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The de jure head of state in Japan is the Emperor, however the Ashikaga Shogunate holds de facto power, although rule is divided between the Shogun and the Daimyos who autonomously rule their clans. These local feudal warlord pay little attention to the wishes of the Shogun, especially in the outlying areas, where rule from Kyoto is virtually non-existent.
The structure of society within the clans of Japan are dominated by warfare, with the military an integral part of the social hierachy.
The control of the Samurai class that once dominated the Japanese military is in decline, with the once hereditary Samurai grouping becoming merely an expression of martial prowess.
The Sengoku period marks the rapid expansion of Japanese martial tactics and organisation, with the creation of armies under the Shogun and the Daimyos of over 100,000. Infantry is primarily used in warfare, with armies dominated by the Ashigaru or light foot soldiers. The use of cavalry is also widespread, using swords and lances for fast manouvers, particularly against the lightly armoured infantry.
There is no centralised navy in Japan, only small flotillas of ships controlled independently by the local warlords. These are far less powerful than those of the Chinese and some are equipped with primitive cannons, loosely based on chinese technology.
Due to the decentralized government, inter-daimyo trade is common. In 1415 the Hosokawa Daimyo and through extent the Kono daimyo have begun trading more intensively with the Ming Empire
Chinese coins are imported or acquired through dwarf pirates. Imitations are used although they have a much lower value.
Currently the Sengoku period is on the rise, which calls for a distinctive style in both paintings and architecture.
Noodles and rice are our main dishes. We also eat meat and fish.
Drums, flutes, and guitars are popular in our music.
We use the same calender as the chinese
Sword fighting and wrestling are very popular in our country.