The Realm of Okunaratsuru, usually simply referred to as the Realm or Okunaratsuru, is a small, mountainous nation with a total population of roundabout eighteen million people.
Okunaratsuru is home to the Migakemujara (literally those with furred ears) and their different sub-ethnicities, a subset of the animal-eared people, as well as to the Yojaode (literally those with horns). Blessed with generally long lives, they are usually presumed to be distantly related to the Spiorad Ainmhithe of the Free Lands of the Selkie.
- 1 History
- 1.1 Mythical and Prehistoric Times
- 1.2 The Age of the Horned Ones (ca. 200 BCE - 500 AD)
- 1.3 The Age of the Six Kings (ca. 500 - 1031)
- 1.4 The Period of the Warring States (1031 - 1648)
- 1.5 The Warriors' Rule (1648 - 1702)
- 1.6 The Rule of the Merchants (1702 - 1756)
- 1.7 The Alliance of the Six Tribes (1756 - 1810)
- 1.8 The Establishment of the Realm (1810 - 1839)
- 1.9 The Realm (1839 - today)
- 2 Geography
- 3 Politics
- 4 Economy
- 5 Demographics
- 6 Culture
Mythical and Prehistoric Times
The Age of the Horned Ones (ca. 200 BCE - 500 AD)
The Age of the Six Kings (ca. 500 - 1031)
The Period of the Warring States (1031 - 1648)
- Battle of Shoriba (1648)
- Battle of Seno (1471)
- Warfare during the Okunaratsuran Period of the Warring States (1031-1648)
The Warriors' Rule (1648 - 1702)
The Rule of the Merchants (1702 - 1756)
The Alliance of the Six Tribes (1756 - 1810)
The Establishment of the Realm (1810 - 1839)
The Realm (1839 - today)
- Also see: List of Towns and Cities in Okunaratsuru.
Okunaratsuru has a land size of around 104,000 km². Generally speaking, there are two major islands, usually referred to as North Island and South Island, separated by a channel, the Sakasui-Channel.
Several smaller islands dot the coasts as well, from small (and sometimes not so small) rocks to larger ones. Haidaoyima is a bit of an outlyer, but part of Okunaratsuru.
Generally speaking, Okunaratsuru is quite mountainous and geologically active. Two major lines of volcanoes run along the islands with smaller earthquakes happening almost daily - larger, more destructive quakes happen several times in a century.
Okunaratsuru is, climate-wise, firmly in the Tropics. Due to Trade Winds coming in from the east, the air is not as humid or hot as it could be, however. There is no snowfall in Okunaratsuru.
Due to the trade winds, the Northern and Eastern coasts receive the most rain, with the Kodaimori even being called a tropical rainforest. The western and southern shores are drier, although not that dry. Temperatures rarely fall below 15 degrees Celsius at lower elevations, with the record low being 7 degrees Celsius. The water usually has temperatures between 24 and 29 degrees Celsius.
Okunaratsuru has a pronounced wet season and a pronounced dry season, with the latter coinciding with the summer and the former with the winter.
The islands are surrounded by colder waters, so that cyclones are unlikely, though not impossible.
Climate Data for Kitahaku
|Daily Mean Temperature (°C)||22||21.9||22.2||22.3||23.3||24||24.6||24.8||24.5||24.1||23.5||22.2|
|Average Rainfall (mm)||240||245||346||300||200||185||280||251||255||249||400||304|
|Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours||162||153||154||134||155||179||168||175||163||135||111||126|
Climate Data for Yoyami
|Daily Mean Temperature (°C)||23||23.2||23.9||25||25.5||27||27.6||28.1||27.3||26.4||24.8||23.6|
|Average Rainfall (mm)||60||50||53||16||15||6.4||12||13||20||50||62||85|
|Mean Monthly Sunshine Hours||215||216||260||253||280||288||308||304||280||245||200||198|
Politically, Okunaratsuru is a confederation of various smaller states, from feudal states to city states. In total, there are 23 Chisatai, which all have one representative with the Council of the Bikusoi, the Council of the Throne of the Vixen. This Council forms the parliament.
