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The People's Kingdom of Jiangsu is a nation located along the coast of northern Jiangsu province, and southern Shandong Province. It is known more commonly simply as Jiangsu.
In the chaos following doomsday the population of northern Jiangsu, opinions split on who to blame for what happened. Some blamed the communists of both China and Russia, claiming that if only democracy and free market had dominated the world, this wouldn't have happened. Communists blamed capitalists and the bourgeois for attempting to quell the will off the proletariat. A third faction, surprisingly monarchist claimed that China would have been spared had only the people had the forsight to maintain tradition and stay separate from the communist/capitalist debate. These three factions battled for dominance of the region for some time, mostly through small time gang tactics and street brawls, because all factions agreed that open warfare between them would only result in a disruption of agricultural activities in the region, and with no foreign food imports, this was critical for survival. While some soldiers of the PLA survived in the region, most of these eventually spread out and joined one of the factions. During this period of unrest, many of the port facilities were torched and Lianyungang closed itself off from the outside.
In the fall of 1988 the leaders of the three ideoligical factions met to discuss the future of the region and to settle their disputes. All sides admitted that several points from each ideology had merits, but none could agree on any single system that was superior. It was decided, that for the good of the region, they had to put aside their differences, and identify the best aspects of each ideology, and agree on a compromise. The democratic faction demanded free and fair elections, but the communists argued that multi-party democracy only divided a nation, and that a nation had to be unified for it to be strong. A single social democratic party that strove for the goodwill of the people should dominate. While the capitalists frowned on socialist economic doctrine dominating, they were too outnumbered to argue against, so a free, but single party democracy was agreed upon. The monarchist/traditionalists demanded a return of an Emperor, but this again was argued against by the communists, believing that a ruling monarch was a symbol of bourgeois oppression. The monarchists argued that a monarch offers stability while a democratic congress bickers, and that a hereditary executive office would result in leaders who were trained sinch childhood for administration. It also provided a rallying figure for a nation, a personification of that nation that people can identify with. Negotiations lead to a constitutional monarchy system in which the first emperor would be appointed by a vote of the People's Assembly following the first elections, and his heirs would ascend based on merit rather than order of birth. While the office would be hereditary, the Emperor was not considered above the common folk. His title was considered that of an office of civil service, rather than of nobility. While the office was to be regarded with respect, it was no more than that of an elected official.
The first Emperor was chosen in June of 1990, a civil servant named Xu Tao, he was chosen for his administrative experience, charisma, as well as for having several brothers who were also involved in civil service, which would provide heirs in the case of Xu Tao dying childless. A flag was chosen showing the star of Socialism, the dragons of the emperor, the red of the land, and the blue of the water, that both form the lifeblood of Jiangsu for without both their would be no food for its people.
Stability and Industrial Growth
With a new government in place, the region began to calm and people began working together for the common good, which of course was the party line of the newly formed Jiangsu People's Party. This new sense of purpose and stability allowed many of the surviving machining facilities to begin producing equipment to aid in agricultural development. By 1994 agricultural output was exceeding that needed to feed the population. At this point the nearby city of Rizhao came to the Jiangsu people. Many people were starving, and their agricultural output was not nearly enough. They requested annexation by the Jiangsu kingdom. This was agreed and shipments of food began to flow north towards Rizhao. The investment required by the Jiangsu people in order to bring Rizhao up to the same standard of living was more than expected. Many questioned why the annexation was agreed to in the first place. After several years though, the investment began to pay off. Rizhao's industry was rebuilt and added to Jiangsu's output, which in turn made the nation stronger. However a new policy was adopted by the state requiring a certain level of development for annexation in order to avoid the pitfalls that occurred during the process with Rizhao.
