Deep state in Taihei Tengoku
The deep state in Taihei Tengoku refers to the influence of unelected positions in determining (and overriding) the electoral process, implementing their preferred policies in contravention of the overt political process.
Yamato secret societies
Yamato society has a long tradition of secret societies dating to the Tatar conquest. Starting in the 11th century, samurai bannermen in the service of the Tatar Empire formed equestrian orders to organize themselves apart from their noble houses and the Tatar bureaucracy. Imitation orders also emerged to provide mutual aid in civilian diaspora communities across the Empire. In time, these orders became the de facto local authority in Yamato diaspora communities, circumventing Tatar darugachi and the regimented banner system.
In the wake of the Great War, the Taihei state concocted the National System in response to a "de-globalization" of trade networks. Passed by a majority in the Final Court to great popular acclaim, the National System nevertheless elevated the deep state. The secretive zaibatsu conglomerates gained official recognition of their importance to the economy and became increasingly organs of the state, both executing and dictating the terms of the National System.
Though the National System eventually collapsed under its own weight, the class of statisticians and economists which helped administer the National System survived into Ri Kou You's neoliberal reforms. Though no longer concentrated in the zaibatsu or the Econometric Office, the informal personal networks allowed the core of the zaibatsus to survive in a reorganized form.
The Taihei deep state is often considered to "set the terms" of the overt political process. While it does not tamper with elections or engage in gerrymandering to the extent seen in other states, the civil service, generally committed Aikokusha members, interprets public policy according to its long-term aims.