[Submod] Comprehensive Annals of Five Dynasties - 五代通志 - 01.09.2020 Release v. 1.0.5

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    Dev Diary #1 Xiao Clan of Lanling (蘭陵蕭)

    Truth be to told, I've been working on this submod for quite some time already. I believe it began in earnest in May or June and I must say, I'm still far from done. You see, my original plan was to release 936 bookmark first and if I kept to that plan, I would be ready for release during the summer. However, as I started adding characters i found out that Later Tang Li clan if related by marriage to Meng clan of Later Shu, so immediatelly I needed to do Later Shu next, then I had found that Jiedushi under Shu also had links to other clans, so I had to keep adding them. And at one point I gave up and just started adding character from 867 onwards. And that opened another can of worms...


    In 867 Zhengzhou (鄭州) is under governorship of Jiedushi of Yicheng (義成軍節度使) Xiao Fang (蕭倣, 796-875). As many already know, Chinese have quite limited supply of surnames and so it's not uncommon for Emperor to share surname with millions of commoners who have no relation to him. In Tang era bookmarks though, it is common for the Jiedushi to be linked to major aristocratic families of period. Xiao clan of Lanling is one such clan. Xiao Fang immediate family was already prominent, his great-grandfather, grandfather, and he himself all served a period as Chancellors of the realm.

    His granfather, Xiao Hua (蕭華), served even as a Jiedushi of Hezhong (河中節度使) between 759 and 761.

    In 867 another prominent Lanling Xiao, a distant cousin of Fang, Xiao Ye (蕭鄴, d. 874), rules in Sichuan as the Jiedushi of Western Shannan (山南西道節度使).


    But do you guys know what else makes those two characters so prominent? They both are scions of Southern Liang Imperial family.



    Xiao Fang is a 7th-generation descendant of Emperor Shizong of Western Liang (a successor state to Southern Liang). Which means to have proper representation of the clan I need to also include the Emperor of Western and Southern Liang in game and whole their families while I'm at it (thankfully the family tree of their descendants in 新唐書 is not that big). But that's not all! Were you guys aware that Emperor Gaozu of Southern Liang was a distant cousing of Emperor Taizu of Southern Qi?!



    So, at this point I had to add yet another dynasty to the roster and dozens of characters more. And of course that's not all as Liang and Qi also had marriage relations with other clans, like the Yang clan of Hongnong...



    So, essentially it's a never ending story... just to have have two characters at the game start represented properly. Well, for players who like to RP I guess it's a wonderful character choice, especially once I add the lands which Southern Liang to the mod.

    In the meantime the player will have at least a bloodline to add to the collection.

    The localisation is WIP.
     
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    Dev Diary #2 後唐廢帝清泰三年七月甲辰 August 7 936

    The reason I changed the scope of my submod. Originally it was meant to be focused on 1066, Tanguts and Khitans as I didn't expect neither the timeline extension nor the pace in which it was done (for both vanilla and SWMH). However, when the dev diaries started coming out I decided to switch and around June I began working on this bookmark. The first region to get worked on was:

    Later Shu

    It's a third year of Mingde era (明德三年), 18th day of 7th lunar month. It's the second year of the reign of young Meng Chang (孟昶) who inherited the throne of Later Shu after the death of Emperor Gaozu (後蜀高祖). The young Emperor is not really talented and has to rely on the skills of his Jiedushi to defend against the armies of Later Tang. They don't lack the military prowess necessary to fight the Shatuo Emperors, but they were loyal to the charismatic Emperor Gaozu, who knows whether they will stay loyal with the young and inexperienced Emperor.

    The Empire is divided into 10 Circuits:
    - Xichuan (西川) with the capital at Chengdu (成都) and a personal fief of the Emperor.
    - Yongping (永平) with the capital at Yazhou (雅州), under the command of Sun Hanshao (孫漢韶)
    - Wude (武德) with the capital at Zizhou (梓州), under the command of Zhao Tingyin (趙廷隱)
    - Wuxin (武信) with the capital at Suizhou (遂州), under the command of Zhang Zhiye (張知業)
    - Wutai (武泰) with the capital at Fuzhou (涪州), under the command of Hou Hongshi (侯弘實)
    - Ningjiang (寜江) with the capital at Kuizhou (夔州), also currently under the command of Hou Hongshi
    - Baoning (保寜) with the capital at Langzhou (閬州), under the command of Zhang Gongduo (張公鐸)
    - Zhaowu (昭武) with the capital at Lizhou (利州), currently without a Jiedushi and so in a fief of the Emperor
    - Shannan Xidao (山南西道) with the capital at Xingyuan (興元府), under the command of Zhao Jiliang (趙季良)
    - Wuding (武定) with the capital at Yuanzhou (源州), under the command of Pan Rensi (潘仁嗣)

