American: Native Empire

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The end of mankind and its doom was right around the corner. Narvas, a giant asteroid, was on the path to colliding with earth. To avoid mankind impending doom, Kiwoo broke through the miraculous odds and  journeyed through the ages of time.

“…Native Americans?”

However, much to his expectations, Kiwoo arrived in the native lands before the discovery of the New World! For man to survive, civilization needed to develop faster and quicker before the collision of Narvas occurs. Under his guidance, the native land was reborn as an empire of the natives and not as colonial land ruled under eurocentrism.

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13 Reviews


SirGreeny
New SirGreeny
Feb 27, 2024
Status: c15
First up, the novel itself is quite decent. The translation as of now is really good, and the story itself isn't bad. It may be a bit rushed (As of ch15) but its still alright.

What irks me however is the lack of realism and historical accuracy. Like for real, they cant stop an asteroid but are able to travel into the past?

And how the natives are depicted is just so far away from reality. Most native American people were nomads or semi-nomads. Why tf is every tribe in this story... more>> settlers? That makes no sense whatsoever.

In summary it's a good novel but because of the lack of realism I cant give more than 3 stars. <<less
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HunterGeorge
HunterGeorge
Jun 21, 2020
Status: c3
I see two ways this can go. Either it is done well, or it can go extremely racist. Also the language issues, plus I wonder how much research the author actually put in because, him being there might cause an early pandemic. I wonder if the author thought of that, because the main reason the Spanish won other than the in fighting amongst native Americans to my limited knowledge had been the spread of plague.
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writolnafgfghjolaidgf
writolnafgfg
Aug 26, 2021
Status: book 1, 10% book 2
I thought the idea was great and unique, go back in time to develop native Americans into an empire and changing the history of North America. The first few chapters were interesting, but gradually the author got lost with too many technologies to develop and a lack of details.

I read the Google translation of book 1 that you can find free on Google Play Books. It just seemed unbelievable with the amount of progress the MC and his tribe makes in such a short time or within the distances which... more>> should be too long in real life to travel and manage efficiently. Of course, to keep the plot moving along within the MC's lifespan, the technological development needs to be accelerated. However, because the author lacks giving essential details about the actual development or the exact technology itself, and things happen seemingly so suddenly and problem-free, the tolerance for the believability of such grand schemes drops. Perhaps this is the problem when trying to realistically build a nation without the help of the all-solving plot tool called "magic".

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The political situation is also problematic in its believability, as the natives blindly trust and follow the MC, giving him all decision-making for the thousands of people without any hint of attempts of opposition. It appears as if the the MC has become a dictator with absolute control, although with the love and support of his subjects. It feels to me like the author strips away the natives' humanity and makes them sheep for the benefit of accelerating the plot.

The first thing that the MC does upon arrival is converting the tribe from hunter-gatherers into agriculturalists, in order to better feed the people and to stockpile food for future expansion and population growth. He also develops cotton crops into clothing, although with very little explanation and details about how he does it. Somehow, after some time, everyone now has comfortable clothing.

Once the tribe is well fed and clothed, they builds blast furnaces from scratch to develop iron and steel works in a couple of years, to a point which took real world civilizations centuries to reach. There isn't much detail about how the MC was able to procure the materials or the process of building them. He then leads a detached team to travel round trip to the Appalachian mountains from their settlement on the Mississippi river to setup a new village for the purpose of mining for better iron ore, but either the Google translation was bad, or they cover the real life one-way distance of over 500km in some days of walking while carrying ore on their shoulders to take them back to the main settlement where the blasts furnaces are located, all without the use of carts.

Now with enough ore and production capacity, they make enough steel weapons and armor for 2000 warriors, and successfully defend themselves with superior tactics and win over an invading army of 15000 (somewhat of a stretch) composed of warriors from surrounding tribes which only had stone tools. The enemy surrenders their 60000 people to the MC's tribe (the ones who did not already flee upon hearing the news for the escaping losers) and they become indentured s*aves for at least 5 years to work in the mines. The 2000 warriors continue to fan out and subjugate other surrounding tribes to convince them to merge tribes, most agreeing peacefully although with apprehension, while some were subjugated by force.

After 10 years or so, the population balloons to 2 million from the original of several thousands, thus succeeding in solving the MC's constant problem with the lack of manpower for his plans for technological developments. What seems a bit of a stretch is the ability to plant and grow enough crops to feed so many people in such a short amount of time in order for them to change their work from hunting-gathering into technical jobs. And somehow, the people accepted their new jobs, whether assigned or self chosen, without hints of any opposition, or without any form of monetary system to reward them for their work.

