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Imperium Iudaicum (ARALDYANA) by Pischinovski Imperium Iudaicum (ARALDYANA) by Pischinovski
This will be the first of (hopefully) many maps in my Araldyana Timeline here on DeviantArt. If you are also a member of alternatehistory.com you might recognize the original mapseries and timeline.
This is a revised version currently still in development.
Usually I will post maps in chronological order but this first one will be placed 500 years after the POD. I am planning on creating around 10-30 maps of equal quality that are set before this one.
... you could consider this a sneak peak :D

THE JEWISH EMPIRE in ca. 900

The Point of Divergence happened in the late 4th century AD. The decline of the Roman Empire played out differently and the Levante became a place of religous struggle, political conflict and disastrous wars.
The early 9th century saw the downfall of several regional powers. The Persians lost their grip on Mesopotamia which has seen the rise and fall of different religions. The lands on Euphrates and Tigris are the center of several Eastern Churches, the age-old home of Jewish communities and the homeland of the Zoroastrians and Manicheaens.
The lands of Iran are divided between the southern Zoroastrian houses and the Bagistenan Kavidid Dynasty in the north. None of these states can project power outside Persia.
Egypt is wholy Christian but divided between various factions. Upper Egypt is ruled by a royal house of Vandal origin. They ruled over all of Egypt not so long ago but a rebellion started in Alexandria drove them to the south.

As the young Prince David of the Banu Yuda became the King of his fathers Jewish tribe he was finding himself surrounded by external enemies but his realm was stable and his enemies weak. He began his reign with a war against the states and tribes of southern Arabia. After a swift campaign the Banu Yuda conquered the ancient land of Sheba. Five years later all tribes between the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea are subdued. What would follow next would later be called "the Great Campaign". One Mesopotamian state after the another would fall to the Banu Yuda. The only states of equal power are the Kingdom of Armenia to the north an the Empire of the Romans to the northwest. After reaching the Armenian border King David has to turn south: the Romans are besieging Rabba. The following war (usually counted as part of the Great Campaign) would cost the Romans the rule over their share of Syria. The war against Rome ends with the conquest Tarsos in Anatolia but David has to retreat eastwards because of rebellions in Mesopotamia. Rome is unable to reestablish a strong presence in the east and buffer states arise between the Jewish Kingdom and the Romans. After the his rule over Mesopotamia is secured David turns west again. Egypt is in the middle of power struggles and the Nile delta hasn't seen such devastation in centuries. King David leads the campaign against the Egyptians. the eastern half of the delta is conquered by the king. One of his generals in the meantime has encircled Jerusalem. The city falls to the kings troops and David orders the reconstruction of the temple.
Soon after he returns to the border regions of his empire. Castles and forts are build in the Nile delta and between Egypt and the Sinai to protect the border. King David orders the construction of a fleet and oversees the administrative reforms. The empire is divided into three dioceses: Peleshesh (Palestine), Bit Nachrain (Mesopotamia and Yamed (Jemen/the South), each encompassing several provinces. The most important languages are (northern) Arabian and Aramaic.
Later campaigns would lead the Kingoms troops to the shores of Persia and Africa.

50 years after his ascension to the throne David returns to the Holy Land from his last campaign in Africa. Now an old man, his temple is finally finished. Golden and silver details cover his long black vestment and a veil made out of the finest silk and silver cover his face. The golden Lion on red, the kings banner, is seen over the roofs of Jerusalem, as legates of the Jewish communities in diaspora arrive in the Holy City.
King David the Restorer is annointed King of all tribes of Israel.
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maptigan Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016
Great idea! :)
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RafnMaps Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's amazing! :)
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EricVonSchweetz Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Arabs in Imperium Iudaicum (ARALDYANA) 900 AD = ded
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Love the detail work on this.
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BadgingBadger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2015
What exactly is bagistenism?
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
"Jews who spoke other langauges, never used the names of these languages."

I can sadly neither read nor write the Hebrew script, so I can unfortunatly not really research how for example places were called in Jiddish. But I can look up how places were called in English, german and Swedish. A quick look through the original German version of Theodor Herzl's "The Jewish State" gives me the impression that he used German place names not Hebrew ones ("Palästina" instead of a word from the bible). I guess that other authors ofcourse might have used other words than Herlz did and they may have used Hrebrew ones but I can't agree with you when you say that "Jews [...] never used the names of these languages."

Hebrew is also not the dominant language of this state. Arabic and Aramaic are much more important in everyday life and even as the language of culture and literature. You also have to take into account that this Empire is very young - only a few years old by the date of the map - a "Hebrewization" of "Biblicalzatition" of place names may accure later when the Jewish empire has ruled for a longer time.

