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Fox Shogunate (狐幕府共和国 in Kanji) is a republic, who is located on Japanese islands, except for Hokkaido, and Sakhalin, with regulated economy, and with a good dose of patriotism. Although its ruling elite are foxes, there are many other species too, as they are a part of food chain, and without food chain, foxes would go extinct. Is located roughly in present day, and has roughly OTL tech. Its motto is ''Long live the Shogun!"'. (Bakuhu Banzai!)

Yellow symbolizes the rays of Sun, but blue- skies. Seal works both as a Sun, and an indicator, that Shogunate will defend its republic, no matter what. Text at the bottom indicates, that it is a Fox ruled republic.

After the war in Korea, however, it was hit by a new challenge - the royalist civil war. It wasn't really a full scale civil war, but rather clash between militias and military groups all across the country, and rather resembled coup in some way. In the end, Okada managed to repel royalists back, but paid a price - country had lost many people, and people were unsure about the stability, and safety again. Still, despite that, Okada promised, that ''election date will be neither postponed, or cancelled''.

Red- Shogunate itself

Orange- Stratocratic Republic of Korea (Shogunate's puppet). Korea is ran by a stratocratic junta, and is somewhat similar to Myanmar. Although Shogunate is ran by something like Junta too, it isn't stratocratic, but rather just a military government with a party.

Official motto: ''Long live the Shogun!''

Unofficial motto: ''Family is forever.''

Eastern Fox Society, who currently is ruling, was created in 17th century, and at beginning, it was a secret society, but later it became like a regular organization, and its influence increased even more, when parliament took more and more of Shogun's functions, and before coup, it was a strong organization, which had a lot of ties to army, banks, industry, etc. Although under some Shoguns organization was persecuted, it mostly grew in power and size, and now, when it has official ruling keys too, who knows, where Japan will go... One is known for sure, though- it will be very expansionist, as Eastern Fox Society seeks to revive old Fox Empire- a nation led by legendary shogun Oki, and at its peak controlled Korea, Hokkaido, Sakhalin, Kamchatka, territories around Amur river, and Manchuria. Although it is a left-leaning organization, it has purged marxist-leninists, and other radical left members too. It is similar to Tōhōkai (Society of the East), just without monarchist aspect, more left wing, and more influential.

In north, climate is usually wet, and cold. However, in the south, it is tropical, and warm.

Pupils and students have to wear uniforms, and most of workers too.

There is no official religion, because there are thousands of other faiths, including Fox Shintonism, which is not the largest faith, but the most dominant in politics.

Most of populace is indifferent towards humans.

Is traditional, and modern at the same time. Shogun, and ninja influence in culture is way bigger than in OTL. However, Shogunate doesn't control Hokkaido- it is controlled by Ezo Fukuro- subspecies of Ural owl. They also control Sakhalin, and Kuril islands, and are equivalent to OTL Ainu, just independent. However, they still are vassals to Fox Shogunate.

Although there still is speciesism, and Japanese anthros are usually suspicious to foreigners, specie supremacist groups are almost nonexistent, as food chain is still in place, and if to much species were destroyed, then food chain might collapse, and country would suffer from hunger. However, there is an other thing- cultural supremacism. It is way more popular, and believes in pushing an one culture over large swaths of land. It is not necessarily speciesist, and in some countries, cultural supremacists have got a lot of seats in government, or are even the ruling party.

Republican guard is supposed to protect the Shogun, and his government from any possible threats.

Most of anime now is banned, and some video games too. However, some from cartoons, which are approved by the government, are still allowed to air in the TV, and internet. Some video games were replaced by more physical activities. Also, unlike IRL Japan, PC gaming is popular in ''Shogunate'' more than console gaming, just like in the rest of Shogunate's world. Definitely not my personal preference towards PC gaming.

Recently, most of communists, and fascists in the country got purged by Okada, in order to ''protect the Republic''. Some have said, that ''authoritarianism is only temporary'', and that ''later on, things will democratize.''

Also, due of butterfly effect, Rōmaji script is way more used in Shogunate now, than traditional one.

(Also, there are some species in this Earth too, who are extinct, for example, Mammoths)

Some gifs and pictures:

Typical samurai armor(Credit to Artie259:

Modern ninja armor.

