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These are facts about Kashimura uncovered in the international forums.
This selection well be amended and eventually removed as more accurate information becomes available. If a box only contains another nation’s quote, it is because they are correct, and we felt they deserve credit for guessing correctly.

If you are here for “YL” information, there is a WIP Wikipedia entry about our leader available here, but know there are also identifying comments on this page as well.
If you are looking for military information, there is also a temporary factbook here.

Notice: In my Wikipedia-style factbooks, there are THREE types of links. Red links are dead links that will hopefully lead to a future resource. Clickable blue links are currently functioning links. Unclickable blue links signify that the information is or would be important on a real wiki page, but it ultimately tangential (and therefor also not a link). If a red link is not clickable, I simply haven’t linked to the error page yet.
If you are here because my signature is too big, I can’t fix it. Literally. I’ve reformatted it seven times, but the line breaks just won’t go away.

“Is the following thing canon in BN?”

Free Ravensburg wrote:
BN was nuked twice.

Kashimura wrote:
No, only one nuke, thankfully.

Tamakuni wrote:
BN has cold relations with one or more countries of the continent it shares.

Kashimura wrote:
Canon: Certain subjects of the empire, such as Maochengshi and Mun-Pyeong, were losers of the civil war, and now have a cold war peace with fellow imperial states.

-Astoria wrote:
BN has one official language.

Kashimura wrote:
Incorrect. The Capital officially recognizes the Imperial language of Japanese, as well as English to communicate between countries.

Andocara wrote:
BN is basically one several nation comprised of several nations.

Kashimura wrote:
Correct. Kashimura is the capital of an empire, and one of at least fifteen other major states. Two others are currently on NS.

Drongonia wrote:
BN uses the US-standard layout keyboard.

Kashimura wrote:
Close, but not quite. While we use the standard QWERTY keyboard layout, Kashimura and most of its subjects use one with various Shift keys for Uppercase and Lowercase English alphabet, as well as Hiragana and Katakana. The complexity usually does require a school course to be taken.

Champagne socialist sharifistan wrote:
A majority of below nations citizens would not fight if World War Three broke out

Kashimura wrote:
Canon. We wouldn’t have much of a role to play in WWIII unless it were to really get dire. If it were our equivalent, we wouldn’t have much need for an untrained 60,000,000 man army and they likely wouldn’t want to throw themselves into battle with the 1,600,000 that are.

“Guess what life is like in AN based on its primary banner!”
Sulivannia wrote:
A cosmopolitan country with multiple megacities, where the populace fiercely worships cats.

Mostly correct. Kashimura is cosmopolitan, and is the capital of an empire of megacities. And those are foxes, but we don’t worship them, we are foxes. Fox-human kitsune.

“Based on the flag, what government type does AN have?”
Arvenia wrote:
Feudal Japanese Matriarchy

Correct! We do have some democratic elements though.

“Legal age in your nation?”
What is the minimum legal age to:
  • Get a driver's license: Permit - 151/2yrs., Full - 16yrs. with 120hrs. Experience

  • Vote in elections: 20yrs.

  • Get married: 18yrs.

  • Join the military: 18yrs., 5yrs. if including military academies

  • Age of consent: 17yrs., 16yrs. with consenting parents

  • Buy/drink alcohol: 18yrs.

  • Buy/use marijuana: None - All Recreational Inhalants Outlawed

  • Buy/use any other drugs: 18yrs. by prescription, 23yrs. on your own

  • Be legally recognized as an adult under your nation's laws: 18yrs.

  • Become leader of your country: 5yrs. - Position is inherited by firstborn female. Inheritors less than 15yrs. must have one advisor plus another for every five years under 15yrs. Leadership by oldest male or previous leader if eldest female is under 5yrs. until conditions can be met.

Catnip is considered a drug in some cases. Drug laws vary on a case-to-case basis because of variance in species.

“Guess the AN religion by its flag.”
Ihsalihna wrote:
Esoteric Shintoism

In our AU, all religions, including their afterlives exist, but can only continue to do so so long as there is sufficient belief in them. However, no religion is allowed to reveal its own or any others’ existence, only that the supernatural exists. The Yomese Empire exists in the Shinto underworld, the Land of Darkness called Yomi.

