What if the pebble fell the other way…?

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In the 8th C, an influential scholar of the Chinese court encounters the inventor of movable type and it spreads through Asia centuries early.

In the 10th C, the Mayan city-states that survive the great drought undergo a social revolution that revitalizes their expansion and development.

In the 13th C, Ogedei Khan dies a few years early, and Subutai is transferred away from the western campaigns before the Mongol invasion goes much beyond the Duchy of Moscow, leaving Russian culture to develop without hindrance.

In the 15th C, the Ottoman emperor shows an interest in Taqi al-Din’s engineering as well as his predictions, and the polymath tradition revives.

In the 16th C, the Anasazi become the center of trade between north and south along the western seaboard, spreading Mayan engineering and the western Anishinabek’s independent invention of gunpowder.

In the 17th C, Dara Sikoh becomes Mughal emperor instead of his brother, and India’s renaissance continues and accelerates.

In the 19th C, the African nations and kingdoms are armed from the engineering center of Cairo, and the Scramble for Africa has a very different ending.

Steampunk technology and culture happens because half a dozen very different centers of development are all in contact by the 1700’s, trading, warring, inventing.

Welcome to the Global Steampunk Project.