Nisei Republic

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Foundation: (T165-date)
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Religion: Shinto

By Rob Pierce, updated by Martin Helsdon

The History:

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Prior to a brief civil war was known simply as the Nisei Shogunate. In 1669 (T171) two generals of the Azuchi clan were given control of the armies, and they immediately effected a coup d'etat against the ruling Tokugawa clan, this while the Nisei were simultaneously embroiled in the Great Northern War. Emperor Amaratzhin Takauji swiftly brought the parties together the following year in what is now known as the Lemhi Accord (T172). The Accord split the shogunate in three: Azuchi, Tokugawa, and Hideyoshi in the north, south, and east respectively so that they might continue to fight together against their greater common threat: the Tatars. Was known from then as the Tokugawa Nisei Shogunate until 1687 (T180) when the Shogunate became a Republic.

In 1710 (T191) the last of the Azuchi populace abandoned the northlands in the face of the ever encroaching ice. After an offer from the Republic to resettle there, and much deliberation on the part of the Azuchi representatives, they agreed to the settlement plan, and moved en-masse south to their new homes in the Republic.

For the future history of the Nisei in the time of the Sixth Sun see the Nisei.

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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.

1739-1740 T205
Japan: In Ise and Kyoto, the Emperor continued to preside with great ceremony, slowly making the rounds of all the old Shinto shrines, blessing each one and reminding everyone of the ancient ways, and the gods who had lifted Nihon from the bosom of the ocean. The Buddhist priests grumbled and smirked, trying to hide their fear. Soon the people would turn away from them, and the ancient gods would hold sway once more.

Ming: While Yongzheng waited in his camps among the green hills of Kienchou; all matter of business came to his attention and was adjudicated. Shipments of grain, cloth, oil and timber were dispatched to Japan, Persia and Java. (Java? What the...) Equally lavish gifts of gold and silver coin were sent to Nisei and Java (hey now wait a minute!)

Nisei: Diplomacy: Sawtai(t)
"Restoration," Akari declared upon the occasion of the Cherry Blossom Watching Festival in Usunomiya, "as the Sun renews the Earth, and Kwannon-Ameratsu shines down upon us all, marking the seasons, both of decay and of rebirth."

While the daitoryo was smiling for the press, work gangs were cutting a new highway south from Yokuts to Melias in Serrano. At the same time, the northern lands were filled with countless streams of refugees moving into the desolated lands of Chehalis, Chemakum, Comox, Nez Perce and Timishian (all now resettled to 2 GPv). Work also began on translating the voluminous Lisbon Accords documents (which grew larger with each nation completing implementation) into Japanese.

The Diet composed and dispatched a letter to the Emperor of All Japan (who was making a slow, ceremonial procession through old Japan) to return to the land of the golden mountain and bless the fields now returned to the till, and the rice paddies once more flooded and filled with spring shoots.

Shawnee: Treya signed a join letter of understanding with the Nisei ambassador, proclaiming the westerners to have suzerainty over the provinces of Santee and Iowa.

1741-1742 T206
Nisei: Still digging out of the icy rubble, the Nisei began to settle the ruined city of New Yedo in Chemakum again, and opened some buildings for the university and the government (though they were still located elsewhere). A fine, new Shinto shrine was also built in the center of the city, overlooking the sea, and Holy Japan in the great distance. The province of Kwakiutl was settled to 2 GP and the city of Sakata restored to 2 GP as well.

Despite his promises to return to the land of the Golden Mountain, Emperor Sakuramachi did not visit the Nisei lands in '41 or '42, as the trouble in Japan required his presence to smooth things over (and make sure certain bodies were properly buried).

Princess Yanma, on the other hand, successfully ran for the Diet from her home district in Hiroshima, which scandalized all of the other Diet members - who had never expected a woman to sit among their august number!

1743-1744 T207
Tokugawa Japan: The Emperor - pleased with the revival of the old, proper faith in Japan - took ship for the Amerikas to visit his other constituents.

The War Against the Beast (war details)

Nisei Republic: Diplomacy Abagai on Kiska(t)
Nisei armies are – everywhere – in motion. Unfortunately, many of them just don’t have the legs to get where they wanted to go. But they’re game for marching, so they soldier on. A fleet is dispatched, under admiral Moshi, to reopen the northeastern passage to Japan, while another squadron – this one under General Shun – heads for the Caribbean.

Shun’s fleet passed by Tijuana at the end of Baja California, where they restored Nisei control over the old colony. Then – still a little woozy from the margaritas – they passed through the Aztec canal and, after some bad storms (the weather’s getting worse and worse) they landed at Colón on the western end of Arawak. There, while Nisei marines kept watch over de-shipped guns and palisades, the town of Tokari was built on a fine bay facing the Bahama Sea.

Admiral Moshi’s voyage was equally long – trending first north to the old whaling station of Chotan on Attu. They had tried to reach Montai on Beringa, but that was out of range from the nearest mainland port. There Moshi found a thriving city still inhabited by the Tatar race which had suffered such devastation on the mainland. Furthermore, they were well armed… Efforts at diplomacy only gained him the right to take on water and purchase whale steaks at an exorbitant price.

Without Chotan, the proposed northern trade passage was useless, so Moshi sailed back east to Abagai on Kiska (where the locals were neither so rich, nor so well equipped with armed whaling boats and cannon). There he managed to make an equitable arrangement with the locals, and settle some of the civilians he had aboard.