“.::The List of National Leaders::.”
Kashimura wrote:
Kashimura — The Imperial Capital of Kashimura — Empress Amaterasu Kanjō

Maochengshi wrote:
Maochengshi — The Royal Society of Maochengshi — Queen Chen Yang Hue

Volkovgorod wrote:
Volkovgorod — Our Holy Mother’s State of Volkovgorod — Tsarina Lumi Borislav

As the capital of the Yomese Empire, we have numerous other states under our control.

“YN and the United States of America”
Kashimura wrote:
Does the US exist in your canon?
Yes, in the human realm.
If you said no, did it collapse, never exist or did you conquer it?
Is it one of your allies?
No, relations are currently one-sided. We support America and all other former WWII Allies.
Is it an enemy?
No. While we support all Ally nations, they have mixed feelings and are therefor neutral about us as an absolute monarchy.
Do you trade with it?
Yes. They offer us cultural imports in exchange for fuel sources and some technology sharing.
Do you support it?
In spirit, yes. We have a strict non-intervention policy with human nations.
Did you ever fight it?
Did you ever fight alongside it?
Yes. Due to the former regime’s breaking of the aforementioned policy as an Axis power and our dissatisfaction with the Comintern, our revolution aided the Allies.

“Magic in Your Nation”
Kashimura wrote:
It’s against the law for denizens of Kashimura to use magic beyond simple convenience or emergency like lighting candles, lifting you keys out of a storm drain, or dodging an oncoming car. However, if you attend some academies, you may be able to major in Unholy Arts and get your Mph.D. if you are able and have the potential to use magic proficiently. These graduates usually end up in government jobs though, including, but not limited to:

Electrogenesis & Engineering, Meteorological Stabilization, Arcane Specialist Soldier, Police Officer: Arcane Specialist, Arms Theory & Design, Appliance Design & Innovation, Metaphysicist, Unholy Arts Educator.

“.::How Powerful is Your Nation?::.”
Kashimura wrote:
Your nation's full name: The Imperial Capital of Kashimura

Your nation's full population: >60,000,000 in Kashimura

Your nation's founding date (if you have one): Lost to time.

Your nation's type of government: Absolute Monarchy, with Democratic Elements

How frequent does your government fight amongst each other? Do these internal conflicts regularly cause your government to fail in making important decisions? The Restorationist party members regularly seek to leave Kashimura and empire, but Kashimura itself is rather peaceful. The direct control of power allows instant reaction to mistakes. On average any large scale protest only occurs ~every 5 months, and is usually peacefully disbanded.

How economically-independent is your nation? The empire itself if self-sufficient, but the Capital relies on its many subject states for specialized goods and services.

How many personnel are in your military? ~1,600,000 in Kashimura

How many nations is your nation allied with? 15 other great powers of the empire, plus dozens of lesser states of the empire

Just how big or small is your nation? Kashimura is ~56,000 mi2

On a scale of 1-10, how prepared is your nation against natural disasters? 8: Kashimura regularly sees a stormy season that can result in violent weather, and is prepared for such. However, the area is tectonically stable and inland save for a few naval ports, so it is not prepared for scenarios like hurricanes or earthquakes.

What is the tech level of your nation? We have many far future technologies, but most civilian technology is only maybe 20-40 years ahead of the modern era. Military technology is quite advanced however.

Does your nation have weapons of mass destruction? If so, how many weapons, and what are they? The empire has 14 nuclear warheads that can be launched by Kashimura, but they are currently stationed in another city-state.

Has your nation colonized other planets or objects in space? No, but we do maintain diplomatic relations with a Lunar civilization

Just how sanitary is your nation? Very. I don’t know how to quantify it, but we have soap, water, masks, hand sanitizer, bleach, etc., all the typical staples, and we practice hygeine like any other major human nation.

Any additional notes about your nation: We are an empire of demons, so military and government personnel have access to magic. More details not mentioned here can be found in the index in my signature. Most of these stats are qualified with “in Kashimura” since it is the capital of the Yomese Empire, which is far larger and more powerful as a whole.