    Later Tang

    It's also a third year of Qingtai era (清泰三年) and a third year of the reign of the usurper Li Congke (李從珂). His father's surname was Wang (王) and was adopted by Emperor Mingzong in his youth. Just three years ago he defeated and later ordered the murder of a true-born son Li Conghou (李從厚). His rule fragile from the outset he is now facing a major rebellion of Hedong Jiedushi supported by Khitans and a mutiny in Tianxiong army. Still, his realm is the biggest and most populous of all.


    The Empire is divided into 30 circuits:
    - Dongdu (東都) the capital region around Luoyang (洛楊) in Henan (河南府) and the personal fief of the Emperor
    - Heyang (河楊) with the capital at Mengzhou (孟州), under the command of Chang Congjian (萇從簡)
    - Kuangyi (匡儀) with the capital at Luzhou (潞州), under the command of Gao Xingzhou (高行周)
    - Anguo (安國) with the capital at Xingzhou (邢州), currently without a Jiedushi
    - Chengde (成德) with the capital at Zhenzhou (鎮州), under the command of Dong Wenqi (董溫琪)
    - Yiwu (義武) with the capital at Dingzhou (定州), under the command of Yang Guangyuan (楊光遠)
    - Lulong (盧龍) with the capital at Youzhou (幽州), under the command of Zhao Dejun (趙德鈞)
    - Weisai (威塞) with the capital at Xinzhou (新州), under the command of Zhai Zhang (翟章/翟璋)
    - Datong (大同) with the capital at Yunzhou (雲州), under the command of Sha Yanxun (沙彥珣)
    - Zhenwu (鎮武) with the capital at Shengzhou (勝州)*, under the command of An Shuqian (安叔千)
    - Jianxiong (建雄) with the capital at Jinzhou (晉州), under the command of Zhang Jingda (張敬達)
    - Huguo (護國) with the capital at Hezhong (河中府), under the command of Han Zhaoyin (韓昭胤)
    - Weisheng (威勝) with the capital at Dengzhou (鄧州), under the command of Huangfu Yu (皇甫遇)
    - Shannan Dongdao (山南東道) with the capital at Xiangzhou (襄州), under the command of An Congjin (安從進)
    - Zhenguo (鎮國) with the capital at Huazhou (華州), under the command of Huangfu Li (皇甫立)
    - Kuangguo (匡國) with the capital at Tongzhou (同州), under the command of Yang Hanbin (楊漢賓)
    - Xijing (西京) with the capital at Chang'an (長安) in Jingzhao (京兆府), under the command of Li Jingzhou (李敬周)
    - Fengxiang (鳳翔) with the capital at Fengxiang (鳳翔府), under the command of Prince of Qi (岐王) Li Congyan (李從曮)
    - Xiongwu (雄武) with the capital at Qinzhou (秦州), under the command of Kang Fu (康福)
    - Zhangyi (彰義) with the capital at Jingzhou (涇州), under the command of Li Dechong (李德珫)
    - Jingnan (靜難) with the capital at Binzhou (邠州), under the command of Zhang Xichong (張希崇)
    - Baoda (保大) with the capital at Fuzhou (鄜州), under the command of An Shenhui (安審暉)
    - Baosai (保塞) with the capital at Yanzhou (延州), under the command of Yang Hanzhang (楊漢章)
    - Dingnan (定難) with the capital at Xiazhou (夏州), under the command of Li Yiyin (李彝殷)
    - Shuofang (朔方) with the capital at Lingzhou (靈州), under the command of Zhang Congbin (張從賓)
    - Guiyi (歸義) with the capital at Shazhou (沙州), under the command of Cao Yuande (曹元德)
    - Tianxiong (天雄) with the capital at Weizhou (衛州)* under the command of Zhang Lingzhao (張令昭), currently under a mutiny
    *Actually should be Fuzhou (府州), but since that province was quite small I merged it into Shengzhou
    *Actually should be Weizhou (魏州), but that province is outside of the current game map.


