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The Sacred Empire of Min-Su

ミンスの聖なる帝国 (Minsunese)

Minsu no seinaru teikoku

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Imperial Seal

Anthem: “Heika no Chisei” (彼の神聖な陛下の治世)

“His Sacred Majesty’s Reign”

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Government Seal

 

Capital: Eriya City

Largest city: Eribi City

National Language: Minsunese

Demonym(s): Minsunese

 

Government: Unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy

Emperor: Min-Su Ren IX

Prime Minister: Shang Minori    

Legislature: Imperial State Congress

Upper House: Noble House of the Senate

Lower House: Noble House of the Representatives

 

Area 

Total: 263,614 km²

Land: 84,132 km²

Water: 179,482 km² 

 

Population

1420 census: 6,662,340

Density: 79.2/km²

 

GDP (PPP) 1420 estimate

Total: $283,375,971,133

Per capita: $42,534

Currency: Minsunese yenji (MU¥)

 

Time zone: IAT+0

 Driving side: right

 Calling code: +2 17

Internet TLD: .mu

 

Min-Su (Minsunese:ミンスの聖なる帝国) is a small sovereign state in Aura, located in the northwestern region of Lavender Island. Eriya is the sacred capital of the country. Eribi is the largest city, and Nanbu is the most populous city; other notable cities are Wuzhen, Erifi, and Dafeng.

Min-Su is one of the least-populated-countries in the world. About one-third of the country's terrain is mountainous, with its population of 6.6 million concentrated on the coastal plains. Min-Su covers 84,132 km² is divided into eight traditional provinces. The Greater Eriya Metro is the most populous metropolitan area in Min-Su, with more than 1.82 million residents. 

After centuries of absolute monarchical rule, the Sacred Emperor drafted the 1330 Imperial State Constitution allowing democracy to flourish under imperial rule. In the 1330 constitution, Min-Su maintains a unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, the Noble State Congress.

Min-Su is a developing country with a national GDP MU¥ 430 billion, led by Agriculture, Tourism, Electronics, and Shipbuilding. It has a GDP per capita of MU¥ 66,153.85.

The country’s namesake is the ancient Gaoist and present ruling-clan, the Min-Su (ミンス) clan. The country is the only predominant Gaoist country in the world. Min-Su is a member of the World Assembly.

 

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ETYMOLOGY

The name for Min-Su in Minsunese is written using the characters ミンス and pronounced Minsu. Before ミンス was adopted in the early 5th-century BF, the country was known in Lavender as Man (マン) and in Min-Su by the endonym Manuso. Minsu, the traditional reading of the characters, is favored for official uses, including on banknotes and postage stamps.

 

HISTORY

PRE-CLASSICAL PERIOD

According to legend, Emperor Ren I (grandson of Gao) founded a kingdom in the southeastern region of Lavender island, beginning a continuous imperial line.

Under Sacred Emperor (S. Emp.) Shen (387-349 BF), the Phoenix Reform in 379 BF

The far-reaching Phoenix Reforms in 379 BF nationalized all land in Min-Su, to be distributed equally among cultivators, and ordered the compilation of a household registry as the basis for a new system of taxation. Further administrative reforms followed which culminated with the promulgation of the Senjo Code, which consolidated existing statutes and established the structure of the central and subordinate local governments. These legal reforms created the senchiha state, a system of a centralized imperial government that remained in place until the 1330 Imperial State Constitution. 

CLASSICAL PERIOD

In 347 BF, Sacred Empress Wei built the sacred city of Eriya, the capital of the empire and the seat of Gaoism. S. Empress Wei was the first female monarch of the country and ruled for over 62 years, the longest serving female monarch.

In 255 BF, S. Emp. Ren III was assassinated by the Gu clan of the north. His heir, S. Empress Min-Su Wei Zifu waged war against the traitorous Gu clan. She died after 18 years in her reign due to illness and was succeeded by his son, S. Emp. Ren IV.

