Shōgunate of Mutsutori
|Motto: The Divine Wind Brings us Fortune|
|• Shōgun||Yodogawa Fumihiko|
|• Total||487,954 km2 (188,400 sq mi)|
|• Density||20/km2 (51/sq mi)|
The Shōgunate of Mutsutori is a country in southern Punth. It borders Wonjin to the south, Kharan-dun to the west and Kantoto to the northeast. Mutsutori claims be the only legitimate government of Kantōto, claiming the imperial government as a "colonial sham" but in recent years has increasingly making a lot less statements over the Legitimacy Question since the increasing distinct national identity since the two countries remain separate from 1869; it can be attributed to tied regional, social, economic, political and religious differences between the two.
Media outlets describe the Shōgunate as isolitionist statist junta, part of the elaborate revised Sutandoarōn (Stand-Alone) policy. Introduced in 1931 by Shōgun Kimitake Hiraoka as the official constitution and state ideology preaching national self-reliance through civic guidance with heavy emphasis on national self-defense. The Means of production are dominated by the government owned zaibatsus, large state commercial enterprices that dominate the economy and compete each other. Mutsutori follows Sēfugādofāsuto(Safeguard First) policy so naturally it posses a considerable but albeit archaic in comparison military power, the nation suffers continues incursions from its neighbors - punitive operations are not uncommon; Righteous Army commandos are famed for their infiltration and precision sabotage tactics.
International organizations have assessed that human rights violations in Mutsutori are commonplace are so severe, it parallels other rogue or failed states such as Ætheryion and Varshan. The Shōgunate strongly denies most allegations, accusing international organizations of fabricating human rights abuses as part of a smear campaign with the covert intention of regime change, although they admit that there are human rights issues relating to living conditions which the government is attempting to correct.
- 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 Economy
- 3 Military
- 4 See Also
The medieval period in Mutsutori 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
Upon arrival of the Emperor Cao Zhi’s trade navy in 697 a colony was established that lasted until 755. The area around the colonial port of Xiwan was quickly developed into the Shang court and a few thousand Shangese residents called the place home. There was an intentional and pervasive breeding effort by the Shang, importing only men and requiring that each man take three native wives and to proliferate their line abundantly. This led to a massive boom that required a huge investment in infrastructure. A second city was built for some of these large families and a series of roads were built between the two. When the boys were old enough to take wives they continued the practice of their fathers, whoever a massive job shortage led to lower tax revenues as the economic activity of the colony was needed internally to feed the inhabitants. This and the great distance led to the abandonment of the colonial effort of the Shang Imperial court in 755 meant that the Shangese of Punth needed to set their own path. Establishing massive farming operations the wealthier settlers established a hierarchical system like the one in Shang. The Xiwanese as they started to refer to themselves, expanded throughout modern day Musutori and Kantoto bringing with them their language, their culture, and their farming practices. In 884, Daimyo Iwakura Matsumori overthrew his shogun and established the Matsumori imperial dynasty. His house would rule for 300 years and preside over the formation of Mutsutori culture.
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.
Early modern era
Late modern era
Following the abandonment of the colony in 1798 by the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company the shoguns and daimyos formed various factions and started fighting to control the territory. The Mutsutori traditionalists wanted an empire similar to those of the Toshimochi dynasty with an ethnically and culturally Mutsutorese dominated government of the whole of the Kita-Hanto, to include modern Kantoto. The Kantonese imperial traditionalists sought a resurgence of the Ai dynasty with a dominant Kantonese court to rule over the Kita-Hanto, to include modern Mutsutori. Kantonese monarchists were looking to create an ethnically Kantonese state with a monarchy at its head, not inclusive of the Mutsutorese lands or people. The Mutsutori modernists sought to maintain strong connections with Burgundie and to the Occidental world. They included 6 regiments of the army and a squadron of the navy with majority of the ships for the colony.
