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Marlakcor
Marlakcor, also known as Tianxia locally, is the northeastern continent of Patria.

Sovereign States

Four Holy Cities

Government: Theocratic Elective Monarchies
Heads of State: Four Masters
Heads of Government: Four Masters
Legislatures: none
Demonym: n/a
Currency: n/a

The Four Holy Cities, also known as Sige Sheng Cheng [四個聖城], are a quartet of religious city-states spread around Marlakcor. Although in four separate locations around the continent, and are mostly autonomous from one another, the four cities are considered a single state.

Deeply religious states, the holy cities are controlled by a religious order that pledges faith to the Divine Beasts of Tianxia, and each houses a main temple dedicated to one of the four to represent their cardinal direction. As Huaxia expanded in every direction, they spared any threat of conquest or vassalization, as not even the emperors dared to threaten the sanctity of such holy places.

The eastern and western cities were also spared conquest of vassalization by Rome and Yamatai when the two empires formed Serica Provinciae and Morokoshi respectively. Despite the former's usual policy to impose their religion on conquered or visited lands, Rome respected the eastern city's neutrality and honored the sanctity of a holy place, and Yamatai gave the same courtesy to the western city.

Although mostly autonomous from one another, the four masters, the leaders of each city, meet every year, taking turns to host the meeting in each of the four cities over the course of four years.

City Description
Name Yanyu Represented Beast
Bei Gui 北龜 Black Turtle The Holy City of Bei Haigui is a city-state situated on the island of the same name in the Sea of Yao, at the entrance to Gui Bay off the northern coast of Liao, the northern subcontinent of Marlakcor. It shares maritime borders solely with Huaxia to the south.

As the northern city of the order, Bei Haigui serves as the base for the Temple of the Black Turtle, Lord of Winter & Warden of the North.

Donglong 東龍 Azure Dragon The Holy City of Dong Long is a city-state situated on the island of the same name in the Bay of Xiaolong, surrounded by Qiu Island to the north. It shares maritime borders with Huaxia to the northeast, and the Roman provinces of Serica to the west and east.

As the eastern city of the order, Dong Long serves as the base for the Temple of the Azure Dragon, Lord of Spring & Warden of the East.

Nan Niao 南鳥 Vermilion Bird The Holy City of Nan Niao is a city-state situated on the island of the same name in the Zhuhong Sea. It shares maritime borders with Huaxia to the north and Jingling to the south.

As the southern city of the order, Nan Niao serves as the base for the Temple of the Vermilion Bird, Lord of Summer & Warden of the South.

Xi Hu 西虎 White Tiger The Holy City of Xi Hu is a city-state situated on the island of the same name in the east side of the Oriental Sea, just off the coast of the Washi Peninsula of Manzhou, the northern lands of Jiangshan (the western subcontinent), to the east, and the island of Makigai Shima to the south. It shares maritime borders solely with the Morokoshi Provinces of Yamatai.

As the western city of the order, Xi Hu serves as the base for the Temple of the White Tiger, Lord of Autumn & Warden of the West.

Empire of Huaxia

Huaxia flag
Capital: Jiaju
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Huangdi
Heads of Government: Huangdi & Zaixiang
Legislature: None
Demonym: Huaxian
Currency: Jiaozi, Guanzi, Huizi, Jinbi, Yinbi, Tongbi, Tiebi

The Empire of Huaxia is the dominant, and largest, state on Marlakcor. Huaxia is often internally known by whichever dynasty is currently ruling it, while the common name for the country remains prevalent.

It occupies much of the continent, controlling northern and western Shenzhou (the central subcontinent), most of Manzhou (the northern lands of Jiangshan, the western subcontinent), and the whole of Liao (the northern continent). In the Zhongyuan Provinces, the capital regions, it borders Zhonghua to the south, and shares borders with the Roman Serica Provinciae on Shengfen Island and on Qiu Island. Via the Mu Jingling Peninsula, it borders Jingling to the south, and on the western continent, the Xifang Regions, it borders Raimei to the south and Yamato-Morokoshi to the west.

To the east, it and shares maritime borders with Daludao. In the northwest it shares maritime borders with the island empire of Joseon, from whom it conquered most of the western continent, and the Empire of Tibet to the north, from whom it conquered most of the western half of northern continent. The eastern half of the continent was once controlled by the Khaganate of Khitai, whom resisted Huaxian expansion until its final breath.

Huaxia also shares maritime borders with three of the four island city-states: In the north, beyond Gui Bay, Huaxia shares maritime borders with the Holy City of Bei Haigui. In the Zhuhong Sea to the south, Huaxia shares maritime borders with the Holy City of Nan Niao. To the east, in the Bay of Xiaolong of southern Qiu Island, via what territories Huaxia still controls after the wars with Rome, Huaxia shares maritime borders with the Holy City of Dong Long.

Huaxia is also the suzerain of Tibet, forcing them to surrender base sovereignty in the face of the ferocity of the Huaxian Imperial Army & Navy and threats of invasion. At one point it held the now-defunct Kingdom of Daludao as a suzerainty as well, but it has since been conquered and renamed Serica by Rome.

Huaxia spared the four Holy Cities from conquest or vassalization, as not even the emperors of the time dared to threaten or desecrate the sanctity of such holy places. All this is a result of the Huaxian Wars of Conquest (a collective term for the many wars of expansion Huaxia has fought throughout its history.).

On the western border with Yamato-Morokoshi stands the Great Wall of Manzhou. This massive fortification of 25m-high stone walls, fortresses, and castles, which runs along the entire length of the Morokoshi-Huaxian border. This wall far surpasses Zhonghua's Mulan's Wall, which was built for similar reasons against Rome.

History

An unnatural creation with thousands of years of reliable history, what became Huaxia was originally a collection of quarreling kingdoms in what is now the Zhongyuan Region some 4700 years ago. There were eleven major states and several minor states under vassal hegemony of a few of the major ones.

Modern scholars agree that the events that led to the founding of the Huaxian Empire began following the collapse of what is known to history as the Mo Dynasty into the various states at the end of what historians call the Summer & Winter Period (The Mo Dynasty was in practice just a fragile hegemonic alliance under the lordship of the Kingdom of Mo; the previous recorded dynasties were much the same). This collapse triggered the beginning of a period of unrest known to history as the Warring States Period, an era of near constant warfare, shifting alliances, and brief periods of peace between conflicts.

