New Incan Empire

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Foundation: 1649-1662 (T161-T167)Dead.gif
Capital: Maranga
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce

Description

Briefly known as the Kingdom of Chimu until 1653 (T163) when they renamed themselves the Incan Empire, and then again in 1655 (T164) the New Incan Empire.

New Inca was a short lived kingdom formed by Harsan, an Aztec leader that abandoned the Empire at the outset of the War of the Aztec Succession in 1649. Harsan waited only a short time before he attempted to overrun the neighboring True Incan Empire. Despite early impressive successes, the tides quickly turned and with significant financial aid from the Aztecs, the True Incans eventually crushed the upstart New Incans.

The History:

The Kingdom of Chimu was formed around Harsan, a former Aztec leader,in 1649 (T161) and was comprised of Chimu, Moche, Chavin, and Nazca. Although diplomatic efforts brought the region of Zaparo up to Friendly status (nt on T162, ea on T163, a on T164, f on T166), Harsan's primary effort was the conquest of True Inca.

Harsan began his invasion in 1653 (T163) by marching over the mountains into the True Incan capital region of Inca. Gahan, the True Incan emperor, foolishly sortied from Cuzco with 5,000 men to face the 28,000 New Incans and was captured in the rout. Cuzco, thus undefended, was also captured. Learning (with glee) that the entire True Incan army was in the south guarding the New French border, Harsan snapped up Pucara to the south, and Atuara and Wairajakira to the north, solidifying his hold on the central Andean coastline. By 1655 (T164) Harsan was pressing south again, this time into Uru, while a mercenary force drove defenders from Moquequa and the fortress city of Joaiport. The True Incan army, however, had returned from the south, and counted 34,000 troops against the 18,000 New Incans. The New Incans were wiped out to a man. Bad news arrived for the True Incans, however: Gahan, their emperor, had committed suicide in his cell in Maranga.

The loss of the True Incan emperor, who had no heir, wreaked havoc on that fragile nation. Although Lauron, the victorious battlefield general, was acclaimed emperor by the troops and what remained of the government, a host of regions bolted the empire: Valdivia (north of the New Incans); Guyaki, Tupinamba, and Shokleng (on the Atlantic coast); and, Uyuni, Arica and Characa (near the New French frontier).

Harsan abandoned Uru and Pucara (1657, T165), destroying everything in the regions including the respective cities of Ancora and Lisene. Lauron struggled to keep the True Incan nation afloat and thus did very little but rebuild his army.

The True Incan army was scheduled for a Nisei sealift (1659, T166) to aid the Aztec cause in the continuing War of the Aztec Succession. When the Nisei never arrived, General Kahan began the long march up the coast in an effort to catch their ride sooner. Upon reaching New Incan held Moquequa, he incited a revolt, captured the New Incan prince Dyonlal, and recovered Joaiport with nary a shot. Nazca and Aspero were next up the coast and were also easily captured. Finally, the True Incans entered Chavin and faced the New Incan capital of Maranga. Harsan sortied with 8,000 men only to find that the True Incans outnumbered him once again with 13,000. As before, he could not retreat fast enough and his army got demolished. General Kahan captured Maranga in 1661 (T167), only to find Harsan dead by his own hand. Kahan mopped up by capturing Moche and Chimu, while Lauron marched a separate army up the interior to recapture Uru, Pacara, Inca, and the old capital of Cuzco.

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The Kings

  • Harsan 1649-1662

The Players

  • T162-T167 (1651-1662) Steve Hogie
  • T161 (1649-1650) (open)

Last updated: 19 September 1998 (T195 - 1718)

© 1998 Robert Pierce

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