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  1. SouthernKing

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    I'm extending the deadline until tomorrow so certain people can get theirs in >:c
    In the meantime work on update has begun

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  2. Bair_the_Normal

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    An Inspection of the Varied Settlements of the Many Lands of the Hirajima Kingdom

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    Of the Seven Circuits:

    Of San'indō [Northern Mountain Circuit]:

    -The city of Izumo, spanning the expansive plains between Lake Shinji and the Sea of Japan, is particularly notable for its housing of the largest Kan’nagara shrine outside the Kinai capital region. Despite its poor soil, Izumo maintains a modest trade economy, connecting the other cities of the San'indō, as well as generating significant pilgrimage related income.

    -The city of Uchikoshiyama is a planned city notable solely for its newly constructed [478 CE] castle, its lucrative rest stop and storage depot position along the Northern Mountain Road, and its Chinese-influenced grid pattern that is found across many government-planned cities across the Kingdom.

    -The city of Izushi is the cultural and economic heart of the San'indō, due to its proximity to the capital region and several populous cities surrounding the capital region. Being the eastern terminus of the Northern Mountain Road, Izushi acts as a liaison between the cultures and styles of the San'indō and the eastern portion of the Hirajima Kingdom. Due to their domain’s material wealth, the lords of Izushi were historically able to construct a vast defensive system of castles and forts along the mountainous areas surrounding the city, which still remains as one of its striking idiosyncrasies. In addition to its varied mountain forts, Izushi is also noted for its intricate potters’ culture and its development of buckwheat noodles, much to the joy of the rest of the Hirajima Kingdom.

    Of San'yōdō [Southern Mountain Circuit]:

    -The city of Ōwada is one of the premier ports along the Inland Sea as well as the eastern terminus for the Southern Mountain Road. It is notable for its status as one of the premier departure points for Imperial Embassies to China and the Ryūkyū Islands. Nearby is the Ikuta Shrine in which is enshrined the kami Wakahirume. As such, Ōwada is also home to a great number of Kan’nagara festivals and regularly receives pilgrims as well.

    -The city of Itsukushima spans almost the entirety of the island of Itsukushima, and can thus be said to be one of the largest cities in the Kingdom. Of particular note on the island are the many shrines and temples that dot the city, the most famous of which is the eponymous Itsukushima Shrine. Aside from the religious structures, however, the natural beauty of the island is mostly untouched, settlement being centered around the coastal rim of the island, leaving the interior forests primarily pristine. Due to its island location, Itsukushima is not directly connected by the Southern Mountain Road to other San'yōdō cities.

    -The city of Akamagaseki is the southernmost city on the main island of the Hirajima Kingdom. It is also the southwestern terminus of the Southern Mountain Road. Prior to the Hirajima conquest of the Tsukushi island and the Kumaso tribes and kingdoms, Akamagaseki, then known as simply Akamaga, was a quiet, small fishing town notable only for its prized but deadly cuisine, pufferfish. With the advent of the introduction of the Western Sea Circuit, however, Akamaga, which subsequently added ‘seki’, or ‘gate’, to its name, was transformed into a vibrant trade hub, and has developed into the premier transit rest stop between the city of Dazaifu and the mainland Hirajima circuits.

    -The city of Himeji is notable solely for its position along the Southern Mountain Road, and apart from that is a slowly growing agricultural town with a small fort. An as of yet mostly untapped iron deposit has been located north of the city, though the Kingdom has yet to put any direct effort in harnessing it.

    Of Hokurikudō [Northern Land Circuit]:

    -The city of Ōkōzu is a quickly growing port city at the mouth of the Ōkawa River. Founded by the Imperial Court in 444 CE as a planned city, the grid pattern of the ‘Port between the Rivers’ [the aforementioned Ōkawa and the southern Shinano] is crosshatched with several orderly canals that connect the two rivers which provide irrigation to the rice and buckwheat fields surrounding the city. In addition, Ōkōzu is the northeastern terminus of the Northern Land Road, and serves as a gateway between the Hirajima Kingdom proper and the Kingdom of the Emishi in the north.

