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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSilkroad'' is a Korean BeatEmUp duology where player heroes must journey along the titular road and battle their way through bandits, rebels, the undead and even demons.


The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors. Currently, China's "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative Belt and Road Initiative]]" aims to create modern Silk Roads.

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The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors. Currently, China's "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative org/wiki/Belt_and_Road_Initiative Belt and Road Initiative]]" aims to create modern Silk Roads.


* The Silk Road was simulated in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', starting from the ''Horse Lords'' expansion. It depicts the trade routes as "streams"; wars that erupt "upstream" will interrupt the flow of trade downstream, and streams which are unaffected by wars can see increases in trade volume as trade is diverted away from warring areas. To take advantage of the routes, owners of counties where the routes pass through can build trading posts (previously, only patricians can build trading posts and only in coastal counties). Ambitious (or pragmatic) rulers would often try to bring as many counties along the routes under their (or loyal vassals') control.

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* The Silk Road was simulated in ''[[VideoGame/CrusaderKings Crusader Kings II]]'', starting from II]]'' (requires the ''Horse Lords'' expansion. or ''Jade Dragon'' expansion). It depicts the trade routes as "streams"; "streams" starting in Tibet; wars that erupt "upstream" will interrupt the flow of trade downstream, and streams which are unaffected by wars can see increases in trade volume as trade is diverted away from warring areas.areas. The Road passes through the steppes, India, Persia and ends in the Levant. To take advantage of the routes, owners of counties where the routes pass through can build trading posts (previously, only patricians can build trading posts and only in coastal counties). Ambitious (or pragmatic) rulers would often try to bring as many counties along the routes under their (or loyal vassals') control.



* Appears as a mechanic in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''' expansion ''Horse Lords'' and ''Jade Dragon''. The road will start as China and Tibet, crossing the steppes, India, Persia and ending in the Levant. There's major focus in fighting for the major trade posts which give substantial wealth.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has its own version of the Silk Road that follows a similar route more or less: it starts in Xian, [[{{Wutai}} a small village modeled after a medieval Chinese settlement]] in the Angara continent where merchants buy silk, going through Kalay, a PortTown roughly equivalent to either Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) or Samarkand and ending in Tolbi, the Rome analogue in the setting, where merchants sell the silk.


* Appear as a mechanic in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''' expansion ''Horse Lords'' and ''Jade Dragon''. The road will start as China and Tibet, crossing the steppes, India, Persia and ending in the Levant. There's major focus in fighting for the major trade posts which give substantial wealth.

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* Appear Appears as a mechanic in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''' expansion ''Horse Lords'' and ''Jade Dragon''. The road will start as China and Tibet, crossing the steppes, India, Persia and ending in the Levant. There's major focus in fighting for the major trade posts which give substantial wealth.wealth.
* ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom'': The Silk Road's existence is vital to many a city's existence, especially those set along the northern border or in the Taklamakan desert. Not only are you intended to import silk from China and sell it at a markup to other cities (usually represented by the distant city of Kashgar), you also get jade (which you then carve into expensive trinkets and resell) and spices (which can be sold or used to provide better food to your people).

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* Appear as a mechanic in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings''' expansion ''Horse Lords'' and ''Jade Dragon''. The road will start as China and Tibet, crossing the steppes, India, Persia and ending in the Levant. There's major focus in fighting for the major trade posts which give substantial wealth.


Tropes associated with the Silk Road:

* AllJewsAreCheapskates: Subverted. On the Sabbath, Jewish traders would linger behind the caravan and pay mercenary escorts extra to abide by the change in schedule. However much they were risking for money, they considered piety more important.
* {{Ambadassador}} : Many times. Often the chief problem of diplomacy was for each [[TheEmpire empire]] to actually ''find'' the other. Not to mention surviving the trip.
* ArabianNightsDays
* [[BadassIsraeli Badass Jews]]: The Khazar Empire which controled large parts of the area for a long time. It was a great and cultured civilization as well as being as handy with their swords as anyone around.
** Also normal Jewish [[IntrepidMerchant Intrepid Merchants]] count.
* BanditClan: Many of the residents of the Hindu Kush and Afghan mountains made much of their living by impromptu taxation of any caravans not heavily armed enough to drive them off.
* BarbarianTribe: Many along the way.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre
* BoldExplorer: In a way, everyone who traveled on the Silk Road.
* BornInTheSaddle: Many of the peoples along the way. It ''is'' the Great Steppe, after all.
* CrossingTheDesert
* DoYouWantToHaggle
* {{Fanservice}}: One reason Chinese silk was so valued was that it could be woven ''translucent''.
* IntrepidMerchant: Some of whom came from a RealLife ProudMerchantRace.
* KillItWithIce: ZigZagged. The Silk Road went through some of the coldest parts of the world. In a way, however, this was an advantage; water often carries easier as ice blocks. And sometimes even the cold was better than times and places when it was [[KillItWithFire hot]].
* LandOfOneCity: Usually several along the way.
* MerchantCity
* {{Outlaw}}: These would form small armies and clearing them away was an actual military operation.
* RedshirtArmy: A caravan. Individual merchants were seldom professional warriors, although the needs of their profession might mean that they were at least capable of showing you a thing or two. But the large numbers of them could protect them from outlaws. In a way, the Silk Road was a 1500 year arms race between traders and outlaws.
* ShroudedInMyth: Each end of the Silk Road was this to the other end. Romans and Chinese practically looked on each other as an alien race.


* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' supplement ''Blood & Silk'', which attempts to connect ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'' to ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Dark Ages: Vampire]] by way of the Road.''

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* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' supplement ''Blood & Silk'', which attempts to connect ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'' to ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Dark Ages: Vampire]] Vampire]]'' by way of the Road.''

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* The early (and sadly [[LostEpisode lost]]) ''Series/DoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E4MarcoPolo Marco Polo]]" sees The First Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbra accompany the titular explorer on his expedition.


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* The ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'' supplement ''Blood & Silk'', which attempts to connect ''TabletopGame/KindredOfTheEast'' to ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade Dark Ages: Vampire]] by way of the Road.''

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* Where ''Manga/ABridesStory'' takes place along.


The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors. Currently, China's "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative Belt and Road Initiative]]" aims to create a modern Silk Road.

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The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors. Currently, China's "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative Belt and Road Initiative]]" aims to create a modern Silk Road.
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The Silk Road is a name given by the AdventurerArchaeologist Ferdinand von Richthofen (the uncle of [[RedBaron guess who]]) to the overland luxury trade routes between China and the Mediterranean. It was not a "road" per se; more like a "web", a web that shifted to and fro, as natural, economic and political circumstances favored one route above another. Its name came from the Chinese silk traded along the road, which was more valued then any silk manufactured at the time. There were other goods transported along the way, such as jade, glass, porcelain, horses, spices, and what not. In fact, from China's point of view, it might be called the "jade route", as Chinese for a long time valued jade as much as westerners valued silk. Ideas and customs were also carried back and forth along the routes. For instance, Greek colonies descended from veterans of the army of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat have left traces of merging of Oriental and Occidental art forms. From the other direction, "Arabic" (actually Indian) numerals, both by the Indian Ocean commerce and through the Silk Road were carried largely by Islamic traders (the reason for the name "Arabic") to the west. On the whole, the Silk Road was inclined toward the desert and mountain areas of Central Asia because, hazardous as those were, they were usually less hazardous than the steepes riddled with constant clan wars among the nomads dwelling there.

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The Silk Road is a name given by the AdventurerArchaeologist Ferdinand von Richthofen (the uncle of [[RedBaron guess who]]) to the overland luxury trade routes between China and the Mediterranean. It was not a "road" per se; more like a "web", a web that shifted to and fro, as natural, economic and political circumstances favored one route above another. Its name came from the Chinese silk traded along the road, which was more valued then any silk manufactured at the time. There were other goods transported along the way, such as jade, glass, porcelain, horses, spices, and what not. In fact, from China's point of view, it might be called the "jade route", as Chinese for a long time valued jade as much as westerners valued silk. Ideas and customs were also carried back and forth along the routes. For instance, Greek colonies descended from veterans of the army of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat have left traces of merging of Oriental and Occidental art forms. From the other direction, "Arabic" (actually Indian) numerals, both by the Indian Ocean commerce and through the Silk Road were carried largely by Islamic traders (the reason for the name "Arabic") to the west. On the whole, the Silk Road was inclined toward the desert and mountain areas of Central Asia because, hazardous as those were, they were usually less hazardous than the steepes steppes riddled with constant clan wars among the nomads dwelling there.



A number of famous people had part of their lives associated with the Silk Road. These include, but are not limited to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, UsefulNotes/FitzroyMaclean, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, UsefulNotes/GustavMannerheim, and most famous of all Creator/MarcoPolo.

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A number of famous people had part of their lives associated with the Silk Road. These include, but are not limited to UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat, UsefulNotes/FitzroyMaclean, UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, UsefulNotes/GustavMannerheim, and most famous famously of all Creator/MarcoPolo.


