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    Nobody knows how long the Museifu period has lasted. Some say years, decades. Others say centuries. Nobody really knows for certain. It's not like it mattered; the world had devolved far beyond what was before the Museifu period. Feudalism has become a staple of Japanese life once again, and the amount of pre-Meseifu equipment has dwindled to the point of almost nonexistence.

    The map in front of you was blank. Always had been. There were simply too many warlords to count on the map, and none of them were legal entities. The only filled-out sections were the exclusion zones. Stories from them have always been terrifying, but it was unlikely that any of them were true. It's hard to verify whether anyone survived a journey into one.

    Maybe mapping a few of the warlords wouldn't hurt... They are acting a tiny bit more like nations than everyone else.
    THE EIGHT COMMANDMENTS:
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    Players: 5/6
    Native Hunter - Archbishopric of Nagasaki
    Sobotnik - Kingdom of Japan
    Griffster26 - Shogunate of Osaka
    SniperComZero - New Ashikagan Shogunate
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  2. Post #2
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    Claimed

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    アニメが上昇しなければなりません
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    アニメが上昇しなければなりません
    Five provinces is a bit large to start out with.



    How about this?

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    Five provinces is a bit large to start out with.



    How about this?
    外人スカム。 承諾します。
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    I'm calling Kanto region.

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    Kyoto is mine

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    So exactly what kind if an acockupalypse occurred?

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    Quick note, Griffster has switched to Osaka.

    So exactly what kind if an acockupalypse occurred?
    Ah, but that'd give everything away. Rest assured, though, it was very terrible for everyone involved. However, the land is still fertile, the water is drinkable, and outside of the exclusion zones the only thing that happened afterwards was a shit-ton of war.

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    Everything is going to be だいじょうぶ

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    -nvm just going to see how this works first.

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    Native's already got his turn in. You guys should definitely get to writing your turns. Helps me out if they're scattered throughout the week instead of just all at once.
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    Turns I've received and written -
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    Updated OP, registration is now closed and the newest turn 0 map is up on there.
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    Don't lose your way

    Bonus points for building a school in the middle of Tokyo bay

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    Turns I've received and written -
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    All turns are in. Writing everything out now.
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    Year 1

    Player Conflicts
    Nagasakian Conquest of Shimabara (since Year 1)
    Japanese Conquest of Numazu (since Year 1)

    Archbishopric of Nagasaki - Native Hunter
    Government: Archbishopric (Feudal Theocracy)
    Leader: Archbishop Peter Hinata Hashimoto
    State Religion: Roman Catholicism
    Military Strength: 3 regiments of Jujigunkishi (skilled), 4 regiments of ad hoc levies (unskilled)

    Roman Catholicism had always been a larger part of Nagasaki than the rest of Japan. Indeed, after the early Museifu period, the Christian domain in Nagasaki only grew as a direct result of the sheer death toll of everyone around them. The Black Sheep of Kyushu, Nagasaki is an archbishopric theocracy, headed by an archbishop elected by a council of priests, bishops and abbots called the "Council of the Ordained". Its organization is as feudal as it can be, with collections of monks and Jujigunkishi owning areas of the land that the archbishop couldn't.

    Though with massive technical limitations and a shortage of supplies, the archbishop orders the building up of the Nagasaki area, commemorated with the College of Saint Francis Xavier. This college would allow monks, priests, and missionaries to read, write, study the Catholic faith, and store documents for the church. A building of the likes was absolutely needed for the scribes and librarians working under the archbishop, so construction on it started right away.

    Along with this the archbishop encouraged the building of markets and granaries in order to promote trade, commerce, and to help store grain in case of all-too-common famine. Fletcher and blacksmithing occupations are also encouraged in Nagasaki in order to support the troops and hunters with weaponry. Last but not least, fishing outposts along the coastline of Nagasaki begin construction immediately after the college. Fish is very important to the well-being of the Nagasakians, as a diet of just rice would lead to a deficiency of important nutrients needed for an active lifestyle.

    The plan was set for development into a new era, and all that needed to happen was patience and a strong will of the people. In the agriculture front, orders from the archbishop instruct farmers on hills to construct terraces. There is confusion, however, in the peasant class. How does one construct a terrace? Experimentation is bringing up some results, but it will take a while before something resembling a terrace can take form.

    The Nagasakians are also instructed to 'start breeding cats and dogs'. They look at the archbishop's order in confusion, and then assume it was a cryptic message that should be interpreted metaphorically. Dogs were absolutely deadly to the average Nagasakian, and cats went extinct a long time ago.

    In foreign affairs, the Nagasakian archbishop orders the proselytization of nearby provinces that had not converted to Catholicism. Many of these missionaries came back relatively unsuccessful, but not all. The north has felt a bit of an urge to convert, and some notable state individuals have. Trade is also opened up in surrounding areas, and while it makes a bit of a difference, the areas around Nagasaki are fairly poor, and the nobles are not yet ready to begin trading with Catholics. Still, it's a start.

    A stop to the former village of Oshima during one of these missions has proven incredibly lucrative in terms of agriculture. Tobacco, rice, and even the new world's staple crop, potatoes, were all found in the farms of the village. At its peak, Oshima had only held 2,000 people. As a result, during the Museifu period, they were relatively left alone due to the expense of sieging the village outweighing the benefits. The extra rice plantations also help with the newest reinvention in Nagasaki, the ancient drink known as sake. A modest, but growing market, the sake industry begins to take off as people enjoy the compliment to rice and fish that it brings.

    Settlers sailing off of docks built in Nagasaki are also ordered to depart to the islands of Nakadori and Shimoshima. Shimoshima Island, though closer to Nagasaki proper, isn't empty. Japanese warlords have already set up there, and it would require a naval invasion to root them out. Meanwhile, Nakadori was easily landed on, and only has a population of about 5,000 in a loose tribal conglomeration. The banner was raised, and Nagasaki's settlement of the island begins.

    The military was not neglected, of course. The Jujigunkishi were busy people, and policing the streets was not going to be a very good use of their resources. Especially not as they prepare for war. A local police force, called simply 'the Keisatsu' for now, was split off from the Jujigunkishi in order to protect the townspeople of Nagasaki. It was a much-needed endeavour; crime was rampant in the ruins of the city, and warlords would usually exploit the situation by looting and pillaging for money, scrap, and food to supply their armies during times of great strife.

    Thrown into the construction orders were fortresses on the northern border to prevent warlords from pillaging the land, as well as to act as a 'pit stop' of sorts from Nagasaki to the north. These rudimentary fortresses weren’t occupied for a long time, however. Three regiments of the Jujigunkishi march into the southeast, ready to destroy the warlord of Shimabara. Three regiments were levied from the defending province, but are of much poorer quality than the Jujigunkishi. However, they had the mountains to fall back on.

    This didn't really help much; the defensive bonus from the mountain was negated by the sheer existence of a somewhat-professional army fighting them. The regiments were destroyed with most of the Jujigunkishi intact, and the holy regiments were moved in to siege the towns located in the area.

