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Marlakcor
Marlakcor, also known as Tianxia (天下) locally, is the northeastern continent of Qirsyllviar.

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 locally 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 huangdi 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 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 & Chengxiang
Legislature: Guohui
Demonym: Huaxian
Currency: Jiaozi, Guanzi, Huizi, Jinlong, Yinhu, Tongying, Tiegui

Huaxia Diguo (華夏帝國/Empire of Huaxia) is the dominant, and largest, state on Marlakcor. Huaxia is often known locally by whichever dynasty is currently ruling it, while the common name for the country remains prevalent for foreigners, at least for diplomatic purposes.

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 Daludao Wangguo (大陸島王國) 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 Huangdi 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 wangguo (王國/kingdoms) in what is now the Zhongyuan Region thousands of 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 an era historians call the Summer & Winter Period (夏季和冬季). The previous recorded dynasties prior to Mo were, in practice, just fragile hegemonic alliances under the lordship of a stronger state. The Mo dynasty, a kingdom of magic ruled by magicians, was the first kingdom to exercise centralized authority over the rest of the kingdoms, and lasted longer than any dynasty in Huaxian history. In its initial founding, Mo held supreme authority over the other kingdoms; however, during the final century of its reign, the Mo dynasty lost control over the constituent kingdoms as the poor first experiments and attempts at bureaucracy cost the king and his court their authority, and the loss of influence cost the central authorities its control over the rest of the kingdoms. While the Mo dynasty didn't actually collapse until near the end of the ensuing period of civil war, the instability triggered the beginning of an era of near constant warfare, shifting alliances, and brief periods of peace between conflicts; a period of chaos and civil war known to history as the Warring States Period.

States of the Warring States Period:
Kingdom Origin of Name Ruling Family Flag/Emblem
Major States
These states were the major contenders of the Warring States Period.
Baolan
寶藍
Noble Title
Cui
Noble Title Ping
Also called Gu Cui (古翠) by historians to distinguish it from the modern dynasty.
Feng
Tribe name
Guang
Noble Title Tan
Hong
Noble Title Chi
Hong Wangguo seemed prime to dominate until the assassination of its last truly influential wang.
Hupo
琥珀
Noble Title
Huo
Tribe name
Mo
Noble Title Yaoren
妖人
Mo Kingdom flag
Mo Wangguo was a kingdom of magic that today is the namesake of one of the provinces of Huaxia.
Qiu
Tribe name
Shui
Tribe name Fei
Tian
Tribe Name & Noble title Zhi, later the Lan
治, later 藍
Tu
Tribe name
Xiao
Tribe name Yige
一個
Minor states
The states that had little influence or were vassals.
Cao
Noble Title Pi
Vassal of Tian
Xiao Guang
小光
Toponym Xiaotan
小談
Vassal of the main Guang Wangguo.

The ruling family was a cadet branch of the Tan clan.

He
Toponym
Vassal of Shui
Liu
Tribe name Bei
Vassal of Tian
Mai
Tribe name
Shu
Toponym
Vassal of Mo
Sun
Noble Title Jian
Vassal of Tian
Wei
Tribe name Wu
Vassal of Mo
Wu
Noble Title
Vassal of Mo
Xing
Noble Title

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 Tian Wangguo – whom was also an alleged descendant of Xiangrikui Gongchen – 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 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 (皇帝/Emperor). His posthumous name was Chuangjian Huangdi (創見皇帝) and his temple name Kaiguo Haungdi (開國皇帝), but his is also known in history as Tian Shou Huangdi (天首皇帝). His conquests ended the Warring States Period and the Summer & Winter Period in one stroke and began the Early Imperial Era.

The early imperial dynasties up to the Sang dynasty, only ruled areas of the modern-day Zhongyuan Region. Later dynasties from the Rao dynasty onward began expanding Huaxia beyond its cradle of civilization. In the subsequent Huaxian Wars of Conquest, which lasted hundreds of years with varying periods of peace, Huaxia expanded in every direction and grew into one of the largest and wealthiest empires on Qirsyllviar. (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 Bing, a northern secessionist kingdom. Cui is the latest of many dynasties that have ruled all or part of Huaxia.

The empire has a chaotic history of various pretender dynasties, breakaway states, or usurpations by rebellion or coup d'état, and many other types of crises besides. For example, the Lang dynasty, the semi-legendary first organized dynasty, prior-founding Huaxia, collapsed and was usurped by the Cong dynasty only twenty-six years after its inauguration, 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 Re dynasty, the first dynasty of the Summer & Winter Period.

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 huangdi abdicated in favor of a favored person or named such a person as his sole heir. This was usually done if the reigning huangdi felt that he was going to inevitably pass on without leaving a valid heir (such as a son, nephew, cousin or brother), 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, especially so if the nearest relatives of the last huangdi (such as a nephew, cousin or brother) made claims to the throne.

Founders of several dynasties were descendants of great heroes from Huaxian history and/or folklore; i.e, the founders of five different dynasties were allegedly 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 crises many times in the past.

These periods of chaos have become known, in chronological order, as:
Crisis Name Duration
From To
Imperial Schism 帝國分裂 125BFZ 119BFZ
346TJH 302TJH
A massive civil war that erupted when a member of a three-generation-old split in the imperial line of the Chang dynasty declared himself huangdi of the self-proclaimed Can dynasty.
Four Kingdoms Period 四國 1118AFZ 1168AFZ
1539TJH 1589TJH
This period happened as the the Zhai dynasty came to a close. The Zhai dynasty was one of Huaxia's golden ages up until at least a genration prior to this period. By this time Huaxia controlled the central southern lands of Liao and was just dipping its toes into Manzhou (said territores were lost during the period but reconqured during the Quan dynasty). The origins of the period take root some years prior the final Zhai huangdi's abdication.
  • During and in the wake of a nationwide uprising known as the Black Turban Rebellion (黑巾之亂/Heijin zhi luan) – allegedly contrived by the Tuzhu branch of the Chaos Order – the power of the huangdi diminished into the hands of regional warlords, squabbling court officials and then a tyrannical chengxiang (chancellor).
    • Said tyrannical chengxiang is known to history as Huai Gui (壞鬼): styled Yaoguai (妖怪). Huai Gui ascended to power when he, on the advice of another general and statesman, brought his army into the capital to eliminate the court eunuchs who were usurping the power of the imperial court. With his loyal army and retainers backing him, Huai Gui proceeded to assassinate Huangdi Zhamen (寨閘門皇帝): aka Wei Sui (為歲), and several generals and officals loyal to him. He then enthroned the 7-year-old Wei Anzi (為安子) as Huangdi Anghong (寨昂宏皇帝), though the child hunagdi was little more than a puppet. Through Huangdi Anghong, Huai Gui was in effective control of the court and the empire, making him huangdi in all but name.
    • A punitive expedition against Huai Gui was initiated by a coalition of twenty regional warlords, most of whom were either military veterans – some of whom took part in defeating the Black Turban Rebellion – or powerful noblemen, but said coalition fell apart after just a few victories. This was mainly in part because each warlord had their own agendas and ambitions, leading them to scheme against each other. Worse yet, only a few of them had any intention of trying to restore the Zhai dynasty to glory; the rest sought to carve out a piece of the empire for themselves in the chaos they knew was to follow.
  • With Huai Gui's tyranny rampant, the dynasty faltered into the chaos of civil war between dozens of regional warlords – mostly the ones who participated in the coalition, but also some others – in a bid for power and hegemony over the realm. Even Huai Gui's eventual assassination three years after the coalition fell apart – at the hands of his adopted son and future warlord Qishi Ying (騎士鷹): styled Fenghuang (鳳凰) – which just in time prevented him from usurping the throne, did nothing to quell the unrest.
  • A few short years following the death of Huai Gui, Huangdi Anghong came under control of a major warlord named Kong Song (孔誦), who used the huangdi and his new status as the chengxiang and the new head of the Zhai central government as a basis to assume control the rest of Huaxia as the de facto ruler of the empire. Many warlords resisted this and soon Kong Song was waging campaigns against them to restore central authority.
  • Over the course of at least at least three decades (historians debate the actual duration), most of the warlords fell to one another 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: Gan, Tai-Zhai, Lu, & Zan.
    • During the conflicts before the rise of the four kingdoms, 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 (寇亮皇後). 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 against Huai Gui. Lin Lin's self-proclaimed dynasty was defeated by a new coalition after only five years on her self-proclaimed throne. While the imperial seal was recovered, Lin Lin vanished following her final defeat.
  • Following the death of Kong Song, who by then had assumed the title of King of Gan and controlled a great portion of the Huaxian Empire of the time, the Zhai dynasty finally ended with the forced abdication of Huangdi Anghong to Kong Hao (孔好), Kong Song's son and successor.
  • Later the rulers of the other three kingdoms, one after another, declared themselves huangdi 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 by the She clan.

