Maori Imperium

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Foundation: 1741-1759Dead.gif
Capital: Joetsura on Te Ika A Maui
Religion: Oroist (Oceanic Pagan)

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

Description

The original Maori Imperium once controlled much of the South Pacific, invaded China and fought a disastrous war with the Aztec Empire and her allies. Her leaders then disappeared for a very long time. Reportedly they resufaced - with a very dark turn in their demeanor. They returned from bases in the Arctic as one of a number of conspirators in support of the Ice and were known as The Black Fleet. They invaded and devastated Japan but were eventually repulsed. By 1725 (T198) the Black Fleet leadership had become disillusioned with their alliance with the other Ice powers and provided a major boost to the Sunlander Alliance when they agreed to defect with their entire population. In return, the Nanhai Wang'guo evacuated and relinquished control of New Zealand to the (renewed) Maori, who resettled their people back in their ancestral homelands. After a successful Javan raid againt the Maori (1757, T214?), the Nanhai recognized the weakness of the resettled Maori and reconquered the islands they had relinquished only decades before (1759, T215). With this conquest, the second Maori Imperium came to a whimpering end, but was reborn as the Te niho o Oro.

The History:

Still to be written.

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1447-1450 (T91)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: Marquesas (f), Truk (nt)
Trade Partners: (29C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
The death of the One-Handed King did not discombobulate the Empire, and the benefits of Inter-Ocean trade were extended to the Taira, Chinese, and Pandyans by the Will of the Sun-King. Ranihahor on South Island in Akaaroa grew some, becoming a [5] city. Sarawak became Polynesian. Road sections were built to establish the Southern Imperial Highway, connecting Okisaka (in Rawlinna), Iten (in Nokama), and New Ara (in Cooma) with a coastal road.

1451-1454 (T92)
Luzon: An attempt by the Taira to invade and seize Okinawa was cancelled by the Maori ambassador who politely pointed out that Okinawa was Maori property and had been for some time.

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: The Bornese ejected yet another Maori army from their domain
Trade Partners: (32C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
The vast wealth of the Sun King's domain forged the construction of a grand new city, Manipouri, on the southern coast of Te Wai Ponamu. A great fleet was sent to the west, and the island of Singapore and the Andaman chain were occupied were occupied by Maori garrisons. The fleet also stopped at Seylan and treated with the Khan of the Tamils - who refused to grant them leave to build a trading station there. Chased off of Seylan by angry mongol half-breeds, the fleet took refuge in the Great harbor of Triviandrum. A number of gangs of pirates and grafters were rounded up by the Imperial Police.

Pandya: Despite a great deal of negotiation, the Seylan refused to allow anyone to establish 'trade posts' on their island.

The Pandyans accepted the establishment of Maori guilds in Triviandrum and Prambanan. Increased Maori shipping deployments into the Bay of Bengal drew the Indonesian provinces closer to the homeland, helping the economy.

1455-1458 (T93)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: A Maori diplomat sent into the Sulu sea vanished without a trace... Trade Partners: (32C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
The brief rule of the Sun King came to an end, and the prosperous and happy peoples of the Pacific mourned him for the fifty-two days of the ritual. His younger brother assumed the throne and was hailed as the Moon King by the courtiers and nobles of the Empire. The warfleets of the Empire continued to swell. The expedition sent to the West landed troops on the Rann of Kutch and seized bases there. After this they proceeded on into the Red Sea and made passage through the Canal, finally landing at Venice - where they were met with much adulation and good cheer by the Danes. Government operations continued against the organized criminal societies (Tongs) within the Empire.

1459-1462 (T94)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: For a change the Khemer bornese did not roast the Maori embassy Trade Partners: (32C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
Maori fleet exercises were held off of the coast of Yampi, now the summer residence and administrative center of the Empire. The Imperial Police continued to engage in a ceaseless war against a growing proliferation of corruption in the government and the military. Despite this, the Maori continue to prosper under the most efficient and advanced government on the planet (three cheers for them!).

Syria: Having newly fortified Necho's Canal, the Syrians were interested to note that a fleet of some two hundred Danish warships, heavily laden with men and equipment, passed through in 1460. This unusual event assumed greater importance when it was later revealed, in 1462, that the Maori fleet sent to Venice had been scrapped and its crews transferred to Danish ships...

1463-1466 (T95)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: None Trade Partners: (32C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
A high point of 1463 was the inaguration of the trans-Australia semaphore system, which was dedicated by the Emperor himself. In all, Maori is one hell of a great place, with a standard of living approaching Aztecs and a large and efficient government. The remains of the revanchist elements in the government - particularly those with ties to certain criminal organizations - were wiped out by the ever-vigilant police forces. The Council of Ministers declared that the "piratical actions" of the Incan Empire were "reprehensible" and doubled all trans-pacific duties on Incan goods and shipping.

1467-1470 (T96)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: Brunei(a), Tih Ar Dah(t) Trade Partners: (40C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
Not to be outdone by anyone (much less the Luzoni), the Maori expanded the cities in Cooma, Rawlinna, Nullarbor and Iriadh to [5]'s. The immense Maori fleets also cruised around, ferrying troops hither and yon.

India: Aside from shuffling armies on the Chinese frontier and deploying fleet units into the Siam Wan, the fighting on the north-west frontier continued with the successful prosecution of a war of conquest and conversion against the Ghazni hill-tribes. Prambanan on Pajajaran sprawled beyond its walls, giving the governor some reason for concern - what with all the pirate activity in Indonesia.

