Foundation: Borang Bakufu 1715-Date (T194)
- Kenehold in Dajarra (1770-date)
- Sakuma (1715-1770)
Religion: Oroist (Oceanic Pagan)
Successor state to the Naipon-Austral Empire, the Borang Bakufu was founded in the aftermath of the political and military turmoil (1703-1710) that accompanied the founding of the Supreme Primacy of Oro.
After an uneasy peace, the Borang Bakufu allied with the Javan Empire and the Supreme Primacy of Oro to bring down the remains of the Naipon-Austral Empire and make the Borang Bakufu the dominant power on the mainland of Austral.
To be written.
Naipon-Austral Empire: Efforts were taken in the north to restore direct imperial control over the lands lost in the religious disturbance, to some effect. An attempt by General Yalu to conquer the 'freemen' of Borang was a disaster as the local daimyo rallied together and severely mauled his division of heavy cavalry. Yalu barely made it back to Dajarra alive.
Naipon-Austral Empire: The problem of the ‘rebel lords’ of Pechua, Windoorah and Borang had not gone away, however, and now those rascals took the inertia of the central government to heart and raided the provinces of Ilweah, Eromagna and Wallaroo to their heart’s content. The governors of those provinces wailed and gnashed their teeth, but with the vigorous Ashira dead, there was no one to help them. Now they too began to grumble
Borang Bakufu: The Borang, in the aftermath of their victories at Sumandake and Mimuroyama, found themselves the masters of a greatly expanded domain. So much chaos and confusion afflicted the rest of the Empire that many lords pledged tribute to them for protection against the vicissitudes of the cruel world. Kahin is lord of Borang, Windoorah, Ahar-Pacu, Dajarra, Teatoora, Pookoora, Yila, Tih-ar-dha and Ilweah.
Naipon-Austral Empire: Undaunted by the general malaise that seemed to affect his countrymen, or the public humiliation of the rebellious Borang lords, Bokokaru continued to strengthen and improve his nation. The army was shuffled, too, and attacks launched in the north (by the Camoweal and Sasaki daimyo against Borang) and in the south (by General Yalu against Pechua).
The campaign in the north went thusly: the two daimyo marched their armies south through Ilweah and into Borang. There they found the countryside empty the people fled. They marched around for a bit, burning towns and ranches, before the combined armies of Borang and Windoorah swept up from the south and smacked into the northern lords at Sumandake. Sadly for the Empire, the martial prowess of the Sasaki and Camoweal lords was sorely lacking and they were wiped out in less than three hours of battle. Armed with captured Sasaki field pieces, the ‘rebel lords’ then turned west into Dajarra.
The first repercussion of Sumandake was the loss of the province of Camoweal and the city of Sasaki from the Empire. The second was that the lords of Dajarra, faced with a strong ‘rebel’ army, repudiated their allegiance to Gezu. Fortified by this diplomatic victory, the ‘rebels’ pressed south into Teatoora (another marginal province) and convinced those lords to abandon Gezu as well.
Meanwhile, General Yalu had been marching south this whole time and had reached the forested border of Pechua about the time that the northern rebels were coming before the walls of Kenehold. Undaunted by the towering mountain ranges or the thick bosque, he and his men plunged in, eager to come to grips with the rascally Pechuan brigands. Despite a scrappy fight, the woodsmen were no match for Yalu’s professional army and the province was subdued. Unfortunately, the maintenance of some rule of Pechua proved quite expensive in men and Yalu left with a much smaller army than he had started with.
Still, the northern rebels were making a bee-line for the capital, so Yalu hustled his men back to Nokama in time to receive dispatches from the governor of Maree indicating that he was running for his life. Boulia (another marginal province) had also been lost. Reinforced by the Emperor himself, Yalu deployed across the Great North Road in northern Nokama province, near the courier station of Mimuroyama.
Gezu and Yalu commanded just over 12,000 men and the ‘rebel’ lords of Borang and Windoorah (supplemented by gangs of ronin from Dajarra, Teatoora and Boulia), brought over 22,000 bandits against them. The general, viewing the enemy through field glasses, remarked "there seem to be a few of the buggers." Despite the desparity in number and horsemen, Yalu was confident. His guns outnumbered the bandit’s stolen artillery by over five to one.
The Imperials drew up on some rising ground and held it as wave after wave of bandits stormed up against them. The ‘rebels’ tried to flank the right side of the Imperial line, but the Shonto Horse Guards, backed by the new light wheeled field guns, threw back two massive charges of the more traditionally armed samurai. The Imperial losses were heavy, though, for the ‘rebels’ were tenacious and it was bloody work along the ridgeline. During the night, Gezu and Yalu attempted to extricate their army to the south, but failed and the next morning, new battle brewed up on the flats south of the Road.
The second day was a long, drawn-out disaster for the Imperials. They tried to fall back in moving square while fending off ‘rebel’ attacks from all quarters. The rebel artillery chewed away at the lines of men, and rebel horsemen showered arrows and pistol shot into their ranks. At the end of the day, as the last Imperials fell, Yalu broke out of the circling ‘rebel’ horse with his Shonto Guards leaving Gezu in the trap! and fled to the walls of Iten.
The Emperor was taken captive by the Borang, who delighted to toss his body upon their lances. Things didn’t get better after that. Yalu ensconced himself in Iten and forced a marriage to princess Jana (Bokokaru’s daughter) but was then murdered by poison at the end of 1716. Nearly every great lord proclaimed himself shogun, though only Admiral Galaru had any troops to enforce his will. The fleet, which had stayed neutral during Yalu’s brief tenure in the capital, backed the Admiral, who then seized Jana for himself.
The Borang and the others, meanwhile, rampaged around the southlands, sacking and looting everything they could get their hands on before wandering back north. Foul smokes and the wailing of the dispossessed and homeless filled the air. Beyond the provinces that clamored to join the Borang banner; Resperache, Penong and Okisaka, Geelong, Murrumi, Pilbarra and Temora all revolted outright upon learning of Gezu’s death and then Yalu’s. It was another dark episode in the long, grueling history of Austral.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin attempted to acquire some mercenaries to assist him, but his efforts were foiled by the vastly deeper warchest of the Australs. Regardless of this he issued orders to raise new regiments of cavalry and to prepare for a new phase of the war against the ancient and corrupt empire. He prepared to march his men south, towards Windoorah, where other patriots were massing.
