- May 13, 2001
Japan was country that was affraid of everything foreign. Beyond it's island was there nothing except barbarians, canibals and even worse... Chinese people!
But one day, one day would change history forever! Not even Daniels himself could restore the timeline after that day! A day some shall remember as the day of the great intuition, while others shall remember it as the day of the jumping rabbit... let me explain:
The emperor was walking around his palace. He was thinking "to the south do we have canibals and barbarians living on those islands! Eating over spiced food to hide their inability to even cook an egg! To the west do we have merciless mongols who own more horses then we have ants! And then do we have the unspeakable! the unbearable! the unimaginable! China! How could we bear even being one second on the same continent as them? We could not! Even on those islands do they have traders! Some of those islands even bake their fish! How barbaric can you be!"
He continued to think "and to the east is their nothing then sea... enless sea... hopeless sea... sea, sea and even more sea! Leading to nothing! Being filled with nothing!" then did something suddenly happen! A sudden momment of enlightement! Of the greatest intuition!
"That sea, that sea... it can't be endless! Nothing is endless! Their has to be balance! Their has to be land! Land as big as the sea!"
So was the idea of a new world created! From then on would that be the goal of Japan! The emperor his child and all their child would be raised with one central idea, one idea that shall dominate Japan from now on: we have to find and life one a new world, or we shall forever be stuck next to the unimaginable cruel! the unbearable! the unspeakable reality! China!
The above is the "official" version that entered japanese history books. But some people believe that the idea of a new world was instead created by a rabbit that jumped rather hard on the emperor his head(from the roof of his palace).
The emperor sended 10 men to make sure that there was no rabbit on his roof. No rabbit was found but a very fat cat was found sitting next to a pile of bones! 8 men of the search party reported that no rabbit was found. Thought 2 members of the search party regretably got a heart attack on the roof of imperial palace, after they wondered whatever those bones where from a rabbit. Some fools claim that the arrows the imperial guard shoot in their heart increased the chance of a heart failure! But the wise emperor refused to listen to that type of wild conspiracy theories!
To organize this type of gigantic exploration mission needed the emperor a more robust and better organized government. That is why he hired one of the smartest and energetic govermental advisors of asia.
The extreme protectionistic and xenophobic policies of japan had made it's population affraid of the outside world. The emperor decided to use quite all his political capital to change this. In his famous speech said he "Not all foreigners are canibalistic barbarian squirrel torturing chinese freaks! Some are just canibalistic barbarian squirrel torturing korean freaks!". A sign of relief could be heard throught the audience! The population was still too affraid to start colonizing, but at least where they no longer as affraid of it as in the past.
The road ahead was extreme hard. The emperor, the emperor his childeren and their childeren needed to convert the most isolationistic nation on earth in a nation of colonists and explorers. At least was Japan not a poor country and had the emperors a lot of fund to realize their dream!
"Either shall we be remembered as the biggest heroes or the biggest fools! Shall we do all we can to help the emperor and become the biggest heroes? Or shall we waste our time talking about jumping rabbits and become the biggest fools? I say we become HEROES! " Chokei Matsudaira govermental advisor of the emperor