|Greater Empire of Yamatai
Dai Yamatai Teikoku
|Anthem: Umi Yukaba
Royal anthem: Ishigaki
Map of Yamatai
|Ethnic groups (2016)||93.6% Yashiman
|Government||Unitary parliamentary absolute monarchy|
|-||Prime Minister||Hanako Yamamoto|
|-||2017 estimate||107 million|
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
|Gini (2014)|| 40.1
|HDI (2016)|| 0.804
|Drives on the||left|
Yamatai, officially the Greater Empire of Yamatai (Yamataian: 山都 Yamatai; formally 大山都帝国 Dai Yamatai Teikoku, "Great Empire of Yamatai"), also known as Yamato, is an island nation off the west coast of Escar, at the north-eastern border of the Varunan Ocean. To the north is the Tartaric Ocean and to the east is the Sea of Yamatai. Yamatai shares a maritime border with Shirakawa, Tsutikuo and Yeongseon, to the east, south-east and south, respectively.
Yamatai occupies the Yashiman Archipelago, a stratovolcanic archipelago of 6,852 islands. The six largest islands are Akitsukuni, Futana, Hinomoto, Mizuho, Ōshima and Tsukushi, which make up 97% of Yamatai's land area, and are commonly known as the Home Islands. Yamatai has a population of around 107 million, with 9.3 million living in Niihama, the largest city in Yamatai and the region. The capital of Yamatai is the city of Heian on the island of Akitsukuni. A largely homogeneous society, Yashiman people make up 95% of Yamatai's population, with the second-largest ethnic group, the Hinoan people contributing 3.5% of the population.
Archaeological research indicates that the Yashiman archipelago was inhabited as early as the Upper Palaeolithic period. The first mentions of civilisation in Yashima are from Tsutikuoan and Shirakawan history texts from around 1,000 BCE. Yamataian history is characterised by periods of expansionism and violent feudal warfare followed by long periods of peace, during which the modern Yamataian cultural identity was formed with great influence from Tsutikuo.
The first Yamataian civilisation was the First Kingdom of Yamatai on Akitsukuni, ruled by a semi-mythical priestess-monarch known as Himiko, who would become a central figure in Yamataian mythology and religion. The fall of the kingdom was followed by a period of feudalism that lasted until 438 ACE, when the Second Himiko led a unification of the feudal domains, establishing the Empire of Yamatai. After centuries of expansion throughout the Yashiman archipelago and varying relations with the mainland nations, Yamatai entered into a Civil War in 1793 over the state religion Kamimichi, ultimately resulting in the leader of the religion also being made the head of state. Yamatai later embarked on a vigorous expansion of technology, industry and militarism, growing into a belligerent regional power that annexed Hinomoto in 1864, forming the Greater Empire of Yamatai. Yamataian victory in the Third Shiro-Yamataian War eventually led to the Fourth Shiro-Yamataian War, which expanded to be a part of the End War. In the post-war period, Yamatai underwent a period of military rule under Nariakira Okabe. In 1965, Yamatai invaded the People's Republic of Hinomoto in collusion with neighbouring states under the banner of anti-communism, re-integrating itself into the global framework in the context of the Cold War. Yamatai remained secondary in the region until 1989, when a second coup attempt resulted in a crisis with a massacre of civilians, enabling the rise of Tadao Watanabe, who enacted new economic policies and reforms that enabled Yamatai to make great economic gains through the next two centuries.
A regional economic and political power, Yamatai is considered a developed country and has a large economy by nominal GDP and a large economy by purchasing power parity. Yamatai is also a major military power, maintaining a modern military with the world's fourth largest military budget, used in the modern context for self-defence, peacekeeping and anti-insurgent roles. It is a member of the Ordic League and is a founding member of the Heian Cooperation Organisation. The country benefits from a highly skilled workforce and is among the most highly educated countries in the world, with one of the highest percentages of its citizens holding a tertiary education degree. Yamatai is a developed country with a high standard of living and Human Development Index. It is also well-known internationally for its major contributions to science and modern-day technology.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Politics
- 5 Military
- 6 Economy
- 7 Science and technology
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 Demographics
- 10 Culture
- 11 See also
The word Yamatai is an archaic reading of the word 山都, Yamato, used to refer to the Yashimese people. The origin of the name can be found in the location of the original capital for the First Kingdom of Yamatai, located at the foot of Fujiyama, making it the mountain capital. The name Yamatai would then be passed down as the name of the nation even as the language evolved, distinguishing the term from the name of the race and other uses, though the term Yamato has also been used in a patriotic sense. The city Yamato uses the same kanji characters as Yamatai.
Yamatai's leaders have traditionally used the Rising Sun imagery and motifs to characterise their rule. This appears to be at odds with Yamatai's geographical position relative to the mainland. However, the origin of this and the term "Empire of the Rising Sun" is that the original Kingdom of Yamatai was believed to be the origin of the sun for the larger population group on the island of Oshima. A similar term origin can be found in the name of the island Hinomoto, which also lies east of Yamatai.
The nation has been known under various terms as well, including Empire of the Rising Sun, Empire of the Western Sun, Empire of the Setting Sun, and more. The sun holds major significance in Yamataian culture, tradition and religion, represented by the goddess Amaterasu.
Yamatai is also known as Batimaiya in Ashkara.
See also: History of Yamatai
Prehistory and ancient history
Split into 8 kingdoms.
