|All-Under-Heaven of the Heavenly Father, Heavenly King, and Great Peace
Taihei Tengoku in Maredoratica.
and largest city
|Government||De jure heterodox Christian theocracy, de facto directorial system|
|•||Heavenly King||Mikhael of Issus (de jure, de facto vacant)|
|•||Earthly Kings||North King
|•||Coronation of Yamato Emperor||385|
|•||Heavenly Realm||November 11th, 1859|
83,012 sq mi
|GDP (PPP)||2017 estimate|
|Currency||Taihei Tael (TTT)|
|Time zone||Yamato Standard Time|
|Drives on the||left|
The Heavenly Realm (太平天囯, Taihei Tengoku) is a state in southeastern Wilassia east of Ruccola. It is inhabited by 52.7 million people. Ethnic Yamato make up approximately 80% of the population, with large minorities of Yujin and Mazebito. Taihei Tengoku covers roughly 215,000 square kilometers along the coast of the Pearl Sea, including several outlying islands and part of the central Sirenes. Most of Taihei Tengoku is mountainous, with its population concentrated into several fertile lowlands and river valleys.
Taihei Tengoku is by law a God Worshipper theocracy, in theory ruled by Mikael of Corum, the Christian messiah. Earthly authority is exercised by the Secular Regency, an executive council of seven and the Final Court, established in the wake of the Heavenly Revolution of 1860. Taihei Tengoku, though isolated diplomatically in the past, is currently a member of the Group of Eight and the second-largest economy in Wilassia.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
- 7 See Also
Human habitation of the area extends back several dozen millenia. Archaeologists have found stone tools dating back at least 30,000 years, with trace evidence of permanent settlements beginning around 10,000 BC. Early cultures in Taihei Tengoku discovered bronze-working around 2000BC and iron tools between 950 and 700 BC. A patchwork of related tribes and peoples inhabited the Ishikari range and its foothills. The most populous and sophisticated of those races lived in the fertile valleys and hills south of the Mogami and were the direct ancestors to the Yamato race.
The first Yamato civilization emerged in the middle 600s BC as the First Triple Alliance, an alliance of maritime and river city-states, of which Nara (as Nanba) was the most powerful. These were linked by a trade network that eventually spanned much of the Pearl Sea Rim. Powerful urban centers created sophisticated goods and a large navy, which spread Yamato colonies around the Pearl Sea.
The collapse of the Triple Alliance plunged Yamato society into a dark age lasting three hundred years, and its overseas colonies collapsed. The spread of rice cultivation and terrace farming from (CHINA) in the first century AD increased the population and power of the hilly countryside relative to the coast and the flatlands, but also ensured that Yamato remained politically fragmented between numerous small and evenly matched kingdoms. However, the Asuka dynasty of Yachiyo eventually established themselves as the prime power in Yamato, utilizing their location between Nara and the hill country to conquer and develop a densely populated and powerful kingdom along the Mogami River. Consciously modeling their kingdom on (CHINESE) bureaucratic and imperial lines, the Asuka dynasty methodically conquered the surrounding kingdoms and united the Yamato people under the first emperor, Jomei, in 456 AD.
Imperial rule in Yamato ended the endemic warfare in the region and brought several centuries of peace. As the chief tributary, military ally, and "junior brother" to (CHINA), the Asuka dynasty imported many technological and cultural innovations to Yamato, most notably their writing system, to consolidate their control of power and culture. To break regional allegiances, Jomei and his successors built a new imperial capital, Keijo, on (CHINESE) urban plans, centrally located in present-day Kinai commandery.
By the 8th century, both Yamato and (CHINESE) population began to encroach upon their Malthusian limits. Mutual relations degraded as the Asuka dynasty sought respect for their increased power from the (CHINESE) emperor, which the (CHINESE) would not grant. Rivalry over status descended to warfare for land and resources. The later Asuka emperors raised armies numbering over fifty thousand from the excess farm population for expeditions across the Ishikari, meanwhile the standard of living declined as populations faced the stresses of overcrowding and constant warfare.