In 1997 several nearby city states, seeing what had happened with Rizhao requested annexation by Jiangsu. While the offers were tempting, Emperor Xu Tao had another idea. A vassalage agreement, in which the city states pledged loyalty to the King and People's Assembly of Jiangsu, offering military personnel for the mutual protection of all, resources for the industries of Jiangsu, and a percentage of any tax revenues accrued by the city states. In exchange, Jiangsu would offer finished goods and food at heavily discounted prices, as well as limited aid in reconstructing infrastructure, all while allowing the city states to maintain autonomy. While the deal appeared to favor Jiangsu, many city states were desperate and agreed. This system of vassals allowed Jiangsu to maintain a sizeable military force while minimizing costs, as well as increasing industrial output. This has resulted in Jiangsu becoming a major economic force in the region, and with no major states to threaten them,
In 2001 an emissary from the People's Republic of China, based in Taijuan arrived in Lianyungang. They demanded that the people of Jiangsu submit to the proper ruling party of China, and abandon their false King. The ambassador was offered accommodations and a tour of what had been done in Jiangsu, this was mostly a stall tactic in order for Jiangsu scouts to head for Taijuan to determine the threat level to Jiangsu. They returned shortly reporting that the PRC had only control over a large area around Taijuan, and their PLA forces were currently engaged in attempting to pacify rogue elements in Inner Mongolia and other parts of Northern China. The threat was deemed to be low and the ambassador was sent home with a warning not to threatened Jiangsu. Around this time reconstruction of the port facilities of Lianyungang were completed and the ports opened some ships from other areas such as the ANZC, Korea, the Philippines, and Siberia began to dock, mostly seeking information on the situation in China.
With access to foreign markets, Jiangsu has been able to import needed raw materials in order to expand their agricultural output. Several prototype vertical farms have begun construction which are expected to have output similar to several hundred acres of agricultural land. Jiangsu aims to become the breadbasket of China, and an economic powerhouse in the region. With several of the earlier vassal cities reaching levels of development close to that of Jiangsu, it is believed that some may seek annexation by the kingdom in order to take advantage of full citizenship. Other strong city states such as Yancheng and Huaian, their dependency on Jiangsu food becoming so strong, and also considering entering vassalage agreements.
Government and Politics
Jiangsu is a Socialist Constitutional Monarchy. The monarch is hereditary and his heirs are trained in administration and diplomacy since childhood. The country is organized into three branches of government, the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial. The King is the Executive branch, and is responsible for foreign policy and defence. The Legislative branch is the People's Assembly, a democratically elected body of representatives, it is responsible for domestic policy. The Judicial are the judges of the kingdom, they interpret constitution and enforce the laws of the kingdom. This separation of powers is to ensure that no single branch can dominate the government and enforce its will on the people.
Jiangsu is a single party state, with all citizens desiring to enter political life required to be members of the Socialist Party of Jiangsu. Otherwise there are free democratic elections
Due to its importance as a food producer, Jiangsu has come to great prominence and wealth in the region. With many of the regions in the area coming under the control of various city states following doomsday, some of these local governments have begun entering into fealty agreements with the King and People's Assembly. These agreements guarantee to the vassal access to Jiangsu's food stocks at a discounted price, and in return the vassal must cede 10% of any tax revenue's collected, must maintain a standing army, and said standing army must be at the call of the King and People's assembly of Jiangsu. The vassal is otherwise autonomous, but some vassals have begun negotiating for annexation into the Kingdom.
Jiangsu has attempted to maintain peaceful relations with the surrounding nations. It has become a major food exporter to Korea and Imperial China, and the People's Republic of China. Currently, Jiangsu is the only Chinese successor state to be officially recognized by the remnants of the old PRC government. Relations with Taiwanese China had been somewhat peaceful, but have been strained recently with the TROC's clear goals to reclaim more of mainland China. Jiangsu is a member of the League of Nations.
Jiangsu's economy is dominated by agriculture, but its agricultural dominance has lead it to great prosperity in the region. The two major cities in the kingdom, Lianyungang and Rizhao had major port facilites and some heavy industry, allowing Jiangsu to maintain an industrialized agriculture sector, with machine aided irrigation, harvesting, etc. This has allowed the food output of the nation to exceed its needs, and has become a major exporter of food to the local areas, especially the nearby Xuxhou and Yancheng. These cities have become so reliant on Jiangsu's foodstuffs, it has even lead to Xuxhou entering into a fealty agreement with the kingdom.