Setting: Mongol Empire

Most people know about the Mongol Empire from Genghis Khan. While Genghis did found the Mongol Empire, the empire continued for another 400 years after his death! As we established with the initial post in this series, we’ll select a set of characteristics from this empire and use it as the foundation for our setting. We’ll be taking a break from the usual fantasy setting and building a scifi setting instead.
The Mongol Empire changed a lot over it’s nearly 500 year history. This means there are lots of characteristics to choose from, but we’re going to narrow it down to five that will help to drive our setting idea
  • Yassa – The Mongol Empire had a well-established code of laws called Yassa. This code of law established concepts like shared suffering among rich and poor, prohibitions against rape and murder, and collective punishment for the rejection of Mongol rule.
  • Meritocracy – Position in the empire was largely driven via meritocracy. This meant that birth and status could be overcome through competence and efficacy.
  • Kurultai – Leadership within the empire was composed of a group of regional leaders who advised the emperor. These leaders typically rose to power through competence and/or heredity.
  • Religious Diversity – The empire did not specify any form of religious practice. In fact, it went to great lengths to support multiple religions.
  • Silk Road – From the earliest days of the empire, trade was a critical factor. Capital was often provided to merchants to establish new endeavors and trade was encouraged in many areas (goods, science, etc).
So putting it all together, we’ll base our setting around a futuristic empire. The empire has a single emperor, but exists as a set of fleets that form the empire, each with its own ruler. These fleets exist as mobile societies focused on the expansion of the larger empire. Key aspects of our futuristic empire include:
  • Ability-Based Castes – Members of the empire join a caste as part of their coming of age. This is based on displayed aptitude primarily, but interest also plays a part. Castes include warriors, bureaucrats, religious, scientific and tradesmen.
  • State Sponsored Universalism – Each fleet has provisions for multiple religions and are served by a religious administrative caste that supports priests of the various supported religions.
  • Trade Missions – These traders of each fleet are in constant motion. Their primary responsibility is establishing trade with non-empire societies. Also, members of this caste often act as preliminary scouts, identifying targets for expansion.
  • Meeting of the Khans – The fleet has advanced communication technology that allows the fleets to remain in constant contact with one another. However, once every cycle, all fleet leaders gather for an extended conference. This conference is used to advise the emperor and receive his direction for the coming cycle.

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