“National Currency Database”
Kashimura wrote:
Full Name of Nation: The Imperial Capital of Kashimura
Official Name of Currency: Tomi
Currency Symbol/Abbreviation: 富 (Kanji), T (Unit Symbol), YET (Market Abbreviation)
Year of Adoption: 1288
Did It Replace An Older Currency? If So, What Currency Did It Replace?: Yes & No. The imperial standard was previously commodity money and bartering. One Tomi was the worth of one kan (~8.267lbs.) of rice or meat.
Subunits of Currency: Kotomi, Tonbe (interchangeable, 1/100 piece)
Current Denominations of Currency (Coins): (Since the Western Inclusion Act of 1898) T0.01, T0.05, T0.10, T0.25, T0.50
Current Denominations of Currency (Banknotes): (Since the Western Inclusion Act of 1898) T1, T5, T10, T20, T50, T100 (All notes available x100 and x10000 for bank use only)
Former Denominations of Currency (Coins): (1898 until Currency Reevaluation Act of 1908) T0.02, T0.20
(1288-1898) T0.125, T0.0625, T0.03125, T0.015625
Former Denominations of Currency (Banknotes): (1898 until Currency Reevaluation Act of 1908) T2, T25
Images of Currency: Not Available
Current Exchange Rate with USD/NSD: T1=$2.06718
Other Information:
From 1288 until 1898, all coin denominations of Tomi were in powers of 2, written out using the Japanese tally mark system. The “one” kanji over the dividing bar, and the tallies beneath. The “sixth tally” was marked by drawing a circle around the completed five tallies. In this same time period, notes were printed only in powers of ten.
In 1898, following the Japanese Empire’s Meiji Restoration and introduction to relations with the West, the Yomese Empire revamped all measurement systems in the Western Inclusion Act. Since then, all three systems of measurement have been used interchangeably: the English Imperial, the Metric, and the Yomese Imperial, where all units are 11/10 of Metric units. This revamp included changing the monetary system to a more Western style, which proved to be more efficient. Twenty years later, the T0.02 and T0.20 coins, as well as the T2 and T25 bills were phased out of circulation for lack of necessity in the Currency Reevaluation Act. All discontinued currency now exists as collector’s items, and are worth more than their face value.
While pure gold was used for coins from 1288 to 1898, the new coinage and knowledge allowed room for innovation. From 1898 onward, all coins are plated with pink gold and have a nickel core so that they may be picked up with magnets. They may be painted different colors for any assortment of reasons, but all have the same underlying composition. All coinage has on its reverse the crest of the imperial family, and on its obverse the crest of the royal family of the state of its origin. The only exception is the imperial capital, which instead used a portrait of the founder Lady Ninetails from 1898 to 1971, and the crest of Mother Amaterasu since 1971. The 50 and 25 coins are circular and nonagonal respectively with a 3cm diameter. The 10 and 5 coins are nonagonal and circular respectively with a 2.5cm diameter. The 1 coin is octagonal with a square hole and a 1.5cm diameter. All coins have a thickness of 2mm.
Yomese banknotes are updated annually to feature the most recent portraits of the imperial family, with the exception of individual states being allowed once every decade to produce bills with faces of their own leaders on them. This does not affect the bill outside of commemorative purposes, as bills are sorted by color. All bills are tinted as follows: 1=ace092, 5=ff8c8c, 10=F2ca8a, 20=aaaebd, 50=bdcbfc, 100=fce747. With the sole exception of the 100 itself, larger bills continue to follow the pattern established by 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50. The order of the faces on the bill will follow the pattern Queen, King, Princesses from oldest to youngest, Princes from oldest to youngest. Whether it is in ascending or descending value is chosen once every time a new queen takes the throne, and all large bills will use the queen’s portrait. The back of all bills features an image of the Inari Shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
The entirety of the Yomese Empire uses the Tomi as its currency.
Yomese Constituent States with a NationStates Presence: the Imperial Capital of Kashimura, the Royal Society of Maochengshi, the Holy State of Volkovgorod

