Ancient China 500 BCE

The Zhou kingdom is fragmented amongst numerous local states, constantly at war with one another.

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The state of Qin is the most ruthless in the pursuit of military and administrative efficiency.

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The state of Qin has conquered all the other states, and has imposed a harsh regime on the whole of China.

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After the death of the First Emperor, chaos engulfed the country. After a few years, however, the Han dynasty came to power.

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The Han dynasty has given peace and stability to the huge empire, and expanded its borders.

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Between 9 CE and 23 CE a usurper, Wang Mang, ruled China. The Han dynasty was then restored to power.

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Non-Chinese invaders have taken control of northern China.

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In the north, non-Chinese dynasties rule several kingdoms, while the south forms a single state under a native Chinese dynasty.

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In the north, developments are under way which will prepare the ground for the reunification of China.

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