While Kahin went south, his son Toho rode north to Sasaki port in Camoweal. There the prince was met with guarded courtesy and arrangements were discussed with the daimyo. Too, the prince met on a deserted beach with representatives of a power that provided him with many chests of fine gold and silver coin. With these funds, the Bakufu could pay many men and build many guns. Toho’s secondary mission to inspire the Aanx and the Eha-Rana to revolt found both of those provinces still loyal to the Empire.
In Sakuma, the departure of the Borang army was delayed when the Yilan musketeers mutinied declaring their allegiance for the Empire. An attempt on the daimyo’s life barely failed and Kahin was forced to besiege them in their own barracks, a gruesome episode that contributed to rioting and wide-spread unrest in the capital. After two months of struggle, however, he had suppressed the insurrection and was able to take to the road south.
Naipon-Austral Empire: Gularu Te was in no mood to coddle these latest rebels he issued orders to raise a whole new army and allowed his ministers to use all means to bring about their ruin. These were brave words, but they did not prevent a Borang kommando from blowing up part of the Imperial Offices in Iten, killing many officials and clerks. The shadow war was soon quite fierce, as assassinations and murders of supporters of both sides became commonplace.
While men fought and died in darkness, Gularu Te attempted to father an heir on the youthful princess Jana, but she died in complications of childbirth and he was denied. Now his eye turned upon the even younger princess Mariko, but she was only eleven years old too young for his plans.
While the Austral army did not take the field as such, its agents were very busy lord Asquelu made his way to Kenehold where Austral gold and his quick wit forestalled an effort by the Borang to ally with that powerful daimyo. Similar efforts managed to keep the Camoweal on the sidelines.
Unfortunately, a pro-Borang noble seized lord Laharu in the company of a large sum of coin as he was passing through Boulia and the spy was packed off to Sakuma to rot in a cell. All his gold went with him, too. Finally, a contigent of mercenaries under the command of Gemish Huorn marched south out of Iruka in Aanx to pillage the northern Borang dominions.
Kahin and his Borang troops, thanks to the mutiny had only managed to march as far south as Ahar-Pacu, so he quickly swung east and crossed into Tih-Ar-Dha to reinforce the lord of that land. With the help of the wily native scouts, the mercenaries were trapped against the sea and faced with twice their numbers Gemish Huorn raised the white flag. He was packed off to Java or someplace to count the gold he had received from the Austral.
Kahin, at this point eager to remove the enemy enclave in his rear, overran Eha-Rana and Aanx (including Iruka, which had no walls). Kahin continued on into Camoweal, where his presence and the shadow of his army convinced the city fathers of Sasaki that paying him tribute was in their far best interest! The Austral agent there managed to escape arrest, however.
Finally, in the south, the daimyo of Windoorah (a staunch ally of the Borang) stormed through the Austral provinces of Paramata, Eromagna and Erhos, putting the fear of Borang arms into the hearts of the nobles there. Under this threat, the Paramatans and Eromagnans repudiated (to an extent) their allegiance to Gularu Te.
Borang Bakufu: An accommodation reached with the Austral, Kahin marched his army to Teatoora and set up a semi-permanent capital there though it was really just a collection of tents and clapboard buildings. As it happened the truce did hold (rather shocking really) and the Borang expended prodigious effort to solidify the network of alliances that supported the Bakufu. The death of the rather young daimyo of Windoorah was unexpected, but it did allow Kahin to extend his personal protection to the daimyo’s widow.
Prince Toho managed to finagle a marriage to the lady San, daughter of the duke of Dajarra, swinging that critical province fully into the sphere of the Borang. The old Capital, however, remained recalcitrant behind its massive walls. The rural knights might bow to a jumped up barbarian, but not the patricians of Kenehold!
Borang Bakufu: The Bakufu, after an exchange of notes with the Australs, agreed to release their captive Laharu and send him home. Otherwise, they were quite industrious, expanding the city of Sasaki and making considerable improvements in the provinces of Ilweah and the town of Kenehold.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin spent ’25 and ’26 in constant negotiation with the daimyo that supported his rule. Many dynastic arrangements were made with the great lords and, by force of will, he consolidated much of his rule. The beginnings of a regular military were achieved as the feudal guards of the landowners were integrated into the Bakufu army.
The lord of Pookoora reported that the Australs had entered the province of Boulia, marching along the shore of the great salt lake. When his knights rode to investigate, however, they found that the Australs had departed into the Red Wasteland. Fearful of the strange spirits that haunted the deep desert, they did not pursue.
A similar expedition into the Red Center, mounted by Jotaro Himotoma, failed and a later party found the scattered gear and bones of the explorer. The tribes and weather in the interior seemed to be getting fiercer.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin was busying himself with the construction of new irrigation canals in Borang when he received news of war.
The Australs, despite the treaty and international pressure to ‘play nicely together’ had launched a two pronged invasion of the Bakufu. The daimyo mustered his samurai, sending message riders out in all directions. This foolishness would stop! The citizens of the Bakufu, meanwhile, were overjoyed to learn that the troubles between Java and the Primate of Oro had been resolved, and flocked to the Shark Temples in ever greater numbers.
Naipon-Austral Empire: At the direction of the Empress Jana, the Austral military once more roused itself for war. Many notables in the realm pleaded with the Empress to wait, to let the army recover from the last string of defeats, but she would not listen. Foreign ambassadors at her court in Iten, learning of the plan, also urged her to accept peace. She would not.
General Orotai, therefore, marched north with an army of seven thousand regulars, along with the remains of the Imperial Guard. His force lunged into Boulia from Alice Springs, where it was intercepted by the Borang daimyo Kahin, as well as general Pah and the prince of Sasaki. They commanded a force of no less than 38,000 men. Orotai’s invasion was smashed, his army cut to ribbons and the few captives were glad to give their parole to Kahin that they might live.