1471-1474 (T97)
Indonesia: The Indonesians were very rebellious!

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: Leader sent to Mindanao murdered, the Bornese kicked another ambassador out of their country. Trade Partners: (31C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
Settlers were emplaced in strategic locations in Nokama and Tarcoola. After the areas were secured, Imperial forces rounded up the Ameratsi populations therein and moved them to Okisaka, where there was work waiting for them. Okisaka and Na Iki were connected by the southern Highway as it was pushed into Nullarbor on the backs of the enslaved Ameratsi.

Meanwhile, various indigenous forces - backed by certain foreign powers - were preparing to make a great deal of mischief... First, the funds allocated to the intelligence services were diverted between the banks and the departments, an action that left the lower echelons of the services impotent in the face of the crisis. Second, an attempt was made upon Glascona the XXVth by his personal intelligence advisor while staying at the summer palace in New Kyoto. This, coupled with intimations of the disaster in funding loss, convinced the Moon King that perfidious foreign powers had subverted his secret service. He was not mistaken. While rumors of unrest, revolt and rebellion filtered into New Kyoto from the provinces, the Moon King ordered several premptive purges and stepped-up security. Messages were sent to the Indian government. Despite this, however, the Emperor was assassinated - by his second wife. The Imperial Council, however, had already made plans to deal with this eventuality and the heirs had been spirited away into the country. Unfortunately, the enemy had prepared well, and the heirs also met with a gruesome end.

And while the government sustained attack from without and treachery and betrayal from within, the common man on the street was confronted with a sharp increase in rioting, in brigandage, in lost mail, in arson and murder and rape. Fires were set wantonly in the cities. Bands of cutthroats and rapscallions roamed the land, destroying granaries, bridges and molesting the farmers.

On still another front, the enemy was working its sly talents upon various governors, admirals and garrison commanders. Luckily for the Empire, Admiral Kikuyama (commanding the Imperial Armada at New Kyoto) refused repeated blandishments and assignations with mysterious beauties. This meant that the main fleet and army remained loyal, for the moment, anyway. On the other hand, the garrison and people of the Molluccas revolted with fervor and raised the banner of open rebellion with the declaration of a Free Indonesian State. Similarly, the Ameratsi populations in southern Australia exploded into violent upheaval - but were rapidly crushed by the Imperial army relocating them. Following this, the same General (Takashi Shinzo) put to death a number of his subordinates who had attempted to convince him to repudiate the authority of the Emperor. On the other hand, the military governor of Eha-Rana renounced the Empire and declared himself King of Australia.

Back at New Kyoto, the general crisis had heigtened with the mutiny of the heavy trimaran "Shikoku". The crew, mostly Molluccans, declared that the provisional government of the Imperial Council was no government at all and that they were declaring for the Molluccan government. The swift and brutal capture of the ship [by the loyalists?] and the execution of the crew and officers precipitated sympathetic revolts troughout the rest of the fleet and resulted in a confused brawl within the great harbor of New Kyoto and within the city itself between various factions of the army and navy. Soon after the rebellion started it became apparent that, in fact, the ringleaders of the revolt were none other than a number of Mollucans, including the mysterious Suharto I (he who claimed to be King of the Mollucans). The resultant battle ended with the deaths of the Crown Prince of the Maori, Suharto the First, and the destruction of the Indonesian rebel fleet, along with a goodly portion of the Maori loyalist fleet and army. Otherwise, the Poniantar relvolted and joined the Indonesians. The Sarawaki army there was evacuated by the Sarawak fleet. Seeing this, the Brunei also revolted and similarly joined the Indonesians.

Finally, the Indonesian fleet swept into the Riouw Sea to close it down to all Maori supported shipping...

India: Delhi and Prambanan were both refortified. Meanwhile, in the Riouw Sea, the Indian navy found itself on an anti-piracy sweep just as the Indonesian fleet sailed into the area to pirate. The Indians laughed loudly and smashed the Indonesians under a watery boot, thus keeping the Trans-Pacific trade lanes open (an event that pleased everyone but the Indonesians). The Indian navy then proceeded to raid the Indonesian/Pirate hideouts on Mindanao (whilst saying "AArr!" and "Matey!" a great deal) and make off with a bunch of loot and a princess or two.

1475-1478 (T98)
Indonesia: The Indonesians were annoyed by the death of Suharto II early in his "open" reign as King of the Mollucas, but life was hard all over - so too bad. Otherwise, the IFS prepared to weather the Maori onslaught.

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: Brunei(a) Trade Partners: (31C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China
For their part, the armies of the Star Prince were engaged in a delicate ballet of death as they gathered and then fell upon the strongholds of the rebellion. The first such host came upon the lands of the EhaRanese and found them empty and desolate. After some more marching the army came upon the remains of the city of New Nagashima - a city empty of goods and people.

Meanwhile, to the north, the Maori Main Fleet hove into view of the Mollucan archipeligo to find the islands barren and deserted... From a few remaining fishermen it was learned that most of the Mollucans had fled to the east upon hearing of the approach of the Main Fleet - all save the King of Brunei who had returned to his homeland. The Fleet soon visited the King and his fealty was enforced once more. From the Brunei King it was learned that the peoples of Nagashima and Rangitor had fled to the New Lands of the Rising Sun - far across the vast Pacific. This did not please the Star Prince at all.

