The State of China
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Currently the Wang Mang is regent for the heir to the throne. He will later claim the Mandate from Heaven and make himself emperor and found the Xin dynasty, which splits the Han Dynasty into it's two distinct time periods, the first is called the Western Han Dynasty and is the Han Dynasty before Xin, and the Eastern Han dynasty, which is after Xin's rule. The Xin dynasty will rule from 9-23 AD, because at the moment Wang Mang is simply a loyal regent.
My Take by Southpaw Ben
During this time in Chinese history, the power struggle makes the Romes look like childs play, with Emperors murdering their predecessor, purging possible contenders and pretenders, and by taking over complete control while they're really just the regent just to name a few. Despite this, the Han dynasty, which is around 200 years old, will continue for 200 more years, and is considered the golden age of ancient China, with the modern ethnic majority in China referring to themselves as the Han people.
Hi TSP community. I'm not Southpaw Ben, I thought Ben could use some help since he's the only one doing the history segment now, and Ancient Rome is one of my favorite historical periods.-David Verne
Thanks for the help, it is much appreciated! -Southpaw Ben
Another Heir is Dying
Contributed by David Verne
Last year Gaius Caesar, the heir to the empire, was wounded during negotiations gone wrong. The wound initially seemed to be minor, but he has become completely bed ridden by this year. He has written to Augustus that he no longer wishes to continue in politics and resigns his military command. As the year progresses his health and mental state continues to fail, and he will die the next year, 4 AD.
My Take by David Verne
Either Gaius allowed his wound to grow infected while on campaign or he was poisoned, I'm not really sure. There was only so much doctors could do for infected wounds before antibiotics, but Rome did have decent medical practices. They didn't make many advances in terms of drugs or medical procedures, but they made great advancements in hygiene. Most major cities had aqueducts that supplied clean, running water to private homes and fountains. Public baths were built and were made cheap enough that anyone could use them. It seems ridiculous that a civilization from 2000 years ago could supply city populations with clean water, while our modern government fails to do so in cities like Flint.