Most of a year passed, and Pah and the Sasaki prince had gone on to other business, when a second Austral army arrived from the south this one commanded by lord Dijouri and massing just over 11,000 men. Kahin expressed disbelief to his scouts, but led the army out to deal with this latest incursion. This time the struggle was fiercer, for the Austral samurai with Dijouri were half-mad with shame and grief. They died bravely in a fierce melee with the Borang regulars.
Jana was not pleased and had some of her advisors executed.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin, feeling secure in his latest peace arrangements with Austral, took the army out maneuvers in Borang, to keep them in shape.
His son, Toho, was busy in Kenehold, siring a daughter, Omoe, by princess San. A town, Ahadoora, was also established on the island of Timor. Despite the noisy presence of a whole gang of Oroist basho in Tih-Ar-Dha, the Bakufu embassy managed to establish excellent relations with the local daimyo. Unfortunately, the prince of Sasaki (who was part of the embassy) was attacked in a geisha-house in the largest town and cut down. The attackers escaped, though Kahin has vowed (while taking over direct administration of Sasaki) to hunt down the assailants.
Kahin’s marching about in Borang was interrupted in early 1729 by the arrival of a secret embassy from the south. Much to the surprise of the daimyo, the Austral agents offered him large sums to betray his own nation and join Empress Jana. He refused outraged that anyone would think he would bow to the southern woman, much less betray his vassals.
Angered, he then marched his army south, intending to punish the Australs for this latest temerity.
Naipon-Austral Empire: The Shogun continued to plot and intrigue against the Borang. She could not stand the thought of their indipendence from her rule. Many agents were dispatched to plague the northern warlords. Unfortunately, only some of her plans bore fruit General Orotai, for example, was killed in a gun battle with Boulian samurai, while he attempted to escape from a failed effort to suborn their ruler.
Her diplomatic efforts, fueled by substantial amounts of cash, saw a better result. Relations with the Maree were restored to a friendly footing and the Penongi stopped shooting at her embassies.
Kahin, however, was out of patience and he struck south with his army in late 1729, marching across the frontier into Eromagna. The locals, unwilling to test themselves against his army, paid him off and declared themselves ‘enemies of Austral’. The daimyo, emboldened, marched on, into Erhos, which he garrisoned. Finally, he swung around the mountains into Maree.
The Marite daimyo welcomed the northern lord (despite having taken considerable sums from Jana’s embassy) and pledged friendship. Satisfied, Kahin retired to the north. The Marites shook their heads and went back to minding their own business.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin, lending a hand where he could to the fight in the north, dispatched several convoys of ships laden with dried beef.
As it turned out, even with the support of the Shark Priests, there was nothing that could stop the harvests and cattle-round up from being very poor. Beyond the dimming sun, the Borang lands were afflicted by vast clouds of locusts that ate up all the hay, the grass, grain and everything else they could light upon a bleak time portended for the daimyo’s tent-government.
Once the Shark Priests had posted their ban upon Empress Jana, Kahin began marching south with a powerful army (now reinforced by new levies and the Shark Knights Oroist samurai monks). Prince Toho remained at home, though his efforts to begat some more children met with dismal failure and the death of his wife.
Supreme Primacy of Oro: The priests of the Shark God, with heavy hearts, issued an edict from the great pyramid of Fukuzawa to all the Oroist lands, particularly those in the south, under the domain of the Austral:
It is with a heavy heart that we must take drastic action, unfortunately that is what is called for. We don’t like to punish the faithful that have been seduced by the evil that now possesses the world but that is what has happened, and we must begin to end the debauchery that will surely ensue should they be allowed to continue. We therefore issue this writ of Excommunication against Jana queen (ex-queen) of Nippon Austral and all of the leaders who remain faithful to her and her heresy.
This writ of Excommunication is issued for crimes against fellow Oroists in particular, and the rest of Humanity in general. Specifically, for consorting with the ice demons that now infest the World and are encroaching upon the Warmlands of the Oro Faithful.
For plotting with the Ice Lord cults that infest the lands of Austral, Borang, and Java, bringing with them corruption, dissention and frozen decay.
Giving aid and succor to the Ice demons within her realm and for inciting the Faithful within Java to attack their Holy father and the most holy lands of the Oro, with the intention to drive a wedge of distrust between the faithful of Java and their Holy Father.
For attacks against The Borang Bakufu for the sole purpose of creating Chaos within the lands of the Oro, one of the last remaining centers of resistance against their unholy masters the "Ice Lords"
In addition to this Writ, We wish to acknowledge Borang as the Temporal arm and protector of the Primacy of Oro. with that any of the faithful within the realms of the heretic Jana who wish to will be rid of the contagion of Jana’s heresy should claim allegiance to the crown of Borang as your sovereign as well as reaffirming your faith to the Shark God. ~ Te Arau
This word, delivered to a faithful who greatly loved the Shark Priest Te Arau, was like a hammerblow to the Austral people and nobility! Coupled with sudden invasions from land and sea, it threatened to topple Jana and bring her realm down in ruin.
Late in ’31, the citizens of Fukuzawa were treated to a visit by a pair of Albanian East India Company warships (big, four-decked men-of-war), who stayed for a time, trying to establish new trade and mercantile agreements in the holy city.
Naipon-Austral Empire: Jana, pressured by the demands of the Borang, agreed to send them a reparation of several wagonloads of gold. However, soon after the embassy had departed for the north, she received word from her spies that Java, Borang and the Shark Priests were conspiring against her. Furious, the Empress mewed herself up in Iten and purged her supporters. A blood-bath ensued in the streets of the city, as mobs of citizens loyal to the Shark God battled with her troops. At the same time, the Borang army was approaching from the north.
The rioters were crushed, unable to withstand the artillery of the Imperial Guards though the streets ran red with blood and the corpses of the common people filled the sewers with a tangle of limbs and broken bodies. All this was too much for Hassan, the admiral of the fleet, and he led a coup against Jana in middle ’31. Bursting into the palace, his marines gunned down Jana’s guards and the Empress herself was hacked to bits and her body hung on the walls of the palace. Hasan then declared himself Emperor.