States of the Warring States Period:
Name Yanyu Origin of Name Ruling Family Flag/Emblem Notes
Major States These states were the major contenders of the Warring States Period.
Kingdom of Baolan 寶藍 Noble Title
Kingdom of Cui Noble Title Also called Jiu Cui [舊翠] by historians to distinguish it from the modern dynasty.
Kingdom of Feng Tribe name
Kingdom of Hupo 琥珀 Noble Title
Kingdom of Huo Tribe name
Kingdom of Mo Noble Title
Mo Kingdom flag
Mo was a kingdom of magic that today is the namesake of one of the provinces of Huaxia.
Kingdom of Qiu Tribe name
Kingdom of Shan Toponym
Kingdom of Shui Tribe name
Kingdom of Tian "Heaven" Zhi [治], later the Lan [藍]
Kingdom of Tu Tribe name
Minor states The states that had little influence or were vassals.
Cao Noble Title Vassal of Tian
Guang Toponym
He Toponym Vassal of Shui
Hou Tribe name
Mai Tribe name
Xiao Tribe name
Xing Noble Title Vassal of Mo

About a hundred years later, a warlord known to history as Lan Zheng [藍政] (styled Zhugong [主公]), a general from what was then the Kingdom of Tian, usurped control of the kingdom in a military coup d'état, overthrowing the inept and complacent wang [king] and the Zhi family, becoming wang himself. Lan Zheng Wang then led his followers to conquer all of Tian's rivals, thus founding the first imperial dynasty of newly-named Huaxian Empire under the rule of the Tian Dynasty with himself as the first Huangdi [Emperor]. He is known in history as Tian Shou Huangdi [甜首皇帝], and a thousand years after his death he was posthumously honored with the temple name Chuangjian Huangdi [創見皇帝].

In the subsequent Huaxian Wars of Conquest, which lasted a few hundred of years with varying periods of peace, Huaxia expanded in every direction and grew into one of the largest and wealthiest empires on Patria. It is outclassed only by Yamatai in the latter aspect.

The empire is currently under the rule of the Cui Dynasty, run by the Sun clan, which took power roughly sixty years before present day after overthrowing the collapsing Nao Dynasty and reconquering the state of Huo Xue, a northern secessionist kingdom. Cui is the latest of many dynasties that have ruled all or part of Huaxia.

The country has a chaotic history of various pretender dynasties, breakaway states, or usurpations by rebellion, and many other types of crises besides. For example, the Tong Dynasty, the semi-legendary first organised dynasty of pre-founding Huaxia, collapsed and was usurped by the Cong Dynasty only twenty-six years after it's inception, which began the cycle for a successive change of dynasties.

The reason for the constant changes of dynasties and wars is all in part due to a dynastic cycle influenced by a religiopolitical concept known as the Mandate of Heaven, a philosophical concept of the circumstances under which a ruler is allowed to rule [see the two links to the wikipedia articles for the full explanation on both concepts]. The concept dates back to the Cong Dynasty, the semi-legendary second organized dynasty in Huaxia's recorded history.

Not all of the dynasties came to power by violence: Sometimes power was peacefully handed over to a new dynasty when the previous dynasty's final emperor abdicated in favor of a favored person or named such a person as his sole heir. This was usually done if the reigning emperor felt that he was going to inevitably pass on without leaving a valid blood-related heir, so that a power vacuum was avoided. This was also done if it was believed that the incumbent dynasty had lost the Mandate of Heaven and had been granted to a new dynasty. Another way was, if he did die without a valid heir or naming one, one of the highest ranked members of the government (often by election) would establish a new dynasty to fill the power vacuum before any sort of chaos could ensue. But civil wars were still a common occurrence in the latter instance.

Founders of many of the dynasties were descendants of great heroes from Huaxian history and/or folklore; i.e, the founders of the Sumer & Winter Period's Gongchen Dynasty, were descendants of Xiangrikui Gongchen, the first lunaculus of Marlakcor.

Alongside the successive change of dynasties, Huaxia has also fractured into separate independent states and rival dynasties as a result of wars of succession, rebellions for independence, or other issues many times in the past. Many of these eras have become known, in chronological order, as:

  • Imperial Schism: When a member of a three-generation-old split in the imperial line of the Chang Dynasty declared himself emperor of the self-proclaimed Can Dynasty.
  • Four Kingdoms Period (1118 AFZ – 1168 AFZ): This period happened as the the Zhai Dynasty (one of Huaxia's golden ages) came to a close. By this time Huaxia controlled the central southern lands of Liao and was just dipping its toes into Manzhou. The origins of the period take root some years prior the final Zhai emperor's abdication.
    • In the wake of a nationwide uprising known as the Black Turban Rebellion, the power of the emperor diminished into the hands of squabbling court officials and then a tyrannical chancellor.
      • Said tyrannical chancellor is known to history as Huai Gui [壞鬼], who controlled the empire through the puppet emperor known to history as Emperor Anjian of Zhai [皇帝案件的寨], aka Wei Ang [為枊], whom was enthroned at the tender age of 7 following the assassination of Emperor Hong [皇帝洪], aka Wei Sui [為歲].
    • A punitive expedition against Huai Gui was initiated by a coalition of warlords, most of whom were military veterans who took part in defeating the Black Turban Rebellion, but said coalition fell apart after just a few victories, mainly in part because each warlord had their own agendas and ambitions.
    • With Huai Gui's tyranny rampant, the dynasty faltered into the chaos of civil war between dozens of regional warlords in a bid for power and hegemony over the realm. Even Huai Gui's eventually assassination three years after the coalition fell apart did nothing to quell the unrest.
      • During the conflicts, one warlord, a female outlaw warlord known as Lin Lin [霖林], declared herself empress of the short-lived Kou Dynasty, taking the regal title of Empress Liang of Kou [皇后亮的寇]. Her rationale for proclaiming the dynasty was her coming into possession of the imperial seal, which she actually stole from the capital during the coalition's campaign. Said dynasty was defeated by a new coalition after only five years on the self-proclaimed throne.
    • Over the course of at least at least three decades (historians debate the actual duration), most of the warlords fell to other warlords or vanished into obscurity until Huaxia was split into a quadripartite as power was consolidated into a delicate and fragile balance between four warlords heading their individual states.
    • The Zhai Dynasty finally ended with the forced abdication of Emperor Anjian to Kong Hao [孔好], the titular King of Gan and the then head of the Zhai central government.
      • Later the warlords of the other three states, one after another, declared themselves emperor of the territories they had conquered in the preceding years, igniting a new but different struggle for power: the reunification of the country under one dynasty.
    • The era ended when the four kingdoms were conquered by the newly proclaimed Quan Dynasty, which was proclaimed following the overthrow of Gan.
States of the Four Kingdoms Period
State From To Term History & Notes
Name Ruling Family
Cheng Chan 1125 AFZ 1168 AFZ 43yrs Cheng's ruler was he last one to declare himself emperor.