1745–1746 T208
Nisei Republic: Though the weather was turning colder, the seasonal rains had failed and some fields and farms at higher elevations were abandoned due to heavier snowpack, the harvest yields in Nisei (a veritable land of milk and honey) continued to be bountiful. Now, if only someone would buy their surplus…

That required restored trade with many nations, however, and the Nisei were still working on that. Admiral Moshi, who had been sailing about in the Aleutians abandoned the fog- and ice-shrouded islands to sail south, eventually reaching Kazan Retto to the south of Japan. Ignoring the protests of the local fishermen, the Nisei built a fine new town (Anhi) on the island.

A small squadron of “homeland” Tokugawa warships arrived at Budokan on Nootka island, bearing relief regiments for the garrison there, and a number of visitors – who were sadly disappointed at the dank woods and constant mist of the island – particularly with the lights of New Yedo shining so enticingly across the bay.

Much to the distress of the nation, the well-loved Tokugawa Akari died in early ’45, the victim of heart failure. In his passing, the Diet convened to consider his will and last request. Akari’s testament placed his family out of consideration for government office, passing the reins of political control to the daitoryo and the elected officials. There was vigorous discussion, but in the end the councilors (upper house) and representatives (lower house) agreed to abide by his wishes. The next week, Hirobumi Ito was elected to the post of prime minister (or daitoryo).

While everyone at home was nattering away, Usuaoi Sora’s V Corps was crossing the Rockies into the northern plains. The Republicans then proceeded to restore order to the provinces of Crow, Teton, Okoboji before reaching Dakota at the end of ’46. There Sora and men received a shock – the province was still populated and with Ice-worshipping Tatarsky Mongols to boot! The Nisei corps attempted to sneak away, but the Dakotan scouts had already been following them. The Ice tribesmen attacked!

The scrap at Shindeiruma saw 7,000 Republican soldiers and 5,000 Mongols go head to head and the Nisei (though their commander was in no way brilliant, but he was steady) absolutely thrash the Mongols, shattering their line and chewing the fleeing Ice-boyz to bits. Igashi was captured a month later, and Sora spent the winter in the Ice-King’s palace.

1747–1748 T209
Danish Empire: And beneath the shrine, was a crypt where the Empress herself was laid to rest, in full battle regalia, adorned with symbols and weapons from her life and from her father’s. Though this chamber was not open to the public, above the tomb, a public coffin incised with her recumbent form was viewable in a chamber lit by constant, never-dying flames. This fane was particularly well-visited by the sailors from the Nisei fleet lying abandoned at Akko (their captains had fallen in the final battle against the Sultan and none had ever come to lead them home again).

Carthage: Now as it happened, a Nisei officer (Ieichio) passed through Carthage on his way east and met a warm welcome in Augostina where the locals had heard a little something of the bravery afforded by the samurai on the field of battle. Therefore, when at last Ieichio managed to round up all the drunken and wayward sailors from the squadrons languishing at Akko (and roust them out of various and diverse dives and haunts) and started for home, he made sure to make harbor at Augostina at the end of ’48, so Carthage and Nisei alike might celebrate victory with a few glasses of rice wine and some broken furniture.

Nisei Republic: Still suffering from droughts, the Ice and a general feeling of ill-use the Nisei soldiered on… the region of Crow was settled (to 1c5), reestablishing a solid presence for the Republic on the far side of the Rockies. Efforts to expand into Teton fell short. However, a large number of clerks, merchants and tradesmen made the cold, windswept journey down the Great Eastern Road to Igashi in Dakota, where they settled into homes recently seized from the Ithaqua-worshipping locals – who were evicted rather harshly, mostly with a bullet. The settlements along the Missouri were also protected by a string of freshly-built forts.

II Corps under Subarashi withdrew from Dakota and flew west to Bohr in crow. The airship squadrons landed there to regroup and while refitting the corps commander was killed in a senseless ‘floating-world’ brawl over some gambling debts. This would prove to be particularly unfortunate…

The North Pacific Squadron was very busy too, shuttling troops back from the very-far-flung outpost on Kazan Retto to Chemakum, then loading up a new crop of hopeless idiots brave settlers to found a new trading post on the Ice-damned, howling wilderness, coast of Kamchatka. On the other hand, there was a plentiful supply of firewood for heating and refueling.

The succession of disasters along the Eastern Road, including the capture of the airship squadron at Bohr, flashed across the Republic like a bolt of lightning. The Diet responded with a fierce vote of ‘no confidence’ in the Hirobumi government, which immediately collapsed. The III Corps (the only troops on hand to respond to the invasion) were already marching towards Morgul and the passes of the Rockies, so a flurry of letters were dispatched to general Tasho, urging him to hurry!

A measure in the Senate to embargo trade with the Méxica Empire for their support of the Ghost Dancers stalled in committee, as such a blow would surely wreck the Nisei economy as well. Many of the Diet members were enraged at the “betrayal” they had suffered at the perfidious hands of the southerners.

Ghostdancers: Standing beneath barren trees, still wrapped in the frost of late winter, Teoclote thinks of the plains of his youth now being flooded by Nisei invaders. He thinks of the homeland of his children and people now claimed by the Nisei. He thinks of his Arapaho and Ghost warriors, some of whom defended the Sooty Tower for the, now, enemy while the Nisei were weak and the Ice beset them. His anger rises and he speaks of vengeance to his chiefs and counselors. Those who were at the Sooty Tower or who defended the plains from the Ice while the Nisei interests lay elsewhere remember and add their voices. Only the Aztecs have proven to remember the sacrifices of the Ghost Dancers in the great war. The Ghost will not kneel to the Nisei! While deep winter is still upon the plains, the Ghost move against their ancient enemy.

