Nakama

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Nakama
仲間国
"Nakama-Koku"
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: 風林火山
"Fuurin Kazan"
Wind, Forest, Fire, Mountain
Anthem: 国を越えて
"Kuni wo Koete"
(en:Across the Land)
Capital
and largest city
Serika
Official languages Japanese
Ethnic groups Yamato (86%), Namiyan (8%), Fuuki (2%), Okataian (2%), Korean (1%), others (2%)
Demonym Nakamaese
Government Parliamentary democracy under constitutional monarch
 -  Emperor Wakahito
 -  Prime Minister Hiroshi Takanashi
Major Historical Events
 -  Establishion of Ichihara-kyo 1185 
 -  Yukimasa Edict 8 October 1821 
 -  Nakama State Treaty 1 October 1947 
Area
 -  Total 333,732 km2
128,855 sq mi
 -  Water (%) .8
Population
 -  2017 estimate 117,945,832
 -  2010 census 116,302,626
 -  Density 354/km2
916.9/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate
 -  Total $4,037 Trillion
 -  Per capita $34,234
Gini (2017)35.2
medium
HDI (2018)0.867
very high
Currency Nakamaese Yen (¥)
Time zone NNT (TUC+10)
Drives on the left
Internet TLD .nk

Nakama (仲間国 Nakama-Koku?) is a country in east asia located in the Izu Islands (伊豆諸島). Located in the northeastern part of Pacific Ocean, bordering with Japan and Okatabawashi in the west, with Guam in the south, Stretching from the Nakama Sea in the north to the Mariana Islands in the south. Nakama is a series of archipelago consisting about 708 islands with the main islands are Seijima, Higashima and Ogasawara. With 117 millions inhabitant, Nakama currently is AIN 3nd largest country by population. Serika the capital city of Nakama currently also hold Earth's 5th largest metropolitan area and AIN largest metropolitan area with about 28 million residents inhabiting there.

Nakama currently AIN 2rd largest economy by the total GDP PPP with GDP PPP total about $ 4 Trillions. Having HDI of 0.858 as of 2017, Nakama is a developed country with the 18th highest standard of living. The economy is export-driven, with production focusing on electronics, automobiles, ships, machinery, petrochemicals and software programming.

Etymology

According to the history, Name of Nakama (仲間) firstly mentioned after the end of Genpei War where the remaining member of Taira Clan claimed the "southern land" which later become their territory. From the original Japanese Languange, term of Nakama (仲間) literally means united or comrade. It's believed that the name Nakama was taken to unite the remaining power of Taira Clan in the southern land to face the Minamoto Shogunate from the north.

History

Prehistory Era

Archeological research indicated that Nakama firstly inhabited from around 7,000 BC. Settlers believed moved from the mainland asia thoughout Japanese archipelago toward the southeastern part of Honshu and Izu islands including the main island of Nakama Seijima Island. Jomon people settled Seijima island until southern end of modern day Suzukake Prefecture. The descendant of Jomon people believed to settle Highashima Island as Emishi who continue to dominate Higashima Island until the assimilation with Yamato People in around 13th century.

Pre-Genpei Nakahara (Before 1180)

Nakama prior to Genpei war in late 12th century are in the direct control of Imperial House of Japan. Nakama known as Southern land or Nangoku (南国) with the central power at Naga Province (名賀国). At this period, Nakama divides into 36 provinces while the southern Seijima Island are barely settled and Ogasawara Island not included in the map at this point.

In southern part of Nakama, Namiyan Empire was founded around 700AD by Namiyan People, the descendant of late Yamatai which remains to be uncontacted with the Imperial court of Japan and later Taira Shogunate until around 15th century.