For a few years, the King of Cheng submitted to Gan kingdom as a vassal in the face of the aggression of Tai-Zhai Kingdom over past disputes, but proclaimed emperorship in the wake of the death of the second Emperor of Gan at the Battle of Hongdu against Tai-Zhai Kingdom.

Cheng kingdom was the last to declare emperorship and the last fall, resisting submission to the Quan Dynasty to its last breath.

1546 TJH 1589 TJH
Gan Kong 1118 AFZ 1160 AFZ 42yrs Gan kingdom was the first to declare its own emperorship after forcing Emperor Anjian of Zhai to abdicate, ending the Zhai Dynasty.

After conquering Tai-Zhai, Gan was usurped by the Quan Dynasty, which proceeded to conquer Lu and Cheng,

1539 TJH 1581 TJH
Lu Xue 1119 AFZ 1167 AFZ 48yrs Although it was the second kingdom to declare an emeprorship, Lu Kingdom pretty much stayed out of the conflict between the three other states. Additionally, while Cheng resisted Quan to its last breath, Lu's sole emperor (known to history as Xue Han [雪含], or Emperor Han of Lu [皇帝含的綠]), willingly abdicated rather than risk a subtantial loss of life.
1540 TJH 1588 TJH
Tai-Zhai 鈦寨 Wei 1118 AFZ 1153 AFZ 35yrs Founded as a succession to the Zhai Dynasty, as the founder of Tai-Zhai was a scion of the imperial family, with the intent of restoring the dynasty.

Historians name it "Tai" to distinguish it from the original dynasty.

With the conquest of Tai-Zhai by Gan, it was the first kingdom to fall.

1539 TJH 1574 TJH
  • Crisis of the Sixteenth Century [十六世紀的危機](1520 AFZ – 1576 AFZ): As a result of the aftermath of a power struggle within the Imperial House of Huang of the Muse Dynasty (the only vampire-ruled dynasty in Huaxian history) known to history as the Six Years & Ten Emperors [六年及十位皇帝], Huaxia broke into three empires competing for supremacy: Muse itself, Jian, & Mingzhu. Peace was finally restored when the Muse Dynasty, restored to stability, reconquered the breakaways.
  • Eighteen Kingdoms Period (2173 AFZ – 2313 AFZ): Occurred the during the latter half of the Kai Dynasty, which succeeded the Muse Dynasty.
    • In the aftermath of the devastating War of the Twelve Princes, the political order of western and northern Huaxia splintered into a series of short-lived sovereign states while the Kai, whose power continued to wane, continued to rule most of central and eastern Zhongyuan. Some of the kingdoms participated in the later overthrow of Kai.
    • Most of the states were founded by Tuzhu peoples, but others were founded by Tuzhized ethnic Wajin immigrants from Fuso (and this was many centuries before Yamatai's Invasions) and by Tuzhized ethnic Seomins, Khitans and Tibetians still living outside their homelands' borders.
Kingdom Ruling Family From To Term
Name Yanyu Surname Ethnicity
[tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd]
  • Central, Western & Northern Dynasties: Followed the Eighteen Kingdoms Period with the complete collapse of the official Kai Dynasty. Ended with the reunification of Huaxia under the Zan Dynasty.
    • The ruling families of the Central Dynasties were mostly ethnic Weiyan, while those of the Western Dynasties were mostly either Molins or Tuzhized ethnic Wajins or Seomins, while those of the Northern Dynasties were mostly or Jilie or Tuzhized ethnic Khitan and Tibetan.
2313 AFZ – 2519 AFZ
Central Dynasties Western Dynasties Northern Dynasties
Central Tan (2313 AFZ – ???) [tbd] (2315 AFZ – ???) [tbd] (2314 AFZ – ???)
[tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???)
Western Tan (??? – ???) Eastern Tan (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???)
Ling (??? – ???) Zan (2493 AFZ -

2519 AFZ)

[tbd] (??? – ???)
[tbd] (??? – ???) Fang (??? – 2513 AFZ) [tbd] (??? – 2519 AFZ)
  • War of the Seven Emperors [七帝之戰]:
    • This conflict took place near the end of the short-lived Jia Dynasty, which took power after overthrowing the Qiu Dynasty in what is historically known as Muren's Rebellion; said rebellion was to overthrow Qiu's final emperor, whom was a tyrannical monster known to history as Guaiwu Huangdi [怪物皇帝]. The Jia Dynasty is also dubbed the Zui Dynasty mockingly by many due to the sole legally recognized emperor's (known to history as Mudai Huangdi [木獃皇帝]; personal name, Pang Yu [胖与]; style name, Muren [木人]) drunken temperament and general lack of interest in ruling the empire.
      • As a result of the succession to the throne of an illegitimate bastard (known to history as Bufa Huangdi [補發皇帝]; personal name, Pang Wu [胖吴]; style name, Jujue [拒絕]) whom was not born to the Jia Dynasty's emperor, the late-emperor's three younger brothers (Pang Gou [胖够], Pang Mingce [胖命策] & Pang Long [胖隆]) proclaimed themselves emperors and fought the bastard, and each other, for the throne.
      • Meanwhile elsewhere, three kings each declared themselves emperors and independence, both of their provinces and the lands they claimed/conquered.
        • Two were descendants of enfeoffed generals who had been given hereditary titles, and the third (whom was of different ethnicity) was enfeoffed by Mudai Huangdi for his service in the rebellion.
      • When the war ended ten years later:
        • The bastard, all the self-proclaimed emperors, and most remnants the Jia Dynasty's direct imperial house of Pang (those who could possibly make a legitimate claim to the throne) were dead.
        • The Jia dynasty collapsed and was supplanted by the house of Song of the newly proclaimed Ai Dynasty.
        • The secessionist kingdoms were reconquered by the new Ai Dynasty.
        • During the conflict, the southwestern nation of Zhonghua took advantage of the conflict to conquer the region of Jing bu Xibei (what is now northwestern Zhonghua).
  • Six Dynasties and Twelve Kingdoms Period: Following the collapse of the Mei Dynasty (one of the golden ages in Huaxian history), six dynasties in the Zhongyuan Region succeeded each other one after another, while twelve breakaway states existed concurrently elsewhere.

Huaxia's territorial control of Manzhou never reached all the way across the continent to the western sea; its armies stretched too thin by that time, it stopped its conquests roughly eight-hundred miles from the westernmost coast of the continent. Instead, it vassalized the native kingdoms to use as buffer states.

A few hundred years before present day (during the Ting Dynasty), Huaxia lost its western vassals and control of its westernmost territories to the Yamato conquerors during Yamatai's Invasions of Marlakcor (4010 AFZ – 4100). In the wake of the Third Yamato-Huaxian War (4100 AFZ – 4112), the Great Wall of Manzhou was constructed to prevent any further expansion eastward by the Yamato into the western continent. The wall took nearly a century to build, and it has so far fulfilled that purpose, save for very brief occupations of various fortresses at various periods during several wars throughout its history. The last official war was fought from 4516 to 4523.

