Wanshi Tokubetsu Jichi-shū
|Special Autonomous Province|
|• Shugō||Ichikawa Yoichi|
|• Shugō-dai||Hiraoka Taro|
Wanshi (湾市 Wan-shi), formally the Wanshi Special Autonomous Province (湾市特別自治州 Wanshi Tokubetsu Jichi-shū is a major city, metropolitan area and province in Chisei. As the largest city in Chisei by population, it is the center of the country's economy and its contemporary culture.
Somewhere around 8 million international tourists visit Wanshi annually, putting it just behind Eito, Chisei's most visited city.
Wanshi (湾市) is literally translated as 'bay city', and is derived from the settlement's strategic position on the Daiwan bay. Historically, the region in which the city would later be founded was known as Saginuma or Sagimura (鷺沼/鷺村) - 'Egret Swamp' or 'Egret Village', after the large populations of Great Egrets that used to gather along the old coastal swamplands to mate, and later as Ginsagimachi (銀鷺町 Silver Egret Town) after the construction of Ginsagi castle in the 16th century.
A popular legend in the region also ties the Wanshi egrets into the origin story of the Sagikarin, Chisei's national crest. The most popular variant claims that the goddess Aoamegen'nyo once crashed her heavenly yacht on the rocks of Kitaiwa, where she and her attendants would then remain stranded for 100 nights, until a sedge of egrets arrived in the region, led by the Heron King. The King made a bargain with Aoamegen'nyo, offering to give to her his three eldest sons so that they may carry her back to heaven on her chariot, on the condition that she defeat a spider demon living in the swamps. The Goddess agreed, and struck down the demon with ease, returning to heaven with the three birds depicted in the kamon.
As the city later expanded dramatically beyond the periphery of the old castle town, fueled by the rapid growth of it's commercial and military port, it would come to be known colloquially as the 'City of the Great Bay' (大湾の市 Daiwan no shi) and eventually simply as Wanshi.
Between the First and Second Escar-Varunan Wars the city was the capital of the New Mainland Territories of the Greater Empire of Yamatai. Ginsagi castle served as the headquarters of the Empire's military operations on the mainland theatre, and the city's harbor was significantly expanded for the development of a new naval base and shipbuilding facilities. A large Yamataian subject population remained in the city after the war, consisting of army deserters, left-behind POWs, Songese conscripts, as well as civilian colonists and deportees. Along with other Seijin in the New Territories, this population was naturalised in 1962 under the Resident Subjects Act.
The Wanshi Metropolitan Government divides the Province into 11 central wards (中央区 Chūō-ku) and 17 border wards (境界区 Kyōkai-ku). These wards have similar levels of autonomy to Designated Cities elsewhere in the country,
- Tokino - A large shopping and entertainment district, located close to the harbour. Alongside being a major retail center, it is known for it's historic fish market and Hanamichi shrine, the largest Michi shrine in Chisei and a center of the local Chiseian Yamataian community.
- Hosu - The City's main financial district, home to Wanshi Central Station, the headquarters of the Wanshi Development Summit, and many major businesses. Suwashi is Wanshi's main entertainment district, home to a wide array of bars, clubs and other attractions. Often compared to Kamurochō in Niihama, it is the center of Chowado operations in the city.
- Ginsagimachi - A coastal ward including the eponymous Ginsagi castle, and the old commercial center of the city. Shiro-dōri (Castle Street) still hosts a grand array of small businesses, though major retailers have largely relocated themselves in recent decades to Kamino and Hosu. The Ward is also highly popular with tourists, who come for both the historic sites as well as for the beach at Furujuku.
- Kitaiwa - Main harbour district of the city. Also contains the Royal War Museum and Wanshi Royal Navy Base. Tsububa is an artificial island - the largest in Wanshi - administered as part of the ward, with many upscale resorts and retail hubs.
- Shin-sagimura - Coastal ward with a historically rough reputation. Originally developed as an industrial district, later becoming a slum in the postwar period, it underwent a program of active rejuvenation and gentrification in the 1980s. It is now the primary hub for Chisei's broadcasting and film industry.
- Hanabashi - The historical pleasure district of the city. Today known for it's many old shrines and teahouses, as well as for the neighborhood of Takimachi ('Little Songthom'), home to a large population of ethnic Songese as well as postwar Osovan immigrants.
- Hebibukuro - Major commercial and entertainment district, well known for Kokuryū-tōri and Kiirokahatamachi, centers of Otaku culture, but also notorious for it's numerous youth gangs.
As of 2016, Wanshi has twinning or friendship agreements with the following cities.