His reign, acclaimed by the fleet and some of the army regiments in the city, was short. Jana’s son Moke, who had just reached his majority, ambushed the admiral in the harbor as Hassan went to confer with his captains. Stunned by the swift turn of events, the fleet captains and the regimental commanders agreed to make Moke Emperor. All this occurred the day before the Borang army arrived before the gates of the city.
Izurayama Kahin, commanding the combined force, demanded the unconditional surrender of Iten and the Austral government. Moke, despite being besieged, refused. "My mother’s mad rule has been cast down! I am a friend of the Sun and an enemy of the Ice where is your just war? You seek only to seize my patrimony and enslave my people!"
Kahin answered the boy’s brave speech with a rumble of artillery. Shells plunged into the city, shattering houses and starting a fire. Then the Borang settled in to build a ring of fortifications around the city and to wait for the Javan fleet.
While the capital shuddered under the Borang bombardment, things in the provinces were not much better. The harvests had failed, leading to widespread starvation and famine. The excommunication of Jana had led to factional violence between her supporters and those who followed the Shark Priests then a rich placer deposit of gold was discovered in Pechua and there was a mad scramble for riches. The provinces of Pechua, Parmata, Penong and Maree abandoned all ties to the crumbling central authority.
The Javan fleet arrived in late ’31 and the siege of Iten began in earnest. They found the city completely encircled on land, but the harbor still open. As they approached, the Austral fleet sortied protecting a huge number of transports laden with women, children, old people all of the citizens in the city. The Javan battle cruisers swung into line of battle, then opened fire. A flickering blast of flame leapt out over the water and a great roar of cannon echoed against the walls of the city. Heedless of ships bursting into flame, or shattering as Javan shells ripped across their decks, the Australs charged ahead, trying to break for the open sea.
On shore, Moke watched, sick with fear, from the walls of the city. Despite the pleas of his commanders, he had remained behind to command the last defense of Iten. Despite incredible heroism on the part of the Austral fleet captains, they were unable to break away from the Javan squadrons. Within hours the Austral fleet was burning to the waterline, or captured, or already sunk.
Within days, the siege of Iten proper was underway. The army of Oro had massed over 66,000 men to bring down the Austral capital held by Moke and a little more than nine thousand Imperial troops. Four weeks of constant bombardment followed, then assaults all along the city wall. The Austral regiments, battered by riot, insurrection and then this treacherous attack, broke. Ak Tsenaru, commander of the western approaches, surrendered his command. Moke and his partisans fought on, but were quickly overwhelmed. The Emperor, though wounded, did manage to escape from the burning city.
Kahin entered in triumph, proclaiming himself the rightful Shogun of Austral and was anointed so by the Shark Priests in attendance. His election was acclaimed by thunderous cheers by the Oroist, Borang and Javan troops. Kahin’s plan to seize the Austral government, however, had failed. The clerks, ministers and librarians had been aboard the refugee fleet that the Javans had sunk. This did not disturb the Javan sailors, however, who reaped a fine harvest for the Skullmaster by diving to the wrecks.
Despite this disappointment, Kahin spent the rest of ’32 campaigning in Tarcoola and Iriadh, where he captured the cities of Hyogo and Pocara. Moke, now a heretic and rebel against the new Shogun, eventually surfaced in Kôsan on the eastern coast, where he was taken prisoner by the Nanhai Wang’guo troops occupying that city. By that time, the cities of Tempyo (in Broome) and Okisaka (in Penong) had repudiated Moke’s rule, and were soon followed by Murai, Nullarbor and the city of Na-Iki.
At much the same time that Kahin was entering Iten, a Sud Afrikan fleet reached Waroona on the far western end of Austral. The daring Afrikans were looking to find some Ice Boyz and see about some payback. Instead they found a province in chaos. The Frost Wolf had decamped months before, having packed up everything of value in the region. There was not one wolf left G’mar, the commander of the Afrikan squadron, looked around, liked what he saw and planted the flag of the Republic at a likely looking harbor. "I claim this land in the name of the People and the Senate of Afrika!"
Nanhai Wang'Guo: Te Anu, outraged beyond measure, paced the deck of his flagship, the Shiyari like a caged lion. The Ming ambassador had just left his presence shaken, but alive, and the young Shogun found the taste of the puling Chin’s words foul in his mouth. His advisors waited a good hour, then poked their heads in to see if his temper had cooled. It had, and now the eldest of them raised an eyebrow in surprise. The boy, somehow, had become a man. An angry man, but still one that had mastered his temper and himself.
Te Anu looked up, his face filled with bleak humor. "They will not send us grain, goods or gold. We are adrift. Their promises of a new land are hollow, empty as a gourd. The Maori dogs will remain in the land of the Long White Cloud, plucking fruit from our trees, drinking from our springs. What we have now,we may keep. This is the generous mercy of the Ming Emperor."
The advisors sighed, kneeling on the tatami mats. After a time, Te Anu spoke, softly, and at great length. As he did, each of those noble lords found new hope in his heart, hope and the guttering spark of vengeance to come.
"Go!" Said Te Anu at last. "There is much to be done."
So it was that the Nanhai fleet swept out of the north like a bolt of lightning, lashing along the eastern coast of Austral lands. While Moke and the Borang were at grips in the west, fighting over the ruins of Iten, the Nanhai seized the provinces of Ayr and Taree, and found allies amongst the daimyo of the coast. The city of Kosan was put under siege and blockade.
While Kosan was suffering, the Nanhai refugee fleet landed in Cooma and disgorged an enormous number of people. These settlers were given lands in Cooma, Geelong and Goolbura, making those three provinces (2/?) regions. In addition, the city of Daununda expanded and two new cities were built Fukushu in Geelong and Hofoku in Goolbura. Kosan surrendered in middle ’32, after six months of siege.
The heretic and rebel, Moke, son of Jana, was captured in Kosan after he arrived in disguise. Te Anu took him into his court, as an advisor, for the boy knew something of hate and of revenge.
Borang Bakufu: Kahin, flush with cash from the new provinces conquered in the south, and determined to restore Austral to its ancient glory, ordered the construction of a highway from the main road in Teatoora into Pookoora, to ease transport to the great ranches, mines and farms of the heartland. At the same time he pensioned off many of his samurai, settling them in Dajarra, Teatoora and Ilweah (all of which became 2 GPv provinces). An arrangement had also been made with the Nanhai Wang'guo concerning the various daimyo and lord of the eastern mountains. And in the north, lord Minukumo concluded arrangements with the Oro Church for the Bakufu to "protect" the province of Irith.
