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Civil Factbook of the Empire of Daitō
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:29:42 PM »
The Empire of Daitō
大大和帝國
Dai Yamato Teikoku



Imperial Emblem


Civil and State Flag


Alternative State Flag


”HAKKŌ ICHIU."


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HISTORY

   TBA


GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE

   TBA

10 LARGEST CITIES IN DAITŌ


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Shinkyō — Shinkyō Special Administrative City

Population: 9,876,304


Awara — Awara Special Administrative City

Population: 3,786,982


Urasoe — Chibu Prefecture

Population: 2,782,100


Otsu — Hidaka Prefecture

Population: 2,422,859


Yuzawa — Yuzawa Prefecture

Population: 2,201,872


Goris — Tsukishima Prefecture

Population: 1,977,403


Shibetsu — Ishikari Prefecture

Population: 1,874,906


Tenkyō — Tenkyō Special Administrative City

Population: 1,504,986


Saito — Muroran Prefecture

Population: 1,496,183


GOVERNMENT

TBA
PARTIES OF THE IMPERIAL DIET
House of Representatives

House of Peers



National Anthem:
Kimigayo
(His Majesty's Reign)


Legendary Founding
 (660 BC)
  Yamatai Period
 (660 BC - 290 AD)
  Foundation of the Empire
 (231 BC)
  First Historically-verifiable
 Emperor
 (74 BCE)
  Suzaki Period
 (290 - 592)
  Otawara Period
 (592 - 710)
  Introduction of Buddhism
 (574 - 628)
  Saijo Period
 (710 - 793)
  Wars with the Ebisu
 (781 - 804)
  Heijō Period
 (793 - 1185)
  Conquest of the East
 Ardian Peninsula
 (793 - 879)
  Early Ardian Wars
 (1128 - 1283)
  Genpei War
 (1180 - 1185)
  Otsu Period
 (1185 - 1358)
  Kanpō Restoration
 (1358)
  Fukkatsu Jidai
 (1358 - 1421)
  Nanbōku-chō Period
 (1421 - 1478)
  Ōsōdō Jidai
 (1478 - 1603)
  Kutsuki Bakufu
 (1623 - 1707)
  Amakusa Rebellion
 (1634 - 1635)
  Fushiri Wars
 (1707 - 1714)
  Shimura Bakufu
 (1714 - 1868)
  Ardian Invasion
 (1848)
  Foreign Interventions
 (1849 - 1865)
  Boshin War
 (1868 - 1869)
  Keiyo Era
 (1868 - 1932)
  Keiyo Restoration
 (1868)
  Tottori Rebellion
 (1877)
  Annexation of the Satsunan
 Islands
 (1879)
  Adoption of Constitution
 (1896)
  Colonization of Tsukishima
 (1874 - 1908)
  the Ardian Continental War
 (1914 - 1918)
  Miyako Islands Conflict
 (1928)
  Kunan Era
 (1932 - 1972)
  Kunan Restoration
 (1937)
  Dictatorial Rule
 (1937 - 1948 AD)
  the Great War
 (1939 - 1945)
  Reconstruction Authority
 (1945 - 1952)
  Democratic Period
 (1948 - Present)
  Daitōjin Economic Miracle
 (1946 - 1992)
  Eikō Era
 (1972 - 1993)
  Bubble Economy
 (1986 - 1992)
  Antei Era
 (1993 - 2020)
  Lost Decade
 (1993 - 2003)
  Second Miracle
 (2003 - 2019)
  2019 Recession
 (2019)
  Tenshi Era
 (2020 - Present)

Capital: Shinkyō
Largest city: Shinkyō

Demonym:
 Daitōjin or Yamatojin

Government: Unitary
Parliamentary Semi-Constitutional Monarchy
 

Legislature: Imperial Diet

Population: 229,367,000

HDI: 0.919 (Very High)

Currency: Imperial Mon (₯)
ER: ₯80 IM = $1 USD

Time zone: UTC -02:00 - UTC +02:00

Drives on the: Left

Calling code: +81

Internet TLD: .dt

Space Program: Daitō National Space Agency (DNSA)
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ECONOMY

The economy of Daitō is a highly developed free-market economy. It is the fifth largest economy nominal GDP and is one of the world's largest developed economies. As of 2020, the nominal country's per capita is of $35,264.86. The nation maintains a low poverty rate, with, as of 2012, only 0.7% of the population living on less than $1.90/day, 0.9% on less than $3.20/day, and 1.2% on less than $5.50/day. The nation's unemployment rate is currently at around 1.73% and has a HDI of 0.919, which is classified as "Very High".

The nation has a tax rate of 11%, although it varies by the taxpayer's income, but this is made up for with a corporate tax rate of 33.83%. The funds are used to provide free and universal healthcare, education, and other public services. The national currency is the Imperial Mon (₯), which is made up of 100 Sen and has an exchange rate into Universal Standard Dollars of ₯80=$1. The nation's main industries are as follows:
Motor vehicles • electronic equipment • machine tools • aerospace • steel • ships • natural gas • chemicals • textiles • processed foods

DEMOGRAPHICS

The population of Daitō is currently growing at a rate of 0.92% and is currently at around 229,367,000 people. The nation's population has doubled since 1961, although birth rates have slowed since then. The vast majority of the population is found in Ardia, with 15% residing in Tsukishima and the remainder on the mainland or in the Satsunan islands. Regarding ethnicity, approximately 87% of the population belongs to the Onishi ethnic group, which includes individuals from the nation itself, Rokkenjima, and Toshikawa, although 97% of them are from Daitō itself. 3.8% of the population is Satsunanjin, primarily hailing from the Satsunan Islands, although some are descendants of settlers on the mainland and Tsukishima. 6% are natives of Tsukishima, their ancestors hailing from Juhi in the 15th century. Otherwise, 1.7% of the population belongs to various other native ethnicities and 0.9% belong to other foreign ethnic groups, with the largest of those being the Ardians and the Phuebrans.

In terms of religion, the native Teidō faith is overwhelmingly dominant, with its practitioners making up 87% of the population. 5% of the population does not profess any faith whatsoever or is undecided. 5.5% of the population belongs to a christian denomination, with the largest being various forms of protestantism at around 2.5%. 2% belong to the Catholic church, while 1% belong to various other churches, with a significant part of said percent belonging to the indigenous nestorian church. Finally, 2.5% of the population practices Rosarity, native to Rokkenjima, mostly located within Tōsandō circuit, although a small community exists on Tsukishima.

Currency:
Imperial Mon (₯)
ER: ₯80 IM = $1 USD

(Nominal) GDP:
$8.088 Trillion
(₯647.087 Trillion)

(Nominal) GDP
per capital
:
$35,264.86
(₯2,821,188.80)

Labor force: 137.4 million

Unemployment: 1.73%

Ethnicity
2020 Census Data
Onishi: 87.6%
Dalseonese 6%
Satsunanjin: 3.8%
Other native: 1.7%
Other foreign: 0.9%

Religion
Teidō: 87*%
Rosarity: 2.5%
Christianity (Protestant): 2.5%
Christianity (Catholic): 2%
Christianity (Other): 1%
Irreligious: 5%
Other: 0.5%
(*Buddhists in Daitō almost exclusively
also follow Teidō, thus figures are hard
to come by)

Life Expectancy
Male: 84.3
Female: 86.9
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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2021, 08:04:42 PM »
Laws and Stances of Daitō

Abortion —Abortion is legal under the 1996 Women’s Health Act
Adultery —While legal, Adultery is deemed grounds for divorce.
Affirmative action —No laws regarding affirmative action exist, however Daitō, owing to a 1998 ruling of the Supreme Court, held that schools could not consider race a plus-factor when evaluating applicants holistically.
Age of consent —The nationwide age of consent is set at eighteen.
Age of majority —The age of majority is set at eighteen.
Artificial insemination —Artificial insemination is legal in the Empire of Daitō.
Assisted suicide —Assisted suicide is illegal in Daitō, with a sentences ranging from a minimum of ten years to a maximum of being given the death penalty if the individual is found to have assisted in more than one death. Any physician who is caught offering such services has their license to practice revoked without room for appeal.
Bestiality —Bestiality is illegal in Daitō, coming with a minimum fine of ₯8000.
Birth control —Birth control is legal in Daitō.
Concealed carry —Concealed carry is illegal in Daitō owing to its stringent gun control legislation.
Death penalty —The death penalty exists in Daitō, with the primary means of execution being hanging, shooting, or, in some rare cases, forced suicide via hara-kiri. The death penalty is applied for murder, treason, and crimes against the state. Judges typically impose the death penalty in cases of multiple homicides; the death sentence for a single murder is not particularly common.
Divorce —Divorce is permitted in Daitō, with four types of divorce being extant within the nation's jurisdiction. They are as follows:
   Divorce by Mutual Consent
   Divorce by Family Court Mediation
   Divorce by Family Court Judgement
   Divorce by District Court Judgement
Double jeopardy —Under the constitution of Daitō,
   ”No person shall be held criminally liable for an act which was lawful at the time it was committed, or of which he has been acquitted, nor shall he be placed in double jeopardy.”
However, multiple cases have adjusted the government’s stance on this, with the Supreme Court ruling in a 2016 case on larceny that in the event that there are two trials for separate cases of simple larceny, it will not be considered double jeopardy, even if the prosecutor could have charged both of them as a single crime of habitual larceny.
Drinking age —The minimum drinking age is set at the age of 18.
Driving age —The minimum legal driving age is divided into two categories, those being as follows:
   Motorcycles under 400 cc — 16
   Ordinary/Semi-medium vehicles and motorcycles over 401 cc — 18
Education —Daitō mandates compulsory education in its territories from the age of six until the age of eighteen. Education from home, commonly referred to as homeschooling, is illegal with no known exceptions.
Eminent domain —Eminent domain is constitutionally permitted as deemed necessary for the public interest and if compensation is provided.
Felony disenfranchisement —”Deprivation of Political Rights” is an accessory punishment defined in the Criminal Code of the Empire of Daitō which can be enforced solely or with a principal penalty (e.g. capital punishment or life sentence) to limit the convicted person’s right to be involved in political activities. For those sentenced to a principal penalty with deprivation of political rights, the deprivation is effective during the time they are incarcerated and the duration as sentenced from the day of their release or parole. It is only automatically imposed on those sentenced to life imprisonment or death. If the principal penalty is commuted, usually so will the deprivation of political rights. Political rights are not automatically deprived for prisoners, and those inmates who are not subject to this deprivation can and do still vote and can in theory be elected, although this has never occurred. With Daitō being a de-facto one party state, this penalty is not a significant one.

As defined in the criminal code, the nominal political rights include:
   • the right to vote and stand for election;
   • the rights of freedom of speech, of the press, of assembly, of association, of procession and of demonstration;
   • the right to hold position in a state organization; and
   • the right to hold a leading position in any state-owned company, enterprise, institution, or organization.
Flag desecration —Under the Daitōjin criminal code, it is a criminal offense to insult either the national flag or national emblem of the country. This offense notably does not apply to foreign governments, although it does exist as a misdemeanor labeled as “obstructing state diplomacy”, which carries an ₯16000 fine. As for the flag and emblem of the Empire of Daitō, the offense is “disturbing the order”. Besides, insulting or damaging the portrait of the reigning Emperor would also be punishable as “disturbing the order”. The penalty  can be either incarceration for one year or less, or a fine of ₯24,000.
Gambling age —The minimum gambling age in Daitō is set at twenty years old. However, gambling is generally illegal in Daitō, with this minimum age being for betting on horse racing and certain motorsports. Public sports, lotteries, and football pools are held under special laws in order to increase the income of national and local governments as well as to offer a form of entertainment.
Firearm Possession —The 1876 Haitōrei edict prohibited people, with the exception of the pre-kazoku nobility, the military, and law enforcement from carrying weapons in public. Under modern weapons law, this has continued, with its opening passage stating “No one shall possess a firearm or firearms”, and very few exceptions are allowed. While sword-ownership is legal, in practice nobody carries them except in very limited circumstances owing to their price, and the sale of them is heavily restricted. Nonetheless, on the note of firearms, citizens are permitted to possess firearms for hunting and sport shooting, but only after submitting to a lengthy licensing procedure. As parrt of the procedure, a shooting-range test must be passed with a “mark of at least 95%”. A mental-health evaluation taking place at a hospital, and a thorough background check where one’s family and friends are interviewed, are also part of the procedure.

