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Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong
Xiǎodōng Jíxiáng Gònghéguó
Location of Xiaodong in Coius
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Chanwan, Paisha|
|Other||Ba, Shukin, Hohua, Dakatan|
|Ethnic groups |
Ho Ne (1.5%)
|Government||Unitary authoritarian republic|
|20 September 1936|
• 2018 estimate
• 2013 census
• Per capita
• Per capita
|ISO 3166 code||XI|
The Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong (晓东国吉祥共和; Xiǎodōng Jíxiáng Gònghéguó) more commonly known as Xiaodong (晓东国; Xiǎodōngguó) is a nation in Coius bordering Kuthina to the east, the unrecognised republic of Heijiang to the southeast, Zorasan and Kumuso to the north, Dakata and Baekjeong to the northwest and in the west having maritime borders with Senria. It has a population of 545,462,000 with a nominal GDP of $5,301,564 million, with its capital and largest city being Rongzhuo located in the northeastern interior.
The home of the Xiaodongese people, Xiaodong was first united by the Jianzhao Emperor in 650 BCE under the Xiang dynasty which ruled Xiaodong from 200 BCE to its collapse in 100 CE - during the rule of the Xiang dynasty Ruism became prevalent. Following the Xiang were the Song dynasty that collapsed in 400 CE when the country became politically unstable the period known as the "War of Four Kingdoms" as rival warlords and nobles fought for control. In 691 Xiaodong was united again under the Tao dynasty that oversaw the high point of Xiaodongese literature and art. However, in 1356 the Tao dynasty was usurped by the Jiao clan who created the Jiao dynasty, which fused Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism together to create Taojiao. Although initially wealthy, by the 1600's the Jiao dynasty was being torn apart by civil war and uprisings, most disastrously the Red Orchid Rebellion in 1656. In 1667 the dynasty finally collapsed, resulting in a Senrian warlord to conquer Xiaodong and create the Toki dynasty. However, the Toki's attempts to promote Senrian culture led to the development of Xiaodongese nationalism.
During the late 1700’s and early 1800’s the Toki came under pressure from various colonial powers having to lease several port cities to countries such as Gaullica, Estmere and Etruria after the XXX war. A default of Xiaodongese debts in 1847 led to foreign domination of the Xiaodongese economy which started to cause substantial unrest. The continued failure to confront foreign powers led to a coalition of nobles and military officers in 1864 to stage the Restoration War with overthrew the Toki dynasty and led to the enthronement of the Xiyong Emperor who created the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire that oversaw a period of economic modernisation and semi-constitutional rule. During this period Xiaodong subjugated neighbouring states and as a result of Xiaodong's victory in the Etrurian-Xiaodongese War became recognised as a great power in the process becoming aligned with Gaullica.
During the 1920's the Xiaodongese state became more totalitarian under the Shanrong Emperor who entered Xiaodong into the Entente. Xiaodong launched an invasion of Senria in 1927 which led to the start of the Great War which saw Xiaodong participate in the Senrian Genocide and eventually be defeated by the forces of the Grand Alliance. The end of the Great War led to the overthrow of the monarchy and the creation of the Republic of Xiaodong. The republic was unpopular and soon destablised, leading to the Corrective Revolution that triggered the Xiaodongese Civil War. The war saw rebel forces under Lu Keqian take power who created a dictatorship based on National Principlism. In 1984 Xiaodong began to marketise its economy, although the governing regime has maintained a monopoly on political power. This political hegemony was challenged in 2016 after sustained pro-democratic protests leading to the beginning of "Normalisation under Yuan Xiannian.
Xiaodong is currently a dictatorship, with its ceremonial head of state being State Chairman of the legislative branch of the government, the State Presidium, and the head of government being the Premier of the executive branch of government, the Council of Ministers. Since the 1980's Xiaodong has undertaken substantial political reforms although corruption has remained.