States of the Four Kingdoms Period
Kingdom From To Term Rulers
Name Ruling Family Founder Final Ruler
Gan
Kong
1118AFZ 1160AFZ 42yrs Huangdi Gengxin
更新皇帝
Kong Eran
孔愕然
1539TJH 1581TJH
Gan Wangguo – also known as Kong Gan (孔感) or Bei Gan (北感/Northern Gan) – was the first to declare its own emperorship after Kong Hao – known thereafter as Huangdi Gengxin (更新皇帝) – forced Huangdi Anghong to abdicate to him, ending the Zhai dynasty.
  • Gan Wangguo had five emeprors during its 42-year reign, as Kong Hao and his successors had a history of health problems – believed to be resultant of the incestuous breeding practices of the Kong clan – that resulted in early deaths and a quick succession of huangdi.
    • Consequently, this also resulted in the She clan, longtime subordinates of the Kong, in amassing more and more power until they reigned as regents for the final two huangdi.

Seven years after conquering Tai-Zhai, Gan was usurped by the Quan dynasty under She Rui (蛇瑞) – known to history as Huangdi Shanyu (善于皇帝), following the forced abdication of Huangdi Kong Eran (孔愕然).

  • She Rui was the grandson of She Jian (蛇檢), whom was the closest advisor to Chengxiang Kong Song. Starting from the reign of Kong Hao, She Jian laid the foundation for the She to ascend to power.
  • With the She clan firmly in power, the new Quan dynasty proceeded to conquer Lu and Zan.
Tai-Zhai
鈦寨
Wei
1118AFZ 1153AFZ 35yrs Haungdi Qianbei
謙卑皇帝
Haungdi Heshan
和善皇帝
1539TJH 1574TJH
Tai-Zhai was the second kingdom to declare emperorship, yet it was 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 the kingdom "Tai" to distinguish it from the proper dynasty.
  • Said founder was Wei San (為散): styled Sangjian (桑劍), also known as Huangdi Qienbei (謙卑皇帝), a warlord of humble origins of the preceding civil wars and a distant relative of Wei Anzi, hailed as the "Imperial Uncle."
    • He was well known for going almost everywhere with his two sworn brothers, Gang De (鋼德): styled Yongling (永靈), He Gan (河紺): styled Fengbao (風暴), and sworn sister, Wen Li (聞李): styled Ningjing (寧靜), whom were his most trusted generals and compatriots. His other most trusted ally was the legendary strategist Fanwei Mingzhi (範圍明智)
      • Additionally, Gang De was the Lunaculus of Marlakcor of the time and was Tai-Zhai's top general, keeping Gan Wangguo and Zan Wangguo at bay with his reputation and prowess in battle, and won many victories in the name of his lord & sworn brother.
    • Gang De died in the Battle of Jinghai against Zan Wangguo in 1130AFZ (1551TJH). He was survived by his three daugthers.
    • Wei San passed on as well from illness less than a year later. He was survived by his six children, two sons & four dughters
      • Among them was his second son and chosen successor Wei Fu (為福): styled Longta (龍獺), also known as Huangdi Heshan (和善皇帝).
    • He Gan died of illness a few months after Wei San. He was survived by his three sons.
    • Wen Li died in childbirth giving birth to her youngest child in 1135AFZ (1556TJH). She was survived by her four children, a daughter and three sons.
  • After the death of Wei San and his sworn brothers and sister, Fanwei Mingzhi kept Tai-Zhai going on behalf of Wei Fu until his own death in 1143AFZ (1564TJH), an event that most historians regard as the beginning of the end for Tai-Zhai.

With the conquest of Tai-Zhai by Gan Wangguo – which concluded with Wei Fu's abdication following Tai-Zhai's last defeat at the Battle of Nanting – it was the first kingdom to fall, ending the last vestiges of the Zhai dynasty for good and dashing any hopes of restoration.

Lu
Xue
1119AFZ 1167AFZ 48yrs Huangdi Han of Lu
路含皇帝
1540TJH 1588TJH
Lu Wangguo, also known as Xue Lu (雪路) or Dong Lu (東路/Eastern Lu), as it was the easternmost fo the four kingdoms. Lu was also the only kingdom whose ruler was a race other than a human, a faun in this case.

Although it was the third kingdom to declare an emeprorship, Lu was really only following suit to the previous two declarations and pretty much stayed out of the conflict between the three other states. Additionally, while Zan resisted Quan to its last breath, Lu's sole huangdi – known to history as Xue Han (雪含), or Huangdi Han of Lu (路含皇帝) – willingly abdicated rather than risk a subtantial loss of life.

Zan
Chan
1125AFZ 1168AFZ 43yrs Hunagdi Jinyue of Zan
攢勁樂皇帝
1546TJH 1589TJH
Zan Wangguo, also known as Chan Zan (纏攢) or Xi Zan (西攢/Western Zan) to distinguish it from the later dynasty of the later Middle Imperial Era, as it was the westernmost of the four kingdoms. Zan Wangguo's ruler was he last one to declare himself huangdi.

For a several years, the King of Zan, Chan Yue (纏越), later known as Huangdi Jinyue of Zan (攢勁樂皇帝), submitted to Gan Wangguo as a vassal in the face of the aggression of Tai-Zhai Wangguo over past disputes, but proclaimed emperorship in the wake of the death of Kong Dong (孔懂) – the second Huangdi of Gan – at the Battle of Hongdu against Tai-Zhai Wangguo.

Zan Wangguo was the last to declare emperorship and the last fall, resisting submission to the Quan dynasty to its last breath.

