This seems like something that could be used for inspiration for a connection between Kara-Tur and Maztica.The Universe of Xuya wrote:Xuya is a recurring universe in my alternate histories, the premise being that China discovered the Americas before the West, and that the exploration of this new continent prevented China from sinking inwards (not to mention being invaded by the Mongols, who later founded the ill-fated Qing dynasty, China’s last imperial dynasty).
However, The Universe of Xuya is set in the modern day era, rather than the era similar to the one that Maztica and Kara-Tur are both based upon. So it would only really be Aliette's set up that we would want to look at:
Even the setup does not fit in with the Amnian invasion of Maztica, but I wonder if there could be a colony from one of the Kara-Tur on the western seafront of Maztica (or maybe the the land north or south of Maztica).The Universe of Xuya wrote:CHRONOLOGY
1411 (reign of the Yongle Emperor in Ming-dynasty China): the power struggle between the eunuchs and the Confucian scholars at the imperial court resolves itself in favour of the eunuchs (the Confucians wanted to look inwards in order to rebuild a country purged from Mongol influence, the eunuchs favoured trade as a way to enrich themselves). At the same time as Zheng He‘s ships sail towards Ceylon, another fleet, headed by the eunuch Sijian Ma, heads east along the coast, with the avowed aim to fight off Japanese pirates. However, struck by typhoons, the fleet finds itself drifting further north than foreseen, and crosses the Bering Strait, landing in Alaska. Fortunately for Sijian Ma, his crew include Mongols, more used to rigorous winters, which allows him to survive, repair his ships and return to Nanjing.
Over the next decades, other ships explore the new land, which is christened Xuya . Not finding any nation worth speaking to (the Chinese, used to central government, deem most native populations barbarians), the explorers move south along the West Coast, until they finally meet the expanding Mexica (Aztec) Empire of Moctezuma I. A trade alliance is struck, and gunpowder is imported to Xuya in exchange for jade and semiprecious stones.
1492: Colombus reaches Hispaniola. However, his successors will not find easy pickings on the continent, which is now defended by the loose alliance between Chinese and Mexica. The Spanish colonial empire will be limited to the islands of the Carribean, and Florida.
Meanwhile, in the north, exploration progresses on much the same schedule as in the real world, leading to the establishment of French and English colonies in the northeast of America.
Independence and territorial expansion
Circa 1770: the US declare their independence from England.
Circa 1810: Political and economical troubles in China. Xuya declares its independence from the motherland.
What do people think? Would it work?