The Empire of Rodinia is formed with Emperor Augustus at its head.
Tiberius designated successor, Augustus, took power without any bloodshed (or even much resistance) in 472 AR after the peaceful death of Tiberius. Augustus named himself Emperor of Rodinia and no one complained. So was the Rodinian Empire formed. The Rodinian Empire was already far in advance of its neighbours technologically and scientifically. It now turned its attention to its military might. Within the reign of the first Emperor, Augustus, Rodinia was ready to conquer. It started with the relatively easy targets of Nubia (which fell in 487 AR) and Nung (493 AR) in the first Emperor's reign and continued on from there. Next on the list was Kurgan, who the Rodinians wanted for their vast natural resources. However Kurgan was frequently raided by Dardania and the Dardanians were too strong to risk upsetting - though not as strong as Rodinia itself. So Rodinia made a pact with Dardania and became alies with them. From this position it was able to attack and conquer Kurgan without any great risk. Kurgan fell in 505 AR. Over the next century the Rodinians went on to conquer Tana Toradja, Semang, Elam and Weissland, often with the support of their alies the Dardanians. They also began probes into Kiltland, Marlek, Nagastan and even Maya but never made any significant efforts to conquer these lands. During that century the Dardanians had constantly continued to raid into Kurgan, stealing the Rodinian resources from under their noses, breaking the terms of their alliance. Eventually this activity proved too much, and anyway Dardania was clearly the next on the list, so the Rodinians invaded Dardania in 622 AR. The Empire of Rodinia has now conquered most of the main continent of what they have arrogantly named the World of Rodinia. They have stopped short of conquering the savage Kilts, the orcs and undead of the lands of Marlek and have so far been unable to tie the Nargastani horsemen down long enough to conquer them. The Rodinians have recently began to test out the defenses of the mountain fortresses of the natives of Honshu. They have discovered that the men of Honshu are brave and fierce warriors whose technology and tactics in combat possibly matches their own. There is much discussion in the Rodinian senate about the wisdom of this campaign but for now the Emperor is keen on seeing how strong the Honshu defenses are so it continues to distract the Rodinian army. In recent years the Rodinians have discovered the Athenians - a race from the east, across the Steppes of Nargastan - who seem to have a similar level of technology, medicine and science. They are also too far away to war with, due to the countries of Nargastan and Marlek being in the way, so they have set up trade agreements with the Athenians, fed by a couple of trade routes across the Steppes of Nargastan. The Rodinians trade much of the natural resources which they claim from their occupied territories and in exchange gain luxury items like silk from the far off Lucarcian Empire, and spices and other exotic goods.