To initiate better public housing and facilities, they create brick and cement plants and start building brick homes in the capital as a "model city" for other villages to follow as an example. The author only ever mentions bricks, bricks, and more bricks. There is no mention of the foundations, how the floors are made, or even the roofs, so it's very difficult to imagine what the houses look like or their internal structure. Soon they build a palace out of stone for the MC to live and work in, without much detail either. The author never describes any of the other villages, only a little bit in the beginning about the original mining outpost, so it's difficult to understand the structure of the civilization.

Throughout the story, the MC is completely overworked, working nonstop without rest and a lack of sleep for 10 years. He is unable to find enough time to start on other technological developments that he wants to do. To solve this, the author includes a short scene where a native couple who work in a wheat grinding factory develop a water wheel on their own initiative to automatically process the wheat in order to increase the factory output and clear through their backlog. The MC praises such ingenuity and hints that such future native self-development without needing his instruction will help further his plans more quickly. Although it seems to me like an extreme stretch of reality for someone to invent such things without any previous exposure ever to similar technology.


Another big stretch is how he was able to integrate such diverse peoples who have different languages and cultures, and manage them all without a written language system to instruct them. It was only in the last few years of the first 10 years that he creates a writing system, develops mass production of paper and a printing press to print enough books to start educating people in schools, and then establish governmental departments staffed by such educated people. It just seems so unrealistic to educate millions of people in a few years, in a place where writing or an education system never existed.

The central point of his integration plan was to disband all tribes and to spread the people all uniformly amongst each other, and then teaching them the "national standard" language of the original first founding tribe. In the process, I assume most tribes lost their native languages and culture, and their original group identities. The MC mentions that in the early years there were some conflicts and discrimination caused by such language and tribal differences, but that overall social order seem to be improving with the improvement of education through a common language and the establishment of a police force. The author writes in some people's perspective that they were happy to work and cooperate for the benefit of having enough food, good shelter, and clothing.

Somehow this kind of social reorganization of splitting people up to break their bonds, erasing their culture, and giving them assigned work feels like how some real world communist dictatorship countries historically developed (e.g. Cambodia, North Korea). I thought it was somewhat ironic that a South Korean author was promoting such a system. And I think the MC's colonialist expansionism has parallels to how real world European colonialists reorganized the natives that they conquered, although in this fictional story most of the natives are happy to cooperate.

In the beginning of the second book, the MC pushes out his colonialist expansion by building big sailing ships and conquering Panama with great bloodshed in order to access the Pacific Ocean and trade with the western part of South America in order to procure llamas for labor. He trades peacefully with the South American natives. I guess whether he treats certain tribes with hostility or peace may depend on whether the land they live on is beneficial to his goal of saving the human race, but somehow seems like hypocrisy.

Here too is a problem that the author doesn't give enough details about the geographical size of the new native American nation. It's not exactly clear where the borders are and where are the vilages. The MC simply states his goal of dominating the continent, but the author only ever states the Mississippi river and building ships to manage the villages along the river, mining the Appalachian mountains, taking over Panama, and trade with the Andes. But his population of 2 million and growing would probably not realistically cover too far of a distance, unless the author intended otherwise. Although he does mention that some of the tribes fleeing his subjugation remain outside his nation's borders, and the Aztec to the southwest as a potential source of conflict. However how the MC is able to manage such a distance place as Panama logistically and effectively remains a mystery to me.

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The original idea was great. But the follow through is a bit lacking. Although I keep reading because I hope to see a future conflict between a modernized native American civilization versus a less developed European invader, which hasn't happened so far in the first book, and I don't know if it will ever happen. <<less
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johnjmr
johnjmr
May 27, 2020
Status: c2
Just felt like I needed to balance out the 1 star review here. It's written coherently, with logically outlined settings and characters, which is already 3.5 star territory on this site... whether or not the author effectively executes on the concept isn't something I can say at chapter 2 though lol.
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AvidRottenWaterReader
AvidRottenWa
Jul 17, 2023
Status: c18
Although is a decent novel, for a go back in time novel, it's quite bad.

The premise is all about the MC, the world and characters all revolve around the MC. Sure there's side characters and events, but they don't feel real.

The setting is native America, however, it doesn't really do anything about their language, culture, religion or mannerisms. It's sorta just a group of people to mold into what the MC wants.

