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Episode Three

This episode is centered around major events happening in your nations during the 1700s. Just like the last two weeks, post about anything you want during this period. Don't forget you can post as many or few events as you'd like, in whatever format makes sense to you, with however much detail you want. Possibly think about continuing backwards with the information already posted. Additionally, if you want to go back to Episode One or Two and post more information, feel free!
The Kiongozi dynasty ruled the Mantseban people for all of the 18th century, having been established by 1677 as it overthrew the Tingap Empire. Regarded as a high point in Mantseban history, the Kiongozi dynasty brought upon an era of progress and stability. It was responsible for the solidification of the Mantseban identity, the eradication of other ethnic groups, and the opening of Mantsebo to the rest of the world.

A major feat of the Kiongozi dynasty was its quashing of the remaining minority groups within Mantsebo, and ultimately the prevention of further nationalist revolts. These minority groups, although genetically and culturally similar to the predominant Tsebo people, disassociated themselves from the Tsebos, much like the Palestinians. They assimilated into the Tsebo through various different ways. An example of which was the negative stigma associated with these ethnic groups, which forced them to abandon their ways and replace them with that of the Tsebo peoples. Another way was the desire to associate with the success of the Tsebo people through the Kiongozi dynasty. To the remaining few that maintained their cultural connections. they were erased by the Mantseban Genocides of 1844, which ultimately erased these minority groups.

The Kiongozi dynasty also repealed the isolationist laws put on by the previous Tingap Empire, which opened up Mantsebo to the rest of the world. It experienced a huge surge of improvement in its economy, with high demands on its main exports such as ivory and slaves. In turn, Mantsebo experienced an influx of outside knowledge such as books, which would fuel an intellectual, social, and cultural movement that would span for decades within the 18th century.

Mantseban culture and arts also bloomed, albeit it began to take in more influence from Europe. For example, the culturally significant Mantseban masks evolved to become more precise and subtle, taking inspiration from European sculpture. Paintings from Europe also became a highly sought after commodity, and began to be placed on the walls and ceilings of palaces and mansions across Mantsebo.