Mongol Empire: A Mongol intelligence report states "The IFS and Suhuarto (sic) were a front for a collection of pirates and criminal families that are a powerfull organization in Asia. Backed by Aztec gold and a previous infiltration of Maori government and intel structure they attempted to destroy Maori at the behest of the Aztecs. Their current headquarters is in Hong Kong."

1479-1482 (T99)
Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: None Trade Partners: (33C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China, Ethiopia, Syria, HIR
EhaRana and the Mollucas were resettled. A [3] city, Kosan, was built in Taree. A major Maori fleet operation resulted in the destruction of various pirate bases in Mindanao and the seizure of that island by Maori troops. A small fleet went westward and set up two trade stations, one on the Andaman Islands and the other in a small enclave not far from Triviandrum in Pandya. Yampi was converted to Polynesian. Another pirate enclave, that of Poniantar, was also destroyed and annexed by the Maori.

India: The Imperial government granted the Maori rights to the Andaman Islands, a section of land in Pandya, and the island in the Rann of Kutch (called Kutch Island by the locals).

1483-1486 (T100)
Luzon: Quite a number of Maori and Mongol agents were apprehended by the ever-vigilant Kagamushei.

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: No effect Trade Partners: (33C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China, Ethiopia, HIR
Other than being even nastier than the Aztecs in BL and AQRs, the Maori were as busy as usual. The Star Prince died, leaving behind his young son. Though the Comet Prince was not the most dedicated of monarchs (being only 12 years old) his government was the finest in the world and quite capable of running the Empire until he reached his majority.

On the colonization front: Borang was settled to (2/10), AharPacu to (1/2) and Yila to (0/2). Maree became cultivated.

Poniantar was converted to Polynesian. Following that particular display, the Khemer hill-tribes of central Borneo were once more subjected to invasion by a Maori army. The 1485 campaign was brutal and slow and bloody and the fighting had still not ended by the end of 1486. By that time the Maori invaders had suffered 11,000 casualties while killing 9,000 Khemer tribesmen.

India: The Maori set up a trading station on Kutch Island. A great deal of Maori shipping is now frequenting the Indian Ocean and the Persian Gulf.

1487-1490 (T101)
Luzon: Taira authorities made a major sweep of Maori agents in Luzon and Japan, arresting scores of spies and informants in the pay of the Maori.

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: No effect Trade Partners: (33+0C) Mongol, India, Luzon, China, Ethiopia, HIR, Ottomans
Fighting continued in the Bornese highlands, with the Maori army finally besting the Khemer hillmen and subduing the tribes there.

1491-1494 (T102)
China: A coalition of Hong Kong merchants outfitted and dispatched a trade fleet to find the rumored "lost-Japanese-colonies" in the New World. At last report, it had reached the Maori trade station at Galapagos.

Maori-Austral: Diplomacy: TihArDha(a) Trade Partners: (34+0C) Mongol*, India*, Luzon*, China*, Ethiopia*, HIR*, Ottomans*, Denmark*, Aztec*, Inca*
A new city, Karshag, was built in Oanx. Maori plans of shipping Danish goods to all and sundry were put to wreck by the lack of shipping possessed by both themselves and the Danes. [It's an MF per link, guys.] Wiluna became cultivated. There were rumors of strange fleet movements and dirty deeds throughout the Empire, but nothing seemed to come of it.

1675-1676 (T174)
The Naipon-Seahold: The Seahold Japanese continued to expand their control of the Maori provinces under their dominion; garrisons were installed in Akaroa, New Caledonia, Te Wai Ponamu and Vauatu to ensure the speedy collection of tax revenues. Some headway was made against the Oro-worshippers in Akaroa as well. Lorama wondered if the Pure Realm would ever respond to his message.


The Black Fleet (1723-1724)

1723-1724 (T197)
Nanhai Wang'guo: The Javan fleet, accompanied by many Nanhai war-catamarans, sailed away to the north again, this time to fight the Black Fleet. Many young Nanhai went with them, eager to see legendary Japan (the home of their ancestors).


The Penitance of the Black Fleet (1725-1742)

1725-1726 T198
Nanhai Wang'guo: News of considerable unrest came from the north, where Black Fleet squadrons, flying the Maori Imperial flag, landed at Ponape and in the Marshall Islands. The local chieftains, intrigued by the resurgence of their ancient empire, began to drift away from the Nanhai regime. Despite the presence of two Black Fleet squadrons, neither island chain completely abandoned Te Anu.

1729-1730 T200
Somewhere in the Chukchi Ice Sea…: Lorquin, admiral of the Maori fleet, stood in the lee of a massive stone idol, his head turned away from the blinding spray of snow and ice that was howling out of the north. The obscene creature’s tentacles and carved mouths did little to keep the frost away, but he was used to the temperature – was he not an avowed child of the Ice? He was watching the newest airship in the fleet – the Iwikatea – roll out of the stone hangar where his mechanics and priests had finished the blessing.

A crowd of officers stood beside him, many of them watching the huge airship with interest. The captain of the Iwikatea had yet to be selected, so there were a few bets laid. Lorquin turned, hearing someone calling. A man approached, his face mostly covered by the face-cloth of an air-captain. The admiral gestured at the messenger, expecting word to have come from the pickets in the Ice Sea. The cloth on the man’s face was torn away by the wind, revealing the face of young Tinopai, the son of the Spearfisher.