With his flanks secured, Kahin then took a very large army west, along the Great Western Road, to secure the loyalty of the cities along the coast. Here he found the daimyo of Okisaka and Na-Iki to be fractious, rebellious, angry and 'ultimately' to bow to his wishes. Against the force that he had to hand, they were forced to bend their necks.
Borang Bakufu: The daimyo kept busy, traveling around the countryside and sandbagging the local lords. A spate of consolidation and centralization was underway and old man Izuryama was not taking no for an answer. On the other hand, his son Toho was taking no for an answer and, as a result, begat no children at all.
Prince Jemmu was lost for awhile, but eventually managed to find his way to Okara. "Damn rice beer," he muttered, uncrossing his eyes. "Say, that looks like an inn!" The Borang also struck an arrangement with the Maori, where Borang gold was sent to Te Ika A Maori and the Black Fleet sent back long rambling letters on how to fight real good.
Borang Bakufu: With peace upon the land at last (after generations of strife), Kahin set about building instead of destroying. His shipyards were prowled by Maori craftsmen and shipwrights, as were the munitions factories around Sakuma. The cities of Sasaki and Ahadoora expanded. Many new ships rolled from the slipways, and everywhere there was prosperity and new wealth.
Borang Bakufu: Old Kahin’s vigor showed no signs of slowing (though his weary aides and generals might hope otherwise,): Ahar-Pacu improved to 2 GPv, a massive series of canals and catchment dams were added to Ilweah and the merchant fleet expanded. Peace, prosperity and plenty ruled the land.
Minor trouble flared in Aanx, where a Shikongou Dantai agent was killed in a gun battle with local militia, who had cornered the man (a Japanese) in a woodshed. Examination of his body revealed a variety of colorful tattoos depicting an octopus and a woman copulating. This sort of thing was apparently very common in Japan and other foreign parts.
This otherwise minor event reminded Kahin he needed to clean house, so in his usual style he hauled the entire army down to Sasaki, swamped the city with troops on every corner, in every house and under every privy, and seized the newly public offices of the Pacific Mercenary and Trust Corporation and had the lot of traitors executed.
Isnamo Minukumo, who had been assisting the Emperor, was ordered off to Boulia, but fell from his horse and cracked his fool head open on the ground. A pity, he had been a promising officer. Prince Toho, in comparison, stayed home trying to deal with the ever-increasing piles of paper his father’s brisk governing style left for him.
Borang Bakufu: With peace settled upon the great southern land, the Borang turned their hands and minds to industrious labor, work began on a new fleet of merchantmen, and Maori engineers began overseeing the construction of huge new buildings on the outskirts of Sakuma. The Emperor called upon the Javans to cease their terrible war against the Chinese, and to seek a negotiated, equitable and fair peace. Well, you know what that got him, with a nickel, a cup of coffee!
An arrangement was struck with the Albanian East India Company (which had long been active in Austral waters) to take over service of diverse trade routes, and the Bakufu provided the Europeans with dozens of new-built merchantmen to carry the trade. Kahin was greatly desirous of trade with the so-advanced Western powers.
Sadly for the old, victorious samurai, he died in early ’41 and his son Toho took the camp-stool of the Bakufu. For a wonder (particularly for Austral), the transition of power was entirely without incident or tumult. In Taree, where a sizable expatriate community of Old Austral nobles lived, there was a great deal of grumbling and cursing.
A veritable army of leaders and diplomatic aides was sent into the hot, humid northern country under the command of lord Shiguro (backed up by the daimyo of Boulia and Okisaka with nine thousand samurai), first they secured the direct control of the Bakufu over the holy city of Fukuzawa, then mashed about in the jungles of Yampi and Okora before reaching the province of Broome, where they found the Javans already in residence.
Borang Bakufu: A concentrated effort to woo the Tempyo and the Broome to the side of the Bakufu, and away from the rascally Javans, failed. The locals had no desire to be under the Izurayama thumb, and in any case the Javan coffee was much, much better. Shiguro was forced to spend the rest of ’43 and ’44 negotiating with jungle tribes and sweating. The military attaches with Shiguro’s embassy also noted the arrival of a powerful Javan squadron to ‘watch over’ Tempyo port.
Toho began to express a taste for grandiose projects, the province of Pookora was settled to 2 GPv, and a national effort to implement the Lisbon Accords began. At the same time, a considerable quantity of cash was shipped off to the Maori in exchange for pilots and engineers. His advisors guessed the shogun was becoming bored, things were too quiet.
Word came from the north of the arrival of a Maori airship squadron at Fukuzawa. A whole crowd of Borang military officers were on hand to meet them and the four Maori zeps were quickly taken away for examination.
Borang Bakufu: Things continued to be peaceful in Austral, so much so the Emperor began to complain about the long, idle, bucolic days, the endless rounds of barbecues and dinner parties, the lush yield of the fields, the lowing of the cattle and so on. Inevitable, young Empress Miko got pregnant again and Toho was pleased to be presented with a bawling baby boy in ’46.
Toho did manage to find a little amusement in stirring up some trouble between his provincial daimyo and the Shark Priests of Oro, the Bakufu made a stab at taking the appointment of temple priests and guardians under their control, rather than being dictated from Fukuzawa. This did not meet with approval from the Mouth of the Shark. A colony fleet was also dispatched to Madang, on the coast of New Guinea, where they met a similar Maori expedition. They planned to build a new town, Toja’dha as a joint project at the junction of the Bismarck and Solomon Seas.
More Maori ‘technical advisors’ also arrived in Sakuma, where a huge complex of airship factories was under construction. The diplomatic effort to roust the Javans from their foothold at Tempyo (in the north) was abandoned, and the lords Kahwazi and Shiguro returned to the drier, more civilized south.
