It is the year 1491. America is a vast land with vast resources. Millions of bison roam beside huge forests and waters are teeming with fish. But America is not a pristine wilderness. It is an old continent, inhabited by a hundred million people.
They live in complex urban societies that know little of each other. Some of them are expanding, others declining.
Europe that same year is a very different place. The same number of people live here, in one tenth of the space. This continent is busy and crowded. Cities are growing, competition blossoming, and people are pushing their limits. Suddenly the crucial trade outes to the Orient fall in the hands of the Turks. The elite fears for its wealth. Their greed for more power, land and money drives European kings and queens. And it makes them reach for the horizon.