Feeling that their role as arbitrator of state power was going to be taken advantage of by the ever changing claimants on sole power the modernists in the military broke from the “state” and fortified the colonial capital forming the Soldier’s Republic of Harimoto, in 1800. They expelled the various other factions and set up check-points into the city. In March, 1803 the Siege of Harimoto was laid by the Mutsutori traditionalist forces. Lacking firearms and mostly consisting of peasant levies the siege was broken in a few weeks as the long range guns from the ships were brought to the city’s walls and pounded the undisciplined levy camps. They scattered and the remaining core of trained samurai had no means of breaching the walls. They fell back 20 kilometers and hoped to draw the republicans into open battle. An emissary was sent to invite the “cowardly, westerners” to the field of battle. They ignored the request and set about creating a foreign mission to garner support. Their republican sentiments fell on deaf ears strongly entrenched in monarchism, but they did return with some Burgundian Grand Crona Trading Company troops and canons who hoped to further disrupt the monopoly of the Burgundian West Punth Trading Company in South Punth. The troops were led by Joan-Charles Marronet, a Bergendii captain of the 3RD Colonial Artillery Battery of the 5th Grand Crona Artillery Regiment. Joan-Charles set about training the army in combined warfare with the effective use of cavalry, line infantry (mixed musketeers and pike men), artillery, logistics trains. The following June, 1804, he led an expedition of two infantry regiments, a squadron of horse archers, a squadron of lancers, and a battery of artillery. They stuck to the rivers as they were followed by a train of barges. They made 60 kilometers a day until they reached the end of the river system and then had to switch to pack horses. They travelled for another three weeks until they met the traditionalists at their capital of Kydo. The palisaded city was guarded by its garrison of 2,000 soldiers plus an additional force of 250 samurai and 8,000 levy troops. Marronet’s troops set up camp about 4 kilometers from the city along its main road. They built up a Latinic earthen fort and entrenched their canons. Over the next week the traditionalist forces probed Marronet’s camp and attempted to disrupt the supply chain. On May 5th, 1806 Marronet’s decided to attack. His cannons fired heated cannonballs through the palisades and set the wooden buildings on fire. Under cover of the cannon fire the horse archers swarmed the distracted levy troops. They scattered as predicted but caught against the flood of city residents streaming out of the burning city. The lancers, close on the heels of the archers, plunged deep into the panicked crowd. Stabbing and crushing hundreds of the levy troops and the city’s fleeing masses the cavalry turned the field into a slaughterhouse.
As the cannons quieted, the infantry advanced over the broken ground. Their slow approach made them easy pickings for the wall archers who stalwartly stood in defense as the city burned behind them. Pushing forward nonetheless, the infantry, under the personal command of Marronet, reached the splintered walls and the musketeers opened fire on the remaining defenders. After the first volley the pikemen charged through the holes. Many were spooked when they reached the far side of the walls and found themselves face to face with an inferno. Many tried to fall back but were blocked by those behind them. Seeing the infantry bunch up Marronet assumed the pikemen had come in contact with defenders. He withdrew a large portion of the musketeers and sent them to support the cavalry mopping up the levies. Many of the pikemen caught in the crush were burned alive and the remainder were unable to capture the city’s battlements. By days end the city was practically undefended but Marronet was not the victor. He withdrew his troops to their base and learned of his fatal decision at the walls. He and his commanders decided to wait until the city had burned out and then to attempt to make an entrance. After another week of waiting he proposed to the officers to make another attempt. His combined arms tactics had lost credibility with the men so the attack would be just the infantry, unsupported by artillery or cavalry. The troops marched out again across the broken ground.
Having been given a week to reorganize the traditionalist forces sent a swarm of cavalry troops to attack the slow moving infantry column. The pikemen made a valiant effort, forming a tight square around the musketeers but the sheer number of cavalry overwhelmed them. By the time Marronet, who was with the infantry in the field, was able to signal to release his own cavalry, it was too late. The infantry square was crushed and Maronnet was stabbed in the left arm and his right leg was crushed under a horse hoof. The traditionalist cavalry returned to the city celebrating their total victory. The surviving infantry men and the wounded were brought back to the republican’s fort. Maronnet suffered the amputation of his whole left arm and the right leg below the knee. After coming too from his shock-coma, he ordered, in the following order: Kiravian whisky, his saddle be retrofitted to address his new condition, and that a combined attack be made to secure the city while the traditionalists were celebrating their victory. After a liberal application of the whisky, he was carried up to the ramparts to watch as his forces worked together in perfect unison to flush the celebrating enemy from the city and to take the walls.
