The Zenedoshou "We believe that through the magnificence of our culture we shall prevail upon the world stage." Edo-Zen embraces the ideals of peaceful coexistance with other, inferior cultures which inhabit our planet and with the land that our nation is built upon. The ideals of Edo are that of an egalitarian, isolationist nation, striving to improve our nation not by building armies and destroying other nations, but by creating a hard-working and happy population. The guiding force behind the Zen philosophy is that perfection, for both individuals and our nation as a whole, must come from within. Zen realizes that suffering is a part of life's journey, and one must embrace the suffering imposed by nature and by other, lesser nations. This does not mean that Zen rejects the notion of self-defense, it simply means that we should never be the aggressor in conflicts, and any fighting should be done for defensive reasons ONLY. Edo and Zen where both born from diffrent minds, but with a common goal, PEACE and PEACEFUL GROWTH. Edo, has a slightly more isolationist defense-minded philosophy, while Zen rejects any conflict and belives that the Zen ideals should be taught to those outsiders who wish it, spreading the word of peace and prosperity throughout the world. Both have their merits, both have their weaknesses. But. BOTH ARE PURE, and if the path is pure and true, we can never be mistaken. Among our most basic principles are the acceptance of others and working together instead of fighting, and since we have come to realize that peace is sadly rejected by the warmongering shoguns and overlords, a Union must be formed. Thus the union of The Edo Faction and Zen-Kensho Society, and the birth of ZENEDOSHOU. OUR GOALS/PHILOSOPHY: To promote Japanatica's culture and the standard of living of our fellow citizens through the building of temples, cultural buildings and Wonders in our cities. To create a PEACEFUL society, where the military exists for self-defense and is not an instrument of control wielded by the government to repress its citizens. We also believe in having a military strong enough to make any nation think twice before commiting an irrational act of violence towards us. We will promote our ideals of pacifism and culture to the citizens and leadership of the nation. Corruption must be rooted out in our nation's cities, and in the leadership of our government. We must exploit our strengths to work with what nature has provided and work around what it has deprived us of. The land and the sea give us life, and we will refrain from uneccessarily damaging our natural world. Zenedoshou is based upon the ideals of equality and respect. There are no ranks; all members are equal. Their opinions are to be respected. The only "rank" that exists is that of "Member". For practical reasons, both Comnenus and Superpelon will have the additional title of Rurouni, but the following must be stressed, Zenedoshou will only have be effective thanks to its members, without it, our voices will be lost in the wind. The official weapon of Zenedoshou is the the Sakabattou, a magnificent sword with a reverse-edge blade, designed for defense. _________________________________________________________________ Members of Zenedoshou: Superpelon, Rurouni Comnenus, Rurouni Civman2004 Marconos Real Pave blackheart _________________________________________________________________ I would like to point out that the manifesto of Zenedoshou is almost entirely the work of Superpelon, without whom we would not have had such a great literary work. All I did was add a little here and there, a couple of words or maybe three in various places. All commendation goes to Superpelon. Long may he live!