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Name of Nation: Vaerheim

Species: Human

Culture and Society: hierarchical caste system:

The Væringi (Varangian proper): Full citizens of Vaerheim are few in number that enjoy full political and civil rights. However, their dedication to physical discipline and military service may seem to be an eternal punishment to others. They’re able to own property, thralls, and vote on political matters that occur in the Thing, a meeting between all Varangians that occur every four years. Varangians can perform manual labor if they choose but it is highly frowned upon if the decision was carried out.

Male Varangians were expected to be perfect soldiers the moment they were born while female Varangians were expect to become strong healthy mothers and capable athletes. Babies that were born defective or deemed unfit by the elder judge would be demoted to become a Thenn. Rarely is a baby put to death but only in the most extreme cases.

Education was universal as literacy was expected from all Varangian youths when they reach adulthood. However there are divergences in some subjects: the men had to learn administrative duty when not training or retiring while the women were taught basic self-defense, music, and festive tradition. As a result, Væringi are famous for their drop-dead beauty and their unassuming wit.

The Thenns: Argurably the second class populace of Vaerheim, Thenns are free men and women but non-citizens of Vaerheim. However, they are given the luxury of free movement inside and outside of the state as well as full economic opportunities. They could be landowners, serve as auxiliary in the Varangian Banners, or even become a Væringi if their loyalty and military competence exceeded beyond expectations. Thenns are mainly the source for blacksmiths, merchants, priests, scribes, tax collectors, and sometimes city labourers. They are also fully protected by the law even though they have no say in politics. Ironic since they are the ones doing the basic legal and administrative work of Vaerheim.

The Thralls: The third class non-citizens of Vaerheim; originally the conquered people enslaved by the Varangians, the class has diversified when the Varangians began taking captives and prisoners of war from villages and battlefields. Thralls lived basically as slaves as they were forced to perform all the hard labour such as farming and mining to fuel the Varangian war machine. They were in constant danger of being murdered by a young Varangian going through one of his many trials.

However, despite the bleak lifestyle, Thralls have some rights in Varangian societies: they can live in their own accommodation, allowed to keep some of their farming yields, can marry and permitted to avenge an insult about their wives, form their own families, as well as buying their freedom through exemplary military service or through saving what little coinage they have. Intermarriage with a Thrall and Varangian proper was absolutely forbidden though a Thrall could gain freedom and enjoy second class freedom by marrying a Thenn. Of course, a conversion to the Varangian faith was a big requirement.

History:
Originally, the Varangians were once a large band of nomadic people that worship gods foreign to any nation they come across. They serve as a band of mercenaries to any crown willing to pay for their service. And the Varangians serve with such distinction as either shock troops or armored line infantry.

In their contracts, however, there was that one special agreement that the Varangians get to keep what they plunder whether it be gold, captives, or other spoils. The Varangians did not care about land as they were nomadic at the time. While they did serve under their clients, the Varangians would usually learn a few new methods from them such crafting more complicated armor and weapons or learning some literature.

This continued on as the Varangians grew in status as an elite mercenary band until a particularly ambitious leader of the Varangians heard of rich soil in the north, rich with game and mineral ores. He took the gamble and led the Varangians north while still taking on mercenary contracts along the way.

When they finally reached their destination, the area was already settled so the Varangian leader decided that conquest was the solution. With the natives turned thralls, he used their labor to build a new city that would be the seat power for the Varangians, that it would be called Vaerheim.
Territorial Claims:

Economy: With fertile soil and access to abundant mines and woods, agriculture and urban industry dominate Varangian trade. Though income can also be gained by renting out Varangian soldiers as mercenaries to other nations

Army: The Varangian Bannermen, the army of Vaerheim, have trained their whole life in the art of war making them one of the most recognizable soldiers on the battlefield. The most iconic weapon of the Varangian Bannermen is the Long Axe, a two handed polearm that has a large axehead that cleaves through armor. (A comination of a Bearded Axe and Dane Axe to maximize armor piercing capabilities.)
The round shield of the Bannermen was also iconic as it was quite large, made of three layers, and has a grip that was at the edge of the shield and a leather fastening at the center. This allowed greater mobility for a Varangian soldier as well as more versatility in its offensive power.

The biggest downside of the Varangian Bannermen is that they win battles not wars. The generals that lead them are great tacticians but not competent strategies.
Army strength: 500k, 100k Varangians and 400k Auxiliaries
Navy: Hardly call it a navy, the Varangians have no experience in naval warfare.

