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Tawatinsuyu
The Four United Provinces
Regnum Inkum
Inca Empire
Timeline : Superpowers
Inca Provinces Flag
Government Constitutional Theocracy
Population 296,000,000 inhabitants
Area 8,440,000 km2
Inca Empire Superpowers Inca 2000 AD
Capital Cuzco
Largest City Machu Picchu
Official Language Quechua (de jure)
Major Languages
  • Latin
  • Nipponese
  • Nahuatl
Other Languages
  • Arabic
  • Norse
  • Various Columbian Dialects
  • Bantu Dialects
Demonym Inka
Ethnic Groups
  • Inca
  • Mayan
  • Greek
  • Roman
  • Japanese
  • Mongol
  • Various Native Columbian
Population Density 34.2 inhb/km2
Emperor Sapa Inca Qayaina
Legislature Qhapaqintin
Economy Planned economy
GDP $26 Trillion
532.8 Billion Dn
GDP PPP $90,000 per person
1800 Dn per person
Development #5
Slavery Rate 0.9%
Formation
Currency Inca Khipuch
Religions
  • Wiraqutra (i.e. Andeism)
  • Ahauism
  • Catholicism
  • Shinto
  • Atheism
Territory OTL Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Tawatinsuyu (Eng: The Four United Provinces) covers the third largest portion of Columbia and is the last remaining native South Columbian state. It is governed by a theocratic monarchy founded on tenets of a traditional local religion.

The Sapa Inca (God-King) is revered as a living deity who guides the Inca people. His authority is unquestionable and his person divine, such that he is beyond legal reproach. However, his religious mandate demands his execution in a scenario of destructive leadership.

Underneath the divine monarch is a partially elect-ed legislative council. This body's capacity to promulgate laws with the King ensures a measure of popular power in government.

History

The Inca stem from the Kingdom of Cuzco, which became the regional superpower after a few hundred years. The nation had no enemies in its homeland but its conquering tendencies surfaced when explorers brought news of fertile lands in the northern continent.

That these lands were already owned by the Maya made them even more valuable. It meant that they were perfect for large scale agriculture, at which the Inca were experts. Inca-Maya hostilities dragged on until the Mayan Holy Army withdrew from the Andes in 1472 and conceded some territory to the Inca. Raids against the Maya occurred sporadically before 1592 when a wall was built to repel Inca invaders.

For the Maya it was too late though, the Inca had already entered into trade and military agreements with the Romans and were gradually becoming a force which could fight the Conglomerate outside the Andes' mountainous territory. Due to the technology they gained, and their already impressive medical skills, the Inca cities grew into the grandest urban areas of the entire continent. In those days, Inca engineers were universally known as the best in the world, next to only those of Rome. Likewise, Inca doctors were renowned for their honor and determination, many of them often working in foreign lands for simply altruistic reasons.

During the Great War, the Inca Empire was allied to the Roman Empire through the Cuzco-Carthage Alliance. After the defeat of the Mayans during the Great War, the Cuzco-Carthage Alliance was forcibly dissolved. From this point, the relations between the Inca and Rome would slowly deteriorate to the point where they considered each other enemies.

Following the Great War, the Inca and Roman societies grew apart as they intermingled more. This was entirely due to cultural antagonism. The bigoted Romans had trouble accepting that "heathens" could be as advanced as them and soon cut off all sharing of information with them. Matters worsened following the release of the Inca theory of evolution, something which conflicted with the Aristotelian biological history that the Romans followed and professed. By the 1800's the two empires were practically enemies.

Before the Global War, the Inca allied themselves with the Mongols, the Columbians and the Danes, and helped open hostilities. The Inca managed to force the Maya out of South Columbia, and also forced back the Roman legions stationed in South Columbia. After trading biological weaponry with the Mongols for gigantic Mongol behemoth tanks, they managed to gain the upper hand. But, after the surrenders of the Columbians and the Danes, and the sudden surrender of the Mongols and re-allying to the Romans and the Mayans, the Inca were alone, and had to face off attacks from the north and east. The combined assault on Kor'na Yasse with the Mayan, Mongol, Romans and Japanese reduced Inca morale even more, and after the drop in morale and several breaks in the Inca defensive lines, the Inca succumbed to their defeat.

After the Confederation of platonic socialist Nations was created, the Platonists successfully started a rebellion in Tawatinsuyu, where they hoped that if they succeeded, they could use it as a springboard to invade the Mayan Conglomerate and the Roman colonies in South Columbia. However, the rebellion failed after a Roman intervention, and when the Defensive War began, Tawatinsuyu was more or less an economic and tactical ally to the Imperial powers.

In modern times, the Inca are known primarily for their medical and biological knowledge and skills. Virtually every advancement in medicine for the past 200 years was first made by an Inca, much to the dismay of the Romans. These advancements are widely used in their domestic life and their warfare; an example of the latter was the Global War. Since the Global War, Tawatinsuyu has been under the Roman sphere of influence and the two states worked very closely as of late. This is especially the case after the Inca saved millions of Roman lives with their release of a Swahilian Flu vaccine. The country has been made an honorary member of the Alliance of Earth, and it contributes to the organization like a full member is expected. The finest example of what they provide was their creation of a Clone Army for the Legio Terra.

