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Economics and Industry / Daitōjin Ground Forces Equipment Catalogue
« on: November 22, 2022, 04:49:41 AM »
DAITŌJIN GROUND FORCES EQUIPMENT CATALOGUE

   Daitō has long had a thriving small arms industry, producing some of the most common rifles and pistols to grace Mundus. Like with its aerospace industry, it is made up of numerous companies, all vying for government contracts, which has bred a culture of competition to provide the finest weapons and systems for the Imperial Military. This can be seen with recent programs such as the Type 81 NGSW program and older pieces of equipment, such as the AMBT program of the 1970s. This catalogue will include small arms and vehicles produced in Daitō, with an emphasis on that which is currently in service within the Imperial Daitōjin Army, although some equipment will either be purely for export or be retired but still maintained in large enough quantity for export. In those cases, it will be noted under the cost section of each piece of equipment.

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Diplomacy and Events / An Emperor Abroad (Daitō & East Moreland)
« on: November 01, 2022, 11:19:08 AM »

To King David III of East Moreland,

   As is custom set out by my grandfather, as the new Emperor of Daitō, I was supposed to visit a number of countries across the globe following my enthronement. Of course, owing to circumstances regrettably beyond my control, the opportunity has not arisen until recently. As a result, starting this month, I am beginning a tour of the world with the hope of fostering goodwill among nations and renewing ties forged in the Antei Era, for the betterment of all parties involved. As it happens, the Kingdom of East Moreland is first on that list, and as a result, with your permission of course, I would pleased to pay a visit to your fair country in the coming weeks.

   I eagerly await your response, as I do the opportunity to visit your fair nation.

(OOC Note: Signature is the Emperor's)

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Economics and Industry / The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry
« on: October 30, 2022, 05:28:51 PM »
THE DAITŌJIN AEROSPACE INDUSTRY

   The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry has thrived since before the Great War. Though it saw difficulties in the late 1940s and early 1950s, during which time the Empire devoted itself to rebuilding, it was revived as cold war-era tensions arose, rising like a phoenix to reclaim its place in a world of giants. Companies such as Aizawa-Shinoda, Zayasu, and Negishi have become well-regarded for their innovative designs and cutting-edge hardware, while newer companies aim to carve their own space in the international market.

   It should be noted that, while the primary focus of this thread is on military aircraft, room has also been made for civilian vehicles, for the discerning customer of course.
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Military Aircraft

       J-9 Taka
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
      
Civilian Aircraft
      

Note: This is a part of a series on the Daitōjin Military-Industrial Complex. For other entries, see:
      

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TV Shows / YHK News — Ohayō Yamato
« on: October 18, 2022, 10:43:11 PM »

YHK News Ohayō Yamato, or in English YHK News Good Morning Daitō, is a popular Daitōjin morning television show broadcast on YHK General TV, anchored mainly by Hajime Yoshizumi and Michiko Koyamatsu from YHK Studios at the YHK Broadcasting Center in Shinkyō. Debuting in August 1992, it replaced the much-beloved YHK Morning Wide. The program airs on weekdays between 4:30 and 8:00 AM YST, while on weekends it airs from 6:00 to 8:30 AM. The program is simulcast on YHK World Premium to countries outside of Daitō on weekends, while the weekday programming is broadcast in Toshikawa and Rokkenjima through YHK World.

The weekday format is divided into two segments. The first segment airs from 4:30 to 6:00 AM YST only domestically on YHK General TV, featuring live news, weather forecasts, special-interest stories and market information. The second part airs from 6:00 to 7:30 AM YST both domestically and internationally, featuring news, sports, interviews, and segments such as "Koko ni Chumoku" ("Focus on This!"), featuring in-depth political or economical topics by YHK's specialist on the field, "Machikado Jōhōshitsu" ("Street-corner Information Room"), featuring inventions that help make people's daily life more convenient, "Sekai no Media Zapping" ("World Media Zapping"), featuring selected viral video or television program clips from news bulletins all over the world, "Check! Entamι", featuring pop culture and entertainment news, and viral videos, and "Ohayō Vitamin", featuring a mix of entertainment, lifestyle and human-interest stories.
OOC Note: For the sake of convenience, only excerpts from specific programs will be released here.
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    TBA

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Economics and Industry / Building the Raijū (J14 Development Thread)
« on: September 29, 2022, 09:43:10 AM »

Aizawa-Shinoda, formerly the individual companies known as Aizawa Aircraft Company and Shinoda Hikoki, has long been one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in Daitō and certainly the largest manufacturer of military aircraft within the country. Known for such aircraft as the M4 and the J11, both of which were revolutionary when they were new, it has often been seen as being on the cutting edge of military aviation. However, one aircraft that they made holds a special place within the hearts of many an enthusiast, that being the J7, a derivative of the now-replaced J6. As it has aged, the Imperial Daitōjin Air Force has sought an aircraft comparable to it, something which will be cheap enough to field in large numbers but with improved capabilities over its predecessor. It is for that reason that Aizawa-Shinoda has been contracted to build the J14.

(OOC note: From this point onwards, information is classified)

In order to avoid the exceptionally slow and expensive research and development seen on the J11 and A9, the Ministry of War issued the following guidelines for the vehicle's development a few years ago:
   1.) "A very fast project definition process. A sensible low-risk hard- and software solution is chosen and frozen within a year. Regular software updates are planned. A 1-year PD phase seems almost impossible if there were to be competition between A-S and Zayasu. The acquisition approach is to be a Government-directed prime contractor and engine supplier (Uechi Technologies, on the grounds that the J-119 will remain in production throughout the program). Then a Wraith Works-like programme against a well-defined, but small, set of mandatory requirements, with freedom given to the main contractor to choose sub-contractors. The Government will specify the weapons fit, digital interfaces for datalinks and weapons, and all other sub-contractors to be selected by prime. The contract will be incentivized for rapid delivery, with stage payments for demonstration of successful integration of specific sensors and weapons systems. This approach should meet IDAF objectives for timeliness, while ensuing a reasonable sharing of risk between Government and Industry."
   2.) "Move fast enough to minimize pork-barreling. Bypass politicising the project through the removal of competitive element — all primary components sources decided at a very early stage unilaterally (and the same with secondary sources in the case of serious issues with primary contractors). As an alternative solution, 3D printing away from conventional factories could partly solve the pork barreling issue."
   3.) "The smallest, lowest tech production line possible is used. Plans are made for rapid expansion if large export orders are received."
   4.) "Existing technologies used for engines, sensors, and materials. Existing components are further simplified where possible."
   5.) "A lower density design with surplus volume, surplus electrical generation. Minimum onboard computer intelligence and maximum data-linking."
   6.) "A simple fuselage shape with surplus volume that could potentially accommodate a game-changing advance in propulsion technology."
   7.) "Less emphasis on low radar signature than on the J11 and A9."
   8.) "3D printing used to maximum effect. Additive manufacturing. The application of 3D aerodynamic modelling to blended shapes."
   9.) "Accelerated multiple prototype/test aircraft project concentrates on reliability and upgradability. Large test fleet is kept throughout aircraft’s left to robustly test updates."