    -The city of Fukui is a densely populated but small city that is notable for its rest-stop position along the Northern Land Road as well as its significant influence in Hirajima’s silk and textile industries.

    -The city of Etchū, which spans the Toyama plain, is the definitive agricultural center of the Hirajima Kingdom, as well as the second largest city in the entire Kingdom. Long afflicted by rudimentary urban sprawl and the lack of a unified or even effective sanitation system, Etchū’s immense growth is attributed solely to its unparalleled agricultural output. With rice being the primary currency and premier medium in the Hirajima economy, it was actually in Etchū, with its agricultural significance, that a rudimentary system of loans, debts, and credit was established across the many rice markets that spanned the city and plain. The varied agricultural products of Etchū are promulgated to the rest of the Kingdom via the Northern Land Road to other roads.

    -The city of Kawanakajima is situated on the Shinano River and is notable solely for its status as a gateway city between the Northern Land Circuit and the Eastern Mountain Circuit.

    Of Tōsandō [Eastern Mountain Circuit]:

    -The city of Umayabashi is a small rest-stop in the Eastern Mountain Circuit that serves as the junction between the Eastern Mountain Road, the Eastern Sea Road, and the Northern Land Circuit. As such, there is a large stable in the city to facilitate and accommodate a great number of travelers, as well as a large, well-maintained bridge crossing the Tone River [in fact, it is these two distinguishing features that form Umayabashi’s name; ‘umaya’ meaning stable and ‘hashi’ meaning bridge].

    -The city of Asaka is a relatively poor, undeveloped, and isolated agricultural outpost owned directly by the Kingdom with little to note other than being the northeastern terminus of the Eastern Mountain Road, as well as another entryway from the Emishi Kingdom to the Hirajima Kingdom.

    -The city of Imahama is located on the northeastern shore of Lake Biwa, near the most densely-populated heartland of the capital region. A sizable settlement itself, Imahama is located on notoriously poor soil and is entirely reliant on rice imports, particularly from Etchū in Hokurikudō. On the other hand, Imahama is famed for its status as a center of metallurgy in the Kingdom. The fires of hundreds of forges burn nigh continuously through Imahama nights, supplying the Imperial Army its weaponry and armor, and the farmers and craftsmen across the Kingdom their tools.

    -The city of Matsumoto is another rest-stop town along the Eastern Mountain Circuit, and its only highlights are its clean water, hot springs, picturesquely forested mountains, and its growth of nearly 90% of Hirajima’s wasabi crop.

    Of Saikaidō [Western Sea Circuit]:

    -The city of Dazaifu is the southernmost port in the Hirajima Kingdom, and also one of the largest due to its westwards direction. With its strategic location, Dazaifu is the premier port for external trade, and regularly receives influxes of Korean and Chinese goods and ideas. It was through Dazaifu that silk, tea, and Chinese-style planned city structures, not to mention the Chinese character system that would later evolve into the Heira Syllabaries. Dazaifu is the largest settlement on the Western Sea Circuit, and is also the northern terminus of the Western Sea Road.

    -The city of Ōmura is the only other city of note in the relatively undeveloped and recently conquered Western Sea Circuit. It is notable for its sheltered port situated on the Ōmura Bay and its similar sustained trade routes with Korea and China. Due to this large amount of foreign-trade through Ōmura, the city is home to a burgeoning population of Koreans and Chinese, particularly those looking to espouse Buddhist schools of thought. Due to its peninsular position, Ōmura is not connected to the main Western Sea Road, which instead continues down to the Kumaso capital of Sakura.

    Of Nankaidō [Southern Sea Circuit]:

    -The city of Naniwa is the old cultural center of the Hirajima Kingdom. A hub port that is also home to a significant rice-growing industry, Naniwa is perhaps the absolute oldest city in the Kingdom. A testament to its cultural and economic significance, the Imperial Summer Court is held biennially in Naniwa. In addition to its status as a major port, Naniwa is also the city that connects the Southern Mountain Road, the Southern Sea Mainland Road, and the various capital roads, thus rending it a key economic and social hub in the Kingdom.