Borang Bakufu: The tragedy afflicting the royal house of Java echoed in Borang, where the young Queen Jima also died of complications of childbirth. Though Toho was saddened, she had already borne him four sons! "A blessed woman," he said, watching as the ashes of her funeral pyre mounted towards a dim blue sky. In the north, stymied by the growing power of Java in Broome and thereabouts, the cavalcade of Bakufu ambassadors turned east and visited Eromagna and Arukun. Sadly, the tribesmen and bush-samurai of the peninsula rejected their overtures, forcing Kahwazi and Shiguro to repair to Iruka in Aanx to find hospitality.
Borang Bakufu: Though ailing from a nagging corruption, Toho managed to scratch out a last few edicts before suffocating in his own bile. Eromagna was settled to 2 GPv, the provinces of Maree and Teatoora grew fruitful and the city of Iten in Nokama expanded a level. Even the airship yards were kept busy, with two new scout zeppelins finished and assigned to prince Jemmu’s command.
The prince, having some mild foresight, returned to Borang to arrange for matters in the wake of his brother’s death. Though young Kunisada was Toho’s son, Jemmu became the new Emperor and Kunisada his heir. In this way, it was hoped the succession would be protected, as Jemmu had no living sons.
A mild wrangling with the Shark Priests continued. Toho (and then Jemmu after him) wished to limit their powers and restrict the fanaticism inherent in the faith, allowing a more ‘flexible’ view of the world. This led to unavoidable friction between the two parties, but as yet, no open conflict.
Borang Bakufu: Imported Chinese and Bornese rice managed to forestall widespread famine in the Austral cities, allowing the Emperor to indulge in land-clearing and forced-settlement projects in Windoorah. Substantial investments were made in the national merchant marine and a tentative arrangement over temple tithes was struck with the Shark Priests.
Borang Bakufu: Foreign grain poured into Austral ports, allowing the government to breathe a little easier, reports of widespread famine in the provinces were growing more prevalent and harder to ignore. Jemmu did attempt to avert further famine with a massive series of irrigation projects in Nokama province. In the far west, Lord Shiguro (accompanied by a small fleet, a rowdy army, a lot of surveyors and clerks) convinced the scattered tribesmen along the coast to acknowledge Jemmu as their overlord.
Borang Bakufu: The Japanese continued to clear land in the south, opening up Iriadh for more settlement, which improved the province to 2 GPv. A fleet filled with yet more settlers, merchants and workmen was dispatched to the north, where they made landfall on Leyte island and built the port town of Asaki. The Emperor turned his attention to various trade imbalances and took strenuous steps to remedy them. His son Kunisada took over the immediate reins of government during this time, and really did very poorly, embarrassing his father.
Jemmu received word of a perported Javan agent trying to stir up a revolt in support of the old monarchy. "This is preposterous", he declared to his ministers. "The Javans helped us overthrow the old monarchy. Still, since he claims to be Javan, we will send him home to Java where he can plead his case."
The Ming ambassador arrived, requesting assistance in stabilizing the situation in India. Many Borang advisors spoke against this. "Sire, we have enough security concerns in our homeland already. Is it wise to be sending off troops into foreign lands on dubious peace missions?"
"The Ming sent us food when our grain was gone. It is a small thing to respond positively to their request. Besides, it is in our own interests that the situation in India calm down. We will do our part to see that that happens." The advisors were not so sure Jemmu was correct, but they followed orders none the less.
The Emperor visited the airship factory at Sakuma and inquired why further progress had not been made in production. The factory manager spluttered about lack of resources, unreliable labor, difficulties working with the alloys, problems handling the hydrogen, etc etc etc. "Enough!" Jemmu replied. "I will release more resources to you but I want results!" Then, in an icy voice he said "Is that perfectly clear?" The manager realized more than his annual shark festival bonus was on the line...
Part of Kunisada’s mishandling of public funds led to riots in Fukuzawa at the University where the student stipends for food and housing had been ‘lost’. When troops were dispatched to return everyone to class, a full-scale brawl erupted. The militia opened fire and killed hundreds. The students, dragging the bodies of the dead, seized the university buildings, threw up barricades and discovered - to everyone’s horror - that one of the dead was Princess Maiemo, who had been attending a pre-College algebra class.
The city erupted. Most of the militia fled and the mayor was dragged from his house and chopped to bits in the streets. Black-clad students marched on the armory and seized the weapons there. "Stop the corruption! Justice for the princess!" They chanted, raising a red-and-white Zengakuren flag over the Chancellery tower. The Oro priests, horrified, huddled in the pyramid complex, wondering if they would be attacked.
Lord Shiguro was nearly killed when bandits in Resperache ambushed his caravan. Luckily, he could run really, really fast. Plus, Sir Yoziumi fell down and the bandits stopped to cut his throat and plunder his body. The Oro priests convinced the Emperor to send some troops to India to "secure the peace there", and so seven thousand-odd Borang were shipped off with the Hosogawa to fight alongside the Ming.
Borang Bakufu: The settlement of Japanese colonists in the sub-tropical woods of Erhos and Eha-rana raised those regions to 2 GPv. Izuryama also invested huge amounts in providing extensive coastal trade shipping, courier services and barging on the larger rivers. In the north, where rebellious students (the Zengakuren movement) still controlled Fukuzawa, Bakufu armies converged from all directions. General Kahwazi was the first to arrive and blockaded the city and closed off all the roads.
Lord Shiguro was next to arrive and when he did the government officials attempted to find a diplomatic solution to the crisis. After quite a bit of negotiation, a few steps were made towards a non-violent resolution. The troops outside Fukuzawa hoped they could go home soon – the weather was turning particularly foul.
Borang Bakufu: The daimyo clenched his teeth, stared longingly at the wagonloads of Oroist gold being put aboard ship in the harbor of Iten in Nokama, and then waved sadly goodbye to an enormous amount of his own treasury, which was all shipped off to Aotearoa, where a momentous undertaking was underway. Along with all these doings in the south, the critical southern port of Iten was strongly fortified.
