Corpse Slayers Campaign
Republic of Heiwa
The Republic of Heiwa is an ancient one. Nestled in between 2 mountain ranges, Heiwa has been relatively isolated from the rest of the world. As such, wars are extremely rare and as such, Heiwa has become a land of peace able to concentrate on more sophisticated ideals.
The most distinguishing feature of Heiwa is the mountain border. Two mountain ranges almost 600 miles long run west to east where they almost come together in a point. A single trade road passes through a narrow pass where the mountains almost meet. This trade road is the only known overland route into Heiwa. On the western side of Heiwa is a large coastal area that spread out over 350 miles of coastline. This area is treacherous with islands, large reefs, and sandbars. There are safe passages through, however, and this permits a level of maritime trade. The rest of the valley is green and lush with a main river coming down from the northern most mountains. Several large lakes also provide fishing grounds. Heiwa has a larger than normal population due to the large amounts of food and fishing production.
The Republic of Heiwa has a tricameral legislature. Each house is responsible for managing certain aspects of Heiwan society. The Military House deals with military responsibilities. The Tradesmen and Artisans House concentrates on the economics of the land. Finally, the House of Priests looks after the land’s religious well-being. All three houses meet in formal session together when there is an issue that involves more than one sphere of influence, most notably, when foreign affairs is discussed. Representatives to the legislature houses are appointed through their districts called Chikus. Any person can try to be elected to the houses with the sole restriction that they must have an occupation that matches the house they are running for. Thus traders can attempt to be appointed to the Tradesmen and Artisans House and a militiaman can run for office in the Military House. The idea is to appoint people that know what they are doing in life so that their experience and knowledge guide the Republic.
Cities and Towns:
There are three major cities in the Republic. The capital city of Shuto is the largest by far with 200,000 people making their home there. This has led to stunning architectural designs that can accommodate the vast amount of people. Shuto is located in a delta are leading the city to have a sophisticated system of canals and trenches. The second largest city with a population of 120,000 is Kichi City. The city is located much further inland fairly close to where the mountain pass is located. Small rivers and creeks that feed into the main river are responsible for irrigating this land and thus providing the food for Kichi City. The smallest city is Shinden with a population of only 50,000. This is where most of the religious sects have their headquarters. Located next to the northern mountains about halfway between Shuto and Kichi City, it is the most remote city in the Republic. Many of the surrounding mountains are used for training new monks and priests. A beautiful but small city, it often has many travelers seeking wisdom from the religious leaders that make their home there. There are numerous towns and villages spread throughout the valley. All are based off of either fishing, farming, mining, or trade. It is not uncommon for one town to have more than one economic base.
Infrastructure and Defense:
Despite being a peaceful place, the Republic of Heiwa has endured at least two wars in recorded history, though both happened many centuries ago. In the first, some unknown civilization landed troops on the coast and attempted to march inland. Through the heroism of the common citizens backing up the hastily scrambled militia, they were able to stop and then push the invasion back. This led to coastal forts being constructed in key areas. Lightly manned in this day, they are still formidable obstacles to a landing. The second war was when the Empire of Tekilon (trading partners today) attempted to gain the valley for themselves by pushing through the mountain pass. That invasion was stopped cold by another hastily assembled militia that was able to bottle up the enemy within the pass and bleed them. Today, a wall has been erected within the pass and a fort named Fort Kabe has been constructed from the mountains themselves.
Infrastructure in the valley is highly developed as befits a peaceful civilization. A single large highway named the Akinao Road runs through the center of the valley directly connecting Shuto and Kichi City. Branches of the highway also connect to Shinden. Smaller roads connect to the myriad of towns and villages. In addition, a new invention called the airship has recently been developed. Soon, the cities will be more tightly connected than ever.
Over 80% of the Republic of Heiwa is human. However, the remaining percent are fairly diverse. Elves live within forests in the valley and dwarves help out with mining and construction projects. Traveling bands of halflings often peddle their wares on the roads and technological communes of gnomes are known to exist. In the mountains themselves live the Goliaths who have proven their worth in battle and wisdom. Other races also exist, though in fewer numbers.