True Incan Empire

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Foundation: 1649-1706 (T161-T190)Dead.gif
Capital: Calchaqui
Religion: Roman Catholic

By Rob Pierce

Description

The True Incans faced near disaster at the hands of the New Incans, an Aztec splinter from the War of the Aztec Succession (1649-1662). After the long-time capital of Cuzco was overrun by the New Incans, the seat of government was re-established in Calchaqui. Emperor Kaine attemped to eradicate slavery from the empire in 1685-1686 (T179), which resulted in widespread rebellion. The northern Incan regions banded together as the Kingdom of Cuzco and the two nations were in a constant state of warfare. The Aztecs intervened in 1694 (T183) and eventaully conquered the Cuzcans in 1703 (T188), removing the Incan's northern threat. Unfortunately, their ancient rival to the south - New France - decided to take advantage of the True Incan weakness and declared war in 1704 (T189). The war was brief, however, as Rana committed suicide in 1706 (T190) and Calchaqui fell to the French assault the following year putting an end to the True Incan state. The existence of an independent Incan state would not resurface for nearly a decade, and that as the Principate of Bolivia.

The History:

New Inca
The Kingdom of Chimu was formed around Harsan, a former Aztec leader,in 1649 (T161) who initially unified the rebellious Aztec possesions in Inca. His dreams of empire, however, included the conquest of neighboring True Inca.

Harsan invaded 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. Harsan discovered that the entire True Incan army was in the south guarding the New French border, and so snapped up Pucara to the south, and Atuara and Wairajakira to the north, solidifying his hold on the central Andean coastline. In 1655 (T164) Harsan pressed 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 led by Generals Lauron and Kahan, and counted 34,000 troops against the 18,000 invaders. The New Incans, unable to disengage, were wiped out to a man. Such good fortune was quickly dashed, however: Gahan, imprisoned in Maranga, had committed suicide in his cell.

The death of the emperor, who had had no heir, wreaked havoc on the 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 in 1657 (T165), destroying everything in the regions including the respective cities of Ancora and Lisene. Lauron, meanwhile, 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.

The Emperors

  • Rana 1701-1706
  • Rana/Marco 1695-1701
  • Manco 1692-1695
  • Kaine 1675-1692
  • Lauron 1655-1675
  • Gahan 1649-1655

The Players

  • T161-date (1649-date) Tim O'Niell

Last updated: 19 September 1998 (T187 - 1702)

© 1998 Robert Pierce

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