I am thankful for your input I hope I can come to you for advive when I elaborate on this time period and world region.
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bolter21 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The names are so wrong... 
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It is not actually Hebrew, as someone with a knowledge of the language, like you, will plainly see. ;)

Because this is an alternate timeline diverging in the late 4th century I decided to alter the language as well, it was nevertheless more than 500years between the divergence and the map.
I based the names, depending on region, on a northern Arab dialect or on Aramaic/Syriac. Some of the names are 8th century loanwords from the Torah, like Peleshesh (from Pəlésheth, th becoming sh). :)
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bolter21 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For 3000 years we use the same names in the same langauge so...
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This might be correct for Hebrew that has been mostly a language of literature for around 2000 years but any language that is spoken in every day life will change. As did for example Aramaic (which I partly used for this map). The Imperial Aramaic of the Achaemenid empire is a lot different to the Aramaic (or better Syriac) dialects spoken today. Another example is Latin. The "classical" Latin of Cicero's times is not so different from the Latin scholars used until the 19th century, but this is because it was a language mostly used for written works. The Latin that was actually spoken around Cicero's time, the Vulgar Latin (Latin of the common people) has changed a lot since antiquity - today we call it French, Italian, Spanish and so on. Or just look at the language we are communicating in: English. It got a whole lot of novelties Old English or Common Germanic didn't have.

In this timeline (but that the map can't show) the Hebrew of the Torah will not change a bit and won't differ from our timeline, but this is because Hebrew was already a dead language by the point of divergence of this timeline. All languages that exist by the point of divergence wil change under the course of the timeline. Languages are shaped by history. Just ask JRR Tokien, who wrote the Lord of the Rings to fit his made-up languages or look once again to the English language. If the Angles, Jutes and Saxons would have never migrated to Britain they would never have come in contact with languages that have a progressive verb form, they would have never been conquered by French-speaking Normans that they loaned words from like "conquer", "language", "divergence" or "people".
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bolter21 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But these are names. Not language, names written in the bible that every kid (in this empire) learns.

Today we call places with no connection to the Jewish people with their old biblical names such as:

Tsidon - Sidon
Tsur - Sur (Tyre)
Azzah - Gaza,
Prat and Hidekel - Euphrates and Tigris, 
Haleb - Aleppo
Schem - Nablus

Jews who spoke other langauges, never used the names of these languages. They said "We are going to Eretz Yisrael" not "We are going to Land of Israel". 

Yersuhalaim insteed of Jerusalem. Yafo insteed of Jaffa, Yehuda insteed of Judea, Shomron insteed of Samaria etc.

The Saxons didn't have a "holy book" that gaved them premenent names. Even when the Chrisitans ruled the country, the Jews reffered it as Edom and not Jerusalem because this is the name that the Jews chose to name it, over the historical tradition of Edom. 

And BTW, don't belive to what people are telling you, Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew are acually the same, they are closer to each other then Canadian French and French French.
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The-Polybius Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015
Awesome it means that there will be a Jewish world instead of an Islamic one and that Islam wil be a small religion, not that I want that but it makes for a smart and interesting alternate history!
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Ennio444 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Perozdavid, eh? Nice map.
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
"Victorious David". It was named "Victorious Shapur" until it was conquered. :)
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fredrikslicer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Certainly never seen this scenario before cudos
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
thanks :)
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Xanthoc Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Out of curiosity, has the Jewish faith reformed to allow conversion ITTL? Because unless they have, religious tensions throughout the Empire are probably in the multitude, unless some sort of total religious freedom is allowed (although from what I grasp from the description, it doesn't seem to be the case). If they, as it seems, have barred any sort of non-Abrahamic public worship and temples, but don't allow non-Jews to become part of the faith (likely having subjugated nations worship Jews/Hebrews as superior and also forced to worship the God of Abraham), the Empire probably won't last very long, no matter how brutal the Jews are in assuring obedience.

Great map either way.
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Judaims allows conversion IOTL. Judaism was never big on mass-conversion and you have to take Judaism seriously to become a Jew but it is possible.
ITTL all people in the Jewish Empire have to atleast follow Noahite Law, which shouldn't be to difficult for Christians but the Zoroastrian elite might not like that. I am not completly sure how conversation is going to be handled and what status converts will at first have, but I will develope that further :)

Thanks!
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Xanthoc Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
By conversion I meant gaining equivalent status, as (at least theoretically in the laws of the Talmud), 'converts' to Judaism are still gentiles/goyim, and are thus still lesser to Jews themselves. So, either Jews ITTL will have to omit that part (as most do OTL) to view converts as equal, regardless of ethnic background, or there's going to be a caste system/hierarchy. Both are plausible, especially if the hierarchy has a sort of 'honorary Jews' type system for those who convert, follow laws strictly, marry a Jew, etc. Just something to think about with a TL like this.
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dave-ian-heart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
the nightmare of muslims
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RogueLeader1000 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Yeah, but not in this timeline, as Islam apparently doesn't exist. Middle East will probably be much quieter though!
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AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Personally, I'm not so sure, especially if the Christians in Europe decide it's about time for a crusade against the "Jesus-killing infidels", so to speak, while the Jewish Empire might begin to feel threatened by the "barbaric renegade foreign pagan worshippers". Not to mention the fact that Zorastrianism is still around.
Lovely map!
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mdc01957 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
So essentially, the rise of Islam is replaced by a Jewish explosion?
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Seems like it covers almost all ancient semitic areas.
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It should be the majority. It lacks Egypt and the Punic areas of Carthago but by thi spoint there are not many left that speak Punic.
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Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Which year is it?
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
around 900 CE
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OneHellofaBird Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
oo, mega-Himyarites (I hope they get better kings in the 6th c., though ...)
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zalezsky Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great detail, great job!
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Pischinovski Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
thank you :)
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