A gun license expires after three years, after which license tests must be repeated. After ten years of shotgun ownership, a license-holder may obtain a rifle. As of 2022, gun ownership is very rare: 0.6 guns per 100 people as of 2007. When mass killings occur, they are often perpetrated by assailants wielding knives or by other means. In 2014, there were just six firearm-related fatalities, none of which were determined to have been intentional, rather being by accident or not involving a second individual.

Each prefecture can operate a total of three gun shops. New cartridges can only be purchased after turning in expended cartridges; in turn, new magazines can only be purchased by trading in old ones. If a gun owner dies, their relatives are required by law to surrender their firearms. Off-duty police officers are not allowed to carry firearms, rarely do while on-duty apart from special squads, and arrests are generally made without firearms; instead, police are expected to be proficient in judo.
Homosexuality in the military —Daitō does not have any rules applying to homosexuals serving in the Imperial Daitōjin Armed Forces. When asked in 2001 about their policy toward gays and lesbians, it answered that it was deemed a non-issue, and individuals within the forces indicated that so long as same-sex relations did not lead to fights or other trouble, there were few, if any, barriers to inclusion within the armed services.
Human cloning —Legislation exists which aims to promote stem cell research, using cells that are “ethically obtained”, that could contribute to a better understanding of diseases and therapies, as well as promote “derivation of pluripotent stem cell lines without the creation of human embryos”. Reproductive human cloning, however, remains illegal within Daitō.
In vitro fertilization —In vitro fertilization is legal in Daitō.
Marriageable age —The minimum age when someone can marry is set at the age of majority, that being eighteen years old.
Military conscription —While military conscription does exist in Daitō de-jure, it has not been in practice since the 1990s.
Polygamy —Polygamy is illegal in Daitō, having been banned in 1937, although existing polygamous relationships were not dissolved.
Prostitution —Prostitution is illegal in Daitō, although loopholes, liberal interpretations, and a loose enforcement of the law have allowed the Daitōjin sex industry to prosper and earn an estimated ₯1.92 trillion per year.
Racial discrimination —Daitō does not have any laws prohibiting or promoting racial discrimination as a practice.
Same-sex marriage —While homosexuality was decriminalized in 1937, same-sex marriage remains illegal in Daitō.
Smoking age —The minimum smoking age is set at 18 years old.
State ideology —Although Daitō has not officially had a state ideology since 1996, the ruling party still clings to many of its old tenants of anti-communism, Daitōjin Nationalism, and militarism.
State religion —Daitō does not officially have a state religion by law, however, in practice, the Teidō faith is treated by many lawmakers in such a manner as less a religion and more of an ideology.
Torture —Torture is prohibited in Daitō, however, there are rumors of such actions taken by the country’s intelligence services.
Trial by jury —All citizens are granted the right to choose a trial by jury of their peers or a bench trial, however, such a practice can be waived under certain circumstances such as martial law or in certain heinous offences such as treason.
Universal healthcare —All citizens of Daitō are required by law to have health insurance coverage. People without insurance from employers can participate in a national health insurance programme, administered by local governments. Patients are free to select physicians or facilities of their choice and cannot be denied coverage. Hospitals, by law, must be run as non-profit and managed by physicians.
Voting age —The minimum voting age in Daitō is set eighteen years of age.
Women's rights —All citizens in Daitō are guaranteed the same rights under law without regard to gender.
Working age —The minimum working age in Daitō is divided by gender and has restrictions dependent on the age of the individual. These are as follows:
   Male
      15: Restricted occupations and hours of activity.
      18: Unrestricted.
   Female
      15: With broad restrictions for working hours and the type of work.
      18: May only participate in underground work if engaged in work specified by ordinance performed underground.
      20: Unrestricted.
Lθse-majestιLaw No.45 of the 1907 Penal Code:
Chapter 1 “Crimes against the Imperial Family”
   • Article 73.
      1. Any person who causes or attempts to cause harm to the Emperor, Empress, Crown Prince, or Grandson of the Emperor shall be punished by death.
   • Article 74.
      1. Any person who commits an act of disrespect against the Emperor, Empress, Crown Prince, or Grandson of the Emperor shall be punished with imprisonment for not less than three months and not more than five years, and a fine of not less than 6,400 mon and not more than 64,000 mon shall be imposed.
      2. The same shall apply to any person who commits an act of disrespect against the Imperial Shrine or the Imperial Mausoleum.
   • Article 75.
      1. Any person who causes harm to the Imperial Family shall be punished by death, and any person who attempts to do that shall be punished by life imprisonment.
   • Article 76.
      1. Any person who commits an act of disrespect against the Imperial Family shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than two months and not more than four years, and a fine of not less than 3,200 mon and not more than 32,000 mon shall be imposed.
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Flags and Standards of Daitō
Contemporary Flags
Civil Flags
Image
DateUseDescription
16 February, 1871State and Civil Flag of the Empire of DaitōFlag ratio: 7:10. Disc is shifted 1% towards the hoist (left). The flag was designed by Proclamation No.52, 1871
26 June, 1937Alternate State Flag of the Empire of DaitōSun disc with 12 blue rays on a white field and stars representing the "eight corners of the world", set in precession around the disc. The Sun disc is representative of Daitō and the Emperor.
02 October, 1871Imperial Standard of the Emperor of DaitōA gold seventeen-petalled chrysanthemum centered on a red background.
26 September, 1989Imperial Standard of the Emperor-Emeritus.Similar to the Standard of the Emperor, but with a darker background.
11 March, 1922Imperial Standard of the Empress, Empress Dowager, or Grand Empress Dowager, and the Empress Emerita.A pennant of the Standard of the Emperor.
11 March, 1922Standard of the Regent of Daitō.Similar to the Standard of the Emperor, but with a white border.
11 March, 1922Imperial Standard of the Crown Prince and the Imperial Grandson who is an heir apparent.Similar to the standard of the Emperor, but with a white orle.
11 March, 1922Imperial Standard of the wife of the Crown Prince and the wife of the Imperial Grandson.A pennant of the Standard of the Crown Prince.
26 September, 1989Imperial Standard of the Crown Prince if not the son of the Emperor.A gold 17-petaled chrysanthemum centered on a white background with a red orle and border.
11 March, 1922Imperial Standard of other members of the Imperial HouseSimilar to the standard of the Crown Prince (non-descendant), but without the red orle
Military Flags
Image
DateUseDescription
16 May, 1870Flag of the Imperial Daitōjin ArmyCentered sun disc with 16 rays on a white field.
16 August, 1944Flag of the Imperial Daitōjin NavySun disc with 32 rays on a white field, with the disc skewed to the hoist.
11 June, 2004Flag of the Imperial Daitōjin Air ForceCurrent ensign, used since 2004.
08 November, 1958Standard of the Prime MinisterFive cherry blossoms on a purple background.
08 November, 1958Naval Standard of the Prime MinisterFive cherry blossoms on a purple background. Like other naval standards, it is thinner than its land variant.
08 November, 1958Standard of the Minister of WarFive cherry blossoms on a magenta background.
08 November, 1958Naval Standard of the Minister of WarFive cherry blossoms on a magenta background.
08 November, 1958Standard of the Vice Minister of WarFour cherry blossoms on a magenta background.
08 November, 1958Naval Standard of the Vice Minister of WarFour cherry blossoms on a magenta background.
16 July, 1951Standard of Chief of Staff, Joint Staff
16 July, 1951Standard of the Chief of Staff of the Imperial Daitōjin Army
16 July, 1951Standard of the Chief of Staff of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
16 July, 1951Standard of the Chief of Staff of the Imperial Daitōjin Air Force
06 April, 1889Standard of admiral of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
26 February, 1914Standard of vice admiral of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
26 February, 1914Standard of rear admiral of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
26 February, 1914Standard of commodore of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
26 February, 1914Standard of commander of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
26 February, 1914Standard of senior captain of the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
19 October, 1870Standard of duty ship in the Imperial Daitōjin Navy
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Religions of Daitō

Teidō
The Imperial Way

            Teidō (帝道, "the Imperial Way"), also known as Daidō (大道, the "Great Way") and Kodō (古道, the Ancient Way), is a faith native to Eastern Ardia that is mostly associated in the modern day with the Empire of Daitō, better known as the Empire of Daitō. While the term "Teidō" applies to all practitioners of the religion, the other terms, "Daidō" and "Kodō", refer to practitioners of the mainstream form of the religion and other, smaller sects respectively. While scholars sometimes refer to practitioners as "Teidōists", the term is largely nonexistent among said practitioners.

            Teidō is a polytheistic (though it has some henotheistic tendencies) and revolves around the kami ("gods" or "spirits"), supernatural entities that are believed by practitioners to inhabit all things. This has resulted in Teidō being considered animistic and pantheistic. The kami are worshipped at kamidana (household shrines), family shrines, and jinja (public shrines). The latter of these are staffed by priests known as kannushi, who oversee offerings made to specific kami enshrined at the location. This is done to cultivate harmony between humans and kami as well as to solicit the latter's blessing. These shrines are also staffed by miko, or supplementary priestesses, who take part in a variety of duties in the maintenance of the shrine, assisting the shrine's chief priest, or gūji, and performing a variety of spiritual rites. Common rituals include the kagura dances, various rites of passage, and seasonal festivals. Public shrines often provide religious paraphernalia such as amulets to the religion's adherents. Teidō does not emphasize specific moral codes, instead placing major conceptual focus on ensuring purity, largely through cleaning practices such as ritual washing and bathing. Teidō historically has had no specific creator or specific doctrinal text, though this changed starting in the 16th century with the birth of the Daidō sect.
Kami
Kotoamatsukami
            Kotoamatsukami is the collective term for the first gods within the faith, who were said to have come into existence at the time of the creation of the universe. According to the religion, they were "born" in Takamagahara, the world of Heaven, at the time of creation. Unlike the future generations of gods, they were not born, but rather manifested themselves. As a result, while they are generally known to have a form, this form is unknown and perhaps unknowable to mortals. Two of these deities came into existence after the first three, though only a short while later than the rest. They are as follows:
Ame-no-Minakanushi
Takamimusubi
Kamimusubi
Supreme Lord of the gods
god of agriculture/creation
god/goddess of creation
The first deity
Sometimes associated
with gravity
One of the
alleged ancestors
of the Emperor
Ancestor of the gods
Umashi'ashikabihikoji
Amenotokotachi
god of energy
god of heaven
associated with mundus
associated with Takamagahara
Kamiyo-nanayo
            The Kamiyo-nanayo are seven generations of kami that emerged after the formation of heaven and earth. They appeared after the Kotoamatsukami according to many religious texts. While the first two generations lacked an identifiable gender, the five that followed came into being as male-female pairs of kami: male deities and "sisters" (though this is less them literally being siblings and more of a term to describe their shared origins) who were at the same time married couples. Of these, the last two are viewed as the most important, being responsible for the formation of Daitō. In total, there are twelve kami in this group, which are as follows:
Kuninotokotachi
Toyo-kumono-no-kami
Male deity
Female deity
Uhijini
Suhijini
Tsunuguhi
Ikuguhi
Ōtonoji
Ōtonobe
Omodaru
Aya-kashiko-ne
Izanagi
Izanami
Major Kami
Amaterasu-Ōmikami
Ame-no-Uzume
Fūjin
Hachiman
Inari Ōkami
Ninigi-no-Mikoto
goddess of the sun
goddess of the dawn and revelry
god of the wind
god of war
goddess of rice and fertility
purported ancestor of the first emperor
Ancestor of the Emperor
Mother of Ninigi-no-Mikoto
Apparent descendant of
Takamimusubi
Alleged first practitioner
of the Kagura dance
One of the oldest kami
Portrayed as an Oni in artwork
Brother of Raijin
A Divine Protector
of Daitō
Associated with foxes
Considered one of the more popular kami
Ancestor of all Emperors of Daitō
Ōmononushi
Ōkuninushi
Omoikane
Raijin
Ryūjin
Suijin
a god of nation-building, farming,
business, and medicine
a god of nation-building, farming,
business, and medicine
god of wisdom and intelligence
god of thunder and lightning
god of the sea
god of water
Sometimes viewed as
the same deity as
Ōkuninushi
Sometimes viewed as
the same deity as
Ōmononushi
Depicted as an oni in artwork
Brother of Fūjin
Associated with the region of Kitami
Sometimes conflated with Ryūjin
Susanoo-no-Mikoto
Takemikazuchi
Takeminakata
Tamanoya
Toyotama-hime
Tsukuyomi-no-Mikoto
god of storms
god of thunder and storms
god of hunting
god of artifacts
Imperial ancestor
god of the moon
Closely tied to the Daitōjin
Discovered the sword
Ame-no-Murakumo-no-Tsurugi
Well known for slaying the dragon
Yamata no Orochi
an Ancestor of the Imperial Clan
Sometimes known as Kashima
A Divine Protector of Daitō
The daughter of Ryūjin
Grandmother of the "First" Emperor
Killed Ukemochi out of disgust and anger
for the way she prepared a meal.
Resulted in a feud with the sun goddess, which is why
the sun and moon appear in different parts of the sky.
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Daitōjin Currency