“Yet Another Civilization Index”
Kashimura wrote:
Nation: Yomese Empire (Represented by Capital State, Kashimura)
Tier: 8
Level: 2
Type: 5
Power Comparator: 11.75
Special Notes about your civilization: The Magic-Technology bounds were tough to strike since they are both intertwined here, with one influencing the other. Long notes ahead.
Our empire of demons exists in Yomi, a hellscape that exist infinitely in the cardinal directions. Nobody knows what lies below the surface nor what exists beyond the permanent acid cloud cover, which are both also assumed to be infinite. Some hypothesize that the clouds are actually pure magic that forms the edge of existence, which violently disassembles all it comes into contact with.
Due to the assumedly infinite nature of the overcast skies, all attempts at leaving the surface have been abandoned, particularly after the first and only astronaut crew were near instantly liquified after the craft exploded. This cloud cover’s height averages ~50mi./80km.
The concept of artificially enhancing the body exists, but is strongly looked down upon for “abandoning your demonic pride and integrity”.
Nonorganic demons exist, though as demons, they reproduce through usually mammalian means and have some level of organic elements to them. However, there exists a singular, sapient AI created and carefully nurtured by government employees as well as the royal family to prove only if it could be done. Her name is Aiko, and chooses to identify herself a teenage girl, despite her supercomputer towers being first constructed in 1983. She enjoys browsing the internet, hacking drones to see the world, and video games. She currently serves no function and is purely a companion to life.
Light arms have been invented with the aid of magic, but are thusfar only cleared for wartime use by military personnel. Due to the current era of peace, many soldiers treat them as a shooting range novelty.
With the aid of magic, a function device to visit parallel timelines has been created, but it has been deemed unethical to use for much more than historical records.
With some of the highest clearance levels of magic use, antimatter can be created in limited capacities by reversing the spin of regular matter, which can then be used to power city-states.
A single ultimate ordinance, unceremoniously named a “magic nuke” combined the worst aspects of science and magic, and was only used once. It created an explosion that flattened an entire city in seconds, dusted it with fallout, used vacuum science and spacetime manipulation to create an implosion that condensed everything in the blast radius by increasing density, and then allowing a second explosion to take place after the reexpansion of the material.
>90% of all settlements in the Yomese Empire exist in the magical protection of a dome that artificially creates weather and the illusion of a clear sky with a day-night cycle. These habitable zones can be as large as the state of New York in the human realm, and can have stable or dynamic environments inside.
Because the government heavily restricts and regulates magic use and because there is only so much that can exist, the average citizen will be no more than a Level 2. However those with exceptional potential may be allowed to major in Unholy Arts in school and earn an Mph.D. These students will typically get government jobs requiring Level 4-6 magic. The highest ability ever achieved was by the crown princess, who can operate at a Level 8 capacity.
Certain industries dealing in sins, espionage, and retribution may have limited use magic technology that allows simple tasks like portals between Yomi and the human realm or all-purpose cloaking devices.
Through decades of civil and world wars, most civilitions of Yomi have been united under Kashimura as the Yomese Empire. Subject city-states are granted a great deal of autonomy in return for expected compliance. With it’s level of advancement, it could theoretically go toe to toe with any country of the human realm, but does its best to remain hidden from the eyes of the world. That said, it does have limited diplomatic ties with an equally secretive Lunar society.
Any Improvement Suggestions for the Index? None, really.

“NSPoliteia: An Index of Democracy and Pluralism”
Kashimura wrote:
The NSPoliteia Questionnaire

I. a. Basic Information
1. Full Nation Name: The Imperial Capital of Kashimura
2. Current Year (in YN's canon): 2012
3. Year of Establishment: Unknown/Lost
4. Year when current constitution was adopted (put N/A if no constitution): N/A
5. Leader(s)/Chief Executive(s) (put two or more if position is shared, as well as party if applicable): Empress Amaterasu Kanjō
6. Name of Legislature (plus houses if bicameral or greater): Yūkensha no Kokkai (Diet of the Electorate) — Tentai (Heavenly Body) & Chikyū-tai (Earthly Body)
7. Name of Judiciary: Yama Hyōgi-kai (Council of Yamas)

I. b. Special Cases
Answer the questions below by marking your choice with an X.
1. Is your nation currently under complete foreign occupation or domination?
[ ] Yes.
[X] No.
2. Is your nation currently under widespread civil war or another situation wherein the central government has control over less than half of its territory?
[ ] Yes.
[X] No.
If your answer to both questions is No, proceed. Otherwise, it all ends here.

