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Nanchang (1983: Doomsday)

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While no longer in possession of the city of Nanchang, the state formed there by warlord Hu Wang continues to call itself even after the city that supplied most of its power. While the city remained in chaos for 15 years, the region was united since the late 1990's against the attacking Dragon state to the east. A leader named Hu Wang pulled a coup that put him in charge of the movement. In the course of the war, the Dragon state assassinated Hu Wang and his brother, He Wang, led his people south into the former city of Ganzhou, which had been bombed 15 years earlier. The state of Nanchang has been mostly held together by He Wang, who despite his brutal background, has won the respect of his country in the face of more brutal enemies, particularly the Dragon state.


For a complete history of Nanchang, see History of Nanchung. {C}{C Pre-Doomsday Nanchang was a prosperous city, but the city rapidly collapsed in its aftermath, and over one-hundred gangs occupied different parts of the city and the surrounding countryside in a complex and brutal struggle for survival and supremacy. The populace was decimated, but eventually a union emerged, based around the two ideas of an "conquest tax" and a "maintenance tax". In 1999, the region learned of the nature of the conquest of the Dragon state to the east, and staged a mass invasion. Hu Wang, a local leader, united many of the troops and took control of the area in 2000. In 2001, Hu Wang was assassinated, and his brother He Wang staged a grand migration to the south, out of the reach of the Dragon state. This time was an incredible ordeal, and gained He Wang the loyalty of the nation. They took up residence in the environs of Ganzhou, a city destroyed on Doomsday, conquered the local population, and reorganized themselves to give the population who made the move possible more rights.


Like most societies in post-Doomsday China, Nanchang focuses on two main products: rice and bullets. The economy is rigidly controlled by He Wang, but the nation seems to be pulling out of the crisis of 2001, when they pulled out of Nanchang. Much of the military has been incorporated into the agricultural and munitions production industries in a rotation involving "rice duty", "bullet duty", "police duty", and "battle duty". The line between the peasants and the military has thinned as the people have become more loyal, though a careful distinction is made between the people of Nanchang and the newly conquered population of Ganzhou.

Military and Government

The Nanchang military includes two separate forces, the "People's Army" (PA) that spends much of its time policing and manufacturing arms, and the elite "Tigers", the core of the nation born in the war against the Dragon state. Each of the two armed forces maintains a separate structure, but the PA mostly provides support for the Tigers, who usually do most of the fighting. The political structure is entirely centered around the military: the Tigers instigating a brutal control of the hinterland based on slave settlements, while the PA controls the core of the nation and does its best to try and incorporate the conquered citizens into the nation. Both forces are led by generals appointed by Hu Wang, who coordinates the two forces and has the intense loyalty of each. There is not as of yet a mechanism to replace Hu Wang in case of his death, which is seen as the greatest weakness of Nanchung, but no compromise appears possible between the civilian-minded PA and the elitist Tigers. He Wang has no male heirs, and each armed force believes that its current leader should be the rightful heir to the nation. Some discussion of a joint rule has been mentioned, but it has been argued that such an arrangement would divide and destroy the nation in an eventual civil war.

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