The Mon (₯) is the currency of the Empire of Daitō that has been in use since the 1880s. It's full name is the Daitōjin Mon or alternatively the Daitōan Mon, though the former is more common (though nowhere near as common as just calling it the Mon). It is divided into two forms, the titular Mon and the Sen, which is valued at 1/100th of a Mon and equivalent to the cent found in other currencies. It is, as of 2021, valued at ₯80 per $1 USD. Below are various forms of the currency:
Currently-circulating coins
Image
Value
Diameter
Mass
Edge
1s
16.0mm
0.65g
Smooth
5s
17.0mm
1.95g
Smooth
10s
22.0mm
1.0g
Reeded
50s
19.0mm
2.8g
Reeded
₯1
20mm
1g
Smooth
₯5
22mm
3.75g
Smooth
₯10
23.5mm
4.5g
Smooth
₯50
21mm
4g
Reeded
₯100
22.6mm
4.8g
Reeded
₯500
26.5mm
7g
Reeded
Slantingly
Currently-circulating Banknotes
Image
Obverse
Image
Reverse
Value
Dimensions
Main Color
₯1000
150 x 76mm
Blue
₯2000
154 x 76mm
Green
₯5000
156 x 76mm
Purple
₯10,000
160 x 76mm
Brown


Daitō formerly made use of smaller Mon and Sen banknotes, though they (and the Sen banknotes as a whole) were discontinued in the 1970s. The currency is issued by the Bank of Daitō (大東銀行, Daitō Ginko, BOD), a bureau of the Treasury Ministry.
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Orders, Decorations, and Medals of Daitō


The Daitōjin Honours System originated in the 1870s, following the end of the Ardo-Daitōjin war of 1868. It was modeled off of occidental honour systems, though certain native honours still exist in one form or another. The following are these orders, decorations, and medals.
Current Orders
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   • Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum — Established in 1877 as the premier collar of the Empire of Daitō; originally in one class (Grand Cordon) before being expanded to two classes (Collar; Grand Cordon) in 1886
      • Collar — The highest possible honour that may be conferred. The Collar is only ever worn by the reigning Emperor and is normally only awarded to foreign monarchs as a courtesy. Before 1958, the Collar was also conferred upon extremely influential Cabinet members, senior members of the Imperial Family, and certain senior military officers who held the rank of Marshal. It can be awarded posthumously to extremely distinguished Prime Ministers of Daitō.
      • Grand Cordon — Typically conferred upon royals of the Imperial House of Daitō, foreign royalty who are not reigning monarchs, certain foreign non-royal Heads of State, and select Daitōjin Prime Ministers. Until 1958, the Grand Cordon was often conferred upon eminent military officers of the rank of Marshal. It is often conferred posthumously.
   • Order of the Paulownia Flowers — Ordinarily the highest regularly awarded honour, the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is conferred in a single class (Grand Cordon); typically, it is awarded to Daitōjin Prime Ministers, senior statesmen, select foreign heads of state, distinguished cabinet members, and jurists. Until 1958, it was also awarded to distinguished military officers of the rank of General or higher, or its equivalents.
   • Order of the Rising Sun — Established in 1872, it was Daitō's first order. It was, until 2005, awarded in nine classes, though only six are awarded now. It is awarded to foreign heads of government, chairpersons of prominent international organizations and leading politicians, business leaders, diplomats, prominent academics, and military officers. They are often awarded to individuals who have made a significant contribution to Daitō in varying degrees.
      • 1st Class — Grand Cordon
      • 2nd Class — Gold and Silver Star
      • 3rd Class — Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon
      • 4th Class — Gold Rays and Rosette
      • 5th Class — Gold and Silver Rays
      • 6th Class — Silver Rays
   • Order of the Sacred Treasures — Established in 1892 as the Imperial Order of Keiyo (and frequently referred to as such). The Order of the Sacred Treasures has been awarded to civil servants for their long-term contributions. They include government and local officials, military personnel, scholars of national universities, and school teachers. For example, the former Gensui-Rikugun-Taishō of the Imperial Army is awarded the Grand Cordon upon turning 70 years of age.
      • 1st Class — Grand Cordon
      • 2nd Class — Gold and Silver Star
      • 3rd Class — Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon
      • 4th Class — Gold Rays with Rosette
      • 5th Class — Gold and Silver Rays
      • 6th Class — Silver Rays
   • Order of Culture — Established in 1946 as a single-class order of merit to honour those who have made outstanding contributions to Daitōjin culture.
   • Order of the Celestial Throne — Established in 1889 as an honour for foreigners who were not eligible for a higher honour, it was subsequently converted into a de-facto women's version of the Order of the Rising Sun. In 2001, with the opening of the Order of the Rising Sun to Daitōjin women, the order was only awarded to foreign women.
      • 1st Class — Grand Cordon
      • 2nd Class — Peony Class
      • 3rd Class — Butterfly Class
      • 4th Class — Wisteria Class
      • 5th Class — Apricot Class
      • 6th Class — Ripple Class
   • Order of the Golden Kite — A purely military award, the Order of the Golden Kite was established in 1890 and is the military equivalent to the Order of the Paulownia Flowers. It initially had seven ranks, though the seventh was dropped in 2001.
      • 1st Class — Grand Cordon
      • 2nd Class — Gold and Silver Star
      • 3rd Class — Gold Rays and Neck Ribbon
      • 4th Class — Gold Rays with Rosette
      • 5th Class — Gold and Silver Rays
      • 6th Class — Silver Rays
   • Medals of Honour —
      • Medal with Red Ribbon — Awarded to individuals who have risked their own lives to save others.
      • Medal with Green Ribbon — Awarded to morally remarkable individuals who have actively taken part in serving society.
      • Medal with Yellow Ribbon — Awarded to individuals who, through their diligence and perseverance, became public role models.
      • Medal with Purple Ribbon — Awarded to individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements, and accomplishments.
      • Medal with Blue Ribbon — Awarded to individuals who have made prosperous efforts in the areas of public welfare and education.
      • Medal with Dark Blue Ribbon — Awarded to individuals who have made exceptionally generous financial contributions for the good of the public.

Criteria for Awards (Daitōjin Nationals)
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   • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Chrysanthemum — The highest conferred honour; for exceptional merit.
   • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers — For an exemplary and distinguished level of merit.
   • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun — For highly distinguished national and/or public service.
   • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure — For long and distinguished public service.
   • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Golden Kite — For long and distinguished military service.
   • Second through Sixth classes of the Order of the Rising Sun — For those cited for outstanding achievement.
   • Second through Sixth classes of the Order of the Sacred Treasure — For long and distinguished public service.
   • Order of Culture — For particularly significant achievements in regards to the furthering of cultural development.

Ribbon bars
Order of the Chrysanthemum

Collar

Grand Cordon

Ribbon Bar
Order of the Paulownia Flowers

Ribbon Bar
Order of the Rising Sun

Grand Cordon

2nd Class

3rd Class

4th Class

5th Class

6th Class

Ribbon Bar
Order of the Sacred Treasures

Grand Cordon

2nd Class

3rd Class

4th Class

5th Class

6th Class

Ribbon Bar
Order of Culture

Ribbon of the Order
Order of the Celestial Throne

Paulownia

Peony

Butterfly

Wisteria

Apricot

Ripples
Order of the Golden Kite

Grand Cordon

2nd Class

3rd Class

4th Class

5th Class

6th Class

7th Class

Ribbon Bar
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Daitōjin Calendar


The Daitōjin calendar refers to the co-official calender used within the Empire of Daitō. At present, Daitō uses both the Gregorian calendar and its traditional one, with efforts to blend the two having been undertaken. As a result, for example, July 25th, 2011 can be written as 14時代2631年6月25日, 14時代2011年7月25日, or 14時代2011年6月25日. In this context, 年 reads nen and means "year", 時代 reads jidai and means "era" or "age", 月 reads gatsu and means "month", and finally 日 reads nichi and means "day".

Prior to the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar in the 1890s, the year listed would be equivalent to the years since the beginning of the reign of the legendary Shin'ō Tennō.
Spoiler: Fukugen Calendar • show

Fukugen Calendar published in 1729 by the Mito Grand Shrine
The Fukugen Calendar (復元暦, Fukugen-reki) was a Daitōjin lunisolar calendar in use from 1682 to 1756 in its original form and still in use today in a modified form. It was formally adopted in 1683.

The Fukugen-reki system was developed and explained by the scholar and astronomer Shizuki Yoshitoki, who recognized that the length of the solar year is 365.2417 days. Shizuki discovered errors in the traditional calendar, the Ninmyō calendar, which had been in use for nearly eight-hundred years. The calendar, while undergoing several alterations over time, has remained in use into the modern day.

History
The Daitōjin calendar as it is known in the modern day traces its roots within the traditional calendars of central Ardia that were introduced through frequent contact and trade between the powers there and the east. The first calendar that can definitively be traced to this link comes from the fifth century, being introduced to Daitō from what is now modern-day Lijiang and Jiayuan through Juhi in the late-fifth to mid-sixth centuries. After that point, Daitō calculated its calendar using Sinitic procedures, and from 1682, using Daitōjin variations of Sintic procedures. In 1899, with the adoption of the eponymous 1899 Constitution, the Imperial Government would make the Gregorian calendar co-official within the Empire, but despite this, the Daitōjin calendar remains the preferred system to this day.

Daitō has had more than one system for designating years, including:
   • The Sinitic sexagenary cycle, which was introduced into Daitō during the 6th century. It was often used together with era names, as shown in the above 1729 calendar published by the Mito Grand Shrine. This system fell out of use with the adoption of the Fukugen calendar outside of religious functions before largely being dropped entirely. Today, it is largely used around the New Year and rarely anywhere else.
   • The era name (元号, nengō) system was also introduced from central Ardia and has been in continuous use since the 7th century. Since the accession of Go-Kaiyō Tennō in 1843, each emperor's reign has begun a new era, ending the era of the previous emperor. This system was retroactively applied to all emperors, whose last era name (which was also their posthumous name) would be used for their era. Nengō are the official means of dating years in Daitō, and virtually all government business is conducted using that system. It is also in general use in private and personal business.
   • The Daitōjin Imperial Year (皇紀, kōki, or 紀元, kigen) is based on the date of the legendary founding of Daitō by Emperor Shin'ō in 620 BC. It was first used in the official calendar in 1871, however, it never replaced era names.
   • The Occidental Common Era (Anno Domini) (西暦, seireki) system was adopted in 1899, however, it is only infrequently used in the modern day outside of dealings with foreign powers.

Official Calendar
Years
The official dating system known as nengō has been in use since the 7th century. Years are numbered within regnal eras, which are named by the reigning Emperor. Beginning with Emperor Go-Kaiyō (1843 - 1871), each reign has been one era, but many earlier Emperors decreed a new era upon any major event; the last pre-Go-Kaiyō Emperor's reign was divided into four eras, being changed on a seven-year cycle starting with the new year. The nengō system remains in wide use, especially on official documents and government forms.

The Imperial Year system (kōki) has been in use since 1871, when the new Emperor, Keiyo Tennō, proposed it. Usage of kōki dating can be seen as a nationalist signal, pointing out that the history of Daitō's Imperial Family is longer than that of Christianity, the basis of the Anno Domini (AD) system. Kōki 2600, or 1980, was an especially special year in the calendar, with celebrations occurring throughout the year and major events including the Ashina Expo occurring as anniversary events.

The law determining the placement of leap years is officially based on the kōki years, using a formula effectively equivalent to that of the Gregorian calendar. If the kōki year number is evenly divisible by four, it is a leap year, unless the number minus 620 is evenly divisible by 100 and not by 400. Thus, for example, the year Kōki 2520, or 1900, is divisbile by 4; but 2520-620 = 1900, which is evenly divisible by 100 but not 400, so kōki 2520 was not a leap year, just as in most of the world.