Tatar Yamato and the Shogunate
The first delegations from the Tatar Empire arrived before the Yamato emperor, Kanmei, in 1001. By this time centuries of intermittent warfare and overpopulation had degraded living standards of all but a few, and the balance of power had shifted firmly to the (CHINESE). The Tatar Khan, Dorgon, offered to help raise a new army for Kanmei with the help of Tatar advisors and money, in exchange for an alliance. Kanmei accepted and the Tatars followed through, raising a Yamato army that delivered a crushing defeat to the (CHINESE) in 1006. However, in the same period the Tatars conquered a vast swath of land to their south, and requested the Yamato aid in another expedition against the (CHINESE) in 1012. Realizing that the Tatars would turn against him next, Kanmei instead broke the alliance and ordered his Yamato generals to kill his Tatar generals before a mutiny occurred. Tied up with fighting the (CHINESE), the Tatars were not able to respond while the Yamato prepared their defenses for seven years. However, as the Tatars conquered (CHINA) they built a highly experienced corps of (CHINESE) siege engineers, skilled in breaching walled cities and hill forts, while the Yamato were struck by a plague that killed up to a third of the population. When the Tatars finally struck in the fall of 1020, the Yamato could barely put up a resistance. Much of Kanmei's army defected, recognizing the inevitable. Keijo fell in January, and Kanmei committed suicide in the imperial palace.
The Tatars devastated much of Yamato, killing a quarter of the surviving population in punishment. However, the Tatar generals were impressed by the prowess of the late imperial army and soon recruited Yamato units for their own campaigns. Yamato retainers became popular with Tatar lords, becoming the first samurai ("servant" or "attendant"). The samurai often brought or started their families in the far corners of the empire, which by the thirteenth century had become the nucleus of a continent-spanning Yamato diaspora. The promotion of the multi-ethnic banners over the old Tatar hordes greatly benefited the Yamato, who in the intervening centuries had become one of the favored subject peoples of the khanate and saw their status increase commensurately. This made them more powerful than the Tatars in the later stages of the Great Khanate, forming the local merchant or administrative elite as Tatar authority receded. The samurai hosts in Yamato proper ejected the Tatar despotate in 1381 and took control of Yamato lands west of the Ishikari.
Two-thirds of Taihei Tengoku's land area consist of forested hills and mountains. The country spans the coastal lowlands and western foothills of the Ishikari mountain range which forms the border with Ruccola. All Taihei river systems originate from the Ishikari range. The highest point in the country is Mt. Izumo, at 3,799m above sea level. It is also the northernmost, forming part of the terrestrial border.
The country is roughly divided by the capital city of Nara into the urban south and the sparsely populated north. Urban settlement forms a megalopolis from Nara to Takao, forming the Pearl Sea Belt, in which four of five Taiheis reside. The plains and fertile lowlands of the country facilitated high population densities in pre-modern Yamato and explosive industrialization and urbanization in the modern era. The sparsely populated north of the country contains most of the remaining arable land, consisting of the highlands of the northern Ishikari range and their drainage basins.
Taihei Tengoku has a humid temperate or subtropical climate throughout the country, although with some variations between north and south. Due to the effects of Pearl Sea currents, the climate in the south is wetter, revolving around the annual May-June monsoon rains moving north from the Carolines. The north is drier and colder, especially in the Ishikari highlands. The average temperature is around 7 °C in the winter and 26 °C in the summer.
Taihei Tengoku is de jure a theocracy under Mikhael of Corum, after the abdication of the first and only human Heavenly King, Kou Shuzen. In practice, the government is a directorial republic. It is loosely based on Pollonan and Prekovi models of federalism and subsidiarity.
The seven Earthly Kings (世俗王, Sezoku-Ō) govern the country as a collective head of state and head of government as outlined in the Basic Law. They are elected from the Final Court (最終館, Saishūkan), and serve until death or abdication. There are four "Area" or "Route Kings" (道王, Do-Ō): the North, South, East, and West Kings. The three others are the Wing King (翼王, Yoku-Ō), Martial King (武王, Mu-Ō), and the Peace King (平王, Hei-Ō). The Route Kings and the Wing King are elected from judges in the Final Court, while the Martial and Peace Kings are appointed from the military and civil service respectively.