The J14 will serve as a multirole fighter, a capable long-range, supersonic, maneuverable aircraft for both the beyond- and within-visual range environments, although it will, by design, be capable of filling numerous roles for the Air Force. With that out of the way, we can now move on to the design itself.

The wings are based on those of the J7. The cranked arrow has an inboard section of increased sweepback, creating a controlled high-lift vortex without the need for a foreplane. The wing is efficient at high speeds aiding in creating a faster fighter than, for example, the Rokkenjiman RK-80N. The RK-80N's slowness is a disadvantage for the beyond-visual range mission. The wing also allows ample room for fuel (a higher hull fraction than for the J11) and external hardpoints (one notable issue that requires long rang is the likely ability of certain potential supercruising OPFOR stealth aircraft to outrange the J11s). The wing loading is lower than the RK-80N for most given configurations. Rather than emphasizing an extremely high speed that is rarely met (as is the case with the AS-51 Cobra and the RK-74 Imperatrix), the J14 is very comfortable achieving speeds in the Mach 1.8-2 range, rather like the Achkaerinese Raptorwing. The J14 is designed, at least in its initial variant, for unreheated supersonic performance at Mach 1.4 and by using reheat for acceleration, up to Mach 2.

On agility, the large wings grant it an exceptional instantaneous turn rate, and energy maneuverability should be up there with low wave drag and a good T/W. As primary design is for BVR, sustained turn performance is less important. Internal weapons are carried in intake trunking weapons bays, cutting into the lower wing fillets. Weapons will include new generation long range air-to-air missiles. The engines considered were the J110-ZD-129, offering commonality with the J9 but lacking sufficient thrust or the J135, which suffered technical issues. As a result, the chosen powerplant was instead the J119 of the J11. This would allow the engine to remain in production and would also benefit the J11 Kotsu fleet. Owing to this fact, the J119 was selected for use aboard the aircraft, with the earliest ones borrowing their engines from a few of the J11s as the simplified engines are brought into production, temporarily grounding said J11s, though only for a few months.

Primary sensors aboard the vehicle will be the Uechi-built AN/APG-77 AESA as well as the Aizawa-Shinoda-built AN/AAQ-36 EOTS and AN/AAQ-34 DAS. The cockpit is a step back from the A9, which is seen by many as having been a bit ahead of the state-of-the-art in some aspects. It was criticized for its absent HUD and the lack of feel and unreliability of inputted commands relating to the touchscreen-centric approach. The J14 cockpit addresses both issues, featuring a widescreen HUD in conjunction with a Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System, a cheaper option than the J11 helmet system.

With modern infrared missiles almost guaranteeing a kill before fighters enter gun-range, a gun may seem an archaic inclusion, and certainly, this was a concern that was raised. However, there are several reasons that the J14 has its gun. The first is simply political: Gunless fighters have a poor reputation, while the second is practical: The J14 will inevitably end up performing Close Air Support missions. As a result, the venerable M-18 Kōjin will be mounted in the aircraft's starboard wingroot. It is, of course, not ideal to use supersonic-optimized fighters for CAS, and ideally the J14 will be complemented by new or existing subsonic aircraft better suited to the mission. With all of that out of the way, we can now begin to chronicle the development of the J14 Raijū, from testing of its individual components to it entering service.

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Diplomacy and Events / Extending the Olive Branch (Daitō and Heyra)
« on: August 08, 2022, 08:38:51 PM »

To Chairwoman Francine M. A. Therz of the Heyran Republic,
   I am writing to you on behalf of the Empire of Daitō with the hope of extending something of an olive branch, given our withdrawal from the CSTO and a renewed desire to reach out to nations and peoples across Mundus. As it happens, the Heyran Republic, owing to its position which effectively grants it control over the Matilda Channels, is viewed by many as a potential partner in some fields going into the future. Of course, there have been naysayers over the years, questions over Heyra's relationship with the Tamoran state and in particular with regards to Elysium, but it is my opinion and that of the government here in Daitō that it should not prevent ties from being formed. That, of course, brings me back to my original reasoning behind writing this, that being that I wish to propose talks, whether it be within Daitō or Heyra, or perhaps even a neutral third party, is of no consequence to me or my government.

   I eagerly await a response, and I hope that, should you agree, talks go well.
Signed,
Daitō Tennō


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Factbooks and Maps / Major Clans of the Daitōjin Aristocracy
« on: July 27, 2022, 11:42:34 AM »
Clans of the Daitōjin Aristocracy

This thread is intended to provide information on the major families of the Daitōjin Aristocracy. These families, often referred to as clans both in foreign and local media, make up the Kazoku and the Imperial Family and are typically, though it is not necessarily the case 100% of the time, among the wealthiest families in Daitō, with many having founded corporations such as Aizawa-Shinoda and Zayasu. Ōhara Hidemasa, who was one of the principle authors of the Keiyo constitution, intended for the kazoku to serve as a political and social bulwark for the Emperor and the Daitōjin Imperial Institution, and although the system persists to this day, starting in the early 1980s, the old titles began to reemerge.
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   • The Imperial House
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To Queen Atlanta II of Cassiopeia,

   I am writing to you today with a simple request, but one which I believe could prove consequential for the future of our two countries. With the Empire of Daitō's withdrawal from the Cross-Straits Treaty Organization, we have begun the process of looking to our neighbors once more, to build ties with our historical friends and to build new ones that will stand the test of time. The Realm of Cassiopeia is, of course, an important player in such a policy, and indeed is certainly an important focal point within the world of geopolitics. It is my belief, as it is of many members of my government, that Daitō would be remiss if it were to ignore the country rather than to foster a good, working relationship with Cassiopeia. As such, I would like to propose a meeting with your own government, whether it be on Daitōjin soil or Cassiopeian is of no consequence in my eyes, so that we may discuss matters of trade and diplomacy. I eagerly await your response, and I pray that good health and long life be yours.
Signed,
Suketoshi Heishi, Prime Minister of the Empire of Daitō

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Non Fiction / The DFD Songbook, 8th Edition
« on: July 21, 2022, 08:05:39 PM »

Paperback cover of the First Edition of the DFD Songbook, celebrating the 2600th anniversary of the Empire's traditional founding, c. January 1, 1940

The "DFD Songbook" (Daitō fukkatsu dōmei, Daitō fukkatsu dōmei kashū) is a decennially-issued book by the ruling DFD party in Daitō. Featuring patriotic music, it is updated on the 1st of January at the start of each decade on the Imperial Calendar. Primarily for use in schools and as reference material, although older issues of the work have become something of a collector's piece. The book contains the national anthem, multiple military marches, patriotic songs, and songs relating to the party itself, though later editions also include some folk songs as a means of preserving them for future generations.