The present era, Go-Tenshi, commonly referred to as simply "Tenshi" in official documents, formally began on 28 August, 2020. The name of the new era was decided up on by the Daitōjin government in July of that year, though due to some potential issues was delayed from being released until the new year. The previous era, Antei, came to an end on 27 August, the day before the previous Emperor abdicated the throne.
Seasons
English Name
Daitōjin Name
Ardianization
Traditional Dates
Spring
haru
5 February - 6 May
Summer
natsu
7 May - 8 August
Autumn
aki
9 August - 7 November
Winter
fuyu
8 November - 4 February
Months
While there was a proposal to rename the months on the calendar to effectively be just "number + month", it was never adopted. Rather, the Daitōjin calendar still makes use of its traditional names for the months. It should be noted that while the English names for the months are provided, they are less directly the same months and more equivalents due to the nature of the calendar.
Daitōjin Name
English Name
Translation and Notes
睦月 (Mutsuki)
January
"Month of Love" or "Month of Affection"
如月 (Kisaragi)
February
"Changing Clothes"
Refers to the changing temperatures
弥生 (Yayoi)
March
"New Life"
卯月 (Uzuki)
April
"u-no-hana month"
The u-no-hana is a flower of the genus Deutzia.
皐月(Satsuki)
May
"Early-rice-planting Month"
水無月(Minazuki)
June
"Month of Water"
The 無 character, which normally means "absent", is ateji here and is only used for the na sound.
文月 (Fumizuki)
July
"Month of Erudition"
葉月(Hazuki)
August
"Month of Leaves"
長月 (Nagatsuki)
September
"The Long Month"
神無月
(Kannazuki or Kaminazuki)
October
"Month of the Gods".
The 無, which normally means "absent", was probably originally used as ateji. It still is around the Oshima Grand Shrine, where this name is used. Outside the Oshima province,
the name of the month is "Kannazuki" instead of "Kaminazuki", which means "Month without Gods". Due to false etymology, this is interpreted to mean that all Teidō Kami gather
at Oshima Shrine, thus meaning that there are no gods in the rest of the country. Thus, in Oshima province, the name means "Month with Gods".
霜月 (Shimotsuki)
November
"Month of Frost"
師走 (Shiwasu)
December
"Priests Running"
Refers to priests being busy at the end of the year for New Year's preparations and blessings.
Subdivisions of the month
Daitō uses a seven-day week, aligned with the Occidental calendar. The seven-day week, with names for the days corresponding to the Ardian system, was brought to Daitō around AD 730 with the Buddhist calendar. While the religion failed to make a foothold, the system remained in place. The system was used for astrological purposes and little else until the 1870s.

In a similar manner to the English names for days coming from the Ardian names (based on what the Ardians considered the seven visible planets, meaning the five visible planets and the sun and moon), in Daitō and other parts of Eastern and Central Ardia with several exceptions, the five visible planets are named after the five Sintic elements (metal, wood, water, fire, earth).
Daitōjin
Ardianization
Element (Planet)
English Name
日曜日
nichiyōbi
Sun
Sunday
月曜日
getsuyōbi
Moon
Munday
火曜日
kayōbi
Fire (Mars/Nergal)
Tuesday
水曜日
suiyōbi
Water (Mercury/Nabu)
Wednesday
木曜日
mokuyōbi
Wood (Jupiter/Marduk)
Thursday
金曜日
kin'yōbi
Metal (Venus/Ishtar)
Friday
土曜日
doyōbi
Earth (Saturn/Ninurta)
Saturday

Sunday and Monday are regarded as "Western style take-a-rest days". Since the late 19th century, Sunday has been regarded as a "full-time holiday" and saturday a "half-time holiday". These "holidays" have no religious meaning (except for those who belive in Christianity and Judaism). Many Daitōjin retailers do not close on Saturdays or Sundays; this is because many office workers and their families are expected to visit the shops during the weekend.

Daitōjin people also use 10-day periods called jun (旬). Each month is divided into two 10-day periods and a third with remaining 8 to 11 days.
   • The first (from the 1st to 10th) is jōjun (上旬, upper jun)
   • The second (from the 11th to 20th) is chūjun (中旬, middle jun).
   • The last (from the 21st to the end of the month) is gejun (下旬, lower jun).
These are frequently used to indicate approximate times in either a vague sense or as an allusion to a particular part of that period of time.
Days of the Month
Each day of the month has a semi-systematic name. The days generally use kun (native Daitōjin) numeral readings up to ten, and thereafter on (Sinitic-derived) readings, but there are some irregularities. The following table shows dates written in traditional numerals, though the usage of standard numerals occasionally appears as well.
Day
Number
Daitōjin
name
Ardianization
Day
Number
Daitōjin
name
Ardianization
1
一日
tsuitachi
18
十八日
jūhachi-nichi
2
二日
futsuka
19
十九日
jūkyū-nichi
3
三日
mikka
20
二十日
hatsuka
4
四日
yokka
21
二十一日
nijūichi-nichi
5
五日
itsuka
22
二十二日
nijūni-nichi
6
六日
muika
23
二十三日
nijūsan-nichi
7
七日
nanoka
24
二十四日
nijūyon-nichi
8
八日
yōka
25
二十五日
nijūgo-nichi
9
九日
kokonoka
26
二十六日
nijūroku-nichi
10
十日
tōka
27
二十七日
nijūshichi-nichi
11
十一日
jūichi-nichi
28
二十八日
nijūhachi-nichi
12
十二日
jūni-nichi
29
二十九日
nijūkyū-nichi
13
十三日
jūsan-nichi
30
三十日
sanjū-nichi
14
十四日
jūyokka
31
三十一日
sanjūichi-nichi
15
十五日
jūgo-nichi
16
十六日
jūroku-nichi
17
十七日
jūshichi-nichi
National Holidays
The following table lists the various national holidays of Daitō:
Date
English Name
Official Name
Ardianization
First New Moon
of the Year
New Years Day
四方拝
Shihō-hai
Second Monday
of January
Coming of Age
Day
成人の日
Seijin no Hi
19 January
The Emperor's Birthday
天長節
Tenchō Setsu
11 February
Festival of the Accession of the
First Emperor and the Foundation
of the Empire
紀元節
Kigen-setsu
Around 20 March
Vernal Prayer
Day
春季皇霊祭
Shunki kōrei-sai
17 April
Armed Forces Day
軍隊記念日
Guntaikinenbi
4 June
Keiyo Day
Beginning of Golden Week
恵与の日
Keiyo no Hi
9 June
Greenery Day
みどりの日
Midori no Hi
10 June
Children's Day
こどもの日
Kodomo no Hi
11 June
Citizen's Holiday
国民の休日
Kokumin no Kyūjitsu
Third Monday
of July
Marine Day
海の日
Umi no Hi
11 August
Mountain Day
山の日
Yama no Hi
Third Monday
of September
Respect for the
Aged Day
敬老の日
Keirō no Hi
Around 23 September
Autumnal Prayer
Day
秋季皇霊祭
Shū-ki Kōreisai
Second Monday
of October
Health and Sports
Day
体育の日
Taiiku no Hi
3 November
Culture Day
文化の日
Bunka no Hi
11 November
Rememberance Day
勝利の日
Shōri no hi
23 November
Harvest Day
新嘗祭
Niiname-sai
17 December
Chancellor Heishi Day
首相兵士の日
Shushō heishi no hi
Day before
First New Moon
of January
New Years Eve
大晦日
Ōmisoka
Seasonal Days
Some days in Daitō have special names to mark the change in seasons. The 24 sekki (Daitō: 二十四節気, ardiji: nijūshi sekki) are days that divide the solar year into four equal sections. Zassetsu (雑節) is a collective term for the seasonal days other than the 24 sekki. 72 (七十二候, Shichijūni kō)are made from dividing the 24 sekki of a year further by three.
Spoiler: The 24 sekki • show
   • Risshun (立春): 4 February - Beginning of spring
   • Usui (雨水): 19 February - Rain water
   • Keichitsu (啓蟄): 5 March - Awakening of hibernated (insects)
   • Shunbun (春分): 20 March - Vernal equinox, middle of spring
   • Seimei (清明): 5 April - Clear and bright
   • Kokuu (穀雨): 20 April - Grain rain
   • Rikka (立夏): 5 May - Beginning of summer
   • Shōman (小満): 21 May - Grain full
   • Bōshu (芒種): 6 June - Grain in ear
   • Geshi (夏至): 21 June - Summer solstice, middle of summer
   • Shōsho (小暑): 7 July - Small heat
   • Taisho (大暑): 23 July - Large heat
   • Risshū (立秋): 7 August - Beginning of autumn
   • Shosho (処暑): 23 August - Limit of heat
   • Hakuro (白露): 7 September - White dew
   • Shūnbun (秋分): 23 September - Autumnal equinox, middle of autumn
   • Kanro (寒露): 8 October - Cold dew
   • Sōkō (霜降): 23 October - Frost descent
   • Rittō (立冬): 7 November - Beginning of winter
   • Shōsetsu (小雪): 22 November - Small snow
   • Taisetsu (大雪): 7 December - Large snow
   • Tōji (冬至): 22 December - Winter solstice, middle of winter
   • Shōkan (小寒): 5 January - Small Cold; or Kan no iri (寒の入り)—Entrance of the cold
   • Daikan (大寒): 20 January - Major cold

Note: for further reading, I recommend the following article: Japanese Calendar as it proved invaluable for making this page. It has far more detail, while unchanged for the context of Mundus, than I could provide here.
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Re: Civil Factbook of the Empire of Daitō
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National Holidays of Daitō, Part One

Daitōjin New Years
First New Moon of the Year

Spoiler: Daitōjin New Year • show
The Daitōjin New Year (四方拝, Shihō-hai) is an annual festival with its own customs. It is held on the first New Moon of January on the Gregorian calendar. It is not, despite a few believing otherwise, held on the first day of the Gregorian Calendar, which is not usually a holiday.

Traditional Food
The Daitōjin eat a selection of dishes during the New Year celebration called osechi-ryōri, typically shortened to osechi. Many of these dishes are sweet, sour, or dried, so that they can keep without refrigeration: the culinary traditions date to a time before households had refrigerators and when most stores closed for the holidays. There are many variations of osechi, and some foods eaten in other places (or even considered inauspicious or banned) on New Years Day. Another popular dish is ozōni, a soup with mochi rice cake and ingredients which differ in various regions of Daitō. It is also common to eat buckwheat noodles caleld toshikoshi soba on ōmisoka (New Years Eve). Today, sashimi and sushi are often eaten as well as non-Daitōjin foods. In order to let the overworked stomach rest, seven-herb rice soup is prepared on the seventh day after New Years Day, a day known as jinjitsu.

Mochi
Another custom is to create and eat rice cakes known as mochi. Steamed sticky rice, or mochigome, is put into a wooden container called an usuand patted with water by one person while another hits it with a large wooden mallet. Mashing the rice, it forms a sticky white dumpling. This is made before New Year's and is eaten during the beginning of the year.

Mochi is made into a New Year's decoration called kagami mochi, formed from two round cakes of mochi with a tangerine (daidai) placed on top. The name daidai is supposed to be auspicious as it means "several generations".

Postcards
The end of December and beginning of January on the Gregorian calendar is the busiest period of time for Daitōjin post offices. The Daitōjin have a custom of sending New Year's Postcards (年賀状, nengajō) to their friends and relatives, similar to the Occidental custom of sending Christmas cards. The original purpose was to give faraway friends and relatives news about oneself and their immediate family, often to tell those whom they did not often meet that they were alive and well.

Sending these cards is timed so that they arrive on the New Year. The post offices will guarantee delivery on that day if the cards are marked with the word nengajō and mailed from mid-december until a few days before the end of the year. To deliver them on time, the post office often hires students part-time.

It is tradition to refrain from sending a postcard when there has been a death in the family during that year. In this case, a family member sends a simple mourning postcard to inform friends and family that they should not send New Year's cards, out of respect for the deceased.

People often get their nengajō from various different sources. Stationers sell pre-printed cards. Most of these will have the Sinitic zodiac sign of the New Year as their design, conventional greetings, or both. the Sinitic zodiac has a cycle of 12 years. Each year is represented by an animal, with them being the following in order: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig. Famous anthropomorphic characters have seen heightened popularity during the years they are associated with.

Addressing is, generally speaking, done by hand, and is seen as an opportunity for an individual to demonstrate their handwriting. Postcards will usually have spaces for the sender to write a personal message. Blank cards are also available so that people can hand-write or draw their own cards. Rubber stamps with conventional messages and the annual animal are sold at department stores leading up to the New Years season, and many individuals will buy their own ink brushes for personal greetings. Special printing devices have, since the 90s, become popular, especially among those who practice crafts. In modern times, computer software allows for artists to create and print their own designs. Despite the omnipresence of email, the nengajō remains very popular, although the younger generation sends fewer cards than their predecessors. Rather, they prefer to exchange digital greetings via mobile phones, a practice which has gradually been accepted by society at large.

