Taihei Tengoku

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God-Heaven Supreme Order All-Under-Heaven Realm of Great Peace
帝制天下太平天国
Teisei Tenka Taihei Tengoku
Flag Heavenly Seal
Anthem: Joy of the World Entire
Taihei Tengoku in dark red, claimed territories in light red.
Topographic map of Taihei Tengoku.
Location Crataea
CapitalHeian
Largest city Kaiku
Official languages None de jure
Recognised national languages Yamato
Recognised regional languages Songian
Haneo
Hakaran
Kadai
Chindwa
Religion God Worship
Demonym Taihei
Yamato (ethnic)
Government Theocracy
 •  Rōshi Zentokan
 •  Nine Esteemed Kings (Ennarchy) Directorate
  • North King
  • South King
  • East King
  • West King
  • Wing King
  • Inner King
  • Outer King
  • Elegance King
  • Following King
Legislature Heaven and Earth Chamber
 •  Upper house Court of Grand Masters
 •  Lower house Council of Loyal Laymen
Area
 •  Total 5,067,250 km2 (4th)
1,956,480 sq mi
 •  Water (%) 2.5
Population
 •  2019 estimate 1,222,953,000 (1st)
 •  2010 census 1,140,000,000 (1st)
 •  Density 241.34/km2
625.1/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2018 estimate
 •  Total $6,081,750,000,000 (5th)
 •  Per capita $4,973 (37th)
GDP (nominal) 2018 estimate
 •  Total $3,498,010,000,000
 •  Per capita $2,555
GiniNegative increase 25.1
low
HDI (2019)Increase 0.667
medium
Currency cash (CTT)

The God-Heaven Supreme Order All-Under-Heaven Realm of Great Peace (帝制天下太平天国, Teisei Tenka Taihei Tengoku), usually referred to as Taihei Tengoku (太平天国), is a God Worshipper theocracy in southeastern Crataea. Its jurisdiction covers shares a land border with Questers and Hakara to the north, and sea borders with Tairendia, Hanseom, and Songia. With a population of 1.2 billion subjects, Taihei Tengoku is by itself nearly half the population of the continent and the most populous country in the world.

Ninety percent of its population are Yamato, and almost the entire remainder are related races such as Songians and Hanin. Yamato civilization claims over 3,000 years of continuity, from Bronze Age kingdoms to the current regime. For 2,000 years, the Yamato were ruled by an emperor, who claimed divine qualification to rule. The Yamatai empire was for most of history the most populous, powerful, and prosperous state in the world, but suffered decline and disaster as the Industrial Revolution began. A great civil war overthrew the empire, and instituted rule by God Worshipper masters. Today, Taihei Tengoku is one of the poorest states in Crataea, comparable to Sharfland in economic development, but the world's fastest-growing major economy.

Etymology

The name Taihei Tengoku was coined by Kinhisei in 1841 when he declared the Black Flag rebel territories as a new state, and the term Taihei refers to that state or a subject thereof. The demonym Yamato (弥卍人, "Universal and Eternal People") and the loconym Yamatai (弥卍臺, "Universal Eternal Firmament"), refer to Yamato people and the traditional subcontinent. Yamato/Yamatai are used in contexts that minimize the importance of the current regime, such as past history, geography, or to describe the larger cultural sphere and sprachbund of Southeast Crataea. The terms are also used to differentiate between ethnic groups and geographies in Taihei Tengoku; e.g. an ethnic Flamaguayan subject in Heian would be Taihei but not Yamato, Tairendia is a Yamato but not Taihei polity within Yamatai, and a notional Taihei territory in Wallasea would be Taihei by dint of government but not a part of Yamatai.

History

Pre-dynastic Yamatai

Yamato dynasty

Kujo dynasty

Ri dynasty

Heavenly Realm

Geography

Taihei Tengoku occupies over five million square kilometers of territory, lying between the 4° and 41° south parallels and the X° east and the Y° west perpendiculars. About 125,000 km² is covered by water, almost entirely by Taihei Tengoku's two largest lakes, Lake Hōron and Lake Jūsan. The landscape varies from temperate to tropical, with altitudes ranging from 11 meters below sea level to 8,038m at the summit of Mt. Tengen in Moto-Nekka commandery. Taihei Tengoku's coastline along the ocean is 19,000 kilometers long and is bounded by the Tairendian Sea, the Hanin Sea, and the peripheral waters of the Oryontic Ocean.