Inca Society

There has not been a society in human history that more fully embodies the ideal of communal living than the Inca. The basic population unit of Tawatinsuyu is the Ayllu (family). Every citizen is a member of an ayllu whether they are the daughter, son or wife of a patriarch or the patriarch (Mallku) himself. The unmarried must remain with their parental ayllu except in the case of soldiers and administrators who are granted patriarchal status upon recognition as part of those social classes. Being mallku of one's ayllu is to shoulder the political responsibility of one's family and to wield its power in return. There are 56.83 million ayllu in the empire.

Every ayllu belongs to one of three classes: the Administration, the Military, and the Industry. Those within the industrial class are the economic backbone of Tawatinsuyu, serving it by producing and expanding. They are the majority who may enjoy the greatest indulgences while performing the most physical labour. The military class is an evolving breed of Inca, getting slowly transfigured into a class of specially bred clones. In the sense that these clones are citizens, they now constitute the base of the Inca military class.

The stability of this social order is partly the result of religious dogma, or rather mythology. The Inca believe that each person grows into certain aptitudes - intellect, valor or willpower as rough translations. When everyone in a state is able to work with and grow his or her special talent then the state flourishes. Those countries where people did not cultivate the talent they were meant to use were victims of grotesque inefficiency. A person's place is seen, in modern Inca society, as a result of genetics and divine providence. At any one time, there are a few Inca who are born "under the Sun", the children of the Sun God Inti. These are the destined kings of Tawatinsuyu.

Government & Politics

Modern Tawatinsuyu is a constitutional theocracy governed by a God-King known as the Sapa Inca or Great Inca. As the leader of both the country and state religion, a Sapa has broad powers with nearly no limits on what he can do under the law. However, convention and a strict honor code prevent the misuse of power, while a religious law exists that requires the execution of a Sapa who displays destructive leadership (cf. Chinese Mandate of Heaven). Furthermore, the Sapas usually respect laws written by the semi-democratic Qhapaqintin (The Mighty Ones).

This Qhapaqintin consists of 20 bureaucrats and is the Inca's unicameral legislative council, as it has no power to draft laws only to recommend them. Founded in 1617, after centuries of Roman influence on the Royal Court, this parliament is heavily based on Western customs. The 16 primary members of parliament are known as Archons (Greek: rulers). There are four Archons for each of the four Inca Provinces; each Archon is elected directly by the inhabitants of his Tawach (one-fourth of a province). Equal in political rank to the Archons are the Apos, governors of the four Suyus (Provinces). An Apo is chosen directly by the Sapa Inca rather than the residents of his province. They are intended to serve national interests while the Archons focus on more local needs.

Archons are immune to dismissal from the Sapa Inca - the sole limit on his power. He can render their decisions useless, imprison them for life or have them killed but he cannot otherwise remove them from their office. Once an Archon is in power he must remain there until his term is done in his third year or he dies.

The people's intense veneration for their King is a most curious facet of Inca society. There are few examples in history where a ruler received similar respect and was regarded with such sanctity as a Sapa. He is considered a living incarnation - the form made flesh - of the Sun God Inti. The state carefully follows every individual's education so that it is obvious by the age of 25 whether or not a person is a candidate. Five more years of tests will identify whether or not these people are royal material. Once in power, the Sapa Inca is beyond engagement with men; no one is permitted to look him in the eye and even staring at him is discourageable. Only Caesars and Khagans have ever had the privilege to converse directly with a reigning Inca King; even then, with the requirement that they wear shawls to shield their faces.

Administration

Beneath the Archons are Tukuyrikuq, lower level managers with specific duties in government. While there are only 16 Archons, the entire country employs 2.5 million Tukuyrikuq. Altogether they form the administrative class of Tawatinsuyu. Every large scale decision for the use of resources and exertion of political power is made by a member of this order of society.

Elections are solely necessary for the selection of Archons. Every three years, all the Tukuyrikuq seeking the post of Archon submit their candidacy - this tests for two desired qualities: ambition and pro-activity. Rather than giving a vote to citizens of a certain age, the state allows one vote per ayllu. It is the duty of every family patriarch to submit the vote for his ayllu when an election takes place; failure to vote may result in loss of citizenship if no reason is given. This loss is nothing other than the dissolution of that ayllu.

Essential Tukuyrikuq for the functioning of this system are the Curacas, mid-level bureaucrats. Inca of this rank have already spent at least a decade in administration, and are permitted to distribute power and resources throughout the country. The Mii'ta (income ration) was once distributed by Curacas, before the age of computers. Now, those same bureaucrats merely allocate people's incomes electronically.

