Empire of Hondon
|Empire of Hondon|
|Motto: Loyal and Pure|
|Anthem: Cup of Solid Purity|
|Official language(s)|| Official language: |
Other languages: Kildarian (English)
|Official religion(s)||de facto: Tianchaodao|
|- Emperor of Hondon||Hoshasei Emperor|
|- Dachen (Head of the Government)||Yu Jieshi|
|- Legislature||Imperial State Council|
|Establishment|| 1650 AN (14 July 2017 / 296 EGA) as autonomous region
1653 AN (17 November 2017 / 315 EGA) as Hondon
|Population||1,300,000 (1653 AN)|
The Empire of Hondon is a Jingdaoese puppet state which replaced the nation of Xhusovo, which was formed under a form of semi-constitutional monarchy. It came into existence after the Jingdaoese occupation of the region during the War of Lost Brothers and had to act as a buffer zone to protect Jingdao's eastern border. It's ruled by the son of Princess Yuling, who took the regnal name Hoshasei Emperor.
Originally, it was a Jingdaoese province, but when the Jingdaoese left the territory, the Florian Republic came into existence. Mostly Jingdaoese ethnic locals fought for the establishment of an autonomous region within the Republic, under the name Xhusor. In 1652 AN (30th September / 308 EGA), it declared independence after a close result in the Xhusor Referendum of Independence as Xhusovo.
A war occurred in the region from the 14th July 2017 to 2nd August 2017. After the war, the region suffered and many citizens left for refuge in Nedland. Many people became unemployed and the economy dropped massively.
As many as 800,000 Xhusors had fled following the war. Many of those who fled found their way to Krasnarus, being one of the nearest countries to lack an active animus towards the Xhusovar Jing. For those who remained the situation was grim, with 40% of the housing stock damaged or destroyed and unemployment rampant. The country was landlocked, bordered by former adversaries. The local currency was worthless, with inflation reaching catastrophic proportions as legal trade stalled while local producers lacked the necessary black market connections to facilitate direct access into the USSO Common Market, while at the same time infrastructure development had stalled due to a lack of inward investment and a complete lack of foreign currency reserves. Xhusovo was seen as a bad investment with poor long term prospects. The only discernible economic activity initiated by the government had been the commencement of a stadium building project. Considering the condition of the country in the immediate aftermath of a war and fraught independence, the decision to focus upon sporting infrastructure was quixotic in the extreme. It was even denounced by some as a gross misappropriation of funds on the part of so-called XLA veterans.
The XLA under the leadership of Zhu Cheng was practically the sole functioning entity in Xhusovo; almost all aspects of the state and society, at least in those areas not pertaining to sport, remained under the purview of the old XLA leadership. The autocratic leadership model inherited from the days of the guerrilla war and urban terrorist campaign against the Florian Republic meant that the cadres of the XLA were brutally intolerant of even limited levels of internal dissent. The ruling clique could neither forgive nor forget how narrow their margin of victory in the independence referendum had been. It was widely suspected, but never confirmed, that, in the absence of Florian troops – whose deployment had been bizarrely cancelled owing to a rogue commentary provided by a Kalgachi diplomat – the XLA had been able to engage in all manner of electoral fraud, including ballot stuffing, the intimidation of voters, identity fraud and the bribery of election officials. Indeed, some Florian commentators long contented that, without the menaces of the XLA, the narrow victory for the independence campaign would have been a resounding defeat.
The Twelve Days War
In late 1653 AN the Sxiro-Florian allied forces occupied Xhusovo in order to forestall or delay a Jingdaoese invasion through the Xhusovo Gap. Although sufficient time was not available to fortify the country to the same standard as the rest of the Florian-Jing border, the allies were able to introduce a modest garrison of 17,000, reinforced by hastily assembled local militias, and installed a new democratic leader Shang Yang to replace the ousted Zhu Cheng and the XLA.
Head of State
The strong ethnic, political and military ties between the Hondonese and Jingdaoese nations made it possible for the Jingdaoese forces to convince the remnants of the Xhusovar government (of which a majority had fled the country during the Twelve Days War) to place a Jingdaoese on the new throne. The nation itself was renamed Hondon and the head of state even belonged to the same Dynasty as the Heavenly Light of Jingdao.