Traits:
The Agoge - Military service is inseparable in Varanagian society. It was in war where their identity was found and it in war when Vaerheim became their new home. Because of this, Vaerheim will always have an elite professional army ready to deploy at any moment.
access to elite tier heavy infantry,such as the Varangian Guardsmen, one of the world's most legendary warriors for their skill and bravery in combat.
Industrious - Being a band of wandering mercenaries, the Varangians have learned much knowledge from their clients such as metallurgy and craftsmanship. Skills that would later be taught to the Thenns. Weapons, armor, and metal tools used by the Varangians are of remarkable quality. Even the Thenns and Thralls serving as auxiliary positions enjoy adequate equipment when going into combat. However, this leads to a dependancy on slave labor in order to fulfill agricultural demands.
lower army maintenence
decreased domestic agricultural income
Fierce Negotiators - Any Varangian is worth his weight in gold, ivory, or other spoils of war. They will fight and die for you, IF the tithe was paid. Sadly, rich nations may turn down the services of the Varangians if the payment was too high for their taste.
increase Mercenary profit
minimal Monthly War exhaustion when majority of the Varangian army is under mercenary service
Well Connected - The Varangians were nomadic people, but as time went on and serving under a myriad of clients; they earned newfound reputation from their employers that would later help them when they established their own country.
improve relations overtime with foreign nations
Must be under mercenary contract for effects to activate
Tyr's Pride - A Varangian Bannerman is bound by three things: his flesh, his weapons, and his armor and equipment. Magic has no place among war banners as sweat, blood, and faith is all that a Varangian needs to become one of the most legendary warriors in history.
Increased morale and discipline in the army
Magic cannot be used in military service under a combatant role
Foreign Relations: Due to their exceptional service in the past, most nations regard Vaerheim is benign neglect or silent respect although some are willing to hire them again for mercenary contracts.

Rolls:
Land Area: 6
Land Fertility: 18
Development: 14 (12 + 2)
Land Power: 14 (9 + 5)
Naval Power: 1
Economy: 15 (7 + 5 + 3)
Magical Reserves: 8 (13 - 5)
Magical Sophistication: 15 (18 - 5)
Population: 6,000,000

Other: The religion of the Varangians are a pantheon of gods but they mainly worship Tyr, the god of war.
Shield design:

Name of Nation: Vaerheim

Species: Human

Culture and Society: hierarchical caste system:

The Væringi (Varangian proper): Full citizens of Vaerheim are few in number that enjoy full political and civil rights. However, their dedication to physical discipline and military service may seem to be an eternal punishment to others. They’re able to own property, thralls, and vote on political matters that occur in the Thing, a meeting between all Varangians that occur every four years. Varangians can perform manual labor if they choose but it is highly frowned upon if the decision was carried out.

Male Varangians were expected to be perfect soldiers the moment they were born while female Varangians were expect to become strong healthy mothers and capable athletes. Babies that were born defective or deemed unfit by the elder judge would be demoted to become a Thenn. Rarely is a baby put to death but only in the most extreme cases.

Education was universal as literacy was expected from all Varangian youths when they reach adulthood. However there are divergences in some subjects: the men had to learn administrative duty when not training or retiring while the women were taught basic self-defense, music, and festive tradition. As a result, Væringi are famous for their drop-dead beauty and their unassuming wit.

The Thenns: Argurably the second class populace of Vaerheim, Thenns are free men and women but non-citizens of Vaerheim. However, they are given the luxury of free movement inside and outside of the state as well as full economic opportunities. They could be landowners, serve as auxiliary in the Varangian Banners, or even become a Væringi if their loyalty and military competence exceeded beyond expectations. Thenns are mainly the source for blacksmiths, merchants, priests, scribes, tax collectors, and sometimes city labourers. They are also fully protected by the law even though they have no say in politics. Ironic since they are the ones doing the basic legal and administrative work of Vaerheim.

The Thralls: The third class non-citizens of Vaerheim; originally the conquered people enslaved by the Varangians, the class has diversified when the Varangians began taking captives and prisoners of war from villages and battlefields. Thralls lived basically as slaves as they were forced to perform all the hard labour such as farming and mining to fuel the Varangian war machine. They were in constant danger of being murdered by a young Varangian going through one of his many trials.

However, despite the bleak lifestyle, Thralls have some rights in Varangian societies: they can live in their own accommodation, allowed to keep some of their farming yields, can marry and permitted to avenge an insult about their wives, form their own families, as well as buying their freedom through exemplary military service or through saving what little coinage they have. Intermarriage with a Thrall and Varangian proper was absolutely forbidden though a Thrall could gain freedom and enjoy second class freedom by marrying a Thenn. Of course, a conversion to the Varangian faith was a big requirement.

