The Empire of Chun-Nan
Chūn nán dìguó
Haru minami teikoku
|Largest||Zhao Li (赵莉)|
|Official languages||Xuan, Nipponese|
|Recognised national languages||Xuan, Nipponese|
|Lai Renxiang (赖仁祥)|
|Shang Yue (岳尚)|
• The Seven Kingdoms
• Chun-Lai Unification
• Zhang's Conquest
• Empyrean Reformation
• 1357 M.Y. estimate
• 1345 M.Y. census
|Time zone||UTC +8 to +10|
The Empire of Chun-Nan (Xuan: 春南帝国, Chun Empire), commonly referred to as Chun-Nan is an absolute monarchy on the eastern coast of Elashia, west of the Disun Ocean, and of Sol-Nippon. Chun-Nan is considered the most populous country of the known world and boasts as the economic & military power of Mobius. Only rivaled by that Sol-Nippon, the union between Soleanna & Shin-Nippon-Teikoku. Chun-Nan's cultural influence on the eastern coast of Elashia is quite substantial as most nations on the eastern half of Elashia deprive of it, and one such example is Shin-Nippon-Teikoku (Nippon).
In addition, Chun-Nan emerges as one of the oldest standing civilizations in Mobius, historically been around since 467 M.Y.. with the outlying fact of outliving the once Grand Empire of Rolance, which dominated western and central Cyrus. From it's founding by the Chun-Lai Dynasty, which still retains their power to the present day; Chun-Nan has been in a more or less stagnate state of growth, with its territory remaining relatively the same until the conquest of Zhang, who set the precedence of Chun-Nan current territory during 1331 M.Y. till his assassination recently in 1345 M.Y..
The name Chun-Nan is from the merger of the 'Chun-Lai Dynasty' and the 'Region of Nan'. In the Xuan Language, 'Chun' deprived from the Chun-Lai Dynasty meaning 'Spring' and 'Nan' deprived from the constituting region meaning 'South' or 'Southern' the merger would become the Southern Spring Empire otherwise known as Chun-Nan.
The origins of Chun-Nan or historically known as the Region of Nan date back to the 5th century, when the region was dominated by seven kingdoms. All which had the ulterior motive of conquering the entire region of nan, ultimately resulting in widespread militarization throughout the region. However, three of the seven kingdoms had proven to be technologically advanced than the four, which ultimately weeded them out through annexation or complete annihilation. Of the three remaining kingdoms listed were the Chun-Lai, Xu-Ming, and Shang Dynasty. In that moment of time, the Chun-Lai Dynasty struck a deal with the Shang Dynasty. Ultimately resulting in their annexation at the favorable odds of the envisionment, that the Chun-Lai Dynasty had persuaded the Shang Dynasty with
Following the annexation of the Shang Kingdom, the Kingdom of Chun-Lai had set forth their plan to establish what would be Chun-Nan. With the first order of business would result in the total war between Chun-Lai and Xu-Ming. The war itself was what some would consider massive bloodshed on both sides, crippling both sides in terms of military power and resources. The battlefield between the Kingdoms was left in ruins, from the razing of the surrounding forests to the piles of dead bodies, over the course of a twenty-five year period. And in that twenty-five years, the Xu-Ming government had fallen into the abyss of corruption, leading to the assassination of their king and power-hungry general taking his place. The general in that course would have committed atrocities against the people, ultimately leading to the peasants support the cause of the Chun-Lai Dynasty. Granted established a double-edged sword at the neck of the general, resulting in the victory of the Chun-Lai Dynasty at the backing of the Shang Dynasty resulting in 495 M.Y.
Chun-Lai precedence over the region of Nan would result in many reforms and changes that would tie into the present day Chun-Nan. One such thing would be the fabled Empyrean Phoenix which has been the seal of the Chun-Lai Dynasty recorded to be from early as 200 M.Y..
Nearly 250 years had passed since the Lai-Xu War over the region of Nan; During this time, the Chun-Lai dynasty had experienced a period of peace & prosperity having peaked what many would describe as a golden age, where the Dynasty was loved by the people and the economy was booming with wealth. In this period, Chun-Nan would discover the neighboring kingdom of Song, which had been proven to be a valuable strategic asset to the empire. The empire would plot to assert it's control over the Kingdom and with its financial backing, the empire would make swift ease in taking over. As the Kingdom of Song was more or less in a state of poverty and disparity, ultimately leading to the King of Song being a sellout to his country and abdicating the throne in the favor of the Chun-Li Dynasty taking over; leading to the Song-Addendum Charter of 643 M.Y..
However, the first 40 years since the Song-Addendum would leave a stain on the Chun-Lai Dynasty (743 - 783). As their firstly appointed premier, Gao Mu would be under salutary neglect by the Dynasty; Leaving him to act on his own volition as if he was a King. And during these 40 years, Gao would enslave the sizable percentage of the population including the children, to work in the rich mines or on the fertile lands. In addition, he would have taxed the population to the point they would have little to nothing left for themselves, leading to starvation and high crime rate within the province. One such atrocity committed by the premier would have been the turning of women he found favorable into his playthings, followed by them being killed after he saw them to be of no more use. This terrorization would end after Gao would be caught by the Dai Li (Intelligence Bureau of Chun-Nan) had gone to audit the province after the noting that resources had been in a steady course of falling behind the Chun-Lai Dynasty's quota. In the end, Gao would be labeled for treachery and executed in the presence of the Imperial Court; And compensation would be made to the province as amends.