(OOC Note: For some songs, certain lyrics are unavailable and will be noted as such)
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Character Guides / People of the Commonwealth of Lechia
« on: June 19, 2022, 02:11:45 PM »
This thread will henceforth be used to post general information regarding important people from Lechia.

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Factbooks and Maps / Factbook of the Commonwealth of Lechia
« on: June 19, 2022, 02:04:08 PM »



Royal Emblem


National Flag


”GOD, HONOUR, FATHERLAND."

The Commonwealth of Lechia, Litva, and Ruthenia (LC: Rzeczpospolita Lechii, Litwy i Rusi, LV: Lechijos, Lietuvos ir Rutenijos sandrauga, RT: Річ Посполита Лехія, Литва та Русь), known simply as Lechia abroad and the Rzeczpospolita at home, is a country located in Eastern Aranye. Bordered by Niš and the Rodinian Sea to the east and Skalvia to the north, its peoples have long inhabited the region, though the Litvanians migrated into what is now modern-day Lechia in the 9th Century. The three main populations of Lechia are the eponymous Lechians, the Litvanians, and the Ruthenians, of which the Lechians and the Ruthenians are the most closely related. The Litvians are the outlier, sharing no easily traceable ancestry with the other peoples of the region and originating in modern-day Skalvia. It has a large economy for its size, coming out at around $2.19 trillion USD, while the GDP per Capita is roughly around $45,000.

HISTORY

NOTE: This section is a brief summary of the nation's history


GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE
Lechia is a country that extends along the Rodinian Coastal Plain from the Tylihul river in the south to the Narew in the north, on the Nisavan border. In the northwest, the Czarny mountains demarcate the border, while much of the southwestern border remains largely open. Topographically speaking, while much of the country's heartland is flat, it features an abundance of lakes, rivers, swamps, hills, beaches, and forests elsewhere, with the Lechian and Litvanian regions being largely wooded as opposed to the almost steppe-like south.

10 LARGEST CITIES IN LECHIA


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GOVERNMENT

TBA
PARTIES OF THE LECHIAN PARLIAMENT




National Anthem:
"Rota"
("The Oath")


Formation:
 • 1658 - Establishment of the Lechian-Litvan Commonwealth
 • 1868 - First elections in Lechia
 • 1906 - Ruthenia granted Autonomy

Capital: Krakσw
Largest city: Krakσw (1,795,569)

Demonym: Lechian

Government: Constitutional Federal
Monarchy

Legislature: Parliament

Population: 48,638,197

HDI: 0.881 (Very High)

Currency: Lechian Złoty (zł)
1zł = $0.22 USD

Time zone: East Aranyean Standard Time (EAST)

Drives on the: Right

Calling code: +73

Internet TLD: .lc

Space Program: N/A

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To: Praetor Julius Devaux
From: Prime Minister Suketoshi Heishi

On behalf of the Empire of Daitō, I would like to extend an opportunity for our two nations, once bitter enemies now neighbors on what can certainly be described as good terms, to grow ever closer. In the days of our predecessors, immediately following the war, we sought reconciliation, after all, it is unhealthy to hold a grudge for that long. Likewise, where our forebears once sought reconciliation, I believe we too must work towards growing ever closer, for the sake of future generations so that they may know not war and suffering, but peace and brotherhood with their neighbors. Therefore, I invite you or a representative to pay visit to my residence in Shinkyō for a chance to discuss our shared future going forwards, with an emphasis on fostering greater economic ties between our nations.

Signed,
Suketoshi Heishi, Prime Minister of Daitō

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Vignettes / Wanderers
« on: June 12, 2022, 05:20:12 AM »
"Mundus is the cradle of Humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever."
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky - 1911


This thread will catalogue stories of the Daitōjin Space Program from its earliest days until the present. Posts will be catalogued below by their program or era, with those fitting into neither having their own section.

Pre-1961

Suzaku Program

Taka Program

Washi Program

Ryu Program

UHS Program

Zenshoen Program

Sojourner Program
TLI — 7/17/2022 — IRP Date: 7/17/2022 — Description: The Crew of Sojourner 22A begins their voyage to the Moon.
Misc.
Candidates — 6/12/2022 — IRP Date: 6/16/1998 — Description: A new class of uchunauts begins their training.

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International Organisations / First Conference of the CSSEA
« on: May 30, 2022, 07:38:56 PM »

To the signatories of the Cross Straits Space Exploration Agreement,

It would be my pleasure to invite you, the heads of the government agencies party to the CSSEA, to Shinkyō's Iwaki Aerospace Centre in order participate in the First Annual Conference of the agreement. Over the course of this conference, it is expected that those agencies party to the agreement will discuss plans for both the coming year and beyond, as well as ongoing missions, with a particular focus on building infrastructure for longer-term inhabitation of space and further cooperation in the microgravity environment. A rough agenda for the conference will be left attached to this invitation.
Sincerely,
Haruki Akisada, Director, Daitō National Space Agency
Attachment — Agenda
1.) Welcome Address by Director Akisada.
2.) Declaration of Membership.
3.) Discussion on missions to Nergal.
4.) Discussion on orbital infrastructure development.
5.) Discussion on joint missions to Low Mundus Orbit destinations, old and new.
6.) Discussion on new technology and hardware.
7.) Discussion on Lunar operations.
8.) Discussion on Unmanned missions to Low Mundus Orbit and beyond.
9.) Any other business relating to this conference.
10.) Adjourning.

Iwaki Aerospace Centre, 5/30/2022

Director Akisada had attended many meetings over the course of his decades-long career, many of which had proven consequential to the future of the agency. His first, back when he was Head of the Zenshoen program, was of course very different to this, as it was confined essentially to the higher-ups of his own agency. Now, nearly twenty years later, what was likely to be his last had arrived, and what a way to end it as well. Today was the start of a new series of meetings, the first annual meeting of the signatories to the Cross-Straits Space Exploration Agreement, or CSSEA. He was accompanied by now-Deputy Director Jiro Asagiri[/i], who was set to replace him come July as Director of the agency, as well as various other members of his staff. Now, he was just waiting for his foreign counterparts: Achkaerin's Gary Hale, Tytor's Mackenzie Collins, and Rokkenjima's William Nye. As the first of them arrived, it was time to begin.
(OOC note: Please do not use your heads of state on this thread)

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Diplomacy and Events / A Marriage before the Spirits (Open RP)
« on: April 13, 2022, 04:35:07 PM »
To whom it may concern,

It is the pleasure of the Imperial Household Agency to extend a warm invitation to you to the Imperial Palace in Shinkyō to celebrate the wedding of His Majesty and Lady Mayumi of the Tachibana family on the 21st of April. Following the wedding, a reception will be held at the palace, wherein you may find yourself the opportunity to congratulate the new couple and if you are so inclined, there will be the chance to discuss official business with the Empire afterwards.