Prominent warlords and their vassals of the era
Warlords
Name Style Notes, Fate & Legacy
Chan Kan
纏看
Yingxiong
英雄
Participated in the Coalition against Huai Gui. Died at the Battle of Anbian following the coalition's failure. Succeeded by his eldest daughter, Chan Ming. Posthumously honored as Huangdi Ge of Zan (攢鴿皇帝), with the temple name Dazu Haungdi, following Chan Yue's founding of Zan Wangguo
Chan Ming
纏名
Nujie
女傑
Daughter of Chan Kan. Suceeded her father afte his death.

Assassinated by unknown assailents. Suceeded by her younger brother, Chan Yue.

Chan Yue
纏越
Shijian
時間
Son & younger brother of late warlords Chan Kan & Chan Ming respectively. Suceeded Chan Ming upon her death. Later founding Huangdi of Zan. Died of old age.
Yige Mao
亦歌毛
Shashou
殺手
Original founder and leader of the Coalition against Huai Gui and half-brother of Yige Ming.

Defeated in battle by Kong Song and later died of his injuries.

Survived by his four sons, who fought each other later and were too defeated by Kong Song.

Yige Ming
亦歌瞑
Nenya
嫩芽
Half-brother of Yige Mao. Died of his wounds following a defeat against Yige Mao.

Survived by his three sons and two daughters, all of whom pledged fealty to Yige Mao.

Kong Song
孔誦
Zhengke
政客
Chengxiang of Zhai. Died of old age. Posthumously honored as Huangdi Meng of Gan (感猛皇帝) with the temmle name Yaozu.
Kong Hao
孔好
Youya
孔好
Son of Kong Song. Chengxiang of Zhai following Kong Song's death. Later the first Huangdi of Gan. Died of illness.
Huai Gui
壞鬼
Yaoguai
妖怪
Tyrannical Chengxiang of Zhai following the Black Turban Rebellion. Assassinated by Qishi Ying.
Nai Xiao
鼐肖
Heyi
盒依
Originally a vassal of Wei San before striking out on his own. Died in the Battle of Lanjing against Yige Mao.
Lin Lin
霖林
Reqing
熱情
Declared herself Huangdi of the self-proclaimed Kou dynasty. Vanished following final defeat.
Qishi Ying
騎士鷹
Fenghuang
鳳凰
Adopted son of Huai Gui. Later assassinated him. Executed by Kong Song following his defeat at the Battle of Yintalou.
She Rui
蛇瑞
Jinjiang
金匠
Originally vassal of the Kong clan of Gan and regent of the kingdom during the reign of the last huangdi of Gan. Usurped the Kong clan and the Gan Wangguo to found the Quan dynasty.
Wei San
為散
Sangjian
桑劍
Imperial scion. Huangdi of Tai-Zhai. Died of illness.
Da Nai
答奈
Yihe
易合
Xue Han
雪含
Bingzhen
冰鎮
Huangdi of Lu. Died of old age following abdication.
Fei Mei
非美
Kaihua
開花
A female warlord and a participant in the Coalition against Huai Gui.

Following the tyannical Chengxiang's death, she conquered almost half of then Huaxia and seemed prime to dominate the empire – even become Huangdi – until she was defeated by Kong Song.

Dying childless (though it was rumored she was pregnant at the time of her death), her domain fell apart between her former subordinates, who became warlords competing to either succeed her legacy or become hegemon themselves.

Yue Liu
月懰
Chanjuan
嬋娟
A female warlord.

A distant cousin and subordinate of Fei Mei, she rose to prominence following the death of the latter. She was one of only a handful of warlords who managed to fight Kong Song to a stalemate.

She later became a subordinate and trusted general of Wei San following a decisive defeat in battle against the forces of Xue Han, whom annexed her lands following her defeat.

She loyally served Tai-Zhai with distinction until her death.

Wei Ru
為儒
Xuezhe
學者
Governor of Kaizhou (a now-defunct province), a distant member of the imperial family, and a participant in the Coalition Against Huai Gui. Defended Kaizhou agaisnt all invaders, in particular the Chan of Zan, until his death.

His sons fought each other for succession following his death. In the end: The younger son, influenced by the nominally subordinate but controlling Ming clan, joined Kong Song and served Gan Wangguo until his death. The eldest died in battle after seeking aide from Chan Yue to repel Kong Song's invasion.

This event split Kaizhou in two until the end of the Four Kingdoms period.

Liang Dan
糧啖
Canyin
餐飲
Participant in the Coalition Against Huai Gui.

Known for his gluttony, he instituted policies in his domain solely for the purpouse of feeding his vanity and coffers, causing his people to suffer.

He was assassinated by his own subordinates when Kong Song made them an offer they couldn't refuse and were only too willing to accept.

Zao Richao
造日超
Jingji
競技
Konger Zao
恐二早
Danliang
膽量
Dan Fu
膽佛
Chengzhi
誠摯
Xin Zhujiao
信主教
Jiaohuang
教皇
A religious leader-turned warlord.
Prominent Subordinates
Name Style Master Notes & Fate
She Jian
蛇檢
Piaobo
漂泊
Kong Song Closest advisor of Kong Song.

Regent of Gan during the reign of Kong Su (孔素) of Gan, the penultimate huangdi of Gan.

Died of old age.

Grandfather of She Rui, founder of the Quan dynasty.

Posthumously honored Huangdi Huanyuan of Quan (圈還原皇帝) with the temple name Dazu.

Gang De
鋼德
Yongling
永靈
Wei San Sworn brother of Wei San. Lunaculus of Marlakcor. Died in the Battle of Jinghai.
He Gan
河紺
Fengbao
風暴
Sworn brother of Wei San. Died of illness.
Wen Li
聞李
Ningjing
寧靜
Sworn sister of Wei San. Died in childbirth.
Fanwei Mingzhi
範圍明智
Tiancai
天才
Master strategist, chengxiang of Tai-Zhai and alleged descendant of Xiangrikui Gongchen. Died of old age.
Wei Fu
為福
Longta
龍獺
Second son of Wei San. Became huangdi of Tai-Zhai following his father's death.
Crisis of the Sixteenth Century 十六世紀的危機 1520AFZ 1576AFZ
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, & Zhao. Peace was finally restored when the Muse dynasty, restored to stability, reconquered the breakaways.
War of the Twelve Princes 十二王子之戰 2154AFZ 2167AFZ
A devastating series of civil wars that occurred during the Kai dynasty – which succeeded the Muse dynasty and, up till then, is one of it's golden ages – and lasted for thirteen years.

The twelve princes – four of whom were princesses, contrary to the name of the conflict – in question fought each other for control of the empire.

Although called the War of the Twelve Princes, it's somewhat of a misnomer: rather than one continuous conflict, the War of the Twelve Princes saw intervals of peace interposed with short and intense periods of internecine conflict. At no point in the whole conflict were all of the twelve princes on one side of the fighting.

The war occurred during the reign of the mentally incompetent Huangdi Ju of Kai (愷句皇帝): personal name Tai Bing (泰冰), styled Bangshou (幫手). Huangdi Ju was developmentally disabled and could not effectively rule. Throughout his reign, there was constant internecine fighting between regents, imperial princes (his siblings, uncles, cousins), and his wife Huanghou Mihan Keyi (晗可以皇後米) for the right to control him (and therefore the imperial administration), causing great suffering for the people and greatly undermining the stability of the Kai regime. Most historians believe and agree that Mihan Keyi provoked the War of the Twelve Princes in an ill-fated attempt to establish supreme hegemony over the realm from behind the throne, or perhapse even usurp the throne herself.