    Later Jin

    It's been 73 days since the beginning of the rebellion. Li Congke provoked Shi Jingtang (石敬瑭) to rebel by ordering him to change post from Hedong (河東) to Tianping (天平) in Shandong. Seeing that Li Congklve has far more resources and soldiers than him, Shi Jingtang made a pact with the devil and against the advice of his general Liu Zhiyuan (劉知遠) offered Datong, Zhenwu, and Lulong to Emperor Yelü Deguang of Liao (遼太宗) in exchange for the military support.


    Shi Jingtang controls almost whole Hedong circuit with the capital at Taiyuan (太原府), with the exception of a lone province ruled by a prefect (刺史) Ding Shenqi (丁審琦), who refused to join forces with the Shi Jingtang and remained loyal to Li Congke, at least for now.[/spoiler]

    Liao

    It's the 10th year of Tianxian era (天顯) and Yelü Deguang is as ambitious or even more than his father Emperor Taizu (遼太祖). Shi Jingtang offered him a deal no one would dare to refuse. For decades Khitans of Liao were raiding northern China and trying to make inroads into the fertile and wealthy Central Plain, but the opposition fielded by the Chinese was too fierce and invasion too risky. Now, they were willingly giving up the land they fought so hard to protect, only a fool wouldn't exploit the situation and lead hundreds of thousands of Khitan, Qay, Shirwi, Dilaq and other tribes into the heart of China. Bolstered by an early defection of Zhang Yanchao (張彥超) the prefect of Yuzhou (蔚州) in 932, Khitans can unravel their might onto the Later Tang.

    The realm of the Great Central Khitan state is currently expanding into the Tatar regions in the direction of the former Uighur Khaghanate. In recent decades it also subjugated parts of Datong and Zhaowu circuits.

    Great Yining

    The once mighty Nanzhao is in the exact same situation as Later Tang. The currently ruling Yang family made enemies with Duan Siping, the Jiedushi of Tonghai (通海) stationed at Xiushan (秀山). In defeating the tyrants he is joined by a protector (守) of Shanju (善巨) Gao Fang (高方). Right now the target is clear, to take the Dali fortress and build a new kingdom ruled by Duan and Gao clans!

    Nanping

    And on the of the map a lone indpendent state of Jiedushi of Jingnan (荆南), Gao Conghui (高從誨) bides his time spending time with his big family.
     
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    Dev Diary #3 後梁太祖開平元年四月甲子 June 1 907 - End of Tang bookmark

    So, I guess this time I wanted to show off a bit with something other mods don't have. As I said in the OP: every year, every month and every day between 867.1.1 and 960.2.4 is gonna be playable. So, some bookmarks are in order. End of Tang is the first (and currently only) bookmark added to the mod. Why this date? Because it's exact day Zhu Quanzhong (朱全忠) was declared an Emperor of [Later] Liang and China was finally split into several independent factions.

    Later Liang


    The immediate reason for Tang's downfall is the regime led by a man on whose orders Emperor Zhaozong (唐昭宗) was killed and who forced his son (唐哀帝) to relinquish the throne to him on 12th of May. Most of the ministers and subjects supported this move, seeing that Tang Emperors are mere puppets and warlords reign free in their circuits.

    In all, The Emperor of Liang has 17 circuits accepting his rule:
    - Xuanyi (宣義), known as Tianxiong in 936, due to lack of Kaifeng representing the capital of Later Liang. (1 province)
    - Heyang (河楊) under the command of Zhang Zongshi (張宗奭). (2 provinces)
    - Xidu (西都), known as Dongdu in 936, also under Zhang Zongshi who was tasked with rebuilding it after the destructive effects of warfare over the last decades. (2 provinces)
    - Zhaoyi (昭儀), known as Kuangyi in 936. Currently the Jiedushi is on the side of the rebellion, but all but one province is under Liang control. (6 provinces)
    - Wushun (武順), known as Chengde in 936, under the command of Prince of Zhao (趙王) Wang Rong (王鎔). (4 provinces)
    - Yiwu (義武), under the command of Wang Chuzhi (王處直). (3 provinces)
    - Lulong (盧龍), under the command of Liu Shouguang (劉守光). (9 provinces)
    - Zhongyi (忠義), known as Shannan Dongdao in 936, under the command of Yang Shihou (楊師厚). (4 provinces)
    - Jingnan (荆南), under thr command of Gao Jichang (高季昌). (1 province)
    - Baoyi (保儀), under the command an Imperial nephew Zhu Youliang (朱友諒). (2 provinces)
    - Huguo (護國), under the command of Zhu Youqian (朱友謙). (6 provinces)
    - Kuangguo (匡國), under the command of Liu Zhijun (劉知俊). (1 province)
    - Zhenguo (鎮國), under the command of Cai Jingsi (蔡敬思). (1 province)
    - Youguo (祐國), known as Xijing in 936, under the command of Wang Chongshi (王重師). (2 provinces)
    - Dingnan (定難), under the command of Li Sijian (李思諫). (4 provinces)
    - Shuofang (朔方), under the command of Han Xun (韓遜). (4 provinces)
    - Guiyi (歸義), under the command of Zhang Chengfeng (張承奉). (6 provinces)