Pacifican ships arrived from the north, made landfall at Iruka in Aanx, and began building their own district (which eventually accounted for a full third of the city). In doing so they missed being deluged by terrible flooding which afflicted Camoweal in ’59, ruining hundreds of acres of crops and washing away at least two villages. City building was, in fact, all the rage along the northern coast - the Bakufu saw to the establishment of a town - Tazeh-ko - in Arukun just between the Coral Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Still further east and down the coast, the province of Tih-Ar-Dha grew to 2 GPv. Though arrangements had been made with the PM&T to develop new trade routes in the region, nothing seemed to have come of such grand plans. In any case, Jemmu was more concerned with suppressing the student revolt in Fukuzawa...
Despite the assurances of his ninja advisors, the first attempts to split the Student Committee into rival factions and incite the ‘revolt’ to collapse failed miserably. A plot to poison the leader of the Zengakuren was exposed, as were two blackmail plots. Assassinations followed and these failed as well. Prince Kunisada was recalled to Sakuma to face his brother’s ire.
The army remained outside the city, unwilling to intervene directly, and general Kahwazi kept his samurai on a short leash. The daimyo had directed things be settled peacefully... or someone would pay in blood! Lord Shiguro arrived to replace the clumsy Kunisada. Unfortunately for the glib diplomat, any chance of a peaceful solution had been spoiled by the underhanded methods already employed.
Following the collapse of talks, the Zengakuren established direct administration over the city, put armed students on the walls and worked feverishly to expand the already formidable fortifications. Rumors of letters dispatched to certain foreign powers, seeking aid, abounded by no one seemed to know who, if anyone, the Student Revolutionary Council, had contacted.
Borang Bakufu: Despite the religious distractions in the north, Jemmu continued to expand the domains of his people. Countless settlers were dispatched to Yampi and Tarcoola, raising the GPv of both provinces to 2. The muddy streets of Sakuma (the daimyo’s hometown, which was largely ignored by the government), grew even worse as the city grew a level. Arukun province became cultivated with the mass slash-and-burn of much of the coastal jungle.
Having been plagued quite enough by the Oro priests to do something about the Zengakuren rebels, Jemmu mustered his entire main army, gathered up two of his younger sons (Chuhen and Masataka) and marched north with grim intent. Arriving at Fukuzawa, he found the city held against him by rebellious students, the Oro priests compounds around the Pyramid defended by a rascally lot of Japanese and Javan mercenaries, and the westlands in religious ferment.
"Knock it down." Jemmu ordered his engineers, indicating the massive gates of Fukuzawa, as a squadron of airships buzzed over the town. "Then see order is restored in the city." Sixty-thousand Bakufu troops deployed, swarming over the surrounding farms and fields, confiscating everything in sight, digging trenches across everyone’s garden plots and throwing up a massive, encircling siege-line to contain the city. At the same time, lord Kahwazi’s small fleet blockaded the port, allowing nothing in or out... the first Bakufu artillery barrage was not long in the offing, sending a rain of shells crashing down into the town.
The Zengakuren, meantime, had been digging their own bunkers, reinforcing the walls, casting every bell and bit of scrap iron in town into cannon and drilling their corps of volunteers like mad. "Liberty!" They cried, rushing to the ramparts. "An end to tyranny and slavery!"
Though their hearts were true, the Zengakuren defenders were literally swamped by the massive numbers of the Bakufu troops and guns. Less than five months of siegework were necessary to breach the walls, storm inside and mop up the resistance. Mass arrests and deportations followed, to ensure the rebellious elements did not rejoin. Jemmu was quite pleased, though his two sons were a little put out at his demands they lead their men from the front ranks.
Borang Bakufu: Amid the bustle of mobilization and new armaments programs, the Bakufu managed to extend the highway running east from Teatoora through Pookora and into Windoorah. The Bakufu also continued a vigorous colonization on the island of Timor, which was now returned to a (2c5). Agro was shipped out to the shark-priests and to the Ti Niho o Oro. The Bakufu relegated a number of lucrative trade routes to the custody of the PM&T, doubtless never to see a coin in profit from them again...
The growing influence of the Japanese merchants, amongst other things, saw the Albanians lose most of their foothold in Fukuzawa, despite the presence of Captain Bastable and his valiant attempt to secure control of the new city government.
Having snuffed out the last of the Zengakuren militants in Fukuzawak, the daimyo returned to Borang and his ancestral estates to rest. He was met there by a delegation from the Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i and he eagerly signed a peace treaty between the two domains - one which adjusted the borders in Austral and (Izuryama hoped) guaranteed peace between the two kingdoms.
1. The Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i agrees to transfer to the Borang Bakufu the following regions: Wallaroo, Pechua, Temora, Murrumi, Paramata, Yaraka & Warrego. Further the Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i agrees to abandon all claims to the transferred territories and to remove all garrisons and forts located in those territories.
2. The Borang Bakufu agrees to abandon all claims to the existing territories (Geelong, Tasmania, Cooma, Goolbura, Taree, Toowomba & Ayr) of the Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i along the Eastern Austral coast and to respect the borders thereof.
3. The Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i agrees to allow the Te Niho o Oro full and unfettered access for the purpose of establishing an orderial network within the Taika'no Te'ikoku Hiro'i.
4. The Te Niho o Oro agrees to abandon all claims to the North Island and South Island of New Zealand.
5. All three parties to this treaty agree to respect the others borders and to provide for mutual support in times of need.
The peace was then immediately tested (successfully) as two Taika’no armies marched west across Borang lands, one angling south to follow the Great South Road to Moora in the uttermost west, while the other hied itself up to Camoweal to visit the great Pyramid of Oro.
The reputable bonze Hamor was dispatched into the great wasteland with a force of six zeppelins and nearly a thousand cavalrymen to investigate rumors of "falling stars" and other sightings of "inhuman cities" in the desert. After two years of sweltering under the relentless sun, he returned to Boulia to report... nothing. Nothing at all.
Borang Bakufu: Perhaps preparing a bolt-hole in the event of a Meteor Man invasion (rumors of an asteroid impact in the center of the continent were now rife throughout the cities of the Bakufu), the Izuryama government sponsored substantial rural development on Timor. The province of Aanx also became cultivated. These costs were offset, in great proportion, by shiploads of gold and silver delivered by the Pacifican merchants.
In the west, Borangi leaders swarmed into the desert, determined to find glory or honorable death in the war against the Meteor Men!