Teoclote understands that time is against him. The Nisei are a great nation with massive production, advanced technology and airships. He knows his people are few and vulnerable. Teoclote understands that he must strike quickly and without mercy. So, while the snow is still upon the land, the Dancer army rides north and west from Fushige, entering the land of the Oto.

As it happened, the Nisei Vth Corps (commanded by Usuaoi Sora) was encamped at Igashi in Dakota when the Ghostdancers came sweeping out of the north-east. Sadly for V Corps, all of their air support had recently departed for Crow. On the other hand, they had a lot of freshly built fortifications to fall back upon.

Teoclote had mustered thirty thousand men against the seven thousand Japanese. His scouts were near-invisible, ghosting among the Nisei lines like wraiths – his spies listened as the Japanese huddled around their campfires… V Corps, left exposed by the withdrawal of the zeppelin squadrons, was annihilated in a two month campaign. Sora was killed. The Ghostdancers rushed north-west along the highway, unopposed.

With his light horse leapfrogging ahead of his main columns, Teoclote overran the Nisei garrisons of Okoboji, Teton and Crow before they could react. At Bohr, the Ghostdancer assault swept across the zeppelin landing fields outside the city and captured eighteen of the twenty-two airships moored there. The other three were shot down as they attempted to lift off. This news escaped over the rampart of the Rockies to the western cities.

His forces now reinforced by the captured airship squadron, Teoclote essayed an assault on the brooding fortress of Morgul in Shoshone, which stood guard over the passes into the west. The defenders – frankly in disarray – put up a stout fight, but with the sky above them raining fire and the Ghostdancers swarming over the walls, they did not last long. By September of ’47 the passes were in Ghostdancer hands and the fortress regarrisoned.

In the spring of ’48, Teoclote launched a direct invasion of the Nisei heartland – his troops had mewed up in the ranges above Lemhi for the winter and were down in the forested valleys before the snow had finished falling from the trees. Nisei III Corps was still mustering fresh levies in Nicolua. Both forces advanced along the North Road.

They slammed into one another in Potlach in May of ‘48, among the abandoned farms, overgrown orchards and deserted towns. III Corps had managed to scrape up about ten thousand men. Teoclote still had 24,000 effectives. The Nisei general Tasho backpedaled as soon as his cavalry scouts encountered the Ghostdancer skirmishers and he dug in. Unfortunately, his airship coverage was smashed aside by the Ghostdancer zeps and their superior numbers spilled around both ends of his line. The samurai fought doggedly, but were overwhelmed, their positions reduced one by one by concentrated aerial and artillery fire. III Corps was destroyed, much as V Corps had been in Dakota.

Tasho escaped to the south and eventually reached Yokuts with a ragged band of survivors. In the north, Teoclote advanced as far west as the city of Kara in Kalispel – but found all the land empty and desolate, inhabited only by furtive shapes in the forest and ruins. The Ice had come this way, leaving the land in ruins. With nothing in his grasp, Teoclote turned his army around and retired to Morgul in Shoshone to rest his men and consider the fugitive nature of Empire.

Aztec Empire: Foreign loans incurred by the Ghost Dancers were forgiven by the government. This caused a lengthy and vitriolic outburst on the part of the Nisei ambassador, who was really, really pissed by this policy.

1749–1750 T210
PM&T: Gainfully employed by the Chinese and the Nisei alike, company shipping was quite busy in the North Pacific, though the sea-lanes to the east were still dangerous.

AEIC: The Company-men were quite industrious; more yards and harbor facilities at Thessaloniki, the beginnings of factories at Schwarzkastel in India; a beautiful, hand-crafted zeppelin cargo airship called the Seigi (Justice) for the Nisei government.

Nisei Republic: Peace broke out, forced by the military victories of the plainsmen, and the Foreign Service managed to negotiate a very reasonable treaty for all concerned:

The Nisei and Ghost Dancers signed an agreement for permanent peace between their nations. In conjunction with the Shawnee, the nations agreed the Ghost Dancers would return all lands captured from the Nisei plus Minnewaska, Yanktonai and the five captured airships. The Ghost Dancers agreed to respect all Nisei lands and to take no hostile actions against the Nisei. In turn, the Nisei will respect the Ghost Dancers rights to the lands of Noquet, Sauk, Kickapoo, Fox, Croix, Shetek, Santee, Iowa, Oto, Missouri, Ponca, and Pawnee, and all lands North of Noquet, Sauk, Kickapoo, Fox, Croix, Missouri, Oto, Dakota, Okoboji, Teton and Crow and will take no hostile actions against the Ghost Dancers. The Shawnee consented as well.

A reconstituted II Corps (really no more than a brigade) was dispatched east to restore Nisei administration over the recovered provinces. Unfortunately, General Shun barely had enough men to garrison Crow and the city of Bohr. The lands further east would have to wait…

A squadron of Tokugawa ships arrived at Yokuts to help the Republic defend itself against the plainsmen. The recent peace treaty, however, rendered their aid moot and so lord Ichigawas’ sailors and soldiers spent their pay drinking and carousing in the port districts, causing a terrible lot of trouble for the police.