Otoshidama
On New Years, Daitōjin people have a custom known as otoshidama, where adult relatives give money to children. It is handed out in small, decorated envelopes called pochibukuro, similar to Shūgi-bukuro and the Sinitic hσngbāo. In the Pre-Constitutional period, large stores and wealthy families would give out a small bag of mochi and a mandarin orange to "spread happiness all around". The amount of money given depends on the age of the child, but is usually the same if there is more than one child in order to avoid offending anyone. It is not uncommon for more than ₯4,000 (approximately US$50) to be given.

Poetry
The New Year traditions are partially linked with poetry, including haiku (poems with 17 syllables consisting of lines of five, seven and five) and renga (linked poetry). All traditions above would be considered appropriate to include in haiku as kigo (season words). There are also haiku that celebrate the "first" of the New Year, such as the "first sun" (hatsuhi), "first laughter" (waraizome), and "first dream" (hatsuyume).

Along with the New Year's Day postcard, haiku might mention "first letter" (hatsudayori), "first calligraphy" (kakizome), and "first brush" (fude hajime).

Games
It is customary to play many games on New Years. These include but are not limited to: hanetsuki, takoage (kite flying), koma (spinning top), sugoroku, fukuwarai, and karuta.

Entertainment
There are many shows created as the end-of-the-year and beginning-of-year entertainment, with some being a special edition of a regular show. For many decades, it has been customary to watch the popular TV show "Tansei Uta Gassen", which is aired on the national broadcast service, Daitō Hōsō Kyōkai (DHK) on New Year's Eve. The show features two teams, red and blue, made up of popular musicians who compete against each other.

Sport
The Final match of the Emperor's Cup, the national association football elimination tournament, occurs on New Year's Day. The finale has been timed so that it will always occur on the first New Moon of the year, which can, at least on the Gregorian calendar, make it appear to occur more than once a year. It is usually aired on DHK.

Mixed martial arts organizations have held events on New Year's Eve.

Coming of Age Day
Second Monday of January
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Coming of Age Day is a Daitōjin holiday held annually on the second Monday of January on the native calendar. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all of those who have reached or will reach the age of maturity (18 years old) between 2 April of the previous year and 1 April of the current year, as well as to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties among friends and families.

The Emperor's Birthday
19 January
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The Emperor's Birthday, or Tenchō Setsu, is an annual holiday of the Daitōjin calendar celebrating the birthday of the reigning Emperor, which is currently on the 19th of January.

On the Emperor's birthday, a public ceremony takes place at the Ashina Imperial Palace, where the gates are open (the palace is usually off-limits to the public). Typically, only the surrounding park can be visited. The Emperor, accompanied by the Empress (when there is one) and several other members of the Imperial Family appear on a palace balcony to acknowledge the birthday greetings of well-wishers waving Daitōjin flags. This event is called Ippan-sanga. Only on this occasion and during New Year's Celebrations are the public permitted to enter the inner grounds of the palace. The crowd is required to wait in a pre-established area between the main road and the building: at a later time, the Imperial Guard accompanies visitors, guiding them from the square in front of them to the inside of the building. Admission is free for those who wish to enter, and those who wish are given a small Daitōjin flag. Visitors will wait at the Nijubashi bridge until around 9:30 in the morning, when the Imperial Guard make a first group of people cross the bridge and enter a square below the Imperial pavilion. At around 10:20 am, the Emperor, accompanied by the Empress (or in cases where there is none, their closest female relative), as well as the heirs to the throne and their spouses look out from the pavilion, where the crowd below wishes the Emperor long life by repeating the word "banzai" in chorus.

Once this is done, the Emperor and his family retreats inside the palace and the process begins again. This is repeated several times throughout the day so that as many people as possible can pay homage to the Emperor. That evening, national television broadcasts a special, during which time the Emperor addresses a few words of thanks to the country and offers a prayer for peace and unity within the nation.

Kigen-setsu
11 February
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Kigen-setsu, translated as Festival of the Accession of the First Emperor and the Foundation of the Empire or simply Accession Day, is an annual national holiday celebrating the enthronement of Shin'ō Tennō. The holiday was first adopted in the 1870s, where it was envisioned as a unifying celebration around the love of the Daitōjin people around their love for the god-emperor. Publicly linking his rule with the mythical first Emperor, Shin'ō, and thus with the gods Amaterasu and Takamimusubi, the Keiyo Emperor declared himself the one true ruler of Daitō. In modern times, the focus on the divinity of the Emperor has lessened to an extent through secularism. Despite this, it is considered a deeply Teidō holiday, at least on the mainland and in Tsukishima. In Styria, it is treated as a sort of National Day, though this perception also exists in other regions.

Vernal Prayer Day
Around 20 March
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The Vernal Prayer Day (Shun-ki Kōresai) is one of two official days of prayer. Despite being initially a purely Teidō "holiday" held to pay respects past Emperors and imperial family member as well as to pray for a good harvest, it has been adopted by members of other religions as a day of prayer in their own faiths.
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National Holidays of Daitō, Part Two

Armed Forces Day
17 April
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Armed Forces Day (軍隊記念日, Guntai Kinen'bi or 国軍の日, Kokugun no hi) is a public holiday commemorating the Battle of Kokura, when an outnumbered loyalist force of loyalist soldiers defeated the army of Haruyoshi Nishiōji, effectively ending the Tottori Rebellion. The holiday was established in 1953, replacing both Army Commemoration Day (陸軍記念日, Riku-gun Kinen'bi) and Navy Commemoration Day (海軍記念日, Kai-gun Kinen'bi) which were established in 1906.

Military Parade in Ashina, 2019
Armed Forces Day is best known for the Military Parades held throughout the nation, with the largest (and most prestigious) being held in Ashina. This parade is attended by His Majesty, the Emperor, as well as the Chancellor and when there is one, the Prime Minister.

Golden Week
4 - 7 June
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Golden Week (黄金週間, Ōgon Shūkan) is a week from the 29th of April through early April containing a number of Daitōjin holidays. It is also known in Daitō as Ōgata Renkyū (大型連休, "Long holiday series"). The days between Keiyo Day and Greenery Day, as well as after Children's Day, are officially termed "Citizen's Holiday", though they themselves are not really a holiday. This is due to the practice of employers giving their employees a seven-day period off work to spend time with their families. Golden Week is the longest vacation period for many Daitōjin workers. The only other week-long holiday period is New Years.

Golden Week is a popular time for holiday travel. Due to significantly higher rates of travel, flights, trains, and hotels are often fully booked. Popular destinations for Daitōjin citizens to travel to during this period include Rokkenjima, Jiayuan, Floodwater, Continental Tytor, and Alba Karinya.
Keiyo Day
Keiyo Day (恵与の日, Keiyo no Hi) is a Daitōjin annual holiday held on June 4th. It honours the birthday of Emperor Keiyo, the reigning emperor from 1871 to 1932. "Keiyo" (恵与) means "blessing", while its individual syllables mean "Enlightenment" (恵) and "Bestow" (与), effectively meaning "Enlightened Rule".

The official purpose of Keiyo Day is, according to the Imperial Government, to encourage public reflection on the reign of the Keiyo Emperor, which saw the resurgence of the Empire as a cultural, political, economic, and military power capable of standing up to the Ardian Empire.
Greenery Day
Greenery Day (みどりの日, Midori no Hi)) is a national holiday in Daitō which, according to the Imperial Government, is intended encourage the appreciation of nature by the populace and to be thankful for its blessings. In practice, however, it is just seen as another day which expands the Daitōjin Golden Week vacation.
Children's Day
Children's Day (こどもの日, Kodomo no Hi) is a Daitōjin national holiday which takes place annually on 10 June and is the final celebration in Golden Week. It is a day which is set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Daitōjin government in 1928. It has, however, been a day of celebration in Daitō since ancient times.

The day was formerly known as Tango no sekku (端午の節句) — one of the five annual ceremonies held at the Imperial court — and was celebrated roughly around the same time. Until 1928, it was known as Boy's Day, celebrating boys and recognizing fathers, as the counterpart to Hinamatsuri, or "Girl's day" on March 3rd. This was changed in 1928 to include both male and female children, as well as recognizing mothers alongside fathers and family qualities of unity.

On Children's Day, families will raise a koinobori, a carp-shaped windsock (this being due to the belief that a carp that swims upstream eventually becomes a dragon and will fly to the heavens; this was an imported tradition from what is now modern-day Jiayuan) which, when caught in the wind, looks like it is swimming. These windsocks will include the black carp, representing the father, at the top, followed by a red or pink carp representing the mother, and then one carp for each child in order of age. Usually, the ones for children will be blue, though sometimes there will also be green or orange. Families may also display a samurai doll, occasionally riding a large carp (representing the folk heroes Kintarō or Momotarō) and/or a traditional military helmet, kabuto, due to their traditional association as symbols of strength and vitality.
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National Holidays of Daitō, Part Three

Marine Day
Third Monday of July
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Marine Day is a holiday which, according to the Imperial Government, is meant as a day of gratitude for the blessings of the oceans and hoping for the prosperity of Daitō.

Mountain Day
11 August
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Mountain Day is a holiday established in 2015 as a day on which to appreciate Daitō's mountains.

Respect for the Aged Day
Third Monday of September
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Respect for the Aged Day is a Daitōjin designated public holiday celebrated annually to honour elderly citizens. It started in 1957 as a national holiday and has been held on the third monday of September ever since. On this holiday, Daitōjin media will take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country.

On this holiday, people will return home and pay respect to their elders. Some people will volunteer in neighborhoods by making and distributing free lunch boxes to older citizens. Entertainment will be provided by teenagers and children with various performances. Special television programs are also featured by Daitōjin media on this holiday.

Autumnal Prayer Day
Around 23 September
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Autumnal Prayer Day (Shū-ki Kōresai) is one of two official days of prayer. Despite being initially a purely Teidō "holiday" held to pay respects past Emperors and imperial family member as well as to offer a prayer of thanks for a good harvest, it has been adopted by members of other religions as a day of prayer in their own faiths.
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National Holidays of Daitō, Part Four

Health and Sports Day
Second Monday of October
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Health and Sports day is a national holiday held annually on the second Monday in October. It commemorates the Pan-Imperial games held until the 1990s and exists to promote sports and an active lifestyle.

Pictured: A cycling event for Health and Sports Day in 2011

Culture Day
3 November
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Culture Day is a national holiday held annually in Daitō on November 3 for the purpose of promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour. Festivities include art exhibitions, parades, and award ceremonies for distinguished artists and scholars.

Culture Day dancers, 2014

Culture day was first celebrated in 1949.

Remembrance Day
11 November
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Remembrance Day commemorates the end of the Great War on November 11th, 1945. It is a day of solemn reflection on the blood shed for the nation and her people, both on its own soil and abroad. An armistice was signed on the 11th of November, 1945 at around 5:20 AM AST, with hostilities formally ending at 11:00 AM. Despite this, the war would, at least for the Empire of Daitō, not formally end until the 16th of May, 1946 with the signing of the treaty of Ashina.

Remembrance day is often celebrated with a parade by veterans of the Armed Forces as well as a moment of silence held at 11:00 AM.

Chancellor Heishi Day
17 December
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Chancellor Heishi day is a public holiday which celebrates the life of Chancellor Eiji Himekawa, often referred to as Chancellor Heishi in life. He was the man who led Daitō through the first phase of the Great War and who headed the nation's constitutional convention. He played a role in establishing much of the Imperial Government, which has led to him being viewed as the "Father of the Nation" by many. So important was he that the Teidō faith's Grand Shrine in Oshima formally enshrined him, deifying him as "Kokusei no kami".

Despite being a national holiday, it is considered controversial in Styria as, despite his own objections to integration, he was Chancellor when the Empire annexed the region. Despite all of that, it has slowly lost its controversial status, with only a few protests occurring each year.
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Shinkyō, the Imperial Capital


Shinkyō skyline
The City of Shinkyō (新京, New Capital), also known as Ashina (芦品) and officially as Shinkyō Metropolis (東京都, Shinkyō-to), is the capital of and largest prefecture in the Empire of Daitō. It is the largest urban are on the planet, with a population of approximately 19.8 million people, as well as one of the most populous metropolitan areas. Despite frequently being called a city, the area that is generally referred to as Shinkyō is really made up of 28 wards (a special form of municipality), various bed towns in the southeast, and a few islands in the Kynean Sea.