Accommodations will be provided within the city of Shinkyō, notably state guest houses throughout the city. For those who are unable to make use of such facilities, high-quality hotels will be booked free of charge. We thank you for your time.
Ichiro Kasuga,
Imperial Household Agency

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Vignettes / Stories of an Empire (Daitōjin Vignettes)
« on: February 19, 2022, 06:48:25 AM »
Stories of an Empire is a thread which will be used to detail various stories from around the Empire of Daitō, stretching from 1860 to the present. While such posts may not be made in any chronological order, they will be put up as links on this post in chronological order, as well as being categorized by their type.
Categories
Imperial Family

Coming Home — 10-19-19
A Night Worth Remembering — 07-14-22
The Transition — 08-03-22
Military

Politics

Spaceflight
The Voyagers, Part One — Moonshot (11-29-21)
The Voyagers, Part Two — Between Worlds (11-30-21)
The Voyagers, Part Three — Go for Undocking (12-01-21)
The Voyagers, Part Four — The Landing (12-01-21)
The Voyagers, Part Five — The First Step (12-01-21)
Shinkyō Calling (12-01-21)
The Voyagers, Part Six — Discovery (12-03-21)
The Voyagers, Part Seven — Final Day on the Moon (12-06-21)
Civilian

Misc.

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Vignettes / Beyond the Veil
« on: February 06, 2022, 11:19:53 PM »
Part One: The List

It was a cold winter evening in Zhytomyr, not more than a few weeks since the end of the civil war. Oleksiy Lysenko, the new Vozhd of Halych, found himself sitting at his desk in the Blue Palace. In front of him, illuminated by a lamp, was a list of names, one of many brought to him by Maksym Cherniavsky, head of the MVS, the Ministry of Internal Affairs over the last week. On it were members of the former Communist party, anarchists, and other dissidents who were deemed a sufficient enough threat to warrant... "pacification". He couldn't help but find the irony in this situation, after all, such purges were once performed by the communists back when the People's Republic was still around. In fact, he was very nearly purged himself back in '88, owing to a few statements he made back in his time in the academy.

Regardless of how he felt about it, he understood that this was a necessary task, as the communists especially were a threat to the new regime, given the civil war and all. So far, nearly 15,000 people were under investigation, of which it was expected a significant portion would be either exiled, imprisoned, put into forced labor, or killed. Not the ideal outcome, he silently admitted to himself; he'd rather they just recant their beliefs in the so-called "merits" of Marxism, but he doubted they would.
   "Alright... Another thousand down." Oleksiy sighed as he affixed his signature to it.
   "It's the right thing to do." Maksym said; although he didn't admit it, he actually took some pleasure in this task. Spending six years in a gulag did that to a man, after all. "You know it. I know it. The people know it."
   "But what if it's not? How can we claim to be better than them if we are rounding them up one by one and shipping them to... Well, to the same camps they would've shipped us off to?"
   "That's war, Comrade Lysenko."
   "The war ended a few weeks ago, Maks."
   "Yes, but not everyone sees it like that." Maksym retorted. "After all, the communist swine will only view the declaration of this government as a challenge."
   "...Alright. See if you can at least commute some of the death sentences to something lesser. Forced labor, maybe strip some of their rights?" Oleksiy said, looking at the minister. "At the very least, give them a semblance of a fair trial where possible."
   "I'll see what I can do." Maksym said, taking the list from the Vozhd before making for the door.
   "Oh, and Maks?" Oleksiy said as he stood up from his desk.
   "Yes, Comrade?"
   "If you know what's best for yourself, you'll do everything in your power to ensure none of them escape justice."
   "Understood, Comrade. Have a good evening." Maksym said, nearly biting is tongue as he did so. The threat was subtle, but he understood what it meant. If he didn't succeed, then... Well, he'd undoubtedly prefer a gulag to whatever fate awaited him.

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International News Networks / Suspline — News from Halych
« on: January 06, 2022, 02:10:37 PM »

END OF THE CIVIL WAR — STATE OF HALYCH DECLARED


Zhytomir — Marshal Oleksiy Lysenko has, following the capture of the city in late December, formally declared the establishment of the State of Halych following the brave struggle of White Forces over the last three years. Vowing on this, Christmas Day of the year 2022, to rebuild the nation stronger than ever, he has indicated that the government of the neighboring "state" of Volhynia, unjustly subjugated by the Daitōjin in 1893, must reconsider their choice to act independently and of the new government in Zhytomir and reenter the fold lest it face the punishment owed to traitorous dogs such as themselves. The Marshal was quick to condemn the red forces, his primary opponents in the civil war, for their eagerness to destroy the former Republic, which he called flawed but salvageable, were it not for the civil war. The Marshal is set to form his government in the coming days.

The White Army of Halych held a military parade in Velykyy knyazʹ Rostyslav Square, Zhytomir, to celebrate the establishment of the State of Halych as the legitimate successor to the Republic. All glory to the victorious Army of Halych, champions of the people, indomitable in spirit! Slava Halychu!


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Character Guides / People of Halych
« on: December 22, 2021, 07:50:15 AM »
People of Halych

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Factbooks and Maps / Factbook of Halych
« on: December 21, 2021, 04:52:03 PM »


Grand Seal of the State of Halych

Flag of the State of Halych

СЛАВА ГАЛИЧУ! ГЕРОЯМ СЛАВА!

The State of Halych is the governing body of the lands of the Halychian or Kalieshi Rus'. Officially a Parliamentary Republic (although in practice a military dictatorship), it was established following the Halychian Civil War of 2019 - 2022. Historically a weak state since the 90s, it was dominated by warring factions for three years following the collapse of the Republic. The republic was founded in 1997 following the deposition of the People's Republic of Halych, which came after its own failure to reclaim Volhynia, often blamed on Daitōjin interference. As of the present, Halych has found itself recovering from civil war.

HISTORY

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GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

The geography of Halych is dominated by forests and plains, with the River Vysa running the length of the country into Volhynia. The south of the country is known for its rocky terrain, with a small mountain range, the Kamin', making up part of the southern border with Christopol. On that note, Halych is bordered to the south and west by Christopol, as well as by Tuva and Ellista to the east. Volhynia borders the nation to the north-east, and due north is the Rodinian Sea.

Climate-wise, winters in Halych are known to become quite harsh, with the lowest temperature recorded in the country being at -27 degrees celsius; this was recorded in the city's Capital, Zhytomyr, on January 13th, 1971. On average, the lowest it gets is -13 degrees celsius nationwide, save for the southern-most region, where it rarely gets below freezing.