Huaxia also lost the former Kingdom of Daludao as a suzerainty, along with some of its southeastern territories, when the Roman Empire invaded and conquered Daludao, renaming it Serica. Despite these flaws and a recent decline in power, it maintains its status as Marlakcor's dominant empire, a title rivaled by both Zhonghua and Yamatai.

List of Dynasties
Dynasties of Huaxian history (before and during the imperial period), along with the periods of disunity mentioned above, are included in the list below.
Dynasty Ruling House From To Term
Name Yanyu Origin of Name Surname Yanyu Ethnicity
Semi-Legendary
Tong Tribe name Shang Weiyan ????? ?????
Cong Tribe name Cai Weiyan ????? ?????
Chi Tribe name Hong Weiyan ????? ?????
Summer & Winter Period
Re Tribe name Fa Weiyan 870 BFZ 785 BFZ 85yrs
449 TJQ 364 TJQ
Gongchen 功臣 Eponym Xiangrikui 向日葵 Weiyan 785 BFZ 544 BFZ 241yrs
364 TJQ 123 TJQ
Mo Toponym Wushi 巫師 Weiyan 544 BFZ 522 BFZ 22yrs
123 TJQ 101 TJQ
Warring States Period 戰國時期 See Table Above 522 BFZ 421 BFZ 101yrs
101 TJQ 0 TJH
Imperial Era
Tian Noble title Zheng Weiyan 421 BFZ 321 BFZ 100yrs
0 TJH 100 TJH
Nin Toponym & Noble title Kan Weiyan 321 BFZ 283 BFZ 38yrs
100 TJH 138 TJH
Chang Toponym & Noble title Fu Weiyan 283 BFZ 75 BFZ 208yrs
138 TJH 346 TJH
Can Noble title Fu Weiyan 125 BFZ 115 BFZ 10yrs
296 TJH 306 TJH
Jing Toponym & Noble title Ding Weiyan 75 BFZ 7 AFZ 82yrs
346 TJH 428 TJH
Yue Toponym Qingse 青色 Weiyan 6 AFZ 306 AFZ 300yrs
427 TJH 727 TJH
Hua Noble title Fan Weiyan 294 AFZ 400 AFZ 106yrs
715 TJH 821 TJH
Sang Noble title Gua Weiyan 400 AFZ 496 AFZ 96yrs
821 TJH 917 TJH
Rao Noble title Shan Weiyan 496 AFZ 598 AFZ 102yrs
917 TJH 1019 TJH
Chao Noble title Wan Weiyan 598 AFZ 611 AFZ 13yrs
1019 TJH 1032 TJH
Southern Rao 南饒 Rao Dynasty Shan Weiyan 611 AFZ 698 AFZ 87yrs
1032 TJH 1119 TJH
Zhai Toponym & Noble title Wei Weiyan 699 AFZ 1118 AFZ 419yrs
1120 TJH 1539 TJH
Kou "Bandit" Lin Jilie 1098 AFZ 1103 AFZ 5yrs
1519 TJH 1524 TJH
Four Kingdoms 四國 1118 AFZ 1168 AFZ 50yrs
1539 TJH 1589 TJH
Gan Toponym & Noble title Kong Weiyan 1118 AFZ 1160 AFZ 42yrs
1539 TJH 1581 TJH
Lu Noble title Xue Weiyan 1119 AFZ 1167 AFZ 48yrs
1540 TJH 1588 TJH
Cheng Toponym & Noble title Chan Weiyan 1125 AFZ 1168 AFZ 43yrs
1546 TJH 1589 TJH
Tai-Zhai 鈦寨 Zhai dynasty Wei Weiyan 1118 AFZ 1153 AFZ 35yrs
1539 TJH 1574 TJH
Quan Toponym & Noble title Shu Weiyan 1166 AFZ 1321 AFZ 155yrs
1587 TJH 1742 TJH
Yan Noble title Sa Weiyan 1322 AFZ 1342 AFZ 20yrs
1743 TJH 1763 TJH
Muse 暮色 "Twilight" Huang Weiyan Vampire 1342 AFZ 1868 AFZ 526yrs
1763 TJH 2289 TJH
Jian Noble title Tang Weiyan 1520 AFZ 1576 AFZ 56yrs
1941 TJH 1997 TJH
Zhu Toponym & Noble title Yin Molin 1523 AFZ 1570 AFZ 47yrs
1944 TJH 1991 TJH
Kai Toponym & Noble title Yun Weiyan 1867 AFZ 2313 AFZ 446yrs
2288 TJH 2734 TJH
Eighteen Kingdoms 十四國 2173 AFZ 2313 AFZ 140yrs
Central Dynasties 中朝 2313 AFZ 2519 AFZ 206yrs
Central Tan 中探 Toponym Weiyan 2313 AFZ
Western Tan 西探 Tan Dynasty Weiyan
Eastern Tan 東探 Tan Dynasty Weiyan
Ling Weiyan
Zan Weiyan 2493 AFZ 2519 AFZ 26yrs
Western Dynasties 北朝 2315 AFZ 2513 AFZ 198yrs
Fang Chire 2513 AFZ
Northern Dynasties 西朝 2314 AFZ 2519 AFZ 205yrs
[tbd] Jilie 2314 AFZ
Zan Toponym Yang Weiyan 2519 AFZ 2616 AFZ 97yrs
Qiu Noble title Long Weiyan 2618 AFZ 2744 AFZ 126yrs
Jia/Zui 家/醉 Noble title/Insult Pang Weiyan 2743 AFZ 2770 AFZ 27yrs
Pian Noble title Simu 私募 Weiyan
Nian Noble title Ren Weiyan
Sen Noble title Nanguo 難過 Pinghuan
Ai Toponym & Noble title Song Weiyan 2768 AFZ 2936 AFZ 168yrs
Zhang Chi 張遲 From Chi Dynasty Zhang Weiyan 2936 AFZ 3056 AFZ 120yrs
Gui Noble title Sikong 司空 Weiyan 3056 AFZ 3258 AFZ 202yrs
Mei "Plum" Luo Pinghuan 3258 AFZ 3559 AFZ 301yrs
Six Dynasties 六朝 3559 AFZ 3655 AFZ 96yrs
Twelve Kingdoms 十二國記 3559 AFZ 3655 AFZ 96yrs
Mi Noble title Feng Weiyan 3655 AFZ 3889 AFZ 234yrs
Xiu Noble title Qiao Weiyan 3889 AFZ 4094 AFZ 205yrs
Ting Noble title Sha Weiyan 4088 AFZ 4155 AFZ 67yrs
Geng Toponym & Noble title Fu Weiyan 4155 AFZ 4355 AFZ 200yrs
Nao Toponym Jiao Weiyan 4355 AFZ 4481 AFZ 126yrs
Huo Xue 火雪 Toponym & Noble title Dongjie 凍結 Jilie 4459 AFZ 4485 AFZ 26yrs
Cui Toponym & Noble title Sun Weiyan 4482 AFZ Incum 60+yrs

Key:

Normal Bold indicates unity period. Italics is a breakaway state or rival claimant during the above dynasty.