II. Executive Recruitment
Answer the questions below by marking your choice with an X. For a better-informed answer, try reading the Concepts included in the original post.
[spoiler]1. Does YN have a hereditary monarch? If so, how powerful are they? (elective and self-declared monarchs don't count)
[X] Yes. They hold all executive power, and do not have a prime minister to share power with (i.e. an absolute or traditional monarch).
[ ] Yes. They have a prime minister who is virtually powerless, with the monarch themselves holding all real executive power. (e.g. possibly Iran under the Pahlavi dynasty)
[ ] Yes. They share executive power with a prime minister chosen by authoritarian, non-democratic means, such as court selection or rigged elections. (e.g. the German Empire, modern-day Morocco)
[ ] Yes. They share executive power with a prime minister chosen by democratic means. (e.g. Victorian UK, modern-day Bhutan)
[ ] Yes. They are largely a ceremonial figurehead, with a prime minister chosen by authoritarian means, the true chief executive, holding actual executive power. (e.g. modern-day Thailand, modern-day Cambodia)
[ ] Yes. They are largely a ceremonial figurehead, with a democratically chosen prime minister, the true chief executive, holding actual executive power. (e.g. modern-day UK)
[ ] No.
2. If YN does not have a hereditary monarch, how was the chief executive (de facto leader) chosen?
[X] There is a hereditary monarch.
[ ] De facto inheritance within the ruling elite (e.g. North Korea's Kim dynasty, the Republic of Florence under the Medici family)
[ ] Designation/informal competition within the ruling elite (e.g. one-party states, established military dictatorships, personalistic dictatorships, elective monarchies, rigged pseudo-democratic elections) or power-sharing agreements which have not been publicly approved.
[ ] Abrupt, often violent, self-selection, typically via military coup. (mass-based social revolutions do not count)
[ ] The leader was selected by authoritarian means (e.g. de facto inheritance, elite designation, or self selection), but they are currently attempting to reform the political process with the goal of introducing a (at least nominally) democratic set of procedures by which the next leader would be selected, as well as increased legislative and judicial power. The leader, however, dominates this transition, and opposition groups are routinely excluded from it.
[ ] Free election, whether direct (e.g. popular election in presidential republics), indirect (e.g. via parliaments or electoral colleges), or a mix of both (e.g. semi-presidential republics)
[ ] Indirect election via an assembly that is not freely elected (e.g. parliaments wherein around 25% is filled in by unelected officials such as military officials or members hand-picked by the executive)
[ ] Other (please explain):
3. If the leader (including elected prime ministers with a figurehead or active monarch) is chosen via democratic means, how procedurally free and fair are the elections used to select them?
[X] The leader(s) was/were not chosen democratically.
[ ] The elections are judged to be both free and fair by domestic and international observers alike, with little to no problems plaguing the electoral process.
[ ] The elections, though not rigged, are judged to be free, but not fair, by domestic and international observers. Problems such as major opposition parties facing significant obstacles to political participation ot the military threatening a coup to manipulate the election plague the system. (Alternatively, international and/or domestic observers are not allowed to monitor the elections or are largely unable to do so, or the leader was chosen indirectly through an assembly that was not completely democratically elected.)
4. Under what conditions were the elections held?
[X] The leader(s) was/were not chosen democratically.
[ ] The elections were held under generally peaceful conditions.
[ ] The elections were held under turbulent or otherwise precarious conditions such as during times of widespread civil conflict, under the direct military supervision of a UN equivalent, regional peace organizations or a neutral, impartial state, or a 'democratic transition' initiated by an authoritarian leader.
5. How is power distributed within the executive branch?
[X] The monarch, dictator, or other strong leader virtually holds all executive power.
[ ] The authoritarian ruling elite (e.g. hegemonic party or military regime), maintains a relative balance of power within the executive branch.
[ ] The monarch shares executive power with a prime minister and their cabinet.
[ ] The monarch is merely a figurehead, with a prime minister and their cabinet holding actual executive power.
[ ] The democratically-elected chief executive (e.g. president or prime minister) shares power with a freely-chosen cabinet.
[ ] The democratically-elected chief executive is forced to share power with unelected officials (e.g. military officials or a hegemonic party) who are equally as strong.
[ ] Other (please explain):

III. Executive Constraints
Answer the questions below by marking your choice with an X, as well as typing your answer if called for. For a better-informed answer, try reading the Concepts included in the original post.