Taihei Tengoku is divided into two primary landmasses roughly by the HYS Arc, running through the cities of Hachinohe, Yamantau, and Saga along a east-west series of hills and low mountains. Below the arc is the flat, temperate southern Yamatai, defined by flat terrain, numerous small river valleys, and a colder and drier climate compared to the north. The area north of the arc is hotter and wetter; its geography is defined by the Daimanban range, which covers much of its terrestrial borders, and the long river valleys generated by them. The large lifted area of the Dainmanban is also generates monsoon rains from June to August, although Taihei Tengoku receives less precipitation than Questers or Songia due to its distance from the Oryontic Gyre.

Administrative divisions

Taihei Tengoku is divided into twenty-seven provincial divisons, called "commanderies" (群, Gǔn). Each commandery is governed by an elected civil magistrate and an appointed military prefect. Commanderies are further divided into ridings, counties, and municipalities with various local autonomies and privileges.

Map Name Kanji Population
Commanderies
Heian 平安群 42,230,000
Hirajo 平上群 42,168,000
Tahira 太平群 14,652,000
Hirashimo 平下群 24,120,000
Hoten 奉天群 69,360,000
Izumo 出雲群 18,620,000
Jukei 重慶群 157,325,000
Kaiku 海口群 129,792,000
Kigowan 機後湾群 56,280,000
Kihoku 機北群 51,510,000
Kinan 機南群 49,539,000
Kizen 機前群 67,670,000
Kodai 高台群 17,170,000
Naishu 内州群 38,760,000
Naruto 鳴門群 10,296,000
Ashi-Nekka 足熱河群 29,664,000
Koshi-Nekka 腰熱河群 9,045,000
Moto-Nekka 元熱河群 6,513,000
Saga 佐賀群 25,740,000
Saisei 最西群 19,157,300
Seiryu 青流群 77,770,000
Seito 正東群 96,960,000
Senka 千河群 21,978,000
Settsu 摂津群 30,139,600
Suo 周防群 13,081,000
Tenma 天間群 88,528,000
Ura 裏群 14,885,100

In addition to the twenty-seven commanderies listed, Taihei Tengoku has claimed part or all of other countries as commanderies or "rogue provinces." For several months in 1997, parts of Questers were annexed to the country as Nekka-Watari (熱河渡群) and the Kadai (河岱群) commanderies. The entirety of Tairendia and Songia are claimed as a set of commanderies. The current government of the Tairendian archipelago are referred to as the "Dairen Area Rogue Provinces" or the "Bandit-Occupied Dairen Islands." Magistrates in absentia are elected for these commanderies, by a small population of voters whose koseki shows descent from Tairendia at the time of the revolution, and the Ever Victorious Army billets colonels as their accompanying prefects.

Government

Rōshi

The Rōshi (老師, "Old Master") of Taihei Tengoku is the chief secular and religious authority of the country, and the head of organized God Worship. The Roshi is elected from the Council of Grand Masters and serves for life. As an autocrat, he has the power to create or dissolve any organ of state and to institute and abolish any law, except for the Council of Grand Masters. However, the Roshi delegates much of his power to lieutenants and councils in practice.

The current Roshi is Kinsho'on (金正恩), born Nakajima Homare (中島 誉), who assumed his powers in June 2019.

Nine Esteemed Kings

The Nine Esteemed Kings, (九倍尊敬皇, Kyūbai Sonkei Ō) or the Taihei Ennarchy, rules below the Roshi and serves the role of a cabinet or a board of directors. In the Taihei concept of government the Ennarchy is a secular foil to the spiritual leadership of the Roshi, and governs the day-to-day affairs of the realm while the Roshi guides the realm towards general enlightenment. The powers of the Ennarchy as a whole are more or less identical to those of the Roshi, although they must act by consensus and the Roshi may countermand these decisions at will.

The nine kings are selected on the principle of "Four Corners Five Ministries:" four veteran magistrates or military prefects are selected (and then elected by the Lay Council by unanimous acclaim) and each of the five ministries of government have their own king.

Heaven and Earth Chamber

The Heaven and Earth Chamber (天地館, Tenchikan) is Taihei Tengoku's national legislature. It is a bicameral legislative body with a non-partisan upper house, the Court of Grand Masters, and a one-party lower house, the Counci of Loyal Laymen. The Heaven and Earth Chamber is a deliberative and consultative body which delivers statutes that aid the Roshi and the Ennarchy in governing the country.

The Court of Grand Masters (大師館, Daishikan) is a non-partisan legislature of 777 qualified "grand masters" (jurists) of God Worship temples and monasteries. Membership is by invitation and seats are held for life. A large portion of the court is effectively hereditary, both by a need to continually represent the major centers of God Worship jurisprudence and also out of convenience. The Court has the power to countermand propositions from the lower Council and performs a role as the court of final appeal. The grandmasters also elect a new Roshi from within themselves through a process of approval voting.