Xiaodong’s economy has been described as being in a system of state capitalism in which bureaucrats and corporations known as Caihongs are the cornerstones of the economy. Although part of the Xiaodongese economy are state owned, it has undergone substantial neoliberalisation with most state owned corporations being privatised. Major Xiaodongese exports include coal, rice, bauxite and coffee. Xiaodong is a member of the Community of Nations, and maintains relations with most other nations, both democratic and dictatorial, having especially close relations with Union of Zorasani Irfanic Republics as part of the Rongzhuo Strategic Protocol Organisation. Xiaodong's cultural influence, growing economy, interventionist foreign policy and possession of nuclear weapons makes it a great power on the world stage and a regional power in southern Coius, albeit one marked with rivalry with Senria.
- 1 Etymology
- 2 History
- 3 Government and Politics
- 4 Geography
- 5 Economy
- 6 Demographics
- 7 Culture
The name "Xiaodong" derives from the Xiaodongese pronunciation of the characters that make up Xiaodong's name, 晓东. Its name in fuhao is Xiǎodōng (/ɕiɑu tʊŋ/). The characters of 晓东 translate to "Dawning East". The characters were first used to describe Xiaodong by the Tao dynasty, and were during the Toki Sougunate recognised as the name of the country by Xiaodongese nationalists, and was adopted as the name of the country following the Baiqiao Revolution. It is sometimes transliterated in the Latin alphabet as "Shiaodong".
The current name of Xiaodong, the "Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong" (晓东吉祥共和国; Xiǎodōng Jíxiáng Gònghéguó) was adopted following the Corrective Revolution in 1936.
Xiang dynasty (650BCE-100CE)
The first unified Xiaodongese state was formed around 500 BCE by the legendary Jianzhao Emperor, who created the Empire of Great Xiang (大向帝国; Dà Xiàng Dì Guó). Traditional Xiaodongese canon states that the Jianzhao Emperor was the son of Heaven who successfully united petty kingdoms which he named the "tianxia" (天下; "under heaven"). The existence of the Jianzhao Emperor has been hard to verify with most archaeologists saying the founding of the Xiang dynasty as traditionally told is a myth, with some archaeologists saying that Xiang dynasty was more likely to be founded in 400 BCE. It is known that at the same time of the Xiang dynasty's existence several other smaller kingdoms and that the Xiang emperors retroactively justified the rise of the Xiang as they had taken the "Mandate of Heaven" (天命). The original capital of the Xiang dynasty was recorded to be Fuzhou (复州; Fùzhōu) which is near modern day city of Lunkeng.
Under the Xiang a feudal system was implemented, with the well-field system (井田制度; jǐngtián zhìdù) being its central feature. Society was divided between aristocratic clans that supported a centralised government around the Emperor. The mid-Xiang period (50 BCE - 300 CE) saw a tight centralisation of power by Xiaodongese Emperors, who moved the capital to Rongzhuo (容㒂; Róngzhuó) around 0 CE.