1. Which of these political systems best describes YN?
[X] An absolute monarchy or personalistic dictatorship. (e.g. modern-day Saudi Arabia and North Korea)
[ ] A one-party state wherein a strong leader dominates the party apparatus (e.g. the USSR under Stalin) or a military dictatorship wherein a single military officer dominates the regime (e.g. Cuba under Batista)
[ ] A strong, institutionalized one-party state or military regime with a broad distribution of power (e.g. modern-day China)
[ ] An otherwise democratic system with an uncharacteristically powerful president or prime minister (e.g. possibly Charles de Gaulle in the early days of the French Fifth Republic)
[ ] A relatively durable democratic system with a relatively strong president or prime minister (e.g. modern-day France and the Philippines)
[ ] A stable, consolidated democratic system with a healthy system of checks-and-balances keeping the executive in check (e.g. the modern-day United States and most parliamentary systems)
[ ] Other (please explain):
2. Is there a parliament/legislature (or any equivalent)?
[ ] No. There is no legislature at all, or the executive wields direct legislative powers.
[ ] Yes, but it is either ceremonial or otherwise virtually powerless.
[X] Yes. It occasionally initiates some pieces of legislation, but it is either weak or sharply divided and thus unable to effectively sanction the chief executive.
[ ] Yes, though it only has a moderate degree of power. It, however, makes occasional moves to limit the powers of the executive, such as modifying or striking down their proposals, refusing them funds, or denying them permission to leave the country.
[ ] Yes. It is both active and powerful. It often initiates major pieces of legislation, and in the case of parliamentary systems, chooses the chief executive, who relies on its continued support to remain in office.
3. Is there an independent judiciary?
[ ] No. There is no judiciary at all, or the executive wields direct judicial powers.
[X] No. A judiciary exists, but it is largely weak and devoid of independence, being thoroughly dominated by the executive.
[ ] Yes. The executive or other groups wield a moderate or sizable degree of influence over it, however, so it is not as independent as one would expect it to be.
[ ] Yes. It is staunchly independent and free of nearly all undue influence from the executive or other groups.
4. Is YN currently in a state wherein the balance of power within the government is shifting?
[X] No. The current balance of power is relatively stable and remains as-is.
[ ] Yes, and the balance of power is shifting in the executive's favor, to the detriment of the other branches of government.
[ ] Yes. The balance of power is evening out, shifting away from a system with a powerful executive to a system of checks-and-balances.
5. If the leader is not given sweeping autocratic powers, have they currently been (temporarily) granted substantial emergency powers by the legislature or other accountability group to cope with a national emergency?
[X] The leader possesses substantial autocratic powers by default.
[ ] No. There either is no national emergency, or there is one but the leader has not been granted sweeping emergency powers.
[ ] Yes. The national emergency has lasted for less than two years, and so have the leader's emergency powers.
[ ] Yes. The national emergency has lasted for more than two years, and so have the leader's emergency powers.
[ ] There is a national emergency, but the leader has seized substantial emergency powers without the authorization of the legislature or another accountability group.

IV. Political Participation and Competition
Answer the questions below by marking your choice with an X, as well as typing your answer if called for. For a better-informed answer, try reading the Concepts included in the original post.

