Great Kagome, empire of

"Welcome, Legendary Venatori." She barely hid her sneer, he was a regular visitor, but hardly a favoured one, although... he did take good care of his body...   "Meihomei. As usual, you are a delight."   "Flattery will get you nothing you haven't earned, Immy."   He slid his tongue brazenly across the closest of her earlobes, making her shriek. "You haven't earned that either!"   "Oh, I know, but you're going to make my life miserable anyway, I might as well get some enjoyment out of my torment."   "Careful you don't end up making my decision for me."   "Thank you, this water, it's very sweet."   "It's from the ancestral spring."   "You have your own spring on the grounds?  Oh, of course, you do."   "Of course I do, it's what let Innu Yesugai meet Kagome, the original, the first Kagome.  Without it, there wouldn't be an imperial family.  The spring and the well that taps it."   "So it's documented, where they met?"   "Their diaries say that's where it happened,Love at first soultouch on both their parts too, apparently."   "They soul touched?"   "Innu came to the well to tend to his wounds, and lo and behold, there was a priestess, only, she wasn't convinced he deserved healing."   "And then what happened?"   "I'm surprised you don't know the story, it was thought in school in my day.  Innu said she was a lousy priestess, and that she should heal anyone in need.  She replied back he looked like a murderer, covered in the blood of his victims.  He replied that it was the blood of his enemies, who had attacked first.  Then she started asking whose side he was on..."   "Go on..."   "He said he was on the side of people not attacking a civilian town by surprise, and that he would punish those that did."   "I bet she liked that."   "Of course she did, attacking civilians was against the customs of war even for the warlords of the time."
"So you've been to Kagomei, what did you think?"   "What?"   "Ninu, you've visited Kagomei, we're asking for your considered opinion."   "Sure, Prince/princess of the second rank of the Nisei Kaji. What would you like to know?"   "Well, what are they like?"   "I am strange to you, and yet, I was raised in Eurani, but come from your own people, the Nisei and Kagomine are culturally and ethnographically quite close, closer than the Eurani. The Moniqans, that they despise as their ancient conquerors are so very close themselves."   "Some of that is biology, some of that is the conclaves wanting some groups of people kept together, for their own purposes. The Moniqans, while biologically compatible, are as different from the Kagomine from a theological standpoint as the conclave will allow..."   "That is a good point, and much of what allowed Kagomei to come together as a nation is tied to that. Their Magical Lifeguards, Chaplains and Spellcasting Brigades are unique in all of Arnd. And not for lack of trying by the Nisans or the Eurani."   "The Ajakamal Obsidian Spears predate those Kagomine-Specific Doctrines by centuries."   "Ugh."   "Yet, they are closest to the Nisei in political organisation, their most powerful sorcerer rules them."   "Does that help us understand the Kagomine?"   "In a sense, the Kagomine, like the Eurani, have experimented with the idea of democracy, of a rede paeoni, government of the people."   "Earlier than the New Etruscan?"   "By at least a century, which is strange, considering they were founded by priests, just like the Nisan. Their local legend claims they did so because the priestesses kept fighting over a man, so much he ended up dying. Same local legends claimed they swore to serve their fellow Seylons in response, and so founded a constitutional democracy, with four houses, called estates, at first, merged down to two and renamed houses, after the first century. But surely, you didn't ask me back here to hear what a child learns in their schools, and yours."   "Ah, so you are not unsuspecting."   The Nisan prince gave away nothing, Ninu thought, despite the fact that she had been kidnapped, by this woman's own superior! But then, she had been born in a family similarly steeped in politics, and knew quite well just how ambitious princelings worked in this cesspool of en environment. "Princess Midori..."   "First Princess Midori." He corrected, automatically.   "Isn't she first among equals?"   "Theoretically, yes, but by naming her his heir, the Magelord did give her quite an advantage."   "Such an advantage that it allows her to run risks?"   "Risks?"   "I am part of the embassy staff of Brescia. Even Nisei cannot earn our ire with Impunity."   "Yes, yes, and your father would mobilize all the military forces of the Eurani Pact against us. And it would do no good..."   "What?"   "They would all hit the wrong target, how would they even know where you are, or whose captivity you enjoy?"

Structure

The Meihomei, the ruler, holds absolute power, held only in check that certain people must execute her power(for instance, taxes are perceived at a lower level, and contributed back up, collecting, but not versing up taxes is a common protest). Additionally, some higher-ranking nobles form a Regency council. Started when a child Meihomei came to the throne, loophole abuse allowed it to be turned permanent. Allowing a veto of some of Meihomei's decisions, mostly about the noble class, the inheritability of Meihomei status, and the conduct of Bameimeis(crown-princes and princesses) Nobles in order, see:

Culture

Their culture emphasizes fairness and harmony, but to them, fairness punishes the individual only in extreme circumstances,

there must be some other way

Is the phrase most fairy tales include

Public Agenda

Kagomei is considered to be a constitutional Monarchy, with limited checks and balances on a Monarch, but still vast autocratic power.

Assets

Largest Navy on Arndt, largest contingent of magic-integrated military forces on Arndt as well. Holds 95% of its own small-continent-sized island(the whole island is 2000000km2, so Indonesia-sized, but one single island, heart-shaped), with one tiny island conquered off Moniq to claim the "Empire" moniker.

History

Founded when a smallish group of priests banded together and fought off the Moniqan occupation that followed an age of warlords taking over the place. Allied with the famous Innu shipwrights who contributed a technologically advanced navy. The Moniqans, despite being a continent, were militarily and culturally horse archers and nomads and did not adapt to having a Navy until after Kagomei became an empire.

Disbandment

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Replaced by the Lai Dang Treaty Authority, who became a world government for the Arndan species, including its Massimo sub-species.

Demography and Population

A bit over 100 million people, spread over just under a million square kilometers on an heart-shaped island.  At least 50 million people live in the largest cities: Megamisama, Kimagure, Veneer, Byzance, Innu, Lavali.

Foreign Relations

Kagomei was started as a bit of an upstart on the world stage, isolated by its more powerful neighbour Moniq and often desperate for allies.  This however, led the Kagomine to become friendly and affable, working their new allies quite effectively in times of crisis.
DISBANDED/DISSOLVED

Descended from heroes, eyes lowered for no one

Maps

  • Kagomei, and Island of Seylon

0 AK - 1101 AK

Type
Geopolitical, Empire
Alternative Names
Kagomei
Predecessor Organizations
Demonym
Kagomine
Head of Government
Government System
Monarchy, Crowned Republic
Power Structure
Feudal state
Economic System
Market economy
Currency
Kagomine credit
Legislative Body
Kagomine Legislative Branch
Judicial Body
Kagomine Judiciary Branch
Executive Body
Kagomine Executive Branch
Official State Religion
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Related Ranks & Titles
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Related Ethnicities

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