10 LARGEST CITIES IN HALYCH

The ten largest cities in Halych are as follows:
 • Zhytomyr — 1,006,352
 • Chernihiv — 736,581
 • Letychiv — 682,908
 • Kolomyya — 402,446
 • Khmelnytskyi — 401,131
 • Horokhiv — 391,408
 • Yevpatoriya — 372,100
 • Pokrovsk — 201,757
 • Izyum — 192,361
 • Sosnytsya — 133,401

GOVERNMENT

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National Anthem:
March of the Rusyn Nationalists

Formation:
 • Earliest Human Habitation (103,000 BC)
 • Early Rus' Peoples (653 AD)
 • Foundation of the Grand Principality of Halych (1133 AD)
 • Foundation of the Kingdom of Halych (1706 AD)
 • Loss of Volhynia (1893)
 • Establishment of the People's Republic of Halych (1972)
 • First Volhynian War (1992 - 1994)
 • Establishment of the Republic of Halych (1997)
 • Second Volhynian War (2016 - 2019)
 • Halychian Civil War (2019 - 2022)
 • Establishment of the State of Halych (2022)

Capital: Zhytomyr
Largest city: Zhytomyr

Demonym: Halych Rus', Halychian

Government:
Parliamentary Republic (De jure)
Military Dictatorship (De facto)
 

Legislature: the Rada

Population: 34,597,554 (2017 Census)

HDI: 0.678

Currency: Halych Hryvnia (₴)
ER: ₴101 = $1 USD

Time zone: UTC+07:00/08:00

Drives on the: Right

Calling code: +405

Internet TLD: .hy

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Economics and Industry / Daitōjin Aerospace Companies
« on: December 19, 2021, 10:53:37 AM »
The Daitōjin Aerospace Industry is dominated by six corporations, those being Aizawa-Shinoda, Negishi, Zayasu, Ochiai, Kasori, and Adler. Of these, the first four are perhaps the best known outside of Daitō, owing in part to their significance during the Great War as well as their early work with airliners. Aizawa, formerly the preeminent aircraft manufacturer prior to 1933, was responsible for the construction of the Empire's first indigenous military aircraft, the Aizawa P1, in 1913. Negishi developed the A3N, which catapulted it into the spotlight in the late 1930s, while Zayasu and Ochiai became known for their bombers and floatplanes. Kasori is a newer company, having been founded in the 1970s, and primarily works on UAVs in the modern day, while Adler, a Styrian-based company, is best known for their work with helicopters.
Spoiler: Logos • show


Note: As per regulations, exports by these companies can only be made to nations that have signed the Uppsala Convention. Furthermore, the states which these companies can export to must have the use of slave labor explicitly prohibited before a sale can be made. Other restrictions may exist depending on the piece of equipment being sold.
(Disclaimer: Due to the nature of the RP and equipment used, many pieces of equipment featured here may appear as partial duplicates of other nations. Nonetheless, these have been adapted for Daitōjin details and the sort, as is similarly seen in the case of Achkaerin and East Moreland.)

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Vignettes / The Voyagers
« on: November 29, 2021, 01:49:58 AM »
Part One — Moonshot
Artsiv Cosmodrome
UTC 1315
Flight Day 1


It had been an eventful day, the first in a voyage that would take Daitō to the moon. Sitting in their Ryū capsule atop one of the most powerful rockets the Empire had ever produced, Uchūnauts Eijiro Ebashi, Hiroki Inagaki, Isao Kitamori, and Taeko Akiyama waited for the final countdown and liftoff of the spacecraft. Only seven hours earlier, the lander had been launched, with it already being on its way to lunar orbit as they waited. It was far from quiet, with radio chatter back and forth from launch control, mission control over on the mainland, and the capsule being ever-present in their ears.
   "Hinode, this is Shinkyō, we are go for launch." CAPCOM said over comms. Hinode, the name of the capsule as selected by the crew, translated roughly as Sunrise, with this being effectively the dawn of the Daitōjin lunar exploration program as a whole. "T- 60 seconds and counting."
   "Roger, go for launch." Eijiro responded before turning his head over to his crew as the fuel pumps activated. Due to the nature of the suits they wore, they weren't able to turn the helmets with them. "Well, this is it. Lets do our best." He said with a smile before returning his focus to the launch at hand.

A few seconds would pass liftoff drew closer, although for the crew of Ryū M-3, it felt like several minutes. Perhaps they thought about the days to come, of the destination, or maybe just getting back home safe and sound. One may have glanced at the empty spot in the vehicle, a result of it being decided that, for the first landing, only four crewmembers would fly instead of the standard five. Regardless of these thoughts, there was no turning back now. Either they were going to make it, they were going to die, or they were going to abort. No other ways out. Then, over the loop, the final countdown began.
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Liftoff!


Almost immediately, the capsule began to shake, almost as if the crew were trapped in a single-room building during an earthquake. The clock had begun running, and not long after, they would be clear of the tower. The rest of the launch would largely be uneventful, with the core stage first jettisoning its "skirt"—a recoverable ring carrying the four outboard main engines— before carrying on until it too was jettisoned. Once in orbit and before TLI (trans-lunar injection), the crew would perform checks on the spacecraft and their own health. This would be the final stop where they could realistically abort and be home in a few hours. Any further along and it'd be at least a week before they would be home. Once TLI was complete, they would jettison from the upper stage before transpositioning and docking to the mission module then proceeding to extract it from its adapter.

The voyage had begun.

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History / Ad Astra — A History of Daitōjin Spaceflight
« on: October 04, 2021, 02:57:05 AM »
Ad Astra: Chapter One — Early Days

1945. The War to End All Wars, the Great War, is over. In the aftermath of the conflict, missile technology, once developed to bombard enemy cities, was repurposed for scientific advancement. Using the Shūkei ballistic missile as a sounding rocket, the Imperial Air Forces (IAF) began launching a series of payloads into the upper atmosphere and to the edge of space, performing a number of valuable experiments from their launch site in Western Tsukishima, the former Shiroi Sakyū Missile Range.

A Shūkei Sounding Rocket at Shiroi Shakyū Missile Range

Of course, Daitō was not alone in this endeavor, with many foreign powers also taking part in this early period of space exploration. However, as that is largely not the purview of this series, further detail will prove unnecessary.[1] Indeed, there were early proposals to use a Shūkei as a launch vehicle for a basic capsule in what was known as the Karura proposal. Such a plan was ignored owing to concerns that, at the time, the crew wouldn't be able to safely return to Mundus. However, while no man would fly into space in the late 40s, in 1947 a Shūkei Sounding Rocket would bring a bit of space back to Mundus, with the first photograph of the planet from beyond the atmosphere being released.