Sun dynasty (100-400)
- Empire of Great Sun - 大孫帝国 - Dà Sūn Dì Guó
- Peasants found this dynasty
- cultural stuff
- dissolves into civil war by 400
Four Kingdoms (400-691)
- four clans continually rule
- division and civil war
- glorious emperor unites Xiaodong
Tao dynasty (691-1356)
- Empire of Great Tao - 大陶帝国 - Dà Táo Dì Guó
- longest serving dynasty
- ruled by strong emperors inspired by legalism
- glorious defeat of Senria by legalist emperor
- buddhism and Kamism arrives
- lots of art and culture
- dynasty gets poor
- weak boy emperor is couped by one family who are the power behind the throne - the Jiao family
Jiao dynasty (1356-1667)
- Empire of Great Jiao - 大皎帝国 - Dà Jiǎo Dì Guó
- clan head becomes emperor
- Jiao are decadent people who squander Xiaodong's riches
- creates Taojiao - mix of Buddhism and confucianism
- almost wins war with Senria before a peasant uprising ruins everything
- oh shit Christianity's arrived, starts repressing it
- goes into decline
Toki dynasty (1667-1868)
- Toki dynasty - 大土岐帝国 幕府时代 (Dà Tǔqí Dì Guó)
- Senrian mercenary takes over
- implements Senrian like government system
- hated by most Xiaodongese
- Loss of wars to Euclean powers, unequal treaties
- overthrown, but develops Xiaodongese nationalism as a result of existing
- from a neutral perspective quite good rulers overseeing technological development and a capitalist economy
Heavenly Empire (1864-1935)
The overthrow of the Toki dynasty saw the country officially renamed the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire (大天晓东帝国; Dà Tiān Xiǎodōng Dìguó) although it was informally referred to as the Yao dynasty. The newly enthroned Xiyong Emperor, although a nationalist, was also a moderniser who believed the only way Xiaodong would resist colonisation by Euclean nations was by adapting their economic and military models into Xiaodong. This led to the start of the Great Cultural Rectification Movement (大文化整风运动; Dà wénhuà zhěngfēng yùndòng) commonly known as the "Zhengfeng" (Rectification) which aimed to rapidly modernise and industrialise Xiaodong. The first phase was military modernisation; almost as soon as the Empire was declared the provincial militaries were abolished and merged into a single standing army, the Heavenly Army of Xiaodong. New arsenals were created being handled directly by the central government rather then provincial authorities, creating new modern arms mainly copying Gaullican designs.
The success of military modernisation led to the second phase of reforms in the economy and the agriculture in particular designed to permanently curb the power of rural landlords and provincial nobles to the benefit of the central government. Under the direction of Rao Qiaonian and Gaullican banker Jérôme André Murat a central bank was created, unused land held by noble families that supported the Toki were placed under government control, provincial tax systems were harmonised and large industrial conglomerates with government support named Caihongs (财行; Cáiháng) were created to facilitate industrialisation. The most impressive of these measures was a huge investment in creating a Baiqiao to Rongzhuo railway. Education reform was also undertaken placing more emphasis on mathematics and sciences over classical texts whilst the University of Baiqiao was created in 1868. Cultural reforms designed to "Xiaoicise" the nation also were implemented - the former imperial language of Senrian was banned, chonmages were forcibly shaved off, the Xiaodongese language underwent greater standardisation by the government intended to stamp out dialects and regional privileges were revoked in favour of central government control. Foreign missionaries were also restricted from preaching, a decision that aroused opposition from Euclean countries but was popular within nationalist circles.
In the effort to secure more Euclean designs and assistance for military and industrial development the Xiyong Emperor endorsed several reforms that allowed for large amounts of foreign investment by Euclean companies - particularly Gaullican ones through its port city of Jindao - to go into the country mainly through the construction of railroads. These moves led to increasing industrialisation and economic growth, although aroused the opposition of conservatives and nationalists in the Grand Council meaning the government often acted cautiously in matters of non-military reforms.
The reforms aroused bitter opposition from conservatives in the court and nobles and led to the xxx Incident, when several army regiments loyal to court conservatives attempted to launch a coup d'état. The coup attempt unsuccessful after a tipoff had allowed the Xiyong Emperor to order several army units to arrest the conspirators leaders and ordering their public execution. As a result of the coup attempt the Emperor promulgated a constitution that created a legislative assembly that gave nobles institutional power. However the newly created post of Imperial Chancellor was appointed by the Emperor with the "arch-reformist" Yao Shusheng becoming the first holder of the post.
The new government undertook a policy of imperialist expansionism. Invasions of neighbouring states like Chanwa, Dakata and Tinza saw annexations of vast swathes of land and a reassertion of the tributary system that had prevailed prior to the early 1800's. The so-called "new tributary system" saw the establishment of a much tighter sphere of influence then had existed previously as Xiaodongese intellectuals mixed traditional notions of cultural superiority with Euclean scientific racism. The new sphere of influence however provided a degree of protection from Euclean imperialism with southern Coius often referred to in Xiaodong as the "Great Xiaodongese Order".