    -The city of Iyo is a small port that houses several famous hot springs, several famous temples, and little more.

    -The city of Tokushima is a small agricultural town that produces a variety of goods and is the premier agricultural producer in the southwest of the Kingdom.

    Of Tōkaidō [Eastern Sea Circuit]:

    -The city of Anōtsu is middling port town and post station on the Eastern Sea Road in mild decline due to the rise of Hamamatsu as a more significant and superior port.

    -The city of Ise is named after and is only famous for its massive shrine, to which flock pilgrims by the thousands annually. The city itself is poor in soil and as a port, but its prestige as a religious center is able to keep afloat a moderately large village and post station.

    -The bay and river port of Hamamatsu is by far the largest city in the Eastern Sea Circuit as well as a key port and a significant rest-stop on the Eastern Sea Road. Hamamatsu is another government-ordained city, being constructed on a similar grid pattern in 477 CE, and having grown spectacularly due to a lucrative trade and fishing industry.

    -The city of Suruga is the administrative center of the Eastern Sea Circuit and is notable for being a particularly lucrative fishing port. Since the introduction of tea, plantations around Suruga have been quick to grow and sell the quickly blossoming new crop, and as such Suruga is known as the tea center of Hirajima.

    -The town of Karasuyama is small, dirty, and poor settlement in the undeveloped eastern region of the Eastern Sea Circuit only notable for its status as the temporary eastern terminus for the as of yet unfinished Eastern Sea Road.

    Of the Vassal Domains:

    Of Tsukai-kuni:

    -The port of Tsushima is a small settlement known for housing the Tsukai Royal Court as well as being a transit stop on the lucrative trade route between Dazaifu, Ōmura, and the Korean Kingdom of Silla.

    Of Kumaso-kuni:

    -The city of Sakura is named after its eastern volcano of Sakurajima. After the mountain’s catastrophic eruption in 490 CE, the city was reconstructed and renovated with a similar style to the Chinese grids established across the Hirajima Kingdom. As such, Sakura, the de facto capital of the Kumaso Kingdom, is perhaps the most modern city throughout Kumaso and even the Western Sea Circuit.

    Of Emishi-kuni:

    -The fort of Iwadeyama is the de facto Hirajima administrative center in the Emishi Kingdom. There is little favorable about its location other than the recent discovery of gold in the hills north of the fort.

    -The city of Shiwa is the de jure capital of the Emishi Kingdom, though with the relative lack of development in the north compared to other regions of the Hirajima Kingdom, actual administrative clout and architectural development has been limited in Shiwa. With the Emishi Kingdom lacking any uniform road system, it is the Kitakami River that connects Shiwa to other Emishi and Hirajima cities.

    -Fort Hachinohe is the farthest north settlement directly owned by the Hirajima Kingdom in the Emishi Kingdom. Given its out-of-the-way status and the lack of development that characterizes much of the Emishi Kingdom, Hachinohe’s only connection with the rest of the Hirajima regions proper is through the small Hachinohe Port, which primarily services the fort’s fledgling fishing industry.

    -The town of Jizōden is an ethnically purely Emishi town on the west coast of the Emishi Kingdom, notable solely for its relatively high population for Emishi cities and for its significant agricultural production relative to other northern cities.

    -The city of Hiramori is the farthest north settlement in the entirety of the Hirajima Kingdom and its Vassal Domains. The city is populated entirely by ethnic Emishi and is renowned for the quality of its seafood. The Hirajima Kingdom has been looking to Hiramori as a potential trading post with the Ainu tribes and petty kingdoms to the north.
     
  3. SouthernKing

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  4. thomas.berubeg

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    Lost Cities of the Empire



    The Twin Cities of the River's Mouth: The city of Alexandria is not the first in its place. Before its walls were thrown up, another, its name forgotten and all but its largest buildings razed, stood in its place. Little is known about it, save that before the Greek usurpers of the young lord came it was rival to Old Babylon. Across the river stands fresher ruins, that of the scum city Seleucia, its lands salted and dead.