Bolded Underlined Italics indicate a division/civil war period. Underlined Italics are dynasties/states counted as part of the above period.

Notes:
  • The Semi-legendary dynasties and the Summer & Winter Period dynasties, as well was the imperial dynasties up to the Yue, only ruled areas of the modern-day Zhongyuan Region. Later dynasties from Hua onwards began expanding Huaxia beyond its cradle of civilization.
  • The Gongchen dynasty was founded by descendants of Xiangrikui Gongchen, the first lunaculus of Marlakcor.
  • For the Warring States Period kingdoms, see the table above.
  • Some unity dynasties were established before the preceding dynasty officially ended, as to show they took power by force through civil war.

Armed Forces

Huaxia maintains the largest known armed forces on Patria, but the empire's sheer size, and constant threat of rebellions and foreign incursions in the outer territories furthest from Xiazhou – the capital region – causes it to be spread thin.

Governance & Politics

Huaxia ia an imperial hereditary monarchy ruled by a Huangdi [皇帝/Emperor], and the heir apparent is titled Taizi [太子/Crown Prince].

Throughout Huaxia's history the power of the emperor has constantly fluctuated. Sometimes the emperor had all the power while the bureaucrats had none, other times the emperor and the bureaucrats shared the power, creating a checks and balances system on each other, and sometimes the power of the emperor was curtailed, leaving the true power in the hands of the bureacrats, a regent, or some other person while the emperor was a ceremonial figurehead.

As a religious leader, the emperor also bears the title of Tianzi [天子/Son of Heaven]. While anyone can found a dynasty and claim the imperial title, the title of Tianzi is only conferred upon by the high priests to the true ruler of the realm; i.e. the one who is believed to have the grace of the gods and been granted the Mandate of Heaven, usually emperors who rule a unified dynasty or succeed in ending a period of disunity. The title is hereditarily passed on through the heirs of the dynasties until it is believed that the Mandate is lost, onyly bestowed upon again to the one it is believed has attained the Mandate of Heaven.

Poltical Divisions

Huaxia today is divided into sixteen zhou (provinces). Those are in turn divided into several jun (commanderies), when are further divided into three or four xian (counties).

Provinces and their subdivisions include:

Zhou [州]

Jun [郡]

Xian [縣]

Name Yunyan Capital
Name Yunyan Name Yunyan Name Yunyan
Angzhou 昂州 Gongwu 共舞
Baozhou 宝州
Hanzhou 汗州 Tongtong 統統
Jinzhou 金州 Songqi 送氣
Mingzhou 名州 Hongqian 弘前
Mozhou 魔州
Qinzhou 琴州
Shuzhou 書州
Songzhou 頌州 Zhengdu 整度
Suizhou 穗州 Shenyun 神韻
Tangzhou 堂州 Hongshan 紅山
Tianzhou 甜州
Weizhou 味州
Wuzhou 五州
Xiazhou 轄州 Jiaju 家居
Yuanzhou 原州 Hangzhai 航窄

Confederation of Jingling

Jingling flag
Capital: Toron's Grove
Government: Hegemonic Confederated Elective Absolute Tribal Monarchy
Head of State: Syl-Tynajar (fem. Syl-Tynajil)
Head of Government: Rinv
Legislature: High Council
Demonym: Jinglinese
Currency: Bloom

The Confederation of Jingling is a large confederated Wood Elven tribal kingdom occupying the dense Conglin Jungles in southern Shenzhou, the central subcontinent of Marlakcor.

It borders Zhonghua to the east, Huaxia to the north via the Mu Jingling Peninsula, and shares maritime borders with Raimei to the west across the Conglin Sea.

Jingling is a collection of nearly two hundred autonomous tribal chiefdoms pledging fealty to the king, and therefore isn't wholly united. Consequently, internal conflicts, ranging from inter-clan disputes to all-out-war, are a common occurrence.

Empire of Joseon

Joseon flag
Capital: Goguryeo
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Taewang
Head of Government: Taewang
Legislature: Jegug Uihoe
Demonym: Joseonite
Currency: Mun, Yang, Won

The Empire of Joseon is an island nation, occupying the island of the same name, in the northwest corner of Manzhou, the northern lands of Jiangshan, the western subcontinent of Marlakcor. It shares maritime borders with Morokoshi of Yamatai to the south and Huaxia to the east.

Once controlling great swathes of the northern half of the western continent, down to the north side of the Isthmus of Caihong at least, Joseon, the homeland of the Seomin people, was once the dominant nations on western lands of Marlakcor, and seemed primed for ultimate domination before Huaxia invaded. As a result of the Huaxian Wars of Conquest, Joseon was reduced to the island from whence it originated. Unlike Tibet and now-defunct Daludao, Joseon managed to stave off the threat of invasion and retain full sovereignty.

Empire of Nanyue

Nanyue flag
Capital: Sanoigon
Government: Hereditary Absolute Monarchy
Head of State: Vuong
Head of Government: Vuong
Legislature: none
Demonym: Nanyese
Currency: Van

The Empire of Nanyue is a monarchical island nation, occupying the tropical jungle island of the same name, in the Xich Dao Sea of southern Marlakcor. It shares maritime borders solely with Raimei to the west.

Empire of Raimei

Raimei flag
Capital: Hekireki
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Raikō-tei [雷光帝]
Head of Government: Raikō-tei
Legislature: None
Demonym: Raimese
Currency: Hansatsu, Koban, Nibuban, Ichibuban, Tsuho

The Empire of Raimei, sometimes known as the Thunder Empire elsewhere, is a large monarchical state in southwestern Marlakcor, occupying much of Manzi, the southern lands of Jiangshan, the western subcontinent of Marlakcor.

Raimei borders Morokoshi to the west, Huaxia to the north via the Isthmus of Caihong, and shares maritime borders with Jingling to the east across the Conglin Sea, and Nanyue to the southeast via its island territories in the Xich Dao Sea, and Siam to the south across the Keiyrti Channel.