In 1887 a series of disputes surrounding the Etrurian concession of Gaoming saw hostilities break out with both Etruria and Xiaodong declaring war on each other. Lasting a little more then a year and fought mainly on Xiaodongese soil the decisive Battle of Jungfa saw the Etrurian expeditionary force almost wiped out by Xiaodongese troops. The Treaty of XXX saw Etruria forced to renegotiate several unequal treaties with Xiaodong in the latters favour. Whilst not acquiring Gaoming as planned, the defeat of a Euclean power increased the prestige of Xiaodong abroad, with Xiaodong renegotiating several more unequal treaties with other Euclean powers shortly afterwards. By his late reign the Xiyong Emperor's health had started to decline with more power being passed onto the elected assembly, especially after imperial chancellor Kang Qisun passed a series of liberal reforms increasing representation at a local level. In 1906 the emperor died - at his death the Xiaodongese state had begun the path to industrialisation and military dominance in the region although its industrialisation was incredibly lopsided. Outside industrial centres the country remain chronically underdeveloped with many rural areas still resembling medieval times with peasant and industrial unrest being high.
The Xiyong Emperor's son, the Qingzhuo Emperor, largely continued the trend towards industrialisation, constitutionalism and military expansion. In 1909 Xiaodong through gunboat diplomacy acquired its own concession, Sakata, from Senria whilst becoming more nakedly imperialist within its own sphere of influence. The country was wholly unprepared for the Great Collapse in 1913 when demand for its main export industries - rice and silk - plummeted, driving the country to near bankruptcy. The crisis was followed with a large famine in 1914 that swept across southern Xiaodong with up to 11 million people starving as a result.
The economic collapse in 1913 and famine in 1914 unleashed political and social tensions that had simmered under the surface for decades. Radical socialists in the Xiaodongese Section of the Workers' International were successful in calling a series of strikes and armed rebellion in many of the nations cities. In the countryside millennian groups gained in popularity alongside anarchist federations. The far-right also saw an upsurge in popularity especially amongst conscripts in the army. The seeming social breakdown were compounded with the Qingzhuo Emperor's attempts to centralise power around himself and a small clique of advisers, many of whom were seen as incompetent and corrupt. A series of short-lived governments ruled in the time period but the nation was overall seen to be in a "state of anarchy" outside the major cities. Organised crime in the form of the triads also saw an expansion in this time period.
In 1920 an anarchist peasant group launched a revolt in the Baozhou province over rice taxes an event that would come to be known as the "Red Summer". The revolt was large and well organised amongst the peasantry causing the provincial governor Zhao Hongjun to unilaterally deploy the army to crush the rebellion with the Baozhou massacre ending the political power of the radical left. The government's seemingly weak response to the revolt alongside the string of poor government policies and economic and social disruptions meant that Zhao and his supporters were able to persuade the emperor's brother to a successful palace coup known as the Jiayun Uprising that saw the Qingzhuo Emperor declared legally insane and inaugurated a regency under the emperor's brother. A year later the Qingzhuo Emperor committed suicide leading to his brother being enthroned as the Shanrong Emperor who abolished the legislative assembly becoming a de jure absolute monarch.
The new government was beholden both to the army and the far-right, being militarist, monarchist and expansionist in its outlook. The Shanrong Emperor purged Zhao from the regime in 1922 removing the largest de facto check on his power and asserting his personal power. Anti-Senrian and racial supremacist rhetoric was commonly deployed. The new regime deeply admired the national functionalist regime in Gaullica and deepened cooperation with Gaullica, joining the Entente in 1922 as its fourth member alongside Gaullica, Poliania and Marirana. The new regime also supported the Senrian monarchist government during the Senrian Revolution and following the victory of the Senrian republicans began preparations for an invasion of the archipelago to include it into the "Greater Xiaodongese Order".