In 76 BF, the S. Empress Consort Feiyan took up the role of regent for nine-years. Her rule is notable for strengthening the agricultural sector with canals and drainage systems. She abdicated the throne in 67 BF in favor of her son, Crown Prince Xuandi.                                         

MODERN ERA

In 119 AF, trade between Min-Su and the Auran mainland blossomed with the Eribi-Aura Trade Route. 

After centuries of absolute monarchical rule, S Emp. Kang drafted the 1330 Imperial State Constitution in favor of introducing democracy under imperial rule. This ended the thousand-year Senchiha state of governance. Following the draft, the first election was organized and Makoto Kobayashi, an attorney, won the first seat.

In the 1330 constitution, Min-Su maintains a unitary parliamentary semi-constitutional monarchy with a bicameral legislature, the Noble State Congress.

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Imperial State Constitution of 1330

 

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GOVERNMENT

Min-Su is a unitary state and semi-constitutional monarchy in which the power of the Emperor possesses administrative and political power in his own rights, and is the head of Gaoism. Executive power is wielded by the Prime Minister of Min-Su and their Cabinet, whose “sovereignty” is vested in the Japanese people. Ren IX is the Sacred Emperor of Min-Su, having succeeded his father Min-Su Di upon his accession to the Phoenix Throne in 1388.

Min-Su's legislative organ is the Imperial State Congress, a bicameral parliament. It consists of a lower Noble House of Representatives with 32 seats, elected by popular vote every three years or when dissolved, and an upper Noble House of the Senate with 17 seats, whose popularly-elected members serve six-year terms. There is universal suffrage for adults over 18 years of age. The prime minister as the head of government has the power to appoint and dismiss Noble Ministers of State, and is appointed by the sacred emperor after being designated from among the members of the State Congress. Sheng Minori is Min-Su's prime minister; he took office after winning the 1420 United Min-Su Alliance leadership election.

Historically influenced by Gaoist religious law, the Minsunese legal system developed independently during the Pre-Classical period through the Phoenix Reforms in 379 BF. Since the 370s BF, the judicial system has been largely based on religious Gaoist laws . In 375 BF, Min-Su established a civil code, the Senjo Code, which remained in effect till the democratization of the empire in 1330. The Imperial State Constitution of Min-Su, adopted in 1330 was drafted by the late Sacred Emperor Kang. Statutory law originates in the legislature, and the constitution requires that the emperor to promulgate legislation passed by the State Congress and gives him the power to oppose legislation. The main body of Minsunese statutory law is called the Six Codes. The Minsunese court system is divided into four basic tiers: the Supreme Court and three levels of lower courts.

The capital city of Min-Su is Eriya and the largest is Eribi City, both within the single urban area of Metro Eriya. The most populous city is Nanbu in Sumetsu province.

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ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Min-Su is divided into eight provinces, each overseen by an elected governor and legislature. The eight provinces are Oyama, Sumetsu, Misato, Buzhan, Nagomi, Chen, Chihaya, and Kiso. As of the 1420 census, Oyama is the most-populous and most densely populated province with 1.82 million.

In the State Local Government Code of 1331, a local government unit (LGU) can take the form of a province, a county, a city, a municipality, or a district. All LGUs have local legislatures and local chief executives (governor, administrator, mayor, or district head) that are elected by popular vote.

Min-Su is divided into four levels of administrative divisions with the lower three being defined in the State Local Government Code of 1331 as local government units (LGUs). They are, from the highest to the lowest:

Provinces (Minsunese: 州), mostly used to organize state services.

County (Minsunese: 郡), mostly used to divide a province into three or two parts.

Independent cities, Component cities, and Municipalities within a provincial district.

Districts (Minsunese: 区域) within a city or municipality.                  