History:
Originally, the Varangians were once a large band of nomadic people that worship gods foreign to any nation they come across. They serve as a band of mercenaries to any crown willing to pay for their service. And the Varangians serve with such distinction as either shock troops or armored line infantry.

In their contracts, however, there was that one special agreement that the Varangians get to keep what they plunder whether it be gold, captives, or other spoils. The Varangians did not care about land as they were nomadic at the time. While they did serve under their clients, the Varangians would usually learn a few new methods from them such crafting more complicated armor and weapons or learning some literature.

This continued on as the Varangians grew in status as an elite mercenary band until a particularly ambitious leader of the Varangians heard of rich soil in the north, rich with game and mineral ores. He took the gamble and led the Varangians north while still taking on mercenary contracts along the way.

When they finally reached their destination, the area was already settled so the Varangian leader decided that conquest was the solution. With the natives turned thralls, he used their labor to build a new city that would be the seat power for the Varangians, that it would be called Vaerheim.
Territorial Claims:

Economy: With fertile soil and access to abundant mines and woods, agriculture and urban industry dominate Varangian trade. Though income can also be gained by renting out Varangian soldiers as mercenaries to other nations

Army: The Varangian Bannermen, the army of Vaerheim, have trained their whole life in the art of war making them one of the most recognizable soldiers on the battlefield. The most iconic weapon of the Varangian Bannermen is the Long Axe, a two handed polearm that has a large axehead that cleaves through armor. (A comination of a Bearded Axe and Dane Axe to maximize armor piercing capabilities.)
The round shield of the Bannermen was also iconic as it was quite large, made of three layers, and has a grip that was at the edge of the shield and a leather fastening at the center. This allowed greater mobility for a Varangian soldier as well as more versatility in its offensive power.

The biggest downside of the Varangian Bannermen is that they win battles not wars. The generals that lead them are great tacticians but not competent strategies.
Army strength: 500k, 100k Varangians and 400k Auxiliaries
Navy: Hardly call it a navy, the Varangians have no experience in naval warfare.

Traits:
The Agoge - Military service is inseparable in Varanagian society. It was in war where their identity was found and it in war when Vaerheim became their new home. Because of this, Vaerheim will always have an elite professional army ready to deploy at any moment.
access to elite tier heavy infantry,such as the Varangian Guardsmen, one of the world's most legendary warriors for their skill and bravery in combat.
Industrious - Being a band of wandering mercenaries, the Varangians have learned much knowledge from their clients such as metallurgy and craftsmanship. Skills that would later be taught to the Thenns. Weapons, armor, and metal tools used by the Varangians are of remarkable quality. Even the Thenns and Thralls serving as auxiliary positions enjoy adequate equipment when going into combat. However, this leads to a dependancy on slave labor in order to fulfill agricultural demands.
lower army maintenence
decreased domestic agricultural income
Fierce Negotiators - Any Varangian is worth his weight in gold, ivory, or other spoils of war. They will fight and die for you, IF the tithe was paid. Sadly, rich nations may turn down the services of the Varangians if the payment was too high for their taste.
increase Mercenary profit
minimal Monthly War exhaustion when majority of the Varangian army is under mercenary service
Well Connected - The Varangians were nomadic people, but as time went on and serving under a myriad of clients; they earned newfound reputation from their employers that would later help them when they established their own country.
improve relations overtime with foreign nations
Must be under mercenary contract for effects to activate
Tyr's Pride - A Varangian Bannerman is bound by three things: his flesh, his weapons, and his armor and equipment. Magic has no place among war banners as sweat, blood, and faith is all that a Varangian needs to become one of the most legendary warriors in history.
Increased morale and discipline in the army
Magic cannot be used in military service under a combatant role
Foreign Relations: Due to their exceptional service in the past, most nations regard Vaerheim is benign neglect or silent respect although some are willing to hire them again for mercenary contracts.

Rolls:
Land Area: 6
Land Fertility: 18
Development: 14 (12 + 2)
Land Power: 14 (9 + 5)
Naval Power: 1
Economy: 15 (7 + 5 + 3)
Magical Reserves: 8 (13 - 5)
Magical Sophistication: 15 (18 - 5)
Population: 6,000,000

Other: The religion of the Varangians are a pantheon of gods but they mainly worship Tyr, the god of war.
Shield design:
Question: How are rolls decided? Do we make up our own number or is there RNG involved?

Edit: Nevermind. I didnt scroll down when checking the app

February, part 4

The Imperial Palace was silent as a tomb ever since the Nankyo Massacre has occurred. For the first time, Shogun Emperor Eikou felt furious at every turn of events. This was not what he had planned nor could he have anticipated. The protests were growing too disdainful too quickly and it meant his plans for national revival would fall apart from the sheer speed of general dissent.