The Sky above Tsukishima, Shūkei No.17

As the 40s turned to the 50s, interest in the exploration of spaceflight seemed relegated to a niche community of scientists and military officers, with no truly groundbreaking changes coming for nearly a decade. However, in 1957, everything changed. With the launch of the first ICBM and later in the same year, the first satellite, paranoia gripped many a nation, Daitō included. If a foreign power could launch a satellite into orbit, then it was possible that they could launch nuclear weapons into orbit and leave them, allowing for them to strike at a moment's notice without any forewarning. With a burgeoning nuclear program (later to be cancelled in the early 70s), many within the Empire felt that it was necessary to match this feat. And so, on December 16th, 1957, the Daitō National Space Agency, or DNSA, was born. Their first mission? Put a satellite into orbit, which was no simple task. While the IDAF and IDN had programs to put a satellite into orbit as early as 1956, they were, by the end of 1957, still nearly a year away from completion.

It would be a tough call to make, but in April of 1958, the Navy's design, the Taimatsu, would be selected, with the IDAF's own Mori being put on the backburner until after its launch. And on the 11th of October, 1958, Daitō would join a growing number of nations to put an artificial moon in orbit. It would be joined by Mori-1 in November to much applause by the populace. But while the DNSA had proven itself capable, it had a long way to go before it was no longer hanging in the balance. After all, while from a strategic perspective such feats were important, many in the Diet saw it as an unnecessary expense that the IDAF or IDN could manage better.

Launch of Taimatsu-1, 11 October, 1958

 1. Owing to the fluid nature of the world, it is largely pointless to even try and chronicle such early flights by foreign powers.

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(OOC Note: The events of this series of posts are under revision, do not consider them strictly canon until after the date on them has passed)

White Crane: Part One — Origins

Ever since the cancellation of the UYS program in 1997, there have been efforts to repurpose hardware intended for it. Perhaps none have seen as much contention as the Shirotsuru Orbiter, which was the program's first—and only—orbiter. While it was useful as a base for its replacement, the UHS, it alone was deemed unfit to fly into orbit thanks to its less advanced systems and overall weight. After all, it was, thanks to its 3.6 thousand kilogram higher mass compared to later spacecraft, ill suited for docking with a space station and also for carrying heavier payloads. Not only that, thanks to significant cost overruns, the program was believed unsustainable in the wake of a financial recession in the late 90s, and so, it was put to rest for the time being. Over a decade later, as it sat in a hangar at MFS Artsiv, the world went by, and slowly the program faded from the public eye.

Then, in late 2001, everything changed. The Kyūden IV space station, planned originally as a stopgap for the space program until a larger station could be built, once again caught the public's imagination. At first, it wasn't much, just two KYE-type core modules docked together, but it was enough. The arrival of Expedition II in July of 2002 aboard their Ryū YK spacecraft would see this spotlight brighten further, especially following the release of Uchū Kichi (宇宙基地, Space Station), a documentary detailing Expedition II's mission aboard the station including the arrival of the Kasei Module, in 2003.

Pictured: Kasei Module as seen in Uchū Kichi

In part a result of this new-found interest in itself, the DNSA would start to see its funding slowly but surely increase. By 2006, it had completed the Kyūden IV space station and would begin to look into other projects. It was then that the UYS Program was reexamined. This led, in part, to a series of programs to recycle unused UYS equipment and to fine tune it. One such project that came from this was the UHS spaceplane set to launch in October 2021. It would, at least in the early years, make use of the older Shirotsuru Orbiter for aerodynamic flight tests until the Tenryū Orbiter was ready to take over that role. Another program that came from this was the so-called "UYS Applications Program", which examined how the DNSA could make use of other hardware. It was thanks to that program that the Tenjin CK-22 through 43s would get their current solid rocket motors, while another would begin work to modify the purpose-built LC-17A and B facilities for the UHS program. However, this is not the story of those projects. Rather, it is a story of a space station derived from the UYS launch system's components.

The UYS Station Team had almost immediately come to the conclusion about at least part of the station: It should, in some fashion, incorporate the External Fuel Tank (EFT) into the design, whether it meant disassembling it on orbit and making habitats out of the pieces of it or creating a wet workshop out of it. And so, a design competition began to find the most optimal design for such a station. Some of the following designs were pitched, and the modern program would indeed take elements from many of them.

The Zayasu "Space Facility"
The "Space Facility" concept proposed by the Zayasu Aerospace Company was one of the earliest brought forwards, calling for two launches of a modified UYS/UHS Fuel tank to LMO which would be rendezvoused and berthed to one another. The bottom of each fuel tank would have a built-in habitation module or science lab, with the second launch also carrying solar arrays. It was rejected as a result of fears that it would affect the flight profile of the spacecraft launching it, presumed at the time to be crewed, thus causing further unnecessary risk to it on two separate occasions. It would also require a specially designed system by which the fuel tanks would rendezvous, which was a capability that the UHS Orbiter was likely to lack, not to mention it would only be capable of having a single spacecraft docked at any given time, further limiting its usability.

The Adler "Spacelab"
The Spacelab proposal by Adler is seen by many as one of three early "ancestors" of the Shirotsuru Space Station, using a hull similar to the UYS and UHS orbiters as a base for space station, which would see two additional modules attached to a docking port in what would've been its hull. It would also see the attachment of two truss segments near the engine block as well as a telescope and solar arrays at the top of the fuel tank. The Hydrogen and Oxygen tanks would've been converted into both habitats and laboratories for the crew. It would have two docking ports, one for a UHS Orbiter and one for any other visiting vessel to dock with. However, the means by which supplies carried aboard the UHS would enter the station, that being a design often referred to as the "Scissor Lift" by members of the project thanks to its shape, proved to be its downfall. This would require extensive modifications to the UHS orbiter in order to lift a Multipurpose Logistics Module to its docking port, modifications the UHS team was unwilling to make as it would seriously limit the given orbiter's normal capabilities.

The Kitagawa Orbiter-derived Space Station, Proposal I
The Orbiter-derived Space Station was one of the most seriously considered designs for the station by the DNSA, even though it lacked the incorporation of the External Fuel Tank into the design as mandated by the competition. However, it would see extensive modifications to the UYS orbiter Shirotsuru upon the completion of its atmospheric flight tests in the UHS program and the addition of Five large modules to the station, with the first launching on the orbiter. Due to its failure, however, to make use of the EFT in the design, Kitagawa Technologies would be asked to revise the design, leading to the next design.