Merchant's house.

Shogunate's trucks.

Typical city (Credit to ChaoyuanXu:

Old art from Japan.

Ramen shop.

Artisan's craft.

An old drawing of a feral.

A bottle of sake.

Short explaining about that, what happened in the Shogunate's world

Humanity got annihilated, when animals (Not only foxes, but others too) understood, what humans are up to. (They are quite different in this timeline). Ironically, animals later started to show some bad human traits themselves. In general, however, animal opinion on humans is mostly neutral on average.

It is basically Zootopia, but less peaceful, and more warlike... Wait, it is rather very different from it. In Zootopia, carnivores living in cities weren't allowed to eat herbivores, or other animals, because they were sentient. In my timeline, carnivores don't really care, if you are sentient, or not, and would still eat a sentient animal. This is also one of the reasons of large amount of wars, and herbivores are usually vassals to carnivores, and have to pay tribute, in form of food, by giving a certain amount from their species to carnivores. Due of that, herbivores are usually the ones, who try to research a better tech, because then they at least have an advantage against hungry carnivores.

However, such lifestyle is very risky for carnivores, as herbivores will usually fight back. If they are able to hunt down their prey anyway, they can take it, because hunting isn't illegal, but then they must be ready for a revenge from family, village, and even city members, with which prey lived, because it isn't illegal for them to do it too. In past, this was (And still is) the reason of a lot of wars.

Tech is roughly the same as in OTL, yet it is adjusted to the anthros. Also, smoking laws are more strict, because some animals have a good smell, and they can smell the smoke way further than 10 meters.

Abrahamic religions, like Islam, and Christianity, don't exist in this universe- Instead, each anthro specie praises a different kind of gods- this could be described as paganism, and pre-Abrahamic religions. Sometimes in history, some anthros have tried to force their beliefs to other anthros, but it hardly anytime worked, and even then- only with sub species. So, most of anthros have kept their original faith, although ratio of secularism has increased since 18th century.

Artificial meat research is way faster than in OTL, and is already a large part of all country lifestyle, as herbivores don't get hunted down that much anymore, meanwhile carnivores can think about something else, than just hunting, and gathering food. This initiative is supported the most by herbivores, obviously.

Equator has the most states, because there is a wide variety of species. However, most of those states are small, because specie populations themselves are small.

The further north, the fewer states, and species there are. The northernmost, and southernmost territories are usually ruled by only a few, or even one country, and are extremely homogeneous in terms of species, if compared to territories in more warmer regions. However, there are still quite a lot of species there, and the relatively low amount of them is compensated by their amount instead.

Tai Lung existed in Shogunate's timeline too, however, when he broke out from prison in Tavan Bogd mountains, instead of returning back to the Valley, he decided to unite the Mongol Snow Leopard clans. Mongols taught him, how to shoot with a bow, and arrow. However, Tai Lung taught them one thing, in which he was a master- Kung Fu.

After a few years of both diplomatical, and military expansion, all of Mongolia was under Tai Lung's rule. Later on, Tai Lung conquered Kumul, and other Uyghur kingdoms in the Xinjiang, and razed Kashgar.

Later on, Tai Lung conquered Tibet, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tibet, Qinghai, eastern parts of Kazakhstan, territories north from Mongolia, and northern parts of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nepal as well.

After that, Tai Lung wanted to attack China as fast as possible, but his advisors advised to deal with weakened Horse Khanate first. Tai Lung agreed, and raised his armies to conquer the rest of Central Asia, and parts of southern Russia. Despite being weakened, Horse Khanate still put a great amount of resistance, and it took many years for Tai Lung to conquer the Khanate.

Afterwards, he attacked China. Although he counquered the northern parts of China, and Manchuria, he wasn't able to take the Valley. He wanted to do it, though, but when war became stale, his advisors managed to convince him to sign peace with China. In the last years of his life, he expanded southwards, and westwards, but never tried to take China again.

Tai Lung's dynasty ruled in Mongolia for centuries, although after his death, Empire crumbled fairly quickly.

Nowadays, leaders of Mongolia are the Bactrian Camels. However, Tai's legacy is still alive- he is often regarded as an unitor, and a great ruler.

