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News of the Empire
« on: December 13, 2020, 10:50:12 PM »




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NATIONS MOURNING ENDS

Across the Empire Temple Bells were rang to declare that the period of mourning that begun on the 13th Day of December 1900 of the common Earth calendar has ended. The Dragon Priestess, Xi Mengyao, left the Sanctum of the Two Dragons to personally begin ringing the Temple Bells in the Imperial Palace which indicated that a new Dragon Emperor was to be named.

On the 13th December 1900 the Dragon Emperor Junjie VI of the Huang Dynasty died at the age of 63 from complications arising from a wound suffered while hunting. He died with no children despite having had three healthy sons during his lifetime. His first child shared his name and died at age six from a fever while his two other sons passed away from illness before their father. As a result there was no direct descendant of the bloodline started by Shaofeng leaving the then Dragon Priestess to declare a period of mourning. This trigged a period of 120 years during which time decisions about the successor to the bloodline would be determined by the Priesthood as well for proper rituals to be carried out. During this time however cousins of Junjie began to clash over who should inherit the bloodline and this resulted in a series of armed conflicts between militia groups loyal to their feudal overlords.

In 2016 with the period of mourning drawing to a close these armed attacks began once more after 10 years of quiet. It was only in December 2017 by the common Earth calendar that the new Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao determined that action must be taken to ready the Empire for the new Emperor and activated the Guard of the Empire to bring an end to the situation. The Guard is a force loyal to the Priestess and utilises a militia of its own drawn from the general population. Within 48 hours of this action the Council of Sorrow, a body made up of the descendants of 12 Feudal Lords unable to inherit the throne appointed by the High Priestess on the day of Emperor Junjie VI's death, had also granted her the use of the Armed Forces. By the end of February 2017 by the common Earth calendar the coalition of the Imperial Armed Forces and the Guard of the Empire had ended the conflicts between four cousin families of Emperor Junjie VI. Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao then determined who the new Emperor would be and imprisoned the daughters of the other three families in the Imperial Palace where they have remained as security against further conflict by their fathers. Since then the Dragon Priestess has been helping prepare the new Emperor for this day.

As the bells began to ring thousands of people around the Imperial Palace gathered at the gates to hear the Dragon Priestesses announcement. Wearing traditional red robes and with a horn bow strung on her back the 27 year old Dragon Priestess was carried to the roof of the gatehouse and gave her proclamation.

Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao[1]
Quote from: Proclamation of the Dragon Priestess
120 years ago today we witnessed the passing of Emperor Junjie VI. The Two Dragons had seen fit to call his sons to the afterlife before him and as such the Huang Dynasty came to an end after almost 600 years. The Dynasty was rightly mourned and while we offered our tears to help them reach the afterlife scoundrals saw fit to try and seize power for themselves. For nearly 80 of the 120 years of mourning we witnessed Feudal Lords with tissue paper thin claims on the throne grab what they could rather than what they deserve. Having consulted with the Two Dragons I determined that the Empire needs to return to normal as soon as possible and therefore on this 120th Anniversary of Emperor Junjie's passing we shall end our mourning and begin to celebrate. It is with great pride that I have permission of the Two Dragons to name Lord Tielin shall mark the creation of the Shaohua Dynasty. He is a direct descendant of the youngest brother of Emperor Junjie and kept his militant forces out of conflict and instead placed himself under the direct control of the Guard of the Empire displaying endless loyalty to the Two Dragons. All the Empire must celebrate the beginning of new things as we welcome His Imperial Majesty Emperor Tielin II. Long may the Dragons fly above the Shaohua Dynasty


His Imperial Majesty Emperor Tielin II. First Emperor of the Shaohua Dynasty[2]

Later in the day the new Emperor was escorted into his new home at the Imperial Palace by men of the Guard of the Empire. He will be official crowned in the coming days when all Feudal Lords are summoned to the Palace. Currently the daughters of three other households are resident in the Palace and their futures will be determined by the Emperor once he has been crowned.

