OGF:Bai Empire

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Achtung.svg This is the collaboration page for the Bai Empire.
  • The page exists to coordinate the project and coordinate collaborations within it. Notes for the Empire, its colonisation projects, history, and more is also detailed on this page.
  • Presently, it is DISCOURAGED to use the information in this article in developing histories, especially for main-space wiki articles. Information and details here may be subject to drastic changes over time.
  • If you would like to propose any links between the Bai Empire and your territories/countries or comment on the project, either message me, Zhenkang, personally or do so on the discussion page.
The flag of the Bai Empire.

The Bai Empire (百帝国) is an Asian (Oriental) colonial power consisting of a group of East Asian nations set in Northern Archanta. Besides the Chinese homeland, the Bai Empire Project (百帝国计划) will include the homelands for the Koreans and Japanese (Gohanguk and Ninwa in OGF, respectively) and potentially more. The Project will be launched in three phases. The main purpose of this project is to help explain the distribution of Oriental (Japanese, Korean and Chinese) culture in the OGF world, notably found in parts of East Uletha and southern Archanta Minor.

General Information

The Bai Empire will be a strong regional power due to its strong economy and high population. It will greatly influence the history and culture of its neighbouring nations and will require close coordination with existing nations on the regional history and the cultural transition between nations. For a time it was a colonial empire, expanding its cultural influence beyond its borders. Some aspects of the Bai Empire will deviate from the China we know of now. Imagine the project to be a response to 'what will a modern Chinese dynasty be like today?'

Besides the Bai Empire, there will also be Gohanguk and Ninwa which will border the Bai Empire. Both will be rather different from Japan and Korea, being isolationist imperial regimes (something like the Shogunate eras in Japan and the Korean imperial eras). Ninwa had once taken control of the Bai Empire and started its colonial programme, but has since been reduced to a tributary and later isolationist state. Gohanguk is much more radically isolated ever since the death of a beloved emperor (its regime is under a "death worship" cult like North Korea), and much of its ideas will be taken from Luciano with his permission. However, it's likely a smaller modern Korean state will be established alongside Gohanguk.

The above is a draft map. The boundaries will shift over time as the project evolves.
Orange for Ninwa (Japan), Red for Gohanguk (Korea), Yellow for the Bai Empire and Purple for my personal conlang project Kanglapo.
  • For more information and lore on the Bai Empire project, you should read its encyclopedia.

History

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 Ninwan conquest in the 13th to 14th centuries, similar to the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. It was under the Suo when the Bai Empire set out its colonial exploits. Though it could already have tributary states limited to East Uletha and Northern Archanta prior.

The "Dark Period" of Bai came in the 16th century when corrupt bureaucrats and merchants led to the Suo's collapse and the Lin was established. During this period, Bai gave up many of its colonial possessions, likely through pacts with the West Ulethan colonial powers. It's likely the Lin made concessions to allow these foreign traders on the empire itself. The Middle Bai came in the 17th century, which established the semi-constitutional monarchy (influences from the West). This dynasty was considered the "peak" of modern Bai, collapsed with the rise of radical factions such as the fascists and communists.

The War of Fellow Brothers erupted after the fascists gained power and overthrew the monarchy. The fascists, rather expansionist and a need for resources, waged war with its regional neighbours, though they were eventually put out with a coalition of resistance forces. However, the fascist regime collapse led to a "Warlord Era", where many factions competed for influence. The New Bai Dynasty only came about since the 1960s, and the Empire rapidly recovered economically.

Geography

A (sketch of a) topological map is needed to determine the major geographic features and the major road and rail infrastructures.

The geographic layout for the Empire (which has been mapped during the former Commonia period) will not drastically change. The central area will remain mountainous, with flatter fertile regions at the north and eastern coasts. 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 boundaries will also shift once the geographic features are mapped.

Culture and language

The main language used is Mandarin Chinese, the main script Simplified. However, certain regions and states may use other dialects like Cantonese (e.g. Port Dunghoi), Hainanese, Hakka, Hokkien, Shanghainese, and Teochew and scripts like Simplified, Japanese Kanji, and possibly constructed scripts. In the case of dialects, Latin transliterations may be provided for names.In a dialect-speaking region, there can be Latin romanisation of names.

The Empire will be left hand driving.

Contributors

Anyone with a background, interest, and/or understanding of Chinese culture and history is welcome to join in the project. Mappers may claim their own province, or sign-up to be part of the three collaborative projects (detailed in the following sections).

Please add your OGF username to the bottom of the list to indicate your interest in joining the Bai Empire Project.

Phase I

The area of Phase I (in blue). Note that 日庆 Riqing will replace 今城 Jincheng
Phase I map
Subdivisions of AR909

The first phase consists of 13 provinces and 2 municipalities. Phase I comprises the more important regions of the empire. These includes the mapping of the capital Xiongjing and two major cities Riqing and Port Dunghoi.

Municipalities and major cities

These major cities are open for collaboration. Their descriptions are as follows:

  • 雄京 Xiongjing (marked purple on the map), is the cultural and political centre of the Empire. The contemporary capital will feature a "forbidden city" and a few other historical landmarks (e.g. palaces and tombs of late emperors) alongside "modern" government institutes like the Cabinet, the upper and lower houses of the legislature, and other government departments. The city will see a delicate balance between tradition and modernisation. It is the latest capital, constructed in the 18th century on older architecture and infrastructure.
  • 日庆 Riqing (marked red in the top left corner) is a modernised city and a regional economic centre of Phase I, based on Tianjin. It offers an opportunity for rail enthusiasts to work on a possible extensive rail network for a major city. Along with 东海港 Port Dunghoi on the east coast, they are the Empire's gateway to the outside world.
  • 东海港 Port Dunghoi (meaning East Sea Port, marked in orange) will be a major port of the east coast of the Empire. The city will be mapped in Cantonese (and likely include Ingerish (OGF English)). It is modelled mainly on Guangzhou (i.e. plenty of manufacturing zones), but also inspired by the (Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau) Greater Bay Area (i.e. the coastal areas inspired by Macau and Hong Kong, the inner areas a technology and research hub like Shenzhen, etc.).