However, for Snow Leopard state in Pamir mountains, Tai Lung is a hero too, and both countries consider to share his legacy.

(Note: I will not make a map of my world, because there are simply way too much species to put all them on map I know, not all of them have their own states, but still, amount of them is quite a lot... In fact, Shogunate's earth is so balkanized, that some places are shown as Regions, not countries. From map, it might look, that this region is an one state, but it actually is an umbrella term for various states within it. Maps, which represent an larger, yet smaller part of the continent, might show those states)

(Another note: I try to create as "realistic" anthro world as possible, so there will be no mythical creatures like dragons, phoenixes, etc. For example, Mammoths exist in Shogunate's world (Although, only Evolved Mammoths exist, as they need way less food), but unicorns- don't. )

Other small changes: All of the world drives on the right side, uses metric system, celsius temperature scale, and recently has implemented a calendary, that is similar to Hanke-Henry Permanent calendar. Also, a new system about one timezone is currently in test phase.

Medical care, and health

There are many blood groups, and they are grouped by species. This variety is very complex for donors, as O blood group from a Fox might be useless for a wolf with O blood group. So, doctor's profession is a way harder job, and takes more time to learn in Shogunate's world.

Also, most of doctors are specialized in taking care of their own species, because it is almost impossible to keep in mind anatomy of every specie. However, there's a computer program in making, which will help greatly in this case. But in the end, doctors are recommended to learn as much about other species as much as possible.

Robots also now take care about most of the operations. In fact, fish, and avian doctors differ from, for an example, mammal doctors.

It is easier to make medicine, and pills, but it is still hard sometimes. Also, some products are toxic in large amounts for some species. One from those examples is dark chocolate- in some countries, it is partially, or even completely banned.

Rabies are one from the biggest medical issues between mammals, and some countries have put large funds in medicine budget, in order to combat them. Obesity, and smoking also are large problems.

And let's just say, that PETA in Shogunate's timeline is something like HRW (Human Rights Watch), which tries to make sure, that rights of the citizens aren't being violated.

Some species still don't use transport- Eagles, for an example, often fly relatively small distances on their own, and use airplane only for a longer distance, like crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Cheetahs also often run short distances on their own, and usually can catch criminals way faster, if they aren't far. However, for longer distances, Cheetahs usually use cars, as they also get tired pretty fast. Those two examples are just a small part of all of them.

However, most of species have switched to a some kind of a transport. Public transport is the most popular way- trains, and buses are used regularly, and a wide web of railways connects the countryside. However, cars aren't a rare sight too, and in fact, most of them are eco friendly.

Seats usually are one from the hardest parts to make, because there are many species, and our types of seats might be comfortable for some, but for some, it might be exactly the opposite. So, those seats are as universal as possible, and usually there are multiple variations of them.

Although there are no special laws for what transport to use, most of species tend to use the transport, which is related to their usual habitat- for example, Vultures will mostly use aerial transport, and Vultures will most likely pilot airplanes, and helicopters too.

Some from car, plane, train, and bus designs look similar to OTL designs, but some planes have an eagle form- their nose is in a shape of Eagle's beak, and form is similar to an eagle. However, those planes can't resemble an eagle fully, and some construction liberties have been used.


Houses are greatly different, depending on the area, which they are built on, and the specie, which builds it.

For example, houses, which are built underwater, usually are very strong against water pressure, and have supply for oxygen. Other species from surface usually need scuba suits, in order to visit those houses.

Of course, there are underwater houses under lakes, seas, and rivers too. Those, who are the most shallow, can usually be visited without much issues, but deeper oceans can be visited only by special submarines, and mostly those are sea species, which can visit those cities without special equipment.

In fact, the deepest city is Mariana City, which is located in Mariana's Trench, and only few surface creatures have visited it, due of extreme atmosphere pressures over there. In fact, this city was first discovered only in 1950.

Some avian species build their houses on cliffs, or in the mountains. Some are simple huts, but some are like tower cities- those are collections of towers, which together create a ''city''. Largest types of those cities house more than 100 million inhabitants. Of course, some birds build their houses on more flatter terrains too.