Emperor Tielin II was the Lord of Baoshan until ascending the throne. He is 43 years of age and has been married for 21 years to Jing and has three children, Prince Chun (Aged 16), Princess Wenjun (Aged 13) and Prince Daoming (Aged 6). The Emperor is expected to name his wife Jing as Empress the same day that he is crowned. As Emperor he shall now be able to take further wives who shall be named as Queen rather than Empress.

Across the nation as celebration begun the public have called for several hopes to be fulfilled. Many desire now a period of peace and stability so that farms can operate without fear of rouge military forces taking their produce without compensation where as some merchants are hopeful of being able to trade with little limitations and hopefully new trade routes being opened. One of the few Lijiangians who has ventured outside the nation during the period of mourning, a practice seen as disrespectful, is Lin Peng who spent time in several nations as a scholar of traditional Lijiangian Literature. He believes the nation has much to catch up on. "We are a nation that to my views is a good forty years behind many. The internet is a thing of great use that I think we may have only about 5% of the nation capable of utilising. Our trade ports are not large enough. We have a massive untapped potential. We have natural resources a plenty, resources Mundus needs, gas, coal, oil, vast tracks of farmland that go beyond the hundred million or so mouths we have to feed. The Empire could become an economic powerhouse if the Emperor manages what we have been given correctly. My concern is the new Emperor is unprepared for the world outside our borders."
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 2. RL-Xiaoming Huang
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Re: News of the Empire
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2020, 08:39:26 PM »




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NATION MAKE OFFERINGS TO NEW DRAGON EMPEROR

Today across the Majestic Empire relieved subjects have been gathering at local shrines to make offerings for the long reign of Dragon Emperor Tielin II. Gifts to the ancestors of the Empire included gifts of embroided shirts, flowers, food and effigies of Dragons. At the Sanctum of the Two Dragons the line of those wishing to leave offerings took several hours to clear as thousands of people filed past the giant statue of the Two Dragons leaving their offerings before them. The nation was celebrating not just the naming of a new Dragon Emperor but also the ending of 120 years of mourning which many believe has left the nation isolated and far behind many nations in the world. The period of mourning also saw several long conflicts between private militia forces who were vying to make themselves the new Dragon Emperor. This instability caused great harm to the nation as it shut down several key industries, damaged farmland and cost tens of thousands of lives. It is now hoped that the reign of Tielin II is capable of bringing stability to the Empire.

Dragon Emperor Tielin II will be officially crowned once the High Lords have arrived in the capital for the ceremony, expected to be Saturday the 15th December by the Common Earth Calendar. The new Dragon Emperor is 43 years of age and is the High Lord of Baoshan a title that he will vacate to his eldest son Prince Chun when he is crowned. Baoshan was one of the few Provinces which remained largely peaceful during the period of mourning however he did raise his own militia which was used to defend his own lands until he handed over control of them to the Dragon Priestess and the Imperial Guard. Many believe this show of loyalty to the Empire and the Two Dragons was a key event in him being named as the new Dragon Emperor.

The New Dragon Emperor was born in 1977 by the Common Earth Calendar in the province of Baoshan. He was the eldest son of the High Lord of Baoshan and is named after his father. He has a younger brother who is 36 years of age and a member of the Academy of Scholars were he teaches Philosophy and Ethics. He also has two younger sisters, one of whom is a Priestess at the Shrine of the Two in Baoshan while the youngest of the pair is married to an Imperial Knight. Tielin has been High Lord for  ten years following his father's death in an attack by a bandit group trying to sabotage a railway line through his province. Tielin spent much of his youth under the tutorlidge of his father in preparation for Imperial Service and sat upon various councils as both an Imperial Knight and taking his father's position for various debates in the The Grand Council of the Majestic Empire. At the age of 22 he married the grand-daughter of the Province of Fuyang, Zheng Jin. The pair have three children all of whom shall now inherit royal titles. The nation will, when the Dragon Emperor is crowned, also have a new heir to the throne in the shape of the soon to be Prince Chun. The 16 year old Prince will now transfer his education from a local academy in his home province to private tutoring at the Imperial Palace and the Sanctum of the Two Dragons. The new Dragon Emperors daughter,  Princess Wenjun, is 13 years of age and will begin training with the Dragon Priestess for a potential future in the Priesthood. There is also the expectation that the Emperor will now produce more children as it is seen as a vital duty to have a large Imperial Family to minimise the chances of the nation entering mourning again with the end of the new bloodline. One option for the soon to be Emperor is to marry one or several of the imprisoned daughter of High Lords who sought to oppose the Dragon Priestesses intervention in the conflicts that ravaged the nation. Some believe that in marrying them it would sooth the anger these families have for not being selected as Emperor thus reducing the chances of future conflict. On the other hand many suggest that the Dragon Emperor should exile the daughters and execute the fathers for their disrespect. It is likely their fate shall be determined once the Dragon Emperor has been crowned.

