A steampunk history, Ancient to Modern

Bram’s History of the Kingdom of the Americas Part II.

So everywhere the Universal Church went, the Roman empire went. Missionaries were sent to the farthest corner of the earth to share the good news, that all men were brothers under Mother Isis and Father Apollo, and that the religions of their land were an incomplete revelation. Where the missionaries went, so went the traders, and where Roman traders went, so went the Legion to protect them.

It took over 800 years for all of the known world to hear the good news. The Tetrarchy gave way to the Imperial council of Kings. Constantine started the calender anew upon the estimated date of the Carpenter’s birth. New sons to Apollo were found in the Far East. However, all was not well at home. Briton had become an increasingly important province, her King’s vote a needed one for any important law brought before the Imperial Council. John of England was blinded by his own ambition and pushed his barons into rebellion.

Rome may have been the heart of the Empire, but increasingly London had become the brain. When John finally capitulated to avoid a bloody civil war, the rebels demanded he sign a single great sheet of paper: the “magna carte.” Once it was law in Briton, Imperial law demanded it be law in all provinces. It set certain limitations on the King’s power, and the implications struck the Empire like a bolt of lightening. The day of the absolute monarchy had ended and the day of the constitutional monarchy had began. The Emperor himself soon faced a coup of his King’s Council, and voluntarily took a more ceremonial role in government, the real power now belonging to the elected “prime minister.”

Meanwhile, in the great wastes of the north, a pirate king named Leif Ericson sought out the local governor, and requested full pardon for his crimes in exchange for information he had about a new land, untouched by Empire hands. It was called Vinland. Thus began a mad dash by the nations and provinces of the the Empire to seize the new land. It would come to be called America because of a young map maker named Amerigo Vespuci.

It was not as empty as King Ericson had promised. There were, in fact, numerous empires such as the Iroquois, the Aztec, and the Inca. Over the centuries, they were incorporated in one form or another, but America was far away, and hard for the Empire to police with her mighty legions. It was given unusual independence and made a nation in her own right very early. Fearing her popularity in her own land, and believing a woman would make a weak leader, it was the empire’s whim to make the queen of the Americas one Elizabeth of England. Elizabeth, of course, was not a weak monarch; she was a brilliant one.

It was thought that Elizabeth was perhaps a lesbian, but fortunately for her people, she was simply very choosy. She married a Mohawk prince, tied together the fortunes of the indigenous people and the settlers forever. Queen Elizabeth was a woman of vision, and saw that someday the endless lands of the Americas would be the crown jewel of the imperial crown. She began a dynasty which continues to this day.

The end of her rule marked the beginning of the industrial revolution, but the political and cultural systems she had put in place would endure the age steam and thrive. Kings would come and go. The Kingdom of the Americas (also called the New Kingdom) would stretch from cost to cost.  People would begin to call the Roman Empire the British Empire.


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