Compared that to other back in time novels, they respect how people are and behave during that time period.... more>> Romans act like Romans. Napoleonic France is the medieval France. Ancient Greeks behave like they generally would. <<less
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s.a.d.
s.a.d.
Nov 19, 2022
Status: v2c1
I found this book on Google Play Books and while it's a hassle at times to translate it using the app, it's a pretty good novel so far; the author is doing great haha. Societal development truly is complex😤 the MC does a good job (helping in their progress towards modernization). Although it's still only 10 years into his arrival he's accomplished a lot, at an alarming rate to be honest, but it's understandable with the items he brought from the future. I'll come back if I change my thoughts... more>> hehe:) <<less
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NoLongerTheSame
NoLongerTheS
Dec 26, 2023
Status: c167
This is a good novel when you start reading it with the following expectations:

    • Low realism to none at all
    • a one-man show
    • technological speedrun
    • historical accuracy is shit
Very early in the story, the protagonist's choice of introducing Hangul as the writing system is logical, but introducing kimchi to the natives is so dumb which is probably why it was glossed over. That's because New World crops just don't make an edible kimchi, and where the hell do you get fermented shrimp among other ingredients that basically makes kimchi what it is? Well, riverside tribe, shrimp in river, expensive salt... but this is an impoverished tribe so.. no clue. The author didn't go into details.

This is a good story as long as you don't focus on the details... Just don't think at all. I guess this is a decent filler while you're waiting for updates on better historical fiction web novels.
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Arakuei
Arakuei
Jul 29, 2020
Status: c4
The first four chapters seemed quite interesting and well done. I noticed that the MC is knowledgable about the injustices against Aboriginals in North America, so there are no eurocentric viewpoints.

It would be very cool to see how he makes North America an empire built around him. Also, his ... more>>
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immortality/eternal youth that came from an invention in the future

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will be super helpful in building the empire around him. I kinda want to see a socialist perspective - not communist, but not the American capitalist either - since a Nordic Model for trade and taxation would be more equitable for the people.

I hope that they translate the next chapters soon. Tysm for taking the time to do this. <<less
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po-po
po-po
Dec 11, 2023
Status: c3
Either no inorganic stuff survives the warp, or all do. What is this s*upidity of sending a dude back in time without even a smart watch on hand.

If he can bring eggs & parachute he could very well bring a laptop with a sht ton of ssds. / memory cards.

How does he not even know how to calculate the year based on celestial bodies? If he has a map on hand why does he not have a precise resource map ?

If they are nearing singularly... why can't they carve the... more>> source code of an ai into diamond cube / bullet proof glass cube & use a scanner to reinterpret the data and bring it back ? <<less
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DinosaurCowb
Sep 30, 2023
Status: c1
I had this exact same idea back in middle school I think. Well that one was dude gets contacted by Native American god to go back in time to save his people from colonialism and by the time the Europeans arrived they were already basically at current times level of tech
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Silangan
Silangan
Nov 18, 2023
Status: c132
A Power Fantasy Kingdom Builder. No struggle whatsoever, and the problems that do pop up is usually resolved in a chapter or two. Its just invent, build and overcome.

I quite like how fast paced it is and how far the empire and MC has gone from a small tribe to a peaceful scientifically minded world superpower. Most novels would have definitely had much more detailed world building and the like, but will still definitely be in their first city.

This is not a masterpiece by any means. In fact its pretty... more>> meh writing and overall quality, from the writers to the world, are pretty barebones. Like I don't think the author considered how massive a scale the whole American continent is. But the fast paced and the intense focus on kingdom building and technological research saved it for me. If you like Modern Man using Modern Knowledge and impressing people this novel is for you! <<less
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HBKing
HBKing
Jun 09, 2021
Status: c5
This is a good series, no major plot holes yet (then again it’s only the 5th chapter). I see a lot of potential in this, overall it’s solid so far.
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RimuRukey
Jan 20, 2024
Status: c200
I was a fan of technological gap and world building genre. And this is one of story I will recommend if you looking for that genre.

The story at early stage is good, there so much conflict and war that happen, but later when the technology more improved the story being rushed, and almost no conflict.

Also most of the story is about finding a technology with no clear explanations about how it happened. But I just brush it over, and enjoying the story, and finally the last chapter, maybe the author... more>> already feel enough, the ending just really rushed for.

I will rate for 1 star for the ending only. Yes humanity repel the asteroid, but how? No clear story, just a paragraph that tell how it's destroyed.

For 200 chapter, is a good reading material. <<less
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