There are even some floating cities, which are located in the air. Of course, those cities are a fairly recent thing, and they aren't numerous. On the other hand, most of surface houses and towns resemble dens, or other houses of the species.


Tech level is pretty similar to OTL, and smartphones, for example, aren't that different from ours, except the fact, that screens are usually more sensitive, as levels of fur thickness may wary. Also, there are waterproof models for aquatic species too.

However, for things like headphones, stuff is more tricky. Not only the need for waterproof headphones, which is obvious, but also the need for different sizes, and models, because ear form, and shape differs, and one model of headphones will inevitably be too uncomfortable for someone. Also, using computer mouse with paws might be hard, not even talking about using it with fangs.

So, there's a large part of industry, which produces products for various types of species, and profit is usually high. However, costs of production are also high.

Similarly to our world, technology has brought good things, but at the same time, it has brought bad things too.

Languages and ethnic groups

Most of languages are the same as in OTL, but some of languages are unique for Shogunate's world, or simply a mix of already existing languages- for example, Grey Wolf Horde's language is Russian, but with a strong influence from Finno-Ugric languages.

Despite the fact, that there is a great amount of language variety, those are starting to be slowly replaced by few main ones, and it is estimated, that in 2100, more than 70% of original languages will be gone. English is the dominant language.

Situation with ethnic groups is similar to specie groups- the further away from Equator, the fewer ethnicities there are. Africa is a continent with the most states, and it has a rich cultural history. Most of specie cultures are based around IRL cultures.

Clothing is not obligatory, but most of citizens wear clothes, because they make them feel more professional, and formal. Also, in some places, clothing is needed, especially for travelers, as it can keep a traveler warm in a place, where they would have froze to death, due of lack of thick fur. For cold blooded species, solution is a thermal suit, as it can keep temperature in itself warm, and as cold blooded animal movements become slower with decrease of temperature, it is very important. However, thermal suit must cover almost every part of the skin, otherwise cold will get in, and a reptile can fall down in coma, or even die.

Most of aquatic animal clothing resembles scuba diver suits. Avian clothing mostly consists from thick coats in colder regions, and pajamas in hotter regions. However, when flying across mountains like Himalayas, coats almost always are needed.

Clothing really depends on the state, or community. In Shogunate, clothing is usually prude, but in countries like Ape Congo, it is way more liberal.

For example, Spider clothing is colorful for both genders, and is mostly fairly informal. However, for workers, it tends to be formal.


Great clash between socialism and capitalism has ended, and now the dominant fractions are four- Conservatives, Liberals, Nationalists, and Social Democrats. Some sub groups, like Green Conservatives, are fairly popular too. However, most of the other parties can barely cross 5 % barrier, which is a minimum in many countries. In past, socialist movements were way more popular, but after the collapse of Animal Socialist Republics, support for them has dwindled in large numbers.

In past, one for the main reasons for war was lack of food in drought season, or simply lack of it, although reasons for war also were resources, wealth, power, and interests of various groups. With the rise of artificial meat production, however, most of wars in future will not be about food, or availability of water.

Civil wars, independence wars, and revolutionary wars were widespread in the 20th century, but now their amount has reduced significantly, and current period of time is perhaps the most peaceful time period in Shogunate's world's history.

Currently, President is the Head of State for all countries, and Prime Minister is the Head of Government. However, powers of President differ between countries- in some countries, President has some authority, in some countries president is used rather like a figure head, and in some countries, authoritative president usually is both Head of State, and Head of Government. Also, names for President also differ in countries- some of President titles honor their country's royal past.

However, due of that, politics are also way more acidic.

Although all states are republics, in some of them, there are still laws, which are similar to Lèse-majesté law. Those kinds of laws are the most popular in authoritarian countries, but there are plenty of democratic countries, where those laws are also in place too.


Food is usually more spicy in hot lands, and the further north you go, the less spices food has. In fast, most of the Northern Europe's food is mostly raw, and cooking is way less used.

However, just like in our world, fast food has become widespread across the world, and so does obesity.

Early Republic

Early Republics had a system, in which tribal chief was elected by a couple of warriors for a few years. He could be elected again, if he did his job well, but he could also be replaced by someone else. As he was elected by a council of army, it was far from a democracy, but still, it was an early republic. Somewhat democratic republics began in Greece, and territories in Asia Minor.

