The Kingdom of Shaanxi (Shaanxi) is one of the splinter states that were formed out of the collapse of the People's Republic of China during the period from 2018 to 2027. It is a region of desert in the north, mountains through the central region forming a natural barrier with much of China, and a subtropical zone in the south. Shaanxi is in north-central China, and is bordered by Gansu, Henan, Mongolia, Ningxia, Republic of China, and Sichuan.
History[edit | edit source]
Shaanxi is a country in Asia formed in 2018 following the secession of the Canton Confederation after a massive earthquake struck the Tai-Hei Mountains in Shaanxi in 2017. The mountains already formed a natural boundary between Shaanxi and the rest of China. With Beijing preoccupied by the damage reaching as far as Tiananmen Square and destroying the PRC's underground nuclear stockpile, Shaanxi, as well as Sichuan and Inner Mongolia, seized the opportunity to secede from China. During the Republic Civil War (2019-27), the province of Shaanxi joined the independent state of Shaanxi. During this time neo-communists invaded and occupied parts of greater Shaanxi before being repelled. Meanwhile, a military coup installed a junta that controlled the new state until it was overthrown by allies of the late Chiangsiu Chou, the father of Queen Michelle.
Michelle Chou, who has been evacuated to the United Kingdom following the assassination of her father by communists loyal to Beijing who opposed secession, returned to Shaanxi to assist in its development. She instead claimed power as Shaanxi's royal head of state while drafting a new constitution that established Shaanxi's government as a constitutional monarchy similar to the United Kingdom. While the monarchy is mostly figurative under the constitution, Queen Michelle still wields considerable power and influence due to her intellect, legal training, and network of influential political and corporate figures. The House of Magistrates, the upper house of parliament, will choose her successor unless it amends the constitution in light of Queen Michelle's death or abdication to alter the path to succession or possibly eliminate the monarchy altogether.
History is important in Shaanxi, especially since the monarchy is a reminder of regional history. Xi'an is located near Changan, the capital of the Western Xia Kingdom before it merged with Imperial China over 4,000 years ago. Xi'an then became the imperial capital through numerous dynasties until the capital was moved to Beijing. Shaanxi has engaged in numerous projects to commemorate the culture and heritage of the Western Xia Kingdom and Shaanxi's historical importance within China for the last four millennia. This has also drawn interest and constant overt and shadow activity from arcanoarchaeologists working on behalf of The Atlantean Foundation and the Apep Consortium.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Connections[edit | edit source]
Guanxi (connections) is what is most important in China when it comes to doing business. The strongest guanxi is of course, family. Not just your immediate family (parents and siblings) but also your grandparents, their siblings, the in-laws, and even cousins thrice removed. Make an enemy and you may end up with over a 100 people after you.
Hierarchy[edit | edit source]
In China, hierarchy in society is important as in knowing who is your better. Confucianism strongly influenced Chinese civilization and it was big on every individual knowing their place in society. People keep a virtual social scorecard and maintain a tally in their head as to who scores higher.
Etiquette[edit | edit source]
Among the Chinese, etiquette is important, as in how polite this or that person acts. The Chinese learn pretty early that they are supposed to be courteous to each other. As in being courteous to others even when your ripping them off. There is also the concept of "face" which deals with your honor, reputation, street credibility, and so on. If you screw someone over, it's advisable to give that individual the opportunity to restore his reputation, otherwise you will make an enemy.
Sixth World in Shaanxi[edit | edit source]
Metahumans[edit | edit source]
Though things were not all roses for metahumans when they appeared in China (e.g. parents abandoning ork and troll children), due to cultural factors the Han Chinese were more easily able to accept the emergence of metahumans than people in Japan, India, the Middle East, or some of the more conservative regions and nations in the West (e.g. the Confederation of American States or Spain). The treatment of metahumans is generally likewise better than in most of the world, especially compared to the CAS, Japan, or the Middle East. This is reflected in the Chinese megacorp Wuxing, Inc., their criminal syndicates (Triads), and in both Daoism and Buddhism.
Awakened[edit | edit source]
Magic was embraced by the Chinese relatively easily due to it's acceptance in Daoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism and therefore its reintegration into Chinese society was far easier than it was in the Islamic nations or in most of the Catholic world. The Awakened are favored in Chinese society and the use of magic in society is greater than in the West as demonstrated by Wuxing, Inc., states such as Sichuan and Manchuria, the respect and reverence for dragons, the Triads, or the city of Hong Kong.
Major Cities[edit | edit source]
The national capital is Xi'an, which is a mix of tradition and modernity. It is the seat of government while also serving as a major industrial center within China. However, it also celebrates the cultural heritage that comes from being the imperial capital through various dynasties and also being the gateway to Changan, the capital of the Western Xia Kingdom. Numerous Japanacorps do business in Shaanxi, especially Renraku, Shiawase, and MCT. Ares Macrotechnology also operates in the capital, producing the weapons and armaments for Shaanxi. Wanguo Anbu (Roughly, "Shadow State"), Shaanxi's intelligence agency, operates in Xi'an.
The second largest city is Taiyuan, which is an even larger industrial center than Xi'an. It is focused on massive industrialization efforts involving mining and heavy manufacturing.
Special Locations[edit | edit source]
The Great Wall
The Great Wall extends throughout northern China, but Shaanxi's sections are the most-visited.
Hua Shan Mountain
One of the Five Sacred Mountains of China (represented on Shaanxi's flag), Hua Shan is in the south. Strange magical activities there began with the passage of Halley's Comet, prompting an offensive by Henan and Sichuan that only ended when the great dragon Lung directly intervened. Now the three armies are locked in place, and the mountain is a no man's land.
Tai-Hei Mountain Range
The Tai Hei Mountains, where the Chinese nuclear arsenal exploded in 2017 following a massive earthquake, also forms Shaanxi's border with the Republic of China. This area is contaminated, especially the groundwater, and serves as a buffer against aggressive neighbors of the kingdom.
Tomb of Shih Huang Ti
Shih Huang Ti was the first emperor of China, and the tomb is famous for the army of terracotta soldiers that are found buried with the king. The archaeologists discovered that the tomb was immense, and reproduced in miniature the capital of Changan on 32 square kilometers. Excavations have resumed with the advent of the kingdom of Shaanxi and priceless treasures await to be found there. The Knights of Rage closely monitor the site.
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