The lower house of the Heaven and Earth Chamber is the Council of Loyal Laymen (忠信者宮, Chūshinjaku). The only legal party in the Council of Loyal Laymen is the Enlightenment Assistance Society (啓蒙翼賛会, Keimō Yokusankai). 4,203 out of 4,305 councilors are KY party members, with the rest listed as independents. The Council provides the Roshi and the Ennarchy with a secular consultative body. Each district within every commandery elects one councilor by simple plurality vote. The Council has the power to create laws, treaties, and budgets, but they must be approved by both the higher Court and the Roshi before being approved by law.

Civil service

The civil service of the Taihei government comprise of five main ministries: the Ministry of Law, the Home Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of the Censor, and the Ministry of Examinations. The Ministry of Law oversees the various police forces of Taihei Tengoku. The Home Ministry oversees public works and controls the Labor Armies. The Foreign Ministry controls the diplomatic corps. The Ministry of the Censor functions as an ombudsman of the Taihei state, but most of their power comes from the Thought Police, which is a component of (but in practice controls) the censorate. The Ministry of Examinations controls the production of yojin, an elite bureaucratic class that occupies the highest posts within the civil service.

Foreign relations

The foreign policy of Taihei Tengoku aims to break the encirclement of the country by the hostile Commonwealth and secure a stable geopolitical frontier. To do this Taihei Tengoku has acquired trading partners to export goods to in exchange for technological assistance.

Taihei Tengoku maintains diplomatic relations with all states and major military associations, with the exception of Tairendia and Songia, which it regards as rogue provinces. Among the great powers of the world, Taihei Tengoku is closest to Prekovy. Both states oppose the Commonwealth and Dumani ambitions on the Crataean continent, and Taihei Tengoku is the largest importer of Prekovar industrial and defense goods. Friendly relations are also maintained with Sukaria, Varnia, Flamaguay, and anti-Commonwealth states in Veridis, who are all major trading partners and balance in some way the realm's geopolitical enemies. The realm is one of the few state benefactors of Mbeyanchi and the Structure of Abolition, both considered pariah states by the international community, and is Motappaland's largest export market for raw materials.

Taihei Tengoku has two chief geopolitical foes. The first and most powerful opponent is the Commonwealth, led by the Estates-General and the Rajamandala, that encircle and pose an existential threat to Taihei Tengoku. The second is Dumanum and its sphere, which supports the anti-Taihei regimes in Tairendia and Hanseom and sustains considerable expeditionary forces to maintain and expand its periphery. However, significant trade occurs between Taihei Tengoku and the Dumani sphere regardless. Despite Taihei Tengoku's relative pariah status, the government is a signatory to several international treaties, such as the Funes Convention and the Biological Weapons Convention.

Armed forces

The armed force of Taihei Tengoku is the Ever Victorious Army, (常勝軍, Jōshōgun), divided into the Ever Victorious Army Army, the Ever Victorious Army Navy, the Ever Victorious Army Air Force, the Ever Victorious Army Rocket Army, and the Ever Victorious Army Stratagem Army. Overall command falls under a single General Headquarters. With over two million active-duty personnel, the Ever Victorious Army is the largest military force on Earth. Funding is pegged to five percent of national income, equivalent to 304 billion Oryontic dollars in 2019.

The Ever Victorious Army maintains the territorial sovereignty of Taihei Tengoku and engages in battle with enemies of the state. Although surrounded on all sides by hostile powers, the bulk of its fighting power is arrayed against Questers to the north, with significant air and naval assets directed towards Tairendia. To react to crises along its long periphery, the EVA maintains a large force of paratroopers, the 18th Airborne Route Army, equipped and trained to world standards at great expense. The relatively young Rocket Army controls a growing arsenal of long-range ballistic missiles to strike enemy command, logistics, and industrial centers outside the reach of conventional military forces.

Demography

Ethnicity and language

Taihei Tengoku is inhabited primarily by Yamato, the youngest and most numerous descendants of the original settlers of the Tairendian Rim, make up 90% of the population, or approximately 1,100 million of the country's 1,200 million subjects. Combined with the Yamato subjects of Tairendia and the global diaspora, Yamato are the world's largest ethnic group. Although the Yamato exhibit relatively low genetic differentiation, due to the vastness of Yamatai the Yamato have various regional dialects, some of which are mutually unintelligible. The largest Yamato dialect is Kinai Yamato, based on the court speech of Heian and the central river deltas of the country. Kinai Yamato dialects form the basis of the modern standard Yamato used by both the Taihei and Tairendian governments. Heian Kinai Yamato is the prestige variant taught to schoolchildren and non-native speakers. Approximately 850 million subjects speak a variant of Kinai Yamato as their primary language. Senka Yamato is spoken in the core Yamato territory of the Chika river valley and the city of Jukei, and has around 140 million primary speakers with high mutual intelligibility with Kinai Yamato. Smaller dialects, such as the eastern Saga Yamato or the northwestern Naruto Yamato dialects have limited or no mutual intelligibility with standard Yamato.