Genpei War and Taira Shogunate

Miniature of Imperial Palace of Ichihara-kyo
With the Genpei War in Honshu, in 1180 Ichihara-kyo in modern day Ichihara city established as the temporary seat of Japan's Imperial Court, and therefore the capital of the country, for roughly six months in 1180 during genpei war. Eventually with the lost from Genpei War, Taira clan move from Japanese area to the southern land, establishing feudalism over the land ultimately split Nakama from now Minamoto clan ruled Japan. In 1187 Nakama Imperial government officially established alongside with the feudalistic power of Taira Shogunate with the Taira no Yukimori as the shogun (councilor) and Prince Tokimasa (later known as Emperor Ichiriki), the second son from Emperor Takakura and the relative from Yukimori as the imperial leader. Nakama capital set in Ichihara-kyo which remains to be the capital of the country for next 4 centuries until the time when the Kurahashi Shogunate set the capital in Serika.

During this period of Taira leadership, Southern land reconciled the relation with northern land who later ruled by Shikken from Hōjō clan. In 1266, Emperor Daiyouki enacted the reform where the administrative territory of Nangoku defined as 53 province which later become the base of the modern Nakama prefecture administrative divisions. Taira Shogun in this period come from the branch line of the early Taira Clan who formed the Nangoku (later Nakama) administration. By 1345, the weakening of main imperial line of Nangoku, Taira Yoshitoshi as the shogun at that time reinforce the situation by strengthened the rule of shogunate on Nangoku and redefine the rule of local daimyos leader of every provinces which resulting for more control of daimyos toward their lands.

Warring State Period

Serika period depiction of Battle of Shibasaki
In 1501 with the weakening authority of taira shogunate combined with multiple succession crisis, numberous of local daimyos on the country pursue to gather the power and dominance on their areas initially by seeking the loyality toward one side during a succession crisis which later grow into the open war all over the region. During this period of warring state (1501-1603) many daimyos engage into other in order to gain influence.

With the similar condition during the Sengoku Period in northern land (Japan), in 1579 series of battle happened in Shibasaki between the forces of coalition of Oda Clan from north with the Kurahashi Clan which the daimyo of Shibasaki area alongside with several reinforcement including from declining Taira Shogunate. Although this invasion toward Nakama had failed, it triggers the later Kurahashi Clan's heir at that time Kurahashi Muramasa (1563-1617) to gather the dividing power of Southern Land back into single centralized authority in order to repel any future possible treat toward their land.

in 1590 Toyotomi Hideyoshi seeking to unify the southern land diplomatically. However multiple attempt had been failed, mostly due to the strong disagreement from Kurahashi Clan leader (which is Muramasa at that time) who is the representative of southern land most of time. in 1592, Kurahashi Muramasa started to gather ally in order to start his unification under the banner of Kurahashi. By 1603, Kurahashi able to gain Emperor Yoiki favor after multiple battle with other clans to become the shogun replacing the fallen Taira Shogunate, ultimately ending the warring state period.

Kurahashi Shogunate

Colorized picture of Kurahashi Muramasa

Kurahashi Shogunate era or known as Serika Period is a era of Nakama being lead by Shogunate government under Kurahashi Clan started from 1602 where Kurahashi Muramasa become the first Kurahashi Shogun until annexation of Nakama by Empire of Japan in 1938. Serika period of Nakama characterized by relatively peaceful and stable government under the rule of Kurahashi Clan from Serika Castle and later together with imperial court (since 1821). During this period Nakama establish peace treaty with Tokugawa Japan where this non-aggression pact lasted until the fall of Tokugawa in 1868. During this period as well, Kurahashi Shogunate establish Namiyan Empire as the Protectorate and expand its territory into Ogasawara Island and Nagarejima Island in the south. On 1605 Kurahashi Muramasa from Kurahashi Shogunate created settlement Yukari in the northern tip of Ogasawara Island and mandate Ogasawara Clan to rule the domain and expand their domain into this island. while in Nagarejima Island, Kurahashi gave Morisawa clan mandate to establish colony in this island. Serika, as the capital and center of government of Kurahashi Shogunate quickly grow into one of the most populous city in world at that time due to the policy to encourage people settle areas around Serika Bay where its less populated compared to central Nakama before the establishment of Serika Castle and Kurahashi Shogunate.