Simply said, most of Europe was still ruled by a feudal system in medieval times, but wealthy merchants, and knights were in power instead. Although most of those republics still were authoritarian, their leaders were still dependent from support of soldiers, and people. Also, those republics were way more authoritarian than absolute monarchies, and nepotism became a serious issue, as governors of the local lands were usually the members of ruler's family.

In 18th century, when Europe became centralized, more, and more authoritarian, or even totalitarian republics were created, yet, at the same time, democracy started its triumph again. Nowadays, amount of authoritarian, and democratic republics is in balance.

Also, nationalism arose way earlier than in otl, and it gained a great amount of popularity in 15th century. Also, both communism, and fascism were invented way faster- in 18th century already. However, those movements started to really get popular only in the 20st century.

Although monarchies were a rarer sight, they were uncommon too. In fact, some of species, like Ants, and Bees, were highly monarchist in the past. However, with rise of socialism, those kingdoms usually got replaced by collectivist republics later on.

TL;DR: In Shogunate's world, republic was way more popular since the beginning.

(OOC: Yeah, I know, that this is too unrealistic, but still...)

United Nations in this timeline

Like in our timeline, most of nations are in United Nations (United Animal Nations). Exceptions are a few small states, but they soon are going to join it too.

UAN is way weaker than in our timeline, and is in a similar situation like League of Nations- Shogunate's invasion wasn't prevented. However, it was way stronger in the past.

Until 1970, its logo was a yin-yang symbol, with paws, instead of the circles. However, it was removed after being too ''speciesist'', and new design is supposed to be way more inclusive.

Logo of the UAN

(Yeah, I drew those flags myself, that's the reason, why they look a bit off)

Hierarchy of the Shogunate

Hierarchy is similar to the social class system from Edo period, just modernized, and adjusted to animal characteristics.

Ruler, and ruling parliament


Shogun is the most important person in country's life, and although now it isn't a hereditary title, in past it was, and many shoguns are usually from one, or two families.

Even when Emperor was in power, he was still a figurehead, and Shogun was the actual ruler. After Emperor's assassination, Shogun has just reaffirmed status quo, and now is the highest person in social hierarchy. However, his privilegies aren't limitless- his own party, or even politicians in opposition can intervene in decisions, if they don't like them, but usually Shogun passes its laws.

Party members

Those are the members, who have the absolute majority in parliament, or simply have the highest percent of seats in parliament, and are in a coalition. Currently Eastern Fox Society has the absolute majority in parliament, but it is the first time in history, when they have a majority in parliament, because even at their peak before the coup, they had just 7% of seats in parliament, despite their influence in society, due of fact, that they were long barred from parliament.

They have many privileges, if compared to other classes, and can even dictate Shogun's policies, but Shogun still controls them more, than they control the Shogun.

Higher classes


From all soldiers, samurais are the most honorable ones, and usually samurais, especially veterans, enjoy respect from regulars. Their primary weapon is still a katana, although they have adjusted their fighting style to modern warfare.

Although after westernization, samurai role still diminished, some of them were incorporated in army, and they experienced a rebirth during the Second World War. And, although Shogunate still lost, samurais proved themselves to be good warriors.

In past, only wealthy could afford to be samurais. Now, almost every class member has a chance to be a samurai, but training is still difficult, and not all are able to pass it, so samurai's position is still a thing, that is hard to achieve.

Samurais are also one from the most loyal supporters of Shogun, and would rather commit seppuku, than betray their Shogun.


Ninjas in hierarchy are lower than samurais, as they do most of their job in shadows, and diversions are usually less honorable than facing the enemy in battlefield. However, they now still enjoy quite a respect, and authority, although samurais are still higher in hierarchy.

In history, ninjas were viewed way more negative, and after the end of Edo period, their post slowly started to sink into history abyss, although there were still some, who practiced ninjutsu.

However, ninjas proved to be useful in both world wars, and in the result, Shogun started to train soldiers in old ninja art. Ninjutsu was an important military doctrine now, and even in peace times, ninjas were quite useful. Now, after recent invasion, ninjas are used again.

