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The Great Empire of Kandorith





The Moon Has Risen In The East, Her Glorious Reign Shall Last For 8,000 Years.


Gargantuan skyscrapers produce a never-ending shade on the tangled web of the streets below. Neon light glows brilliantly night and day, setting the stage for the glass, steel, and flesh ballet. Floodlights, mega-screens, and blasting commercials and music light up the lively streets where pedestrians and vehicles glide through the pouring rain. Tenkyo, the beating heart of the Kandorese Empire, and the grand dream turned reality for its prosperous citizens. At the heart of Tenkyo lies the Imperial Palace, a monument to the ages long gone and yet to come, the current seat of Empress Masumi. While not the head of government, the Empress maintains a crucial role within the vast Empire of Kandorith.

HISTORY


Tenkyo was originally a merchant city called Kyodahashi. It was first fortified by the Kyodai clan around 1130 and in 1350 the now-famous Kyodahashi Castle was built. In the 1500s, the city became the centre of government under the first Tenmei period who made the city their hometown. Under the reign of the Tenmei Iwashita Sueyasu started the "period of stability", which lasted for over 200 years. During this time, the city would grow to a great extent and counted over two million inhabitants at the beginning of the 1700s.

The period of peace and stability ended when foreign agents started to meddle in the affairs of the Kandorese, causing the harbours to overflow with foreign goods and imported aspects of their cultures. The new laws and regulations caused prices to rise and an angry population would react violently to end their discontent. Supporters of Tokaji used the growing anger among the population to overthrow Toshinobu, the last of the Iwashita Tenmei, in 1840.

After the reign of the Tenmei ended, Emperor Tokaji declared the renaming of Kyodahashi to Tenkyo which means "Heavenly Throne" and became the official capital of the Kandoresse Empire. Before that, the city already enjoyed being the centre of politics and the Kandorese culture.

Tenkyo would undergo massive rebuilding and infrastructure projects conducted by the national government. The building of a dense network of subway stations would lead Tenkyo into the modern world. The city grew around the network, focusing on the subway more so than car traffic and becoming the most significant traffic system of Tenkyo. Although the development of the growing megacity went on it was struck by the largest disasters in the history of the Empire, the 1920 Tenkyo Earthquake which killed an estimated 680,000 people and enemy attacks during the Great War (around 400,000 casualties).

After the war, the city merged with the Tenkyo Prefecture to establish the Tenkyo Metropolis in 1949, it was successfully rebuilt and hosted multiple regional sporting events and international conventions. The 1970s brought massive development projects to Tenkyo as the population surged up to 14 million inhabitants - After the Great War Tenkyo only had around 4,1 million inhabitants. But the following '80s saw the Kandorese real estate and debt bubble grow and bursting in the early '90s causing an enormous recession for the Kandorese Empire. The 90s' recession is often referred to as "The Lost Decade" and recovery for Kandorith came at a very slow pace.

Today Tenkyo is still growing from the inside and outside. It is known as one of the largest and prosperous cities in the entire world, has countless star restaurants, it is known as the "best overall experience" for foreign visitors. The reasons to visit Tenkyo are many and what started as a small merchant and craft city grew into the beautiful sprawling metropolis it is today.

Higakito


Higakito - or downtown Tenkyo is where the inhabitants flock to escape their daily routine.
Home to extravagant hotels, delectable eateries, bars, and the most exclusive nightclubs, there
are numerous reasons to spend the night in Higakito. Put on your most extravagant outfit, grab your wallet, and let yourself go.

Gawato


Gawato - while not featured in holo-ads or flaunted in films, Gawato is the best of the best.
Subtle, yet elegant with an unmistakable charm of the most successful in business. Gawato boasts the largest
variety of restaurants in all of Tenkyo, boutiques, seafood, saloons and exotic foods.

The most notable location within Gawato is the always bustling Emperor Tokaji Park. While admiring the warm and open architecture
around you keep your eyes open for life-changing opportunities as Gawato is the place to be for the elite.

The district of Gawato is also home to the famous Yamagata monumental park, built to commemorate the restoration
of the Imperial Mandate and inaugurating a new era of growth and advancement for the Kandorese people and corporations.
Despite rumours by a small group of anarcho-socialists, the building of the square did not lead to any deaths which can be traced to the construction.



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