The Council of the Bikusoi is only allowed to decide in matter pertaining the entire country, for example foreign policy or national taxes. It also has a sort-of judicial function as it can decide or mediate in case of disputes between the smaller states, the Chisatai.
The political function of the Tribes vanished in the 19th century, but they are still kept around as a census category.
Aside from the Council of the Throne of the Vixen, which acts as the parliament, there is a government made up of specialists in their chosen fields. This government is known as the Council of the Bikusen, the Council of the Vixen.
The Council is composed of X members, known as the Councillors. They are led by the Chancellor, who, too, is a councillor and the Head of the Government. Head of State is the Bikusaishi, the High Priestess of the Vixen (or High Priest, if applicable), who also serves as the highest Priest or Priestess of the Bikuruto, the Cult of the Vixen, and highest among the Priests of Okunaratsuru.
The Council is composed of:
- Bikusaishi: Mari Kairui.
- Chancellor: Roku Taguri.
- Leader of the Hapoate-Block (Mask-Block): Shir Neshin.
- Leader of the Hesede-Block (Black Block): Fei Hayang.
- Minister of Foreign Affairs:
- Minister of Internal Affairs:
- Minister of the Treasury:
- Minister of Infrastructure:
- Minister of the Economy:
- See Main Article: Educational System of Okunaratsuru.
The Defense Forces of the Realm are the small professional armed forces, 55,000 men and women strong. Due to the nature of the country as an archipelago, the majority of the armed forces are composed of naval and air forces with only limited land components.
Pride and joy of the Naval Arm are its Gakki-class Patrol Vessels, acquired in Shikonjima, named in honour of the various instruments of Okunaratsuran Traditional Music.
The Defense Forces maintain a small, 150-men strong special forces unit, the Special Security Unit.
- See Category: Okunaratsurans.
|Tribe||Number (in million people)||Leader|
|Various smaller Tribes||4.6||various|
In total, around eight million people of different ethnicities of the Migakemujara and Yojaode live in Okunaratsuru. They are generally distributed over the six major tribes and a number of smaller tribes.
It is worth noting, that the Yojaode are almost exclusive to the Zaijia-Tribe.
Over the course of the 19th century, the Tribes mostly lost their political role and nowadays mostly serve as a census category. There has been thoughts over the last few decades of abolishing that as well, making the Tribe and the identification with it voluntary.
- Also see: Okunaratsuran Culture.
- "Okunaratsuru and its people like to pretend to be a mythical place at the end of the world, far away from any outside influences. Don't believe us."
- Ritubani Aoi about her people.
Generally, music in Okunaratsuru focusses on small stages and venues, less on large concert halls. Thus, the music knows not what is usually referred to as pop music, a musical style designed to appeal to as many people as possible.
Generally, there are three major genres, Traditional Zaijian Music, Okunaratsuran Throat Singing and Okunaratsuran Gaku Music, vocal music originally stemming from traditional singing at temples.
Currently, one of the most popular bands in Okunaratsuru is Simai, which predominantly play Okunaratsuran Gaku Music.
Arts and Architecture
A fixture of architecture is the Zaijian Garden.
- See Main Articles: Football in Okunaratsuru, Combat Sports in Okunaratsuru, Chokanna-Kata.
One of the most highly regarded sports in Okunaratsuru is Chokanna-Kata. Often described as "Tankery, but with small gunboats", the sport focusses on nautical abilities, naval gunnery and mechanical knowledge, as well as discipline and coordination. Mostly engaged in the sport are adults, however, unlike with the school-sport of Tankery. Tankery itself has a few followers in Okunaratsuru, but so far, no teams have been founded. There is one famous foreign team, the University of Silverport Chokanna-Kata Team of the University of Silverport.
Fashion and Design
- See Main Articles: Zaijian Traditional Dress, Kiruno, Fujusode.