In 1625, Spain under Spanish East Indies establish a colony in southern Ogasawara Island (Modern day Niijima Prefecture) which named Los Flores. This colony was meant to be outpost of the northern Mariana Islands and possible expansion of its empire. Although it was abandoned after the battle with Ogasawara Clan due to the sour negotiation over the negotiation. The Spanish colony was short-lived due to the unwillingness of Spanish colonial authorities in Manila to commit men and materiel for its defense. This second colony later occupied and settled by settlers from Nakamaese mainland. The battle of Los Flores is notable as the only foreign conflict with western power under Kurahashi Shogunate.

Compared to neighboring Tokugawa Shogunate, Kurahashi Shogunate government relatively loose and relaxed law regarding the civil activities including trading and freedom of religion. Although the foreign activities in the Nakamaese ground still limited to certain places, Kurahashi Shogunate allow any trading activities from any countries around world. Port cities including Mizawa, Matsukawa and Shinko are designated as the main gateway toward the nation where foreign trading may took places and foreigner proceed to stay. Immigration in early Kurahashi Shogunate was very limited where foreigner not possible to stay as it live outside the designated cities (Matsukawa and Shinko). Christianity from European and Islam from native Fuuki People was allowed in Nakamaese land but it also limited to certain region for example only in major port cities and for native Fuuki, only in their home island (until 1821). Any sort of religious zealots rebels were harshly threatened as death sentences and any teachings outside the acknowledgement of Shogunate authorities completely outlawed.

A photo of Kisaragi District in Serika on 1886

Kurahashi Shogunate employs daimyos to maintain their domains around Nakama while its having significant degree of Authority. Kurahashi Shogunate government with advisors known as rōjū have highest authority in the country to change whether the daimyos failed to maintain their domain properly. While Emperor in Ichihara prior to 1821 was funded lavishly by the Kurahashi government but have no political power as Ichihara remains as the capital of imperial power.

In 1821, Kurahashi Yukimasa enact an edict that drastically change the course of Shogunate where it redefined the relation of Shogunate and Imperial as well as the entire government system in Nakama. Notably the early feudal system of domains gradually replaced with more modernized administration divisions until the 1907 constitution where the domain system replaced with the newer prefecture system and the daimyos replaced with the governors. Kurahashi Yukimasa also married the crown princess of imperial court Princess Hoshiko (later Empress Hoshiko) and become the first and only Shogun and Prince consort in the same time. This action done to completely redefine the relation between Imperial and Shogunate where they became under same house from that point.

Emperor Wako, the first Kurahashi descendant to be the Emperor of Nakama

Reign of Kurahashi Yukimasa sons, Emperor Wako with his brother Kurahashi Kazumasa as the Shogun sees the rapid industrialization of Nakama (1840s-1860s) which make Nakama as one of the first state in Asia to be industrialized. During this period, the shogunate government gradually instituted comprehensive tax reform and promoted widespread Westernization by hiring hundreds of advisers from Western nations with expertise in such fields as education, mining, banking, law, military affairs, and transportation to remodel the state's institutions. Major government priorities included the introduction of railways, telegraph lines, and a universal education system. Government institutions developed rapidly in response to Freedom and People's Rights Movement, a grassroots campaign demanding greater popular participation in politics which later completely implemented in 1907 in some extant.

In 1907, establishment of constitution initiated by Emperor Shinka alongside with the female Shogun Kurahashi Chinatsu in order to solidify the entire modernization effort of the shogunate as well as defining the authority of government and promote the participation of public toward the government. Domains system completely abolished and prefecture system established. The border of Nakama completely defined by the complete annexation of Namiyan Empire and both island of Ogasawara Island and Nagarejima Island. During this era as well, Namiyan People and Fuuki People recognized as the minority of the state and now able to participate more in politics.