    Prince of Jin/Later Tang


    The arch-nemesis of Zhu Quanzhong and the master of Hedong is the Shatuo leader and Prince of Jin (晉王) Li Keyong (李克用). He has been the hegemon of Shanxi since he retook Chang'an from the usurper Huang Chao and since then he kept growing in power. A self-proclaimed loyalist, he didn't accept that the Tang dynasty ended and officially his domain kept using the symbols of power granted to him by the late Tang Emperors.

    He rules over 4 circuits:
    - Hedong (河東), the personal fief of the Prince. (9 provinces)
    - Zhaoyi (昭儀), currently under the command of Li Sizhao (李嗣昭). (1 province)
    - Zhenwu (鎮武), currently under the command of Li Kening (李克寜). (4 provinces)
    - Datong (大同), currently without a Jiedushi and under a personal control of the Prince.

    Prince of Qi


    In the west, another warlord refusing to accept Zhu Quanzhong's rule is collecting soldiers to send off to war, the Prince of Qi (岐王) Li Maozhen (李茂貞). He himself previously rebeled against the Tang, but he never dared to declare himself an Emperor. He certainly won't accept Zhu Quanzhong as one.

    He rules over 6 circuits:
    - Fengxiang (鳳翔), a personal fief of the Prince. (3 provinces).
    - Xiongwu (雄武), under the command of his nephew Li Jichong (李繼崇). (4 provinces)
    - Jingnan (靜難), under the command of Li Jihui (李繼徽). (4 provinces)
    - Baoda (保大), under the command of Li Yanbo (李彥博). (2 provinces)
    - Baosai (保塞), under the command of Hu Jingzhang (胡敬璋). (3 provinces)
    - Zhangyi (彰義), currently without a Jiedushi and so under a personal control of the Prince. (4 provinces)

    Prince of Shu/Former Shu


    And resembling the situation from 936, Sichuan is under independent rule of Prince of Shu (蜀王) Wang Jian (王建). He made his career on pacifying rebellions in the southwest for which he was made a Jiedushi of Xichuan (西川), then in an opportunistic move he first rebelled against Tang and then betrayed his co-rebel, took over his domain while swearing once again fealty to Tang. From then on he kept expanding his power and control over neighbouring circuits until in 907 he could boast to control the entirety of southwest China. While he refused to acknowledge Liang as a dynasty, unlike Qi and Jin, Wang Jian doesn't feel much loyalty towards the old dynasty and would rather sate his own ambitions...

    Shu has 11 circuits under control:

    - Xichuan (西川), a personal fief of the Prince. (14 provinces)
    - Dongchuan (東川), known as Wude in 936, under the command of Wang Zongji (王宗佶). (6 provinces)
    - Wuxin (武信), under the command of Zhao Kuangming (趙匡明). (6 provinces)
    - Wutai (武泰), under the command of Wang Zongben (王宗本). (3 provinces)
    - Zhenjiang (鎮江), known as Ningjiang in 936, under the command of Wang Zongju (王宗矩). (4 provinces)
    - Longjian (龍劍), with the capital at Longzhou (龍州). Currently without a Jiedushi. (2 provinces)
    - Xingwen (興文), with the capital at Wenzhou (文州). Currently also without a Jiedushi. (2 provinces)
    - Zhaowu (昭武), currently also without a Jiedushi and so split between Wuding and Shannan Xidao. (4 provinces)
    - Shannan Xidao (山南西道), under the command of Wang Zonghe (王宗賀). (4 provinces)
    - Wuding (武定), currently under the command of Wang Zongwan (王宗綰). (3 provinces)
    - Baqu (巴渠), with the capital at Bazhou (巴州). Currently under the command of Wang Zonglang (王宗郎). (4 provinces)


