Imperial China
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Ruler Emperor Pao
Capital Nanjing, China

Mysterious and large, China remains a thorn in the colonialist powers palm as one of the few great powers in the world that can fend off an direct attack. China has, over the year, employed both science and mysticism to keep itself from becoming just another Euro-Unity state. The Great Wall of Element Air keeps the Armée de l'Air's finest from dominating the sky. The Great Wall of Element Air is both mad science and strategic brilliance, the former in the form of huge land based wind turbines that create dangerous amounts of turbulence and unrest in the sky, the latter in well placed battery guns and near endless rows of cheaply produced fighters.

The Great Wall of Element Air was also the final piece to Emperor Pao's plans for the downfall of the People's Republic and the rise of the Empire of Heaven. With his near unapproachable capital and the massive legion of loyal fighter pilots his span and control have increased so far as to take land from Russia's old territory. Emperor Pao's reign has also brought back many old traditions, including the belief in mystical powers and the consult of oracles and mystics.

Courted by Great Britain as a possible ally against Korean intrusion, the Chinese have so far declined to exert any major influence in global affairs, slowly expanding its interests in Tibet and solidifying its power against French incursions from French Indochina. Emperor Pao and his court evacuated Beijing after the disastrous Midnight Raid of Beijing in 1928 by Korean troops when Korean geomancers managed to exploit a weakness in the Great Wall of Element Air. With much of Beijing looted and in ruin, the court has been relocated to Nanjing, where the Qing Court is gradually being swamped by Han Chinese courtiers now that their homeland in Manchuria is largely cut off and devastated. Only through Emperor Pao's adept political abilities has the Qing Dynasty survived their most recent tribulations.

Efforts to claim French Indochina in 1934 have failed catastrophically when the French and Korean forces entered an alliance of convenience that resulted not only in critical losses to the Chinese army but the loss of key possessions in the immediate area following the armistice. Border tensions between the French and the Chinese remain, with the Koreans seemingly entering a period of 'imperial digestion' and seeming to let the French deal with Chinese incursions into Indochina alone. The shifting desert of Manchuria reflect the nature of the Manchurian border - while an armistice is intact, the Chinese have sought to push back the Great Wall of Element Air back to Beijing, claimed by the Koreans but largely abandoned and under control of marauding Mongolian and Manchurian warlords no longer under the sway of the Qing court.

  • Nanjing - The current capital of Imperial China. Emperor Pao holds court here.
  • Shanghai - The sizable Korean population after the abdication of Emperor Gojong gives Shanghai a distinctive, modern, Westernized aesthetic. It is one of the industrial centers of China. It is also the base of operations for the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea.
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