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The Great Empire of Kandorith

INTRODUCTION

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


Kandorith Is a country in the western parts of the South Pacific. It is one of the most populous countries in the region and a major economic and military force.
Kandorith emerged as one of the first civilizations, in the fertile basin of the Manakuda river(愛涙).

The lands of Kandorith were inhabited as early as 40,000 years ago, though the first mentions appear in Yiangese scriptures from the first century.
Between the 4th and 8th century the Kandorese kingdoms became unified under emperors and empresses for the first time.
From this legacy the modern Kandorese nation still stands proud today; the children of the gods and servants of the moon goddess.

Hardship is the primary trait of the nation of Kandorith and her people. But even today the nation and her children stand stalwart and proud. Led by an undividable mixture of culture, heritage and the imperial bloodline; the people of the nation have endured starvation, war and occupation.

During the early 30's the hardest challenge for the proud Kandorese people would unravel. The Great Divine War would sweep across the nation and eventually tear apart the entire land. After Emperor Gifu was forced to surrender the nation was forced to its knees. Normal life for the people would seize to exist as now normal religious and cultural practices would be outlawed and even the language would be heavily censored. In the mid 30's the well loved Kandorese art and theatre would be no more and the people would have to face the facts of living under the Socialist States of Meikan.

The humiliating defeat of the Kandorese military machine was a shock for the nation, leading to even the populace to give up the fight as they saw their leaders captured and executed. After 2.790 years the long standing dynasty of Kandorese emperors fell and the nation fell with them.

During the late 1950's the Meikan occupation was showing cracks in it's orderly and oppressive regime, slowly the General People's Assembly gave in to the demands of the Kandorese people to practice their ancient religion of Tendō on a basic level and in small groups at home. When in 1958 the first state build Tendō temple was opened riots erupted after the military police tried to forcefully end a burial service. The incident led to city wide peaceful protests in Imakazawa, Higaku and Hayazawa, which were quickly and violently ended by the military. After the military tried to enforce curfew in Tenkyo violence erupted towards the military. The Meikan government eventually gave the order to use live ammunition which led to the deaths of over 4,000 people.

The beginning of the end had started for the United Socialist States of Meikan and calls for revolution became ever more frequent, followed by increasingly violent uprisings in the large cities. The Socialist States decided a nationwide curfew would be the answer and seizure of all nationwide assets would be the only way to bring the Kandorese back in line. When in the morning of May first Ashikaga Heijiro was arrested and executed in public for treason there would be no way back. Heijiro was believed to be one of the last surviving members of the imperial family of Kandorith, who had long lived unknown and in exile during the current regime but was exposed after popular calls to restore at least the names of the imperial family in the archives. Heijiro was dragged through the streets by the Meikan soldiers, beaten and eventually hung from a tree to serve as an example.

Kaito Revolution.

The nation fell silent as on even muttering nationalistic phrases would end up in public executions, a new type of terror used by the Meikan government, as their power became more and more waning on the Kandorese people, they would resolve to more cruel and murderous reactions to dissidence. Anger grew under the people, yet they had no one to lead the fight against the government as the situation in the country grew even more dire. In 1958 and 1960 a great famine would kill over 100 million people in total as the nation's new agricultural revolution completely failed because of the attempts to organize the nation into communes. The famine led to a secret gathering of pro-imperial minded people in the coastal city of Higashu.

The tone was set and after a series of assassinations, bomb attacks and other disruptive campaigns against the central government the now nicknamed Heavenly Army, named after legendary and historical campaigns, the opposition leaders would start marching towards Tenkyo.

From Kamigawa the army quickly sided with general Taneharu Sho and he would leave from multiple military outposts and checkpoints to try and peacefully gather enough support to overthrow the local government and eventually dismantle the centralized power from the countryside. He would be mostly successful as most army divisions in Kamigawa joined his cause until the siege of Hiramoto, where the last division of the general powers would try to regain their grip on Hayazawa and the entity of the Kamigawa prefecture.

In the Shoga prefecture governor Kiyonaka of Higashu asked the army and local government to lay down their functions and join the cause for a once more united Kandorese nation; this led to an assassination attempt set up by the central government, leading to his eventual death after the Higashu riots. After the riots, his son would order the Kandorese war flag to be hoisted on the main governmental building in the city.

Meanwhile in Ginza Ashikaga Hirimoto, the oldest son of the late Heijiro would accept the calls to honour his ancestry and would become the first 'People's Emperor' and would be named Emperor Reizei. The name Reizei refers to the first Kandorese warlord to unite the entire nation under one flag and fight for a single centralized power under Emperor Kitano. The revolution would largely be without bloodshed next to Higashu and a few incidents until the final push.

The General People's Assembly refused to give up their position in Yiangzhou (modern day Tenkyo). As the Imperial troops slowly marched towards the capital the GPA would resort to desperate means in trying to keep the capital; as the roads, bridges and even dams were destroyed by the retreating army the nation would become even more angered in the wake of the destruction of their lands.

The first artillery strikes were fired on May 16 and with loud explosions signalled that the siege of Tenkyo had started. For seven days and nights there would be almost non-stop fighting in the streets of the capital of the empire in a last bid to overthrow the General People's Assembly and retake their rightful lands.

The siege would lead to the deaths of 800,000 people including soldiers, resistance fighters and civilians in the entire area of Greater Tenkyo. As the city burned sounds of hope were heard through the streets coming from the central government building. Through speakers sounded the imperial anthem of Kandorith as the GPA's flag was lowered and the old imperial flag proudly flew over the building once more. The Empire had returned and would now start it's long march to restore the nation and rise from the ashes of the revolution.

Emperor Reizei would not be the first emperor to rule the restored nation however, a national assembly was created to return the entire nation to the old laws and ways to ensure stability and a gradual restoration. After the new constitution, the restoration of the imperial mandate the first new monarch of Kandorith would be Empress Masumi. The young daughter of Emperor Reizei would be crowned the first modern monarch of the restored Great Empire of Kandorith and under her rule the nation started to make the great leap forward into the future, the leap towards becoming the economic and military powerhouse the nation is today.

The Empress and the Imperial Mandate will lead the nation to further prosperity, peace and harmony for 8,000 years to come and the Kandorese people shall once again be the free children of the gods.


The Great Empire of Kandorith

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