Some commentators have also called for the Dragon Emperor to invite world leaders to his coronation. One such voice is Parmanjan Kyum, owner of a series of banks, who explained, "The Majestic Empire now should seek to show the world that we are a nation of greatness. I am confident that we would demonstrate a coronation unlike any they will have seen. We need to begin down the road of growing the prosperity of our land and to do that we can no longer stay within our borders. We should welcome the world to the Majestic Empire as soon as possible. The new Dragon Emperor must become a great diplomat."

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Re: News of the Empire
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2020, 08:13:54 PM »




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EMPEROR HAS FIRST CORONATION

Emepror Tielin has today undertaken the first of the two coronations that will confirm him as the new Dragon Emperor. Today an estimated two million people took to the streets of Fengtai to witness the new Dragon Emperor parade into the city with a large military escort. Dragon Emperor Tielin rode upon a white horse with red painted tail alongside his wife and three children who also rode horses. The Imperial Family went first to the Golden Enclave, a section of the city dedicated to the Empresses control. There they were presented with offerings from the senior noblewomen who reside in the Enclave symbolising the blessings of the women of the Empire had been given. With some noblewomen now in the procession the group crossed the city and went to the Imperial Hospital Barracks, a home dedicated to impoverished ex-soldiers. Here the Dragon Emperor received offerings from some of the residents there thus symbolising the Imperial Family having the blessings of the men of the Empire. The procession then turned to follow the river that runs through Fengtai known as the Dragon Spine and returned to the Imperial Palace. Here the Imperial Family were meet by the Dragon Priestess who made her own offerings to the family. Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao gave the new Dragon Emperor a horn tipped bow , the Empress was given a ceremonial fan while the three children were each presented with calligraphy sets. The ceremonial parade now means that the final stage of the coronation can take place. While initially it was thought the Emperor would invite members of the international community this is now not to be the case. The Dragon Emperors spokesperson stated to those assembled. "The Dragon Emperor recognises that the nation must begin to repair 120 years of inactivity. This will happen sooner rather than later but the creation of a new Dragon Emperor is a day for the people of Majestic Empire. The day will see a great many rituals and rites take place and these will be perhaps bewildering to the foreigners. We do not wish to have someone tied to them at the hip explaining every little nuances of the day rather than allowing that person the chance to witness and enjoy a unique coronation as we do not just crown a new Dragon Emperor but we begin a new Dynasty. This therefore is an event that is perhaps once in a lifetime, we hope."

It is understood that the new Dragon Emperor has already been contacted by one Head of State to request a meeting. King Heydar of Royal Seleucid is expected to therefore be the first foreign Head of State to visit the Empire under the new Dragon Emperors rule. The exact date of any meeting has yet to be confirmed however.

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Re: News of the Empire
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2020, 12:56:42 AM »



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EMPEROR SENDS MESSAGE ON LOYALTY

The day before the final ceremony to confirm the new Dragon Emperor has seen a flurry of activity at the Imperial Palace following the first meeting of the Grand Council of the Majestic Empire. The Grand Council is made up of the various High Lords, the Dragon Priestess and of course the Dragon Emperor and regularly meets to discuss key matters of the Empire. Today the focus was on what to do with those who rebelled against the period of mourning which caused Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao to take military action against three of the High Lords whom eventually capitulated to the Imperial Guard and loyalist militia groups. The Council discussed the issues of the fates of the captured High Lords and their families. The meeting also saw elder statesman High Lord Kexing named as High Councillor. The 81 year old nobleman is the longest serving member of the Grand Council and seemingly has gained the trust of the new Emperor. Lord Kexing will now be responsible for matters assigned to the Council by the Emperor when the monarch himself can not attend the meetings. In his first duty as High Councillor Lord Kexing informed the public of the decisions made by the Grand Council.