In January 1927 Senrian occupied the Xiaodongese concession of Sakata. After delivering an ultimatum that was rejected by Senria on the 2 February Xiaodong launched an invasion of Senria triggering a set of alliances that started the Great War which pitted the Entente against the Grand Alliance which included Senria, Estmere, Werania and Narozalica. Xiaodong would make large advances into Senria creating a client state based in the north as well as into Satria benefiting from fighting predominantly poorly armed forces. Xiaodongese advances continued until 1931 when they would largely become bogged down in stalemates or lose ground to Grand Alliance forces, particularly in Senria.
During their occupation of Senria Xiaodong would be responsible for what would become known as the Senrian Genocide. In Xiaodongese-occupied territories in Senria it is estimated about 9.5 million Senrians were killed by Xiaodongese occupying forces, either through murder, starvation or disease. The genocide was as a result of Xiaodongese attempts to destroy the Senrian population due to supremacist ideology. It remains the biggest genocide in human history.
From 1931 to 1932 Xiaodong rapidly lost territory in Senria being driven out of the archipelago in 1932. Grand Alliance forces following the liberation of Senria began preparations for an invasion of the Xiaodongese mainland with bombing campaigns destroying much of Xiaodong's infrastructure with the Shanrong Emperor being killed in a bombing raid. His successor, the Taiyi Emperor, provided poor leadership during the Senrian invasion of Xiaodong that saw Senria make rapid advances across Xiaodong's northern coast in 1933-1934. By 1935 the Xiaodongese state and military defences were in a state of near collapse as sections of the country attempted to declare independence; however the Grand Alliance was unable to advance as it became clear that any attempt to occupy Xiaodong fully would result in a long and bloody war of attrition even after 8 years of war.
In 1935 the Battle of Baiqiao saw the capital fall to Senrian forces. The fall of the capital led the Taiyi Emperor to abdicate appointing Meng Jianing as regent who ordered the dissolution of the Heavenly Empire declaring its replacement to be the Republic of Xiaodong, ending over 2,000 years of imperial rule. The republic signed the Treaty of Keisi shortly afterwards which saw Xiaodong cede a large amount of territory to newly created countries, ending its tributary system, paying large reparations to Grand Alliance powers, restricting the size of its military and placing many of the senior figures during the war still alive such as former chief of staff Ren Xilian and the Taiyi Emperor on trial for crimes against humanity. The treaty was considered to be deeply humiliating for Xiaodong with the country becoming political unstable following its signing.
Republican era (1935-present)
The newly created republic was created on parliamentary grounds. It immediately suffered from conflict and instability - the borders with the new nations such as Chanwa and Dakata were poorly demarcated whilst the former Xiaodongese Northern Expeditionary Army continuing to operate in parts of Satria. Nationalist anger over the Treaty of Keisi, the destruction of much of the countryside due to the Senrian invasion and the demobilisation of much of the army contributed to an outgrowth in militancy in the country.
In September 1935, mere months after the Treaty of Keisi was signed the general Lu Keqian, considered to be one of the most capable officers during the Great War, instigated a military revolt known as the Corrective Revolution. The revolution was supported by Lu's own Xiaodong Regeneration Society which followed a statist ideology known as National Principlism and the Workers' and Peasants Party, an agrarian socialist split-off from the Xiaodongese Section of the International which allied to form the Army of National Salvation. The rebels coup was successful in the north of the country capturing the industrial capital of Rongzhuo but failed in the southwest with a large part of the army staying loyal to the central government. This led to the start of the Xiaodongese Civil War fought primarily between the Army of National Salvation and the republican government. The war would later see the Army of National Salvation invade some of the newly created republics such as Chanwa. Despite foreign intervention by Senria to support the republic Lu's forces seized Baiqiao in 1940 leading to the collapse of the republic. Lu declared the creation of the Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong (晓东吉祥共和国; Xiǎodōng Jíxiáng Gònghéguó) forming a government between his allies and the socialists. The government's first act was to abrogate the Treaty of Keisi, coming to separate settlements with Euclean countries to pay a more limited forms of reparations and promising not to change the status of concessions. In 1941 the civil war ended with the partition of Chanwa between Xiaodong and Tinza.