Raimei was once part of Yamato-Morokoshi , and therefore sovereign territory of Yamatai, until a rebellion led by one renegade clan, the Sanda clan, established the new independent empire, which took ten years of war, now known as the Raimese War for Independence (4235 AFZ – 4245), to achieve.

Raimei remains at odds with Yamatai, and have fought several wars with the empire since its founding, but careful diplomacy has prevented the empires from outright destroying each other. The Sanda clan still rules Raimei to this day.

As an empire made up of lands that were formerly part of Siam, Raimei has it's own unique culture that is a blend of both Wajin and Siamese culture.

Nation of Renyu Dao

Renyu Dao flag
Capital: Yai
Government: Elective Absolute Monarchy
Head of State: Patriarch/Matriarch
Head of Government: Patriarch/Matriarch
Legislature: Council
Demonym: Renyan
Currency: Jinbi, Yinbi, Tongbi, Tiebi

The Nation of Renyu Dao is an island nation, occupying the island of the same name in the Xich Dao Sea of southern Marlakcor, sharing maritime borders with solely Zhonghua.

Renyu Dao is a nation where merpeople live alongside humans in harmony. Renyu Dao was originally founded when a clan of humans got washed up on the shores, and have lived alongside the merfolk together in harmony from then on.

When Zhonghua expanded to their waters, they at first signed a treaty to come under Zhonghuan sovereignty, but pulled out of the confederacy less than a year later. The separation wasn't welcomed at first, leading to a brief military confrontation, but Zhonghua's government caved in and drew back within weeks.

Kingdom of Shayuwei Dao

Shayuwei Dao flag
Capital: Shaqi
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Wang
Head of Government: Wang
Legislature: None
Demonym: Shayu
Currency: Jinbi, Yinbi, Tongbi, Tiebi

The Kingdom of Shayuwei Dao is and island nation on the southern half of the island of the same name in the Sinolatin Sea off of Shenzhou in western Marlakcor. The kingdom shares borders with the Roman provinces of Serica to the north, to whom it is a suzerainty.

Shayuwei Dao was once in full control of the island upon which it resides. As Zhonghua expanded, Shayuwei Dao rejected all offers to join the expanding confederacy and even managed to repel an invasion when negotiations turned hostile. After the only war it ever fought with Zhonghua, Shayuwei Dao experienced a golden age of prosperity due to the soon established trade and military alliance that followed a change of management to both nations. However, this ended with the invasions of Rome.

When Rome exerted its control of western Marlakcor, Shayuwei Dao was no exception to the ever opportunistic Roman Empire. After losing almost half the island to the invaders, Shayuwei Dao signed a submissive peace treaty with Rome, retaining nominal sovereignty while still a vassal of the empire.

Kingdom of Siam

Siam flag
Capital: Thonburi
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Rama
Head of Government: Rama
Legislature: None
Demonym: Siamese
Currency: Dok Chan, Pod Duang, Namo

The Kingdom of Siam is an island nation, occupying the island of the same name, off the southern coast of Manzi, the southern division of Jiangshan, in southwest Marlakcor. Siam shares maritime borders solely with Raimei to the north across the Keiyrti Channel.

It once occupied great swathes of the southern portion of the western continent, once stretching to the Isthmus of Caihong, at one time bordering Huaxia, but invasions by Yamatai and the Yamato-Saimese War (4120 AFZ – 4131) led it to recede from the mainland as Yamatai established Morokoshi.

When the Sanda clan rebelled against Toyotomi rule a century later, separating from Morokoshi and establishing the Empire of Raimei, Siam managed to diplomatically stay out of the conflict, and fostered a trade relationship with both empires. Since then, it has served also a diplomatic medium between the two empires.

Empire of Tibet

Capital: Lhasa
Government: Hereditary Absolute Monarchy
Head of State: Tsenpo
Head of Government: Tsenpo
Legislature: None
Demonym: Tibetan
Currency: Tangka, Srang, Skar

The Empire of Tibet is an island nation, occupying the mountainous tundra island of the same name in the Sea of Hanleng in northern Marlakcor, off the northwest coast of Liao, the northern subcontinent. It shares maritime borders solely with Huaxia to the south.

Tibet was once one of nations dominating the high mountains and tundras of the northern continent before Huaxia invaded, the other being the now-defunct Khaganate of Khitai. Tibet once controlled the western half of the northern continent, up to the isthmus separating Gui Bay from the Gulf of Shule, while the Khaganate of Khitai controlled the rest of the eastern half. These two powers fought for land and power on-and-off for nearly five centuries before Huaxia invaded.

As a result of the Huaxian Wars of Conquest, Tibet was reduced to the island from whence it originated, while Khitai has ceased to exist. Tibet has since become a suzerainty of Huaxia in the face of the ferocity of the Huaxian Imperial Army & Navy and the threat of invasion.

Being a cold country of mostly tundra and mountain, similarly to the northern mainland, Tibet has only a small amount of fertile land for farming and is mostly dependent on the sea and imports for food, but has a large economy thanks to rich mining on the island and elsewhere.

While still in a tense diplomatic relationship with Huaxia, Tibet also maintains the rights to mine certain areas within Huaxia's borders on the northern mainland, in exchange for Huaxia receiving 25% of the profits as tribute annually.

Hegmonic Confederation of Zhonghua

Zhonghua flag
Capital: Luoyang
Government: Hegemonic Confederated Parliamentary Quasi-Federal Hereditary Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Zuigao Wang
Head of Government: Zhengfu Buzhang
Legislature: Canyiyuan
Demonym: Zhonghuan
Currency: Jiaozi, Guanzi, Huizi, Jinbi, Yinbi, Tongbi, Tiebi

The Hegemonic Confederation of Zhonghua, also known locally as Baquan Banglian de Dongnan [Southeastern Hegemonic Confederation], or simply The Southeastern Kingdoms, is a large state in southeast Shenzhou, the central subcontinent of Marlakcor. It borders Huaxia to the north, and the Wood Elven kingdom of Jingling to the west. It also shares borders with the Serica Provinciae of Rome to the north, the border marked by Mulan's Wall. Down south, it shares maritime borders with the island Nation of Renyu Dao, which was briefly part of the confederacy before it seceded in favor of retaining independence. It also holds sovereignty over the archipelagic state of Long Qundao (the western half of the Dragon Islands) in Maritymir.

On the northern land border with Huaxia and down and northwestern coast, spaced varyingly (mostly between ten to twenty miles), are a series of fortresses and castles that defend the empire from invasion. The ones along the border with Huaxia were built in the aftermath of the last great war with Huaxia. The ones along the northwestern coast are relatively recent constructions. When Huaxia solidified its grip on the Laoying Peninsula, the fortifications were constructed down the northwestern coast. The final fortress, dubbed Bianjie Castle, situated almost right on the border with Jingling, also serves as one of several border crossing points between Zhonghua and Jingling. The northernmost of these fortresses is Qingwa Castle, which is also the westernmost fortress along the northern border fortifications.