Most of the fighting was either to establish regency over Huangdi Ju or remove Huanghou Keyi from power; but, two of the Princes had to audacity to usurp the throne as emperor when they drove the court from the capital. However, their reigns were brief and are traditionally not counted among the list of emperors.

Another important figure of the time was Huang Taihou Ming Ye (鳴也皇太後): styled Soujia (艘家), second wife of the previous ruler, Huangdi Songhan (愷嵩涵皇帝), and the mother of Huangdi Ju. She sensed that Huanghou Keyi was attempting to usurp power by provoking conflict between the princes and tried to defuse the sitiation before it got out of hand. Tragically, she was assassinated by poison within two years after the conflicts started.

The Twelve Princes of the period were
Prince(ss) Relation to Huangdi Ju Notes & Fate
Name Style Title
Tai Ai
泰愛
Jingling
精灵
Princess Wumei of Qinyi
秦怡嫵媚王妃
Aunt Imprisoned. Released after conflicts & exiled.
Tai Bian
泰便
Yongrong
雍容
Prince Tanzhi of Ti
提彈指王
Uncle Executed.
Tai Cao
泰槽
Songhao
嵩号
Prince Hao of Shangui
善鬼号王
Older brother Killed in Battle.
Tai Fa
泰法
Xiaotao
笑套
Prince Piao of Rongying
荣膺漂王
Second cousin Imprisoned. Died in prison
Tai Han
泰喊
Gongtai
攻台
Prince Yuji of Nanzhou
南粥預計王
Uncle Declared himself huangdi.

Executed.

Tai Ji
泰急
Haojin
耗尽
Prince Rongbei of Yi
以荣北王
Killed in Battle.
Tai Lin
泰霖
Jiaying
加硬
Princess Meiji of Puzhang
鋪張每即王妃
Tai Mian
泰面
Taoli
桃李
Princess Puyin of Kanglong
亢龍普印王妃
Younger half-sister Executed.
Tai Song
泰送
Jiatang
加糖
Prince Tinan of Jiongxiao
囧校題難王
first cousin, once removed Declared himself huangdi.

Forced Suicide.

Tai Qing
泰清
Jimin
机敏
Princess Linyun of Hangzhai
航窄磷孕王妃
Tai Wang
泰网
Erding
而定
Prince Kongxian of Ruicao
瑞肏控先王
Granduncle He was the oldest of the Princes at start of conflicts (78yrs).

Died of old age at 85.

Tai Zi
泰紫
Linmi
林密
Princess Ouran of Shangling
尚翎偶然王妃
Third cousin De facto winner of the War of the Twelve Princes.
Notes
Titles in Shijieyan are read as follows: Location/formal name/prince(ss)

During the conflict, Huanghou Keyi schemed to put one of her favored sons on the throne in place of her husband and rule the empire through him, so she conspired with Tai Song, a prince she favored, to have her elder stepson, the taizi – whom was from a qie (concubine) Huangdi Ju took before he married Keyi, as well as intelligent and long-favored by the people – murdered.

She attempted afterward to have her youngest son named taizi, but the after-effects of the incident backfired on her, as Tai Song used the assassination as an excuse to have her deposed and forced her to commit suicide. Shortly after, Tai Song deposed Huangdi Ju and declared himself huangdi but did not hold power for long. Later that year, another coup was held. Hunagdi Ju was restored to the throne and Tai Song was executed for treason.

At the end of the conflict, Tai Zi held power over the empire as regent, but her victory was short-lived. With the death of Huangdi Ju by poisoning, he was succeeded by his youngest brother, Huangdi Yong (愷永皇帝): personal name Tai Yan (泰眼); styled Huakong (花控). The new huangdi was much more intelligent and tried to initiate reforms to restore the empire, but Tai Zi, as regent, kept him from exercising any real power.

This, combined with the instability brought on from the previous conflict, resulted in a devolution of imperial authority that caused the near-collapse of the empire.

Twenty Kingdoms Period 二十王國 2173AFZ 2313AFZ
Occurred the during the latter half of the Kai dynasty.

In the aftermath of the War of the Twelve Princes – roughly six years give or take – the political order of what was then 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 final overthrow of Kai.

Most of the states of central Huaxia were founded by ethnic Tuzhu peoples, but the states on the fringes of the empire were founded by Tuzhized ethnic Seomins, Khitans and Tibetians still living outside their homelands' borders.

States of the Twenty Kingdoms Period
Kingdom From To Term
Name Origin of Name Ruling Family
Surname Ethnicity
Zi
[tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd] [tbd]
Central, Western & Northern Dynasties 中環西方和北朝 2313AFZ 2519AFZ
Followed the Twenty Kingdoms Period with the final complete collapse of the 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 Hayato or Seomins, while those of the Northern Dynasties were mostly Jilie or Tuzhized Khitans and Tibetans.

States of the Central, Western & Northern Dynasties
Central Dynasties Western Dynasties Northern Dynasties
Central Tan (2313AFZ – ???) [tbd] (2315AFZ – ???) [tbd] (2314AFZ – ???)
[tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???)
Western Tan (??? – ???) Eastern Tan (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???) [tbd] (??? – ???)
Ling (??? – ???) Zan (2493AFZ –

2519AFZ)

[tbd] (??? – ???)
[tbd] (??? – ???) Fang (??? – 2513AFZ) [tbd] (??? – 2519AFZ)
War of the Seven Emperors 七帝之戰 2760AFZ 2770AFZ
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 huangdi, 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 huangdi's drunken temperament and general lack of interest in ruling the empire. Said huangdi is known to history as Mudai Huangdi (木獃皇帝); personal name, Pang Yu (胖与): styled Muren (木人); temple name: Jiuxing.

  • As a result of the succession to the throne of an illegitimate bastard whom was not born to the Jia dynasty's huangdi (as Pang Yu's empress, known to history as Jin Ting (尽挺), decieved him into thinking he was), the late-huangdi's older brother and two brothers proclaimed themselves huangdi of the Jia dynasty and fought the bastard, and each other, for the throne.
    • Said bastard is known to history as Bufa Huangdi (補發皇帝); personal name, Pang Wu (胖吴): styled, Jujue (拒絕).
    • Huangdi Pang Yu's elder brother and younger brothers were:
      • Pang Gou (胖够), styled Wenxian (文獻). Pang Yu's elder brother.
      • Pang Mingce (胖命策), styled Weilian (威廉)
      • Pang Long (胖隆), styled Yadang (亞當)
  • Meanwhile elsewhere, three kings each declared themselves huangdi and independence, both of their provinces and the lands they claimed/conquered.
    • Two were descendants of enfeoffed generals who had been given hereditary titles, one of whom was a vampire; and the third, whom was a human of different ethnicity, was enfeoffed by Mudai Huangdi for his service in the rebellion.
  • As Pang Yu was the sole legally recognized huangdi of the Jia dynasty, most historians consider the reign of Pang Wu, and the war itself, an interregnum.
  • When the war ended ten years later:
    • The bastard Huangdi Wu, all the self-proclaimed huangdi, and most remnants the Jia dynasty's direct imperial house of Pang (those who could possibly make a claim to the throne, including the rest of Huangdi Yu's children) 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 – the first of two faun-ruled dynasties in Huaxia's history.
Six Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms 六朝和十二國記 3559AFZ 3655AFZ
Following the collapse of the Mei dynasty (one of the golden ages in Huaxian history, and the second and last faun-ruled dynasty in Huaxia's history), six dynasties in the Zhongyuan Region succeeded each other one after another, while twelve breakaway states existed concurrently elsewhere.

