Nice map Sep, you are the go to guy for modified earth.
As I recall, all Europe could have become Mongols if not for Genghis returning home due to a single man's death. He had to go back to elect a new leader. By the time he could return to the area Europe had established a number of technologies that would have prohibited such an invasion. (Castles, Knights, etc). I'm going from lame memory so don't bother trying to quote any of this.
Racist, really? Anyway, the trolling-thread is now closed.
This is an interesting map, for sure. It's actually inspired me to do some more of the old AH universes I have lying around. But I've found out that finding quality outline maps of the world and all the continents is much harder than I thought. Does anybody know of a mapping resource where you could find something like this, other than the CIA factbook?
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The Mongols battle tactics included all of the following: large masses of trained mounted troops - the Mongols had armies of 50,000 to 100,000 fighters when they invaded any land, including Europe, Mongols were experts in siege tactics, Mongols campaigned during the winter months (because much of the steppe is mush when its warm, which makes it bad for horses) while most European armies campaigned in the summer, Mongols themselves were self sufficient (they could hunt and forage for their own food) - whereas European armies had to be fed or would disband, the Mongols cut supply and communication lines, the Mongols used fear tactics to bring chaos to the civilized populations.
Really the only thing that stopped the Mongols from making Europe a Mongol state (as they had done to Russia) was their own laws which dictated that when the Khan in the homeland died, everyone had to attend the funeral - which is what happened to save Europe, the campaign ended and the horde returned thousands of miles to attend the Khan's funeral. Since the next Khan did not view the conquest of Europe on his agenda, Europe was saved.
While its certainly true that the bulk of the Mongol army consisted of mounted archers, they did use combined arms and specialized fighters such as siege specialiists, as part of their overall military superiority. Mongol battle tactics were more than just a horde of mounted bow shooters - they were military masters.
Just wanted to clarify some common misconceptions about Mongols and their battle tactics.
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Mongols definitely had the capacity to operate outside of steppe; their success in China, Persia and the Middle East proves this without doubt. That does not mean that they could just ignore logistics while in these places, however.
Not that Europe had ever been very high up on the Mongol's agenda, what with being a rather poor and backwards area. Especially compared to the lucrative targets of Middle-East, Egypt and India...
Great! I am also doing a map of my fantasy country haha