To the east along the border with the Serica Provinciae of Rome stands Mulan's Wall, named for Li Mulan, the legendary female general who spearheaded the defense of Zhonghua during the Roman Invasion, and also led the recapture of much of the occupied territories before the wall's construction, and served as the wall's architect. These massive fortifications of 25m-high stone walls, fortresses and castles, which runs along the entire length of the border and took nearly ten years each to build, were constructed to prevent any further invasion by Rome. Mulan's Wall was built some centuries later in the wake of the Roman Invasion of Zhonghua. Mulan's Wall, blocks any further invasion by sea via some other fortifications along the coasts beyond the wall's end points, known respectively as Xiang-xi Castle and Nanchao Watch.

The wall has fulfilled its purpose throughout its existence.

History

Zhonghua whole

The whole of modern Zhonghua.

Modern Zhonghua was originally many dozens of independent kingdoms, dukedoms, counties and city-states struggling for land and dominance. But in the face of Huaxian aggression and expansion during the Huaxian Wars of Conquest, many of the northern states banded together to resist the expansion of Huaxia, eventually becoming a united confederated state.

However, the wars with Huaxia were met with repeated defeats on the battlefield, and Zhonghua was pushed back until it was ultimately defeated.

Much of modern Zhonghua (mostly the north and central area; Huaxia never reached very far south) remained under Huaxian rule for first few hundred years. It wasn't until the Crisis of the Fourth Century that states of former Zhonghua found a chance to revolt, now known to history as the Red Turban Rebellion. By the time the Crisis ended, Zhonghua had restored its former method of governance and conquered up to the edge of Jing bu Xibei (what is now northwestern Zhonghua).

The first true peace treaty ended with Huaxia still in control of Jing bu Xibei.

While originally a directorial confederation in which all lords have equal say, the confederation eventually turned hegemonic, with the ruler of Lan Kingdom taking the role as hegemon under the title of Zuigao Wang.

A few centuries after the peace treaty that left Huaxia in control of Jing bu Xibei, during one civil war when Huaxia descended into chaos (known in Huaxia as the War of the Seven Emperors), Zhonghua seized the chance to reconquer the region from Huaxia, and did so with minimal resistance, achieving its modern northern and western borders. Aside from that, Zhonghua has mostly avoided taking advantage or getting involved in Huaxia's near-constant internal strife.

Even while going to war with Huaxia on and off for centuries, they turned their attentions toward expanding west and south, uniting many other states and tribes under their banner through treaty and conquest, eventually expanding into northern Maritymir. Zhonghua remains at odds with Huaxia to this day, and the two powers go to war almost every other decade for one reason or another. Its relations with the Wood Elves of Jingling are cold too, but diplomacy has avoided too many wars.

Zhonghua eventually lost some of its northeastern territories to Rome. While Zhonghua anticipated an invasion when Rome all but defeated Huaxia, it was still unable to resist the ferocity of the Imperial Roman Army in the initial invasion, despite years of preparation. This changed when a female warrior, known to history as Li Mulan [李木蘭], came to prominence. Li Mulan, an ethnic Haiyuan noblewoman of Huaxian birth, had been taken as a war slave by a Roman officer during the invasion. During her time as a slave – after learning their language – she learned all about Roman war tactics both from watching the battles from afar and from listening to the Roman commanders talk. After managing to escape, she disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Zhonghuan army. Her determination and mettle allowed her to quickly rise through the ranks until she became a general.

Once a general, Mulan took charge of an army and, using her knowledge of Roman war strategies, her widely successful anti-Roman tactics allowed her to turn the tide of the war, culminating when she fully defended against the Roman army in a decisive battle that changed history forever, now known to history as the Battle of Qiuling Pingyuan. Mulan's true gender was accidentally exposed not long after, but her loyal troops defended her from any punishment. The Zuigao Wang – known to history as Chang Guizhou [常規週] – was so impressed with her and her record that he let her retain her position and rank. Mulan then led another successful campaign that saw the reclamation of much territory before a peace treaty ending the war was signed.

Governance & Politics

Zhonghua is divided into many territories termed one of several things depending on rank upon accession to the confederation. From highest to lowest they are:

  • Wangguo (ruled by a hereditary Wang)
  • Gongguo (ruled by a hereditary Gong)
  • Jun (ruled by a hereditary Hou)
  • Xian (ruled by a hereditary Bo)
  • Tai (governed by an elected Zhishi)
  • Chengbang (a single city and surrounding territory governed by an elected Zhangguan)
  • Junqu (a military region along Mulan's Wall or the fortress regions along the borders and northwestern seaboard. Each are governed by a Zhong-jiang, a military rank)

Constituent Territories

Kami Islands (Yamatai)

Kami Islands flag
Capital: Aki no Machi
Government: Imperial Appointed Magistracy
Head of State: Tennō of Yamatai
Head of Government: Bugyō
Legislature: High Council
Demonym: Kamio
Currency: Hansatsu, Koban, Nibuban, Ichibuban, Tsuho

The Kami Islands Kuiki is an archipelagic state owned by Yamatai in the Sea of Shinko in the northwestern waters of Marlakcor.

Morokoshi (Yamatai)

Yamatai flag
Government: Hereditary Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Tennō of Yamatai
Currency: Hansatsu, Koban, Nibuban, Ichibuban, Tsuho

Morokoshi the the collective term for the Ryōiki (regions) and Bundans (Chapters) of the Yamato Empire on Jiangshan, the western subcontinent of Marlakcor, taking up great portions of both Manzhou and Manzi, and two large islands between them.

The easternmost lands of the empire, Morokoshi borders Huaxia and Raimei to the east, and sharing maritime borders with Joseon to the north. It was first established as a result of Yamatai's Invasions of Marlakcor (4010 AFZ – 4100), which in turn sparked the First Yamato-Huaxian War (4010 AFZ – 4019). Over the course of the conflicts, Yamatai conquered the states referred to as the Western Kingdoms, which included some of Huaxia's vassals, and the much of Huaxia's western territories. The Third Yamato-Huaxian War (4100 AFZ – 4112) ended with Morokoshi's furthest northern and eastward expansion into the westernmost parts of the western continent, and resulted in the construction of the Great Wall of Manzhou by Hauxia, preventing any further expansion. Yamatai instead turned its attentions to the southern lands, and several wars with Siam over several generations led to the conquest of the entire southern portion of the western continent.