Kitagawa Orbiter-derived Space Station, Proposal II

Proposal II/III Intertank Crew Tubes

Proposal III

Space Station Shirotsuru (Note: Proposed Zayasu-manufactured Emergency Crew Return Vehicles docked)

Eventually, the UYS Station Team would settle on a modification of the Kitagawa Technologies design, one which would include elements of the Adler Spacelab proposal. It is this design that is scheduled for launch in 2022 and will see multiple flights starting in the weeks immediately after its launch in order to outfit it for permanent habitation. If it is successful, it will prove the viability of similar designs, opening up an entirely new way to live in space. Space Station Shirotsuru will, in the coming years, serve as a base camp for expeditions beyond low Mundus orbit to the moon and beyond.

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Vignettes / Lifetimes of Change (Historical Vignettes set from 1891 - 2011)
« on: September 24, 2021, 10:29:20 AM »
Lifetimes of Change


"Lifetimes of Change" is a project which seeks to cast a light on the period of Mundus's History from 1891 to 2011, not from the perspective of great men and of nations as a whole, but of the common man. Of their struggles, of how technology, politics, and socio-economic forces shaped their lives in this era. It seeks not to generalize, but to offer a window into the lives of what is, by many of us, a forgotten era. Here, anyone can write their own stories following the lives of the humble farmer all the way to the highest noble in their marble palace and everything between. What it is not, however, is a story of right or wrong. Not usually, anyways.

For those who may struggle to make a post, I would perhaps recommend that you start your character's posts with a point early in their life, whether that be as early as the 1890s or as late the 2000s and anywhere in between before moving along the timeline. For the sake of those making these posts, I will periodically update this page with categories for their characters written up for this wit the hope of making it easier to follow. As a side note, while it is not a requirement, it would always be neat to see photos from this time period, perhaps as a way of capturing a specific feeling for that post.

With that being said, let us take a step back and remember the past.
Vignette Index
Haruto Kimura

   • Standing in Line — 08-20-1914
   • First Contact — 09-19-1914
   • Watching the Mountain of Souls — 11-27-1914
   • The Battle of Kon'noyama — 12-11-1914
   • Home again — 12-29-1914
   • The Letter — 01-04-1915
   • Farewell — 04-13-1916
   • Under Ashen Skies — 04-20-1916 - 09-21-1916
   • Over the Top — 09-21-1916
   • At Every Turn — 10-21-1916
   • Homeward-bound — 11-06-1916
   • Changes — 11-10-1916
   • The Parade — 04-17-1918 - 04-17-1931
   • The New Era — 11-20-1932
Yuna Umeki
   • Delivery Service — 12-06-1934
   • Kunan Ishin — 01-22-1937
   • Daitō Seisen — 06-24-1939
   • Chopsticks and Arrangements — 12-16-1943
   • Underway — 02-02-1944
   • Shinzen kekkon — 02-02-1944
   • Reasons — 02-02-1944
   • — |

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Vignettes / To Control an Empire... (Disregard this)
« on: August 06, 2021, 12:21:34 PM »
Shinkyō--
10 June, 2021--
1630 Hours--


The atmosphere of the room was one that seemed frozen in the moment. A large number of personnel of the Imperial Military had taken the time to watch His Imperial Majesty's speech on global denuclearization, and yet now, it had turned so very, very wrong. Hidetoshi Fukuda, known by his friends as Hide and by his comrades as Fukuda-Shōsa, was among them. To think that the very heart of the Empire was attacked...
   "...At this time, we cannot be certain of the fate of His Lordship, the Emperor Emeritus. We do know, however, that Prime Minister..."

The anchor seemed sad, in a way. Understandably so, given the nation's reverence for the position. Hell, even Hide felt some sorrow, but there was more... Trepidation, perhaps. He needed to know whether His Imperial Majesty was still alive, a sentiment that was undoubtedly shared by others in the room. Even now, many were undoubtedly thinking about who could be responsible for this travesty. A former Emperor and a Prime Minister... Hide had an idea as to who it could be. Then, he got a call, one he had been anticipating for several minutes now. So, he would step out of the room and find a nice, secluded area to talk, away from prying eyes.

When this was done, he would answer the call; The number was unfamiliar but he knew exactly who it was.
   "Yomi Yomi Yomi." The voice said; Hide knew exactly what this meant upon hearing it. The plan had failed. Their main mark was still alive.
   "Shit. What's your status, Ijima-chūi?" Hide asked in a hushed tone; outside, he could hear the news about the Emperor's survival on the television and the collective sigh of relief of the crowd gathered around it.
   "I'm currently on my way out of the gate district. Ducked into an alley to give you the call, but... The Emperor's still alive. Targets Bravo and Foxtrot are KIA, but Charlie through Echo weren't present."
   "Alright... Well, once you get out of dodge, I'll see what we can do about making sure you don't get caught. You destroy the documents you had at your holdout?"
   "Yeah, for the most part. All they should get are docs that point to... what was that organization Fukushi-Taishō mentioned?"
   "The RAC? Yeah, I'm sure they'll fall for it. It won't hurt that they'll... claim responsibility for it." Hide replied.
   "What makes you so sure about that? Wouldn't regicide, attempted or otherwise, just make their situation worse?" Ijima asked.
   "Fukushi-Taishō's already handled it. Gave them an... incentive to do it, from what I know."
   "Kinda suspicious, huh. Well, I'd absolutely love to chat, but I'm supposed to be getting out of here, so... Be seeing you, Fukuda-Shōsa."
   "And you, Ijima. Good luck." Hide said before hanging up. Their original plan had failed, but he was certain they would pull through. And with an Emperor who had witnessed such an attack still living, he could be enticed to do their bidding after all...

...Perhaps this would work to their favor after all.

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Sporting Hub / Mundus Games 2021 - Arashkai
« on: July 20, 2021, 07:27:18 AM »


The day of the opening ceremony had, at long last, arrived. Tens of thousands from across Arashkai and other nations had gathered in Ikan to the host nation's largest stadium, the Ikan National Arena, which had reached it's maximum capacity nearly an hour before the ceremony was to begin. There were, of course, millions more who were tuning in from around Mundus as the sun was beginning to set, and with it, anticipation for what was to be the biggest event of the year had begun to rise ever-higher.

Then, an announcement was made, first in English and then in the native language, Arashin, saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the athletes of the Ikan 2021 Mundus Games." before the first team would enter, that being the team of the hosting nation, Arashkai. The team would enter under two flags, the recently-adopted flag and the older, red-and-white one, the latter of which being carried by a notable face, the Emperor himself (who had qualified to compete earlier in the year). Soon after, the next team, the Achkaerinese team, would enter, having been the nation which founded the games, before the rest of the teams would enter in alphabetical order.