    A recovered letter from one of the land-owning monasteries in the area reads:

    Year 351 Anno Apocalypsi

    It has been 351 years since the start of the Apocalypse, and since Revelations has come to fruition, as recorded by my fellow Clergymen. We the Kirishitans of Japan are what are left of the pious people who once inhabited this world, Our lord and savior Jesus Christ has left the solemn task upon us to lay the foundations for his Kingdom of Heaven on earth for when he returns to end this period of chaos and bring upon us an everlasting peace. I, Yuki Fujioka, am tasked with recording the history of our people and the class system that we have devolved into. In the beginning of our state's history it is said that a war of all the nations of this world broke out, in that time the Arch-Bishop of Nagasaki,Kiyoshi Kurosawa, issued a mandate for all citizens of the city to take refuge in within the Church's walls, and those of other Kirishitans houses, few listened. Because of this many died, and when the Faithful emerged from the Church's walls and the homes of Kirishitans, they found the city in disarray and ruin, with many of the cities inhabitants laying dead. Those who were not Kirishitan when they went into the Church emerged faithful and new men. Soon Kiyoshi Kurosawa took reign of the city, repairing what building could be, overseeing the re-settlement of families, and distributing what food could be found. Soon Nagasaki emerged as a beacon of light for survivors and many from the countryside flocked to the city looking for salvation and opportunity to start anew. In the early years, many converts were found and many more survivors flocked to the city and its outskirts. With these survivors the borders of Nagasaki grew and the Arch-Bishopric became a state of its own. However as borders grew defending our lands grew harder and harder, seeing this struggle Arch-Bishop Daisuke Shizuka created the Jujigunkishi, or the crusaders, whose main function was to serve the church, protect her people, and maintain the faith. These Holy Warriors soon emerged to be the greatest fighting force in all of the realm, and with this respect they were soon given rights that few had in the Arch-bishopric. The right to own land. This put the Jujigunkishi higher on the class scale than any commoner could ever hope to be. Eventually with the rise of travelers coming to our lands and the lack of available land and housing, many found themselves indebted to Jujigunkishi who offered them the opportunity to live on their lands and farm in exchange for paying a tribute and answering their calls if they were needed in battle. This is what created our class system, at the top there is of course the Arch-Bishop of Nagasaki, and Clergymen of the realm, bishops, abbots, priests, and monks like myself. Next are the Jujigunkishi, who have taken on a more or less noble position amongst the people of the realm. Following a code similar to Bushido however closer to that of Chivalry known as Jujmichi or way of the crusader, in which all Jujigunkishi are required to swear an oath to uphold Christs' teachings, spread his word, and protect his children. Next in line are the freemen of the realm, those who work in the cities and towns who are not bound to the land as serfs are, but are free to travel and work as they please. And finally there are the Serfs, or the bound-men of the realm who live indebted to the Jujigunkishi.

    1st Entry
    September 23rd 351 Anno Apocalypsi
    Friar Shirou Kita

    Bishonen Empire - Pezgod1
    Government: Absolutist Kingdom
    Leader: Hideyoshi I Senpai
    State Religion: Animuism
    Military Strength: 7 regiments of an unnamed standing army (highly skilled)

    The Bishonen Empire is a very new state on the Japanese political stage. Formed from the product of decades of war, followed by the insanity of people having lived in the broken ruins, the Bishonen Empire popped up mainly due to something that could be only described as 'batshit fucking crazy' to outsiders.

    An object cult, Animuism, formed about a decade ago in the sheer chaos of Ishikawa. One thing led to another (see included documentation), and the cult has spread throughout most of north Ishikawa while displacing more ancient religions such as Shinto and Buddhism. Several sects of the object cult have popped up, with a polytheistic pantheon based off of these objects. Waifuists make up the largest sect, followed, not necessarily in order, by Fujoshits, Mangists, and Otakus. Outsiders look upon this new religion with shock and confusion, along with morbid curiosity.

    As a result of this religious unity, followed by the conquest of many local warlords, the king is viewed as an almost godlike figure, thus leading to the constitution of the Bishonen Empire consisting of an ancient, but still relatively modern, governmental system. Absolutism. The land is his, with no warlords to stop him. Whether that'll change with expansion remains to be seen.

    The kingdom had recently issued several decrees involving the administration of his kingdom. Lands for farming and husbandry were tested for any contaminants, and it appears as if all of the arable land in the empire is fertile and safe for grazing and growing crops. Rice, one of the staples of Japan, is quickly planted into this land and yields a hefty amount of food.

    Another decree in agriculture states that crops should be rotated to different ones every year to improve soil structure and fertility. This doesn't have an effect at the moment, as it is the first year the decreed land is being farmed on. Legume crops are already being prepared for the next harvest. All that needs to be figured out is the timing of the rotation.

    In addition to the council of advisors the king already had, a section of the court devoted to the opinions of every sect in Animuism is put into law, allowing for a much greater input from the sects in the government's affairs. This increases relations with the different sects, as they all feel like they now have a voice in political matters.

    As the king is not currently married, a marriage between Hideyoshi and a woman from the Fujoshit sect, Haruko, was arranged in short time. As one of the few women in the land with blue eyes and blonde hair, she was picked without much consideration for other options almost as if the king were a child at a candy shop. The disgust from marrying a lowborn for normal societies is dulled by the cultish admiration to the king from everyone in government.

    A rather... unique consequence to this arranged marriage is the king's desire for a male lover. In order to appease the Fujoshit sect, male on male relations of a carnal nature are almost required for Fujoshit rituals. Thus, the king started looking. Several hundred people were executed when they refused, and there are no leads as to one that could fill the void.

    Externally, the Bishonens begin scouting south for a situation report on the tribes on their border. The ones in the southeast are heavily Shinto, while the ones in the southwest are about 50/50 Shinto-Buddhist. None of them particularly take kindly to the object cult of the north, but they are weak from generations of warfare in Ishikawa. They are easy prey.

    Despite the promises of fertile land, these people do not accept the cult or its leader. Proselytization, therefore, is almost impossible except for a select few individuals who were already shunned from society for their insanity. Missions didn't stop in Ishikawa; a long, hard journey by a diplomatic mission has arrived at the doorstep of Osaka, where the Osaka have signed an alliance offer from the Bishonens.

    In military matters, a zealous, loyal standing army is set up working directly under the king. Due to the sheer obsession with the king, almost to the point of him being a de-facto cult leader, this standing army is large enough to rival levies and costs barely anything per soldier. Seven regiments are formed with this doctrine at the normal cost of upkeep for just one regiment.

    The soldiers are trained thoroughly, a focus on quality. This training regiment works marvellously, as the almost indoctrinated soldiers wish to become as powerful as possible. While the standing army under the king is a highly formidable force, it will still take a lot more before they can keep dissent in conquered provinces down that are not already Animuist.

    The military is immediately put into use in two ways. One of these ways is sending a small expedition of soldiers into the Fukui exclusion zone. Barely anyone returns. The people who do return are covered in black water, coughing up remnants of it from deep in their throat almost as if they were completely immersed in it. Although the black water was cleaned off, symptoms began to appear a few days later.

    The first sign of something wrong was paranoia. All of the soldiers were oddly suspicious of daily social activity, claiming to have heard voices warning them of their impending doom. Though they were ultimately doomed, it wasn't because of the plot of their fellow man. It was because of the pieces of flesh that had begun falling off of their body.

    As they slowly rotted away, several questions sprang up in people's minds. Was this contagious? Could you fix this with prayer to the object cult? How were they still alive? Even after the decomposition should've killed them, they continued to persist in living. Eventually, they were reduced to immobility as their tendons snapped from their bone, their consciousness somehow surviving despite nature willing them to cease their mortal existence.

    The last thing that eroded away was the eyes. Any knowledge of whether or not they were still alive and conscious was lost as the tendons decayed away from the eyeball. Despite all of that pain and suffering, there was no treasure to be gained by the sacrifice of these immobile skeletons, entombed in their own body. In fact, the sheer thought of something like this occurring sickened people to the core, spreading doubt in their faith.

    Arguably the people who got the easier job were the ones ordered to invade into the south, into the southwest of Ishikawa. The reasoning from high army officials is that it's easier to convert a 50/50 split than a large, Shinto majority. Thus, with that, three regiments marched into the anarchic tribes and conquered them almost without a hitch. Armed resistance did crop up here and there, but anything that could dent the army was taken out in a few months.

