Friday, March 6, 2015

Mythos Space: The Cruel Empire of Tsan-Chan

Tsan-Chan Empire
Aliases: Dread Empire, Empire of Man
Capital: Leng (China)
Area: Sol System, Kaiwan System, Nán Mén System, Tien-Kwan System
Government: Monarchy (Pan-Asian Fascism)
Population: 11,357,380,000 (Humans 70%, Deep Ones/Hybrids 10%, Tcho-Tcho 6%, Lengites 5%, Ophidians 6%, Other 3%)
Languages: Standard Chinese, English, Martian, Various Others
Alignment: Lawful Evil
"The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." -Tacitus

The Empire of Tsan Chan is a massive pan-Asian Fascist Empire that is the ruling government of Earth and the Sol System.The Empire boasts a booming economy and a potent military. Though the ruling caste of the Empire revels in opulence and prestige, it rests upon the backs of vast numbers of the poor and desperate. The Empire condones all manner of evils in pursuit of technological and arcane mastery, and in the acquisition of increased holdings across time and space. However despite this and other horrible practices, the Empire may be Humanitys best hope.

The Empire grew out of Eastasia Collective after the cataclysmic events following the rising of R'lyeh, afterwhich Eastasia was the only in-tact government and possessed the largest viable holdings on Earth. As the war resulted in a highly polluted and devastated world, the majority of the planet is home only to toxic mutants and shabby towns here and there. There is occasionally rebellions of note, but all are quickly subdued by Imperial troops. 
The Empire is an Imperial Fascist government, with a Supreme Emperor as the ruling monarch, and a dizzying array of politicians, advisors and administrative officials that results in a nightmarish bureaucracy. Corporations hold high-regard in the Empire, with all within the noble caste having executive rank within a corporation.
Notes: As far as the game world is concerned, The Cruel Empire of Tsan-Chan is a classic "Evil Empire" of Space Nazis, with an Asian flair. This is a Hollywood style Asia, with a liberal mishmash of Asian cultures. This could be because China swallowed up most of Asian long before R'lyeh rose, but generally because I just wanted elements I thought were cool.

CORPORATIONS

Corporations are much like nation-states, ruled by a largely hereditary caste of executive nobles. Many of these are like the tyrannical mega-corporations from the Alien franchise, but some will be decently modeled after a Hollywood-style Asian court. Corporate mercenaries form the majority of police or military duties. Some corporations;
Apex Holding: A vast banking firm of considerable importance to the Empire.
Ahu-Y'hloa Chemosoft: A Deep One run corporation that specializes in biotech, implants and Boojum breeding. 
Cai Shen Intersolar: A corporation specializing in mercenary troops.
Houtu Colonial Enterprises: Terraformers as well as a mining company of great wealth.
K'n-Yan Pharmaceuticals: A powerful corporation owned and run by the Kuen-Yuin Sorcerers. 

TECHNOLOGY AND MAGIC
The Empire boasts a very high level of technological achievement. Spaceships, orbital cities, robots, etc are all regular sights. However most citizens of the Empire do not have access to the high-end gadgets, instead using cobbed-together and simpler versions of high technology. The end result defaults to a 1950's level of technology for the average joe, with higher tech being the inventions of mad science or otherwise very expensive. 
Computer technology is very advanced, but there is nothing like an internet (especially a free internet). Computers are networked, but such interfaces are handled by robots rather than people. This could be because certain hostile entities have a relatively easy time getting into C-space through computer technologies (thats why so many robots become homicidal).
Metaphysical research is a boom industry in Tsan-Chan. Strange and forbidden mathematics, exploration of Hyperspace and the development and use of psychic powers are all energetically pursued. The 'Deathless' Kuen-Yuin warrior-monks and the Ophidians are particularly valuable to the Empire and many corporations due to their familiarity with eldritch skillsets.

AB-HUMANS AND ALIENS
Mankind shares the universe with many strange and non-human beings. Aliens are known to exist, and some maintain a trading relationship with humanity. However ALL aliens are very strange and difficult to understand. Some appear to human thinking to be completely insane, and so are best avoided. Ab-Humans are beings with a kinship of some kind with humankind. I will be detailing player character races in a future post. A number of fairly common Ab-Humans are; 
ANDROIDS: Androids are a cut above the workaday robot that are almost everywhere in long-settled regions. Androids think, feel and have lives all their own. Some androids are reborn humans, with human brains in their metal shells, others are completely mechanical in origin, owing their minds to fearsomely complex mathematics.
DEEP ONES (GILLIES): This race of amphibious humanoids has proven to be surprisingly loyal and useful ally to mankind. Masters of bioengineering, and capable of surviving in extreme environments has made these creatures excellent in space and amongst the colonies. Though still of an alien mindset, Deep One Hybrids (more on them soon) are much valued as a bridge between species.
LENGITES: This goat-like race of near-men were originally engineered by the dreaded Moon Beasts, but many of them now live amongst mankind. Even though they are tolerated, they are relegated to the lowest social order, generally working as grunt-laborers and as thugs.
OPHIDIANS: The Ophidian Serpent people (and related subspecies) are an ancient, sorceress race that dwelt upon the Earth in ancient times, dating back to lost Valusia. Now they are allies and advisors to the Cruel Empire of Tsan-Chan. It is said that the Imperial Line of Tsan-Chan has some serpent blood, though this is a dangerous rumor to spread. 
TCHO-TCHO: This race of beings are an ancient line of human/alien crossbreeds. These  hairless, pseudo-Asiatic cannibals are deeply versed in psychic powers and hyperspace "sorcery" and so are deeply valued by the Empire and Corporations. Just don't order the "bak bon dzhow"...
OTHER ALIENS: There are all manner of strange alien beings "out there", most of whom are dreadfully hostile. A distressingly large number of these beings seem more interested in torturing, eating and/or raping humans than talking to us. So shoot first is a good rule of thumb.


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