The Age of Equality
The Age of Equality was an historical period lasting from YE 533 to YE 755, following the Second Age of Hycath. Its beginning is marked by the conclusion of the Acorn Uprising in YE 533, and it ended with the Second Hycath War that lasted from YE 752-755.
Though the Acorn Uprising was unsuccessful, the call for greater equality between the sexes led to changes in laws surrounding the inheritance of wealth and titles across the Anglia Isle, resulting in the end of centuries of matriarchal rule.
Though Hycathism remains the dominant religion to this day, The Age of Equality ushered in a more agnostic era when many eschewed the worship of goddesses in favor of a more scientific explanation for Hycathic abilities, which focused on genetics.
The era is also sometimes less charitably referred to as “The Age of Greed” due to the huge industrial and commercial boom. Building on the scientific discoveries of the Second Age of Hycath, technological development accelerated at an unprecedented rate. As wealth increased, there was a marked rise in patronage of the arts, leading to huge leaps in artistic and architectural innovations.
Unfortunately, these advancements also came at a cost. Increased carbon dioxide emissions led to global climate change (colloquially known as “The Change”), which melted the polar ice caps, resulting in global sea-level rise and high temperatures, turning fruitful grounds into dry, barren land.