Unify the kingdoms. Forge a great society.
Four States of Yashima
Yamatai, Hinomoto, West Yashiman feudal domains, those north-West Yashiman peoples.
Empire of Yamatai
Absorb West Yashima, absorb north-Westerners.
Yamatai has a total of 6,852 islands extending along the Varunan coast of West Escar. The Yashiman archipelago includes four distinct areas, West Yashima, Akitsukuni, Hinomoto and the Southern Islands. The main islands of West Yashima, from north to south, are Ōshima, Mizuho, Futana and Tsukushi. To the immediate east of Mizuho is Akitsukuni island, and further to the east is Hinomoto. The Nansei Islands, which include Uchina, are a chain to the south of Tsukushi.
About 63 percent of Yamatai is forested, mountainous and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial or residential use. As a result, the habitable zones, mainly located in coastal areas, have extremely high population densities. Yamatai has some of the most densely populated areas in the world.
Yamatai is a unitary parliamentary republic with a unicameral parliamentary government. The country's constitution establishes a representative democracy as the political system. Executive power rests with the Prime Minister and the cabinet. A constitutional monarchy, the Empress holds no political power and largely acts in a ceremonial role.
The legislative body is the Teikoku Gikai (帝国議会), a unicameral parliament with 722 seats, seated in Heian. Members of Gikai serve four year terms and are popularly elected. There is universal suffrage for adults over 21 years of age, with a secret ballot for all elected offices. The Gikai is dominated by the conservative Yamatai Restoration Party (YRP), followed by the social conservative Democratic Party of Yamatai (DPY). The YRP has enjoyed near continuous electoral success since 1963. Although the elections are clean, there is no independent electoral authority and the government has strong influence on the media. Yamatai has been ranked as a "flawed democracy" and "partly free" by the Ordic League.
The Prime Minister of Akitsukuni is the head of government and is appointed by the Empress after being designated by the Gikai from among its members. The Prime Minister is the head of the Cabinet, and he appoints and dismisses the Ministers of State. Hanako Yamamoto is the current Prime Minister of Yamatai. Although the Prime Minister is formally appointed by the Empress, the Constitution of Yamatai explicitly requires the Empress to appoint whoever is designated by the Gikai.
Main article: Yamataian monarchy
The Empress of Akitsukuni (天皇) is the ceremonial head of state of Akitsukuni's system of constitutional monarchy and is a major religious leader and figure of worship in the Kamimichi state religion. She is considered the highest mortal authority of Kamimichi, as she is believed to act as a vessel for the Imperial Spirit, one of the worshipped Kami of the religion. Her importance thus also lies in dealing with heavenly affairs, including rituals and rites throughout the nation.
The role of the Empress of Akitsukuni has historically alternated between a largely ceremonial symbolic and religious role and that of an actual imperial ruler. Before the ascent of the Empress Kayako in 1888, the Empress held a purely religious role. This changed with the reforms made under Kayako, which transformed Akitsukuni into an absolute monarchy with the Empress in a more direct governing role. Akitsukuni transitioned back into a constitutional monarchy with the Empress no longer a part of the government after the death of Empress Tsukiyama in 1949 and subsequent governmental and constitutional reforms.
The current Empress of Akitsukuni is Kameko. She officially ascended to the Bamboo Throne on 3 February 2010. She is styled as Her Grand Imperial Highness, Daughter of Heaven, Empress of Akitsukuni and Sadamisaki. Empress Kikuko is known to be one of the youngest monarchs in recent history at 20 years of age.
See also: Imperial Armed Forces of Yamatai
Yamatai maintains one of the largest military budgets of any country in the world. The Imperial Armed Forces are governed by the Ministry of Defence, and primarily consists of the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marines. The forces regularly participate in global peacekeeping operations in addition to regional anti-piracy and counterinsurgency operations. In addition tot his, Yamatai is also a recognised nuclear weapons state.
The Yamataian military is divided into the In 2010, the military had 1.037 million personnel on active duty. Yamatai's military is commonly ranked amongst the most technologically advanced and powerful military forces in Escar. It also possesses a potent surface naval force that is one of the largest in the region.
The country has a large and fully indigenous arms industry, producing most of its own military equipment with only few types of weapons imported. Yamatai is one of the world's suppliers of arms, accounting for around 10% of worldwide weapons sales and exporting weapons to numerous countries, with rumoured sales to irregular and non-state entities as well.
The Yamataian government's published 2014 military budget is about $117.2 billion, approximately 2% of the national GDP. The official budget is set to rise to $121 billion in 2015, and $125 billion in 2016. However, unofficial estimates put the budget significantly higher. As of 2014, Yamatai's military budget is one of the highest in the region.
See also: Economy of Yamatai
Yamatai is the ___ largest national economy in the world, and the fourth-largest economy in West Escar.
Agriculture and fishery
Science and technology
Water supply and sanitation
See also: Demographics in Yamatai
Major urban areas
Since 1848, the Imperial Shrine is the official state religion, to which about 90% to 95% of the population officially belong. About 4% to 8% of the population are Fusen Shintoists. The remaining 2% are non-Shinto religious minorities, including Taoists, Buddhists, Muslims and the Beō indigenous faith.
The government has not released statistics regarding irreligiosity. However, the irreligious figures have been growing since 2005, especially amongst the coastal youth.