The Final Court is a unicameral, 209-seat greater sanhedrin, with elections occuring every other year in three tranches. Judges of the Court are eligible for five of the seven seats of the Regency. It is dominated by the Rikken Aikokusha, a center-right market liberal/legal populist party, holding a supermajority of the seats of the Court. The Final Court functions as a legislature as well as a final appellate court.
The Taihei legal system operates according to the principles of God Worship in its application of Biblical law. In practice Taihei law functions similarly to common law or Islamic law in its use of legal precedent and reasoning. Twenty-three judge sanhedrins are the upper appellate courts for the commanderies, and a sanhedrin determines the contents of the Nara Talmud, the main text of God Worshipper law.
The country is divided into four metropoleis (都, to), sixteen commanderies (群, gun), and one free state (自由国, jiyu-koku): the Kazashimo Islands, representing the Taihei portion of the Sirenes. Metropoleis are urban, self-governing entities within Taihei Tengoku. Commanderies, although presided by elected governors, are dependent on the national government for financial and administrative needs. The free state of the Kazashimo Islands is an autonomous region with its own constitution, government, and gendarmerie. Under the tetrarchy, each Route King governed over certain commanderies and the Wing King governed the metropoleis, a system that was abolished in 1975 with the revision of the Basic Law.
|Metropolis (都, To)|
|Commandery (群, Gun)|
|Free State (自由国, Jiyu-Koku)|
Taihei Tengoku has observer status within the Maredoratic League. Its foreign policy objectives are expanding trade and promoting Taihei culture worldwide. Historically, Taihei Tengoku has been friendly with Pollona due to its aid in the Heavenly Revolution and Some Other Countries. The Taihei government is overtly anti-Communist, despite strong trade links with Communist countries.
Taihei Tengoku hosts the headquarters of several large non-governmental organizations due to its neutrality since the Great Maredoratic War and its sponsorship. The Maredoratic Red Cross is headquartered in the city of Nara. The Wilassian headquarters of the Salvation Army was located in Yachiyo from 1970 to 2002, when it became the global headquarters as the organization departed Questers.
The Heavenly Realm fields a military of approximately 384,000 active troops on a budget comprising 3% of the national economy and a fifth of government expenditures. The National Protection Army is the unified armed force of Taihei Tengoku, divided into service branches referred to as the Combined Armies and the Combined Fleet. The Armies field ground units (including a contingent of marines) and the air force, while the Fleet operates a fleet of warships, naval aviation, and a coast guard. Taihei Tengoku practices universal conscription and can call nearly three million men from its reserve rolls, and a complex of state-sponsored arms manufacturers supply the Army with technically advanced weapons systems.
The Taihei economy is a developed, high-income, industrial market economy. It is heavily dependent on foreign trade and investment, and likewise has extensive investments of its own abroad. The reforms of the late 20th century softened the often adversarial relations Taihei Tengoku had with the rest of the world and spurred rapid economic growth. The economy of Taihei Tengoku is considered highly laissez-faire by Maredoratican standards. The state role in the economy, once an extensive network of state-owned and parastatal entities, retreated to 15% of GDP from a record high of 67% under the tenure of Wing King Rikan Yū from 1972 to 1995.
The economy is driven by densely populated, highly productive urban areas like Nara and Takao, although the entire area between those two cities is considered one continuous megalopolis in the Pearl Sea Belt (真珠海ベルト, Shinjukai Beruto). Formally recognized metropoleis give the largest Taihei cities significant internal latitude and internal economic freedom. The free ports of Nara and Takao together handled nearly 25 million TEUs, supplying not only the Taihei goods trade but also much of terrestrial Southeast Wilassia through extensive road and rail links. Transshipment is another major activity of the ports, serving as a stopover point in the busy Alqosian-Alisnan marine trade route.
Taihei Tengoku, unlike most countries, does not possess a central bank, having been dissolved in 1969. Private banks issue the national currency, the tael. The private Bank of Nara, despite its name, acts as a clearinghouse and lender of last resort for the Taihei financial system. Taihei Tengoku is a net creditor and holds a diversified portfolio of foreign assets, including public debt. Taihei Tengoku possesses $701 billion in foreign exchange reserves. Its low tax rates, both on individual and corporate income, make it a popular tax haven for the wealthy, and make it the easiest country to do business in in Maredoratica. There is no minimum wage in Taihei Tengoku, although most manufacturing concerns have a negotiated wage floor.
