A Steampunk Ancient History

Bram’s History of the Kingdom of the Americas Part I

To understand the Kingdom of the Americas one must understand a little bit about the British Empire, and to do that, one must understand a bit about the Roman Empire. The greatest test of the Roman Empire came around the year 450 (archaic calender) when Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus took the reigns of the Roman Empire. He took charge of an empire on the verge of collapse.

Diocletian, as he is now known, undertook great reforms, many of which were useful and needed, but some of which were harmful and cruel. Of the later was a effort to destroy a certain troublesome sect called the Christians. Christians sought to destroy the peace of the Roman empire’s religious tolerance with a bellicose faith that allowed for only one possible God, and no others.Though persecutions had happen before, Diocletians were the worst, driving Christians to be united in a way they never had been before.

Another Diocletian reform was the Tetrarchy.  He wisely recognized that the Empire had grown far to large for single man to rule effectively and divided it into four empires. The Western Empire was under one Flavius Valerius Constantius, and he sired Constantine the Great.

Constantine pondered the problem of the Christians by reading their writings instead of trusting the opinions of others. While conflicting, and of dubious authorship, He found the various letters a pleasant fusion of Judean cults and Egyptian and Greek gods of yore. He came to believe the gods had seen fit to challenge the hubris of Emperor by having rustics teach civilized men to worship.

He realized the best way to fight the Christians was to join them, in body if not in heresy. Ending the persecution, he collected all the various letters of the the Church, and the ancient Jewish writings together, having his scholars correct the errors which had been miscommunicated from the originals until the story was clear. Combined with this, was vision of one new, and universal faith forall people.

Had not the Roman Legion subdued the whole world by elevating the interests of the empire over the aspirations of single general? So too could a imperial faith subdue all religious bickering and create a new peace.  Rather than each city interpreting the Gods as it saw fit, there would be a hierarchy and chain of command from the worshipper all the way up to single Imperial high Priest, who would advice the Emperor himself.

With this startling idea, he also preached a new Gospel. That Apollo did not rule the heavens and the earth alone, but with the aid of wife, the queen of heaven and mother of earth, Isis. (Whose temples already dotted the empire.) They had sent emissaries of the Gods, sons and daughters to the poor and backward of the earth to explain to them “the way” and the Romans had been blessed by such child of the gods in the form Joshua BarJoeseph, a carpenter from a backwater region, of a troubled province under the Governorship of Syria.

Of course this new idea that the Christians had  a new revelation of the Roman religion, and not a new religion was not popular, and Constantine fought a bloody war, but the Gods were on his side and he prevailed. The doctrines of the Universal Assembly stilled the quaking of the eternal Roman empire.