    Several things to note:
    - Army sizes are inflated due to the fact that most of provinces have maximum possible holdings build from the start. I'm probably gonna limit the 'full' provinces only to the most major ones at the start before the release.
    - Forming China is done through repurposed Adopt Chinese Imperialism decision, which creates a new empire title for a character (or gives them a historical one if it has no holder). No Empire title is creatable through normal means, primarily to keep Temple names from gaining regnal numbers.
    - On usurpation of the title it is destroyed and a new one is generated.
    - On forming a new Empire you get an event in which you can choose the flag and the name of the new dynasty.
    - Temple names are assigned after death as they should have been from the day 1 (seriously PDS? It was the easiest thing to change).
    - Only Tang starts as a de-jure title, all others are titular at the game start to make vassals more prone to independence wars.
    - Due to the half of the realm being outside the game map, Liang is a bit screwed, while Former Shu is OP.
    - Disbalance between duchies is a feature.
     
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    Dev Diary #4 楚武穆王 King Wumu of Chu

    A great-grandson of Yun (筠), grandson of Zheng (正), son of Yuanfeng (元豐). King's family name is Ma (馬), personal name Yin (殷). King of Chu (楚國王), Jiedushi of Wu'an (武安), Wuchang (武昌), Jingjiang (靜江) and Ningyuan (寧遠) armies. Born at Yanling (鄢陵 ) in Xuzhou (許州) along with two younger brothers, Cong (賨) and Cun (存), he enlisted into the army to became an officer at Xuanwu army (宣武) and at some point was delegated to Shangcai (上蔡) to serve under the command of a prefect (刺史) Qin Zongquan (秦宗權).



    The King remained a commander under Qin Zongquan until 887 when Zongquan ordered his brother Qin Zongheng (秦宗衡) and his general Sun Ru (孫儒) to strike east at Huai'nan Circuit. King Wumu follwed Sun Ru when he murder Zongheng, took over the control over the army and redeclared allegiance to Tang dynasty.



    5 years later Sun Ru tried to destroy his strongest rival in the region, Yang Xingmi (楊行密), then Jiedushi of Ningguo (寧國軍節度使). Amassing strong army he strived to deal a decisive blow to Yang, but he underestimated the opponent and died of malaria during along siege of Xuanzhou (宣州), after losing multiple battles and having all prefectures under command taken over by Yang's generals. King Wumu was then leading a detachment gathering resources for the army along with Liu Jianfeng (劉建鋒) and Zhang Ji (張佶). Hearing of Sun Ru's death they gathered their forces and the remnants of Sun Ru's army and moved west, towards Jiangxi.



    Liu Jianfeng was elected as the leader of the army, while King Wumu became his second in command. They opted to bypass Jiangxi and move even further west to Changsha (長沙), the capital of Tanzhou prefecture (潭州) and the seat of the Jiedushi of Wu'an army (武安軍節度使). Then at the post was Deng Chuna (鄧處訥), a former prefect of (邵州) who mutinied and conquered the circuit. Jianfeng's forces defeated him in battle and took over the circuit. His rule was short, as after 2 years of leading depraved hedonist lifestyle, he set eyes on the beuatiful wife of general Chan Zhan (陳贍). Chen unable to contain his wrath after she became Jianfeng's lover, he murdered him in cold blood. King Wumu was then selected by the army to take over the command of the circuit. At that point only Tanzhou, as other prefectures were in the hand of independent prefects: Jiang Xun (蔣勳 at Shaozhou), Cai Jie (蔡結) at Daozhou (道州), Yang Shiyuan (楊師遠) at Hengzhou (衡州), Tang Shimin (唐世旻) at Yongzhou (永州), Chen Yanqian (陳彥謙) at Chenzhou (郴州) and Lu Jingren (魯景仁) at Lianzhou (連州).



    Sending his great generals Zhang Ji, Li Qiong (李瓊), Li Tang (李唐) and Qin Yanhui (秦彥暉) to resume control over the entirety of the circuit. Concluding that by the end of 899, King Wumu was offcially granted the post of Jiedushi by Emperor Zhaozong. Next year after tensions erupted with the neighbouring Jingjiang Jiedushi Liu Shizheng (劉士政), Li Qiong promptly led an expedition to crush the enemy and in November of 900 surrendered his territories after a quick siege. King Wumu at this point held control over two cricuit and 12 prefectures in total.