Military

  • The Grand Army (Infantry)
  • Guardians of the Sun (Air Force & Tank Corps)
  • Army of the Sea (Navy)
  • Medical Corps

By virtue of their relationship with the Alliance of Earth, the Inca hardly need to direct finances towards their armed forces. Nevertheless, they have built a modest yet potent military which covers the three essential aspects of any national defense. The Inca are unique among nations for having a subset of society devoted entirely to the military. This soldier caste comprises officers of the lawinfantrymenpilots and medical officers. The chain of command is not separate from the national government thus the Inca have no concept of civilians. Under the international Militas Program, the Inca have received enormous funds to build an infrastructure for the creation of human clones designed specifically for combat. Much of the old Inca class of soldiers has gradually waned to be replaced by an artificial class of clone soldiers. They currently make up 85% of infantry and 40% of pilots with a growth of 4.8% per year.

Each clone comes from one of 170 stock genomes synthesized since the 1970's. A certain stock has been artifi-cially designed to be proficient in some respect (e.g. improved eyesight for a sniper or faster reaction times for a plane pilot). Since most modifications come with detrimental side-effects (e.g. increasing reaction times makes it harder for young pilots to learn how to walk), a particular stock is meant to serve a particular military role. One of the few universal genetic modifications raises a clone's maturation rate so that they have the body and brain of someone in his twenties before reaching the age of fifteen. While this is expected to lower their natural lifespan by 15-25 years, the Inca have access to the right technology to prevent this early senescence.

Members of the scientific community see no reason why clones could not hold the roles of greater military importance than mere foot soldiers and grunt pilots. While their brains develop more quickly than normal people, clones seem to have the same intelligence averages as the general populace. However, the primary reason for their exclusion from prominent offices is how uncomfortable the Roman and Japanese governments are with human clones, in the sense that they don't trust them with power. Therefore, as part of the international agreement, the Inca could not give high ranking positions to a clone.

At the moment, 2,560,000 clones have reached maturity and another 1,990,000 are approaching this stage. Since soldiers can now be kept at the physical fitness of a young adult, the usual practice of reassigning aging troops to posts as officers of the law is starting to become outdated.

Economy

Nothing describes the Inca economy better than stratified communism. Unlike the Maya technocracy, where resources are distributed efficiently by socio-scientific allocation techniques, the Inca distribute wealth equally within certain castes. Only the Yanaconas (slaves) and foreigners receive virtually zero resources. They are simply provided a food ration by the Nutrition Distribution Council.

Old Kuipu

A Khipu dated 1578 CE

While the NDC carefully controls the allocation of food to all regions, income is provided to every Inca through the Khipu Authority (Khipukamayuq). Since the 1600s and before computers existed, every ayllu was given a Khipu at the start of each month for storage in a local bank of sorts. The Khipu is a complex ring of knotted strings that encodes for information of some kind. Income Khipus are encoded with the month and year of distribution, along with the family name and available income.

To withdraw money, an Inca could visit the bank to pick up some of their monthly earnings. The khipukamayuqha (banker) would then modify that ayllu's khipu according to the amount withdrawn in hard currency. Nowadays, the procedure of requesting and receiving money is electronically carried out. All khipu in the country are kept in vast vaults in Cuzco. To make a withdrawal, an electronic code is sent from the local bank, where the withdrawal was made, to a banker in Cuzco who modifies the appropriate khipu according to the transmission. If it is discovered that an ayllu's khipu cannot pay for the withdrawal then it will be deducted from next month's income. Long-term debt is unheard of in the Inca empire since repeated infractions of this kind incite investigations from the government who quickly corrects the matter.

Tawatinsuyu is economically stable; the entire economy is managed, but not controlled, by the Khipukamayuq. The members of the Authority make up the mathematician subclass of the administrators and are some of the most highly regarded members of society, next to the medical subclass of the military. The income distribution to the industrial class, or the Hat'un Rutta, is 10,000 khipuch per ayllu. Their currency has an international exchange rate of 1 Kh = 0.1738 Dn ($8.69 US). Soldiers receive half of this but are given special treatment in terms of food rations and accommodations - their low salary is merely supposed to foster a spartan lifestyle. The administrators receive no income whatsoever but have exclusive living districts and the majority of the Inca's political power.

Total GDP of Tawatinsuyu is 532.8 billion Dn (3.066 trillion Kh), fueled by a strong exporting industry. Due to the incredible efficiency of Inca workers and the comparative lack of domestic purchasing, the Inca Empire has a huge amount of goods that it sell to foreigners. Last year's trade balance was a surplus of +112.6 billion Dn. Similarly to the Conglomerate, the Four Provinces have virtually no unemployment. Inca without a job can easily turn to the government for free re-education in a different field.

Wealth & Power

Inca society is in the peculiar position where the wealthiest class is also least powerful. Administrators receive no income once they join that order. The similarly powerful soldiers get little money. It is only the productive class, the Hat'un Rutta, which is payed a respectable $86,900 per family. In theory, there could be a danger that the producer of food and money cuts the supply to the administrators, out of self-interest. But the stability of the state is maintained by two measures: the mythological pacificity instilled by society and the monetary control by the mathematician subclass of administrators.

Exposure to Western culture in the form of telescreen programs and radio shows is filtered by the state to "ensure the persistence of the wise and blessed minds of the Inca people." 

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