    Enclosed is a write up from a scribe working in Osaka after diplomatic communication had been established:

    The Bishonen Empire has an interesting history, marked by assumption, warfare and zealousness in god. Formerly, many peoples whom inhabited the regions owned by the empire had followed faiths passed down by their ancestors. 10 years ago, the region of interconnected villages had been gripped by excitement and debate, as artifacts from the little-known "Kokujin" (age of information) period were dredged up from a swamp. From information gleaned by the quasi-intelligible language of Nippon, the sunken house where these trinkets were found belonged to an 'otaku'.
    Inside the house, a great number of items were found. Posters of girls and boys from the mysterious land of 'Animay' were discovered, alongside pillows of indecent little girls and the infamous 'one hole', shaped to fit a grown man's genitalia. By coincidence, a boy of a nearby village held a striking resemblance to one of the males pictured on a poster. Because of this, many tired with faiths forced upon them by history flocked to the blonde-haired, blue eyed 'shota' and began worshipping him. As he grew, this band of zealous followers did too, and he began his great conquest of Ishikawa. As of now, he is 25, and has adopted the royal name "Hideyoshi I Senpai".
    To solidify his fledgling kingdom for his children when he dies, Hideyoshi chose to turn Bishou away from worship of himself, and instead to the various treasures found over the years. Under him, Animuism flourished, and many sects arose based upon lore and knowledge. Mangists worship the drawn gods, and form the artisan and creative arm of the empire. Otakus base their worship on the mysterious 'owner', the man whom lived in the drowned house. They dedicate their lives to solitude and masturbation, and claim ownership of the ceremonial 'one hole'. Fujoshits worship 'yowie', an offshoot branch of the Mangists who focus upon lewd imagines of male on male action. Of these, the Waifuists wax the greatest, as they focus on fertility and loving of a singular 'waifu', and often have the most children.

    Kingdom of Japan - Sobotnik
    Government: Feudal Kingdom
    Leader: King Kim Hwan-ju
    State Religion: Buddhism
    Military Strength: 2 regiments of Hwarang (skilled), 3 regiments of levies (unskilled) for each warlord for a total of 8 regiments if all armies are raised.

    Unlike Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture's cities, towns, and villages were not in the exclusion zone that had taken the rest of Tokyo. Indeed, the existence of not one, not two, but three exclusion zones proved beneficial to the newly-minted Kingdom of Japan, to say the least. It allowed the king's demesne to squeeze between them, leading to their country being a gateway to those who didn't want to cross the mountains to get to northern Japan.

    A stark contrast to the Japanese of old, the Kingdom of Japan utilizes Hangul, the writing system of the pre-Museifu Koreans. This was mostly due to one of the only books left in the Kingdom being that of a Japanese-Korean dictionary. It is unknown what purpose this served, but it is speculated by the peasantry that it was to limit literacy to only scribes and nobles who had access to the dictionary.

    A staple of the Fujiwara-controlled kingdom are the clans. They are used to gather resources and manpower, focusing on irrigation and granary construction. Rent deductions are given to clans of lesser stature if they helped with the construction, and so far it has worked tremendously with the development of otherwise rural areas.
    Included in these development projects were clans outside of the demesne of the Japanese king, who were connected to the state via intermarriage. The intermarried clans are granted additional privileges in these projects, which encourages intermarrying in lesser clans.

    Another area of build-up is monasteries to the Buddhist faith. This greatly angers the rather large Shinto minority living inside of the kingdom, which dislikes the preferential treatment Buddhists get in society despite them making up almost half of the religious people in the king's demesne. The construction allows for a larger Buddhist monk class, but if you are not a noble or scribe, then it is very hard to read any of the books (written in Hangul) located in them.

    In agricultural news, the king orders the farmer class to focus on now-rare crops such as potatoes, peas, and beans, on areas that do not grow rice. Progress is slow when it comes to adoption, but nonetheless, come next harvest there should be a larger amount of food variety than there was a year before. The hardiness of potatoes should also help with storage. This is made all the more easier with the invention of the heavy plough, which increased the yield of this year's harvest drastically when it was implemented.

    Cultivation of land is made a priority by the king, where the farmer class is essentially made completely autonomous from the feudal lords above them as long as they paid rent. This greatly diminishes the amount of levies that the king himself can raise, as there is no obligation for a farmer to drop whatever they're doing to go to battle. This makes the king's Japanese levy system essentially a volunteer force raised on an ad-hoc basis. Local warlords are also not obligated to follow this policy.

    The move wasn't without its pros, of course. The amount of ducats directly flowing into the king's pockets is a major boon to the development of more buildings in the kingdom. It also allows a farmer to tend to their farm without interruption, the rent money being low enough at this point to be somewhat tolerable, even more so if they're growing mandated crops as they get a rent reduction if they do so. Mayors from all around the kingdom are also paying the extra money to become independent from feudal lords, cities trying to leaving warlord control in droves.

    The warlords do not obey the king. The rent money is cut off and pocketed by the local warlords before it can ever reach the king's demesne. Fortunately, the king isn't entirely defenceless. The Hwarang (Flowering Knights) are formed under the orders of the king, recruiting loyal soldiers who had served the king before and incorporating them into the newly-formed retinue. At the moment, they are two regiments strong. It is enough to fight against one of the warlords in the Kingdom, but that still leaves the king in a somewhat dangerous situation.

    Appeasement of the warlords was the top priority for the king, so to increase relations with the ones outside of Tokyo Prefecture, the king allows for a southward invasion of territory, to be incorporated into warlord territory. The southwest falls almost immediately, with a lack of supplies and the sandwiching between two hostile nations preventing them from surviving a siege for more than a week.

    The southeast, closer to the coast and thus better in supply, have been able to hold out. Despite the opposing warlords not having any known allies, it is almost as if there are supplies coming in from another source by boat. This has led to the drawing out of the war to the point where the single, decisive battle that would shift the war into either area's favour has not happened yet, when in reality a battle should’ve happened before the effects of attrition became known Thus, the war could go either way, but a numerical advantage pushes the odds to the Kingdom of Japan.

    The Hwarang begin helping out foreign clans of their choosing, mostly Buddhist-majority ones, so that these clans can increase their influence and then subsequently be absorbed into the Kingdom of Japan. However, the recent events unfolding in the kingdom prevent any outside clans from influencing their respective warlords to join.

    A haiku, one of the first new texts written in Hangul, reads:
    Long ago, a lily died
    Crumbled to dust
    A seed waits for tomorrow

    Yakuzan Collective - FireSale69
    Government: Feudal Despotism
    Leader: Kumicho Hideki Yamamoto
    State Religion: Atheism
    Military Strength: 6 regiments of levies (somewhat skilled)

    Even as the Museifu period drew on ever longer, the remnants of the Yakuza still persisted. In fact, the Yakuza benefitted greatly from the new arrangement of Japan. As a heavily powerful clan with a lot of assets, a union of all Yakuza families on the mainland, the arrangement allowed for a large amount of puppeteering in the new feudal structure.

    However, being just a clan wasn't enough for Hideki Yamamoto. Indeed, he would have nothing more than full control as the liege of his influenced territory. This required getting to know warlords around the area, some of which were famous Japanese nationalists, and with their support the Yakuzan Collective was formed.

    With Yamamoto crowned the new kumicho of these united lands, work began immediately on the attempted establishment of hospitals. However, healthcare is fairly bottlenecked as the advents of modern medicine have long been lost to the ages. The kumicho also focuses on standardized parts, which might prove useful for replacing damaged blades on swords without making a new hilt.

    The kumicho also exclaimed that books should be kept in the beginning stages of the state, which leads to scribes clamouring to find these books and store them in vast libraries, away from the rest of the peasantry. This would keep the books safe, at the cost of decreased literacy.

