Empire of Kantoto
|Motto: The Sun Rises on Our Glory|
|• Empress||Inaba Tama|
|• Total||920,456 km2 (355,390 sq mi)|
|• Density||5.9/km2 (15/sq mi)|
Imperial entities of Punth
- 1 History
- 1.1 Prehistoric era
- 1.2 Classical Antiquity
- 1.3 Medieval period
- 1.4 Early modern era
- 1.5 Late modern era
- 1.6 Contemporary era
- 2 See Also
The medieval period in Kantoto spanned from the 5th century to 1612. It was characterized by the end of the dominance of the nomadic Mongolic peoples and their lifestyle and the rise of the ethnically Shangese kingdoms and empires. It saw the creation of a unique language family
Distant enough from their Shangese colonial neighbors to the south and deeply inbreed with the Mongolic natives the Matsumori court established a unique cultural and ethnic identity. It was in this period that the Mututori language became distinct from the Corummese language. Their rule of the Kita-Hanto, (Eng: Northern Peninsula) was absolute. They established sedentary farming communities further and further east into modern day Kantoto. By the 1160s they controlled the whole of the Kita-Hanto and had abolished the nomadic lifestyle.
The family structure was very expansionist focused. The father would pass on his farm to the oldest son and the son’s family would support his siblings and their families until the sisters had been married off and the brothers had taken expeditions and established their own farms on the edge of the territory. This meant that first son’s wives were primarily matchmakers for their sisters-in-law and passed on sagas of adventure to their brothers-in-law as well as being tasked with childrearing. Because each man still took multiple wives it was normal for Xiwanese families to arrange first marriages for political or financial gains. The second marriage was normally still to a native woman and was considered an act of charity by introducing civility into the native bloodlines. The third wife was arranged between the man himself and the parents of the bride, often between Xiwanese families and was again to secure political or financial gains but this time determined by the man himself and not his parents.
Shogun Hatakeyyama Toshimochi from the Yokkanai province in the eastern part of modern Kantoto, rebelled and captured much of modern day Kantoto in 1204 creating a separate empire. The Matsumori dynasty collapsed in on itself as princes fought for the thrown. By 1238, Toshimochi had crushed the armies of the Matsumori and laid claim to their territory. This was the start of ‘’shin’’ (Eng. new) rule that would boil over in the modern era where in Mutsutori purists would claim that Kantoto is rightfully Mutsutori clay and needs to be reconquered.
Fearful of warring princes the Toshimochi banned multiple brides and established clearer rules around succession, these were revolutionary as they recognized daughters as potential royal successors in their own right. Actually appointing a daughter was not very common but its codification into law is amongst the earliest such decree in Greater Ixnay.
The Toshimochi dynasty ruled from 1204 until 1367 when they passed without issue to the emperor’s cousin Empress Gamou Ai. The Ai period was a violent with its emperors and empresses promoting eastern culture over western. They spoke the Kantonese and eschewed some of the practices they saw as archaic and too Corummese. The eastern Xiwan peoples were primarily of mixed native and Xiwan blood and considered themselves descendants of South Punthite not the Ixnayan Corummese. This was also the period when expansionism slowed and in some cases reversed. The Ai focused on building a meritocratic civil service of ethnically Kantonese administrators. They were constantly putting down revolts and fending off incursions from their Shanjinese and Kharani neighbors. In 1367 Emperor Takaoka Ai was murdered by band of ninjas and a 250 year period of warring states ensued. Shoguns and daimyos were constantly at each other’s throats looking to find and advantage. The population, once over a million people, stagnated and started to decline. By the 1600s the average person was looking for anyone to provide stability and order.