Some time after, Morokoshi then experienced an insurrection in the southeast by Yamato settlers, led by the Sanda clan, rivals of the Toyotomi clan, which led to the Raimese War for Independence (4235 AFZ – 4245), and the establishment of the separate Empire of Raimei. Morokoshi remain at odds with Huaxia and Raimei, yet has managed to secure a relatively peaceful existence in Marlakcor.

Like the main empire in Fuso, Morokoshi are divided into several Ryōiki ruled by an appointed Sōtoku [総督] pledging fealty to the Tennō of Yamatai, and smaller Bundans [分団] ruled by Chiji [知事]. Some clans and daimyōs are from Fuso, whether by immigration or land grants. Other daimyōs, particularly the western ones, are more local compared to the clans of Fuso, as the majority are descendants of families that cooperated, and even helped, the invading Yamato Imperial Armies during Yamatai's Invasions of Marlakcor; many even adopted Yamato customs and traditions, and even their religion, to varying extents.

Samui Shima (Yamatai)

Samui shima flag
Capital: Fuyumachi
Government: Imperial Appointed Magistracy
Head of State: Tennō of Yamatai
Head of Government: Bugyō
Legislature: High Council
Demonym: n/a
Currency: Hansatsu, Koban, Nibuban, Ichibuban, Tsuho

Samui Shima Kuiki is an island owned by Yamatai in the Sea of Kori Bing. Residing in the far northern waters of Marlakcor, it is the northernmost land of the empire. Being so far north, Samui Shima is immensely cold.

Serica Provinciae (Rome)

Rome flag
Government: Imperial Appointed Viceroyalties
Head of State: Augustus of Rome
Heads of Government: Proconsuls & Vicaruses
Legislatures: none
Demonym: Serican (also others, varying by province)
Currency: Aureus, Denarius, Sestertius, Dupondius, As

Serica is the collective name of the is a colonies & provinces of the Roman Empire in Marlakcor, occupying a cluster of islands and a part of the mainland in eastern Marlakcor on the west side of the Sinolatin Sea. Serica shares borders with Huaxia to the north and west, and Zhonghua to the south in western Shenzhou, the central subcontinent. Via Qiu Island, Serica also shares maritime borders with the Holy City of Dong Long. And on Shayuwei Island, Serica borders the kingdom of the same name, which is now a suzerainty of the Roman Empire.

Serica occupies the island of Daludao (the easternmost island), most of the Island of Shengfen (the land closest to the mainland) save for the western peninsula and just beyond it, along with a cluster of islands in between them. Northward, it occupies the two southern peninsulas of Qiu Island, separated by territory still controlled by Huaxia. Serica also controls parts of the mainland just south of Shengfen, namely the Pingfang and Tuoyuan peninsulas and some lands just beyond it. But the mainland territories end at Mulan's Wall, which was built to stall any further Roman expansion into the mainland. Serica also occupies the northern portion of Shayuwei Island.

The island of Daludao was formerly known as the kingdom of the same name, which was a suzerainty of Huaxia following the Huaxian Wars of Conquest, Serica was established as a result of the Roman Conquest of Daludao.

Suisho (Yamatai)

Yamatai flag
Government: Hereditary Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Tennō of Yamatai
Currency: Koban, Nibuban, Ichibuban, Tsuho

Suisho is the collective name of the easternmost lands of Fuso and the empire proper in the western waters of Marlakcor. Suisho was also the name of one of the states of the Fourteen Kingdoms Period that preceded the Two Hundred Years' War. When the wars broke out, even Suisho was not spared the chaos and also fell apart during the Warring States Period. Suisho was the last lands to fall to Toyotomi rule in the final stages of the Age of Conquest period before a period of peace ensued.

Suisho served as the launchpad for the mainland invasions that began the First Yamato-Huaxian War (4010 AFZ – 4019).

Capitals

Marlakcor capitals

The location of every country's capital. Note: the Suisho Islands, Morokoshi and Serica Provinciae don't have capitals because they're subject to their owning countries' primary political systems.

Notes & Trivia

  • The demonym for people from Marlakcor is "Marlakcese".
  • Marlakcor and Tianxia come from two separate sources:
    • Marlakcor, the foreign exonym for the continent, originated from the Yanyu phrase "Maran la kecheng o ren" [罵人啦課程哦人], which roughly translates as "Oh course people curse it", which was then shortened to Marlakcor. Historians and linguists believe this happened due to a miscommunication between translators at some point in the past.
    • Tianxia [天下], the local endonym for the continent, which roughly means "all under heaven", came from the historical belief that the farthest shores of the continent and those of the cloestest islands, were the edge of the world.
  • TJQ & TJH are the initials used for the common era and prior era, repectively, of the Tuzhu Calendar, while AFZ & BFZ are the initials used for the common era and the prior era of the more widely used Zedylric Calendar. Furthermore, there is a 421-year difference between the dates.
  • Marlakcor is roughly divided into three subcontinents, Shenzhou, Liao, and Jiangshan. Shenzhou is the central, and largest, subcontinent divided between Huaxia, Zhonghua and Jingling. Liao is the northern subcontinent, fully controlled by Huaxia; and Jiangshan is the western continent, divided between Huaxia, Yamatai, and Raimei.
    • Shenzhou is further divided into three regions: Zhongyuan, the land occupied by Huaxia; Dongnan, the land occupied by Zhonghua; and Conglin, the land occupied by Jingling and partially by Huaxia.
      • The northwestern part of Dongnan, the part past the narrowest area of Zhonghua's territory, is sometimes referred to as Jing bu Xibei.
    • Liao is further divided into western and eastern regions known as Yuan and Khitai respectively. They are divided at what is known as the Guixiong Corridor, the narrowest region of the subcontinent.
    • Jiangshan is further divided into northern and southern regions known as Manzhou and Manzi respectively. They are divided at the Isthmus of Caihong [彩虹], the narrowest point of the subcontinent.
      • the body of water on the west side of the isthmus is known as Dalpaeng-i Bay, which is a part of the Yazuishou Sea further westward.
    • Within the space between northern and southern Shenzhou is a body of water known as the Zhuhong Sea.
    • The northern sea between Shenzhou and Jiangshan is known as the Zhongyang Sea, which deviates northward into the Sea of Udeung to the west and the Sea of Xaio to the east.
      • The Sea of Udeung separates Jiangshan from Liao.
      • The Sea of Xaio, followed by the Xiong Sea separate Shenzhou from Liao. The Sea of Xiao and the Xiong Sea are separated from each other by the Shumiao Strait, the narrowest point between them.
    • The southern sea between Shenzhou and Jiangshan is known as the Conglin Sea.
      • The Zhongyang Sea and the Conglin Sea are divided by what's known as the Yinghao Strait, the narrowest point between them.
    • The island of Siam is sometimes considered part of Jiangshan, but modern cartographers still dispute this.
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