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Daimyo of Shizuoka: Ota

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Daimyo of Shizuoka: Jyōsho->Fureno Tomo

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I urge all daimyo to reconsider who has the rightful claim to be Daimyo of Shizuoka. Is it not Fureno-shi? Should we not respect e traditions of those who have come before us? Please, to avoid undermining our societ, support Fureno-shi. The righteous shall prevail.


SATAKE YOSHIHIRO
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His posting as military adviser to the Shogun had been troubling these past few years; the army had been devastated during the war with the gaijin and had shown the multitude of flaws within the traditional system. What’s more, his own armies had been badly bloodied in these brutal battles. Thus, he determined that the only pragmatic course was to, in light of the collapse of the splendid isolation Nippon had enjoyed for centuries, begin an importation of foreign ideas in a regulated manner, incorporating what was needed and beneficial and discarding the rest. The success of the gaijin had come from better tactics and equipment, and he would have to adapt and adopt them.

It was obvious that changes would have to be made; perhaps he could send junior officers abroad to learn of the gaijin’s way of warfare, increase importation of their muskets and cannon. Thoughts ran through his head as he determined the first move would be to expand his own forces – 6,000 infantrymen would do nicely, he surmised. At the very least, he would no longer be relegated as a minor, powerless lord.

It is vital that the armies of our glorious empire be reformed so that we may never again taste such distasteful and dishonourable defeat; it is vital for us, now that we have been forced from our isolation, to modernise and expand. I advise our wise elder and our venerable Shogun to, in the name of our divine Emperor, resolve to make such changes as necessary.


The National Revitalization Act: Aye
Daimyo of Shizuoka: Ota

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Date Munenari, Lord of Uwajima (Matsuyama), Elder of Shikoku, and War Adviser to the Shogun
 
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Kenkyo to Seigi, Modesty and Justice. This is the doctrine which guided Nippon through the War of Matsui's Folly. And yet, out of the jaws of victory defeat was snatched, as the Shogun's rightful authority as military commander of the nation was thrown away to corrupt weaklings in the Imperial Court. Kyoto's influence must be curbed. The Bakufu must be preserved. The status quo must be maintained. The Imperial Restorationists and all their sympathizers must be purged from the Advisory Council and the Roju for now and forever. Men of virtue must defend the existing social order from ambitious upstarts who seek to make their names on the back of a nation's humiliation. If the Bakumatsu is real, if this the Autumn of the Shogunate, then it is up to all loyal sons of Nippon to make it a fall of good harvest and not one of barren branches. Winter is coming and the nation must be ready.

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Order of the Harvest Moon: The adept level of the Faction.
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The National Revitalization Act: No
Daimyo of Shizuoka: Inoue

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It is quite clear the problems which change has brought to Nippon. The Reforms have brought in more Nanban and has triggered the "Matsui Reaction" in which the Nanban were brutally slaughtered by the dishonorable Daimyo Matusi Hideki. Many point fingers at the Traditionalists like those members of Unity & Honour. But we Unity & Honour is a pacifistic group who does not believe in involving ourselves in the affairs of the faraway places where the Nanban reside.

It is clear that many think in order to defeat the Nanban Nippon must become the Nanban. Be afraid, for one day you will awake in the house of a Briton wearing the clothes of the Dutch and speaking the language of the Spanish.

- Daijo-Daijin Mori Takachika
 

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Final Tally (With Samurai Bonuses and Bonuses Added):

Guide: Yes/No/Abstain

National Revitalization Act: 17.5/5/0
Passed

Final Tally for Heir (Each point is a brigade from a supporting province or a Samurai):

Guide: Ota/Inoue/Jyosho/Fureno Tomo

Heir: 7/3/0/2

Ota Sukekatsu is now the new Lord of Shizouka ((I will let you flush him out more lifewarrior))

Also, since Ito was appointed Justice Adviser, the Spanish-mission has been succesfully completed. Relations have improved.
 