With Chun-Lai Dynasty having reigned over Chun-Nan for over 8 centuries, Emperor Zhang (1289-1345) would lead the forces of the Chun-Nan on an expedition which would ultimately turn into a period massive expansion, as the introduction of the Constructs in 1319 would prove to be a reliable asset. Dubbing which would be known as Zhang's Conquest, a period in which Zhang would use the constructs in pillaging & annexing neighboring kingdoms for 26 years till his assassination by the opposition. Zhang's Conquest would be considered another stain on the Chun-Lai Dynasty as the military would have their way with the women of the towns and cities they've taken over and razed. In the end, Zhang's Conquest would be overlooked as it brought new lands to the stagnate empire during his reign. Ultimately, his assassination would be speculated as an inside-job in usurping the throne. Which would set the precedence of his only (legitimate) daughter, Renxiang ascending to power at a measly age of 13, who will mostly be the next and final target in the usurpation.
Chun-Nan's geography is quite diverse in comparison to the known world of Mobius; Encompassing a portion of the arids of Elashia, dense & lush forests, and lengthy mountain ranges which separate much of Chun-Nan from Western Elashia. Chun-Nan is also home to Mobius' tallest mountain, Zuigao(最高) Mountain (Meaning Highest or Tallest, in the Xuan Language). In addition, the nation shares its coastline with Shin-Nippon-Teikoku with the body of water under the dispute of being the Eastern Spring Sea or the Nippon Sea. Chun-Nan is by far the largest nation by square kilometer and makes up about three or four of Mobius' largest nations together.
Chun-Nan's climate is primarily dominated by dry seasons which leads to a major shift in temperature as the seasons' progress. However, by the fault of the complexity of Chun-Nan's landscapes, the climate is relatively different in certain provinces, with some being much so wet, humid, warm, cold, and or dry throughout the year.
Chun-Nan's total population is estimated to be approximately 133 million, with the majority of its population concentrated on its eastern coast of the Eastern Spring Sea. Society as a whole in Chun-Nan is nominally diverse, as much the population is quite culturally related, with the exception being the capital and other major cities within the empire. However, this only by fault of their nature as being a key trading hotspot and the small likelihood of being a diplomatic home to foreign ambassadors.
The life expectancy for the average Nanese is approximately 79 years, making it among the highest expectancy in the world and continental Elashia.
Ethnically, Chun-Nan's population is by the majority is Eastern-Elashian. With the first group being Nanese, those originating in Nan and Nipponese those from the archipelagos of Shin-Nippon-Teikoku (Nippon). Of the two ethnic groups, its a game of chess to differentiate one another by their robust looks & appearance. The most outlandish to the two would be the Solus (otherwise known as the Sun People) who originate in the south-eastern tropics of Acalas, mostly Soleanna; Who fair a much-toned skin, tall physic, and facial expression in comparison to those Nanese and Nipponese.
Politics and Government
The Imperial Government of Chun-Nan (帝国政府) is a dynastic absolute monarchy, and well as the oldest surviving absolute monarchy in Mobius, lasting just over 8 centuries. In act, the crown holds all legislative and military authority in the palm of their hand, making them the supreme lawgiver and commander-in-chief of the Chunnian Military; theoretically exemplifying their power as limitless. Additionally, the monarch is sole designator of government officials at the central government and at the provincial government, those typically referred to as the elite and or nobility in Chun-Nan.
Below the crown is their court, a conclave of their 13 most trusted advisors also known as the Imperial Ministry (帝国系) which is headed by the Chancellor, the right hand of the monarch. The role of the ministry is to aid conduct day-to-day affairs in governing the country, reporting to the chancellor; who in turn reports directly to the monarch.
The Armed Forces of Chun-Nan also known as the Empyrean Military (天軍) is at the disposal of the monarch and is headed by the Minister of Defense, who is ultimately the advisor to the monarch. The military practices conscription, in which any male citizen who comes of age (15) is liable to be conscripted into the military to be trained over a 2 year period, followed by a year-long probation period before being enlisted into a branch. Most active-duty soldiers either serve at the frontier or stationed around key locations within the country, such as the capital or an installation.
However, conscription can be avoided by paying a measly commutable fee of 12,000 yuan under the guise of "Ensuring that order is maintained, and peace will evermore continue." As the Chun-Lai Dynasty has favored a volunteer military, as a means of guaranteeing that loyalty was sworn to the crown by will and not force. Although, conscription has been used on a number of occasions mainly in aggression; whilst for national security, it tends to be volunteers.
Diplomacy in Chun-Nan is strict to a regional level, favoring only trading with nations within their territorial vicinity; which in turn is much of the mid & eastern half of Elashia. However, the only few exceptions to this policy was Soleanna, which had a selection of resources that the empire was scarce of; and Alsase who offered a handsome amount of gold for blueprint acquisitions.
Chun-Nan has had a long history of being firmly neutral on the topic of international conflicts. However, under the reign of Emperor Zhang (1289-1345), the empire has found itself providing financial aid to those it finds favorable, such as the Mogami Dynasty who usurped the Nipponese Crown in the response of their exile. In turn, would become one of the empire's biggest trading partners. However, this financial generosity is merely on a regional level as per se to their trading policy.