Following the creation of the the new government was faced with economic, political and social disunity. The first priorities of the new government was to crush communist forces in the civil war and stabilise the economic situation. In the short term the government moved in against remaining anti-government resistance in the countryside and restoring the country's shattered infrastructure. The end of the civil war saw tensions arouse between Lu's supporters in government and his socialist allies leading to in 1942 the socialists to be purged from his government. The new regime thus enshrined itself as a dominant -party state with the 1940 Constitution prescribing National Principlism to be the ideology of the state. Politically Xiaodong was declared a democratic republic but under a "guided democracy" in which the Xiaodong Regeneration Society monopolised political power. Rongzhuo after two years as acting as the provisional capital was declared the permanent capital. Although opposition to the regime was muted at the time, the new government continued its predecessors censorship and poor human rights record, creating a new secret police known as the Public Security Secretariat (more commonly known as the Shujichu) and setting up a network of "re-education centres". However, the restrained repression exercised by Lu and his economic development and social policies has often cast the early republic as being a "benevolent dictatorship" or a "post-totalitarian" regime.
Economic reconstruction and social reforms were steadily passed during the 1940's. As the new regime was adamant that Xiaodong undergo modernisation, the government under Lu Keqian established universal education, a rudimentary healthcare system, nominal gender equality and a more codified legal system. Most dramatic was the economic reforms pursued by Minister of Finances Ma Renzhong which dismantled feudalism supporting land reform and encouraging rapid industrial development. Despite a concentrated effort by Senria to sabotage re-industrialisation (Operation Red Pheasant) by the 1950's Xiaodong had record economic growth setting off the so-called "Decade of Development". Following the Solarian War Xiaodong reacquired concessions it had previously lost to Etruria. In 1945 Lu died, with his initial successors being military men. However the regime saw balance shift to bureaucrats in 1950 when Ma Renzhong became State Chairman. During the 1950's and 1960's focus was on economic growth whilst abroad Xiaodong promoted decolonisation in Coius, although tensions with Senria resurfaced following the assassination of Senrian Prime Minister Kitamura Tokiyasu. As a result social indicators such as literacy and life expectancy increased.
In 1970 a group of radical officers led by Sun Yuting performed a coup d'état with the intention of aligning the country towards a more nationalistic stance in international politics. In 1975 a crisis over the former Estmerish concession of Baishadao led to Xiaodong to invade the island, triggering the Senrian government under Takahata Takesi to use gunboat diplomacy in an attempt to contain Xiaodongese actions. This started the Coastal Crisis during which Xiaodong demonstrated that it possessed nuclear weapons, making it the eighth nation to develop them and starting a new arms race in Coius.
In 1977 a series of syndicalist strike action by the Xiaodongese Labour Union of Free Workers' led to the Kuoqing Massacre, the most blood repression under the Auspicious Republic. The same year, Xiaodong intervened in Dakata alongside Ajahadya starting the Dakatan War which would last until 1982 when Xiaodongese forces withdrew after being unable to defeat a powerful guerrilla army. In 1984 Xiaodong alongside Ajahadya and Zorasan formed a military pact, the Rongzhuo Strategic Protocol Organisation. The International Forum for Developing States was created shortly afterwards which was seen as being influenced by Xiaodong's advocacy of south-south cooperation.
In 1984 Sun was assassinated by a suspected Senrian Tokkeitai agent, being succeeded by Qian Xingwen. Qian ended the direct military rule that had been in place since 1970 and worked to create a guided democracy similar to the pre-1970 republic, albeit his political supporters - known as the Righteous Harmony Association - was not dominant like the former Regeneration Society. Confronted with a failing economy Qian approved of the Economic Reorganising Programme that liberalised the Xiaodongese economy, privatising state assets, deregulating industry, removing price controls and opening the country to foreign investment.
