Time for a timeline (1)

Before we go much further, I think it’s time for an overview of the main linguistic, religious and political developments in the study area. The three are very much intertwined. Other topics will get their own timelines when the need arises.

Dates for events are given below in the Zayedin calendar. They are expressed as years before or after the Proclamation of the Faith in the year we call 1154 A.D. In the Zayedin calendar, this is Year Zero. It inaugurates Omun Zeikan, the Age of Light. Earlier dates are expressed negatively. These belong to Omun Hemwan, the Age of Error.

The calendar counts in Base 12, represented here by Arabic numerals, plus X for ten and E for eleven. Unlike our calendar, it measures elapsed years not current ones. Dates in Omun Zeikan are therefore expressed in the same way that we reckon a person’s age, “when the Age of Faith was X years old”. Similarly, Omun Hemwan dates measure the number of full years left before the Proclamation of Faith.

Zayedin dates are followed by the approximately equivalent year in our Christian calendar. As Mohai is located on a parallel Earth, the year is the same length as ours, but Zayedin years start on the day after the Winter Solstice.

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Omun Hemwan

OH ca. -2562 (ca. 2500 BC) Earliest firm evidence of Macro-Senduri culture across North-West Aheku, including on Mohai.

OH ca. -186X (ca. 1500 BC) Dahu-Kemba people living in North-East Aheku. Speak Proto-Dahu-Kemba.

OH ca. -186X (ca. 1500 BC) Dahu-Kemba start to migrate westward by sea. After several years travel, they establish two new settlements. The first, and easternmost, settlement was in what is now Heiko. The second one was further west, in what is now Pekau. These populations later became the Kemba and Dahu people respectively.

OH -1722 (ca. 1300 BC) Dahu and Kemba settlements well-established. Their populations start to spread out. The Dahu replace or mix with the Macro-Senduri peoples. Dahu and Kemba languages start to diverge from each other.

OH -1490 (ca. 950 BC) Many small Dahu and Kemba Queendoms have now formed. Western and Eastern Dahu dialects begin to appear.

OH -1386 (ca. 800 BC ) Groups of Dahu cross the channel from Etsuri to Mohai. Settlement begins in east central Mohai, around modern Orisu.

OH -1280 (ca. 650 BC) Dahu Empire emerges in central Pekau.

OH -1103 (413 BC) Mohai conquered by Dahu Empire, apart from a Senduri area in the north-west.

OH -9X8 (ca. 250 BC) Kemba Empire emerges in the east of modern Heiko.

OH -954 (ca. 186 BC) Dahu Empire has now pushed west and reached its fullest extent. A standardised Imperial Dahu language now in use amongst the educated classes.

OH -919 (143 BC) Kemba Empire makes sizable gains south of the mountains.

OH -881 to -84X (75 to 36 BC) Kemba Empire expands east until halted.

OH -796 (52 AD) Kemba Empire turns its attention westward towards Dahu lands.

OH -5X1 (313 AD) The existence of dialects first recorded within the Kemba language, including a Heiko dialect.

OH -46X (496 AD) Kemba Empire at its fullest extent. Its territory now includes the Eastern Dahu lands of Etsuri and Pekau. Western Dahu hold them back with the help of the Ponthau marshlands. Mohai protected by the sea.

OH -386 (620 AD) Kemba lose their territories south of the mountains as desertification pushes other peoples northwards.

OH -354 to -350 (658-662 AD) Kemba conquer the whole of Mohai. Meet fierce resistance in the west of the island, from Dahu and Senduri alike.

OH ca-204 (ca. 850 AD) Lemohai begins to be spoken as a separate language from Eastern Dahu.

OH -25 (1125 AD) The Prophet Yedin born.

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Omun Zeikan

OZ 0 (1154 AD) Yedin proclaims his new Zayedin faith, fusing elements of traditional Dahu and Kemba religion.

OZ 52 (1216 AD) Kemba leave Mohai. Island independent and united.

OZ 54 (1218 AD) Zayedin made the island’s official religion.

OZ 54 (1218 AD) Lemohai adopted as Mohai’s joint official language (alongside Kemba).

OZ 91 (1263 AD) Remaining Kemba state collapses into civil war.

OZ E1 (1287 AD) Shrunken Kemba state re-established. Renamed Heiko to reflect the new reality.

OZ 107 (1305 AD) Small Zayedin congregations appear on mainland.

OZ 144 (ca1350 AD) Leheiko begins to be spoken, as a separate language from Kemba.

OZ 162 (1372 AD) Öklan begins conquest of North-West Aheku. A period of interspecies wars begins. Influence of Öklane language begins.

OZ 194 (1410 AD) Lemohai becomes Mohai’s sole official language.

OZ 198 (1414 AD) Mohai repulses Öklane invasion attempt.

OZ 1E0 (1430 AD) Öklan takes Heiko.

OZ 1E1 (1431 AD) Interspecies exterminations begin between sapient species in various flashpoints around Tekuo, including North-West Aheku. Mohai forms and leads coalition against Öklan.

OZ 1E9 (1439 AD) Öklan Empire collapses.

OZ 200 (1442 AD) Interspecies wars and exterminations ended with a planet-wide treaty establishing spheres within which each sapient species may live. Sapient Co-operation Council (SCC) established to police observance of the treaty. The body still exists and has greater powers.

OZ 299 (1559 AD) Zedun made protectorate of Mohai, to safeguard it from Pekau (its neighbour to the south and east). This marks the start of the Romohai Empire. Lemohai and Zayedin gain status on mainland.

OZ 2X3 (1565 AD) Leheiko becomes official language of Heiko.

OZ 384 (1710 AD) Romohai Empire forms trading alliance with Yanar Bateng. Lemohai slowly begins to acquire loan words from Loa Bateng.

OZ 466 (1810 AD) Small democratic experiments begin in Mohai. Trend grows for several decades.

OZ 531 (1913 AD) Backlash – Mohai becomes authoritarian state.

OZ 578 (1968 AD) Rebellions begin in Mohai’s colonies.

OZ 57X (1970 AD) Pro-Democracy protests begin in Mohai.

OZ 58E (1983 AD) Authoritarians deposed. Romohai Empire becomes democratic North Aheku Commonwealth (NAC).

OZ 5X5 (2001 AD) NAC extended. Heiko and its allies finally admitted.

Author: David Johnson

Language constructor, writer, music fan and activist.

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