The rapid modernization of Nakama continues until the death of Emperor Shinka in 1926 and later shogun Kurahashi Harumasa in 1931. Although Emperor Kuroi managed to keep the development of state, the shogunate under Kurahashi Kiyomasa shows a major declining. In 1936, Kurahashi Kiyomasa and Emperor Kuroi relation strained which ultimately leaving Kurahashi Shogunate into 2 different government faction where both faction have different agendas and priority. The Shimbashi Incident in 8 January 1938 where a Japanese ambassador for Nakama killed by assailant which later revealed as a National force by the command from Kurahashi Kiyomasa after the high tension relation between both countries since 1934 and as answer of Kiyomasa faction rejection to work together with Empire of Japan. The situation completely escalated the situation between both country and end up in war in 15 January 1938. Kurahashi Kiyomasa faction completely defeated by Japan during this war and surrended at 5 April 1938. Empire of Japan with the Emperor Kuroi faction of the government later establish treaty where they are willing to work with Imperial Japan while Kurahashi Kiyomasa exiled to Shenyang.

World War 2

After the treaty of between Nakama-Japan, Nakama under the leadership of Emperor Kuroi officially become an Associated state of Empire of Japan and work underneath same framework of Dai Tōa Kyōeiken. As part of the treaty, Nakama support the attack of Pearl Harbor in December 7, 1941 as part of war declaration alongside with Japan toward United States.

Modern Nakama

Shiobara Area of Serika
On 1981, Nakama suffer a 8.8 magnitude scale earthquake 19Km offshore Shimotake Prefecture, devastating the region including Kaizaki, Nakama 5th largest metropolitan area causing over 40,000 causalities due to structural collapse, tsunami, landslide and several post-earthquake fires. This earthquake currently the largest earthquake to hit Nakama with also the highest in total causalities.

In 1990s, Nakama suffer with the political crisis with the instability of internal parliament composition and notable high number of snap election. This also causes Nakama almost plunged into 1997 Asian financial crisis however the devalued stock markets and other asset prices managed to be under control despite its instability in its parliament. In 1998 the leader from Nakama Democratic Liberal Party, Shizuka Takanashi managed to resolve the political crisis and restore the government stability until today. In other hand Nakama also suffer from the property bubble price since 1996 and until today it still haven't fully recovered from its overvalued land values especially in major cities.

By 1980 Nakama services industries begun to rise with the rise of local productions of "manga" (comics) , "anime", films and dramas, and N-musics. As for today, Nakama entertainment industry become one of the largest in the country below the industrial manufacturing and technology industries. By 2010s Nakama culture defined with its popular entertainment industries, kinda similar with the neighboring Japan, South Korea and Teiko.

Nakamaese engineers from 1970s developing the technologies in the several sectors such as the earthquake and tsunami engineering (structural), energy conservation (environmental) and electrical technologies. In the structural engineering, with the experience of Shimotake 1981 Earthquake, Nakama built tsunami wall with several alarms in its coastal area. Nakama noted as its electricity almost 80% come from non fossil fuel energy which also one of the national achievement to reduce the greenhouse effect as in 2009. Nakama achievement in the electrical technologies as much as now the national economy depends on this sector with its development on the electronic devices, software engineering etc.

Government and politics

Current Nakama Prime Minister Hiroshi Takanashi
Nakama is a constitutional monarchy where the power of the Emperor/Empress is very limited. As a ceremonial figurehead, he/she is defined by the constitution as "the symbol of the state and of the unity of the people." Power is held chiefly by the Prime Minister of Nakama and other elected members of the Diet, while sovereignty is vested in the Nakamaese people. Emperor Seika is the current Emperor of Nakama who took throne since 1992.