His thoughts of this whole situation was developing was interrupted when Genki Abe, head of the newly established Kempeitai, came into his office.

Upon seeing the Shogun Emperor in a brooding mood, Abe cut straight to the point:

“We established contact with the Meiyo Kaitukukai, Tōseiha, and Kōdōha factions and they have agreed to work with each other and with you. Already, the Kōdōha have alerted their secret militia camps to begin mobilizing while the Meiyo Kaitukukai began gathering public support from the villages and towns. The Tōseiha are in the process of establishing munitions and armaments factions in said villages and towns. Some are hidden; some aren’t.”

“And what of the Secretariat?” Eikou asked, his mood lightening a bit.

“The list provided by the Yllendyr proved to satisfactory. We have captured and begun extracting the information of agents from the handlers. So far, we got a dozen names that I can send my agents after at this very moment. This will certainly help protect the movements of our militia. Also, the new Shogun have recently arrived in the Treaty Port and will proceed to make his way to Nankyo.”

“Tell the Kōdōha to send 60 men armed with rifles to intercept the Shogun’s movement. If they cannot gather that much guns, contact the villagers and townspeople to “donate” some weapons from the local armories. Continue with the purging of the Yllendyr secret police. Keep them blind and toothless.” Shogun Emperor Eikou ordered, “And get me Gael!”

Abe left the Imperial Palace in secret with his newfound orders, leaving Eikou more brooding than before. This was a dangerous gamble that would cause the Imperium to send more troops. He was highly suspicious of Velendaal’s goals in sending over 9 thousand soldiers to the Shogunate. This seem to prove some rumors that the southern elves were secretly siding with Ecruir. Of course, that spurned on even more rumors, rumors that put the Yamato in constant wariness while the more radical bunch already saw the Shogunate already at conflict against the Velendaal and openly attacked the intervention force. Not exactly what he wanted, but having less soldiers to deal with is always good.

“I need an army.” Eikou mumbled under his breath. "I need one real fast."
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February, part 3

The Meiyo Kaitukukai 16th assembly
Location: rumored to be Yakumo or Oketo


Passage taken from Hideki Tojo, party leader of the Nationalist Movement, as he radio broadcast his speech the after the title “Shogun Emperor” was reformed throughout Kitagawa.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the young and the old, the meek and bold, lend me your ears…. 60 years have passed since the unhappy day when the Yamato people, blinded by promises from foes at home and abroad, lost touch with honor and freedom, thereby losing all. Since that day of dishonorable victory, Hachiman has withheld his blessing from our people. Dissension and hatred descended upon us. Bushido broken and defiled. With profound distress millions of the best Yamato men and women from all walks of life have seen the unity of the nation vanishing in a blink of an eye, dissolving in a confusion of political and personal opinions, economic interests, ideological differences, and the slaving nature of the Yllendyr. Since that day, as so often in the past, the Kitagawa Shogunate has presented a picture of heartbreaking disunity. We had never received equality, fraternity, and justice ever since the day the Shogun Emperor was executed. We lost our liberty to boot when we grow tolerate of the sufferings of our fellow countrymen when they were put in chains of Naerzo the Defiler. For when our nation lost its political place in the world, it soon lost its unity of spirit and will…

We are firmly convinced that the Yamato people entered the fight in 1832 without the slightest hesitation on its part and filled only with the desire to defend the Home Island which had been attacked by foreign aggressors and to preserve the culture, nay, the very existence, of the Yamato people. This being so, we can only see in the disastrous fate which has overtaken us since those dying days days of 1841 the result of our collapse at home. But the rest of the world, too, has suffered no less since then from overwhelming injustice. The balance of power which had evolved in the course of history, and which formerly played no small part in bringing about the understanding of the necessity for an internal solidarity of the nations, with all its advantages for trade and commerce, has been set on one side. The insane argument of the Yllendyr being the wielders of civilization is hypocritical when they are practitioners of slavery, executioners of surrendered belligerents and ignorant of our people’s customs and religion.