1. Which of these best describes the nature of political participation and competition in YN?
[ ] ALL opposition groups are completely banned from the political arena, and the hegemonic regime enforces that ban through effective systematic repression.
[ ] MOST opposition groups, especially major ones, are banned from the political arena, and the hegemonic regime enforces that ban through systematic repression, or all political parties are outlawed, but limited independent oppositional activity is allowed. (Alternatively, the hegemonic regime attempts to repress ALL opposition groups but is unable to do so, as evidenced by oppositional activity such as mass protests and acts of rebellion over the span of more than 5 years)
[ ] The hegemonic regime permits its opponents to compete in the electoral arena, but systematically represses them. Examples include having their leaders killed, imprisoned, or exiled, their media banned and/or harassed, and their candidates regularly being ruled off ballots. Alternatively, major opposition groups are allowed to organize, but are barred completely from participating in the electoral process.
[ ] The nation is currently undergoing a transition from the repression or restriction of political competition by a hegemonic regime to limited, typically factional competition, or vice versa.
[ ] Political competition is uninstitutionalized and unregulated, revolving around personalities, regional interests, and religious/ethnic/clan groups. The central authority is weak, and national institutions are either weak or nonexistent. Thus, this system can be likened to feudalism.
[ ] The nation is currently undergoing a transition from uninstitutionalized, feudalistic, and/or decentralized competition to other, more institutionalized forms of political competition such as systematic repression or restriction, factional competition, or institutionalized electoral participation. One indicator is the gradual centralization of power in a previously-weak central government.
[ ] The political arena, though not necessarily democratic, is dominated by personalistic, sectarian, and/or narrow-minded political factions that fiercely compete with each other in an occasionally cutthroat fashion for control of the government, at which point they would then shower their allies with promotions and harass their opponents until they, in turn, are displaced by other factions. Political violence is common. Alternatively, an ideology-based, secular, cross-cutting government attempts to restrict, but not outright prohibit, the activities of sectarian political groups.
[ ] The relatively democratic political arena is dominated by relatively stable, personalistic, sectarian, and/or narrow-minded political factions that regularly compete for political influence, though the nature of political competition is fierce, factional, typically antagonistic, and occasionally cutthroat. Political violence is common. (Alternatively, political competition between two or more major parties, regardless of character, is highly antagonistic, such as in the US or Belgium, or an ideology-based, cross-cutting government attempts to restrict, but not prohibit the activities of sectarian political groups.)
[ ] The electoral arena may be dominated by a mix of personalistic, sectarian groups and mass-based, cross-cutting parties or groups. Political participation is of a liberal, though largely unconsolidated, nature, and political groups or their associates often, though not systematically, use non-electoral elements such as police or protesters in order to deter opposition. Thus, political violence and/or coercion is somewhat common, though not as common as under factional competition. (Alternatively, the nation is currently undergoing a transition from factional to institutionalized electoral competition, or vice versa.)
[ ] The electoral arena may be dominated by a mix of personalistic, sectarian groups and mass-based, cross-cutting parties or groups. Political participation is of a liberal, though somewhat unconsolidated nature, and political groups or their associates seldom use non-electoral elements such as police or protesters in order to deter opposition. Thus, political violence and/or coercion is present, though sporadic, and is nowhere near as common as under factional competition.
[X] The nation has a mature, well-established, democratic political system. Nearly all political groups or parties that regularly compete for political influence are ideology-based or issue-based, mass-based, and cross-cutting, with sectarian political groups or parties being rare. No major domestic groups are regularly excluded from the political process, and there is little to no political violence or coercion plaguing the political system. Human rights and/or civil liberties are generally well-respected.
2. Are certain domestic groups regularly excluded from the political process or granted only limited political rights?
[ ] As the authoritarian/totalitarian hegemonic regime effectively represses oppositional political activity, all groups outside the ranks of the regime are excluded.
[ ] Yes. These groups consist of 20% or more of the population, and they are denied ALL political rights.
[ ] Yes. These groups consist of less than 20% of the population, and they are denied ALL political rights.
[ ] Yes. These groups, regardless of size, are granted only LIMITED political rights (e.g. the right to vote but not the right to stand for election or form political groups).
[ ] The government attempts to deny certain groups, regardless, of size, political access, but is unable to effectively do so.
[X] No. All domestic groups are granted equal access to competition in the political arena, though some groups may dominate it.

V. Conclusion/Other Information (if applicable)
1. Is there any more major information you have to offer about your nation's political system?
The legislative system of the Capital passes laws by three means*: Petitions — referenda proposed by the lower house, usually at the behest of the public via actual petitions. Bills — referenda proposed by the upper house. Decrees — laws passed directly by the crown, usually as a quick response to something observed or to immediately rectify bad legislature. All three require the affirmation or negation from a direct member of the royal family, and can be overruled by a higher ranking member of the family. The houses are in place to thin out frivolous laws and minimize work required by her majesty and the crown, as they are all busy individuals. Her majesty could theoretically limit her own power, as she is uniquely entitled to do so, but it would generally be unproductive or even detrimental in some cases. Elected positions in the houses are open to any ideology, but because of the relatively recent revolution in the 50s, they are held mostly by one or two parties at a time. The legislative body exists mostly to aide the crown in passing laws. *The type of legislation has no effect on the name of the law once passed.
As a society of demons, the there is a strict guideline as to who may make what rulings. There are regular judges who deal with society at large at varying degrees depending on the court, and yamas, who also preside over the souls of the dead. It is being the chief Yama — what some might call “Death” — that keeps her majesty busiest, though other yamas also take cases. The judicial branch serves mainly in these dealings, not regulation of the crown.