Related ethnicities such as Songians, Hanin, and Hakarans are Taihei Tengoku's most numerous minority peoples, and are considered "Yamatai" races at least and even "Yamato" races in more expansive interpretations. Songians were the first peoples in Yamatai to settle in cities, but were later conquered by the Yamato in northward campaigns. Despite centuries of admixture eroding the ethnic distinctions between mainland Songians and Yamatos proper, self-identified Songians make up 3% of the population of Taihei Tengoku. The Hanin emerged separately on their own island, however, as a historic part of the Yamatai cultural sphere Taihei Tengoku is home to approximately 12 million diaspora Hanin, about 1% of the population. Unlike Songians, the Hanin practice very little intermarriage and mixture with other races. The Hakarans live in the northeast of the country and are thought to be the ancestors to both Songians and Yamato, and make up another 1% of the population.

The remaining twentieth of the population is made up of a variety of peoples who have less relation to Yamato genetically and linguistically. The largest of these minorities, the lowland Kadai and Chindwa, live on the border with Questers and their range is heavily colonized by Yamato. Smaller still are mountain peoples, such as Pashtos, Gorkhas, and Mong Miao who live in highland areas, often in pene-exclaves technically contiguous to Taihei Tengoku but inaccessible without transiting a foreign country.

The official policy of the Taihei government is that of full racial equality, as God Worship holds that the same soul-essence can reincarnate as different races and sexes over multiple lifetimes, although any nationalist sentiments of these peripheral peoples are subject to suppression by the Thought Police and other internal security bureaus. Likewise, the government does not have an official language. Although the vast majority of government documents and communication occurs in standard Yamato, some documents (typically special contracts or statutes) exist only in minority languages.

Religion

Religion in Taihei Tengoku (2018).

  God Worship (76%)
  Irreligion (8%)
  Shintoism/Pantheonism (2%)
  Other (2%)

God Worship is the state religion of Taihei Tengoku, and its most practiced religion, with over 800 million adherents or three-quarters of the total population. God Worship is a radical political-religious movement which claims to "complete" various other religious traditions, in particular Yamato paganism, ancestor-worship, and Kaiho. The imposition and enforcement of God Worshipper religious law over the old ways is the chief issue of Taihei domestic politics. God Worship religious practice, like other religions of Yamatai, prominently involve monastic life, intensive meditation, and "obliteration of the self," or asceticism and charity. God Worshipper clerics control many aspects of public life in the country, and in rural areas usually the most influential civil and religious magistrate. The Roshi of Taihei Tengoku is drawn from long-serving veterans of major monastic orders, and a test act bars non-God Worshippers from participation in many prestigious positions in Taihei public and political life.

Other religions have limited recognition and fewer legal rights, as the Taihei government holds that all other religions are "degenerations" of God Worship. Traditional Yamatai religions, such as Kaiho, numenous Shintoism, and ancestor-worship are protected as the "cultural heritage" of the Yamato, and ritual practices are tolerated as cultural expressions. About an eighth of the population are self-proclaimed Kaiho and Shinto practitioners vice God Worshippers, mostly Taihei Songians. Irreligion is the third-largest religious category in Taihei Tengoku at about 8% of the population, with the largest concentration of the irreligious found in major cities and the Hanin and Hakaran minorities. The irreligious are exempt from several confessionally-based laws (mostly tax-related) in exchange for their exclusion from politics.

However, "hostile degenerations," such as Providentialism, Pantheonism (to include Tairendian "Solar" or "State" Shintoism), Questarian Low Dharmat and Agama, and Oswinism is strongly suppressed by the test act and considered "thought crimes." Hostile religious adherents are classified as "thought criminals," which legally enables the Thought Police to employ intrusive and draconian practices to suppress their activities. Being designated as a thought criminal is devastating to one's social, legal, and economic standing and is akin to a charge of treason or outlawry in other countries. Outside of low-status border peoples, the label of hostile religious adherent is imposed on dissidents by Thought Police inquisitors rather than voluntarily claimed. As Taihei subjects are registered on koseki, practitioners of hostile religions are often disowned to prevent further dishonor to the family.