The Six Dynaties & Twelve Kingdoms Period was the last prolonged period of division in Huaxian history.

Ended with the reunification of Huaxia under the Lin dynasty, the last true golden age in Huaxian history.

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 (throughout the entirety of the Xiu dynasty's reign), Huaxia lost its western vassals and control of its westernmost territories to Hayato conquerors during the Yamato Invasions of Marlakcor (4010AFZ – 4112). In the wake of the Third Yamato-Huaxian War (4100AFZ – 4112) – which Yamatai declared in hopes of taking advantage of the anarchy and aftermath of the Xiu–Ting War – following a peace treaty with the Ting dynasty (which fully usurped the Xiu dynasty in 4102 (4523TJH) following a 14-year civil war), 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 the rulership of Huaxia passed from the Ting dynasty to the Geng dynasty during that time, in part becuase the project was so economically costly that it contributed to the already weak and strained dynasty's collapse), 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 between Yamatai and Huaxia was fought from 4516 to 4523.

Huaxia also lost the former Daludao Wangguo 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 – which is divided into the Early, Middle, and Modern periods – along with the periods of disunity mentioned above, are included in the list below.
Dynasty Ruling House Period of Rule
Name Origin of name Surname Ethnicity Race Start End Term
Semi-Legendary Era
Lang
Tribe name ????? ????? Human
Tong
Tribe name Shang
????? Human ????? ?????
Cong
Tribe name Cai
????? Human ????? ?????
Chi
Tribe name Hong
????? Human ????? ?????
Summer & Winter Period
Re
Tribe name Fu
Weiyan Human 1459BFZ 1374BFZ 85yrs
1038TJQ 953TJQ
Gao
Toponym Chajing
茶晶
Weiyan Human 1375BFZ 1134BFZ 241yrs
954TJQ 713TJQ
Mo
Toponym Wushi
巫師
Weiyan Human 1132BFZ 410BFZ 722yrs
711TJQ 11TJQ
Warring States Period
戰國時期
See Table Above 522BFZ 421BFZ 101yrs
101TJQ 0TJH
Early Imperial Era
早期帝國時代
Zaoqi Diguo Shidai
Tian
Tribe Name & Noble title Lan
Weiyan Human 421BFZ 321BFZ 100yrs
0TJH 100TJH
Nin
Toponym & Noble title Kan
Weiyan Human 324BFZ 286BFZ 38yrs
103TJH 141TJH
Chang
Toponym & Noble title Fa
Weiyan Human 283BFZ 75BFZ 208yrs
138TJH 346TJH
Can
Noble title Fa
Weiyan Human 125BFZ 119BFZ 6yrs
296TJH 302TJH
Jing
Toponym & Noble title Ding
Weiyan Human 75BFZ 7AFZ 82yrs
346TJH 428TJH
Yue
Toponym Qingse
青色
Weiyan Human 6AFZ 306AFZ 300yrs
427TJH 727TJH
Hua
Noble title Fan
Weiyan Human 294AFZ 400AFZ 106yrs
715TJH 821TJH
Sang
Noble title Gua
Weiyan Human 400AFZ 496AFZ 96yrs
821TJH 917TJH
Rao
Noble title Shan
Weiyan Human 496AFZ 598AFZ 102yrs
917TJH 1019TJH
Chao
Noble title Wan
Weiyan Human 598AFZ 611AFZ 13yrs
1019TJH 1032TJH
Shang
Toponym & Noble title Shan
Weiyan Centaur 611AFZ 698AFZ 87yrs
1032TJH 1119TJH
Zhai
Toponym & Noble title Wei
Weiyan Human 699AFZ 1118AFZ 419yrs
1120TJH 1539TJH
Kou
"Bandit" Lin
Jilie Human 1098AFZ 1103AFZ 5yrs
1519TJH 1524TJH
Four Kingdoms
四國
1118AFZ 1168AFZ 50yrs
1539TJH 1589TJH
Gan
Toponym & Noble title Kong
Weiyan Human 1118AFZ 1160AFZ 42yrs
1539TJH 1581TJH
Tai-Zhai
鈦寨
Zhai dynasty Wei
Weiyan Human 1118AFZ 1153AFZ 35yrs
1539TJH 1574TJH
Lu
Noble title Xue
Weiyan Faun 1119AFZ 1167AFZ 48yrs
1540TJH 1588TJH
Zan
Toponym & Noble title Chan
Weiyan Human 1125AFZ 1168AFZ 43yrs
1546TJH 1589TJH
Quan
Toponym & Noble title She
Weiyan Human 1166AFZ 1321AFZ 155yrs
1587TJH 1742TJH
Yan
Noble title Sa
Weiyan Human 1324AFZ 1344AFZ 20yrs
1746TJH 1766TJH
Muse
暮色
"Twilight" Huang
Weiyan Vampire 1342AFZ 1868AFZ 526yrs
1763TJH 2289TJH
Jian
Noble title Tang
Weiyan Human 1520AFZ 1576AFZ 56yrs
1941TJH 1997TJH
Zhao
Toponym & Noble title Yan
Molin Vampire 1523AFZ 1570AFZ 47yrs
1944TJH 1991TJH
Middle Imperial Era
中東帝國時代
Zhongdong Diguo Shidai
Kai
Toponym & Noble title Tai
Weiyan Human 1867AFZ 2313AFZ 446yrs
2288TJH 2734TJH
Twenty Kingdoms
二十王國
2173AFZ 2313AFZ 140yrs
Central Dynasties
中朝
2313AFZ 2519AFZ 206yrs
Central Tan
中探
Toponym Weiyan Human 2313AFZ
Western Tan
西探
Tan dynasty Weiyan Human
Eastern Tan
東探
Tan dynasty Weiyan Human
Ling
Weiyan Human
Zan
Weiyan Human 2493AFZ 2519AFZ 26yrs
Western Dynasties
北朝
2315AFZ 2513AFZ 198yrs
Fang
Chire 2513AFZ
Northern Dynasties
西朝
2314AFZ 2519AFZ 205yrs
[tbd] Jilie 2314AFZ
Zan
Toponym Yang
Weiyan Human 2519AFZ 2616AFZ 97yrs
Qiu
Noble title Long
Weiyan Human 2618AFZ 2744AFZ 126yrs
Jia/Zui
家/醉
Noble title/Insult Pang
Weiyan Human 2743AFZ 2770AFZ 27yrs
Pian
Noble title Sui
Weiyan Human
Nian
Noble title Ren
Weiyan Vampire
Sen
Noble title Na
Pinghuan Human
Ai
Toponym & Noble title Song
Weiyan Faun 2768AFZ 2936AFZ 168yrs
Zhang Chi
張遲
From Chi dynasty Zhang
Weiyan Human 2936AFZ 3056AFZ 120yrs
Gui
Noble title Sikong
司空
Weiyan Centaur 3056AFZ 3258AFZ 202yrs
Mei
"Plum" Luo
Pinghuan Faun 3258AFZ 3559AFZ 301yrs
Six Dynasties
六朝
3559AFZ 3655AFZ 96yrs
Yin
[tbd]
[tbd]
[tbd]
[tbd]
[tbd]
Twelve Kingdoms
十二國記
3559AFZ 3655AFZ 96yrs
Hang
Noble title Human
Sang
Noble title Human
Modern Imperial Era
現代帝國時代
Xiandai Diguo Shidai
Lin
Noble title Feng
Weiyan Human 3655AFZ 4009AFZ 354yrs
Xiu
Noble title Qiao
Weiyan Human 4007AFZ 4102AFZ 95yrs
Ting
Noble title Sha
Weiyan Human 4088AFZ 4155AFZ 67yrs
Geng
Toponym & Noble title Fu
Weiyan Human 4155AFZ 4355AFZ 200yrs
Nao
Toponym Jiao
Weiyan Human 4355AFZ 4481AFZ 126yrs
Huo Bing
火冰
Toponym & Noble title Dongjie
凍結
Jilie 4459AFZ 4485AFZ 26yrs
Cui
Toponym & Noble title Sun
Weiyan Human 4482AFZ Incum 60+yrs
4903TJH

