Empire of Japan
The Empire of Japan
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- Density of Marks: 3
- Territorial Control: 2
- Stability: 4
The Empire of Japam, as its name may suggest, is led by the Emperor, with the military under the control of the Shogun. There is no legislative body in the empire; all laws come from the emperor or from provincial rulers and are made by decree.
With the signing of the Kyoshu Protocol, Japan was granted independence from European affairs as well as territorial control over China, the Korean Peninsula, the western half of the Indochinese Peninsula, and the Phillipine Isles. In exchange for their freedom, the protocol forced Japan into trade agreements with the nations of the European Quarter and forbidden from interfering in the activities of the rest of the quarter under penalty of war and the revoking of the protocol.
The people of the empire take great pride in ethnic and racial purity, placing strict controls on immigration from the west and from other areas of the quarter while at the same time placing strict controls on marriage between the Japanese and the people of the mainland territories.
Unlike most other Marked nations, the Japanese do not discriminate against the Markless in any significant way outside of a lack of social mobility, with most working as farmers or merchants rather than as servants or slaves.
However, this is not to say that the Empire is not without bigotry. While the people of Japan are treated well regardless of their heritage, those on the mainland are viewed with racism and suspicion regardless of whether or not they have a mark, with Marked mainlanders considered equal to Markless Japanese and the Markless being treated as second class citizens. They accept this in stride however, believing that life as a peasant under the Japanese is better than life as a slave under the Europeans, something the Imperial Government takes great strides to remind of.