    Scouting parties within the Yakuzan Collective begin two missions. One was to assess the situation in the north. These scouts come back with tales of a glorious, extremely strong kingdom that should be feared and respected. Doubt of the Yakuza's superiority germinates within the nobilities’ head.

    The second mission was much more domestic, scouring through territories for any equipment. All that was really acquired from this was a hefty portion of scrap from the cities as well as the testing of the soil allowing for planting of crops. Everything of use aside from a few inane books was already looted decades ago.

    The same can certainly be said for the military bases that dot the territory of the collective. Husks of their former self, the bases are essentially massive craters with a few walls here and there still standing. The earth is scorched in these locations, and half-buried skeletons dot the ground. There is nothing left of these ancient installations.

    In addition to scouting missions, the kumicho has issued decrees for 'quality over quantity' in terms of how the military is operating. However, the collective is not running on a standing army system and is instead subsisting entirely on levies, so the effectiveness of this policy is dampened relatively harshly.

    Reforms regarding the training of these levies have not yet come into effect, as levies are trained on an ad hoc basis, going with the impermanence of the military. The equipment in the armoury is steadily being improved, especially with the reinvention of leather protection. Padded cloth is still used as a little extra protection, but the leather is appreciated by people who have had it on.

    In addition to this, 'watch groups' that work part time for the government in return for some extra land or food are sent into the collective to enforce laws drafted by the kumicho. These laws are shown to be incredibly brutal against its peasants, even more so than usual. The leather armour becomes useful at this point, as peasant revolts have almost started once or twice but were avoided due to the increased personal protection of these watch groups.

    Externally, the kumicho is much more pleasant. Though the offers by people living in other areas to immigrate into the collective were agreed upon until they crossed the border into the Kingdom of Japan, trading parties controlled by the kumicho begin to flourish in these warlord-controlled areas. This adds a little extra wealth to Yamamoto's pockets.


    New Ashikagan Shogunate - SniperComZero
    Government Type: Feudal Empire
    Leader: Shogun Hiroshi
    State Religion: Shinto-Buddhism
    Military Strength: 4 regiments of samurai (skilled), 4 regiments of levies (unskilled)

    In the ruins of Kyoto rose a familiar old state. The New Ashikagan Shogunate, formerly warlords of the densely populated parts of the former imperial capital, had formed after a very peaceful resolution with its neighbours in Museifu terms. There was bloodshed here and there, but the area was somewhat lucky in the sense that it wasn't devastated enough to disavow all pre-Museifu values. In but short months, the true Shogunate expands its borders rapidly, with warlords from the Kansai region, most notably those from Osaka, swear allegiance to it.

    The governmental set up of the New Shogunate is very similar to the one of old. The shogun rules over the daimyos and the daimyos rule over the samurai. However, the daimyos in the Shogunate are very autonomous, almost to the point of complete independence. The only thing that stops them being independent is listening to the shogun once in a while.

    The formation of the Kansai Federation between the Shogunate of Osaka and the New Ashikagan Shogunate has allowed for the increased cooperation of both parties, as well as allowing for the subordinate daimyos of Suita and Hirakata to be better connected within this federation. The federation also encourages the streamlining of Shogunate policy from both sides.

    The interconnectedness of Osaka and Kyoto is complemented by the infrastructure reforms that have been taking place, including chopping down trees and using basic scythes to cut grass. The asphalt of roads had long since degraded to a few token areas scattered around these roads, but as far as walking paths go, they will do. This reformed infrastructure should allow for better trade between the daimyos and shoguns.

    This infrastructure reform also bleeds into lumber-cutting programs set up by the shogun for building materials. The lumber should prove useful if the build up of a navy within the federation is undertaken, or if housing projects within the Shogunate are ordered. For now, the material is unused.

    The living symbols of the New Ashikagan Shogunate are the samurai. A strong, land-owning military caste, these samurai are responsible for the defense of the country if needed. Military nobility in the newly acquired daimyo of Hirakata also takes the opportunity to become samurai when offered, bolstering the samurai force to a healthy 4 regiments.

    The bolstering of the samurai class is partaken even further as the blacksmiths in Kyoto forge a sword heavily similar to the katanas of old. These swords are remarkable for their quick draw speed, and the ability to forge a much stronger blade out of the scrap of Kyoto is incredibly helpful to production as a whole.


    Shogunate of Osaka - Griffster26
    Government Type: Feudal Military Dictatorship
    Leader: Admiral Yuuto Hamasaki
    Majority Religion: Shinto-Buddhism
    Military Strength: 3 regiments of an unnamed standing army (skilled), 6 regiments of levies (unskilled)

    Unlike their fellow member of the Kansai Federation, the Shogunate of Osaka was the product of a moderate level of strife. The old governments of Osaka one-by-one were overthrown, until the current status quo was achieved. Instead of a king heading the feudal society of Osaka, an Admiral, Yuuto Hamasaki, acts as the liege of the state's domain.

    Osaka's diplomatic image is about as untarnished as Kyoto's, which is shown by their ability to wrangle the Daimyo of Suita into their orbit. Along with this, their recent alliance with the Bishonens in the north and their participation in the Kansai Federation are all examples of good diplomatic leadership, and should lead to them making a lot of friends in the future.

    They aren't perfect at everything diplomacy, of course. Osaka's attempts at vassalizing Kobe prove to be ineffective, as the Admiral's justification for this vassalization was to protect from foreigners. The warlord of Kobe, seeing the irony of this justification, decides not to surrender their sovereignty to Osaka in fear of having less power over their land.

    Internally, the admiral orders several things. One is the attempt of rekindling electricity by restarting generators. However, most generators that were in Osaka's territory were completely destroyed, and the extremely rare ones that were intact enough to restart did not have the fuel needed to do it. Another thing the Admiral has tried to do is repair Osaka Castle.

    The castle, however, was in complete ruins. Rubble surrounded the foundation, and it seemed like the only thing left of the castle was that foundation. It would be very hard to reconstruct, let alone repair. This is also complicated by the fact that people have forgotten what Osaka Castle looked like.

    The Admiral's last degree to the population was to turn away Christian priests and missionaries if they ever came into Osaka. Since there are barely any Christians in the Osaka area, this turned out to have the unfortunate consequence of peasants labeling every Christian a missionary and discriminating against them.

    As far as military is concerned, the Admiral signs a piece of legislature creating a standing army to work directly under the Admiral. Experimentation on creating new, ranged weaponry for these soldiers ends in complete disaster, but the invention of the katana in the federation bleeds into Osaka. This new sword ends up becoming very popular within the ranks of the standing army.
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    Interior minister Chung Dae-won, holding an issued edict

    Loyalty through fear:

    Naught but a worthless trinket.

    Respect is best earned.
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    Interior minister Chung Dae-won, holding an issued edict
    This man has never read Machiavelli clearly

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    Espionage turns should be done today.

    Edited:

    Espionage turns are all sent, you'll find them in your PM box.

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    When a slot is opened, I'll join in as the Imperial Enclave.

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    I propose we put aside our differences to agree: that anime was a mistake and will never happen again.
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    I propose we put aside our differences to agree: that anime was a mistake and will never happen again.
    no waifu no laifu kuso ttare, jibun o koroshimasu baka baka

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    no waifu no laifu kuso ttare, jibun o koroshimasu baka baka
    how about i come over there and whip some bushido into you boy

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    how about i come over there and whip some bushido into you boy
    Come and try gaijin ikyōto kokujin

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    It's the middle of the week. You guys should consider getting the rest of your turns in.
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       It's most likely not what you think it is.   
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    All turns are in and I'm writing them, but I'm probably not going to be done until Monday. Things came up that I need to attend to first.

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    Sheeeeit, I am late again. Can you squeeze me in there somewhere, please? I haven't played a political RP in a while.