Having crushed the main element of the traditionalist forces the Republic of Kydo was formed and joined with the Soldier’s Republic of Harimoto and the lands between them, creating the Republic of Matsumori. The elements of the Burgundian Grand Crona Trading Company returned with honors, but Maronnet resigned his post and elected to stay on as the Deputy Minister of War and Adjunct Assistant Foreign Minister.
Republic of Matsumori
The appeal of representation appealed to the fledgling middle class in the nascent and violent Empire of Kanto. In 1818, they appealed to now Lieutenant Colonel Joan-Charles Maronnet to lead a military takeover. Showing the letter to President Mitsimoto Hirambi, Maronnet proposed that he should led a force of government forces and incorporate Kanto into the republic. This was met with cautious support by the ministers, but the President and the Minister of War were very supportive and the measure passed. After a four year campaign the saw the total destruction of 15 cities and the loss of an estimated 280,000 Kanotonese lives, Marronet secured the whole of Kita-Hanto for the Republic. However, in so doing he was disgraced for his punishing methods. While he was given a variety of honors he was asked to retire from his ministerial posts. Being seen as a hero in Burgundie still, he returned and took a commission in the Great Prince’s army as an artillery colonel.
Following the acquisition the country underwent a series of censuses to best determine how to distribute the representation. Hawks supported under representation for the Kantonese and ultimately won the day. The 1826 Congress of Representatives featured representatives from 115 districts in Mutsutori majority areas and only 94 from Kantonese majority areas. Conflicts resulted in a redraft of the districts in 1849 to 115 to 112 with an option to review in 20 years.
For much of the next twenty years the underlying ethnic tension was quieted by slow but constant reform. In 1868, as the potential of a referendum became clear the Mutsutori majority became fearful of losing control of the country. A spate of violence towards Kantonese living in the western part of the country was met with a backlash of Kantonese citizens against their politicians and the Mutsutorese in general. The Kantonese Revolution saw sectarian violence, government crackdowns, and eventually the reestablishment of the separate nation of the Empire of Kantoto on November 19th, 1869.
The Republic limped along for late 19th century and early 20th century. Having lost half of its tax base and some of its most talented politicians the country focused inward and sought to find a new identity and unifying purpose.
During the Great War South Punth generally became more open to global trends and ideas. Following increased access to education by industrializing and modernizing nations, workers’ rights and unionization became a large issue. In general, not be a liberal as the Occidental world, meant that eastern powers where even more violent in their suppression of unions and the gathering of concerned workers. This led to the rise of socialist, syndicalist, anarchist, and communist parties and groups across the area in the early to mid-20th century. Mutsutori was no exception. The New Workers Party swept the 1948 elections and formed a coalition government with the People’s Communist Party, and the Worker’s Soviet. These three parties constituted 57% of the Congress of Representatives and over the next 10 years made the country progressively more and more socialist. In 1953 they nationalized all farming and endorsed a massive collectivization plan. In 1956 they nationalized all industry and organized all laborers into soviets. The republican and democratic parties resisted the introduction of soviets and joined with the monarchist parties to form a new coalition in the 1965. In the 1966 election they collectively won a narrow majority but their victory was suppressed by the New Workers Party and there political offices burned. Street violence erupted. Declaring a state of emergency the New Workers party slipped into authoritarian dictatorship which was overthrown in Operation Kipling in 1971.
Following the victory of the monarchists in 1971 the house of Fumihiko was selected as the honorary noblest house in the country and thusly its head, Tashiro Fumihiko, was made Shogun. Through the 1970s the Shogunate further and further closed itself off to the world. In the 1990s a new generation of pro-capitalist devotees sought to demonstrate their devotion to the Shogun. Calling themselves the Soke-Hanto Brigade (Eng: All Peninsula), referring to the archaic claim on Kantoto. As the 90s became the 2000s the regime became more and more isolationist, militarized, and internally violent.
