A small nation of rivers and lakes, Imperial Beishinju sits at the heart of Eocene. The Beishinjunese are known as the wisest, most honest and pure of the nationalities. In the center of each capital city sits a massive library, each owned by one of the ruling families. Their vast knowledge often leads them to inaction, uncertain what the wisest course of action would be many Beishinjunese choose to simply do nothing. They are also the only nation which produces Pearls and their farms are some of their most fiercely guarded assets outside their libraries.
The Empire has divided the lands within Imperial Beishinju into regional fiefdoms, each maintained by a Shogun. Within these regions the Shogun may appoint Diamyos to support cities and villages, with the Diamyos often utilizing Samurai to help them run their cities. Cities are always built near a body water, like a lake or on an ocean, and centered around a library. Villages are typically found along rivers and while they often lake a proper library they always have a place of learning.
While each station swears loyalty to the one above them, they all serve the Imperial Family. This caste system has led to the history of Beishinju being rife with coups, as Diamyos conquer nearby cities to expand their influence and Shoguns claim territory from each other. The title of Imperial Family has changed hands over fifty times since the nation’s founding. Often the fallen family is chose by the new Emperor to carry the Nation’s Sword, Habu’grigs’hunt.
Most Beishinjunese households practice a sort of academic agnosticism in which they believe that since there is no clearly defined terms for theological debate the entire practice is inherently flawed. Instead the Beishinjunese focus their energies on topics that have a more precise definition, hence the almost constant academic study. With regards to the Old Ones the Beishinjunese recognize that there is so much about them that is outside the scope of mortal understanding that it is impossible, and perhaps best, if the Old Ones remained a mystery.
While there is no National Religion the Beishinjunese allow shrines and private worship for other religions. Temples and places of gathering are not allowed, as the Beishinjunese see them as a waste of valuable land. Even then the government does discourage some faiths from being practiced inside Imperial Beishinju. Notably is the police actions taken against suspected members of the Order of the Old Ones.
There is no official standing army in Imperial Beishinju. Instead, each Shogun has the right to command their own private army, as long as each army serves the Emperor before all else. In theory, this means that every soldier serves the Emperor and these separate groups would come together in a time of crisis to form a national army. However, there is always a chance that a call to arms goes unanswered and the Emperor is left unprotected.
Similarly, each Diamyo has the right to command a local police force. The Shoguns reserve the right to conscript these officers into the Shogun’s army at any time, but this is highly uncommon as it would leave the cities undefended.
Most well-known for its excellent cattle, Imperial Beishinju is actually one of the world’s largest exporters of all varieties of livestock. Cattle, pigs, and sheep being the three cornerstones of the Beishinjunese markets. However, the average Beishinjunese opts to focus on academics over ranching and many of the nation’s major industries are heavily subsidized with foreign labor.
While Imperial Beishinju once issued coins based on cattle production, the Emperor has since moved the nation on to a fiat monetary system called the Mon. Tracking the value of a coin from year to year ended up being too much bookkeeping. There have been recent rumors that the Emperor is planing on moving the entire economy on to a paper note system they are still producing small bronze and iron coins, with squares and circles cut from the middle, for coinage.