The first matter was the fate of the three High Lords who rebelled against the Dragon Priestess. The Emperor has sentenced the three men to death by hanging. The penalty will be carried out the day after the Emperors final coronation and High Lord Kexing explained that the Emperor will carry out the punishment himself stating "The Emperor believes that those so close to him who break the peace of the Empire should be given the harshest punishment permitted. That punishment comes from the Emepror himself and if the law of the Empire is in tatters he must be seen to restore it. We see an Emperor who takes the good order of the Empire into his own hands." It is thought to be the first time in around 500 years that an Emperor has directly carried out the death penalty in person. The three High Lords will have their bodies burnt after the execution with their ashes being spread outside the borders of the Empire.

The Council then discussed what would happen to the families of the High Lords who are to be executed. The day following the execution of the High Lords their widows will be given in arranged marriages to peasants. High Lord Kexing explained saying "The women encouraged their husbands and failed to act as a spiritual guide. As such they are not noble in the eyes of any reasonable person. There were calls for them to also be executed but the Emperor has shown them mercy allowing them to redeem themselves by working on the land that they betrayed so callously." It is not known how the peasants will be selected as there are likely to be few volunteers as the youngest of the women is 42 years of age meaning they are unlikely to produce children.

The Male descendants of the three convicted High Lords will have their family names taken from them and at a date in the near future the Dragon Priestess will bestow new names upon them. It is likely these new family names will be selected from those traditionally used by peasants and was done to allow them to rebuild their individual lives without the shame of their past. There is however one exception to this, the eldest son of Lord Hohot refused to fight against the Dragon Priestess and so will now inherit his father's land and title. While the young man will inherit the title Lord of Hohot he too will have his family name replaced. The Dragon Priestess has announced that his new family name will be Qīnglóng which was traditionally given to members of the Imperial Guard who had provided great service to the Imperial Guard. The Dragon Priestess is said to have selected the name to show that loyalty to the Two Dragons will be recognised and rewarded.

The Female descendants of the three convicted High Lords will be investigated and if found to be involved in the rebellion in anyway shall face formal court proceedings which will likely result in them either being whipped, executed or exiled. There is though to be no trials against the three daughters of the High Lords who were taken as prisoners of the Dragon Priestess in order to ensure they remained loyal. These shall each receive a different fate. The Empire shall celebrate a wedding at the next full moon after the Emperors coronation as the sister of the new Lord Qīnglóng of Hohot, Lady Dandan is taken as the Emperor's second wife meaning she shall become Queen Dandan. The High Councillor explained, "Lord Qīnglóng showed incredible loyalty and should be seen as an example of how to live, the notion of putting the Empire before even your own family is something we should all aspire to. The Emperor will be proud therefore to call Qīnglóng his brother-in-law." Lady Dandan is 16 years of age and was today moved from the Sancturory of the Two Dragons to the Golden Enclave marking the first time she has left the religious centre for almost three years. The future Queen twice has publically renounced her father's uprising during her captivity. The daughter of Lord Jihai of Hefei was also transferred to the Golden Enclave where she shall become the Emperors first Concubine. 19 year old Huian will be stripped of her nobility in order to legally see her fulfil this role. She will then be given the title "Imperial Lady of the Emperors Chamber". The 13 year old daughter of the Lord of Hongcun shall be exiled upon pain of death should she return. It is unknown as of yet where she will be sent or any other details.


