I was wondering, in the anime on the 4th episode "Bloody History", they refer to some period of time called the "Dark Age". I was wondering (maybe the people that can read the original Japanese Novel can respond this better) what exactly was meant by the "Dark Age"?
I tried to figure what the Dark age was and while searching for that answer, I approximately transcribed (from the subbed english version) when the False Minoshiro talks about that. In that scene he approximately says:
The turning point for Japan was when "Boy A" committed a series of crimes. He realized he could use his PK powers and open the most difficult of locks. “A” broke into the bedrooms of 19 sleeping women, assaulted them and eventually killed them. At this point Saki and her friends couldn’t comprehend how a human was capable of killing other humans. Even after his arrest people continued to use PK to commit crimes. It became a weapon for terrorists. It split society into a complex mix of opposing political, humanitarian, and ideological factions… ...and the world entered an era of war, unlike any known before. Ironically, the constant threat to the lives of PK users led to a dramatic evolution of their abilities. Meanwhile, the human population plummeted worldwide, until it was less than 2% of what it it’d been at its height. These events serve as an overview of the Dark Ages that lasted five centuries.
From that, I concluded that around 2011 A.D. society was something very similar to what we have now (with cars, iPhones, airplanes and normal technology). Then people with PK caused a war and for that reason, human population suffered a terrible decrease to 2%. Then this era lead to a war and then to an era where northeastern Asia divided itself into four distinct and irreconcilable units:
1st, Slave Dynasties, Where PK users controlled those without PK capabilities.
2nd, non-PK users who escaped the Dynasties and lived as hunter-gatherers.
3rd, Bandits who used PK to attack other settlements.
4th, a group of those who managed to preserve some remnants of the technological age.
Then we have the present time where Saki and the others live.
My question is, which time period does the "Dark Age" correspond to?
Is the following time scale correct?
Or is the Dark age before the dynasties/division of asia age? Also, what is known about the dark age?