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    All turns are in and I'm writing them, but I'm probably not going to be done until Monday. Things came up that I need to attend to first.
    Maybe after this second turn, then.
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    Sheeeeit, I am late again. Can you squeeze me in there somewhere, please? I haven't played a political RP in a while.

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    Maybe after this second turn, then.
    Sure, I'll squeeze you in next turn. I think I might be able to squeeze in IAmANewb too, so you two get in contact with me (or just send me a first turn. Doesn't really matter.)

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    Whoa, I didn't expect a slot to be opened up so soon. I thought a slot would open sometime next turn and coincides with the end of my examinations which is this week.

    You can skip me for this turn

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    Sure, I'll squeeze you in next turn. I think I might be able to squeeze in IAmANewb too, so you two get in contact with me (or just send me a first turn. Doesn't really matter.)
    Aw yiss.

    Satsuma bois represent.
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    Aw yiss.

    Satsuma bois represent.
    gtfo

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    Aw yiss.

    Satsuma bois represent.
    better come under the rule of the rightful shogun you cheeky cunt

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    better come under the rule of the rightful shogun you cheeky cunt
    bitch I'll cut you

    you too
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    Year 2 (Anno Apocalypsi 352/Fukko 1)




    Player Conflicts –
    Japanese Conquest of the Coast (since Year 1) – Kingdom of Japan and Yakuzan Collective vs. Numazu, Tokaido

    Archbishopric of Nagasaki - Native Hunter
    Government: Archbishopric (Feudal Theocracy)
    Leader: Archbishop Peter Hinata Hashimoto
    State Religion: Roman Catholicism
    Military Strength: 4 regiments of Jujigunkishi (skilled), 1 regiment of ad hoc defensive militia (moderately skilled), 4 regiments of ad hoc levies [2 vassal regiments] (unskilled), Traveller's Mercy (galley)

    Though the new era of development in Nagasaki goes well, it is slow-going. Fisheries have propped up on the coast, bringing in octopus. These octopi are incredibly large and seem to have abnormally large ink sacs, and its meat has a very potent and characteristic taste. Preliminary tasting has shown that it is edible, so people ate. 'Takozonesu', a name derived from the portmanteau of 'tako (octopus)' and 'amazonesu (unknown, used in the context of large things)', becomes a favourite among the people of Nagasaki, especially with a side of sake to wash it down.

    Construction on granaries is steadily being completed statewide and the establishment of market squares has aided in the increase in overall wealth of the average Nagasakian. Plans for school houses sponsored by the archbishop are also laid out, but the construction of school houses is bottlenecked by the continuous construction projects that have been sanctioned alongside it. Monks will eventually come here to teach literacy and writing skills, as well as of the Catholic faith, when they are completed.

    Terrace farming progress has finally come to fruition, and this harvest season the first few terraces of rice crops have popped up. The harvest is also readily improved by the introduction of irrigation canals. Though these are rare at first, they show promise by leading the way to a more widespread adoption of terraces in lieu of difficulties that face peasants with irrigation this year.

    Another quick instruction by the archbishop was to rotate crops every growing season. This wasn't exactly an original idea. Neither was the idea of the heavy plough, which ws also aiding farmers considerably. Scouts from the archbishop searched far and wide, moving into the inland of Honshu. They lived among warlords and states like regular patrons, learning of the technologies and ways of life there. Let's just say they snagged a few for themselves.

    There was one catch, however, in terms of agriculture. The levies were raised for much longer than the obliged year, which meant that yields would plummet drastically if the levies weren't disbanded. After 6 months, the levies were disbanded leaving only the Jujigunkishi in Shimabara, but an entire regiment stayed due to their willing promotion to Jujigunkishi.

    With the conclusion of sieges in Shimabara, the war of conquest has ended with a decisive Nagasakian victory. The land is put under the demesne of the archbishop, with the baronies within the land being split up by Jujigunkishi. Among the recipients of this land were the recently-promoted peasants, much to the annoyance of veterans of the Jujigunkishi who didn't get land.

    The Jujigunkishi are also trying to bring back the militias of old, setting aside a regiment of people that would be levied only for the defence of Nagasaki. As there have been no defensive wars yet in the archbishopric, the effectiveness of this is yet to be seen. However, these militias are in between Jujigunkishi and normal peasant levies in terms of skill, so it is certainly possible that this would bolster the garrisons in Nagasaki fairly well if the need to deploy them ever arose.

    To protect trade ships as well as ferry troops across to the Nagasakian colony or uncharted lands over the sea, naval construction begins along on docks used by the newly-constructed fisher outposts. One galley comes out of this construction, christened 'Ryoko no jihi', or Traveller's Mercy. This galley makes the ships coming to and from the colony on Nakadori a little more secure, as well as allowing for a naval invasion if the need arises.

    Looking outward to the colony on Nakadori, named Jinsowa (Rock of Life) after the large rock near the first town, it had grown considerably in the last year. The natives were allowed to control their own affairs in their villages, but were controlled by the Jujigunkishi in order to prevent rebellion. The natives of the island were also given gifts of food and (very sparsely) tobacco as offerings of friendship. The tobacco was consumed first, and the natives who tried it quickly felt a craving for more.

    Thus began the problems the natives had with tobacco. With the cultivation of tobacco on Jinsowa, it was also fairly easy to get, as often there was very little tracking of exactly how many tobacco leaves were yielded and how many were leaving. It also made the farmers quite a lot in bartered goods as the natives began trading away their prized possessions for tobacco.

    Some even took conversion for tobacco products, something that Catholic missionaries did in order to ease tensions as well as help tobacco farmers. To them, it was a win/win. To the natives, maybe not so much. As far as feeding the natives was concerned, food was imported on trade ships from Kyushu, guarded by the Traveller's Mercy, in order to keep the colonists and natives alive after agriculture was mostly replaced with tobacco farms.

    Back to the inland of Kyushu, the search for crops comes up relatively unsuccessful this year. What ends up being successful, instead, is the conversion of the northern warlords to Christianity and their subsequent integration into the archbishopric as daimyos. Two daimyos, with a regiment each of levies, now control the north and report directly to the liege. Perhaps there are some new crops that can be gained from this new territory after all.


    Bishonen Empire - Pezgod1
    Government: Absolutist Kingdom
    Leader: Hideyoshi I Senpai
    State Religion: Animuism
    Military Strength: 5 regiments of Lubed Fist soldiers (highly skilled), 1 galley

    After the disaster that was the Fukui expedition, doubt started to spur in the minds of the people who had seen or heard of what happened to the people there. Indeed, many people had taken to seeing it as an act of God, leading to people losing trust in Hideyoshi as a benevolent leader. The zone was quickly declared off-limits by the government, and the soldiers who came back were posthumously made heroes. This did not ease tensions among the peasantry, and even some nobles are uneasy about the entire thing.

    Animuism as a whole was affected greatly by this. A man by the name of Marutin Ruta, a man who was originally part of the Waifuist sect, was heavily dissatisfied with Hideyoshi's treatment of the exclusion zones, especially with the recent government agency written into law dedicated to exploring other exclusion zones with suicidal adventurers promised great wealth and fortune. Along with this, Ruta was heavily against the practices of the Fujoshit sect, claiming that it was 'decadent and sinful' and that people should live an austere, ascetic lifestyle instead of commiting 'heinous acts of debauchery in unholy rituals'.

    Thus, Ruta Shugi came into being. Ruta Shugi was a sect of Animuism that protested the current system in favour of a simpler, more holy lifestyle that was a staple of most other religions. In the recently-conquered southwest, this sect spreads like a plague as Shinto-Buddhism has lost its legitimacy in government, and Ruta Shugi is used as a way to create a fairer, religiously minded Animuism. Tight-knit border communities connecting the Shinto-Buddhist southwest with the rest of the Empire also feel the urge to convert following the bungling of Hideyoshi on the issue of exclusion zones.