Key:

Unity periods are in a normal grey row. A white highlighted row is a civil war/breakaway state or rival claimant during the above dynasty.
  • Gold in the leftmost column denotes dynasties that were considered part of golden ages or saw one at some point during their tenures.

Division/civil war periods are Italics and highlighted dark grey. Color-coded along the leftmost column in a white highlighted row are dynasties/states part of the above period.

  • Red in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Four Kingdoms."
  • Green in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Twenty Kingdoms."
  • Blue in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Central dynasties" within the broader "Central, Western & Northern Dynasties."
  • Purple in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Western dynasties" within the broader "Central, Western & Northern Dynasties."
  • Orange in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Northern dynasties" within the broader "Central, Western & Northern Dynasties."
  • Magenta in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Six dynasties" within the broader "Six Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms."
  • Cyan in the leftmost column denotes dynasties counted among the "Twelve Kingdoms" within the broader "Six Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms."

Notes:

Several interesting facts of notes about the dynasties in Huaxian history.
  • The Gao, Tian, Kai, and Cui dynasties were founded by alledged descendants of Xiangrikui Gongchen, the first lunaculus of Marlakcor.
  • The race of the ruling families of the dynasties were majoritively human.
    • Of the non-human-ruled unity period dynasties of Huaxia, there were 2 faun-ruled dynasties, 2 centaur-ruled dynasties, and 1 vampire-ruled dynasty.
  • Some unity dynasties were established a few years before the preceding dynasty officially ended, as they took power by force through civil war.
    • One that note, while some of said dynasties were proclaimed alongside a declaration of war, some of civil wars started some time – whether months or years – before a new dynasty was actually proclaimed, before it was believed that the Mandate of Heaven had been passed on.
  • Some dynasties that replaced prior ones were established some time after the preceding dynasty ended – whether months or years; these instances were interregnums resulting from the collapse of the previous dynasty. The major disunity periods don't count.
  • The Hang Wangguo and Sang Wangguo from the Six Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period were never recovered and were eventually suceeded by modern Zhonghua.
  • Until the brief civil war that marked the transition between the Lin and Xiu dynasties, the Lin dynasty was the last true golden age Huaxia experienced.
    • On that note, the Xiu dynasty never recovered from the war to take over Huaxia from the Lin dynasty – or really, it never had the chance to recover – as the Empire of Yamatai invaded western Huaxia year before Xiu defeated Lin.
      • And so, almost the entirety of the Xiu dynasty's reign was dedicated to combating the Yamato; the exahustion of conflict, which, combined with wartime ecomonic collapase, contributed to the Xiu dynasty's demise at the hands of the Ting dynasty in 4102AFZ (4523TJH) following a fourteen-year-long civil war, the Xiu–Tig War, after less than a century on the throne.
      • That same war also saw Huaxia lose control much of its southeasternmost territories in Shenzhou to Zhonghua.
        • On that note, the Ting dynasty didn't last long either, as the aftereffects of the Xiu–Ting War and the Third Yamato–Huaxian War left it weak and strained. It's badly timed and economically costly project, the Great Wall of Manzhou, great contributed to the Ting dynasty's collapse after less than three-quarter's of a century in power.
        • The Ting dynasty was succeeded by the Geng dynasty after an interregnum of six months following the death of the second and last huangdi of the Ting dynasty.

Government & 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).

Important female titles include the Huanghou (皇後/Empress) and the Huang Taihou (皇太後/Empress Dowager), both of whom control the imperial harem and can exercise a great degree on the politics of Huaxia, mainly through the Huangdi, if given the chance. Both also control the huogong (后宮/imperial harem), yet the huang taihou generally has more power over it than the huanghou.

Beneath the huangdi is the bureaucracy of the Guohui (國會/Congress).

The six senior members of the Guohui are referred to as the Liugexia (六閣下/Six Excellencies):
Office Description & Responsibility
Chengxiang
丞相
Imperial Chancellor The de facto highest political office beneath the huangdi, the highest of the Liugexia.

The Chengxiang is in charge of presiding over the Guohui when it meets. Also leads the armies alongside or on behalf of the Huangdi.

Taiwei
太尉
Grand Marshal Leads the armies, alongside or on behalf of the Chengxiang and Huangdi.
Taifu
太傅
Grand Tutor Responsible for maintaining the Imperial Household on behalf, or at the descretion, of the huangdi.
Taibao
太保
Grand Protector Oversees security of the capital and its residing province. Also the head of the Imperial Guard.
Situ
司徒
Minister of the Masses In charge of maintaining the government's relations with the general public and between the various regional lords of the empire.
Sikong
司空
Minister of the Works in charge of maintaining the empire's finances and overseeing government projects—construction of the Great Wall of Manzhou being a notable example.

Beneath the Huangdi and the Liugexia are the titleless chen (臣/statesmen), whom make up the majority of the officials. They participate by suggesting laws and decrees, and even possible courses of action in times of crises; as well as bringing the huangdi and the Liugexia up to date on what is going on around the empire, including instances of which may or may not have already reached their attention. Otherwise, they are generally powerless, yet enjoy a substantial government salary. Members are chosen based on scores taken from the Guomin Buji Kaoshi (國民部級考試/National Ministerial Examination), which is held every four years.

Throughout Huaxia's history the power of the huangdi and the bureaucracy has constantly fluctuated. Sometimes the huangdi had all the power while the bureaucrats had limited or no power; other times the huangdi and the bureaucrats shared the power, creating a checks and balances system on each other; and sometimes the power of the huangdi was curtailed, leaving the true power in the hands of the bureaucrats, the chengxiang, a regent or some other person while the huangdi was a ceremonial figurehead.

