The Young Guard refers to a group of young politicians, military personnel and bureaucrats who were born or grew up during the Chidao Era (since 1659 AN). They lived up during a period of economic growth, increasing prosperity and a long lasting peace and political stability. Small, backwards villages were for the first time opened up and brought into contact with marvels like the railroad, cars and electricity.
Those individuals were seen as strong supporters of the Heavenly Light (who they saw as personification of the golden era). In contrast with the Old Guard, they seek to promote the expansion of Jingdaoese through soft power, rather than expanding influence through waging war or seeking conflict. The White Tea Road is one of its primary examples.