    It also allowed people against the actions of the Fujoshit sect to gain refuge in their beliefs, which was mostly sparked due to conservative beliefs still existing to a certain extent because of the unequal amount of destruction in Ishikawa. These conservative peoples were violently angered as Hideyoshi continued to ask for a male lover, some of them having lost family members to execution the year before. The approach is a little lighter this year, with monetary incentives given to the 'cutest' person to step forward. Things were complicated as several people stepped forward, but were then killed by an angry mob of Ruta-ha as they had stepped forward in the southwest.

    In the face of this new religious conflict, Hideyoshi opted to change people's outlook on him. Stepping down from his godlike perception, he proclaims himself as not a god on Earth, but merely a prophet for the real gods. This shakes the core of everyone's belief system, as Hideyoshi was the main uniting factor between the sects. With no uniting factor anymore, and with Ruta-ha seeing this as a declaration of weakness from the emperor, the different sects of Animuism start debating... who are the real gods, anyway? Which sect is the right sect? Violent arguments break out, especially between the emperor's courtiers, on the answer to this.

    Domestically, aside from the new religious reorganization, the ruins from previous conflicts and conquests begin getting cleared, the remnants being used as scrap. This massive undertaking leaves many people who were squatting in the ruins without a roof over their head, and the process takes all year. Next year, the building up of new towns and villages with the materials gained from scrapping will commence, and hopefully in the near future Ishikawa won't be a shelled-out wasteland.

    Progress on crop rotation goes well. Several people have correctly guessed the rotation time due to their knowledge of the rainy season. Because of this, yield essentially doubles from these crops as legumes grow during the 'lull' of the rice growing season, when rice wouldn't usually grow. This, along with the discovery of takozonesu pockets off the coast ready to be fished, allows for people to at least have some quality of life during the backbreaking work that is entailed from being a peasant.

    In military matters, the new standing army is named the 'Lubed Fist' and is immediately put to work patrolling the southwest and border communities with large numbers of Ruta-ha. It is unsuccessful at curbing unrest, however, and two regiments even defect to the side of the Ruta-ha as they actually heard what they had to say. The very few horses in Ishikawa were ridden by Lubed Fist soldiers, but the number of such are so few that it doesn't really make much of a difference, and the ones fallen in battle are never replaced.

    Construction of naval vessels using salvaged wood and scrap begins on the docks of Ishikawa, and a large galley is about half-finished by the end of the year. Smaller sailboats also pop up along the coast, which are immediately outfitted in an expedition west along the Japanese coastline. The expedition goes well, with warlords here and there letting the ships dock and resupply. The expedition ends at Nagasaki, where gifts of bread and salt were given out by the portsmen. This leads to the sailors having a fairly nice experience with the archbishopric.

    Lastly, an expedition into the Tokyo Exclusion Zone is partaken by expeditionaries from the Bishonen Empire, much to the chagrin of the people angry with Hideyoshi. The expedition never came back, causing a massive riot in the southwest as people had thought Hideyoshi condemned several people to a slow, painful, unholy death. These riots were eventually curbed with disproportionate violence, leading to Ruta Shugi becoming more powerful as a result of the sheer disillusionment with the emperor.

    An excerpt from an Otakuist piece of scripture, written in response to the unclear philosophy of most Animuist sects in the face of Ruta Shugi, states:
    1. Treasure the great One Hole.
    2. Do not profane the hole, or a million curses be upon you.
    3. Do not take our lord owner's name in vain.
    4. On the crack of dawn, point your genitals towards the great house and pray.

    These are the rules that bind us. The rules that we, the most holy of all sects, abide by, and hold above all else. Upon death shall worthy souls ascend to the great house in the sky, to live our lives as the owner had done so in time immortal. Wavering piety, or breaking one of the rules that bind, condemn unworthy souls to an eternity of terrible hellfire.

    Kingdom of Japan - Sobotnik
    Government: Feudal Kingdom
    Leader: King Kim Hwan-ju
    State Religion: Buddhism
    Military Strength: 3 regiments of Hwarang (skilled), 3 regiments of levies (unskilled) for each warlord for a total of 8 regiments if all armies are raised.

    As the war on the coast drags on into the new year, the Kingdom of Japan is suffering. In the remnants of Tokyo Prefecture, food is still being pumped out due to the disbanding of levies, but the vassal warlords are feeling the burn considerably from the lengthy siege campaign. Tensions between the warlords and the king begin to mount as they demand an end to the war. While the interior of these provinces is directly under the control of the vassal warlords, the coast continuously proves a difficult nut to crack.

    One of the warlords was appeased with the offering of an unfortified province for the taking, which they did and then proceeded to disband their levies just in time for the harvest season. The westernmost one isn't as lucky. The siege is taking a toll on morale, and the harvest season was missed as the vassal levies tried their best to capture the coastal towns. Farmers in the interior of Numazu were not levied, allowing a bit of relief from this, but the rest of the westernmost provinces are at the edge of famine.

    The Hwarang themselves march down onto the coast from Tokyo Prefecture, a healthy three regiments as they had been recently expanded due to the increasing income of the king. Again, the army of the coastal warlord was relatively easily defeated, but the siege was backbreakingly difficult as it seemed like the coastal towns had a constant flow of supplies. The Hwarang restricted the flow of food into the interior, incorporating as much as they could into the king's demesne with relative success.

    Another thing of note was the appearance of the people living on the coast. Several soldiers have written about it as they have had more time to look at them. Very common characteristics that are prevalent in all of these writings are seemingly unblinking eyes, extremely wide open with dilated pupils, along with slightly pointy ears, roundish noses with minimal nostrils, black hair with a slightly oily, rubbery texture to it, and a round facial structure. There is also a distinct, wobbling gait with all of the locals that look like this, along with a very liberal use of canes.

    The ships that usually dock into these coastal towns are fairly advanced. While galleys have become a cornerstone of naval power in the rest of Japan, these ships had no visible oars to speak of. They were caravels, ones with strange, almost runic writing on the sails. Nobody could get close enough to observe who was actually on the ships, and the only flags were small ones near the front of the ships. They were pitch black, with white, indecipherable writing. The discovery of these ships to outsiders was a disturbing development for people all around the area.

    In addition to besieging the coastal towns of their enemies, the Hwarang were also ordered to harass rebellious border lords, but the invasion took first precedent, especially as the sieging grew more and more intense. As well, the offer for outside clans to join as vassals to the Kingdom of Japan for protection and the destruction of their enemies was still up, but there was really nothing that the Hwarang could enforce. Perhaps a little later, it will become feasible to support them once things are wrapped up on the coast.

    Domestically, the king declares a new era to separate themselves from the Museifu era. The Fukko (reconstruction) era begins extravagantly with the start of construction on Honno Palace, a palace of classical architecture that will require every lord in the land to attend its halls annually. The construction begins modestly, and most likely will not be entirely done until a few years into the new era. The building and rebuilding of roads, wharves, and bridges is also encouraged with tax revenue, but progress is slow on those.

    One of the first developments of the new era was the spinning wheel. This device allows for the more efficient spinning of thread or yarn from natural and synthetic fibres, thus allowing for a higher production. However, this device is useless without the fibres to make it, and while the Japanese have a head start if they do pursue a large planting of flax or hemp crops, a solution to that has to be established before the spinning wheel becomes any more than a convenience for a niche market.

    Poetry and philosophy that dictates a perfect feudal governmental system, that of a strong king working with his vassals, is encouraged wholesale by the king at the dawn of the year. The king also created the title 'Kokushi' for vassals and nobles who follow these philosophies, along with privileges. Unfortunately, only a small number of courtiers are given the title, as the souring of relations related to the sieging of the coast and the starvation of people in the westernmost daimyo prevents any warlords from even thinking of giving more power to the king.