Please! People of the Kitagawa, open your eyes! The misery of our people is horrible to behold! The chaos gripping the Shogunate, the millions of the industrial proletariat are unemployed and starving; the whole of the middle class and the small artisans have been impoverished, the fruits born from the burden of being a Yllendyr servant. When this collapse finally reaches the Yamato peasants, we will be faced with an immeasurable disaster. For then not only shall a nation collapse, but a two-thousand-year-old inheritance, some of the loftiest products of human culture and civilization. This cannot continue…

All about us the warning signs of this collapse are apparent. The anti-monarchist revolutionists of Avalia with its method of madness is inspiring a powerful and insidious attack upon our dismayed and shattered nation and divine Shogun Emperor. It seeks to poison and disrupt in order to hurl us into this epoch of chaos.... This negative, destroying spirit spared nothing of all that is highest and most valuable. Beginning with the family, it has undermined the very foundations of morality and faith and scoffs at culture and business, nation and belonging, justice and Bushido. 60 years of Yllendyr have ruined the integrity Kitagawa Shogunate; one year of revolution would destroy her. The richest and fairest territories of the world would be turned into a smoking heap of ruins. Even the sufferings of the current decade could not be compared to the misery of a Avalia in the heart of which the red flag of destruction had been hoisted. The execution of the entire royal family, both child and adult, should be a warning of the storm which would come. We must defend our Home Island and the Shogun Emperor from the insidious forces of revolutionary thought and the tyrannical regime of the Yllendyr.
In those hours when our hearts were troubled about the life and the future of the Yamato nation, it is to struggle for freedom once more, in unity and loyalty, for the salvation of the Kitagawa nation. This time the front lines are at home. The venerable Shogun Emperor Eikou has already burdened himself with this noble endeavor. And as the leader of the Meiyo Kaitukukai, I vow to the Shogun Emperor, to my conscience, and to my people that I will faithfully and resolutely fulfill the task conferred upon us. I will help restore stability and honor to our people and I call upon you to do the same.

Show no fear for you are a Yamato! The blood of Samurai and the countless martyrs that died flow through you. When the time has come, we, the Meiyo Kaitukukai, will march on Nankyo and liberate the oppressed, the beaten, and the enslaved. The Yllendyr have overstayed their presence; their puppets corrupt and incompetent. We will free the Yamato, the Home Island, and the Shogun Emperor from the clutches of wanton greed and exploitation!”


February (part 2)

The Imperial Palace, constructed to be a mere house for the puppet Emperors of the Shogunate, had taken the initiative to wield executive power throughout the Shogunate. The incompetent Yllendyr Administration was unable to sooth the fury of the Yamato ever since the massacre had occured in the capital. With the citizens becoming dangerously anarchic and the underground movements growing bolder and defiant with every passing hour, Emperor Eikou wrestled with the Yllendyr administrators and succeed in restoring “Shogun Emperor” title, even if it was temporary to the Yllendyr bureaucrats. At least the restoration calmed the moods to an extent in the Shogunate but a new situation has developed for the Shogun Emperor to resolve.

A Yllendyr, dressed in his culture’s businessman attire, stood in front of the door that connected to the Shogun’s office. He arrived under disguise but the palace was secure of any traitor elements, thanks to the help of the Emperor’s own secret police. Two Yamato guards flanked the doorway but one of them allowed entrance to the Yllendyr. After hearing the closing of doors, Shogun Emperor Eikou looked away from the reports and saw his benefactor. He wasn’t alone though, another Yllendyr named Gruthran Gael and a Yamato named Genki Abe are also present.

“Elfod Arloth,” Eikou greeted cheerfully, clearly enjoying the presence of the newly arrived Yllendyr, “What brings you here? Any news happening today?”

“First things first, Your majesty.” Arloth grunted, wanting this meeting to already end. “Here’s the new list.”

He handed a few pieces of paper to the Shogun Emperor.

“These are the names, aliases and faces of all 36 Securitariat handlers that will be arriving to Nilrandell by the end of the tomorrow and their target locations throughout the Shogunate. Thankfully, my fellow countrymen haven’t suspected me of treason yet.” The last remarked was directed to the Auxiliary Legion Commander who glared right back at the nod from Arloth.

“Being in charge of the Securitariat branch stationed in Kitagawa would certainly help.” Gael grumbled.

“Thank you for your humble service.” Eikou smiled as he then handed the papers to Genki Abe. “You know what to do with them. Make sure that they never leave the Port City.”

With a bow, Abe took the papers and quickly left the room with new orders. Gael followed suit. “Make sure the legions are in position.” the Emperor called out to him.

“Now, news.” Eikou resquested.

“There’s a new Shogun that will be arriving, the brother of the murdered Shogun, as well as reinforcements from the other dominions. Arloth reported before commenting under his breath: “What a hideous mess this is becoming.”The image of saviors and liberators of Yllendyr is being shattered by the brutality of Ecrurir and his equally incompetent brother.”

“Look at yourself: you’re undermining the Imperium.” Eikou raised an eyebrow.

“I did what I did to settle my score with Yirlu.” Arloth rebuke sternly. “What I’m doing now and ever since was out of my gratitude for you making it easier for me. And I have no sympathy to the Imperium in its current state.”

“Do you even know the Imperium?”