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Re: News of the Empire
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2020, 09:14:35 PM »




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CORONATION PARADE CONCLUDES CEREMONIES

A huge parade past the Golden Enclave and the Imperial Palace took place to mark the end of the process to enthrone the new Dragon Emperor. The 2nd coronation took place in the Imperial Plaza in the centre of the capital Fengtai where hundreds of thousands of people gathered to witness the ceremony. The Emperor received the official crown having several days ago received blessings from various representatives of the population. The crown was first given a blessing by the Dragon Priestess Xi Mengyao who then took the crown and placed it upon Emperor Tielin II's head. The new Dragon Emperor then crowned each of his family in turn with his wife, Empress Jing getting her crown first followed then by their three children in order of age Prince Chun, Princess Wenjun and Prince Daoming. The family were then escorted by the Imperial Guard to a waiting horse draw carriage which took the female members of the family to the walled complex watched over by the Empress known as the Golden Enclave while the male members of the Imperial Family went to the Imperial Palace. What followed next was a huge parade in which estimates of as many as a million people participated. The route went through the Plaza before marching past the high walls of the Golden Enclave where Empress Jing watched with a large entourage from the Enclave. The group in the parade included at least one representative of every military unit and ship within the nations military as well as a representative of every Temple and School District. As each person passed the Empress they recited an oath of loyalty. The group then made their way to the Imperial Palace where the Emperor watched from the gatehouse tower  to receive the oaths once more. Many of those in the parade will be spending the evening camping on the slopes of the valley sandwiched between the Sancturory of the Two Dragons and the Imperial Palace. Many sky lanterns were light at nightfall despite warnings from the local law enforcement that they could be dangerous to the surrounding hillside woodland.

As darkness fell the Emperor was joined by the rest of the family and the High Lords within the Palace for a traditional feast. Among those attending was Lady Dandan who the Emperor will marry next month. She shall become the Emperor's 2nd wife and will take the title of Wolf Queen as their wedding will take place on the Full Moon dedicated to the Wolf. The Emperor is expected to begin introducing various reforms and decrees in the next 48 hours now he has officially assumed his full power.

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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2021, 12:42:07 PM »




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"VERTEBRAE PORTS" TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION

Dragon Emperor Tielin II has today asked for the Council of Imperial Knights to begin implementing a programme that is being called "The Majestic Network of Vertebrae Ports". The Imperial Knights who hold lands neighbouring the huge river known as the Dragon Spine have been asked to examine their lands and report back if they believe that a port could be constructed on their land. The aim of the consultation is to highlight a series of locations for modern ports to be built along the river helping improve the nations trading infrastructure. Currently the river, which runs 3/4 the length of the nation, has a port at its mouth in Lóngzui and another in the capital Fengtai capable of handling large capacities of cargo. The new programme would see a further seven constructed along the river in a move that is hoped will allow businesses to transport goods in large quantities up and down the nation. One Imperial Knight has explained he is desperate to get one of the ports for his area. "We in Rizhao would be perfect for this port on the Spine. We are one of the major producers of silk and currently moving the harvests to the roads and then the long journey to Fengtai can take several trucks and each one see us having to pay a driver for days of work and before it reaches Fengtai a huge amount has been added to the price. IF the port is open we can easily move goods in vast amounts much cheaper. This is good for us as we can make make more money, it is good for customers as we can cut some of the prices perhaps. It also means we can even consider trading in other nations without troublesome logistics."

The project marks the first major construction project ordered by Dragon Emperor Tielin II who has spoken of the need to modernise the nation in many ways. "Lijiang is an economy on tick over. We have not utilised the vast potential of the Empire for over a century. While we have naturally not just ceased to work, to trade or farm we have seen no urgency in improving things so we can export more. We are a nation that can be largely self sufficient in terms of food, heating, shelter, clean water, and everything we need to survive. I do not though want us just to survive I want us to thrive and for that we will need to bring industries we have not yet fully embraced into the Empire. To give us the funds to do that we need to move our goods out of the nation. The key then is to ensure a smooth transit process can take place."

The Emperor is due to begin a cruise of the Dragon Spine the day after his impending marriage to Lady Dandan. He will first travel to the Sea Dragon Temple in Lóngzui before boarding a royal boat and heading the full length of the river stopping in several places en route. He will then travel south until he reaches Gāodì which is the Southern most province. The Emperor undertakes this journey so he can say from early in his reign he has visited each Province and the Dragonheart Lake in Gāodì is bordered by three provinces making such a journey a speedy and effective way of achieving the aim of seeing all 13 provinces.