Nakama's legislative organ is the National Diet, a bicameral parliament. The Diet consists of a House of Representatives with 245 seats, elected by popular vote every six years or when dissolved, and a House of Councillors of 257 seats, whose popularly elected members serve six-year terms. There is universal suffrage for adults over 18 years of age, with a secret ballot for all elected offices. The Diet is currently dominated by the coalition consist of Nakama Democratic Liberal Party (NDLP) with Social liberalism ideology, Nakama National Party (NNP) and Nakama Green Progressive Party (NGPP). The NLDP alongside with NNP or coalition has enjoyed near continuous electoral success since 1952. Current opposition of diet includes Nakama Restoration Party (NRP) and Nakama New Nationalist Party (NNNP) while neutral side consist of Nakama Libertarian Party (NLP), Nakama Green Progressive Party (NGPP)

The Prime Minister of Nakama is the head of government and is appointed by the Emperor after being designated by the Diet from among its members. The Prime Minister is the head of the Cabinet, and he appoints and dismisses the Ministers of State. By 2017 Election, Hiroshi Takanashi from NDLP coalition appointed to be Nakama Prime minister for next 2.5 years. Although the Prime Minister is formally appointed by the Emperor, the Constitution of Nakama explicitly requires the Emperor to appoint whoever is designated by the Diet. Prime minister of Nakama able to call in a snap election under certain circumstances to enable election before his/her term end.

Foreign relations

According to the 1947 constitution, Nakama foreign relation heavily focused on the diplomacy for economic development and interest for Nakama, upholding international law, promoting both human rights, and democracy. Nakama considered to be a Neutral country and Non-Aligned whereas Nakama equality and non-interventionism policy for its foreign relation.

Nakama admitted into United Nations in 1947 and become members of several international organization including Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization (WTO) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). It joined Alliance of Independent Nations in 2013 and maintain Cordial relations to its members since then. Nakama also part of Mashikura Pact alongside with its neighboring East Asian AIN members, Teiko and Oka which consider a diplomatic, economy and defense pact between these countries.

Military

INS Fubuki, Fubuki Class Special Type destroyers at Miyauchi

Nakama Military consist of two separate forces, Nakama Imperial Armed Force focused on the ground based and air based military and Imperial Nakama Navy focused in amphibious and naval based military which both governed under the Ministry of Defense. In 2017 Nakama spend US$ 45 billions for its military budget. Nakama has total 494,130 active personnel and total 1.8 millions reserve in military for both forces. Although Nakama doesnt have any limitation of Military Deployment, Nakama National Force very rarely deployed in foreign land as armed except for several peace mission and humanitarian missions. Which make Nakama remains rather high in Global Peace Index.

Nakama Imperial Armed Force is Nakama armed military forces which as of July 2016 has total 307,290 active personnel, and primarily consists of the Nakama Ground Forces (NGF), the Nakama Marine Force (NMF) and Nakama Air Forces (NAF). The Nakama Air Force is designed to support ground forces with surveillance, reconnaissance and troop lift as well as the Marine force for the less sea based operations.

Nakama Imperial Navy (INN) is the navy force of Nakama. Whilst in separate force with Armed Force, it directly governed by Ministy of Defense as well. Nakama Imperial Navy currently noted in comparable fleet size with Imperial Japanese Navy during the dawn of world war 2. INN consist of the naval fleets and the carrier based air force. Nakama Imperial Navy also participate as a members of RIMPAC excercise.

Administrative divisions

Nakama is a Unitary state which national government has supreme privilege than any lower administrative divisions. Administrative division of Nakama consist of 4 level: National/State, Prefecture, Municipal level and sub-municipal for several areas. National/State handled by central government from Serika. Below National level, there are prefectural governments which consist total 40 Prefectures. Below prefectural government, there are cities or town or village administration which definition depends of the situation of following area. Lowest divisions are exclusively for Designated cities (excluding wards of Serika) which basically division of following city into wards.

Geography

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Climate

Environment

Economy

Demographics

Nakama population is estimated at around 117 millions, with 86 million or about 80% of total population living on Seijima Island. Majority of population inhabited northern part of Nakama while southern Nakama has lower population density. Nakama mostly consist of Southern Yamato people which makes 87% of its total population with homogenous liguistic and culture. Notable ethnic minorities includes: Namiyan People (5%), Fuuki People (4%), Okataian (1%), and Korean (1%).

