Timeline (Sylvestria the Beautiful)

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Sylvestria the Beautiful is a timeline which speculates what the world would be like if Doggerland, or more specifically, Dogger bank, had survived. Here is a timeline for it:


POD: c. 1000-5000 B.C.

Somehow, through a series of natural disasters, much of the landmass we now know as Doggerland, sinks. The only part that survives is modern-day Sylvestria, or OTL Dogger bank.

c. 5000-4000 B.C.

The Ertebølle culture flourishes in Sylvestria during this period.

c. 4000-2800 B.C.

The Funnelbeaker culture gradually begins to replace the Ertebølle culture in Sylvestria, and it begins its transition to the neolithic period.

c. 2800-1300 B.C.

The Beaker culture spreads to Sylvestria, possibly through migration. Whereas it dies out in other parts of Europe by c. 1800 B.C., in survives in Sylvestria until c. 1300 B.C.

c. 1300-800 B.C.

The Atlantic Bronze Age flourishes in Syvestria, likely introduced to it through trade with Britain and Mainland Europe. Also during this time, the Urnfield culture is introduced to Sylvestria, creating a mix between the Atlantic Bronze Age and Urnfield systems

c. 800-550 B.C.

A new culture, exclusive to Sylvestria, known as the Caesarian culture (named after the city of Caesaria, Sylvestria), emerges, combining the Lower-Rhine Urnfield culture with the Atlantic Bronze Age culture.

c. 550-450 B.C.

Sylvestria is invaded by the Celts, ending the Caesarian culture and beginning the Hallstatt culture in Sylvestria. It is unknown what the Celtic name for Sylvestria was, since they had no writing system at the time.

Ancient times

c. 450-19 B.C.

The La Tène culture exists in Sylvestria during this time. It lasts until Sylvestria is conquered by Rome in the Roman-Sylvestrian War, which lasts from 23 to 19 B.C.

23-19 B.C.

The Roman-Sylvestrian war takes place, in which Rome conquers Sylvestria, ending the Celtic era in Sylvestria.

23 B.C.

Roman forces, under Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, sail in a huge fleet of ships to Sylvestria, hoping to conquer it. A Sylvestrian man sees the ship approaching, and alerts Rigannix, king of the Sylvestri tribe, who sends out an army of soldiers, who put on dirt and wear leaves as camouflage, lying in the bushes, waiting to ambush the Romans. The Romans, unfamiliar with the terrain, aimlessly wander the forest, lost and confused.The Sylvestri ambush them, and easily defeat the startled and confused Romans, in what became known as the Battle of the Leaves. Some Romans, Agrippa included, manage to escape, and board a ship, heading back towards Gaul to get reinforcements. The rest of the soldiers are either killed or taken prisoner. Agrippa returns with several thousand more soldiers, and succesfully captures the Hill Fort where Rigannix is, as well as several nearby villages & towns. One of them is renamed Caesaria after the Emperor, Augustus Caesar, and would later become Sylvestria's largest city and capital of the roman Sylvestria provice, as well as the Kingdom of Sylvestria. Banelata, Rigannix's sister, becomes the new Queen of the remaining members of the Sylvestri tribe, which moves to the north, which the Romans have not conquered yet.

22 B.C.

Banelata's forces lay siege of Caesaria, capturing it. Agrippa attempts to recapture Caesaria multiple times, but only succeeeds when he sends nearly half of all Roman soldiers in Sylvesteria to Caesaria, and although the Romans manage to recapture the city, it is a Pyrrhic victory. Roman forces are severely depleted in Sylvestria, and the Sylvestri are easily able to take back much of their lost land, until the Romans are reduced to Caesaria. They attempt to gather reinforcements, but Rome is mostly focused on the Cantabrian Wars in what is now Northern Spain, and Banelata is able to reconquer all of Sylvesteria.

21 B.C.

Agrippa returns to Sylvesteria, with reinforcements. They attempt to retake Caesaria. They first send out parties of soldiers in separate directions to divert the Sylvestri soldiers. Then they send a much larger group of soldiers to attack the weakened defense forces defending Caesaria. Using this tactic, Agrippa is able to regain the lands lost the previous year. Once again, Banelata and her followers are forced north.

20 B.C.

Agrippa begins a campaign to conquer the north. They begin by attempting to conquer Banelata's kingdom in the northeast. But Banelata Is familiar with the tactics used to conquer the rest of Sylvesteria. So instead, the Romans attempt to bribe noblemen using promises of power and luxuries of Rome such as wine.

19 B.C.

Support for Banelata weakens, as nobles begin to support the Roman Empire. Eventually, the Romans win and Banelata commits suicide as she is about to be captured by the Romans. Agrippa is appointed Governor of the Roman Province of Sylvestria the Beautiful.

Roman Era (19 B.C.-469 A.D.)

19 B.C.-212 A.D.

Sylvestria is in a period of peace and prosperity during this time. Revolts breakout in 22 A.D. and 119 A.D., because of taxes, but are quickly put down and fairer taxes are implemented. However, Christianity begins to rise in Sylvestria the early 3rd century A.D., and because Christians are persecuted in the Roman Empire, this leads to unrest and several revolts break out. This era becomes known as the Great Sylvestrian Unrest, and is part of the Crisis of the Third Century.

Great Sylvestrian Unrest (212-266 A.D.)

It is disputed as to when exactly the Great Sylvestrian unrest began, as it was a gradual process, but some historians agree it began in 212 A.D., with the beginning of the First Christian Unrest, which lasted eight years. Little is known about the revolt, as most of the records of it were destroyed, but we know it ended in a massive defeat for the Christians, and the revolt's leaders were executed. This only made the Romans less popular, which led to the Second Christian Unrest that lasted from 236 to 249. It was also unsuccessful. The Third Christian Revolt, which lasted from 264 to 266, was successful.