Mutsutori's foreign trade policy is based on import substitution. The system of multiple exchange rates combined with the highly regulated trade regime caused both imports and exports to drop in 1982 and plummet further in 1996. The success of stabilization and currency liberalization in 2005 has led to significant increases in exports and imports in recent years, although imports have increased much less rapidly: while exports have tripled in 2012, imports had risen, essentially reflecting the impact of the government's import substitution policies designed to maintain hard currency reserves. Draconian tariffs and sporadic border crossing closures had a negative effect on legal imports of both consumer products and capital equipment. Mutsotori farmers are deprived of seasonal opportunities to sell legally their popular tomatoes and vegetables for good prices in Kantoto. Instead, they are forced to either sell at reduced prices on local markets or alternatively continue "exporting" by paying stiff bribes to border guards and customs officers.
At the end of 2010's, the government announced through the Secreteriat of Commerce(the government agency essentially acting as: Ministry of Trade, Economy and Central Bank) that it predicted agriculture playing a major component of the country's economic development in the future. Agriculture in Mutsutori employs 28% of labor force and contributes 40% of GDP (20016 data). Includes also 8% of GDP is from processing of domestic agricultural output. Cotton, Mutsutori's star cash earner, has lost much its luster in the 90's as wheat began to gain prominence from considerations of food security for the rapidly growing population. Areas cropped to cotton were reduced by more than 25% from 2 million hectares in 1990 to less than 1.5 million hectares in 2006, while wheat cultivation jumped 60% from around 1 million hectares in 1990 to 1.6 million hectares in 2006. Cotton production dropped from 3 million tons annually in the 1970's to around 1.2 million tons since 1995, but even at these reduced levels Mutsutori produces 3 times as much cotton as all the other southern Punthite nations combined. Cotton exports tumbled from highs of around 45% of Shōgunate's total exports in the early 1970s to 17% in 1991. Mutsutori is the largest producer of fruits and vegetables, with food products contributing nearly 8% of total exports in 2018. Virtually all agriculture requires irrigation, but because of budgetary constraints there has been practically no expansion of irrigated area since 1990's: it remains static at 4.2 million hectares, the level reached in 1970's after rapid growth during the Shōgun's Uchibayashi Kohei leadership period.
Heavy government intervention in agriculture is reflected in the persistence of state orders for the two main cash crops, cotton and wheat. Farmers receive binding directives on the area to be cropped to these commodities and are obliged to surrender their harvest to the Zaibatsus at fixed-prices. Land reform had take place in 1931, namely converting large land-owner property into stocks of state-owned companies and bonds at gun point, both appeasing the peasants and removing a layer of control. The incomes of agricultural workers are substantially lower than the national average because the government subsidizes their pay less than the world prices for their cotton and wheat, using the difference to subsidize capital intensive industrial concerns, such as factories producing automobiles, airplanes, and tractors. Consequently, many farmers focus on production of fruits and vegetables on their household plots, because the prices of these commodities are determined by supply and demand, not by government decrees. Farmers also resort to smuggling cotton and especially wheat across the border with Kharan-dun and Kantoto in order to obtain higher prices but if captured would result to their summary execution.
The government's discriminatory pricing for the main cash crops, cotton and wheat, is apparently responsible for the exceptionally rapid growth of the cattle herd in recent years, as the prices of milk and meat, like those of fruits and vegetables, are also determined by market forces. The number of cattle increased from 7 million head in 1970 to 14 million head in the end of 2010's, and virtually all these animals are maintained by rural families with just 4-5 head per household; the Shōgunate has taken steps using extra income to import more cattle for distribution part of it's carrot and stick policies. Sales of own-produced milk, meat, and vegetables in town markets are an important source for augmenting rural family incomes supplemented by low taxes to increase consumer consumption. In Mutsutori schoolchildren, university students, medical professionals and state employees are driven en masse out to the fields every year to help gathering the cotton harvest. A recent article posted in Kantoto describes the cotton as "riches gathered by the hands of hungry children. Although in recent years has seen a sharp decrease of schoolchildren being forcefully put to work as more tractors have been introduced into increasing mechanized agriculture.
Mutsotori has demonstrated a remarkable stable performance in a largely state-dominated local economy. Yet the problem remains as the country suffers from low foreign investment ventures and refusal the government to borrow from the international markets to supplement further economic growth fearing becoming "shackled by white bankers and imperialists". The country is known possessing the largest gold reserve globally, producing roughly 85 metric tons and maintaining 6,800 worth of reserves.
Imperial entities of Punth