    It is written into law during this first year of the Fukko era that towns are allowed to raise militias of their own in order to defend themselves, skirting around the issue of being unable to raise levies. Warlords, again, do not follow these policies as they believe that it might give more legitimacy to peasant revolts if the peasants can get the militia on their side. In addition to this, the warlords still have levies, making the ability to raise a militia a moot one. Mayors are also allowed to become Kokushi, which some do, but only in Tokyo Prefecture. The king was also considering the trading of hostages with Kokushi, but due to them only being in Tokyo Prefecture, the political needs for hostage trading simply aren't there to do it.

    The last decree given by the king is the clearing of abandoned land for use as farmland, while also keeping maintained forests to ensure relative stability in ecological matters. The clearing of the land takes quite a lot of time to happen, but there has been a bit more farmland to be gained from it. Most of it is in Tokyo Prefecture, which strengthens the king's monopoly on food yield further.

    Externally, the king orders the collection of tainted soil and water from the exclusion zones of Tokyo, Tochigi, and Gunma-Saitama, from expeditionaries hired by the government. These expeditionaries are initially wary of venturing into another death trap, so they renegotiate a much higher price for their services and do it on the condition that they operate mostly on the border. The collection happens, and things are uneventful on the borders of Tochigi and Gunma-Saitama. Tokyo, however, was a bit of a different story.

    One of the expeditionaries saw something very strange after climbing the wooden palisade that blocked off the Kingdom of Tokyo from Tokyo City. He saw a naked road, almost completely clean of any vegetation. In fact, once going along that road for a little bit, everything was clean cut and groomed almost as if somebody had already been there and cleaned up house. The exploration only stopped once the expeditionary saw a humanoid figure in the distance. At that point, he hastily collected the sample and vaulted back over the wooden palisade.

    The soil that was collected was then fed to rats, which were observed to see whether or not the tainted soil was a poison or a sickness. The rats weren't affected by the soil. It seemed like the soil wasn't tainted after all. There was something to gain from this entire expedition, however. What was that humanoid figure doing there? Was that expeditionary seeing things? All of these questions demand further answers, and the expeditionaries agree on this.

    Diplomatically, things were fairly quiet except for the emissary sent to the Yakuza, who recognized their territorial claims and also figured out what to do with Numazu after the coastal sieges were over. Trade was also opened up between the Yakuza and the Kingdom of Japan, and they opted to collaborate on various projects in the future. This shows a rather close bond between the Yakuza and Japan, something that most likely wouldn't have happened in the old world.


    A haiku, written by a poet in Tokyo Prefecture, reads:
    In the empty field, dust lives
    Winds carry it far
    One green shoot bends in the wind

    Yakuzan Collective - FireSale69
    Government: Feudal Despotism
    Leader: Kumicho Hideki Yamamoto
    State Religion: Atheism
    Military Strength: 2 regiments of unnamed standing army (skilled), 4 regiments of levies (somewhat skilled)

    One of the new projects that are being collaborated on with the Kingdom of Japan is an infrastructure project devoted to clearing away vegetation and repairing roads as much as possible. This is mostly done by the Yakuza, as Japanese resources are currently being spent on construction within the Kingdom of Japan. Small vegetation like grass is cleared out by the end of the year, but larger trees will require further work as manually sawing every piece of wood growing through the asphalt will take a while. Still, it is a good start.

    The Yakuza also establish trading settlements with the Kingdom of Japan as well as to their west, adding a small amount of revenue in bartered goods and currency. These settlements also introduce the people within the Kingdom as well as warlords to the west to things like gambling and tobacco in order to strengthen influence within rival clans and get some revenue in from addicted tobacco smokers. However, these traders never state that they are Yakuza, and their tracks are hidden fairly well afterwards. For all the people of the clans know, it's simply regular, but oddly organized, crime.

    In order to ensure better border security, the Yakuza secure their north and east borders as much as they can. The coastal towns of Numazu are difficult to border off due to the war happening there, but the border between the Yakuza and Kingdom of Japan are easily secured. Refugees coming over the border from Numazu are searched by secret police and subject to a rigorous selection system to weed out the ones that are not useful to the Yakuza. Among these were selections for physical deformities, something that weeded out a massive amount of people coming in from Numazu.

    Tribes on the western border of the Yakuza were given incentives to join the collective, and some did, mostly under the control of the warlord of Makinohara. The warlord eventually asked the admiral to join as a vassal state, and the admiral accepted the offer in order to expand his influence in the west. Loyal foreigners in Makinohara who aided in this integration were given monetary rewards to incentivize further loyalty from others in the future.

    Militarily speaking, the Yakuza have developed a professional standing army in order to garrison towns, as well as using the two regiments that had come out of recruitment to repair fortifications and bases. These troops have an advanced, old-world military hierarchy with foot-soldiers, officer positions, and a promotion system. These troops are also educated fairly well, although due to the amount of illiteracy within the ranks, it is hard for these soldiers to get too book-smart.

    The admiral also ordered the conquering of areas all around, although the new standing army found it more beneficial to join the Kingdom of Japan in sieging Numazu due to their small numbers. Loot and scrap work in these towns is used to fund these endeavours, and ends up killing a lot of civilians while not making any real progress to the actual capture of the town. These conquistador-like figures in the senior hierarchy are really only there for two reasons. Gold and glory. It shows in their tactics.

    Military personnel who climb the ladder very high are offered a position in Yamamoto's newly formed royal guard, assigned to guard top leadership and report directly to the admiral. Secret police also coordinate with these royal guards to improve the effectiveness of both parties, and already there have been several attempts on high-ranking peoples within the government that have been thwarted before they even started. Or so the secret police say. In reality, these people really have no evidence that they were plotting to kill those people, or cause any trouble at all for that matter.

    Several things happened domestically in the Yakuzan Collective. Immediately after the scouts from the Kingdom had come back bearing news of a powerful entity, Yamamoto rejected these observations and held a military parade within the capital. He then assured all of the nobles who doubted Yamamoto's interpretation of the scouts that the Yakuza are strong and mighty, with no match either externally or internally. Rather keeping their cushy political jobs and high position, they shut their mouths after this.

    A resource and force allocation system based on the raising of levies is established early into the year, with nobles being able to request the levies in the Admiral's demesne in order to fight their own wars. Supplies to keep these levies up and running are also able to be given if the nobles cannot supply their own. This increases relations with vassals who own towns considerably, as the government will now always be able to watch over them if they get into trouble.

    Reforms regarding the feudal system are made regarding the allocation of manpower, allowing for levies to have levels of rising. No longer will everyone have to be levied if the admiral calls for the raising of levies, but there will now be chunks of peasants raised, and a selection process regarding who gets levied first and who gets levied last. This will most likely prove to be very useful to a feudal society, as there will still be some farmers left if the levies are raised except at the very highest level of feudal conscription.

    Peasants were incentivized with bartered goods and gold for cooperating with the secret police, as well as overall loyalty to Yamamoto. Due to this, the number of people who were accused of conspiring against the state increased drastically, as this was the quickest way to get said rewards and to prove their loyalty to the Yakuza. Very little investigation was done to these claims, and people who were accused were usually executed, exiled into the Gunma-Saitama exclusion zone, or as a merciful punishment, letting the warlords of the west do with them what they wish.

    Peasant specialists who have had past experience with certain jobs are getting special attention by the Yakuza for their skillsets, and they are put into work by the government in modestly high positions. This promotion by merit increases the productivity of towns and villages, as now everyone aspires to be promoted out of the peasantry for a better life for their families. These specialists, especially former farmers, eventually start experimenting with herbs to sell in inns and taverns as a primitive form of medicine. Some of these remedies work, and the military becomes interested in the potential of these herbs.