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“YL’s Spouse (Survey)”
Kashimura wrote:
Name? Tsuyoi Kanjō
When did they marry/enter a relationship with YL? Started Dating August 18th, 1990; Married August 8th, 1991
Gender? Male
Sexual orientation? Heterosexual
How did they meet YL? Working his stall at Comiket 38, Tsuyoi mistook a rebellious young Amaterasu for a cosplayer when she asked him for directions. Remarked how “authentic” her costume was.
Birthday and age? February 12th, 1971 (41 years old as of 2012)
Birthplace and ancestry? Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Born to Masao and Rin Kanjō, a couple of rice farmers.
Spoken languages? Japanese
Have they had any children with YL? 2 daughters and 2 sons: Mayu (20), Kaku (17), Ōku (15), and Kara (7)
Occupation? Independent Mangaka (1988-1990), Intern for Game Freak Inc. (1990-1993), Artist for Game Freak Inc. (1993- )

“Highest ranking woman in YN?”
Kashimura wrote:
The highest ranking women in Kashimura, in order:
1. Empress Amaterasu Kanjō
2. Crown Princess Mayu Kanjō (First Daughter)
3. Young Princess Kara Kanjō (Second Daughter)
4. Former Empress Hikari Shinonome (Mother)
5. Former Empress Hajime Shinonome (Grandmother)
6. Head of Maids Senren Shinonome (Niece)
7. Lieutenant General Fusashī Shinonome (Sister-in-Law)

Kashimura and most of its subject states are primarily matrilineal, but the degree of relation is also a heavy factor. There are two sons that would inherit before the former empress, as well as a nephew and brother to fit into the tree.

“What does your military excel in?”
Kashimura wrote:
Our superior illusion magic had granted us superior espionage, suprise battle tactics, and sniper survival. Popular tactics were for small task forces to ambush enemy vehicles to commandeer them, or in small enough skirmishes, to taunt the enemy by kidnapping and recruiting their soldiers entirely with nonlethal weapons.

Currently stripped of our original population, we now excel in raw firepower with cutting edge engineers, alliance to a military industrial complex, and a high recruitment rate for our military academy.

“What does your flag mean?”
Kashimura wrote:
The flag of both our city-state, Kashimura, and of our realm, the Yomese Empire, are the Blood Moon of the Demon Lord Ninetails, founder from our classical era. The visage of nine tails raked across the moon in the night sky is the crest of the royal family. It was originally a symbol showing that we were as powerful as any god, and is a direct foil to the crest of the Mother Amaterasu.
Also present on NS are two of our subject city-states, Volkovgorod and Maochengshi.
The Volkovian state flag features the black of the night sky as well as a red crescent moon, an homage to the Kashimuran flag, though the black was also chosen to contrast the other colors. The white wolf represents Mother Amaterasu, but moreso the proud Volkovian people. It howls proudly for every reason a wolf howls: it is a rallying cry, a call to hunt, a declaration of sovereignty (even as part of the empire), and a guiding voice for the wayward. The gold stripe is a symbol of power, but was also added to increase the flag’s visibility.
The flag of Maochengshi has a golden hoist as a sign of prosperity, and a white paw overlaid on it as a sign of purity. Beyond that is the red field representing the blood and power of the people. The most notable feature is the white nekomata mid-pounce. It is white like the White Tiger of the West, a sign of a virtuous dynasty as well as the king of beasts. It faces away from the hoist, for I accidentally drew it backwards and do not have the tools to fix it. It can be flown regardless of the direction though.

“Military Quality Index”
Kashimura wrote:
[See our new military factbook here!]

“What’s your nation’s main Assault Rifle?”
Kashimura wrote:
The Kitsunebi AR96-370 is a domestically produced, slightly improved version of the M4 with a few variants in some of our states.