Borang Bakufu: Faced with the prospect of a grim war, every Borang city rang with the sounds of industry... cannon were cast in ever increasing numbers, and dozens of infantry regiments received new rifles, new field pieces and modified uniforms. Despite these preparations, great uneasiness afflicted the western provinces - odd darting lights had been seen in the night sky, and the flight of the abos and their wild tales were still sharp in everyone’s minds...
In attempt to forestall widespread panic, the Daimyo marched his armies to Dajarra, where a great camp was established as feudal levies arrived from the length and breadth of the realm, and the banners of the nobility bade to blot out the sky with their numbers.
In the north, a small Borangi fleet made landfall in Okora, taking over garrison duties of the province from the Taikan’o troops previously stationed there.
Borang Bakufu: Diplomacy Aanx (^f)
It surprised no one, given the events at Fukuzawa and points west, that in early '70 a vast chittering black cloud boiled out of the Red Center and descended upon the fertile fields of the Borang heartland. Millions of locusts swept across the land, devouring crops, driving the weak-minded insane and generally fouling everything they landed upon. Nearly a quarter of the crops in field were destroyed, leaving millions starving and many entirely destitute. Amid everything else, the nominal fealty of the Broomeites for the Daimyo was repudiated, as it was in Eyallah and Penong. Yet this was of such little import that no one really noticed.
The War Against the Meteor Men
January 1769: This ill-omen was then echoed by the sudden and unexpected death (due to some ruptured organ) of the Borang Emperor Jemmu in his camp at Na-iki in Nullarbor. This left the Imperial army suddenly up for grabs between the two princes in residence there - Chuhen and Masataka. Two young men with no love for one another, and a great and abiding desire for the throne… thoughts of their fat, placid elder brother Kunisada (who was back in the capital pushing papers and pinching the serving girls) didn't even enter their willful and devious minds. Even before their father was cold in his grave, Masataka had slipped a kanto between Chuhen's ribs, spilling familial blood. The army (who thought far, far better of the two younger princes than Kunisada) accepted a lavish donative (from the supplies Jemmu had intended for the war against the Meteormen) and acclaimed Chuhen Emperor.
March Emperor-Pretender Masataka breaks with the other Asian Alliance captains at Na-iki - desiring to secure his empire - and marches away east along the great southern road, aiming to roust his elder brother from the palace at Sakuma, with the vast majority of the Borangi troops. Only the princes of Aanx and Arukun and their personal samurai are left to fight alongside the Qing.
May A courier arrives in the Borang capital of Sakuma to deliver the news to Prince Kunisada that his father is dead and his brother Masataka has declared himself Emperor. Kunisada takes the opportunity to send his loyalists to murder his younger brother Taiho, who barely manages to escape amid the confusion.
Meanwhile, in the south, the Emperor-Pretender's advance along the coast has scooped up huge new levies of infantry and artillery intended for the war against the meteormen. General Yozumi, who attempted to hold Iten against Masataka, was murdered by his own soldiers.
June Having put in a grueling march from distant Na-iki, the Emperor-Pretender arrives at the gates of Sakuma in Borang, demanding the scribes and ministers accept him as Emperor and send out his brother's head on a pike. The bureaucrats have already seen which way the wind might blow… Kunisada's fat melon is presented, pickled in brine, and all bow before Masataka, now Emperor of all Borang.
"Now," the young lord declares, "I will deal with these meteormen who plague us!"
July From the height of the great pyramid of Oro, the priests stared south in steadily mounting horror. A great gray pall of dust hung in the air - the fruit of the enemy advancing from the south, burning every town, village, barn and hayrick in its path. In Fukuzawa city, there was unbridled panic as the citizens fled north and west, clogging the great northern road, mindless with panic.
Only the soldiers of Oro stood firm, the great sacrifice of the priests shining bright in their minds. The blessed arrival of the Taika'no marines had brought the defenders of the holy precincts and the city to a bare 19,000 men. Each man fired with such zeal that even the horror stories babbled by the last few refugees fleeing up from the south did not budge them.
Then the enemy strode through the walls of smoke, long metallic limbs shining with the light of endless fires. Towering over the walls, their numbers countless… hundreds of the enemy machines, each clanking over wall and roof, their burning red eyes stabbing through the murk, incinerating men, guns, armor…
"Oro!" Shrieked the Taika'no and Borangi defenders, swarming up out of their spider-holes, the cannon spitting flame at last as the machines came into range.
The sound of the guns were drowned, for a moment, by the insane cacophony of men transported by religious fervor beyond all thought of death. And then, out of the boiling plumes of smoke and ash, two vast shapes appeared - intermittently at first, then coming fully into view - two enormous white sharks, aloft on the upper air, fins and tails languid, as through they moved through the crystalline waters, black black eyes staring down, judging men, finding them wanting…
The Oroist troops halted, stunned.
And so the blaze of the heat ray took them.
November In Camoweal, Emperor Masataka of Borang suffers through a long healing period. He will never speak or walk properly again.
April 1770 The hellbats pounce on Sakuma city in Borang, which is small, moderately defended and bristling with fine, Japanese-made artillery. This time they come in slow, drifting across the fields and laying down a heavy barrage of the black smoke. The defending guns banged back at them, but the few men on the city walls were already fleeing… Emperor Masataka had marched away, leaving nothing to defend his capital.
The hellbats swept overhead, flames boiling up from the city below, drifting clouds of black fog stabbed with red… and then one lone gun, crew still gamely firing at the invincible enemy, scored a solid hit on the fourth of the infernal machines. It staggered, spewing debris, and wobbled away to the north. The other three turned and followed, shepherding their wounded fellow away.
Though most of the city was burning fiercely, and nearly all the inhabitants were dead, Sakuma (like Kozoronden) was spared utter annihilation.
May Learning of the destruction of his capital, Masataka rides to Kenehold in Dajarra (the old Imperial capital) and establishes a new, rump, government there with the support of the Te Niho o Oro religious order.
June The outlying Borangi provinces realize that the capital has been destroyed, the Emperor has no army and its every man for himself! The provinces of Arukun, Teatoora, Yila, Windoorah, Penong, Eyallah and Moora all abandoned the troubled empire.
- Izuryama Masataka 1769-date
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