 

Rank Province Area Code Total Population Seat Seat Population
1 OYAMA 21701 1,824,180 Eriya City 435,483
2 SUMETSU 21702 1,156,481 Nanbu City 593,382
3 MISATO 21703 998,621 Wuzhen City 327,498
4 BUZHAN 21704 862,541 Erifi City 268,465
5 NAGOMI 21705 586,521 Meiwa City 208,456
6 CHEN 21706 435,045 Nakawa City 198,157
7 CHIHAYA 21707 398,462 Jimo City 174,182
8 KISO 21708 400,489 Dafeng City 157,319

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MILITARY

Min-Su maintains a large and technologically advanced military, mainly acting as defense, patrol, and international peacekeeping forces. 

The Imperial Armed Forces of Min-Su (IAFM) consist of three branches: the Imperial Minsunese Air Force, the Imperial Minsunese Army, and the Imperial Minsunese Navy. The Imperial Armed Forces of Min-Su are a volunteer force. Civilian security is handled by the Imperial Minsunese State Police under the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). As of 1420, $8.217 or 11.03 percent of GDP is spent on military forces. 

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Military Seal

 

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DEMOGRAPHICS

Min-Su has a population of 6.6 million, of which 98% million are Minsunese nationals (1420 estimates). A small population of foreign residents makes up the remainder. In 1419, 2/3 of the total Minsunese population lived in cities. The capital city Eriya has a population of 435,483 (1420). It is part of the Greater Eriya Metro (GEM), the biggest metropolitan area in Min-Su with 1.82 million people (1420).

Immigration and birth incentives are becoming prominently solution to provide younger workers to support the nation's future problem of an aging population. On April 1, 1419, Min-Su's revised immigration law was enacted, protecting the rights of foreign workers to help reduce labor shortages in certain sectors.

RELIGION

Min-Su's constitution guarantees full religious freedom. Upper estimates suggest that 89-96 percent of the Minsunese population subscribe to Gaoism as its indigenous religion. The level of participation in religious ceremonies as a cultural tradition remains high, especially during festivals and occasions such as the first shrine visit of the New Year. Ancient Gaoism have also influenced Minsunese beliefs, customs, and legal-system.

Gaoism, is an ancient religion centered on the belief of the primordial phoenix, Gao, the offspring of Duality. Religious texts and dogma states that from Chaos came Singularity, and from Singularity came Duality, and from Duality came Gao, the primordial entity of creation, death, and rebirth. From Gao came the Five Origins and the Myriad Things. Gao appears as a brilliant gold phoenix which in tradition travels around the edge of the universe creating Myriad Things.

Humanity came into existence as a result of Gao using his inherited abilities from Duality to create the Myriad Things. And the Sacred Emperor is by tradition, religious customs and dogma, to be the physical embodiment of Gao's presence. He is the prime origin and humanity's bridge to Gao. Deifying Gao began prior to the founding of the Min-Su Clan.

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LANGUAGES

Minsunese writing uses cangi (Ancient Gaoist characters) and two sets of cana (syllabaries based on cursive script and radical of cangi), as well as the Latin alphabet and Arabic numerals. English instruction was made mandatory in Japanese elementary schools in 1401. Cangi developed from ancient Gaoist characters.

EDUCATION

Primary schools, secondary schools and universities were introduced in 1172 as a result of the Bright Minds Revolution. Since the 1330 Fundamental Law of Education or the Universal Education Law, compulsory education in Min-Su comprises elementary and junior high school, which together last for ten years. Almost all children continue their education at a two-year senior high school. The two top-ranking universities in Min-Su are the University of the East (UE) and Eriya State University (ESU). Starting in April 1416, various schools began the academic year with elementary school and junior high school integrated into one ten-year compulsory schooling program; MEXT plans for this approach to be adopted nationwide.

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HEALTH

Health care is provided by national and local governments. Payment for personal medical services is offered through a universal health insurance system that provides relative equality of access, with fees set by a government committee. People without insurance through employers can participate in a national health insurance program administered by local governments. Since 1350, all elderly persons have been covered by government-sponsored insurance. 