“Lord Lorquin! There is news from the semaphore station.”

Lorquin smiled grimly. The Sunlander fleet would be approaching, sailing bravely into the teeth of his trap. Tinopai dug in his heavy waxed coat for the message packet. The admiral bent his head close to the boy, his own hand – covered with tattoos – reaching for the papers.

He was stunned for a moment, seeing the matte-black finish of a gun in Tinopai’s hand. There was a sharp crack and the admiral slumped back against the cold green soapstone of the idol. His blood oozed out, thin and white, on the snow. The boy, his face grim, turned on the officers, seeing his fellow conspirator’s drawing their own weapons.

One of the men was an Uliqqa, his scarred face already contorted in rage. Tinopai shot the monstrous semblance of a man twice, once in the forehead, once through the heart. The Uliqqa barely had time to scream and then he too was lying on the snow.

“Quickly!” Barked the new admiral of the fleet. “Everyone to the ships, before <They> can respond.”

The boy stared up at the idol, his face bleak. They would have to run far to escape the grip of this dreadful power. Already, the snow seemed thicker, the wailing in the wind louder. Unconsciously, Tinopai pocketed the gun and his hand closed around a mottled gray stone in his pocket. The scratching on the face of the stone – ancient when old Lomar was destroyed and the foul gnoph-keh leapt and gibbered among the Hyperborean ruins – seemed to gleam in the darkness.

Nanhai Wang'guo: Te Anu, his face white with rage, emerged from the private salon. Messengers had come from the north, making impossible demands, and he was furious. His councilors - even those used to his youthful anger and impatience - drew back in fear.

"We have been ordered," the daimyo snarled, "to relinquish what our blood and valor have won us." He looked around the room, seeing that no man there dared to meet his eye. A vein throbbed in his forehead and he felt dizzy for a moment, but then the sensation passed. "We came to this land as conquerors, long ago. But now, I have been told, we must leave. We must flee, leaving the Maori dogs to prowl in our gardens and urinate on the floors of our temples."

"My lord?" One of the older councilors looked up, aghast. "Leave?"

"Yes!" Snapped Te Anu, his right hand grasping the hilt of his katana, the knuckles going white with the strength of his grip. "Like vagabonds. Homeless. Set adrift on the sea, like a wishing bottle."

The councilor pressed his forehead to the floor. The daimyo knew that the man was weeping, thinking of the graceful estates that would be abandoned to the barbarians.

"Enough of this. The provinces of Te Ika A Maui, Akaroa, Hokitika and Te Wai Ponamu are to be stripped of every man, woman, child, beast of burden, fowl, grain of rice, kernel of wheat, all cut lumber, iron, steel, copper, barrel, wain, icon and everything else of possible value within the year. A fleet shall gather, one great enough to darken the sea with her sails, to carry every last Japanese away."

Then Te Anu turned to the window, staring out across the roofs of Joetsura and the temples and the bright blue sea in the Hauraki Gulf, and he knew endless bitterness. His servants and councilors rushed to do his bidding, for he was a harsh man and brooked no disobedience.

The Black Fleet: Black hulls covered the sea as far as Aa could see. He stood on the deck of the massive trimaran Membinasakan, his heart filled with both dread and sudden hope. A shoreline had appeared out of the mist, dark cliffs thick with trees. His people had not plied these waters in a long time and the old sailor struggled to keep from weeping at his first sight of the Land of the Long Cloud – Te Ika A Maui – and the ancient realm of the Maori.

Within the hour the fleet had rounded the headland that protected the harbor of Joetsura from the rough waters of the Hauraki Gulf. Aa watched with interest as his trimarans sailed under the guns of looming fortresses and into an empty, abandoned harbor. The Nanhai, it seemed, had abandoned this place. Marine landing parties, their field service hats sharply creased and jutting at a jaunty angle, swarmed ashore from their boats. Still, the Spearfisher waited, keeping his own counsel. At last, a light flashed from the towering green hill – surmounted by a single ancient tree – that stood above the city.

“It is empty.” Grunted Aa to his aides. “Send for Sealcrusher Ke, Herekino and the Uliqqa. We must discuss this.”

Within the hour, arriving by longboat from the other ships, the captains of the Black Fleet were gathered aboard the Membinasakan. Aa surveyed their grim, tattooed faces with a glinting eye. “The enemy has fled,” he said at last, one hand in the pocket of his feather-cape. “I am going to send the civilians ashore and secure the harbor forts.”

“No!” The high priest of the Uliqqa scowled, his scarred face lit from within by anger. “<Their> idols must go ashore first, as is proper.”

Aa caught the mad priest’s eyes for a moment, and their wills locked in a silent struggle. Then the Spearfisher smiled, nodding as if in acquiescence. The Uliqqa grinned, then his black eyes widened as the heavy weight of a Fleet service revolver filled Aa’s hand.

“No,” said the Spearfisher, “We are free men, we are Maori, not the pawns of your foul gods.” The revolver barked sharply, filling the air with the stink of powder. The Uliqqa’s head snapped back, shattered, blood spraying out in a fine mist and Sealcrusher Ke’s blinked as a fragment of skull cut his cheek. Aa turned on the other men, the revolver steady in his hand.

“Are there any questions?”

Neither Ke nor Herekino moved, their eyes flat, watching the Spearfisher. After a long, pregnant moment, each man shook himself, then knelt on the deck, their foreheads pressed against the polished oak decking.