Economy

Taihei Tengoku is a newly industrialized country with a growing industrial base and urbanizing labor force. The country is a major primary and intermediate manufacturer, owing to its large, literate, and inexpensive labor force and internal market, although Yamatai was historically poor due to Malthusian immiseration and low levels of investment. In the wake of the country's defeat in the 1997 Lunar War, Roshi Zentokan opened the Taihei economy to foreign investment and entrepreneurship, which started a period of rapid economic expansion. Real GDP growth has averaged 7.5%, and real per capita GDP growth has averaged 5% in the two decades of Zentokan's reign.

The Taihei economy is strongly weighted towards the interests of manufacturing concerns, which comprise 40% of the national economy. Heavy industries are consolidated into several "industrial combinations" or kōgō (工合), which are extensively vertically integrated. Most industries have several such kogo, which are treated as national champions against foreign competitors. Kogo represent two-thirds of all manufacturing revenue in Taihei Tengoku. These industries are concentrated in the north and center of the country, utilizing the extensive river systems to transfer raw materials mined in the northern mountains to intermediate and final manufacturing centers downstream.

However, in newer or light industries like consumer electronics, firms are much smaller and the market is much more competitive. These "new firms" are concentrated in populated cities, and in the traditional Yamato heartland in the south of the country. The city of Jukei hosts the largest concentration of circuit-board factories in the world, with over a thousand firms comprising its microelectronics sector. Although Yamatai has always had a large cottage industry due to its high population, the current expansion of the tertiary and quaternary sectors began in the early years of the 21st century.

State expenditure is about a quarter of gross domestic product; it is slightly exceeded by state revenues. The national currency, the cash (文, mon) is pegged to the Oryontic Dollar at 10,000:1.

Culture

Contemporary Taihei culture descends from Yamato tradition from the last three millenia. Yamato traditions emphasize group cohesion, conformity, ritual, and deference to authority. Taiheis ascribe status in two different ways: seniority and merit, which can apply to people, things, and ideas. Seniority, a function of both age and loyalty, is considered a signal of reliability as a subordinate and of determination as a leader. Merit is a concept that considers both individual ability and teamwork. A capable person that acts aloof or selfishly might be less meritorious than a much less capable person who is more pro-social in his behavior. The honorifics of "master" and "elder" are considered the most prestigious in Taihei Tengoku, as they connote both virtues of seniority and merit.

Art

Music

Traditional Yamato instruments include the zither, lute, bamboo flute, horsehair fiddle, and the taiko, a large drum. Men of means and the imperial court retained elaborate orchestras to provide entertainment for honored guests and the public. In the modern day, Taihei Tengoku subsidizes a large number of Wallasean orchestras with provincial funds. At holidays, most notably New Years, many orchestras cooperate in major cities to stage grand performances of classical masterpieces such as Bielowicz's 9th symphony.

Food

Yamato cuisine is marked by subdued flavors, an emphasis on texture, and on the seasonality of the recipes themselves. The primary flavor is umami, and Yamato prefer the other flavors (sweetness, saltiness, sourness, bitterness) subdued in comparison. Every season and holiday has an associated food, and to eat foods out of season is considered odd at best and a faux pas at worst. The staple grain is rice, followed by wheat and sorghum. Staple meats are poultry, fish, and pork. Beef is considered a luxury and a foreign import; some Yamato swear off beef entirely due to residual Dharman taboos.

The act of eating itself is a group affair. Most restaurants serve portions to feed the whole table; diners must coordinate on what to order and reach a consensus. When diners eat alone, for example at ramen stands, it is customary and polite to join in the conversation between the chef and the patrons seated at the bar. Private occasions are no less coordinated. Tea ceremony, an elaborate, hours-long ritual around the preparation of afternoon tea and sweets, originated with the retainers of the Hagiwara court and spread throughout Yamatai.

Sports

Traditional Yamato athletics prepared men for battle. Martial arts form the basis of traditional Yamato sports, such as kyudo, kendo, and judo. Sumo wrestling, traditionally entertainment for the imperial court, has grown in popularity with televised matches and professional sponsors for the wrestling lodges. These sports are organized much like the monastic system of God Worship, with local dojo headed by a master, who is in turn subordinate to a grand master. National Yamatai sport federations govern the rules and standards for Yamatai sports and promote it worldwide.

Occidental sports are also popular in Taihei Tengoku. Primary and secondary school students are required to play sports, the most popular being baseball and track and field. Both Yamato polities have robust national baseball leagues which play each other regularly, forming one of the few regular peaceful interactions between Tairendia and Taihei Tengoku.

See also