a figurehead and facilitate absolute power for themselves.
  • In response to Tianzi's forced ascension, the Federation's civilian population would derogatorily label the State Council as the "High Eunuchs", based on the old Imperial Chinese custom, and villainous stereotype, of eunuchs serving as state officials to underage rulers. Needless to say, the term is quickly banned by the government, to the point that the Ministry of State Security (MSS), the Chinese Federation's secret police, is given legal authority to detain anyone who so much as utters the phrase.

2017 AD

  • The Liberación begins...