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Satake (1849-1851): Run on the Banks

Post-War Japan was in a bad condition. The economy was ravaged, Nagasaki was burning, and the military was devastated. The Japanese spirit was destroyed, and all now turned to the Shogun and his Roju for advise on the way forward. The Roju though was greeted by two new factions. The first of these factions was the Fujin League, a modernization league heavily based in Kyushu. The faction formed because the Lords of Kyushu, especially Lord Yamamoto and Lord Hosokawa, felt the North did not care enough for their interests. The bulk of troops fighting in Kyushu were from Kansai, Kyushu, Chugoku, and Shikoku. Lord Uesugi, Lord Motoro, and even Lord Satake (who was advising the Shogun on troop movements to counter the Turks), sent not no troops to the aide of Kyushu. In responce, Lord Hosokawa organized the Fujin League with the other Kyushu Lords, a Southern version of Lord Satake's Thunder Alliance, but more focused towards modernization and showed signs of being imperialist. The second faction to come out of this time was The Falling Leaves Society. Many historians consider the FLS the Shogunate equivalent to the Imperial Restoration Faction, for the FLS was a secretive organization that advocated for the return to Shogunate rule, to remove the barbarians from Japan, and to put the Emperor in his place. It was unknown if these men had violent intentions due to their jingoist policy.

Nonetheless, the Spanish Crown did not find a hostile faction to their interests disturbing. Yet that did not stop the Spanish from trying to help Japan out of its economic depression. The Japanese Roju passed the National Revitalization Act, an act aimed to help draw up money to rebuild the country. To the western world, this was described in a different way; "banking". The Act paved the way for Japan to introduce its first bank, the Nihon no kokuritsu ginkō, the first National Bank of Japan. With the help of Spanish bankers, Japan now had a fully established monetary system to help get funds from across the world. Immediately though, the debt started pilling up. At its height, the national debt was at 6.5 thousand feudal notes. In order to help curve the debt, Lord Satake cut public spending. Military spending dropped to 50%, educational spending dropped to 65%, and taxes were raised to 74% across all boards to help stop the deficit. Soon, money was flowing into Japan, and the debt was payed off. However, Japan soon got its first taste of international banking, when three countries that took out loans declared bankruptcy. The tiny Italian State of Modena, the United States of Central America, and Venezuela, all went broke. Japan though had never heard of these countries, and the funds drawn out were so small, it did not bother with it. Eventually, countries like the United States of America and Mexico were drawing up funds from Japan to fuel a war going on in the Americas, which pitted the two sides against each other. Indeed, banking not only fixed the economy of Japan, but it also brought further contact with the outside world through the power of money.


(The Currency used by Japanese Banks)

Money was also good in getting new soldiers recruited. New brigades of soldiers, ordered up from the previous years, were beginning to form with the new funds to buy equipment. The armies that were badly beaten against the Turks were replenished to full health. The money the banks drew up help fix up the armies of Japan, and brought about further modernization of the Japanese armies. Eventually, only Chugoku was the only region that relied on Ashigaru and Samurai 100%, with many regions switching over to new riflemen brigades to replace the feudal Ashigaru. The biggest army though belonged to the army under the command of Lord Kishiwada, 39,000 strong. The Ashigaru and Samurai of that army were moved to Kyoto to prevent attrition. Lord Satake had the next big army, followed by Lord Motoro and Lord Date. The bulk of military might was still in the North, but the Center and South were catching up.


(A Painting of Lord Kishiwada inspecting his huge Army)
While rebuilding was happening, Lord Satake took a brief break from duty. His only decision was to allow tea farmers in Kyushu the right to keep their tea, lowering militancy. The people were content, militancy and consciousness were at low levels. The military was rebuilt, the income was rolling in, and the people were generally happy. The Bakamutsu period seemed to slow down, and the Shogun seemed to be taking in prestige. Emperor Komei though was not willing to back down after Satake granted him more powers. The Emperor was starting to muster support across the island, and no better was this seen then in Shizouka. Shizouka was having a succession crisis. Fureno Yoshito died without and heir, and his vassals soon began to plan war against each other for control. Other Daimyo began to back one of three lords. The man who had the biggest support was Lord Ota. Ota, the modernizer of the three, faced off against Lord Inoune, the hardline traditionalist. Most of Lord Ota's support came from the Center and the South of Japan, while Lord Inoune garnered backing from the North. Few believed that Fureno Tomo, the true heir to Shizouka, would return. With all his backers having large armies to help him, Lord Ota destroyed the other Daimyo, and proclaimed himself the one true ruler of Shizouka. The Shogun immedietly dismissed Ota as illegitimate and violent, but the Emperor stepped in and recognized Ota as the ruler of Shizouka. For the first time in hundreds of years, the Emperor overruled the Shogun. Perhaps this was a sign of things to come. Perhaps the Emperor is no longer the figurehead he has been.

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