Campaign of the Month: June 2012
Province of Gondong
Kingdom of Flowers
Capitol: Basalt City (411,223)
Notable Settlements:Chou City (22,245), Baoshan (97,213), Dai Duan Cheng Shi (39,612), Nan Kou An (9,765), Xi Hai Zun (6,655)
Ruler: Her Most Transcendent Royal Majesty, Queen Hyun Eun-suk
Government: Hereditary monarchy
Major Races: Mungese Humans
Resources/Trade: Artwork, cloth, clothing, coffee, herbs, honey,
incense, opium, perfume, poultry, silk, sugar, tea
Allies: Zhejhin, Fujixi, Bagmar
Enemies: The Serpent Sea Pirates, The Great Hordes, Dōngjì de Jìngjiè, Huo Héguāng
Description: Gondong is one of three provinces comprising the Yáng Jin Yong, Empire (Empire of the Eternal Golden Sun). If any land can be regarded as a bastion of peace, that land would be Gondong. Through a combination of skilled diplomacy and open arms, the Dongs have long managed to maintain their independence from external rule. The greatest exception to this was their annexation by Huo Héguāng—when attempts at diplomacy failed to prevent the imperial machine of Huo Héguāng from attempting to take over Gondong, the leaders ceded control without a fight. That the people of Gondong neither rebelled nor held grudges against their leaders for this bloodless surrender strikes many as miraculous in its own right, but to the Dongs, the prevention of violence by whatever means necessary is hardly a miracle at all—it is merely the responsibility of all things given the gift of life in the first place.
Under Huo Héguāng rule, resource-rich Gondong was plundered for the comfort and delight of distant aristocrats, and the so-called Kingdom of Flowers has only recently managed to work its way back up to its pre-invasion status as one of Mung Li’s greatest producers of artwork, exotic foodstuffs, sweets, tea, and opium.
Many Mung historians have pondered the riddle of how this lightly populated nation has been able to defy the might of empires and maintain its traditions and patriotism even under years of external rule, pointing to the amazing loyalty of its people, the cleverness of its defenses, and the skill of its diplomats. While these have all factored into the nation’s tenacity, it is the incredibly distinctive culture of Gondong and the unity it fosters that should be given credit. The arts are honored in Gondong to an extent that far exceeds the honor most other nations place upon their military traditions. Huo Héguāng propagandists were known to wryly observe that the artistic qualities of an archer’s form are valued more by Dongs than whether she actually strikes her target. But it is the harmonious union of creative endeavor and practical matters that has made the kingdom a bulwark against foreign hegemony.
The current dynasty has reigned for the past 2 centuries, navigating the kingdom through Huo Héguāng’s dramatic demise and ushering in an era of increased prosperity. Queen Hyun Eun-suk has ruled Gondong for over 50 of those years, and at the age of 78, is in the process of ceding control of the kingdom’s defense to her eldest daughter and heir, Princess Hyun Geon-ji. However, as the aged queen slowly recedes into the background, there is some concern that the transition following her inevitable death may not be as smooth as might be hoped, for Princess Geon-ji seems strangely restless and aggressive (perhaps paranoid) for a member of that proud family line. Rather than adopt the traditional role of diplomacy against Gondong’s greatest current enemy, The Serpent Sea Pirates, the princess instead ordered the erection of a network of mammoth stone fortresses along the River of Many Bends—the border between Gondong and Ginsu (a Province of Huo Héguāng’s), a country torn by internal war. Government agents work night and day to explain and disprove rumors that Dongs have been captured by Ginsu agents who have infiltrated Gongong, and that the captives have been tortured or even transformed into undead assassins to be sent back into the Kingdom of Flowers to spread misery.
Life and Society: TBA
Towns and Villages
Naxi, Huge Rock, Xicun, Dai Duan Cheng Shi, He Qio Liang, Mian, Wu An, Ghidi, Jiaju, An Hu, Huang, Moago, Guzang, Red Bird, Xiao Di Lao Hu, Lau Hu Zhen, He Wan, He Mo Duan, Jui Zhen, Caxin, Little Cove, Maci, Farm Hollow, Hau San.