“No?” Aa holstered the revolver. “Then get up. We have a great many Uliqqa to kill.”

Within the day, Aa once more controlled his fleet. A great slaughter had been effected among the ships, with the crews and Marines eager to hew down the dreadful Uliqqa that had ruled their lives for so long. The assistance of Sealcrusher Ke was of particular import in this, for he was an ancient devotee of the Shark God Oro and he held no fear for the Uliqqa and their idols. Those winged idols still with the fleet were set afire and then sunk into the sea off Kawau island. Thereafter, the local fishermen avoided the place, calling it Waiuru, the place of Dark Water.

By the end of 1730 the city of Joetsura had been resettled, as well as the lands thereabout, and the southern island had been given in part to both Ke and Herekino as a reward for their loyalty. The Sealcrusher became lord of Te Wai Ponamu, and Herekino Wai was master of the Hokitika coast. Akaroa and Te Ika A Maui were the personal demesne of Aa and his sons. In all these lands, the Fleet Maori found the villas and temples of the hated Japanese empty, but many of the “old” people were still hiding in the hills. Where these poor wights had once been slaves, now they found themselves free men and women and were restored to their ancient lands. The brave youth Tinopai arrived with another fleet, crowded with refugees from the north, at the very end of the year.

Soon after the arrival of Tinopai, Aa went alone to the northern shore, where all of the beaches were black sand and looming cliffs frowned out over the endless sea. There the old chief abided in a cave, praying to Oro for forgiveness and guidance. After many days, the boy Tinopai came to the cave, bearing some smoked meat, some beer and some bread. His father was dead, lying on the cold sand, his body wrapped in seaweed and barnacles. The toothmarks of a huge shark shredded his chest and legs.

Tinopai was overcome with grief, but he knew that the Shark God would have consumed the body if the old man’s prayers had not been answered. So, taking heart from this, the boy dug a single great tooth out of his father’s chest, where it had pierced the heart, and carried it home.

Thereafter, the boy was named Great Tooth, and all men bowed down before him. The tooth itself was mounted in silver and hung on the chest of the chief of the Maori by a golden chain. They called this the Ngaka Pono Oro (Heart of Oro).

1731-1732 T201
Tokugawa Japan: The province of Saga (and the city of Kumamoto) were returned by the Maori, a cause for riotous celebration and thanksgiving in that province. They had been under the rule of the Ice Lords for many years, and the shadow of that terrible passage would long remain on the faces of the people. Their deliverance, however, they marked with the Festival of the Sun, which lasts for six nights and seven days, filled with revelry and unending light, even in the depths of the night.

Maori Imperium: Diplomacy Hokitika(nt)
Tinopai, though he was struggling to keep the allegiance of the Fleet commanders and the settlers, dispatched various embassies and announced to all his wholehearted support for the Ming and the Sun Alliance. Herekino and Sealcrusher were sent off on diplomatic missions (to Tonga and Samoa, respectively) as Tinopai had big plans to be Kahuna of the Isles before long!

The northern island of the Land of the Long White Cloud was shaken by a vicious series of earthquakes in early 1731. The city walls of Joetsura were weakened and then cast down in the most violent of these tremors. Sailors at sea just north of Te Wai Ponamu reported strange colors and lights in the sea, as well as the disappearance of many fishing vessels. Ashore, the priests of Oro made many sacrifices and those among the Fleet that had seen the strength of «Them» trembled, wondering if there was anywhere beyond «Their» reach.

Herekino Wai returned in the fall of ’31, having barely escaped from Tonga alive. The islands there were still held by the Nanhai Wang’guo and they were no friends of the Maori! Sealcrusher Ke did not return at all.

Nanhai Wang'guo: Te Anu, outraged beyond measure, paced the deck of his flagship, the Shiyari like a caged lion. The Ming ambassador had just left his presence - shaken, but alive - and the young Shogun found the taste of the puling Chin's words foul in his mouth. His advisors waited a good hour, then poked their heads in to see if his temper had cooled. It had, and now the eldest of them raised an eyebrow in surprise. The boy, somehow, had become a man. An angry man, but still one that had mastered his temper and himself.

"My lord?"

Te Anu looked up, his face filled with bleak humor. "They will not send us grain, goods or gold. We are adrift. Their promises of a new land are hollow, empty as a gourd. The Maori dogs will remain in the land of the Long White Cloud, plucking fruit from our trees, drinking from our springs. What we have now ... we may keep. This is the generous mercy of the Ming Emperor."

The advisors sighed, kneeling on the tatami mats. After a time, Te Anu spoke, softly, and at great length. As he did, each of those noble lords found new hope in his heart, hope and the guttering spark of vengeance to come.

1733-1734 T202
Nanhai Wang'guo: The destruction of Austral also brought a new day for the Nanhai. They had been driven from their southern home, true, but now Te Anu found a whole new continent to house his ambition. Still, he had no time for the pitiful pawing of the Maori. They could remain in the south, trapped on their precious island. He had a continent to conquer!

Primacy of Oro: It was with a glad heart that he took ship from Fukuzawa on a Javan frigate, heading for the land of the long cloud û the Maori islands in the south - to look upon the Heart of Oro.

