Khanbaliq (Dadu) (1260-1368)
|National Language:||Mongolian, Turkic, Chinese, Persian and other languages|
|Government:||Originally an elective monarchy, later became hereditary|
|Status in OTL:||Inactive|
The Mongol Empire (1206–1405) was the largest contiguous empire in world history.
Founded in Mongolia, the Mongol Empire covered over 33 million km² (12 million square miles) at its zenith, with an estimated population of over 100 million people. It was the second-largest empire in recorded history; only the British Empire covered more land area (about 10% more).
The Mongol Empire was founded by Temujin, Genghis Khan in 1206, and at its height, it encompassed the majority of the territories from East Asia to Eastern Europe. Its rulers initially styled themselves Khans, as Genghis Khan had, and later promoted themselves to Khagans, which bears roughly the same linguistic relationship to "Khan" as "Emperor" does to "King" in English. Genghis Khan was posthumously given the Khagan title.
Mongol Empire in "The Barbecue, the Movie, & Other Unfortunately Not So Relevant Material"
Some 50 to 60 thousand years AD, Lasoporp Rof was a graduate student in ancientest history. His dissertation was to be on the expansion of the Mongol Empire during the Mid-Middle First Primitive Period so he received permission to use a time machine to travel back and observe Genghis Khan. However, he encountered the wrong man in the wrong century and continent.
Mongol Empire in "Curse of the Three Demons"
China was part of the Mongol Empire when Sa'id ibn Hawqal traveled to Kaifeng to peddle his wares to Governor Bagadan. Sa'id admired the Mongols for their prowess in war, infidels though they were. When Bagadan asked how the Mongols could have a superior empire to the Muslims, who claimed to follow the One True God, Sa'id could only reply "that is as God wills."
Mongol Empire in "No Period"
A Jewish-American writer contemplated his failed first marriage, and wondered if it might have worked in some alternate timeline. After considering worlds in which Hitler and Napoleon achieved ultimate victory, and discarding them as being worlds in which the marriage could work, the writer considered a longer-lived Mongol Empire. He quickly realized that his ancestors would not have gone towards the Mongol Empire, and that Mongol victory would not have created a lasting marriage.
- Jurchens, a historical tribe who were defeated by the Mongols in 1234 in OTL. In Agent of Byzantium: "The Eyes of Argos", the Jurchens seem to have taken the Mongols' place in history by the early 14th century.
- Arabesques 2, pgs. 49-50.