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 Prior to 0 Knights' Templar Reckoning
Virtually nothing is known of the world prior to the founding of The Church of Saint Cuthbert. Most church scholars point to their holy script, The Word of Saint Cuthbert, for the reason. According to The Word, Saint Cuthbert had found Vasuda without any order. The Church holds that there was no history before the arrival of the Saint's Emissary, only utter chaos, as people refused to cooperate for any reason. No civilizations were formed, and no history was recorded.
In recent years, Empire historians have proposed another explanation: Prior to Saint Cuthbert's arrival on Vasuda, a plague decimated most of the world's population, erasing any previous empires. However, Church scholars are quick to point to a complete lack of records. Surely, if another civilization had existed, there would be some evidence, some trace of records, or cities. To this, Empire historians still search for an explanation.
 The Brotherhood of Nod's Origins
According to the Brotherhood of Nod, they had existed far before the Church. However, the Church's scholars scoff at this claim, demanding the Brotherhood turn over records proving this claim. Firing back, the Nod claim that recording history was never the main purpose of the Brotherhood. Their concern throughout the millenia has been the exiles of the world.
 The Empire of Lenin's Origins
The creation of the Empire has never been a source of controversy. Founded in 1374 KTR by Lenin Trotsky, it was built on trade, providing the most dependable trading caravans outside of the Church. The Empire's first goal was to secure more trading materials. After it had accumulated enough gold, the Empire then built the city of Leningrad in 1381, as a center of culture and trade. Leningrad was the first truly metropolitan city of Vasuda, and rapidly grew. For the first time in history, a civilization sought not only farmers and laborers, but academics and bards.
The Empire soon built the first secular institution of higher education; Cambridge University. Here, all citizens of the Empire may recieve a free education in a subject of their choice. Blacksmithing, agriculture and other trades are often the most popular, though the Empire has offered many incentives for education in history, philosophy, literature and other liberal arts. Perhaps the most surprising subject studied at Cambridge is "Mundane Medicine," a study of healing without magic. While most people still prefer magical healing, Cambridge's research proved invaluable for those injured in areas contaminated by Tiberium radiation, where magic could not be used.
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