    Ancient Ur: Old Babylon has stood since the beginning of time, it is said, but Ur is yet older. It was once home to the Great Ziggurat, grander than even the Pyramids of Egypt, and the old gods of the river spoke through it. Now it is held only by the river and ghosts long dead, and weeds grow on the crumbling ruins of the temples.

    Aleppo, the Broken City of the Romans: Aleppo was once the jewel of the Tigris as Old Babylon was of the Euphrates. It was called Unbreakable while Nisibis was but a home for goat herders. It was Golden before the Greeks had even conceived of Antioch. And yet when the Romans with their shields locked tight marched on it, it lasted not a fortnight under their foul siege weapons. The foreigners infested it like bugs on a leper, and when it was retaken there was little choice but to purge it with fire, lest the Romans spring forth again.

    Tartus the Silver: There once were two cities on the Western Sea, and yet only one could stand. For long decades after the Greeks built Antioch, the two cities waged a war of gold. But the influence of the Greeks was too much and the great port of Tartus, once the pride of the world, sunk into a home for smugglers and thieves. During the war for Syria, the New Empire razed it rather than let it pollute the world further.

    Nineveh of the Vile Assyrians: There was a sickness on the world while the Assyrians still ruled it from Nineveh, and that sickness plagues the ruins of their city like rats in a swamp. All who enter return deranged or not at all, for the evils done there haunt the buildings still. When the Old City marched forth against the tyrants, they found them locked inside their walls, and they burned them out. While the Assyrians spewed forth, they left behind a rot that not even the fire could extinguish, and even when they were beaten on field of battle there was no choice left but to leave the city to die.
     
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    Trade Routes of the Yibram Kingdom

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    Trade, particularly of the maritime variety, is the lifeblood of the Kingdom of Yibram. The city of Nacala is a bustling trade hub, it's streets and harbor always bustling with foreigners and their exotic goods. The main exports from the kingdom are similarly exotic, consisting mainly of ivory, gems, exotic furs/feathers, and various other minor luxuries. All major trade routes of Yibram stem from the Southern Jewel of Nacala.

    Brown-The African Road between Yibram and Axum is the trade route least used by the merchants of Yibram, who prefer to travel by sea. It is mostly used by the poorer merchants who cannot afford ships and must travel by foot or horse through treacherous Somali lands, or by the rare pilgrim on his way to Aksum or Israel.

    Light Blue-The most traveled of Yibram's trade routes, the naval route between Axum and Yibram was essential to both the kingdom and the city of Nacala's formation. Imports from Axum are typically rare minerals, and occasionally incenses used by the Yibram people in their religious rites.

    Purple-The direct naval route between the various Kingdoms in India and the Kingdom of Yibram is only possible because of their Flatboats, who are able to slowly but surely make their way across the open ocean without sticking to the coast, as long as they are properly supplied. These Flatboats are a common sight in the ports of southern India, and trade their exotic goods for gold or spices.

    Pink-On occasion, merchants from Yibram, after resupplying and selling some of their goods in India, continue onwards to Indonesia. These trades are often profitable, the only concern being the complete distance from their homeland. Braver still are the merchants who only stop in Indonesia to continue on further, to lands in China such as Great Sung.
     
  7. thomas.berubeg

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    The Subjects of King Snorri


     
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    gay_Aleks communism will win.

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    Election and Coronation of the Newest King Of Dacia

    Rumours have spread through the halls of power, that the most noble and fairly elected King Lesbotes has died, and that a new election will be held soon. These rumours were regarded however as false.

    Until today.

    Today, the marshal of the Royal Palace and Family announced that, at the ripe age of 55, the most noble and fairly elected King Lesbostes has changed the realms, and perhaps, even at this very moment is meeting Zalmoxis.

    Shortly after that announcement, the scheming began. 25 of the most respected members of each class - aristocracy, priests and merchants, started plotting to choose the most appropriate king. Will he be the best for Dacia, or only for a certain privileged class, well, only history will show.