On screens across the world, the footage would, once the various teams had entered, change from that of the stadium to a video of a scroll, one detailing the history of Arashkai, or as the Arashin call it, Sokoku, from it's legendary founding to the modern day; its artwork is in a traditional style. However, it would soon focus on a single section, that of the legendary first Emperor of the Arashin, Keimei, who is claimed to have been descended from a kami. Then, in but a moment, a part of the scroll would begin to come to life, that being a depiction of a dragon, Ryūjin, who is said to guard the nation's coasts. Along the coast it travels, watching as time passes and the Empire begins to rise out of the Kitami and Ashina plains, the brief rule of the Lords of Ishikari, and the complete unification of the nation by the Heiwa emperor. At that point, it is joined by another figure, a white fox representing the goddess Inari, as the land blossoms into spring. The two continue their journey for some time before stopping at another scene, one of chaos and pain. For a time, Ryūjin appears to turn its head in shame before being greeted by a man, one whose form appears in part a mix of the god Takemikazuchi and the Tōitsu Emperor, reflecting his believed status as a mortal incarnation of the deity. They follow him as the scene progresses, eventually reaching the end of the warring states period, at which point the deity transforms into a dove and joins the group, signifying its ability to bring peace in times of war. The group would continue on its journey for some time, reaching the first Ardo-Arashin war and the enthronement of the Keiyo Emperor, where they are joined by a final deity, the god Susanoo-no-Mikoto (often portrayed as a personification of the Empire) as he prepares to strike down the eight-headed serpent Yamata no Orochi, a clear parallel to the long, arduous struggle for survival that Arashkai faced during the Great War, though at the last moment, he relents, offering instead a hand to the wounded beast, representing the process of reconciliation between the two nations. And then, as they near the edge of the scroll, the screens turn dark the Mon (seal) of the Imperial Clan is projected on the middle of the field before the tone of a Horagi (conch trumpet) is heard, calling attention to the edge of the stadium where, as though emerging from the scroll itself, the figures seen before enter the stadium in a display both of elaborate costume and puppetry, Ryūjin leading the way, as various other, similar displays enter from other parts of the stadium, representing the natural beauty of the nation. After a few minutes, the performance would end and the next phase of the ceremony would begin.

Another announcement would be said as the flags of Arashkai would be carried to two flagpoles near the left and right sides of the arena, carried by hand-picked members of the Imperial guard in their traditional attire.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, please stand for the National Anthem of the Empire of Arashkai, performed by the Ikan Band Choir." the announcer said, after which the National Anthem, the "Patriotic March", was played as the flags were raised. Not long afterwards, the Games flame would be lit in it's cauldron, after which yet another announcement was made, saying "Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Chancellor Sachio Himekawa of Arashkai."

The chancellor would walk up to a podium overlooking the stadium, where he would make a brief speech on the games.
"Honored guests, I wish to extend my personal thanks to you on behalf of the Imperial Government and His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Go-Tenji. Tonight, as we celebrate the beginning of this most wonderous occasion, we look back on the history of the games and forwards to their future. Last year, the games were hosted jointly by the nations of Tamora and the Selucid Emirate, a momentous occasion as it marked the first time the games were shared between those nations. There were, of course, those who protested this decision, but whether or not they were justified in these protestations, they gave hope to many that even those who are most unlikely to achieve their hopes and dreams can still do so, they just need to stand up and make their position heard. This year, we celebrate this hope that even in our darkest hour, such as our nation following the attacks last month, we can still achieve great things. We have all come together in spite of these attacks to say that we are not afraid, that we will face the future with renewed vigour, and that no matter the challenges we face, we will endure. With that, it is my greatest pleasure to announce on the behalf of the people and government of the Empire of Arashkai, as well as the International Mundus Games Committee, that the 2021 Mundus Games have begun! May fortune favor the bold!"

And with that, 2,000 drones would rise into the sky, creating a most spectacular light show, first of the planet with the locations of the various Mundus Games highlighted, then various scenes of the nation, though naturally in a somewhat more simplistic form due to the medium, after which they would form the logo of the games. With the logo unveiled in the sky, fireworks would shoot into the sky, though for safety concerns they would be kept away from the display. And so, the Mundus Games had begun.

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Vignettes / Those Left Behind — Historical Arashin Vignettes
« on: June 17, 2021, 07:22:18 AM »
Going forwards, this thread will be used to catalogue vignettes taking place in Arashkai's past, with the previous thread, "Tales of Arashkai", being used for vignettes that are set in the present day. Over time, I will update this post with links to each post, with said posts being divided by era. Note that some of these vignettes will take the form of journal entries while others will take the form of standard vignettes.
Pre-Pentarchical Arashkai (Pre-196 AD)

Pentarchical-Era Arashkai (196 - 1021/1042)

First Imperial Era (1042 - 1426)

The Great Interregnum (1426 - 1477)

Second Imperial Era (1477 - 1600)

Early Modern Era (1600 - 1800)

Modern Era (1800 - 2020)

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Character Guides / Historical Figures of the Empire of Daitō
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:17:42 PM »
This thread will henceforth be used to post general information regarding important people from Daitō's past; members of the aristocracy or otherwise.

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For Important individuals who are currently alive, please refer to this thread: People of the Empire of Daitō

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Factbooks and Maps / Military factbook of the Empire of Daitō
« on: March 29, 2021, 10:23:33 PM »
Armed Forces of the Empire of Daitō


Though the modern form of the Daitōjin Armed Forces is only 138 years old, it's earliest roots can be traced as far back as the mid-11th century during the reign of Emperor Heiwa with the foundation of the Imperial Guard. The guard is known for their distinctive black uniforms, which feature, at least in their winter variant, a black cape, as well as their usage of traditional Daitōjin swords. Nonetheless, the modern form of the Imperial Armed Forces was founded in 1883, near the start of the Daitōjin Civil War. It's youngest branch, the Space Forces, was founded in 2016.

The Imperial Armed Forces is formed of Four major service branches and three services which are shared between these branches. These are the following:
The Imperial Army
The Imperial Navy
The Imperial Air Forces
The Imperial Space Forces
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Headquarters
Fort Azuma, Shinkyō
NS Tsūre
Shinkyō AFB
MFS Artsiv
Commanding Officer
Marshal Okimoto Esashi
Grand Admiral Satoru Hazuki
Marshal Nanako Ahane
Marshal Saburō Yokomichi
Active Members
(Reserves)
Approx 206,000
(Approx 576,000)
Approx 77,736
(Approx 17,000)
Approx 59,000
(Approx 23,000)
Approx 13,000
(Approx 30,000)
Motto
"Ever Vigilant"
"For the Fatherland and Emperor"
"Unto the Heavens"
"Eternal in Victory"
Emblem

Budget (Actual Number): 129,181,329,336
Budget (% of GDP): 3.10%
Military Service Age: 18
Active Personnel: 355,736
Reservists: 646,000
Total Personnel: 1,001,736
Conscription: Male only, inactive since 2000
Available for Service: 13 million
Reaching Military Age Annually: 1.3 million

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