Ninjas have both elements of past, and present- they still use shurikens, katana, kusarigama, etc, but they also use pistols, and molotov cocktails, to set enemy buildings on fire.

Other politicians

Other party politicians are usually moved away from power pie, so fight for power can turn bitter, and violent sometimes. Assassinations of political opponents are an usual thing in Shogunate's history, because if party manages to hold the power, it has a key to the most of state's apparatus.

Local governors

Most of province, and prefecture governors still have roots from old clans, and they enjoy a high status in their provinces. However, in Shogun's eyes, they are a little bit more than ordinary citizens, and he doesn't act in any special way with them, and acts like he would be in a room with an ordinary citizen. With province's, or prefeture's inhabitants, however, situation is different- governor is a high authority figure.

Medium-lower classes

Peasants & fishers
Although in the past, peasants and fishers were often poor, they still held quite a high role in society, because they produced the most important thing for society- food. Most notable fishers are octopuses, who sometimes became rich in the past with their job. Most notable peasants are boars, as they are a source both of meat, and produce food for herbivores. However, boars usually didn't go down without a fight, and are supporters of artificial meat research, as they hope, that it would finally stop the bloodshed, and revenge, which is usually related to carnivores.

Most farmers today, however, have at least average, if not high income. Most of fishers, however, are still below average income. Some lucky ones, however, have been become rich with catching delicacies in sea.

As more anthros have started to move to cities, amount of peasants and fishers has been decreased. However, they still maintain an important part in society, because they produce the food, after all.


Workers are like a backbone of the country- they produce cars, ships, medicine, weapons, parts of airplanes, etc. So, they are in pretty high status too, and perhaps even more important than peasants, and fishers in current world.

Working class started to expand in 19th century, with rapid industrialization, and continued to grow the whole 20th century. With increasing automation, workers are slowly being replaced by robots, but for now, they will be an important part of society's life for many years.

There have been regulations on workforce from foreign countries, however. Due of that, Shogunate still remains a relatively monocultural place, However, in case of species, it is a very diverse place, as most of the world, because food chain still applies.

Artisans are a bit higher in hierarchy than merchants, because they produce nonessential goods. Their goods can be practical, or strictly decorative, for example furniture, decorative arts, sculptures, clothing, jewellery, food items, household items and tools or even mechanisms such as the handmade clockwork movement of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist.

Artisan golden era was in 30s, when nationalism was on all time high, and anthros often wanted patriotic things, like small sculptures, clothes, jewellery, decorative art, etc. Since then, artisan post has been in decline, and since machines now are used in production of goods more than ever, their decline will still most likely continue in future, although they will not disappear.

However, after new Shogun's takeover, nationalism is on rise again, and perhaps artisans will experience a second golden era...


In hierarchy, merchants are the lowest, because they generate wealth without producing any goods. As this indicates, the classes were not arranged by wealth or capital but by what philosophers described as their moral purity.

However, despite their low status in hierarchy, merchants still can become quite rich, and be in a better position than a peasant, for example, although peasants are higher in social hierarchy.

Merchant role has gradually increased during history, especially in 20st century. Although they still are low in hierarchy, they have generated a lot of wealth for the country, and their numbers are increasing.

Exiled ones

Those usually are lowest in the class. This class usually consists from criminals, which have committed some nefarious, and/or horrible crimes, and usually aren't allowed to return to their hometown anymore, and even in far away corners of the Shogunate, it might be hard for them to find job, and housing.

There are two variations of exile- one is a temporary exile, and a person is exiled just for a few years. Also, the person, who has been exiled, keeps rights on their home, its property, etc, and can get it back later on.

Other way of exile is a permanent one, and a person losses all their property, and home in their hometown, and usually aren't allowed to return to their home town. If they do so, their life is at risk. This type of exile is usually sentenced for repeated offense after previous (temporary) exile, or for a very harsh crime.

Historically, exiled ones (both temporary, and permanent ones) have settled foreign lands, and have been one from the main percent of the colonists in places like Kamchatka, and other side of the Amur river. Nowadays, exile is used rarely as a punishment, and permanent exile hasn't been used for decades, but this punishment is still a part of the constitution.

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