The crowded, hot, malarial outpost of Tahiri (on Cuba) received unexpected visitors – an Albanian East India Company airship and a number of merchantmen carrying crates of mysterious cloth and parts. Apparently their crossing of the Atlantic had been very eventful, leading to the loss of four of their ships due to mutiny and fire. However, the local bakufu authorities were very pleased to receive the shipment.

Grain was shipped to the Aztecs.

Ghostdancers: Having secured peace with the Japanese, the Ghost Dancer army withdrew from Shoshone and Crow. While Averana Hawk remained in Teton, waiting for the Nisei garrison to arrive, Teoclote and the vast majority of his army returned to Fushige in the east. A number of captured airships were returned to the Nisei as a gesture of good faith.

1751-1752 T211
Nisei Republic: With the Daitoryo and his staff entirely involved in strategic planning for some global war which only they believed would occur, the Diet took matters into its own hands and saw to the restoration of the cities, provinces and roads of the Republic. The cities of Kanazawa (in Lemhi) and Betai (in Potlach) were resettled, and the abandoned provinces of Potlach, Nicolua and Kalispel recovered. Massive improvements were also made in Nez Perce, Yahuskin and certain government bonds retired. The foresight of the Forestry and Rural Lands service in not sending all possible exports of grain, rice and wheat off to Aztec was proven when a shift in rainfall left the southern "cradle" languishing in a terrible drought.

Colorado: After a brief 'friendship' visit to the Nisei settlement at Takari, Cannell and his troops essayed to raid, pillage and subdue the natives of the Colonese forests.

Ghostdancers: To the west, control of the province of Teton was reduced to the most minimal levels (the Nisei were expected to send an army to secure Teton, Okoboji and Dakota, but they did not.)

Aztec Empire: Unfortunately for the tablet counters in Sion, the Nisei Republic did not send anything at all, claiming some paltry famine of their own.

1753-1754 T212
Nisei Republic: Lord-General Tasho, commander of the III Corps, was beside himself with rage at the mewling clerks who were making such a mess of his efforts to get the army across the passes and into the plains where they were so badly needed. Though some of the airships assigned to his force were available in Usunomiya (having just rolled out of the airship yard there), others were stranded in crates in New Yedo, hundreds of miles to the north, while others were still being fitted out in Nanhuaco on the north side of the Great Bay.

All of this meant delays as Tasho waited for the fleet to carry the new, Norsk- and Albanian-built airframes back down to Yokuts. At least, by then, the Nanhuaco yards would have finished their work on the Tsuru-class scouts.

And on the edge of the plains, the city of Bohr (protected by several regiments of newly hired Aztec mercenaries) stirred to life again. Vast quantities of rice, millet, wheat and lumber were shipped off to the Aztecs. Two army Corps (II and IV) mobilized and prepared to strike east along the highway towards Dakota.

Two Norsktrad clipper ships (particularly notable both for the acres of canvas they boasted as well as the speed of their voyage up from the Aztec Canal) visited Tijuana on Baja for several months in '54 as their captain, Trygvasson, attempted to establish a presence in the desert port. Unfortunately he failed - stymied by the intricacies of Nisei custom and language.

Back in New Yedo, the Kiyotaka government called for new parliamentary elections and also proposed the creation of a post of President of the Republic, which would be an elected post with a term of eight years. This caused a great deal of dispute among the Diet members, who liked being able to finagle concessions out of the Prime Minister by threatening a vote of no confidence. "Tyranny!" They cried, and claimed this would cause nothing less than the restoration of the Shogunate under a flimsy disguise. In any case, Kiyotaka's party managed to squeeze out a majority again and he returned as Prime Minister.

Mindful of recent discoveries in the far north, Sky-Admiral Moshi was dispatched from Usunomiya with four of the new 'Tsuru'-class scouts to investigate the heart of the Ice itself. After refueling in Zhai on the Tlingit coast and refitting his ships for speed and altitude, Moshi set off into the northern wastes. He did not return, nor did his ships, and there was no one to bring the news of the ill-fated expedition back to Nisei lands…

Summer of '54 brought the arrival of the IVth Corps to Dakota by river-boat (having made the very long voyage from the west coast, through the Aztec Canal, and then up the Snake). Luckily for the travel-weary troops, the Ghost Dancer garrison of the province withdrew as they arrived and peacefully turned over the city of Igashi to Nisei administration.

Following this success, IV Corps advanced north-west through Okoboji into Teton, where they made contact with the forces moving east from Crow. By the end of the year, the Republic once more controlled the highway from the Rockies to Dakota.

Ghostdancers: Abiding by their treaty arrangements, the Ghostdancers withdrew as the Nisei regiments advanced through Dakota and the provinces along the plains highway.

1755-1756 T213
Nisei Republic: Resuming their lucrative grain export business, the Nisei shipped an inordinate amount of oats, wheat, barley, rye and corn south to the Aztec Empire. The airship industry in Usunomiya and Nanhuaco remained very busy, though the zeppelins under production were not for government use, but rather for the private sector. Usunomiya also expanded as workers migrated to the pleasant city from all over the Republic.

Work continued apace to cut a broad highway through the mountains of Pomo, connecting Usunomiya and Toyama by road.

The Nisei Port town of Tijuana: The Norsk captain Trygvasson, having learned that gaining face and use of the Nisei language might help in his business dealings on the Amerikan coast, strives to use this information as best he may.

Trygvasson bowed to the Nisei town leaders present for the meeting, in order of seniority, and confidently musters his Kokugo. “Hajimemashite. Nörsktrad no. Watashi no namae wa Tryggvasson Henri dess. Dōzo yoroshku onegai-shi-mass.”