* KillItWithIce: ZigZagged. The Silk Road went through some of the coldest parts of the world. In a way, however, this was an advantage; water often carries easier as ice blocks. And sometimes even the cold was better then times and places when it was [[KillItWithFire hot]].

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* KillItWithIce: ZigZagged. The Silk Road went through some of the coldest parts of the world. In a way, however, this was an advantage; water often carries easier as ice blocks. And sometimes even the cold was better then than times and places when it was [[KillItWithFire hot]].


The Silk Road is a name given by the AdventurerArchaeologist Ferdinand von Richthofen (the uncle of [[RedBaron guess who]]) to the overland luxury trade routes between China and the Mediterranean. It was not a "road" per se; more like a "web", a web that shifted to and fro, as natural, economic and political circumstances favored one route above another. Its name came from the Chinese silk traded along the road, which was more valued then any silk manufactured at the time. There were other goods transported along the way, such as jade, glass, porcelain, horses, spices, and what not. In fact, from China's point of view, it might be called the "jade route", as Chinese for a long time valued jade as much as westerners valued silk. Ideas and customs were also carried back and forth along the routes. For instance, Greek colonies descended from veterans of the army of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat have left traces of merging of Oriental and Occidental art forms. From the other direction, "Arabic" (actually Indian) numerals, both by the Indian Ocean commerce and through the Silk Road were carried largely by Islamic traders(the reason for the name "Arabic") to the west. On the whole, the Silk Road was inclined toward the desert and mountain areas of Central Asia because, hazardous as those were, they were usually less hazardous than the steepes riddled with constant clan wars among the nomads dwelling there.

Few traders actually went all the way across. Not only were the perils great, but the tariffs charged by each prince along the way mounted up until they became unaffordable, not least because there were few occasions in which the entire route was ruled by one [[TheEmpire empire]]; in normal times, each petty prince got a piece of the action, so to speak. Thus, the trade along the Silk Road naturally formed a sort of relay system where one trader would sell to another, and so on taking his own cut at the end of his journey. The Silk Road, like much of Central Asia, resembled an "ocean" in which each city was an "island". The names of the cities have become famous in romance and poetry and are well remembered, names like Samarkand, Bactria, Kashgar, and so on.

The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors.

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The Silk Road is a name given by the AdventurerArchaeologist Ferdinand von Richthofen (the uncle of [[RedBaron guess who]]) to the overland luxury trade routes between China and the Mediterranean. It was not a "road" per se; more like a "web", a web that shifted to and fro, as natural, economic and political circumstances favored one route above another. Its name came from the Chinese silk traded along the road, which was more valued then any silk manufactured at the time. There were other goods transported along the way, such as jade, glass, porcelain, horses, spices, and what not. In fact, from China's point of view, it might be called the "jade route", as Chinese for a long time valued jade as much as westerners valued silk. Ideas and customs were also carried back and forth along the routes. For instance, Greek colonies descended from veterans of the army of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat have left traces of merging of Oriental and Occidental art forms. From the other direction, "Arabic" (actually Indian) numerals, both by the Indian Ocean commerce and through the Silk Road were carried largely by Islamic traders(the traders (the reason for the name "Arabic") to the west. On the whole, the Silk Road was inclined toward the desert and mountain areas of Central Asia because, hazardous as those were, they were usually less hazardous than the steepes riddled with constant clan wars among the nomads dwelling there.

Few traders actually went all the way across. Not only were the perils great, but the tariffs charged by each prince along the way mounted up until they became unaffordable, not least because there were few occasions in which the entire route was ruled by one [[TheEmpire empire]]; in normal times, each petty prince got a piece of the action, so to speak. Thus, the trade along the Silk Road naturally formed a sort of relay system where one trader would sell to another, and so on taking his own cut at the end of his journey. The Silk Road, like much of Central Asia, resembled an "ocean" in which each city was an "island". The names of the cities have become famous in romance and poetry and are well remembered, names like Samarkand, Bactria, Kashgar, and so on.

on. The Silk Route also isn't limited to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maritime_Silk_Road land]].

The end of the Silk Road as remembered in the past came when the Cape of Good Hope was circumvented by the Portuguese and the luxury products from China could be gotten cheaper. Much of the Silk Route declined. Still, to this day, it is a notable trade route and caravans frequently cross. Usually with trucks instead of camels, but often carrying the same kind of goods as their ancestors. \n Currently, China's "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Belt_One_Road_Initiative Belt and Road Initiative]]" aims to create a modern Silk Road.


* ''Eastern Approaches'' by FitzroyMaclean

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* ''Eastern Approaches'' by FitzroyMaclean
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