Race and ethnicity
The Taihei population consists of approximately 52.2 million people. Taihei Tengoku is ethnically heterogenous, with ethnic Yamato comprising about 80% of the population. The largest ethnic minority is the Yujin, followed by Mazebito, the creole hill people of the Ishikari range. The population is highly urbanized, with over nine-tenths of the population living in urban areas.
The Yamato are a distinct ethnic group whose origins are a subject of debate. Until the late 20th century Yamato were considered indigenous to the area since the early Neolithic, however, DNA sequencing in the 1990s has given rise to a more recent origin of the Yamato from the Transvrabic steppe. The Yujin and Taihei Mazebito emerged relatively recently, in the 16th to 18th centuries. Yujin are a Yamato-speaking group descended from Sericanese refugees from Alisnan colonization and escaped Yamato serfs. Semi-nomadic Yujin hosts were allowed to settle the sparsely populated north of the country in exchange for military service starting in the 16th century. The Mazebito refer to the groups of hill peoples inhabiting the Ishikari, with varying Wilassian and Alisnan descent. The Taihei government classifies ethnicity as "Yamato," "Other Wilassian," and "Non-Wilassian" in censuses.
Taihei Tengoku is officially a God Worshipper theocracy; Christianity is the state religion of the country and until 1952 church attendance was mandatory and absenteeism a misdemeanor offense. The Taihei state, through the Final and Talmudic Courts, considers itself the final representative of Biblical law on Earth and controls the contents of the Taihei Talmuds, a main theological text for God Worshipper religious law. However, religious toleration is enshrined in the government through articles 6 and 7 of the Basic Law.
God Worship is followed by approximately 65% of the population. Other Protestant denominations, Catholics, and non-Christian religions (almost entirely Shinto) are adhered to by about a tenth of the population each. Three percent of the population adhere to other Christian sects, such as Prekovi Orthodoxy and non-Chalcedonian sects such as Gallan Arianism or Oriental Orthodoxy. The remaining 1.5%, slightly over 750,000 people, profess no religion at all.
The Yamato populace has historically possessed high levels of literacy; Taihei Tengoku currently has an adult literacy rate in excess of 99%. The Taihei educational system is marked by great decentralization, with the primary providers of education being religious groups and businesses. The only government intervention in the curriculum is the NPASE standardized test administered near the end of secondary school, used to measure mental aptitude for the military and in university admissions. The state maintains schools and libraries in sparsely populated regions in the mountains, which are nonexistent in densely populated coastal areas.
Yamato culture is a highly distinctive culture developed over millenia. The Taihei government systematically promotes the development, curation, and protection of its tangible and intangible cultural artifacts through the Ministry of Culture.
Historically, Taihei culture has been influenced by that of the neighboring (RUCCOLAN PREDECESSOR STATE). Alisnan expansion and colonization of neighboring Wilassian countries led to both official national isolation and creeping Western influence through covert missionary activity and trade.
Traditional Yamato architecture is typified by the use of wood buildings raised slightly off the ground on stone pedestals or stilts covered with thatch or tile. The dominant structure of a traditional Yamato building is the large, angular roof. Sliding doors or screens are often used in place of walls. Yamato architecture makes liberal use of wood and wood products in its architecture, using less stone than its parent Ruco-Mongol Imperial style. Although Yamato buildings are often built to last only several decades before needing to be torn down and rebuilt, the most famous buildings are centuries if not over a millenia old.
With the arrival of Alisnan powers in Yamato and industrialization, newer Taihei buildings reflect contemporary trends in Alisna. Neo-Baroque architecture was in vogue from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries, before being replaced by modernist and post-modernist buildings through the later decades of the 20th century.
Taihei cuisine is based on combining a staple food (usually rice) with plates of meat, vegetables, or other condiments. Rice and fish are the most common foods in Yamato dishes, as most of Taihei Tengoku lives near the coast. Red meats were introduced by (RUCCOLAN) emigrants in the 1500s, and other foods were introduced in the 19th century after the end of national isolation. Yamato cuisine places a heavy emphasis on presentation, quality, and seasonality, while Yujin cuisine is marked by a focus on spicy or savory tastes and large portions of hearty foods.