Then he waited to be seated, following the guide of the go-between. If o-cha is offered he accepts it, and is careful to avoid direct eye contact: The Nisei are unlikely to accept him as an equal at this juncture and will undoubtedly consider him a clumsy gaijin, but perhaps he can at least gain their respect. Henri keeps his posture tense and makes few gestures. If his host offers a gift he accepts it with both hands, raising it slightly, but does not open it after putting it down. “Arigato gozalmasu. Enryo naku chōdal itashimasu,” he replies, bowing slightly.

For much of the conversation he is liable to have to depend on an interpreter. Hopefully his Náhuatl is good enough to converse with the interpreter, but in deference to the Nisei sensibilities, he does not address them directly in this language. Henri is careful to mask any frustration.

Towards the end of the meeting he presents a small model steam engine as a gift, carefully wrapped by a local professional. “Noruuējin Bōeki Kaisha kara no o-miyage desu. Tsumaranai mono desu ga.”

And finally at the conclusion of affairs: “Kyōwa gochisō sama deshita. Kongo tomo yoroshiku onegal itashimasu.”

1757-1758 T214
Nisei Republic: After months of hacking roadway out of rugged mountains and toppling enormous redwoods to make way for Highway Ichi-zero-ichi, the royal road between Usunomiya in Yokuts, through Pomo, to Mito in Yurok was completed. The timber market was glutted for months after the road workers floated all the redwood they’d cut out to sea and then by barge either north or south to the big markets. Troops continued to be raised and drilled, which was a good thing, because the Republic would need them soon…

In the far east, many settlers took up residence in Igashi, Dakota, restoring some semblance of direct Nisei control over the central plains. A Japanese fleet, after visiting the outpost of Takari in Colin, then proceeded up the coast to found a new trade station in Caranook – a town called Nagara. This same force then made the dangerous passage (icebergs, you know…) to the Shetlands, where contact was re-established with the Nisei inhabitants of Ukiyo-ye.

An effort by the representatives of the Pacific Mercenary and Trust corporation to round up the 15,000-odd Javanese, Malay and Moro mercenaries loitering in New Yedo failed miserably. In main part due to the failure of the company to pay the mercenaries their salaries – this made the piratical band very unhappy, and led to the PM&T officers being stripped naked, tarred, feathered and thrown into the bay. Two of the hapless fellows then perished of pneumonia.

The situation in the port then turned quite ugly … Axacayatl the Wolf managed to keep the angry troops from completely wrecking even the pitiful shacks and log-huts of New Yedo (the city had still not recovered from the Ice Lords attack). Instead, he sent his men out to patrol Chemakum province and collect taxes and began styling himself King of Amerika (or at least prince of Chemakum).

Upon hearing of the foreigner insurrection in New Yedo, Prime Minister Kiyotaka suffered a heart attack and keeled over at his desk, adding a parliamentary crisis to the military one. The Diet convened in a hurry and, after some bartering, elected Yeemi as the new PM. Tasho’s III Corps was dispatched to the north (after being reinforced with the fresh levies) to crush the ‘invasion.’

After a long march (much of it along the new road) Tasho and his regulars arrived in Chemakum and found the province held against them by 16,000 mercenaries. Though the III Corps numbered only 12,000 men, Tasho was not concerned. These rabble would soon learn the error of their ways… under brave banners and heralded by the peal of trumpets and the roar of drums, III Corps marched directly on New Yedo.

Axacayatl responded vigorously and the new armies met in open battle near Coquitlam. The mercenary captain was surprised to see his enemy deploy solely infantry and artillery, and was happy to unleash his Turks on their flanks… and then he found that a modern army didn’t necessary have cavalry with four feet…

The Nisei aerocorps pounced as soon as the mercenaries advanced into the open, sweeping up over the trees and unleashing a terrific barrage of gunpowder bombs, plunging napathene and the rattling roar of light cannon. Axacayatl’s force was stunned and seriously mauled. They withdrew in haste, setting the nearby woods on fire to gain smoke-cover. Tasho pressed them, chasing the foreigners back to New Yedo.

There, Axacayatl loaded his surviving troops onto the huge PM&T merchant fleet in port and they fled by night out into the strait and down to Budokan on Nootka island, where they once more set themselves for hire. Tasho was not impressed.

1759–1760 T215
PM&T: The vast numbers of discharged sailors found new homes in Kryztn on Luzon, swelling the city to size 6. Others were shipped overseas, to Nisei lands and to Iruka in Australia.

ARF: In the northern seas, Captain Orozco took her fleet out of harbor in Liverpool and braved the ice-berg infested waters to reach the Shetlands and the Nisei city of Ukiyo-ye. She had intended to improve upon a long-standing economic arrangement with the city fathers, but instead found Nisei Republican officers in complete command of the city. Orozco was politely turned away.

Great Britain: A Nisei embassy arrived in Kingston from the north and set about opening a new embassy. Though it appeared the Japanese were supposed to go onward to other nations on the continent, the threat of war there kept them in merry olde England where they acquired a taste for heavy dark beer.

Nisei Republic: Work continued in the provinces on rebuilding infrastructure destroyed in the war. Chehalis, in particular, received a great deal of attention. Further south, the commander of IV Corps spent all of his time marching troops from place to place. Usunomiya city expanded again. With the restoration of a trade network to Europe (tenuous though it was), there was a huge rush of mercantile concerns to take advantage.

