An epidemic sweeps through the Roman Empire until 270, killing 5,000 of Rome’s citizens each day during the epidemic’s peak, including the Emperor Claudius in 270.
Rome was forced by the population loss to recruit barbarian troops.
The radicalizing experience of pursuing alternative energy woke me up to the extent that I created this website.
This essay is not just an exercise in scholarship, but also tells what it has been like to be an American while my nation throws its weight around.
This essay was partially intended as an antidote to nationalism, and I believe that it gets the point across, and continuing to chart the decline of the American Empire holds little interest for me, as I am after bigger game and only have so many hours in a day and years in a life.
Places such as today’s Libya are forced to become farms for Rome, with the agricultural practices eventually turning Libya into the desert nation it is today. Much of Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, and surrounding regions are deforested by Rome, eventually turning it into desert.Famine, war and disease accompanied the collapse of the Mayan population to perhaps a million before 1000 CE, similar to Fertile Crescent dynamics. Charlemagne tries to create a new Western Roman Empire, with a unity of church and state. Vikings begin raiding the British Isles, and some settle in France and become the Normans. Leif Ericson extends Viking colonization past Greenland settlements to North America, probably in today’s Newfoundland.They may have driven Irish monks from Iceland before them to North America.Please do not take my word for anything, but find out for yourself what is true for you.This essay was written during the USA's war against Iraq, which really began in 1990, and the essay was originally finished in the summer of 2002.
Agriculture collapses in central Mesopotamia due to soil salination. The anti-feminine culture of ancient Greece develops, known as Greece’s “dark age.” Women are gradually excluded from public life.