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Three Kingdoms Chinese

Historical Overview Section

In a strict academic sense, the period of the Three Kingdoms refers to the period between the foundation of the state of Wei in 220 AD8 and the conquest of the state of Wu by the Jin dynasty in 280. The earlier, "unofficial" part of the period, from 184 to 220, was marked by chaotic infighting between warlords in various parts of China. The middle part of the period, from 220 and 263, was marked by a more militarily stable arrangement between three rival states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. The later part of the era was marked by the conquest of Shu by Wei (263), the overthrow of Wei by the Jin dynasty (265), and the conquest of Wu by the Jin (280).

The Three Kingdoms period is one of the bloodiest in Chinese history.9 In fact, it is considered the second deadliest period of warfare in history behind World War II. A nationwide census taken in AD 280, following the reunification of the Three Kingdoms under the Jin shows a total of 2,459,840 households and 16,163,863 individuals which was only a fraction of the 10,677,960 households, and 56,486,856 individuals reported during the Han era. While the census may not have been particularly accurate due to a multitude of factors of the times, the Jin in AD 280 did make an attempt to account for all individuals where they could.

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Army C-in-C Brilliant Commander 1
Archers Bowmen 1
Skirmishers Light infantry bow 1
Horse archers Light horse bow 1
Crossbowmen Crossbowmen 1
Nobles with spear Heavy Cavalry Impact Elite 2
Tribal auxiliaries Medium Swordsmen 3
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Sub Commander Competent Commander 1
Archers Bowmen 1
Skirmishers Light infantry bow 2
Spearmen & Halbediers Heavy Swordsmen 2HW support 5
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Sub Commander Competent Cmdr., Unreliable, with unit 1
Nobles with bow Heavy Cavalry Bow Elite (Gen) 1
Nobles with bow Heavy Cavalry Bow 1
Horse archers Light horse bow 2
Nobles with spear Heavy Cavalry Impact 2
Skirmishers Light infantry bow 1


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