Succession of the huangdi is generally straightforward. Often the eldest son of the huangdi, whether he is from the huanghou or a qie (concubine), is appointed the Taizi, yet this is not always so. If the huangdi feels that his eldest son is not up to the task, a younger son or a nephew, brother or cousin can be appointed Taizi instead. Generally, while there is only one huanghou at a time, the huangdi's huogong of many dozens of qie, often result in there being any number of children to choose from. Yet, if the huangdi dies without appointing a successor, the huang taihou generally has the sole right to appoint one of the late emperor's surviving sons or relatives to the position. Most often the successor chosen in this fashion is a minor, thus the huang taihou serves as regent over the government. Other times, responsibility for appointing a new ruler from among the deceased hunagdi's relatives falls to the government, generally the Liugexia.

The event a new ruler can not be appointed huangdi in a timely fashion, the late-huangdi's various relatives generally tend make claims to the throne, resulting in heated – and often deadly – strife to fill the power vacuum and even wars of succession in the extreme cases.

As a religious leader, the huangdi 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 huangdi who rule a unified dynasty or succeed in ending a period of disunity. The title is hereditarily passed on from huangdi to huangdi of the dynasties until it is believed that the Mandate is lost, only bestowed upon again to the one it is believed has attained the Mandate of Heaven.

Huangdi are also bestowed with a posthumous name and a temple name after death.

Posthumous names can mean anything, and usually illustrate the huangdi or his reign in some way. Temple names are a selection of names chosen with more care. Even ancestors of dynasty founders, especially those who laid the foundation for the dynasty's founding, are sometimes posthumously promoted to huangdi and honored with temple names by their descendants, even if they did not rule as huangdi, or even claim the title, in their lifetime.

Not all huangdi were given either name after death; in fact, there were many instances throughout Huaxian history where the practice of giving either one or both names were abandoned altogether until it was revived later, in particular during disunity periods. There were other reasons for not bestowing either to a huangdi, including the belief that a particular ruler was not worthy of one.

Well known/used temple names include:
Name Meaning Notes
Temple names of dynasty founders or huagndi of a new line within an existing one are suffixed with either "jian (建/founder)" or "zu (祖/ancestor)," with a couple rare exceptions. All other temple names are suffixed with "pi (辟/monarch)," with a few rare exceptions.
Dynasty Founder names
Bianjian
變建
Rebellion founder Typically used for dynasty founders who came to power by revolt and/or civil war.
Dazu
大祖
Great Ancestor Can also be used for ancestors who laid the foundation for a dynasty's founding.
Kaiguo
開國
Founder of a country More rare than others, as it it typically used to refer to Lan Zheng, the founder of the Tian dynasty, and the first Huangdi of Huaxia.
Xinjian
新建
New Founder The more commonly generic temple names for founders.
Xinzu
新祖
New Ancestor
Yaozu
耀祖
Glorious ancestor Can also be used for ancestors who laid the foundation for a dynasty's founding.
Yongzu
永祖
Eternal ancestor Used for founders deemed worthy of eternal remembrance.
Other names
Fanpi
反辟
Rebel King Typically used monarchs who came to power by revolt and/or civil war.
Fuxing
復興
Revival Honored to sovereigns who revitalized their realm following a period of decline.
Huaipi
壞辟
Wicked King Typically given to particularly tyrannical rulers.

Originated with the surname of Huai Gui, the tyranncial chengxiang of the Zhai dynasty near the beginning of the Four Kingdoms period. It started as a way for historians to mock him, but was evntually applied to actual tyrannical rulers.

Jiuxing
救星
Liberator Typically given to a huangdi who overthrew a tyrannical predacessor. Can also be used for dynasty founders if the overthrown huangdi was the last huangdi of the previous dynasty.
Supi
穌辟
Revival King Honored to sovereigns who revitalized their realm following a period of decline.
Weipi
偉辟
Great King One of the more commonly generic temple names for monarchs.
Xiongpi
雄辟
Mighty King Typically used for Huangdi who gave remarkable military achievements or greatly expanded the empire's sovereign territory during his reign.
Yongpi
永辟
Forever King Used for huangdi deemed worthy of eternal remembrance.
Zhepi
哲辟
Sagacious Monarch Typically given to huangdi who were known for being very wise or religious.
Zuangli
壯麗
Magnificent Typically given to huangdi who had a particularly prosperous reign or ushered in a golden age.

Armed Forces

Huaxia maintains the largest known standing armed forces on Qirsyllviar, 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.

Beneath the Huangdi, Chengxiang and Taiwei, Huaxia has six main generals in charge of the land forces. Including any number of officers in charge of various detachments spread around their zones, each has at least 700,000+ troops under their command at any given time.
Title Responsibility
Beiyu Siling
北域司令
Commander of the North
Responsible for troops in Liao
Nanyu Siling
南域司令
Commander of the South
Responisble for troops in the southern regions of Zhongyuan and along the borders with Zhonghua and Jingling.
Dongyu Siling
東域司令
Commander of the East
Responisble for troops in eastern Zhongyuan and seaboard and the border regions of the islands shared with Rome.
Xiyu Siling
西域司令
Commander of the West
Responsible for troops in Manzhou.
Zhongxin Siling
中心司令
Commander of the Center
Responisble for troops in central Zhongyuan and around the capital
Wei Qiangbi Siling
偉牆壁司令
Commander of the Great Wall
Responsible for troops stationed in every fort and castle along the entire length Great Wall of Manzhou.

There are also several, albeit less organized, detatchments of naval forces in every body of water controlled by Huaxia.

Political 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)

Notes
Name Capital Name Name
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
天州
Weizhou
味州
Wuzhou
五州
Xiazhou
轄州
Jiaju
家居
Xiazhou and its constituent jun and xian are directly administrated by the Huangdi and the government.
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 at least the central regions of Manzhou, 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 Chidao 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 (雷鳴), sometimes known as the Thunder Empire to countries outside Marlakcor, 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 Chidao 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 (4235AFZ – 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 Hayato and Siamese culture.

State 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: Jinlong, Yinhu, Tongying, Tiegui

The State of Renyu Dao (人魚島) is an island nation occupying the island of the same name in the Chidao 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.

Shayuwei Dao Wangguo

Shayuwei Dao flag
Capital: Shaqi
Government: Hereditary Absolute Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Wang
Head of Government: Wang
Legislature: None
Demonym: Shayu
Currency: Jinlong, Yinhu, Tongying, Tiegui

Shayuwei Dao Wangguo (鯊魚尾島/Kingdom of Shayuwei Dao) is an 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 with one regime 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 (4120AFZ – 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

Dongnan flag
Capital: Luoyang
Government: Hegemonic Confederated Parliamentary Quasi-Federal Hereditary Feudal Monarchy
Head of State: Zuigao Tongzhi
Head of Government: Zhengfu Buzhang
Legislature: Canyuan
Demonym: Zhonghuan
Currency: Jiaozi, Guanzi, Huizi, Jinlong, Yinhu, Tongying, Tiegui

The Hegemonic Confederation of Zhonghua, also known locally as Dongnan Baquan Banglian (東南霸權邦聯/Southeastern Hegemonic Confederation), or simply Dongnan Wangguo (東南王國/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.