    Natural alliances existed between the aristocracy and the priesthood, but with the return of Dobrogea and the beginning of very lucrative trade, the merchants started buying votes. As the motto of a distant land goes - "Aureus vincit Omniae", or in contemporary Dacian, "gold conquers all", a stack of money to the aristocrat who lost all of his army from a marauding Scythian horde, some money to your local priest for a new temple to tamper Zalmoxis, and the election can suddenly become very interesting.

    In times of peace, usually the coalition priesthood and aristocracy was rather stable. However, if a war that was especially disastrous recently ended, or a famine happened, or Zalmoxis decided to punish his servants for one or another reason, well, the king could be anyone. There are even cases, where one vote decided everything.

    This election was promising to be uninteresting. It was peaceful, unusually peaceful. The priests proclaimed that it was the year when Zalmoxis has blessed the Earth, and urged that petty corruption in the elections will probably destroy that blessing and turn it against them. The aristocrats, of course, nodded along and praised Zalmoxis for his wisdom and all that. Merchants, weren't exactly pleased, but once you use religion in the elections, and enough electors believe you, it's a lost cause. So they gave up on bribes, and instead, bided their time and watched how the events unfold.

    And so, in Anno Domini 500, the beloved and fairly elected King Bureole was the new king of Dacia. A most amazing celebration was held, with wine, food, and, obviously, women, in hopes that Zalmoxis would bless Dacia with peace and prosperity.
     
  9. SouthernKing

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    Since I'm a solid 60% done with the stats at this point, I'm closing signups. You're free to add to your signup or give other contributions though, and they're all welcome!

    ( ノ ゚ー゚)ノ☀️
     
  10. thomas.berubeg

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    The Nordroads




    Purple: The Old Roads, used by many for their solid construction and convenience, but believed to be walked by the souls of those who built them, or died upon them.

    Green: The King's Road, legend states they were built by King Oddr "The Builder" Hrothgarson, to take his people and make them one. They are generally of rougher make than the Roman Roads, but are marked by regular Faramark, stones carved with the distance in paces to Meduseld.
     
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    Spoiler :


    So there's the map. Dark grey areas are "tribal" areas where new countries can spawn (or in the case of the Sahara, marking the major caravan routes that could theoretically be used for conquest)

    Sorry Immac, I decided to cut your claims off at the Urals as I felt it was simply too big, and it'd be incredibly unstable if it were the full size you wanted. You're still the largest country by land area (by a decent margin at that). A couple of other people had overlapping claims which meant I had to take away from one of them. Sorry :/

    Stats are also done - descriptions, however, aren't, so I'm not posting them just yet. I also have to do the writeup, which won't take long. So by this weekend for sure.
     
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    The rivers and mountains and seas of the lands of the Nording.

     
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    The Cultures of the Peoples in and Around Nordnidr



    Key:
    Blues: Germanic cultures
    Yellow: Slaves
    Reddish Purples: Germanicized Latins
    Blueish purples: Baltics
    Reds: Un-assimilated Latins
    Green: The Viskrfolk: A hady bunch of partially Lombard meditteranean fisherman. They only hold nominal fealty to whoever is officially ruling their area, and making a living by a combination of wrecking, piracy, and fishing. They have thier own weird, partially Germanic, language. Essentially, the Lombards weren't enough to assimilate the local populations, and were mostly assimilated.
     
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    Hey, I can sorta map too. :p


    THE PROVINCES AND CITIES OF CARTHAGE

     
  15. SouthernKing

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    Just to let you all know I have completed stats. Update (and move to actual thread) should come tomorrow
     
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    The Demesne of the King, the Joffurheimr

     
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    Nuka-sama See ya! It has been a fun decade!

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    I'm 90% done with update zero so unfortunately it's too late for the game start. But there's always room if you wanted to join for the next update (either in the grey area, in an existing country with negative stability, or as an NPC)
     
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    Nuka-sama See ya! It has been a fun decade!

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