Maori Imperium: Diplomacy Hokitika(t)
The Great Tooth found himself struggling against not only a complete lack of funds (only belatedly made up by Javan and Aztec gifts), but a general malaise that afflicted his men. They were conquerors! Now they were forced to grub in the soil for potatoes or yams, or chase sheep up the steep black hillsides of the land of the Long Cloud. Only in their new faith did they find something to give them strength, and Tinopai took stringent measures to select honest and pious men as priests, and to expunge the last traces of the old faith from his citizens.

Joetsura expanded again, as more ruined buildings were cleared and made suitable for habitation. Te Wai Panatu made another voyage to Fiji and was, again, turned away by the Nanhai garrison there. They would not allow him past, or to speak with the locals. Disgruntled, he returned home and spent the rest of '34 negotiating with angry farmers and shepherds in Hokitika.

Late in '34, a Javan fleet made landfall at Joetsura, carrying a gang of sunburned, rascally Ming and a regiment of Oro priests. After some bickering on the docks, the foreigners were allowed to land. To the surprise of the Ming, the Javans then departed in haste, waving goodbye. This left the Oro priests and a Ming regiment stranded at the bottom of the world. A little later, a Persian courier boat arrived and deposited a scruffy looking bunch of Persians. The Oro High Priest then demanded to see the Heart of Oro, to ensure its safety and authenticity. After some delays (like a great welcoming feast and haka dance party) Moola Ne Wooka was allowed into the fane of the Heart. Some time later he left, seemingly satisfied.

Aztec Empire: The Nisei and Colorado benefited greatly from his largesse, as did the Maori in their distant island. Many of the older pundits in the streetside brasseries laughed to read this in the government broadsheets - not too long ago, the Maori were a deadly and implacable enemy. Now they fought in the dirt for Aztec scraps.

1735-1736 T203
Java: Everyone goggled in awe during the late summer of 1735, as several Maori airships visited Javan ports as escorts for their trade fleets. Apparently the southern power is wealthy enough to assign the massive flying ships to watch over shipments of pickled moa, blocks of jade and bales of wool.

Borang Bakafu: The Borang also struck an arrangement with the Maori, where Borang gold was sent to Te Ika A Maori and the Black Fleet sent back long rambling letters on how to fight real good.

Maori Imperium: Some trouble was cleared up in the back country of Te Ika when a gang of Pure Realm monks (doubtless fomenting unrest, rebellion and public hygiene) was rounded up by Imperial police. The malcontents were thrown in a dark pit under the capital, to meditate and pray upon their misdeeds. The Aztec guest-laborers also left, closing up their big work sheds and sailing away.

1737-1738 T204
Borang Bakufu: With peace upon the land at last (after generations of strife), Kahin set about building instead of destroying. His shipyards were prowled by Maori craftsmen and shipwrights, as were the munitions factories around Sakuma.

Nanhai Wang'guo: Much to the consternation of the locals, a Pure Realm priest (his name was Chan Fo) continued to poke about amongst the sea-drenched ruins outside Nan Matol, paddling about in a canoe in the company of a pair of very suspicious looking Maori thugs, all covered with tattooes and scars. However, the priest did not seem to cause any trouble, and no disasters overcame him and his swarthy accomplices.

Maori Imperium: Diplomacy Hokitika(a)
The Maori watched with interest as the Ming expeditionary corps camped in Te Ika A Maui finally managed to get underway and leave. Apparently, their general Chen Yun Fat had choked to death on a piece of cheese, leaving a surprised Li Kau in command. However, the Chinese did, eventually, leave. Everyone went back to clearing fields and planting crops, so they would not starve.

A shoot-out in downtown Joetsura left five or six people dead, including two city policemen and a Hosogawan merchant named Koji Kabuto. Investigation of ser Kabuto’s belongings found a number of suspicious papers and a small soapstone idol. The police were, therefore, forced to burn down the building where the man had been staying to ‘remove the taint.’

Later, some ships arrived from Judea laden with gold, which allowed the Great Tooth to stop biting his fingernails and pacing all night. He could pay the workers, and the peasants and mostly the sailors!

1739-1740 T205
Maori: Diplomacy: No effect
Tinopai was greatful for the dribs and drabs of aid coming from the Austral, though a much larger shipment of gold from Ming failed to arrive. Otherwise, the Maori sat on their cold southern island and were glad they were far from Javan seas, where so much blood was being spilt.

1741-1742 T206
Primacy of Oro: The Shark Priests continued to work industriously - delegations were sent to the Maori in the south, and everywhere the temples of Oro gleamed like white bone in the sun. Well, except in Hosogawa lands, where the prodding, pressing, irritating nature of the latest delegation irritated old Shigo to no end. There was also trouble in Maori lands, where the Great Tooth was intent on appointing his own priesthood and wanted nothing of the candidates sent from Fukuzawa.

Maori: Diplomacy: Te Wai Ponamu(f), Madang(nt)
Scads more 'advisors' were dispatched to help the Borang build airships and improve the quality of their fleet. The pittance received in return, however, was enough for Tinopai to have a coin or two to rub together. The delivery of a huge amount of Javan gold made him even happier and allowed the Maori to actually undertake a project or two!

This improved the lot of the colonists in Akaroa, Te Ika A Maui and Te Wai Ponamu to no end. They had gotten heartily tired of eating yams and cold beets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great Tooth also undertook to reduce the influence of the Oro priesthood in his realm, appointing his own temple masters and bishops to the exclusion of those supported (or sent) from Fukuzawa.