Prince Hon, son of Princes Yuling Erasmii, was chosen as the right man for the job: he lacked importance, so in case of an early death, it wouldn't have been a real loss. On the other hand, he had sufficient standing to serve as an important propaganda tool. The Xhusovars, whom were an offspring of the Jingdaoese, would see his familial ties, as a proof that serious efforts were undertaken to stabilise the region.
In 1653 AN (17 November / 315 EGA) the prince was crowned Emperor and received the regal name Hoshasei Emperor, which literally meant 'radiant'.
|No.||Portrait||Regal name||Personal name||Birth||Reign||Death||Succession||Bloodline||Note|
|1||Hoshasei Emperor||Hon Ben Erasmus|| 1635 AN
Jade Palace, Daocheng
|1653 AN - ...||...||Received the crown after military occupation during the War of Lost Brothers.||Erasmii||
The Emperor was helped by his prime minister, who received the title of Dachen.
|No.||Portrait||Name||Term of Office||Party||Note|
|1||Yu Jieshi||20.XV.1653 AN - incumbent||Jing and Hon Association|
Imperial State Council
The Imperial State Council was largely established as an honorary body without real authority. It acted as a parliament with a limited number of 15 seats and consisted of:
- Imperial Court Officials: 5 seats, appointed by the Emperor
- District representatives: 8 seats, elected directly by the people.
- Temple representative: 1 seat, occupied by an appointed priest of the Tianchaodao Faith.
- Army representative: 1 seat
Most real power ended up in the hands of the Emperor and the Jingdaoese Army, which guarded the peace in the small country. The candidates for erach election are screened beforehand and need to run with the sole legal party: the Jing and Hon Association, a pro-Jingdaoese party which modelled itself after the Badao Party.
The nation, after the Treaty of Chuán Ké, was divided into eight districts.
Under prime minister Yu Jieshi, a Xhusovar statesman who had fled the country after the Shirerithian invasion during the Twelve Days War, was impressed by the effective education and indoctrination of the Jingdaoese youth. Confronted with a ruined country and a lack of national spirit, the prime minister sought to restore a certain pride through education. He found support from the Emperor who himself was a Jingdaoese and believed that education could aid in the reconstruction of the nation.
A nationwide reform was introduced with the funds that Hondon received from the Florian war indemnities in Treaty of Chuán Ké.
National People's Schools (Kokumin Gakkō) became the new elementary schools and students were required to attend vocational training schools on graduation, which mixed vocational and basic military training (for both boys qand girls). The Youth Schools (Seinen Gakkō) for older students furthered this education and also conducted classes at night for working boys and girls.
The Heavenly Light University of Chuán Ké became the first university of the country and was 65% funded by the Jingdaoese government. Most personnel was Jingdaoese and actively made attempts to influence the youth's stance on Jingdao and towards the military. Emphasis was laid on the Emperor worship cult, and loyalty to the most important values of the nation, and the importance of ancient military virtues.
Every public institution installed, on the government's orders, a Ho an den, which was a small shrine that housed a photograph of the incumbent Jingdaoese Heavenly Light, together with a smaller picture of the Emperor of Hondon.
The Hondonese suffered tremendously under the different regimes and instability of the region. War had left the people with nothing but destroyed towns and villages. The civil war with the Florians, mismanagement after the independence struggle, the Twelve Days War and finally the War of Lost Brothers had left the nation bereft from any industrial export product. What was left, was hungry and impoverished population.
Thanks to the war indemnities which the Florians had to pay (a total of 700 million Kala, equal to 700 billion Hondonese Kala), the government could pump new funds into the country, starting the slow path to recovery.
Serious crackdowns on corruption by the Jingdaoese Army and education reforms had to help in improve the work ethics. This had mixed results, as productivity indeed increased, but work pressure and suicide rates did too. The Heavenly Mission, an organisation established by the Meiyo Emperor of Jingdao, became increasingly active from 1657 AN, and onwards, in the re-education and nourishment of the local population. The Mission, which at a certain moment fed over 32% of the population, taught the Jing values to the population and gave the opportunity to escape the miserable life they had before.