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POLITICS

The politics of Min-Su are conducted in a framework of a multi-party bicameral parliamentary representative democratic semi-constitutional monarchy in which the Emperor is the Head of State, with political and administrative powers, and the Noble Prime Minister as the Head of Government and of the Noble Cabinet, which directs the executive branch. 

Legislative power is vested in the Noble State Congress, which consists of the Noble House of the Senate and the Noble House of the Representatives. The Noble House of the Senate consists of 16 members and the Noble House of Representatives has 42 members.

Judicial power is vested in the Supreme Imperial Court and lower courts, and sovereignty is vested in the Minsunese people by the Constitution. Min-Su is considered a semi-constitutional monarchy with a system of civil law.

 

CONSTITUTION

The Imperial State Constitution of Min-Su was drafted by Sacred Emperor Min-Su Kang on the first hour of the new year of 1330. It was promulgated on 2 January 1330 and coming into effect on 20 January 1330. The constitution succeeded the century-old Senchiha State, the Gaoist-inspired legal-system and constitution implemented since 375 BF after the Phoenix Reform of 379 BF.

The 1330 Constitution established clear limits on the power of the executive branch and the Sacred Emperor. It also created an independent judiciary. Civil rights and civil liberties were allowed, though they were freely subject to limitation by law. Free speech, freedom of association and freedom of religion were all limited by laws. The leaders of the government, politicians, and the judges were left with the task of interpreting the laws using the 1330 Constitution to justify imperial sovereignty and democracy. 

 

GOVERNMENT

The 1330 Constitution defines the Sacred Emperor to be "the symbol of the State, religious head, and of the unity of the people". He performs ceremonial duties, administrative, and political power. "Political power" is held mainly by the Prime Minister and other elected members of the State Congress. The Imperial Throne is succeeded by a member of the Imperial House as designated by the Imperial Household Law.

The chief of the executive branch, the Prime Minister, is appointed by the Emperor as the chosen representative of His Sacred Majesty in the government. They are a member of either house of the State Congress and must be a civilian. The Cabinet members are nominated by the Prime Minister, and are also required to be civilian. With the United Minsunese Alliance (UMA) in power, it has been convention that the President of the party serves as the Prime Minister.

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LEGISLATURE 

The 1330 constitution states that the State Congress, its law-making institution, shall consist of two Houses, namely the Noble House of the Senate and the Noble House of the Representatives. The State Congress shall be the highest organ of state power, and shall be the sole law-making organ of the State. It states that both Houses shall consist of elected members, representative of all the people and that the number of the members of each House shall be fixed by law. Both houses pass legislation in identical form for it to become law. Similarly to other parliamentary systems, most legislation that is considered in the State Congress is proposed by the cabinet. The cabinet then relies on the expertise of the bureaucracy to draft actual bills. 

The Noble Senate has legislative mandate to control the passage of the budget, the ratification of treaties, and the selection of the Prime Minister. Members of the Noble Senate are elected for a six-year term limited to three-terms. Half of the members are elected every three years. They are elected from two senatorial seats allocated to each province as stated in the constitution. 

The lower house, the Noble House of Representatives duties are to drafts bills and are sent to the Noble Senate. Members of the lower house are elected for three-year terms from the two allocated congressional seats from each county.

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Political parties and Election

Several political parties exist in Min-Su. However, the politics of Japan have primarily been dominated by the United Minsunese Alliance (UMA), an imperialist-aligned party since 1330,  with the Social Democratic Party (SODEP) playing an important role as opposition several times. The UMA was the ruling party for decades since 1330, despite the existence of multiple parties. Most of the prime ministers were elected from inner factions of the UMA.

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FOREIGN RELATIONS

Min-Su is a member state of the World Assembly. Min-Su attaches great importance to economic, trade, and mutual defense treaties among its neighbors. 

As of November 1421, Min-Su is a signatory of the Multinational Working Group Regarding Passport Security and Travel Document Standards (MWG). The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the four new passports that follows eMRTD standards. 

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