Imperial Tributary System
The Chidao Emperor
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The diplomatic affairs and relations of the Jingdaoese Empire are conducted by the Secretariat of Talking, which is part of the Ministry of Stability. The Secretary handles the initial contacts with nations and entities, after which the Imperial Household formalises and passes the agreement. Its offices are located in the Changgong Headquarters, at Sheng Garden No. 20.
As a great power, Jingdao's foreign policy has long been dominated by an aggressive staunch, as it saw it as its divine duty to unite the world under its own purified banner and protect it against the corruption of what it perceived to be its enemy: Shireroth. This brought it frequently in conflict with other nations, like Passio-Corum, which - ironically - became on of its staunch allies in more modern times. This policy was altered with the reign of the Jinken Emperor in 1608 AN, and a more peaceful and less threatening model of interaction was chosen.
Because of its difficult, and even hostile, relations with the Imperial Republic of Shireroth and Natopia, the Jing foreign policy shifted towards a policy of containment and neutrality or friendship with smaller nations and neighbours. Throughout its history it saw military conflicts - like the War of Lost Brothers - with those nations, with mixed results.
The current objectives of the foreign office of Jingdao concentrates on pacifying and strengthening its presence at its borders. National defence and strategical dominance is the main goal of the Jingdaoese:
- securing the eastern borders with the Green by integrating Barbarian hordes whenever possible.
- it seeks the assurance that Jingdaoese who don't live within Jingdao are treated decently.
- strengthening the strategical position of the Empire through investments in puppet states and protectorates.
- a limited economical cooperation with the rest of the world. The Closed Door Policy was replaced by entering the USSO Common Market, but still plays a role in limiting too much influence of foreigners on the Jing market.
- military cooperation and guaranteed defence against foreign aggressors.
Tired of years of warfare and ongoing conflict, the Guanchang Faction pushed for a divide and protect-policy in which it more or less accepted Shirerithian hegemony in Benacia, while focusing on keeping its own hegemony on Apollonia.
Nations which interact with Jingdao, receive a rank. Depending on the relationship with the Heavenly Court, a nation can receive gifts and benefits from the Empire. Some nations are perceived impure (Hun), making relations beyond war declarations and temporary truces impossible, while others can gain the status of Xing (relative pure) and will be treated as friends. The middle ground is called chu, which is neutral. Neutral nations that are considered to be moving in an impure direction are called chu-hun, while neutral nations that are considered to be moving in a pure direction are called chu-ji.
When a diplomat seeks to gain access to the Imperial Court, it is advised to bring tribute to the Emperor. A representative of Jingdaoese descend is expected to kowtow in front of the Heavenly Light before being allowed to discuss the terms of a treaty or agreement, while non-Jing diplomats are expected to bow before being spoken to. Refusal to comply automatically ends any talks between both sides, as it's seen as a terrible offence.
The tribute, often in the shape of animals, local products or even bound servants, is seen as a symbolic gesture and (in the eyes of the Jingdaoese) a sign of recognition of the Heavenly Light as suzerain of Micras.
Foreign relations of Jingdao
|Country||Status||Explanation and notes|
|Alduria||Chu-ji||Jingdao and Alduria have signed a Treaty of Amity and Commerce in 1672 AN|
|Alrig||Close ally, both bilaterally as through the USSO|
|Craitland||Previously an ally through the USSO. Their decision to leave the USSO when talks of the Bassarid Empire were held was respected by the Chidao Emperor who shared the concerns.|
|Eklesia||Hun||It is not known why this state is classified as 'hun', but there have been not sufficient reasons to re-classify it either.|
|Florian Republic||Hun||Relations through the Treaty of Peace between the Member States of the Union of States around the Sovereign Oceans and the Florian Republic and between the Imperial Republic of Shireroth and the Florian Republic. Throughout their history, the Florians have displayed their untrustworthiness and improper ways of conduct countless times. They are considered to be irredeemable as a people and as a nation.|
|Imperial Trade Union||Close ally through the USSO|
|Inner Benacia||Hun||It is not known why this state is classified as 'hun', but there have been not sufficient reasons to re-classify it either.|
|Krasnocoria||Close ally through the USSO|
|Los Liberados||Chu-hun||Instigated an implausible naval blockade against the USSO.|
|Natopia||Hun||Natopia is held responsible for the death of the Kattei Emperor, who was murdered on Natopian soil by Adam Anushiruwân with perceived consent from the Natopian state. Natopia and Jingdao were also enemies in the War of the Lost Brothers, Natopia has unilaterally declared peace, but Jingdao maintains a state of war.|
|Nova England||Ally during the War of the Lost Brothers|
|Ralgon||Chu-ji||The Ralgon ambassador to Jingdao behaved himself in such a gracious manner that it convinced the Imperial Palace that Ralgon was headed towards purity.|
|Shireroth||Hun||Rival, relations through the Treaty of Peace between the Imperial Republic of Shireroth and the Empire of Jingdao|
|Stormark||Hun||The nation of Stormark is known for its sexual immorality and for the state sponsorship of sexual abuse. It has also been at odds with Jingdaoese interests countless times since the dawn of the first empire. The nation and its people are considered to be without redeemable features.|
|Thracistan||Hun||President Alperen Mithat Gaz approached the Imperial Palace without tribute in 1673 and committed several other faux-pas which are considered to be both insulting towards the Heavenly Light and the Jingdaoese Empire.|
|Unified Governorates||Chu-ji||While still regarded as a former Shirerithian state, the gracious behavior it displayed in diplomatic conduct and its humanist policies tipped the balance for the Imperial Palace to recognize this state as chu-ji.|
|Xang Muang||USSO ally|
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