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Paskal Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2018 8:07 a.m. PST

Hello everyone,

Uchronie or alternate history, story of fictional events from a historical starting point.

The historical starting point here!

In 97 AD, Pan Ch'ao's planned invasion of the roman empire.

Pan Ch'ao was a Chinese military general, explorer and diplomat of the Eastern Han Dynasty.

He was born in Fufeng, now Xianyang, Shaanxi.

Three of his family members – father Ban Biao, elder brother Ban Gu, younger sister Ban Zhao – were well known historians who wrote the historical text Book of Han, which recorded the history of the Western Han Dynasty.

As a Han general and cavalry commander, Pan Chao was in charge of administrating the "Western Regions" (Central Asia) while he was in service.

He also led Han forces for over 30 years in the war against the Xiongnu and secured Han control over the Tarim Basin region.

He was awarded the title "Protector General of the Western Regions" by the Han government for his efforts in protecting and governing the regions.

By this time ,in 97 AD, Pan Ch'ao seemed to demonstrate that he was invincible.

Ansi (the Arsacid Parthe Empire) was defeated.

Now Han China stood ,the greatest land-owning empire possibly only second to Rome.

Pan Ch'ao ordered his second in command ,Kan Ying, to set forth across newly conquered Ansi, to "Ta -ts'in", the Chinese name for the Roman Empire.

As Pan Ch'ao only allocated a portion of the army to subdue this "additional Kingdom", it is obvious that to call this a " planned invasion"is stretching things a bit.

Kan Ying advanced across the middle-eastern expanses towards Antioch, thought to be the capitol of the Roman Empire.

Kan Ying was anxious to know of his enemy , so the Parthian began to tell him of the might and expanse of the Roman Empire.

Upon gaining this new intelligence information ,Kan Ying that his force was not sufficient for the task, so he turned around and rejoined Pan Ch'ao.

In 116 AD., Trajan's advances into Parthia to Ctesiphon would be within one day march of Han Chinese border garrisons.

As side note,97 AD was the first year of the emperor Trajan's reign.

It is quite interesting to speculate on the consequences had Yan Ying pursued his objective and attacked Roman Antioch.

Now the story of fictional events must be written by you with your figurines !

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