Originally a trading port known as Ashina (named for the region), the city grew rapidly in the 13th century before the Imperial Capital was moved to the city in the 15th century. The city was renamed in 1479 to Shinkyō, when the Seat of the Emperor moved there following the interregnum. In 1877, with the establishments of the prefectural system, it was designated as "Shinkyō Prefecture", eventually being reorganized as the "Shinkyō Metropolis" in 1941.
Wards of Shinkyō
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Isahaya-ku
Population:1,105,359
Notes: Isahaya is the most populated and second largest ward of Shinkyō.
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Hyakuashi-ku
Population:1,010,350
Notes: Hyakuashi is the second most populated ward of Shinkyō.
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Pictured: Hyakuashi-ku skyline
Sabae-ku
Population:985,328
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Shiraizumi-ku
Population:965,894
Notes: Shiraizumi is a major commercial and financial hub in Daitō. It hosts one of the busiest railway stations in the world, that being Shiraizumi station.
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Pictured: an entrance to Tsunohazu-chō, a famous entertainment district in Shiraizumi
Hokuto-ku
Population:920,280
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Kofu-ku
Population:905,542
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Daigo-ku
Population:889,225
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Iwaki-ku
Population:855,674
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Miura-ku
Population:854,085
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Choshi-ku
Population:819,943
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Hikone-ku
Population:814,978
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Yatomi-ku
Population:812,454
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Toba-ku
Population:796,228
Notes: Toba is, by land-area, the largest ward of Shinkyō.
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Taiji-ku
Population:794,978
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Yosano-ku
Population:788,228
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Gosen-ku
Population:770,014
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Kamo-ku
Population:739,955
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Sagae-ku
Population:738,228
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Otsuchi-ku
Population:713,328
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Kamaishi-ku
Population:633,953
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Shikabe-ku
Population:594,955
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Aozora-ku
Population:549,222
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Abira-ku
Population:345,722
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Oga-ku
Population:343,772
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Hakui-ku
Population:339,312
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Iwami-ku
Population:311,955
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Komoda-ku
Population:305,772
Notes: Komoda is well known for its traditional architecture, which has been allowed to flourish (though with fire safety measures undertaken) uninterrupted. In a way, it offers a brief glimpse into Daitō's past.
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Pictured: A neighborhood in Komoda-ku
Sendō-ku
Population:66,796
Notes:Sendō is the smallest ward by population, instead being mostly designated as the seat of the Government. It is located in the center of Shinkyō and is where the Emperor and his family resides.
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Subdivisions of the Empire of Daitō

The Empire of Daitō is divided into 68 territories, those being the five Kinai (DT: 畿内, Capital Region) provinces and sixty-three prefectures. These sixty-three prefectures are divided into seven circuits, the largest subnational administrative division of the Empire. The system currently in place is known as the Gokishichidō (五畿七道, "five provinces and seven circuits"). The prefectures below are given numbers which align with their position on the maps attached.
Kinai
畿内

1.
Tenkyō
2.
Jōshū
3.
Izumi
4.
Kawachi
5.
Sanshū

Tōkaidō
東海道

6.
Yakushima
7.
Toshima
8.
Kikai
9.
Shinkyō
Metropolis
10.
Ashina
11.
Fukui
12.
Oita
13.
Tsuruga
14.
Mikura
15.
Nankoku
16.
Aomori
17.
Chibu
18.
Ueno
19.
Wakasa
20.
Kunashiri

Tōsandō
東山道

21.
Komatsu
22.
Nagano
23.
Akita
24.
Tochigi
25.
Ishinomaki
26.
Urakawa

Hokurikudō
北陸道

27.
Hidaka
28.
Komaki
29.
Maniwa
30.
Teshio
31.
Taiki
32.
Asago

San'indō
山陰道

33.
Nichinan
34.
Otobe
35.
Ashoro
36.
Kiyosato
37.
Tottori
38.
Shintoku
39.
Nagato
40.
Nakatane
41.
Nasu
42.
Aso

San'yōdō
山陽道

43.
Gujo
44.
Itoigawa
45.
Takayama
46.
Hakuba
47.
Tadami
48.
Kaneyama
49.
Tsuruoka
50.
Murakami
51.
Odate

Nankaidō
南海道

52.
Ichinohe
53.
Hirosaki
54.
Ogata
55.
Yakumo
56.
Kihoku
57.
Muroran

Tsukishimadō
月島道

58.
Ishigaki
59.
Ojika
60.
Okawa
61.
Nishihara
62.
Takehara
63.
Maizuru
64.
Miyazu
65.
Anamizu
66.
Shiojiri
67.
Matsukawa
68.
Hachijo


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Provided below is the constitution of Daitō, as adopted in 1896 and with amendments added later. Note: the name "Daito" does not appear in the constitution, as the text was written before the name entered use in any notable capacity.
Constitution of the Empire of Yamato

Imperial Oath at the Sanctuary of the Imperial Palace
   We, the Successor to the prosperous Throne of Our Predecessors, do humbly and solemnly swear to the Imperial Founder of Our House and to Our other Imperial Ancestors that, in pursuance of a great policy co-extensive with the Heavens and with the Earth, We shall maintain and secure from decline the ancient form of government.
   In consideration of the progressive tendency of the course of human affairs and in parallel with the advance of civilization, We deem it expedient, in order to give clearness and distinctness to the instructions bequeathed by the Imperial Founder of Our House and by Our other Imperial Ancestors, to establish fundamental laws formulated into express provisions of law, so that, on the one hand, Our Imperial posterity may possess an express guide for the course they are to follow, and that, on the other, Our subjects shall thereby be enabled to enjoy a wider range of action in giving Us their support, and that the observance of Our laws shall continue to the remotest ages of time. We will thereby to give greater firmness to the stability of Our country and to promote the welfare of all the people within the boundaries of Our dominions; and We now establish the Imperial House Law and the Constitution. These Laws come to only an exposition of grand precepts for the conduct of the government, bequeathed by the Imperial Founder of Our House and by Our other Imperial Ancestors. That we have been so fortunate in Our reign, in keeping with the tendency of the times, as to accomplish this work, We owe to the glorious Spirits of the Imperial Founder of Our House and of Our other Imperial Ancestors.
   We now reverently make Our prayer to Them and to Our Illustrious Father, and implore the help of Their Sacred Spirits, and make to Them solemn oath never at this time nor in the future to fail to be an example to our subjects in the observance of the Laws hereby established.
   May the Heavenly Spirits witness this Our solemn Oath.

Imperial Speech on the Promulgation of the Constitution
   Whereas We make it the joy and glory of Our heart to behold the prosperity of Our country, and the welfare of Our subjects, We do hereby, in virtue of the supreme power We inherit from Our Imperial Ancestors, promulgate the present immutable fundamental law, for the sake of Our present subjects and their descendants.
   The Imperial Founder of Our House and Our other Imperial Ancestors, by the help and support of the forefathers of Our subjects, laid the foundation of Our Empire upon a basis, which is to last forever. That this brilliant achievement embellishes the annals of Our country, is due to the glorious virtues of Our Sacred Imperial Ancestors, and to the loyalty and bravery of Our subjects, their love of their country and their public spirit. Considering that Our subjects are the descendants of the loyal and good subjects of Our Imperial Ancestors, We doubt not but that Our subjects will be guided by Our views, and will sympathise with all Our endeavours, and that, harmoniously cooperating together, they will share with Us Our hope of making manifest the glory of Our country, both at home and abroad, and of securing forever the stability of the work bequeathed to Us by Our Imperial Ancestors.[/font

Preamble
   Having, by virtue of the glories of Our Ancestors, ascended the throne of a lineal succession unbroken for ages eternal; desiring to promote the welfare of, and to give development to the moral and intellectual faculties of Our beloved subjects, the very same that have been favoured with the benevolent care and affectionate vigilance of Our Ancestors; and hoping to maintain the prosperity of the State, in concert with Our people and with their support, We hereby promulgate, in pursuance of Our Imperial Rescript of the 12th day of the 10th month of the 16th year of Keiyo, a fundamental law of the State, to exhibit the principles, by which We are guided in Our conduct, and to point out to what Our descendants and Our subjects and their descendants are forever to conform.
   The right of sovereignty of the State, We have inherited from Our Ancestors, and We shall bequeath them to Our descendants. Neither We nor they shall in future fail to wield them, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution hereby granted.
   We now declare to respect and protect the security of the rights and of the property of Our people, and to secure to them the complete enjoyment of the same, within the extent of the provisions of the present Constitution and of the law.
   The Imperial Diet shall first be convoked for the 28th year of Keiyo, and the time of its opening shall be the date, when the present Constitution comes into force.
   When in the future it may become necessary to amend any of the provisions of the present Constitution, We or Our successors shall assume the initiative right, and submit a project for the same to the Imperial Diet. The Imperial Diet shall pass its vote upon it, according to the conditions imposed by the present Constitution, and in no otherwise shall Our descendants or Our subjects be permitted to attempt any alteration thereof.
   Our Ministers of State, on Our behalf, shall be held responsible for the carrying out of the present Constitution, and Our present and future subjects shall forever assume the duty of allegiance to the present Constitution.


Constitution of the Empire of Yamato
Chapter I. The Emperor.
Article 1. The Empire of Yamato shall be reigned over and governed by a line of Emperors unbroken for ages eternal.
Article 2. The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by Imperial male descendants, according to the provisions of the Imperial House Law.
Article 3. The Emperor is Sacred and Inviolable.
Article 4. The Emperor is the head of the Empire, combining in Himself the rights of sovereignty, and exercises them, according to the provisions of the present Constitution.
Article 5. The Emperor exercises the legislative power with the consent of the Imperial Diet.
Article 6. The Emperor gives sanction to laws, and orders them to be promulgated and executed.
Article 7. The Emperor convokes the Imperial Diet, opens, closes and prorogues it, and dissolves the House of Representatives.
Article 8. The Emperor, in consequence of an urgent necessity to maintain public safety or to avert public calamities, issues, when the Imperial Diet is not sitting, Imperial Ordinances in the place of law.
(2) Such Imperial Ordinances are to be laid before the Imperial Diet at its next session, and when the Diet does not approve the said Ordinances, the Government shall declare them to be invalid for the future.
Article 9. The Emperor issues or causes to be issued, the Ordinances necessary for the carrying out of the laws, or for the maintenance of the public peace and order, and for the promotion of the welfare of the subjects. But no Ordinance shall in any way alter any of the existing laws.
Article 10. The Emperor determines the organisation of the different branches of the administration, and salaries of all civil and military officers, and appoints and dismisses the same. Exceptions especially provided for in the present Constitution or in other laws, shall be in accordance with the respective provisions (bearing thereon).
Article 11. The Emperor has the supreme command of the Army, Navy, and all other branches of the Armed Forces.
Article 12. The Emperor determines the organisation and peace standing of the Armed Forces.
Article 13. The Emperor declares war, makes peace, and concludes treaties.
Article 14. The Emperor proclaims the law of siege.
(2) The conditions and effects of the law of siege shall be determined by law.
Article 15. The Emperor confers titles of nobility, rank, orders and other marks of honour.
Article 16. The Emperor orders amnesty, pardon, commutation of punishments and rehabilitation.
Article 17. A Regency shall be instituted in conformity with the provisions of the Imperial House Law.
(2) The Regent shall exercise the powers appertaining to the Emperor in His name.


Chapter II. Rights and Duties of Subjects.
Article 18. The conditions necessary for being a Yamatojin subject shall be determined by law.
Article 19. Yamatojin subjects may, according to qualifications determined in laws or ordinances, be appointed to civil or military offices equally, and many fill any other public offices.
Article 20. Yamatojin subjects are amenable to service in the Armed Forces, according to the provisions of law.
Article 21. Yamatojin subjects are amenable to the duty of paying taxes, according to the provisions of law.
Article 22. Yamatojin subjects shall have the liberty of abode and of changing the same within the limits of the law.
Article 23. No Yamatojin subject shall be arrested, detained, tried or punished, unless according to law.
Article 24. No Yamatojin subject shall be deprived of his right of being tried by the judges determined by law.
Article 25. Except in the cases provided for in the law, the house of no Yamatojin subject shall be entered or searched without his consent.
Article 26. Except in the cases mentioned in the law, the secrecy of the letters of every Yamatojin subject shall remain inviolate.
Article 27. The right of property of every Yamatojin subject shall remain inviolate.
(2) Measures necessary to be taken for the public benefit shall be any provided for by law.
Article 28. Yamatojin subjects shall, within limits not prejudicial to peace and order, and not antagonistic to their duties as subjects, enjoy freedom of religious belief.
Article 29. Yamatojin subjects shall, within the limits of law, enjoy the liberty of speech, writing, publication, public meetings and associations.
Article 30. Yamatojin subjects may present petitions, by observing the proper forms of respect, and by complying with the rules specially provided for the same.
Article 31. The provisions contained in the present Chapter shall not affect the exercise of the powers appertaining to the Emperor, in times of war or in cases of a national emergency.
Article 32. Each and every one of the provisions contained in the preceding Articles of the present Chapter, that are not in conflict with the laws or the rules and discipline of the Armed Services, shall apply to the officers and men of the Armed Services.