    Finally, vassals on the city level are ordered to create designated areas where assembly of government officials and these vassals can take place, so that they can voice concerns and requests directly to the government. These first few assemblies are very successful, and things such as expanded ports and larger ships for takozonesu fishing were needed in most of the coastal towns in the area. These concerns were forwarded to the admiral with great success and the future looks optimistic for these types of assemblies.


    New Ashikagan Shogunate - SniperComZero
    Government Type: Feudal Empire
    Leader: Shogun Hiroshi
    State Religion: Shinto-Buddhism
    Military Strength: 4 regiments of samurai (skilled), 5 regiments of levies (somewhat skilled)

    Despite the declaration of a new era from Tokyo Prefecture, the shogunate didn't really feel all too different. In fact, there was little communication from there to Tokyo, so the fact that there was a new era passed over the old imperial capital. Perhaps it should be a new era, however. The shogunate was about to change forever.

    Early into the year, several expeditions took place by regular people, with the expeditionaries being saved on reserve until the time came. The first was a search for the mythical horse, a four-legged creature that would allow the tactics of old to be utilized on the battlefield. This search comes up dry except for one of these creatures, which is then brought back to Kyoto as a strange curiosity for the peasants living there.

    Expeditions were also sent out for friendship and alliance with other warlords in the region, which end up somewhat successful. Relations between the warlord states to the west are increased drastically, save for Upper Kyoto, which didn't get an expedition. The warlord of Kyotanabe eventually swore fealty to the shogun, with the shogun accepting and integrating the daimyo into the shogunate.

    Domestically, the infrastructure project continues, with progress being made on the amount of trees being cut down. On most roads, you can now see just a little bit in front of you while the roads before were completely opaque with trees. The lumber is now being put into use by building houses with it, adding much-needed housing for Kyoto's peasantry.

    Training of the peasantry that would usually be raised with levies by the Samurai has yielded some results, with the average soldier being somewhat better skilled than the year before. Attempts are also made to crack down on peasants hiding eligible members of their families for levying, increasing the amount of levies that can be raised by about one regiment.

    The army also benefits from the sudden and rather bizarre invention of scrap lamellar armour. Small pieces of scrap were rounded somewhat, with holes punched out of them with a chisel, and rope roughly laced through them to create a scale-like pattern. This added protection to the average troop who could get their hands on it, but had a severe tendency to cut its wearer if they touched the sharp edges.

    Last, but not least, was the expedition into the Nara exclusion zone, which was partaken later in the year and was funded by Kyoto's tax revenue. Surprisingly, the entire expedition returned with no real ill effects. In fact, the entire expedition ended up becoming very efficient at their jobs after they had returned home, if a little ambitious and unsatisfied with their current position in society.

    A lot of these soldiers complained about how their position in society as the lowest rung in the ladder was 'wasting their newfound talent', and that they could do so much more in a nobility position. This makes the daimyo in the shogunate a bit nervous. Just how much talent did these expeditionaries gather when they went into that exclusion zone?

    A military saying from the Ashikagan Shogunate reads:
    Born of blood and steel,
    United through honor, peace,
    Fierce, yet loyal.

    Shogunate of Osaka - Griffster26
    Government Type: Feudal Military Dictatorship
    Leader: Admiral Yuuto Hamasaki
    Majority Religion: Shinto-Buddhism
    Military Strength: 2 regiments of Kaigunhohei (skilled), 6 regiments of Minpei (levies - unskilled)

    To the east of Kyoto, Osaka has been doing fairly well for itself. Early into the year, the standing army that had been created the year before had garnered the name 'Kaigunhohei', while the levies themselves were renamed to 'Minpei' even regarding the lack of organization due to the ad hoc basis of those levies.

    Despite this new renaming of their forces, there has been no real development done to the effectiveness of these forces, or has there be any advances regarding the organization of levies as well as the standing army. Indeed, every aspect of the military has been stagnant other than the build up of the navy, of which one galley had come out of said development.

    This would eventually help with the expansion of the shogunate to Awaji Island, of which a colony in Awaji municipality was erected. The natives of the island are relatively large in number, in a tribal confederation that have been impartial to Osaka's expansion in the region aside from a select few who commit small raids against the colonists. Overall, it isn't particularly nice to be a colonist on Awaji.

    Osaka's harassment of Kobe continued into the new year, with Kobe eventually capitulating as they realize that they will most likely be taken by conquest since Osaka simply won't take no for an answer. An agreement is made between the shogun and the warlord of Kobe for vassalization as a daimyo in exchange for loyalty to the shogun. The warlord begrudgingly accepts.

    Domestically, Osaka does well for itself. Rice farming continues relatively smoothly, yielding a bit more every year as peasants grow better at managing rice paddies. The collection of scrap from buildings and cars also goes fairly well, the material used for the development of swords and other rudimentary steel implements.

    Takozonesu fishing begins off the coast of Osaka, adding a much-needed meat to the average peasant's diet. Along with this, the Osaka UCPS (United Community Policing Service) is founded by the shogun in response to the growing complaints of peasants regarding the lawlessness of Osaka. These police units are taken away from the standing army and overall serve their purpose fairly well. It's alright being a peasant in Osaka for the time being.


    Shimazu Shogunate - YogiTheWise
    Government Type: Feudal Military Dictatorship
    Leader: Shogun Shimazu Yoshihiro
    Majority Religion: Shinto-Buddhism
    Military Strength: 2 regiments of samurai (skilled), 5 regiments of levies (unskilled)

    As the second year of any real, distinguishable governments began, another government that could be determined not to be an entirely warlord state comes into the picture. The Shimazu Shogunate, set up by people living in the relatively stable Kagoshima prefecture and led by Shimazu Yoshihiro, is formed as a legal entity.

    This new realm is ruled in classic shogunate fashion, with daimyos controlling feudal fiefs that provide levies and pay taxes to the shogun. The demesne of the shogun is limited to Satsuma, with every other province in the land being controlled by a vassal. In this sense, the shogunate is similar to all others despite its relative isolation.

    The military capacity of the new state is fairly decent. Trained swordsmen and archers are part of a standing army of samurai, with untrained levies using short skirmish bows and pikes, which were cheaper to produce and fared better in battle than hard, brittle swords made of scrap. The naval capacity of this new state is also something to note. Small commercial vessels have much larger sails than their northern counterparts, allowing for a much better use of favourable winds.

    Another thing of note was the sheer aggressive nature of the shogunate in recruiting other warlords to serve as daimyo. One notable incident was with the warlord of Minamata, who was killed after an encounter with the shogun and subsequently slaughtered the entire army of the dead warlord in the chaos and confusion. Because of this, Minamata immediately capitulated after hearing news of the defeat, allowing for the shogun to grant the landed title to a loyal and friendly samurai.

    An excerpt from a scribe in Nagasaki states:
    Most of what once was the Kagoshima prefecture was relatively untouched by the Apocalypse, possibly due to low strategic importance. Now, it’s an area, mostly populated with unwashed rustic folk, which enjoy beating the ever-loving Kuso out of each other. The general view of the locals is that they are not very smart, but go into battle with almost suicidal bravery. One of the local warlords, a learned man who claims that he belongs to the ancient Shimazu clan (a title which, in itself, has little value these days), saw an opportunity in these people. He saw that, after they were properly quenched and tempered, they could be unleashed on the greater archipelago like a hurricane of swords, forever changing the fate of Japan. Thus, he set out on a mission to unite the Kagoshimans and teach them to use their destructive potential to create unity through conquest. After initial successful conquest, Yoshihiro managed to expand into areas surrounding his own fief of Satsuma, and put plans in motion to expand in every direction, and make the skies shake with the war cry “Chesto!”
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    October 2014
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    Friendly reminder to drop by your local Yakuzan sake hut and gambling den. Franchise opportunities coming soon.