Dozens more Pacifican ships arrived from the west, landed at Anataya in Tolowa and set to expanding the city with the crews (and families) of the ships. Many houses were built using the wood from the vessels themselves, which indicated that – like the Achaeans before Troy – they intended to stay. This time they did not bring a whole gang of mercenaries with them.

Missionaries were dispatched into the plains, particular to Dakota, to sway the tribesmen and farmers there back to the Kami and away from the horrific deities hiding behind the sky. The fleet dispatched to the Shetlands returned to the forward fleet base at Colon, though Admiral Reishu immediately died upon his return.

Back in Yokuts, the Prime Minister had summoned the III Corps commander, Tasho, back to the capital – along with his troops – to keep them close to home. Unfortunately, Tasho took it into his head that Yeemi intended to relieve him of command (the general had been a little loose with the Corps budget) and instead, upon arriving near the city, led a brigade of his troops to attack the Prime Minster’s residence and replace him with Tasho himself.

Thanks to an utter failure of the Internal Security ministry (the Koancho) to monitor Tasho’s movements, the coup plotters broke into the PM’s residence, dragged him out in his night-shirt and popped a cap in the back of his head. Tasho then declared himself Prime Minister and ordered his loyalists to seize the Parliament.

Unfortunately for Tasho, the rather more with-it admiral of the fleet, Ieicho, had happened by the army camps outside of town, had learned of the plot and had immediately commandeered every available airship. Thus, when Tasho and his troops reached the white marble edifice of the Parliament, they were illuminated by searchlights from above and found themselves facing guns on every side. Tasho ended his life properly in the plaza, even as most of his men threw down their guns.

Ieicho shook his head, wondering at the stupidity of the man.

A few weeks later, a retired provincial governor named Genjuku was elected as the interim Prime Minister.

Aztec Empire: Substantial sums were doled out to the Nisei and the Zacatecas.

1761–1762 T216
PM&T: Shipping concerns picked up a bit, with the Thai government granting Agoi the right to handle their trade with the Nisei in Amerika and the Borang Bakufu in Austral. After some hemming and hawing, PM&T ships also began calling at Islamic Union ports.

Great Britain: Shipping plying the waters north of Skawtland were a little frightened (at first) to observe Nisei airships operating out of the Shetlands overflying their passage, but eventually word was passed around that the foreigners had established an Air/Sea Search and Rescue unit at Ukiyo-ye, and the brightly-colored zeppelins were patrolling to watch for ships in trouble.

Nisei Republic: Aided by a substantial infusion of Aztec gold, the Nisei began rebuilding the northern provinces devastated during the Ice War. This provoked a vigorous political squabble in the Diet over which provinces would benefit first, which made Genjuku’s head hurt. A minor scandal developed over a proposed postal road for Serrano province, which was originally planned to cross the mountains into Salinan – until it was discovered the Senator who proposed the project owned a villa at the terminus of the road. After intervention by the daitoryo, those resources were devoted to beginning a real highway from Melias south to the Aztec city of Popol Vuh.

A representative of the Albanian East India Company, G. Washington, arrived in Tijuana on Baja via Nisei postal packet ship from the outpost of Takari on Cuba. He then set up shop in the dusty, knockabout town, obviously in an attempt to match the influence of the Norsktrad in Pacific waters. Usunomiya and Anataya both expanded a level.

Another faction in the Diet (prodded by the Scholar’s Union and the University, as well as certain members of the Nihon Kaigun general staff) managed to secure a budget for a country-wide SkyWatch project, much like that pioneered by the Swedes. The Air Force, in particular, felt the next attack would come from the sky.

All of this put Genjuku’s back up, whereupon he tried to force his will (being of a rather military mien) upon the Diet. This provoked a vigorous response from the various parliamentary factions who had no desire to be a rubber-stamp for the military or even the Emperor. A rancorous vote was called, which resulted in Genjuku losing the confidence of the Diet and being turfed out. At this point, the opposition crystallized into something very much like a political party (the Aikoku Koto, Public Party of Patriots) devoted to restraining the power of the military and the old feudal nobility.

The Koto put their own man into office, Tomeyo Sagaya, with a mandate to rebuild the nation and to refrain from foreign adventures. The Emperor, who at that time was in old Nippon visiting various shrines, did not comment. The genro (the various retired generals and daimyo who still sought to influence the state) responded by forming their own well-financed and strictly organized Sakigaki (Harbringer) party in opposition.

Some trouble with an expatriate Aztec community in Serrano was resolved by Iechio’s IVth Naval Marines marching down from Usunomiya, shooting or arresting all the Náhuatl-speakers they could find and ransacking a variety of shops, private homes and warehouses featuring odd-looking snake idols.

Aztec Empire: The Emperor also dispensed largesse to his allies and tributary states with a recklessly generous hand – Nisei, the Sisterhood, the Tlahulli, Tzompans and Colorado all benefited.

1763–1764 T217
Nisei Republic: While the Diet bickered about public works spending for their districts (Kwakiutl, Timishian, Salinan and Gosuite won out), the Sōridaijin (prime minister) struggled to get his recalcitrant army commanders to gather their forces, load onto ships and generally take the field against rumored cultic elements in the Central Valley. At the same time, the outpost of Dakota was fortified and a ring of fortifications thrown around Igashi.

