T'ien
T'ien
天國
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location in Shao-Wei
Capital Dong Jin
Largest City Dong Jin
Demonym Tienese
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Common Languages Shao

The State of T'ien Guó (Shao: 天國), sometimes referred to as the Heavenly Kingdom, is the dominant superpower unifying Shao-Wei.

The opulent nation of T'ien is regarded as an enigma by most, for the thriving coastal nation’s prosperity is due in no small part to the wisdom and impartiality of the rulers who have overseen it for nearly 3,000 years—a dynasty of sovereign dragons in human form. The influence of draconic heritage can be seen in almost every facet of T'ien, from its stunning architecture to its merciless justice system, and rule under the Dragon King is nothing if not impartial.

The people of T'ien are split into thousands of different clans organized by regional affinity instead of race or ethnicity—and in fact, nagaji and wayangs often exist in the same clans as humans without significant conflict or prejudice. Each of these clans specializes in certain trades or industrial ventures. Mining is an important fixture of T'ien’s economy, and clans of prospectors are abundant in the Kim Loai Hills to the northwest. Fishing and other marine endeavors are also profitable, and the nation is renowned for its superb pearls and finely constructed warships. T'ien prides itself on its expertly trained military both at land and sea, and the so-called Dragon’s Teeth comprise tens of thousands of draftees who would die to defend their country. While punishment for misdeeds in T'ien is harsh (usually taking the form of either death, disfigurement, or conscription), the dragon-masked judges who deliver such chastisements are renowned for their incorruptibility.

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History


Government


The official head of the government is the Emperor, but in practice everyday affairs of state are handled by the Chancellor, who executes the Emperor's decrees, oversees the bureaucracy and controls the information that reaches the emperor's ears. The Wu Jen is the Emperor's official court wizard, who advises the Emperor's policies with divinations and deals with magical threats.

The government is composed of eight ministries: State, War, Magic, Faith, Sea, Agriculture, Public Works and State Security. It is a meritocratic system; every year the Civil Service Examination holds examinations to test candidates for government jobs.

The Forbidden City within Dong Jin is a walled compound which contains the Imperial Palace and the halls of government. Only governmental staff are allowed inside during the day, and during the night only the royal family and their domestic staff may remain; trespassers are punished by death.

The nobility of T'ien is much weaker than those of most nations. They have less power than government ministers, and their private armies are kept small by law. They constantly scheme to wrest more power from the priesthood and bureaucrats.

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