“It is a nation meant to bring civilization to the barbarian nations of this world. To bring technology, enlightenment, and purpose to this dark world.” the Yllendyr answered.
“A lie we all agree to be the truth.” Eikou smirked.

“And what happens when we stop agreeing to it?” Arloth quickly interjected. “Chaos. A bottomless pit waiting to swallow this world.”

“No.” Eikou sneered, leaving Arloth speechless. “Chaos is not a pit.”

“Chaos is opportunity.”

“Many who try to use it fail and never get to try again. Their revolution consumes them.”

“Those who attempt to orchestrate it could not control it. The fires of failure burns into their face.”

“And some are given a chance to use it, but they refuse. They cling to their world or the foundation or the status quo. All illusions. Only opportunity is real. The will to use is all there is.”

Eikou continued: “But chaos is only for opportunities. Now is a time for action.”

Elfod Arloth secretly left the Imperial Palace with the usual request: more names of Securitate agents. It wasn’t hard; after all, he was in charge of the branch stationed in this island. Thankfully, a crowd was forming around a nationalist organization passing out leaflets and hanging up nationalist propaganda posters causing a big enough distraction for the Yllendyr to quickly return to his department.

He prayed that the nationalists, the Meiyo Kaitukukai, would never target him. After all, in order to not be caught, his friendship with the Emperor must not be known to the public. No doubt the month would get even uglier if a legion was ordered to silence the leader group since the citizens are more likely to defend him than hand him over to the Yllendyr.

February, the Month of Strife

The streets were dangerous these days, they've always been since the conquest of the home island. Even the Shogun didn’t feel safe with his dozen bodyguards as they could’ve have been infiltrated by revolutionaries, religious zealots, and nationalist fanatics. Eyes and ears are everywhere on the streets of Nankyo, the capital of the Shogunate, as the motorcar traveled along. Ever since the title “Shogun Emperor” was split in two, Adolo Yirlu, like all of his predecessors, could see the ire of every Yamato. His own mother reported having recurring nightmares ever since he was picked to be the Shogun and Viceroy of the Kitagawa as it was a very stressful and sometimes dangerous job. After all, it was a common sight to see a car bombing or a murder of a Yllendyr policeman in the newspapers throughout the Imperium. The Shogunate was the main source for basic news that could be put on paper. Yirlu hate going to sleep wondering if he was going to make it into the morning.

The Securitariat were also not having fun dealing with the Shogunate as every agent being sent into the home island end up with two agents in coffins and a thrid reported to be MIA. Insurgent cells sprang up faster than the secret police and Shogun’s efforts combined. Even though no major rebellion has ever occurred, the efforts to contain them was quite frankly taxing in terms of manpower and logistics. It was a burden to hunt down a camp due to the sheer size and geographic terrain of sub-continental island.

Suddenly, the motorcar stopped with the bodyguards rushing ahead of them.
“What is going on?” Yirlu demanded.
“Sorry sir, there’s a protest blocking the street.” his Yamato chauffeur answered, “Our security is trying to assist the police in redirecting the traffic.”
The Shogun sighed as he swore under his breath that traffic jams and protests would be the death of his sanity.
“Just….take us to the Imperial Palace.”
“Yes sir.”

Few streets away, a man in police uniform entered an alley and found package hidden inside. Afterwards, man switched his uniform with civilian clothes in package, where he also found Theilmu Navy .36 revolver. Fully loaded too.

After mindlessly watching the streets and buildings moved past him, Yirlu realized that the security haven’t returned nor in the process of catching up to them.
"Ru? Where are our bodyguards?" asked with concern in his voice. Wait a minute…..is the motorcar going slower now?
“I believe they are still trying to disperse the crowd.” the Yamato answered, “I can still hear the chants.”
Whilst chauffeur tried to explain odd and risky situation, the inconspicuous man moved quickly from the street's corner, opened the driver’s car door and shot the chauffeur twice in the head, before he could react in any way.
The shooter in disguise will never say it to any living soul, but it was his eyes, which will remember forever, from everything happened and will happen. Yirlu looked so...surprised. So much surprised, indeed, that a Yamato murdered a Yamato in front of a Yllendyr.

He briefly smiled like a tiger being friendly to the Shogun before his face hardened again.

“Hiro did a fine job but his services are no longer required.” the gunman remarked before shooting the remaining bullets into Yirlu’s chest, leaving him to bleed to death in his motorcar.


Everything happened in matter of seconds as the gunshots from the assassination panicked the protestors and the security causing the police and bodyguards to open fire onto the crowd, killing dozens of civilians.

As for the assassin, he simply disappeared, having accomplished his mission in revenge.