Despite announcements by the government that various cults were crawling around under the floorboards throughout the Republic, efforts to actually suppress them were limited to some half-hearted arrests in Melias, in Serrano. The government’s energy seemed mostly devoted to arguments between the generals and the Sōridaijin about military policy. Efforts to hire additional transports for the movement of reinforcements to Dakota were foiled by the Honorable Afriqa Company having needed every spare hull to move mercenary contingents to Great France.

General Shun, who had been slated to move to Dakota, died in ’63 while writing a particularly vituperative letter to Sagaya. Missionary efforts in the high plains met with success – Dakota became Shinto once more, and good progress was had in Shetek.

Arapaho Texas: A very large Nisei fleet attempted to sail up the Mississipi to Igashi in Dakota, but was forced to turn back in Chitimacha, finding the river shoals and waters too shallow for most of their ships. The Nisei force returned to Takari on Colon to consider the matter.

1765–1766 T218
Nisei Republic: Diplomacy Ogala (^ea)
Having finally resecured their outpost on the Missouri, the Republic had no interest in losing it again, so the entire region of Dakota was heavily fortified and the garrison reinforced. The Diet also authorized, in a secret session, Princess Yanma (the elderly daughter of the venerated Kejin Hideyoshi) to proceed to the east and rally the Shinto citizens of the plains to rise up against their Lencolar masters. Resolute, she set off… (unfortunately, no one else was dispatched to actually rouse the Shinto farmers of Oto, Ponca and Pawnee against the Ghostdancers).

The PM&T imported a huge number of Chinese coolies to work on a sprawling complex of forges, foundries, rolling stock workshops and laundries in Anataya in Tolowa. A cross-continent railway was in the offing! In partial exchange, the Pacifican merchants took custody of nearly 10,000 Nisei criminals, malcontents, debtors and casteless men. A large number of Nisei merchantmen (with liens previously held by the government) were also sold off to private companies and fishing village communes.

However, lest anyone think that the Sōridaijin Tomeyo would leave Princess Yanma out to dry among the savages, soon after her caravan left for the east, he also marched out of Yokuts with a respectable army of 17,000 regulars supported by a massive airship armada. “Unclean barbarians! We’ll show them some steel…”

More armies gathered at Yokuts at the same time, though Nichizen’s II Corps was in some disorder, as the general had run off to secure some ships in Alaska, of all places. Teoye’s III Corps was even busier, with the general sailing all the way back from South America to pick up six regiments of artillery and assorted airships, before managing to get back south as far as Quito on the coast of Valdivia. Thousands more Nisei troops were left on the docks of Usunomiya, clamoring to board transports already crammed to the gunnels with artillery-men and their cannon. Meanwhile, only a mile away, the ships of II Corps were almost empty, waiting for fresh orders.

Late in ’65, Iechio and his IVth Corps returned from the Caribbean with even more ships, including the battle-fleet, and also anchored at Usunomiya, but again, the large army loitering around there was not loaded a-ship and sent south. Instead they brawled with one another, fought duels, got the local girls pregnant and generally made the life of the city police difficult.

Out on the eastern plains, while the Sōridaijin would not arrive in Dakota by the end of the turn (only reaching Teton before ’66 ended – hey, it’s a long damn way to walk! Where’s that railroad?!), Princess Yanma did and found that Zamori’s Frontier Command had launched a tardy and tentative raid into Oto and found the province abandoned by the Ghostdancers. “Victory!” They proclaimed, chasing off a gang of Lencolar missionaries who had wandered in from the south.

War, eventually, was declared on the GhostDancers. Just to keep everything legal.

Ghostdancers: Merchants thronged the docks of Fushige, which was now becoming a major center of trade – particularly in furs and goods from distant Nisei – Swedish and Norsk travelers were a common sight and the Prince’s coffers swelled with their gold. Priests and nuns of the Sisterhood also passed through, on their way to carry the Word to the heathens on the plains.

Arapaho Texas: More alarmingly, a Nisei fleet arrived at New Orleans in May of ’65 and disgorged 6,000 heavily-armed samurai. This force, under the somewhat wayward command of Kiyomi Wada, then marched north along the Snake, finding the thick woods and broad, swampy rivers of Texas difficult going… the hostility of the Arapaho also slowed them, as there were no ready supplies or guides to hand. True, the Shawnee had dispatched a letter ordering Kegemai to help the Japanese, but the plainsman felt it enough to not assail the western invaders with every man under his command.

Aztec Empire: Despite their persistent failure to show up for battle, the Méxica also doled out a tidy sum to the Nisei.

1767–1768 T219
Nisei Republic: Completely embarrassed to have the lowly Colorado beat them to something, the Republic hastily and quietly instituted an AirPost service between the great cities of the nation – sixteen speedy zeppelins were built amidst all of the preparations for war – and set about their business. Construction work on the coastal highway intended to run (eventually) from New Yedo south to Melias in Serrano, ground to a halt between Tolowa and Yurok while gangs of Chinese laborers and zaibatsu (Three Diamond) overseers laid track for a new railway between Anataya and Toyama.

In the east, the Soridaijin Sagaya and his I Corps marched into Dakota, where they met Zamori’s V Corps (which had pulled back from Oto to meet them) and his combined air/riverine flotillas. The two corps then marched back down the road and attacked into Missouri, intending to seize the port of Fushige from the Ghost Dancers (or whoever might be there…) in July of ’67.

Ghostdancers: Faced with the prospect of annihilation at the hands of the despicable Shawnee, Prince Waylo acceded to the urgent suggestion of embassies from both Nisei and Colorado.

