Anyone with a background, interest, and/or understanding of Chinese culture and history (especially pre-PRC Chinese history) is welcome to join in the project. (It is not necessary to have proficiency in the Chinese language). Mappers may claim a province or sign up to be part of the three collaborative projects (detailed in the following sections).
To indicate your interest in joining the Bai Empire Project, please ask on the discussion page or message me personally.
- zhenkang, coordinator and co-founder of the project. Responsible for lore and main contributor to Xiongjing municipality.
- kengoman, responsible for micro-scale mapping and mapper of Qiongzhu province.
- Intergan, mapper of Shidizhuang and surroundings in Dong'an province.
- Hilsonbergman, main contributor of Dunghoigong municipality.
- The_Cute_Chick, co-founder of the project. Responsible for macro-scale mapping of the Empire and mapper of Neilu province.
- Tin Cing, mapper of Huicheng city in Tongbian province.
- poweikao, owner of neighbouring country Kaosha.
- coshatiuav, owner of neighbouring country Grinzez.
- Mtejku222, former/emeritus mapper of the territory.
Geography and influences
The Bai Empire is a large country in Northern Archanta with a subtropical climate. The geographic layout for the Empire (which has been mapped during the former Commonia period) will not drastically change. A mountain range cuts through the central region of the Empire in a general southwest-northeast diagonal, leading to the Muinon mountains in neighbouring Kauscha and Cinasia. Much of the major urban centres will be on the flatter and fertile regions along the north and east coasts, with a generally drier climate on the west region bordering Grinzez. Some of the existing major rivers will not be erased, but their course may be modified accordingly to be topographically consistent. There will also be some changes to the coastline to make them more detailed and natural.
The Bai Empire, however, is located significantly south, with the north coast of the Empire barely crossing the subtropical latitude (around Taiwan). In addition, the Empire is significantly smaller compared to the real-world China (about a quarter). The Bai Empire will take more influences from southern China, such as the Huadong, Huazhong, Huanan, Xinan areas. Of course, the main culture is still Chinese just like the language (Mandarin).
- Huadong (华东): Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Taiwan
- Huazhong (华中): Hunan, Hubei, Henan
- Xibei (西北): Shaanxi, Gansu
- Huanan (华南): Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, Guizhou and Hainan
- Xinan (西南): Sichuan, Yunnan
To see the lore of the Bai Empire, read this article.
The history of Bai is long and eventful. In the 12th century, the First Bai Dynasty was established after centuries of divisions and war. It was succeeded by the Suo, after a non-Bai conquest in the 13th to 14th centuries similar to the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. During the Suo, the Bai Empire set out its colonial exploits, establishing new colonies beyond Northern Archanta and Eastern Uletha. These colonisation projects wouldn't last, due to dwindling funds that drained the Empire's economy.
Bai came under Ulethan influence in the 16th century during the Lin Dynasty. Bai gave up many of its colonial possessions through pacts with the West Ulethan colonial powers, which were also given control over parts of the Empire proper. The Middle Bai came in the 17th century, which established the semi-constitutional monarchy. This dynasty was considered the "peak" of modern Bai but collapsed with the rise of radical ideologies such as Bai Fascism and communism.
The War of Fellow Brothers erupted after the fascists gained power and overthrew the monarchy. The fascists waged war with their regional neighbours. While they were eventually put down with a coalition of resistance forces, its collapse led to the Warlord Era, where many factions competed for influence. The New Bai Dynasty only came about in the 1960s, and the Empire rapidly recovered economically to regain its influence in the region.
Commerce and Industry
The Bai Empire has a strong economy with moderate levels of development. The capital, Xiongjing, was constructed on a high-altitude plateau with two large lakes during the Middle Bai Dynasty and is the political and cultural centre of the modern Empire. Other major cities include Port Dunghoi, a major industrial port on the east coast of the Empire; , a coastal city similar to Tianjin but Teochew speaking (i.e. Chaozhou in the style of Tianjin); and Jincheng, another master-planned city intended to be a modern economic hub like Shanghai. The interior central and western regions, particularly close to the mountain ranges, will see mining industries that boomed during the industrialisation of Bai.
Main article: Collab:Bai Empire/National Roads
Please bear in mind a few things:
- The Empire is left-hand driving.
- Please do not make drastic changes to the road network without permission.
- If you want to build a cross-country road (whether motorway or normal trunk country road), please message me and I will check on your proposal
- Adhere to the documentation (relinked it here, in case you miss it).
Main article: Collab:Bai Empire/Railways
There are plenty of stuff that is needed to be done. Any help is welcomed.
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