Tokushima (lit. Virtuous Island') is an island off the Kitagawa Shogunate's southern coast and a protectorate of the Yllendyr Empire. The island was originally the target of a military expedition to quell raids by pirates, and afterwards was granted to the Ito clan for its spearheading of the offensive. It was settled by the Yamato, gradually supplanting the indigenous population. The island used to be under the control of Ito’s daimyō, but the title was changed to viceroy after it fell under the suzerainty of the Yllendyr. Yllendyr rule has resulted in widespread modernization of the island’s infrastructure and its military. It was been the Imperium’s staging ground for its invasion of the Kitagawa Shogunate and continues to be an important asset to Imperial influence in the north.
Following Tokushima’s industrial revolution in the wake of contact with the Yllendyr Imperium, textiles were the island’s first major export. Cotton and silk produced in rural home workshops became a cornerstone of the market and were in high demand abroad. Agricultural mills were increasingly becoming steam-powered, increasing their productivity. With the rise of steam power came a demand for coal, a major import of the island. Railways, modern roads and land reforms paved the way for modern development and improved infrastructure. Tokushima implemented new education systems based on that of the Yllendyr, sent thousands of young students to academies abroad and hired foreign professors to teach modern subjects, such as science, technology, mathematics and foreign languages.
The vast majority of Tokushima's human population is ethnic Yamato. The influx of Yamato peoples drove out most of the indigenous ogre population, which fled to other islands north of Tokushima (now the Fibor Dynasty). Minor tribes of humans also existed on the island and were integrated into wider Yamato culture. Yllendyr elves are commonplace on the island, most being military advisors, entrepreneurs and academics. Altogether, Tokushima's population numbers about 44.6 million inhabitants.
Prior to the arrival of the Yllendyr, Tokushima was within the Kitagawa Shogunate’s political and cultural sphere. There is still an underlying belief in bushido among the population, despite a military model based on Yllendyr organization. Tokushima is no longer bound by a traditional class-based system, but the mentality still exists among the older, rural population, and former samurai families proudly reflect on their acclaim. As the country continues to modernize, a duality between traditional and contemporary mannerisms, dress and beliefs is commonplace.
Traditional Yamato religion, Kami-no-michi, is still the dominant belief in Tokushima, albeit with some alterations. The Shogun is not seen as a divine figure, a belief propagated by the Yllendyr after it took the country under its wing. The execution of the Shogun also did much to alter traditional perceptions. There is a growing atheist movement styled around Yllendyr nature reverence. Both religions involve ancestor worship, which has made the new movement palatable to some Yamato.
In maroon, south of the Shogunate and west of the Fibor Dynasty.
Like the Fibor Isles, Tokushima is a temperate, forested country with distinct warm and cool seasons. The average annual temperature is moderate - about 37℉ to 60℉. Summers are warm and rainy, while the winter season is dry. Broadleaf, conifer and mixed tree ecoregions are present in Tokushima’s biome.
Because it is a protectorate, rather than a true vassal or client state, Tokushima maintains a standing military, modelled on the Yllendyr Army’s organization and equipment. Yllendyr personnel are a frequent sight be they military advisors or Imperial troops stationed on the island, working in tandem with Tokushima’s forces.
The Tokushiman Army is some 400,000 strong at present, with many of its soldiers hardened by Yllendyr’s attacks on the Ashikaga Shogunate. It is divided into twelve divisions, plus an elite Viceroy Guard division. Each division comprises two infantry brigades, with each brigade having two regiments, and those three battalions each. A division also maintains a cavalry regiment of three squadrons; an artillery regiment of two battalions, three batteries each; a battalion of engineers; and a telegraph company.
The standard infantry rifle of the Tokushiman Army is the Shimizu Type 60 rifle. It is a box-fed bolt-action repeating rifle, with an internal magazine capacity of five rounds. The rifle is chambered for the 6.5mm Shimizu cartridge. A carbine variant exists for cavalry, about twelve inches shorter than the standard rifle. In addition to the Type 60 carbine, cavalrymen carry sabres of roughly 33 inches, giving them the reach to attack infantry below.
The Tokushiman Navy has undergone complete modernization, with many ships of its fleet having been made in Yllendyr shipyards. At present, it comprises six battleships, eight armored cruisers, nine cruisers, 24 destroyers and 63 torpedo boats. The navy has reached out to foreign companies to contract a submarine fleet, and currently has five submarines in operation. The navy’s flagship, Akagi, is the only one of its class, based on an modified Yllendyr class design. It is among the most powerful warships in service across the globe.
Magic Prevalence/Usage and Elemental Alignment
Tokushima’s original Yamato settlers brought their mind magic with them. It is used as a cultural art form, rather than a tool of war, but some schools practice a method of subterfuge with said magic.
Tokushima was formerly inhabited by primitive tribes of ogres, orcs and their cousins, like the other islands southwest of the Shogunate. Throughout the medieval era, these islands were staging grounds for pirates, who would harry the Shogunate’s southern coast and disrupt the flow of trade. In 1693, the Shogunate decided it would no longer tolerate this and sent an army led by Ito Kageharu to quell the raids. The next few years saw a series of naval actions against the pirate bands in the south, which would steamroll into a fully-fledged invasion of the islands. What was intended to be a precise attack to halt piracy became a military expansion.
Tokushima was given its name after the expansion, and was given by the shogun to the Ito clan, a reward for its service in the pirate war. With this act, it became an official province of the Shogunate. Yamato farmers were given incentives to leave the mainland and work Tokushima’s lands. Ookijima’s daimyos were never wholly under the yoke of the shogun, however, and he could not prevent civil war from breaking out when the unruly daimyos reached their boiling point. As the Shogunate’s power fractured, Tokushima became increasingly more independent from the mainland.
The Yllendyr first made contact with Tokushima in 1825. With a weak Shogun and civil war on the mainland, Tokushima was left to its own devices. The Yllendyr brought with them weapons and machines the Yamato had never seen before, and Ito, present head of the Itoclan, became interested and open to foreign ways. Seeing a chance to establish its influence in the north and destabilize the Shogunate further, the Yllendyr negotiated with the Ito clan, established trade and started the process of modernization on Tokushima. In exchange, Ito pledged its service to Yllendyr, who it saw as capable of bringing order to a destabilized Shogunate, and became an Imperial protectorate.
In a way, the Ito were right - the Yllendyr attack on Ookijima forced the daimyos to cooperate. This was an unparalleled level of unity, even resulting in the establishment of an effective shogun. However, Yllendyr was undaunted. With superior military technology, tactics and manpower, the Shogunate fell. Tokushima was the Yllendyr’s principal staging ground for their assaults, and many Tokushiman Yamato fought on their behalf.
The Yamato people were divided - those on the mainland harbored a resentment for the Yllendyr that persists still, while the Tokushimans, who readily accepted the Yllendyr, looked upon the elves more favorably. But now, with the Imperium divided between supporters of Olarth and Ecuir, Tokushima once again finds itself in control of its own destiny.