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Prince Gukkukun and Bishop Panukan (nursing a bad wound) rode south through the desolate plains of Iowa, escorting the settlers back to Missouri. Their arrival at Fushige found the city almost empty – all of the Dancer civilians had already left – and the sunburst flag of the Nisei Republic flew over the walls. Sagaya’s Ist and Vth Corps have occupied the city and the province and the earthworks facing the east. Gukkukun and Panukan hurry on to the southwest.

Zacateca: Despite the near-hysterical urgings of the Aztec Legate in Quillaca, the Zacatecs (who comprised a large fraction of the Lencolar armies assembled in the province) refused to cross the mountains and attack the Tzitzimime - despite this being their holy duty! – and were cursed for cowards and fools by the Aztecs, Bolivians and Nisei soldiers encamped there.

The War Against the Ten Thousand (the Tzitzimime)
September 1767: The Nisei III Corps (Teyoe commanding) arrives in Quillaca to join the massed armies of the Aztec Alliance.
November: The Nisei IX Corps (under Shun) arrives in Quillaca, having sailed from Yokuts at the beginning of the year. This brings Nisei troop strength in the south up to 47,000 men.
June 1768: The Alliance armies pour over the mountains into Omaguaca – Bolivian, Nisei, Caquetian, Shawnee – making a vast host of nearly 250,000 troops. Still the Tzitzimime do not respond.

1769–1770 T220
Nisei Republic: A struggle in the Diet between the Aikoku Kato (the Patriots) and the Sakigaki (Harbringers) parties paralyzed Sagaya’s government. As a result, the Nisei samurai in the far south remained in their camps, letting the Aztecs do all the heavy lifting, and efforts at home were limited to porkbarreling in Yokuts, Patwin and Serrano. Missionary efforts went ahead in Missouri (where there were hardly any people left to convince of the existence of the Kami, and failed miserably in Cheyenne.

The inattention of the government also led to default on a bond issue, which caused the collapse of a number of local banks, merchant families and general economic malaise across the northwest. In some inland areas, dissatisfaction with the corruption of the Diet went so far as to cause the Owyhee to refute both Nisei authority and religious guidance.

The War Against the Tzitzimime

August: The Nisei army in Omaguaca, however, refuses to advance, saying "we've received no orders to move south, we will wait for the appropriate authority!"
October: The siege of Versailles begins in earnest, for the tzitzimime are more than willing to let the apes storm against their walls, filling the trenches with blood and the air with the orifice-watering smell of charred apre-flesh. The Alliance has planned long for this battle, devising a thousand and one tricks to use against the tzitzimime - who deny nearly all of them by the simple expedient of hunkering down behind their fortifications and incinerating wave after wave of ape-warriors coming howling over the battlements!
But there are no hellbats to be seen, and the skies fill with dozens and dozens of airships, all of which rain a constant barrage of bombs and napathene flame into the enemy city. Surely, the heat ray stabs up, shattering one zeppelin after another, but still the apes keep coming… until, at last, the losses they suffer have mounted so high the Alliance army splinters, and breaks, having expended 98,000 men in their failed attempt.
The human regiments stream, broken and demoralized, back into Omaguaca, where they spit upon the reviled and despicable Nisei, who have been lolling about, drinking tea and reading the newspapers while their fellow humans struggled and died in the south.
November: The Zacateca Grand Master Maxtlantizo rallies his shattered army in Omaguaca, counting the dead and finding the African general Mfume foremost among them. The other commanders are broken men, barely able to crawl out of their tents. Only the Zacatecas remain a viable fighting force, and their hearts are filled with a great and terrible fury. But as winter covers the land, and the humans are forced into quarters, it is not the invaders who they despise most - but the traitorous Nisei!
December: While vauge and worrisome rumbling sounds echo out of the south, the Alliance camps in Omaguaca are suddenly woken by the rattle of musketry, the snap-snap of carbines and the screams of men attacked in their sleep. The Zacatecas have attacked the Nisei encampments, slaughtering the guardsmen and seizing the airfleet which has laid idle for so long.
The Nisei generals, drunken upon dishonor and well pickled in sake, are murdered in their beds and their men rounded up and hanged for the dogs they are… a cruel - and swift - response to Maxtlantizo's need for a fresh airfleet to throw into the hell-pit of Versailles.
Watching the dead Japanese being dragged away to the lime-pits, the Zacateca king snarled in satisfaction, gesturing with a blood-soaked obsidian axe at the long line of gray zeppelins floating at anchor. "Place the sign of war upon them, my brothers, for we will test ourselves a second time in the sacred ball-court, against the Ten Thousand Hostile Stars!"

Armies of the Nisei

  • Aerocorps
  • I Corps
  • II Corps
  • III Corps
  • IV Corps
  • V Corps
  • IX Corps

The Emperors

  • Sakuramachi 1739-date
  • Amaratzhin Takauji 1669-1670

The Sōridaijin

  • Prime Minister Tomeyo Sagaya 1761-date
  • Prime Minister Genjuku 1759-1761
  • Prime Minister Yeemi 1746-1759

The Shogun

  • Kiyotaka Kuroda 1746-1757
  • Hirobumi Ito 1745-1746
  • Tokugawa Akari 1739-1745
  • Koheru Kaitain/Tokugawa Ieyoshi 1687-????
  • Tokugawa Ieyoshi 1678-1686
  • Tokugawa Ietsuna 1664-1678
  • Tokugawa Iemitsu 1657-1664

The Players

  • T165-date (1657-date) Dan Martin

Last updated: 25 March 2005

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