Nakama have the pretty much high life expectancy at birth compared to any country in the world: 80.6 years for persons born in the period 2010–2015. The Nakamaese population growth decreased as a result of a post–World War II baby boom followed by a decrease in birth rates which caused more controlable population growth (as for 2017 0.20%). Nakama population projected to be peaked in 2050 with population around 130 millions and later begun to be decreased as the trend of population ageing in east asia.

Nakama population in overall have high living standard with HDI rates .858, some part on Northern part of Nakama have HDI rate over .900 while several location in Nakama, most notable Ishitani Prefecture know to have several demographic issues with lower living standard of .684 (lowest in Nakama) makes inequity development problem in Nakama which rising since the modernization of Kurahashi Shogunate. Poverty are uncommon in the northern part compared to the several area in the southern part of Nakama however its still uncommon in overall.

Nakama suffers from a high suicide rate. In 2011, the number of suicides exceeded 23,000 for the twelfth straight year. For now the suicides rate declining but still in rather alarming rate. Suicide is the leading cause of death for people under 30.

Largest cities or towns in Nakama
Nakama National Statistic Institute
Rank Name Prefecture Pop. Rank Name Prefecture Pop.
Serika
Serika

Matsukawa
Matsukawa

1 Serika Serika 11,278,952 11 Namiya Namiya Prefecture 1,293,021 Mizawa
Mizawa

Shinko
Shinko

2 Matsukawa Matsukawa Prefecture 2,719,426 12 Suzukake Suzukake Prefecture 1,129,384
3 Mizawa Mizawa Prefecture 2,629,302 13 Sumida Sumida Prefecture 1,028,192
4 Shinko Shinko Prefecture 2,429,132 14 Shimazaki Shimazaki Prefecture 901,912
5 Kaizaki Kaizaki Prefecture 2,013,901 15 Shiromoto Shiromoto Prefecture 870,392
6 Hazaki Hazaki Prefecture 1,920,123 16 Miyauchi Miyauchi Prefecture 805,439
7 Mashikura Abashiri Prefecture 1,802,293 17 Nagikawa Matsukawa Prefecture 760,392
8 Fukuzaki Fukuzaki Prefecture 1,549,101 18 Kizuta Shimazaki Prefecture 690,493
9 Shizuya Nagaoka Prefecture 1,392,012 19 Shiozawa Shiozawa Prefecture 655,493
10 Ichihara Ichihara Prefecture 1,309,129 20 Yahagi Yahagi Prefecture 629,310

Religion

Moriya Shrine in Moriya, Kitayama Prefecture
Myouren Temple in Ichihara

Nakama granted full religious freedom based on its constitution since 1907 constitution adapted. Estimated around 60-70% of Nakamaese Population described as Shintoism or follow indigenous religion (excluding Buddhism) however this number may also included non religious figure around Nakama which estimated around 2%-7% of total population. around 20-30% of Nakamaese is Buddhist which also added to the indigenous religion aside with Shintoism which combined both total would be 90% of its population. Nakamaese Shintoism based on its original shintoism in Japan which influenced by Taoism, Confucianism from china as well. Despite of high degree of follower, Only around 5% of its population actually belong to the Shinto organization while the rest 55% of the population is unaffiliated shintoism.

Religion in Nakama
Great Mashikura Mosque in Mashikura

Another religion based on local population is Islam which followed around 2% of Nakama population, mostly Fuuki People which already follow Islam before integration with Yamato People. About 10% of the Islam follower is actually foreign born migrants and their children while ethnic Yamato and Namiyan mostly convert upon marrying the imigrant or fuuki people. In 2016 estimated around 3 millions muslim in Nakama.

Christianity in Nakama introduced by the Jesuit mission starting from 16th century. However the spread of christianity was limited during early Kurahashi Shogunate, mostly on the trading port of Matsukawa and Shinko. Today around 2% of Nakamaese (2 millions) follow christianity. Despite of its low number of follower, Nakamaese adapted several cultures and custom originally related to Christianity into secular customs.

Other minority religions include Hinduism, Sikhism and Judaism, and since the mid-19th century numerous new religious movements have emerged in Nakama.

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Modern Nakama Pop

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