    In 907.6.8, a week after Emperor Ai of Tang yelded the throne, Zhu Huang (朱晃) enfeoffed King Wumu as Prince of Chu (楚王). In 908 under Imperial orders he struck and took Langzhou (朗州) from Lei Yangong (雷彥恭) expanding his demense to encompass Wuzhen (武貞). The same year Li Qiong recovered 6 prefectures belonging to Jingjiang circuit, but which were taken over by Liu Yin (劉隱), Jiedushi of Qinghai (清海軍節度使).



    Over the next years King Wumu build a prosperous realm. On one hand he didn't stop feuding with his neighbours and struct both Jingnan to the west and Wu to the east. At the same time he wisely pursued marriage alliances with Wuyue and Southern Han which kept his realm from being encircled by enemies. He also kept nominal vassalage to first Liang and later Tang Empires for which he was allowed to enrich his state through trade with the Central Plain and was finally enfeoffed as King of Chu (楚國王) in 927.7.18. Stricking balance between warfare and diplomacy he build a foundation for a proseprous state, which would be nontheless destroyed by infighting of his ambitious sons after his death in 930.12.2



    I'm mostly done redrawing the map. China, Vietnam are in with coasts, rivers, provinces redrawn. Currently I'm doing rivers in Mongolia and then I'll do Korean provinces and coasts. As for title history work, as visible on screenshot I still have to do Wuyue and half of Southern Han. Also Manchuria is untouched, but that shouldn't take too much time due to paucity of sources.

     
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    Dev Diary #5 吳越國 Wuyue

    OK, this was the final dynasty to be done for a reason. While not the biggest, as it was spared destructive invasions and was annexed peacefully by Song it managed to keep lot's of records intact. Chiefly the official history of the kingdom 吳越備史 was composed on the Song court, a honour which wasn't granted to any other state of the so called 10 kingdoms. Also the region itself is replate with Provincial Gazeteers written during Song, Ming and Qing dynasties which also preserve informations not present in the official histories.

    Thanks to that the provincial history could be completed to the level impossible for many other regions. All 13 provinces are ruled by historical prefects starting in 867.1.1 all the way until the annexation of Wuyue by Song in 978.6.9. Typically in other regions I started from the top, first adding Jiedushi as title holders in all provinces and then adding known prefects to the history. This time it was possible to do it the other way around.


    11 Provinces of Wuyue, divided between 3 duchies:
    Zhenhai (鎮海) with the capital at Hangzhou (杭州) held by the King of Wuyue. Known also as the Western Administration (西府).
    Zhedong (浙東) later known as Zhendong (鎮東) with the capital at Yuezhou (越州) and officially helf also by the king of Wuyue, but most of the time delegated to a deputy. Known also as the Eastern Administration (東府).
    Weiwu (威武) with the capital at Fuzhou (福州). It was gained in 946 as Min desintegrated following invasion by Southern Tang and partitioned.


    I'll only add that the coverage for Southern Tang is not that bad either, not as good as for Wuyue, but it's a far cry from Southern Han where very little is preserved in terms of local administration.


    The only reason the family trees of Chinese clans are so big is that in those times they didn't have sexual education in schools. But jokes aside, Lin'an Qian went to be a major figurers in Song politics. While there will be still lot's of reserach to be done later, I already went through the History of Song 宋史 and at least two funerary epigraphs and added known Lin'an Qian characters to the game, for example Qian Duanli (錢端禮) who in 1168 was made a prefect of Ningguo (寧國府), which during 5 dynasties era was known as Xuanzhou (宣州). Let's say, I'm playing a long game with this mod. ;)

    Progress report:
    - Balhae done, working on the successor states. The problem is that historians can't really agree on the details as the history of the region is quite murky, so expect possibly controversial decisions.
    - Added more provinces for Liao and Qay, so they will be a bigger threat for the dynasties in the south.
    - As I neglected Liao history before I'm currently taking care of that. Luckily, the History of Liao (遼史), while fragmentary, preserves quite a lot of information, so Liao Emperors won't be holding all provinces.

    Now the question. Do you guys prefer to have release later, but with Korea already in the mod? Or earlier with Korea added in 1.1? It's still gonna take me some time to patch up Liao and Balhae successor states, but Korea would for sure push the release well into July.
     
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