The surrounding regions of these cities remain open for any user to contribute.

Provinces

The description of the 13 provinces is as follows. Each province has a suggested level of development, with different recommendations for mappers interested in adopting a province. In addition to the above three collaborative projects:

  • Level 1 provinces are the least-developed provinces in the Bai Empire. The largest town in each Level 1 province is expected to be roughly 1,000,000 residents, with a total population of about 5,000,000 residents.
  • Level 2 provinces are somewhat more developed than Level 1 provinces, but are still primarily rural. These provinces may include some light industrial uses (factories, manufacturing, warehouses, etc.) near their largest city of +/- 2,000,000 residents. Level 2 provinces as a whole are expected to have fewer than 10,000,000 residents.
  • Level 3 provinces are the most developed provinces in the Empire, containing at least one major settlement. Each city has a population of up to 5,000,000 residents. These provinces are also assumed to include an airport and at least one state university. Total population is upwards of 20,000,000.

These subdivisions can be taken up by one or more mappers. They have the freedom to map as they wish within it, subject to general overarching guidelines of each province (e.g. geography, railways, motorways) for consistency across the Project.

Name Level Area (in km²) Description Status
宝矿 Baokuang 2 8157.96 While rural, the province hosts many mines of valuable resources. Although with a Level 2, the province will feature plenty of railways and infrastructure for transporting these resources. Achtung.svg Recommended for more advanced mappers
大湖 Dahu 2 10725.25 Next to the Great Lake, this area will feature an ancient, majestic city like Xi'an. Achtung.svg Recommended for more advanced mappers
大领 Daling 2 11122.24 The border region, this area will feature a few ports and industries. Emb-green.png Available
东岸 Dongan 3 11654.04 The Cantonese-speaking region, part of the region will have urban sprawl from Port Dunghoi. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
繁岸 Fan'an 3 17851.43 Based on Zhejiang Province (with possible Wu Chinese), will feature up to two important cities. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
光岸 Guang'an 2 9241.21 Northern Chaozhou (Teochew) region. When mapping please preserve the straight border along the tropic. Anyone with knowledge of Teochew is welcome. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
内陆 Neilu 2 8490.40 An extension of the Teochew-speaking area. Largely plain and flat, with plenty of farms. Emb-green.png Available
琼珠 Qiongzhu 1 4125.28 Likely based on Hainan (though not as tropical). Anyone with knowledge of Hainanese is welcome. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
同边 Tong Bian / Toong Byen 2 7598.11 An extension of the Cantonese speaking area, it could feature plenty of industries (e.g. electronic equipment, chemicals and textiles). It will border the communist country of Kanglapo to the south, so there will be plenty of Katayan enclaves. Achtung.svg Not available for mapping
王印 Wangyin 3 15237.78 An extension of the Teochew-speaking area. Largely plain and flat, it will see plenty of rail connections through the area. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
晚营 Wanying 1 14733.95 A landlocked province, there is one city available for development. Ideas for developing the region are welcomed. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
未知区 Weizhiqu 1 11480.73 Literally meaning "Unknown Region", this mythical area was a source of many legends and myths. Plenty of religious sites could be built in the high mountains. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
隐穴 Yinxue 1 13672.06 Literally meaning "Hidden caves", this will require some experience in mountain mapping. Some mining industries may exist, or abandoned during the devastating Warlord Era. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan

Phases II and III

Once Phase I is running smoothly, Phase II will commence. Phase II will include the opening of the rest of the Bai Empire. While users can claim some of the provinces to map for themselves, important industrial cities will be up for collaboration and managed by other users. These urban areas, which will be marked out on a national sketch map, will be modelled on other Chinese major cities like Wuhan, Chongqing or Dalian.

Phase III will be the opening of Gohanguk and Ninwa (it could be opened alongside Phase II or earlier). These two projects will be managed by other users interested in these projects. However, they must still follow certain guidelines I set out. Alternatively, if there are no users available, I could manage them again. Their opening depends on the number of people willing to collaborate and take part.

  • 今城 Jincheng (meaning City of Today) is a key financial hub and is the more "modernised" city for the empire based on Shanghai. A newly planned city, more modern developments could be expected for the city, including a possible extensive rail and subway network to serve the various commercial and industrial areas.

Other information

  • An overseas Bai enclave shall be known as Baiquarter (中人街, named after the Middle Bai Empire).


Ignore the information below as it is either obsolete, irrelevant, or tentative.

Possible names for the capital

  • Baijing (Bai capital)
  • Renjing (people's capital)
  • Guojing (country's capital)
  • Meijing (beautiful capital)
  • Dajing (big capital)
  • Weijing/Xiongjing (majestic capital)
  • Zhongjing (central capital)
  • Shijing (capital of the world)
  • Huangjing (king's capital)
  • Hongjing (red capital)
  • Yijing (perseverance capital)
  • Zhengjing, meaning upright capital, or capital of governance (正京 vs 政京)
  • Chengjing (capital city)

See also