Chapter III. The Imperial Diet.
Article 33. The Imperial Diet shall consist of two Houses, a House of Peers and a House of Representatives.
Article 34. The House of Peers shall, in accordance with the Ordinance concerning the House of Peers, be composed of the members of the Imperial Family, of the orders of nobility, and of those persons, who have been nominated thereto by the Emperor.
Article 35. The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members elected by the people, according to the provisions of the Law of Election.
Article 36. No one can at one and the same time be a Member of both Houses.
Article 37. Every law requires the consent of the Imperial Diet.
Article 38. Both Houses shall vote upon projects of law submitted to it by the Government, and may respectively initiate projects of law.
Article 39. A Bill, which has been rejected by either the one or the other of the two Houses, shall not be again brought in during the same session.
Article 40. Both Houses can make representations to the Government, as to laws or upon any other subject. When, however, such representations are not accepted, they cannot be made a second time during the same session.
Article 41. The Imperial Diet shall be convoked every year.
Article 42. A session of the Imperial Diet shall last for  three months. In case of necessity, the duration of a session may be prolonged by the Imperial Order.
Article 43. When urgent necessity arises, an extraordinary session may be convoked, in addition to the ordinary one.
(2) The duration of an extraordinary session shall be determined by Imperial Order.
Article 44. The opening, closing, prolongation of session and prorogation of the Imperial Diet, shall be effected simultaneously for both Houses.
(2) In case the House of Representatives has been ordered to dissolve, the House of Peers shall at the same time be prorogued.
Article 45. When the House of Representatives has been ordered to dissolve, Members shall be caused by Imperial Order to be newly elected, and the new House shall be convoked within five months from the day of dissolution.
Article 46. No debate can be opened and no vote can be taken in either House of the Imperial Diet, unless not less than one third of the whole number of the Members thereof is present.
Article 47. Votes shall be taken in both Houses by absolute majority. In the case of a tie vote, the President shall have the casting vote.
Article 48. The deliberations of both Houses shall be held in public. The deliberations may, however, upon demand of the Government or by resolution of the House, be held in secret sitting.
Article 49. Both Houses of the Imperial Diet may respectively present addresses to the Emperor.
Article 50. Both Houses may receive petitions presented by subjects.
Article 51. Both Houses may enact, besides what is provided for in the present Constitution and in the Law of the Houses, rules necessary for the management of their internal affairs.
Article 52. No Member of either House shall be held responsible outside the respective Houses, for any opinion uttered or for any vote given in the House. When, however, a Member himself has given publicity to his opinions by public speech, by documents in print or in writing, or by any other similar means, he shall, in the matter, be amenable to the general law.
Article 53. The Members of both Houses shall, during the session, be free from arrest, unless with the consent of the House, except in cases of flagrant delicts, or of offences connected with a state of internal commotion or with a foreign trouble.
Article 54. The Ministers of State and the Delegates of the Government may, at any time, take seats and speak in either House.


Chapter IV. The Ministers of State and the Privy Council.
Article 55. The respective Ministers of State shall give their advice to the Emperor, and be responsible for it.
(2) All Laws, Imperial Ordinances, and Imperial Rescripts of whatever kind, that relate to the affairs of the State, require the countersignature of a Minister of State.
Article 56. The Privy Councillors shall, in accordance with the provisions for the organisation of the Privy Council, deliberate upon important matters of State, when they have been consulted by the Emperor.


Chapter V. The Judicature.
Article 57. The Judicature shall be exercised by the Courts of Law according to law, in the name of the Emperor.
(2) The organisation of the Courts of Law shall be determined by law.
Article 58. The judges shall be appointed from among those, who possess proper qualifications according to law.
(2) No judge shall be deprived of his position, unless by way of criminal sentence or disciplinary punishment.
(3) Rules for disciplinary punishment shall be determined by law.
Article 59. Trials and judgments of a Court shall be conducted publicly. When, however, there exists any fear that, such publicity may be prejudicial to peace and order, or to the maintenance of public morality, the public trial may be suspended by provisions of law or by the decision of the Court of Law.
Article 60. All matters, that fall within the competency of a special Court, shall be specially provided for by law.
Article 61. No suit at law, which relates to rights alleged to have been infringed by the illegal measures of the executive authorities, and which shall come within the competency of the Court of Administrative Litigation specially established by law, shall be taken cognizance of by a Court of Law.


Chapter VI. Finance.
Article 62. The imposition of a new tax or the modification of the rates (of an existing one) shall be determined by law.
(2) However, all such administrative fees or other revenue having the nature of compensation shall not fall within the category of the above clause.
(3) The raising of national loans and the contracting of other liabilities to the charge of the National Treasury, except those that are provided in the Budget, shall require the consent of the Imperial Diet.
Article 63. The taxes levied at present shall, in so far as are not remodelled by new law, be collected according to the old system.
Article 64. The expenditure and revenue of the State require the consent of the Imperial Diet by means of an annual Budget.
(2) Any and all expenditures overpassing the appropriations set forth in the Titles and Paragraphs of the Budget, or that are not provided for in the Budget, shall subsequently require the approbation of the Imperial Diet.
Article 65. The Budget shall be first laid before the House of Representatives.
Article 66. The expenditures of the Imperial House shall be defrayed every year out of the National Treasury, according to the present fixed amount for the same, and shall not require the consent thereto of the Imperial Diet, except in case an increase thereof is found necessary.
Article 67. Those already fixed expenditures based by the Constitution upon the powers appertaining to the Emperor, and such expenditures as may have arisen by the effect of law, or that appertain to the legal obligations of the Government, shall be neither rejected nor reduced by the Imperial Diet, without the concurrence of the Government.
Article 68. In order to meet special requirements, the Government may ask the consent of the Imperial Diet to a certain amount as a Continuing Expenditure Fund, for a previously fixed number of years.
Article 69. In order to supply deficiencies, which are unavoidable, in the Budget, and to meet requirements unprovided for in the same, a Reserve Fund shall be provided in the Budget.
Article 70. When the Imperial Diet cannot be convoked, owing to the external or internal condition of the country, in case of urgent need for the maintenance of public safety, the Government may take all necessary financial measures, by means of an Imperial Ordinance.
(2) In the case mentioned in the preceding clause, the matter shall be submitted to the Imperial Diet at its next session, and its approbation shall be obtained thereto.
Article 71. When the Imperial Diet has not voted on the Budget, or when the Budget has not been brought into actual existence, the Government shall carry out the Budget of the preceding year.
Article 72. The final account of the expenditures and revenues of the State shall be verified and confirmed by the Board of Audit, and it shall be submitted by the Government to the Imperial Diet, together with the report of verification of the said Board.
(2) The organisation and competency of the Board of Audit shall be determined by law separately.


Chapter VII. Supplemental Rules.
Article 73. When it has become necessary in future to amend the provisions of the present Constitution, a project to that effect shall be submitted to the Imperial Diet by Imperial Order.
(2) In the above case, neither House can open the debate, unless not less than two thirds of the whole number of Members are present, and no amendment can be passed, unless a majority of not less than two thirds of the Members present is obtained.
Article 74. No modification of the Imperial House Law shall be required to be submitted to the deliberation of the Imperial Diet.
(2) No provision of the present Constitution can be modified by the Imperial House Law.
Article 75. No modification can be introduced into the Constitution, or into the Imperial House Law, during the time of a Regency.
Article 76. Existing legal enactments, such as laws, regulations, Ordinances, or by whatever names they may be called, shall, so far as they do not conflict with the present Constitution, continue in force.
(2) All existing contracts or orders, that entail obligations upon the Government, and that are connected with expenditure, shall come within the scope of Article 67.

Constitutional Amendments
Amendment I. Individual Rights.
Article 77. Every person shall have the right to choose his residence and to choose his occupation to the extent that it does not interfere with the public welfare.
(2) Freedom of all persons to move to a foreign country and to divest themselves of their nationality shall, except in cases of war or national emergency, remain inviolate.
Article 78. Academic freedom is guaranteed.
Article 79. Marriage shall be based on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis.
(2) With regard to choice of spouse, property rights, inheritance, choice of domicile, divorce and other matters pertaining to marriage and the family, laws shall be enacted from the standpoint of individual dignity and the essential equality of the sexes.
Article 80. All people shall have the right to maintain the minimum standards of wholesome and cultured living.
(2) In all spheres of life, the State shall use its endeavours for the promotion and extension of social welfare and security, and of public health.
Article 81. All people shall have the right to receive an equal education correspondent to their ability, as provided by law.
(2) All people shall be obligated to have all boys and girls under their protection receive ordinary education as provided for by law. Such compulsory education shall be free.
Article 82. All people shall have the right and the obligation to work. Standards for wages, hours, rest and other working conditions shall be fixed by law. Children shall not be exploited.

Also attached is, for those few who would want it, a version of the constitution in Japanese (I guess for aesthetics?)
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Cabinet and Government of the Empire of Daitō
Imperial Family
the Emperor
the Empress
the Crown Prince
Tenshi
Eijiro
Empress
Mayumi
Crown Prince
Hidehiko

The Cabinet
the Prime Minister
the Chancellor
Suketoshi Heishi
Sachio Heishi
the Deputy Prime Minister
Sadazane Konishi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Minister of Home Affairs
Minister of Finance
Minister of War
Minister of Justice
Minister of Education
Minister of Agriculture
and Forestry
Minister of Commerce
and Industry
Tadakatsu Haruno
Benkei Hiraide
Sakiko Besujima
Fumito Gushiken
Yūdai Sasabe
Emon Nakajima
Ginji Kosei
Hakaru Asakawa
Minister of Communications
Minister of Transportation
Minister of Health
and Social Affairs
Minister of Energy
Minister of Environmental Affairs
Minister of Labor
Grand Steward of the
Imperial Household
Minister of Culture
Isao Anami
Sakichi Azumaya
Dr. Yorinobu Watanabe
Haruto Uehara
Daishi Ubukata
Hideki Yamaoka
Hisato Watase
Oki Nagase

The Prime Minister's Office
Chief Secretary
Press Secretary
Planning Board
Renya Setoguchi
Haruto Ekuni
Goro Usatsuka
Bureau of Legislation
Bureau of Decorations
Taichirō Yamahana
Yasutomo Eguchi

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
East Ardian Bureau
President
Albionic & Ardian Bureau
President
Aranyean & Alba Karinyan
Bureau
President
Commercial Bureau
President
Treaties Bureau
President
Information Bureau
President
Investigations Bureau
President
Cultural Works Bureau
President
Rikichi Sawamura
Shigeru Fukazawa
Sōichi Haga
Akihiro Kadokawa
Kahori Matsuura
Tadakatsu Kamiki
Hajime Yodogawa
Joji Asano
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On the Nobility of the Empire of Daitō


Portrait of Tomoshige Heike,
c.1887, Naojirō Mori

   The Empire of Daitō has had numerous systems of nobility throughout its millennia-spanning history. From the early days, when various tribes ruled over their own lands, unbeholden to a central government, to the complex network of court nobles established under the Ritsuryō system and later their Daimyō peers, and now to the modern Kazoku system, it is a tradition which has long persisted, and its a tradition which seems unlikely to pass from this world for many, many years to come. The Kazoku, as the modern system is called, as a name translates as either "Magnificent Lineage" or "Exalted Lineage", and was established in 1869. The system succeeded the previous system set into place by the ancient Ritsuryō legal code, although such old titles are still valued as a mark of where one's ancestors came from.

   The Kazoku found their origins following the Keiyo Restoration of 1868, when the kuge, the ancient court nobility of Tenkyō, regained some of its lost status. Several members of the kuge, such as Tarō Matsukata and Tomoshige Heike, played a noticeable role in the overthrow of the Shimura Bakufu, and thus, the early Keiyo government nominated kuge to head all seven of the newly-established administrative departments, which coincided with the various circuits of the old Gokishichidō system.