1743-1744 T207
Borang: A considerable quantity of cash was shipped off to the Maori in exchange for pilots and engineers. Word came from the north of the arrival of a Maori airship squadron at Fukuzawa. A whole crowd of Borang military officers were on hand to meet them and the four Maori zeps were quickly taken away for examination.

Nanhai Wang'guo: A pair of Maori airships was seen over Madang province, but the presence of so many Nanhai troops stationed there seemed to scare them off.

Maori: Diplomacy: Beringa and Montai(f)
Peace reigned in the land of the long white cloud, and the newly vital city of Joetsura expanded to 4 GPv. Great Tooth took a trip to the south, where he attempted (in his brute way) to convince the Hokitkans to pay more taxes. The chief of the Hoki, meanwhile, was flying a squadron to Austral where he was wined and dined and grew fat on heavy Borang cuisine. This proved too much for his heart and he suffered a bad heart-attack and perished in late '44. Luckily for the Great Tooth, the next Hoki chief was amenable to his rule.

1745-1746 T208
Borang: A colony fleet was also dispatched to Madang, on the coast of New Guinea, where they met a similar Maori expedition. They planned to build a new town, Toja'dha as a joint project at the junction of the Bismark and Solomon Seas.

More Maori 'technical advisors' also arrived in Sakuma, where a huge complex of airship factories was under construction.

Nanhai Wang'guo: Te Anu had been watching the movements of various Maori airships and fleets for the past year with interest. After the failed attempt by the Maori to secure a diplomatic foothold in Madang in '44, he quietly reinforced the province's local chieftains with five thousand Royal troops under the command of the generals Borundi and Watamati.

So, when the Maori and Borang colony fleets arrived off Madang, they found the shore held against them by batteries of Nanhai guns and regiments of troops. Every estuary and cove seemed crowded with Madang levies in gunboats... after some hurried discussion between the Maori and Borang captains, they abandoned the effort and returned to Austral to regroup.

Maori: Diplomacy: Chotan on Attu(nt)
The close relationship with the Borang Bakufu continued, with more Maori artisans and airship pilots being sent to Austral to work in the big factories and workshops of Sakuma. Closer to home, lord Poihakena took a small fleet up through Nanhai waters - carefully sterring clear of the various islands and their garrisons - to meet a similar Borang flotilla off the jungled coast of Madang. Unfortunately, the Nanhai had reinforced the province, preventing a landing by the Maori and their allies. Poihakena returned to Joetsura with his ships filled with eager holiday-goers. Everyone agreed the trip had been "bracing" and "shuffleboard was particularly good".

1747-1748 T209
Nanhai Wang'guo: Angered by the temerity of the Borang and the Black Fleet, Te Anu ordered his fleets to sea in a great armada. They surged forth from the fortress-city of Rabaul, covering the blue waters with endless sailsÉ but where they set course for, no man could say.

Until they landed on the coast of Madang, that is. A very powerful army under the command of general Watamati marched inland and, after several months of hacking their way through the jungle, invaded the highland province of Maoke. The headhunters and bat-people could not resist the Nanhai guns and artillery, so all the cloudy valleys were brought under the sway of Te Anu.

Maori: Diplomacy: Chotan on Attu(t)
Fearing the rightful wrath of the Nanhai, Tinopai summoned home all of his ships and soldiers, preparing to defend Joetsura to the death! But then nothing happened... so the Maori were forced to invent rugby to fill the time.

1749-1750 T210
Nanhai Wang'guo: After chasing off the southerners and their Borang paymasters, Te Anu returned to Rabaul with his fleet (which grew ever larger) and his battle-hardened veterans. Then everyone was mellow and just sort of hung out.

Maori Imperium: Diplomacy Chotan on Attu(f)
Despite the grumbling and general ill-humor of the Great Tooth, his priesthood had come under the influence of the Fukuzawa sect and his people even paid a tithe into Mola’s coffers. Not much of a tithe – salted fish, some timber, a few jades – but still… Luckily, some money came from the Borang, which let Tinopai keep his retainers fed and clothed.

1751-1752 T211
Nanhai Wang'guo: Things were very quiet and peaceful in the southern seas (even the Maori were staying at home, digging taro roots).

Maori Imperium: Though untroubled by volcanism, the Maori were hard pressed to even find a Taro root, much less dig one up. Life was poor, hard and disheartening down at the bottom of the world.

1753-1754 T212
Maori Imperium: Amid a revival of civic life - and actual signs of a working economy! - the Maori managed to cobble together two shanty-towns in the ancient ruins of old Imperium ports in Akaroa (Waipukurau) and Te Wai Ponamu (Timaru). This proved to be the Great Tooth's last act… he died in, leaving only an infant heir (Tototokino, "little tooth") as his heir. A cousin, Graustarkana, seized the steering paddle and cowed everyone else into obedience.

Captain Hatipi, suffering in cold northern waters, caught a cold and died, which was a sad end for a son of the Southern Seas, but only one more mark of the blight which affected all those who once served the Ice.

1755-1756 T213
Maori Imperium: Diplomacy Ostroma (^t)
The cities of Waipukaru in Akaroa and Timaru in Te Wai Ponamu expanded again as the lumbering industry started to kick into high gear. Missionary efforts began in Chotan on Attu, where the Buddhists were no longer welcome.