Soon, newspapers would bear the news:
Shogun Adolo Yirlu assassinated! State of Emergency declared in the Shogunate! Massacre at the capital! Emperor Eikou requested the return for the "Shogun" title!
Nation Name: Kitagawa Shogunate
Flag:


Type of Government: Absolute Monarchy
Head(s) of Government: Shogun Emperor Eikou Takagi Kitagawa
Economy: Heavily industrialized with access to coal and iron ore deposits, Still exports agricultural products such as tea, incense, and rice.
Primary Species: Humans
Population: 88.7 million citizens
Culture: Split between three branches: Honor, Loyalty, and Duty. Easy to please and quick to anger, the inhabitants, called the Yamato, in civil life are raised on a code of conduct on justice and wisdom based on class. Inevitably, Yamato are very disdainful of the Yllendyr ever since they executed Emperor Toshiko's grandfather. Social classes, from highest to lowest, is split between the Shogun, Kazoku (comprised of the Daimyo), Samurai, Merchant and middle class, and farmers and lower class workers. Due to Kitagawa society heavily militarized, a Yamato male is expected to serve at least 2 years in the military when he reaches 18 years of adulthood. Yamato are very respectful of another race's culture since they expect the same level of treatment back. Only the Yllendyr are the only exceptions of this etiquette.
Language: Yamato, equivalent to Japanese
Religious and Other Beliefs: Traditional Yamato religion, Kami-no-michi, is the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and the belief in sacred power in both animate and inanimate things. Under Kami-no-michi, the Shogun Emperor is revered as a descendant of the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-omikami. This is why Yamato was utterly shocked when the Dark Elves executed the Shogun Emperor after he surrendered. This is the official religion of the Shogunate.
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Climate: Has all four seasons with mild, temperate weather. Lots of hills and mountains with plenty of plains, marshes, and natural harbors around the coastline. There are forests present but not very dominate of the region.
Military: Even though its still traditional where the Daimyo and the Samurai are officers and generals of the Shogunate Military, promotion through the ranks are becoming more based on merit rather than lineage but this is more apparent on a company and battalion level. Even though the Shogunate military is not as elite as the Yllendyr, it makes up for it through its sheer Fanaticism and undying loyalty to the Emperor and the Shogunate. This would lead to extremely dumb but exceedingly brave Kamikaze soldiers and sailors.
Magic Prevalence/Usage and Elemental Alignment: Seen primarily as a tool in civic society mainly used by exorcists to weed out demons. Occasionally, magic would be use in combat but only if deemed necessary. Mind Alignment
History/Background Info: Prior to the Kitagawa Shogunate, the territory was ruled by warring factions of Daimyo and Samurai that fought petty feuds and civil wars over the centuries. Even though a Shogunate was proclaimed, it was quickly split apart after a Shogun's death. It wasn't until the Dark Elves arrive when the Yamato Warlords band together and formed a Shogunate to drive them out. Due to the Dark Elves's superior technology and tactics, the newly-formed Shogunate was defeated in every battle and the subjugation ended with the Shogun Emperor executed and his son taking his place as a puppet ruler to the Yllendyr. Despite the humiliating defeat and the outrageous treatment of previous Shogun, the Shogunate quickly adopted technology from the Dark Elf overlords at the cost of its pride and ethnic treatment. So vicious was the anger towards the Dark Elves that numerous uprisings occurred, especially the Samurai class, under the guise of restoring national pride. The revolts were crushed but the perpetrators were secretly pardoned and lightly punished due to the fact that everybody despised the Yllendyr for their treatment of the Yamato people.


1st Week of March (Part 1)

As the war reached its second month, the Shogunate spent its time consolidating its positions now that the Home Island is more or less secure. The Auxiliary Legions that were surrounded eagerly took on the Emperor's offer to surrender and pledge loyalty to Olarth. However, their fighting capacity was severely to 10%, 20, or 30% at least after the fierce fighting in that occurred in February. Even the Yamato soldiers and militiamen were still skeptical of their loyalty and some Yamato didn't even know that they were fighting for Olarth until the last minute. Nevertheless, the Auxiliary Legions were momentarily treated as POWs having to be forced to give up their weapons. Some of the remaining Yllendyr Officers that surrendered were trialed under accusations of excessively cruelty and treatment of locals before the charges were dropped as everybody had to be reorganized immediately under orders of the Shogun Emperor.