   The Keiyo oligarchs, as part of their modernizing reforms, merged the kuge with the former daimyō into an expanded aristocratic class on 25 October, 1869, to recognize that the kuge and former daimyō were a social class distinct from the other designated social classes of shizoku (former samurai) and heimin (commoners). As a result, they lost their territorial privileges. Tadasu Yamagata, one of the principal authors of the constitution, intended the new kazoku peerage to serve as a political and social bulwark for the "restored" emperor and the Daitōjin Imperial Institution. At the time of its founding, the former kuge and daimyō constituted a group of some 509 families.
Development


Kazoku, Group Photo, c.1936

   In 1884, the kazoku were reorganized and the old feudal titles were replaced with the following titles:
      1.) Prince, the equivalent of a duke.(公爵, Kōshaku)
      2.) Marquess. (侯爵, Kōshaku)
      3.) Count, the equivalent of an Earl. (伯爵, Hakushaku)
      4.) Viscount. (子爵, Shishaku)
      5.) Baron. (男爵, Danshaku)

   Several categories exist within the Kazoku. The initial rank distribution for kazoku houses of kuge descent depended on the highest possible office to which its ancestors had been entitled in the imperial court. Thus, the heirs of the five regent houses (go-sekke) of the Matsumae dynasty (Tachibana, Ichijō, Yamana, Kujō, and Nijō) all became princes, the equivalent of a European duke, upon the formal establishment of the kazoku in 1884. The heads of eight other families, all with the rank of seiga, the second rank in the kuge, became marquesses at the same time. Those family heads in the third tier of the kuge and with the rank of daijin became counts; heads of families in the lowest three tiers (those in the ranks of urin, mei and han) typically became viscounts, but could also be ennobled as counts.

   Other appointments to the two highest ranks in the kazoku—prince and marquess—from among the kuge were also made to reward certain kuge families for their roles in the Meiji Restoration, for taking a prominent role in national affairs or for their close degree of relationship to the Imperial family. Thus the head of the seiga-ranked Heike house became a prince in 1884; the heads of the Kuroda and the Ōta houses were advanced to the rank of prince from the rank of marquess in 1907 and 1913, respectively. Following the annexation of the Satsunan Kingdom in 1879, the last king there, Jun Eiso, was granted the rank of Prince. Likewise, with the annexation of the Empire of Dalseom in 1908, the House of Dae (later translated to Tai) would be ennobled with the rank of Prince.

   Excluding the Shimura, the initial kazoku rank distribution for the former daimyō depended on rice revenue: those with 150,000 koku or more became marquesses, those with 50,000 koku or more become counts, and those with holdings rated below 50,000 koku became viscounts. The head of the Shimura clan, Takahiko Shimura, became a prince, the heads of primary Shimura branch houses became became marquesses, the heads of the secondary branches became counts and the heads of more distant branches became viscounts. A great many of those whose families supported the Shimura in the Boshin war would become members of the Kazoku over the years, as would many other daimyō who supported the restoration.
Succession and numbers


The House of Peers in session with Emperor Keiyo giving a speech,
c. 1898

   As is seen in systems of peerage in other countries, only the actual holder of a title and his consort are considered members of the kazoku. The holders of the top two ranks, prince and marquess, automatically become members of the House of Peers in the Diet of Daitō upon their succession or upon majority (in the case of peers who were minors). Counts, viscounts and barons formerly elected up to 150 representatives from their ranks to sit in the House of Peers, however, this was changed in the 1970s to reflect the changing times.

   Under the Peerage Act of 7 March, 1884, the Keiyo government expanded the hereditary peerage with the award of kazoku status to persons regarded as having performed distinguished public services to the nation. The government also divided the kazoku into five ranks explicitly based on foreign peerage, but with titles deriving from ancient Ōnishi nobility. Usually, though not always, titles and hereditary financial stipends pass according to primogeniture. Unlike in Occidental peerage systems, but following traditional Ōnishi custom, illegitimate sons could succeed to titles and estates. Also, to prevent their lineages from dying out, heads of kazoku houses can (and frequently do) adopt sons from collateral branches of their own houses, whether in the male or female lines of descent, and from other kazoku houses whether related or not. Also unlike Occidental custom, the adopted heir of a peer can succeed to a title ahead of a more senior heir in terms of primogeniture. A 1904 amendment to the 1889 Imperial Household Law allowed minor princes (ō) of the imperial family to renounce their imperial status and become peers in their own right or heirs to childless peers.

   Initially there were 11 non-imperial princes, 24 marquesses, 76 counts, 324 viscounts and 74 barons, for a total of 509 peers. By 1928, through promotions and new creations, there were a total of 954 peers: 18 non-imperial princes, 40 marquesses, 108 counts, 379 viscounts and 409 barons. As of 1944, this total grew to around 1,126 peers, with it peaking in 1976 at around 1,473 peers. As of 2022, this number has shrunk to 1,203 peers.
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On the Emperor of Daitō


Imperial Standard of the Emperor

His Imperial Majesty, Emperor Tenshi

   The Emperor of Daitō is the monarch and the head of the Imperial Family of Daitō. Per the constitution, he is the "head of the Empire, combining in Himself the rights of sovereignty, and exercises them, according to the provisions of the present Constitution". Due to his position, the emperor is immune from prosecution by the Supreme Court, effectively making him likewise immune to prosecution in general. The emperor is also the head of the Teidō faith, being seen as an Arahitogami, a living "god" (although in this case, from the Daitōjin perspective it is not a literal deity, but rather, a term used to convey the utmost, unending respect). The emperor is the head of all national Daitōjin orders, decorations, medals and awards. In Ōnishi, the emperor is called Tennō, which translates literally as "Emperor of Kami" and more poetically as "Heavenly Sovereign", with this title deriving itself from Teidō, which holds him to be the direct descendant of the sun goddess, Amaterasu. In English, the term Mikado, or "the honorable gate", was used for the emperor, but is now obsolete. Nonetheless, the term "the honorable gate" is still a common synecdoche for the monarchy.

   The Imperial House of Daitō, known by their name the Yamato Dynasty, is among the oldest in the world, tracing its historical roots to the first century BC. According to the mythological accounts of the Kojiki and the Daiwa Shoki, Daitō was founded in 660 BC, though this is not proven and likely never will be. Historically, the role of emperor of Daitō has alternated between a largely ceremonial symbolic role and that of an actual imperial ruler. Since the establishment of the first shōgunate in 1192, the emperors of Daitō have rarely taken on a role as supreme battlefield commander, unlike many Occidental monarchs. Likewise, Daitōjin emperors have historically nearly always been controlled by external political forces, to varying degrees. For example, from 1192 to 1707, the shōguns, or their shikken regents in Otsu from 1203 until 1358, were the de facto rulers of the Empire, although they were nominally appointed by the emperor. This title was abolished in 1707 at the start of the Fushiri wars, with the position of Kampaku being repurposed as its replacement, though it ultimately amounted to just a change of name. After the Keiyo Restoration in 1868, the emperor was the embodiment of all sovereign power in the realm, as enshrined in the constitution of 1896. However, since the late 1960s, as the power of the Chancellor, or Daijō-daijin, grew, the Emperor has become relegated once more to a figurehead.

   Since the mid-19th century, the Imperial Palace has been called Kyūjō, later Kōkyo, and has been located on the former site of Ashina Castle in the heart of Shinkyō, however, there has been a notable shift in recent times back to the old capital in Tenkyō. Tenkyō had been the ancient capital of the Empire prior to the restoration, stretching back as far as eleven centuries. The Emperor's Birthday, or Tenchōsetsu, is a national holiday and is presently celebrated on the 19th of January.

   Eijirō, Emperor Tenshi, is the emperor of Daitō. He acceded to the Celestial Throne upon the abdication of his father, Emperor Antei, on the 28th of August, 2020.
Addressing and Naming


   The Ōnishi language, at least of the Yamatojin variety, generally has two words equivalent to the English word "emperor"; tennō, which refers exclusively to the Emperor of Daitō, and kōtei, which primarily identifies non-Daitōjin emperors. More simply, tennō refers only to the emperor of Daitō and kōtei refers to an emperor of other countries. Sumeramikoto ("the Imperial person") was used in Old Ōnishi. Emperors historically used the term tennō up until the thirteenth century and then, following a period of disuse, again from the nineteenth century onwards. The weakened power of the emperors led to the title tennō not being used from 1200 to 1840; during this time, living emperors were called shujō and deceased ones were called in. Other titles that were recorded to be in use were ko, tei, and ō, all meaning "prince" and "emperor", and tenshi, or "child of heaven".

   Traditionally, the Daitōjin considered it disrespectful to call any person by their given name, and more so for a person of noble rank. This convention is only slightly relaxed in the modern age and it is still inadvisable among friends to use the given name, use of the family name being the common form of address. In the case of the imperial family, it is considered extremely inappropriate to use the given name. Since Emperor Keiyo, it has been customary to have one era per emperor and to rename each emperor after his death using the name of the era over which he presided. Before Emperor Keiyo, the names of the eras were changed more frequently, and the posthumous names of the emperors were chosen differently.

   The current emperor on the throne is typically referred to as Tennō Heika (His Imperial Majesty, the Emperor), Kinjō Heika (His Current Majesty), or simply Tennō, when speaking Ōnishi. Emperor Uchitsune received the title Daijō Tennō, often shortened to Jōkō, upon his abdication in 1993, and will renamed Eikō Tennō upon his death. Likewise, the current Emperor's father was renamed Antei Tennō upon his death in 2021. They are and will be referred to exclusively by that name in Ōnishi from that point onwards.
Succession


The Celestial Throne

   Millennia ago, the Daitōjin imperial family developed its own peculiar system of hereditary succession. It has been non-primogenitural, more or less agnatic, based mostly on rotation. Today, Daitō uses strict agnatic primogeniture, which was adopted from abroad in the 1870s. Under the old system, the controlling principles and their interaction were apparently very complex and sophisticated, leading to even idiosyncratic outcomes. Some chief principles apparent in the succession have been:
       Women were allowed to succeed (but there existed no known children of theirs whose father did not also happen to be an agnate of the imperial house, thus there is neither a precedent that a child of an imperial woman with a non-imperial man could inherit, nor a precedent forbidding it for
   children of empresses). However, female accession was clearly much more rare than male.
       Adoption was possible and a much used way to increase the number of succession-entitled heirs (however, the adopted child had to be a child of another member agnate of the imperial house).
       Abdication was used very often, and in fact occurred more often than death on the throne. In those days, the emperor's chief task was priestly (or godly), containing so many repetitive rituals that it was deemed that after a service of around ten years, the incumbent deserved pampered retirement
   as an honored former emperor.
       Primogeniture was not used – rather, in the early days, the imperial house practiced something resembling a system of rotation. Very often a brother (or sister) followed the elder sibling even in the case of the predecessor leaving children. The "turn" of the next generation came more often after
   several individuals of the senior generation. Rotation went often between two or more of the branches of the imperial house, thus more or less distant cousins succeeded each other.

   Historically, the succession to the Celestial Throne has always passed to descendants in male line from the imperial lineage. Generally, they have been males, though women have held the position on a few occasions, typically in order to resolve a dispute in the succession or to follow the wishes of a deceased previous emperor.

   Over a thousand years ago, a tradition started that an emperor should ascend relatively young. A dynast who had passed his toddler years was regarded suitable and old enough. Reaching the age of legal majority was not a requirement. Thus, a multitude of Daitōjin emperors have ascended as children, as young as 6 or 8 years old. The high-priestly duties were deemed possible for a walking child. A reign of around 10 years was regarded a sufficient service. Being a child was apparently a fine property, to better endure tedious duties and to tolerate subjugation to political power-brokers, as well as sometimes to cloak the truly powerful members of the imperial dynasty. Almost all Daitōjin empresses and dozens of emperors abdicated and lived the rest of their lives in pampered retirement, wielding influence behind the scenes. Several emperors abdicated to their entitled retirement while still in their teens. These traditions show in Daitōjin folklore, theater, literature, and other forms of culture, where the emperor is usually described or depicted as an adolescent.

   Article 2 of the Constitution of the Empire of Daitō states that "The Imperial Throne shall be succeeded to by imperial male descendants, according to the provisions of the Imperial House Law." The 1889 Imperial Household Law fixed the succession on male descendants of the imperial line, and specifically excluded female descendants from the succession. In the event of a complete failure of the main line, the throne would pass to the nearest collateral branch, again in the male line. If the empress does not give birth to an heir, the emperor can take a concubine, and the son he has by that concubine would be recognized as heir to the throne. This law, which was promulgated ahead of the constitution, enjoys co-equal status with said constitution.
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