1757-1758 T214
Java: Only the construction of weapons of destruction pleased him. So, without thought for a future of peace, he flung himself into revamping the Javan war-machine, in ordering the construction and crewing of hundreds of ships of war, in investing vast sums in the greatest array of airship yards the world had ever seen. Then, to ensure his nation’s safety in this bitter realm of conflict, he dispatched Admiral L’page into the southern oceans on a mission of deviltry. “Bring me what I need…” Wili growled, fingering a super-collectors edition of the latest Monster Island Playset (“Peregrine the Evil – starring Peregrin of Arnor, his son Stupid One, Gunga Din the loyal boy, the Hindu Avatar Elephant Nose, and Tina! The Super Secret Javan Spy who saves Gunga Din from Peregrine’s evil clutches.”).

Maori Imperium: Tried to mind their own business… but the Javans weren’t letting them get away with that, no sir! Late in ’57, the navigator’s watch in Joetsura started ringing the city alarm bar – a huge Javan fleet had suddenly appeared out of the cold mist. Maori pilots dashed for their airships and sailors scrambled aboard their trimarans sitting in the harbor. Chanting loudly, the last remnants of the Black Fleet put to sea, sails springing up to the boom of drums.

The Javan fleet itself bore down on them with all speed – over four hundred ships-of-war – and the sky lit with the flare of guns mounted on the Maori zeppelins and the answering crack of the Javan aeroships. Graustarkena’s force was small, only thirty ships or so, but he hoped to nip in among the Javan battlewagons and burn their troop transports. Such was not to be… Admiral Br’ee had so many ships he could screen off the Maori with one wing while the other sheltered L’page’s marines as they stormed ashore at Joetsura.

Graustarkena and his naval sortie were annihilated and the kahuna fell in the burning wreckage of his ship, dying bravely before being dragged down by the servants of Oro to dwell in the deeps. L’page’s marines, supported by a heavy barrage from the fleet, seized Joetsura and stripped the city of everything of value. The Maori defenders scattered into the hills, though the Javans did not massacre the civilians caught in the town.

Instead, they went door to door, equipped with comprehensive lists of every technician, workman and supervisor laboring in the airship yards outside of the city. The factories themselves were broken down, labeled, boxed and hauled aboard a fleet of transports now filling the harbor. After three months of backbreaking labor, the Javans sailed away.

Several months later, lord Hatipi arrived from the north with a small fleet and found little Takotokino still sitting on the throne of his fathers, surrounded by weeping civilians.

1759-1760 T215
Nanhai Wang'guo: "We have waited long enough," Te Anu declared, emerging from his palace in Rabaul on Bismarck. "Let the sea fill with ships, numberless as the stars in the night sky."

The Javan raid into the great southern ocean had shown Sugawara the fatal weakness of the Maori. Now the Seaholders would reclaim their lost possessions... a great fleet, crammed with warriors and guns, was dispatched south to finish off the 'Black Fleet' and reclaim Aotearoa for the Nanhai. Though prince Te Kahata was nominally in charge of the expedition, true command devolved to General Watamati. Te Kahata spent most of his time keeping his idiot brother Nu Henho out of trouble.

Elsewhere, the daimyo toured the dirty, polluted streets of Rabaul and was sickened that his people had fallen to such a low level - such squalor was not in keeping with the tidy, even fastidious nature of the Maori or the Japanese. Enormous sums, therefore, were spent to improve matters in the capital.

Te niho o Oro: The Maori, meanwhile, had struck on a new plan to resuscitate their crippled kingdom in exile. With the connivance of the Borang and the Priests of Oro, Hatipi had decided to abandon the remote islands of Aotearoa and decamp to a more central location. Further, by assuming the mantle of the ‘Teeth of Oro’ – the Te Niho o Oro – and the protection of the Bakufu and the Shark-priests, the last remnant of the Black Fleet would find a new purpose, as a religious military order dedicated to spreading the word of Oro to the four corners of the Earth.

The regent, therefore, had packed up everyone onto the remains of the fleet and set sail from Joetsura to Austral by the time the marauding Nanhai arrived on the cold southern shores. The disruption of the invasion was not without cost, however, as Hatipi found himself almost overmatched at the mighty task of founding a new order at Kenehold, in central Austral.

Luckily, his able lieutenants were able to pitch in, and an Order Fortress was established at Kenehold, in the old Imperial Capital and palace. Order estates were also granted to the Te Niho in Borang, on Sarawak and Timor. Efforts to expand into Eha-rana and Wewak failed.

Watamati’s invasion – as the Black Fleet had fled to Austral – was more of a police invasion, as both islands were systematically occupied and garrisoned. Even in the cities, where the Fleet held the greatest loyalty, there were no fortifications or garrisons to resist the Nanhai. In the countryside, the old gentry welcomed their ‘proper’ lord’s return.

The Emperors

  • The Maori Imperium
    • Tototokino Little Tooth 1753-1759
    • Tinopai Great Tooth 1739-1753
  • The Black Fleet
  • The Maori Imperium
    • Glascona XXIX "The Comet Prince" 1485-1494
    • Glascona XXVIII "The Star Prince" 1471-1485
    • Glascona XXV "The Moon King" 1456-1471
    • Glascona XXIV "The Sun King" 1447-1456

The Players

  • T205-date (1739-date) Bill Murphy
  • T93-T102 (1455-1494) Robert Kurtz
  • T91-T92 (1447-1454) (unknown; no ISI list)

Last updated: 22 January 2005

© 2003 Robert Pierce

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