The area that eventually became Zhonghua was originally a collection of independent kingdoms, city-states and tribes 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 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 and fully annexed.

Much of modern Zhonghua (mostly the north and central area; Huaxia never reached very far south) remained under Huaxian rule for centuries.

During the Six Dynasties & Twelve Kingdoms period that followed the collapse of the Mei dynasty of Huaxia, the lands that became modern Zhonghua broke away from Huaxia to form a pair of rival dynasties and were never recovered. Said dynasties are known to history as the Hang Wangguo and Sang Wangguo, two of the states counted among the twelve kingdoms of said period.

During said period, two nobles who were descendants of former Zhonghuan rulers found a chance to revolt, now known to history as the Red Dragon Rebellion, and set up their own empires. By the time the period ended, the Hang and Sang empires were firmly entrenched 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 two empires fighting for the same thing, when the conflicts with Huaxia ended they quickly turned on each other and warred for dominance in the region, even while members of their centralized governments were fighting for control of them. Their governments grew unstable from constant infighting and soon collapsed into many dozens of independent kingdoms, dukedoms, counties and city-states struggling for land and dominance. Eventually some concurrence was reached and a directorial confederation, in which all lords have equal say, was set up. However, the directorial confederation eventually turned hegemonic, with Lan Wangguo taking the lead role as hegemon of Zhonghua under the title of Zuigao Tongzhi.

A few centuries after the peace treaty that left Huaxia in control of Jing bu Xibei, Huaxia descended into chaos during the civil war taking place during the transition between the Xiu and Ting dynasties (known in Huaxia as the Xiu–Ting War (秀–亭戰/Xiu–Ting Zhan)), 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 years, 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); styled Guowei (國衛), came to prominence. Li Mulan, an ethnic Haiyuan peasant woman of Huaxian birth, and an alleged descendant of Xiangrikui Gongchen, 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, along with her knowledge of Roman war strategies, allowed her to quickly rise through the ranks until she became a general.

Once a general, Mulan took charge of an army and 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 Tongzhi of the time – 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

The head of state is the Zuigao Tongzhi (最高統治), the main hegemon of the nation. The incumbent Zuigao Tongzhi holds the rulership of his kingdom concurrently. The title is held for life and at first Lan Wangguo held the position of hegemon. There were attempts early on to make it hereditary, but when the first holder died there was no clear heir. And so, the next Zuigao Tongzhi is elected from the rulers of one of the kingdoms or the heir to the kingdom of the previous holder when the incumbent one dies.

The head of the government of Zhinghua is the Zhengfu Buzhang (政府部長), but the office is mostly ceremonial in practice and holds little actual power.

The legislature of the confederacy is the Canyuan (參院), which is divided into the Shangyuan (上院) and the Xiayuan (下院), the upper and lower house respectively. Representatives to the Shangyuan, refered to as Yiyuan (議員), are directly appointed by leaders of the political divisions, and higher level states are permitted more representtives in the Shangyuan. Representation in the Xiayuan is determined by population, which is determined by a nationwide census taken every twenty years.

Political Divisions

Zhonghua is divided into many territories termed one of several things depending on the rank held upon accession to the confederation.

From highest to lowest they are:
States Description
Territory Ruler title Succession method Yiyuan
Wangguo
王國
Wang
Hereditary 10 The highest political division of Zhonghua.

Only the Wangs can be elected to the position of Zuigao Tongzhi,

Gongguo
公國
Gongjue
公爵
Hereditary 7
Jun
Houjue
侯爵
Hereditary 5
Bolingdi
伯領地
Bojue
伯爵
Hereditary 4
Zilingdi
子領地
Zijue
子爵
Hereditary 4
Xian
Bojue
伯爵
Hereditary 3
Guizu
貴族
Nanjue
男爵
Hereditary 3
Tai
Zhongdu
總督
Election 2
Chengbang
城邦
Shizhang
市長
Election 2 A single city and surrounding territory
Junqu
軍區
Zhong-jiang
中将
Military appointment 1 A military region along Mulan's Wall or the fortress regions along the borders and northwestern seaboard.

The leader title is a military rank.

Constituent Territories

Yamato Dependencies

Kami Islands

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 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 the Yamato Invasions of Marlakcor (4010AFZ – 4100), which in turn sparked the First Yamato-Huaxian War (4010AFZ – 4019). Over the course of the conflicts, Yamatai conquered the states referred to as Xifang Wangguo (西方王國/Western Kingdoms), which included some of Huaxia's vassals, and the much of Huaxia's western territories. The Third Yamato-Huaxian War (4100AFZ – 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 (4235AFZ – 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 the Yamato Invasions of Marlakcor; many even adopted Yamato customs and traditions, and even their religion, to varying extents.

Samui Shima

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.

Suisho

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, not even Suisho was spared the chaos and also fell apart during the Warring States Period. Suisho was one of the last group of islands to fall to imperial 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 (4010AFZ – 4019).

Serica Provinciae (Rome)

Rome flag
Government: Imperial Appointed Viceroyalties
Head of State: Augustus of Rome
Heads of Government: Proconsuls & Vicaruses
Legislatures: none
Demonym: Seres (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.

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".
  • Becuase of how the Chinese language – which the Tuzhu language "Shijieyan" is based on – works, the title "Huangdi" (皇帝/Emperor) is both singular and plural.
  • While they are both given posthumously, a posthumous name and a temple name should not be confused with each other. See Wikipedia articles for better explanations.
  • Marlakcor and Tianxia come from two separate sources:
    • Marlakcor, the foreign exonym for the continent, originated from the Shijieyan 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 closest islands, were the edge of the world.
  • TJQ & TJH are the initials used for the common era and prior era, respectively, of the Luan Calendar, while AFZ & BFZ are the initials used for the common era and the prior era of the more widely used Solramese Calendar. Furthermore, there is a 421-year difference between the dates.
  • Marlakcor is divided into three subcontinents, Shenzhou (神州), Liao (遼), and Jiangshan (江山). 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 (中原), the land occupied by Huaxia; Dongnan (東南), the land occupied by Zhonghua; and Conglin (叢林), 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 (猿) and Khitai respectively. They are divided at what is known as the Guixiong Corridor (鬼雄), the narrowest region of the subcontinent.
    • Jiangshan is further divided into northern and southern regions known as Manzhou (滿洲) and Manzi (蠻子) 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 Dolgolae (돌고래) Bay, which is a part of the Yazuishou (鴨嘴獸) Sea further westward.
    • Within the space between northern and southern Shenzhou is a body of water known as the Zhuhong (朱紅) Sea.
    • The northern sea between Shenzhou and Jiangshan is known as the Qingshui Sea (清水), which deviates northward into the Sea of Jingyu (鯨魚) to the west and the Sea of Xaio (曉) to the east.
      • The Sea of Udeung separates Jiangshan from Liao.
      • The Sea of Xaio, followed by the Xiong (熊) Sea separate Shenzhou from Liao. The Sea of Xiao and the Xiong Sea are separated from each other by the Shumiao (樹苗) Strait, the narrowest point between them.
    • The southern sea between Shenzhou and Jiangshan is known as the Conglin Sea.
      • The Qingshui 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.
    • The southernmost waters of Marlakcor above the Grand Line is the Chidao (赤道) Sea.
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