Elsewhere, the first bandit part from the deserted Auxiliary legions have been located with the cavalry quickly following behind for eradication. The two legions stationed in the port city fled with the Yllendyr citizens through the help of the Yllendyr Navy leaving the port city utterly deserted. The Yamato reinforcements that arrived in the 4th immediately took the city and razed the Yllendyr flags and whatever Yllendyr propaganda posters that were present. Since no one has anticipated the port city to be abandoned, the Samurai commander ordered the city to be striped of its industrial and naval capacity and to be distributed elsewhere through out the Shogunate. This meant the city would utterly useless to assault and defend in the foreseeable future. At least until the military high command figured out what to do with it.

Speaking of the Yamato High command, officially designated as the Shogun's Headquarters, had fierce debates of the direction of the Army and Navy after detailed reports were coming in after the surrender of the Auxiliaries and the humiliating attack on the port city.

A new Shogun Doctrine

There were to decisive factions that dominated the debates: the Tōseiha and the Kōdōha.
The Tōseiha, lead by ashigaru Lieutenant General Tetsuzan Nagata, was comprised of experienced officers, infantrymen, and industrialist who was more moderate and conservative to the more fanatical counterparts. Their argument was the army need to emphasis more modernization and higher emphasis on the machine gun and heavy artillery. That before and during an assault was carried out, the enemy positions were to be bombard with artillery to suppress enemy counterfire while machine gun will be moved into aggressive positions in order to support infantry pushes. Tōseiha's main source of credibility was taken from experienced gain from the Battle of Red Blossoms and the Dawn Assault where banzai charges were immediately repulsed with heavy casualties and the only thing that prevented the the Auxiliary from counterattacking was the the officers quickly ordered machinegun fire and artillery strikes onto their positions. Those weapons would later on would allow the Yamato forces to advance at a more reasonable approach.

The Kōdōha, lead by Samurai Major General Sadao Araki and comprised of other Samurai generals, advocated the importance of character building through rigid mental and physical discipline, which meant the focus of the army was not to be on the weapon per se but on the humble infantryman himself. They believed that a banzai charge of armed soldiers would utterly overwhelm the enemy by putting so much pressure through the weight of superior numbers and élan, that no amount of firepower could snuff out the spirit of Bushido. That even a rock would be the most dangerous weapon in the world if the soldier was brave enough to use it as such. There was some merit to their argument, however, as seen in the Battle of Bihoro where the Auxiliary Legion stationed there was overwhelmed by the ferocity of the Yamato soldiers as they got close enough to engage in close quarters urban combat. The Yllendyr machineguns had to reload at some point and that was when they were overrun by banzai. Mass infantry charges could prove to be effective in forms of shock tactics against weakened entrenchments. The Kōdōha, amazingly enough, were the most ardent in terms of preserving the honor code of the Samurai legacy. They stilled believed that melee combat was crucial in military training if modern weapons increased the distance in which both sides would engage. Kōdōha officers were actually the nicest, or at least the most respectable, soldiers a Yllendyr officer could ever hope to meet since they allow them to keep their weapons and travel equally among them. The Shogun Emperor said that they will be our allies against Ecurir if they surrender, which they did and there was no way around that to treat them less as allies. After all, betrayal against the Shogun Emperor is a fate worse than death.

"What's the point of sending a soldier to a battlefield without a proper weapon?" the Tōseiha would argue. "What's the point of giving a weapon to a soldier if he is unwilling to use it?" the Kōdōha would counter.

All this argument itself also expanded into the usage of cavalry. The Tōseiha were proponents of replacing cavalry as motorized vehicles and cars as military units such as motor scouts. Due to the industrial capacity of the Shogunate, Tōseiha believed it was feasible and some of the more ambitious industrialists and officers thought of making the entire army mobile by using cars as a form of troop transport.

Kōdōha, however, was the opposite: they argued that all this motorization is redundant as the speed of the horse is still perfectly viable to be used for recon. There's no point in training entirely new divisions when time and effort could be saved by simply re-equipping and re-training the existing cavalry units.

As for leadership, Tōseiha advocates for centralized command and plans the squads being idle on the fact that theres wasn't enough time to organize a proper command structure by the time the battle occurs. Just like their ancestors in the past, the Samurai generals and field marshals believed that wars are won through strategy: carefully-time counter-attacks and well-coordinated offensives will break through any line anywhere. Preparation and planning was the key to success and reducing the authority of the High Command would lead to general disorganization.

The Kōdōha propose a decentralized command as the junior officers and squad commanders felt that the High Command was too rigid and not flexible enough to react to sudden changes in objectives. There were some squads that did absolutely nothing in these battles because they were not granted the initiative by the High Command.
With better trained soldiers with high quality officers meant that the squads are perfectly capable of handling objectives when given autonomy.

In the end, Shogun Emperor Eikou has to make the decision: would he support Tōseiha or Kōdōha? Is a compromise even viable?
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