The shock therapy program resulted in economic growth but poverty and unemployment to grow; this alongside lack of political reform led to the Orchid Revolution in 1988 which saw thousands protest against the regime and demand economic and political reform. As a result the government resigned and a generation of reformers in the Heavenly Gate Society took power. The revolution however also led to the beginning of the Chanwan War when the province attempted to gain independence from Xiaodong lasting from 1988 to 1994. The war resulted in over 150,000 people to be killed and 300,000 to be displaced, with both sides being accused of ethnic cleansing and genocide. The war was eventually won by Xiaodong in 1994 under the leadership of Yang Zhengming. As a result of the war the reformist faction was weakened with further political reforms stalling.
The 1990's also saw increased tension with Senria - under Qian Operation Calm Waters saw Senrian ships bombed with limpet mines, which resulted in Senria under hardline Prime Minister Haruka Kiyosi to order the 1987 bombing of the Mausoleum of Lu Keqiann. Xiaodong retaliated in 1990 by releasing sarin gas on the Keisi Metro and Senria in 1995 on the 60th Anniversary of the Corrective Revolution to bomb both the State Presidium and the parade that day in Rongzhuo commemorating the revolution, which resulted in the death of the premier Yuan Jiaxiang. These actions led to pressure from the international community as well as reformists led by Premier Han Guanzheng to begin détente with Senria - this led to the development of the Nuclear Arms Limitation and Non-proliferation Talks which helped reduce tensions between the two countries.
In 2005 Jiang Zhongyu came to power steering the country in a more nationalist direction after the 2005 world economic crisis which saw Xiaodong emerge relatively unscathed - in 2008 it overtook Senria as the world's largest economy. Economic growth however saw environmental and social degradation remain with the welfare system being only incrementally expanded. In 2007 as a response to the Kuthinian military taking power Xiaodong led the ROSPO coordinated Operation Eastern Protection which saw the region of Mongkar attain independence as the pro-Xiaodongese Heijiang. This came as "neo-nationalists" under Yuan Xiannian became dominant within Xiaodong, edging out more conservative-liberal officials such as Jiang.
In 2013 the Baozhou province was the centrepoint of an outbreak of avian flu that spread across southern Coius and Satria. The flu would result in half a million people dying and tensions increasing with Xiaodong's neighbours who accused Rongzhuo of downplaying the severity of the virus which resulted in economic troubles and higher mortality rates. It also led to a decline in support for the government after they were deemed slow to improve the health system and crack down on the proliferation of unhygienic food preparation practices, particularly unregulated wet markets.
In 2016 large scale protests erupted over governmental corruption and social problems in Xiaodong, leading to the resignation of Jiang and his replacement with Yuan. When the protests continued after what was seen as an unfair election in early 2017 the government launched a crackdown and started "Normalisation" that aims to reassert state power whilst also purging Yuan's rivals, making Xiaodong significantly more authoritarian. In the same period relations with the Euclean Community and the Council for Mutual Security and Development has deteriorated with economic centralisation being emphasised.
Government and Politics
Xiaodong's political system is outlined in the 1942 constitution which has undergone numerous amendments since. Xiaodong is a federation organised on republican lines and containing a mix of presidential and parliamentary principles. Xiaodong is commonly seen as being an authoritarian state. The highest body of the state is the State Presidium (国家常务委员会; guójiā chángwù wěiyuánhuì) which is led by a State Chairman (主席; zhǔxí) who serves as head of state. The State Presidium is the supreme executive and legislative body in Xiaodong, containing its chairman, the leaders of the four councils, the chief of the general staff and vice-premier, foreign, defence and finance ministers. The State Presidium appoints most members of the four councils which sits beneath the State Presidium which fulfil the roles of the executive, legislature, judiciary and civil service examination system.
The four subordinate branches to the State Presidium are the Executive Council (行政会; xíngzhèng huì) the Legislative Council (立法会; lìfǎ huì) the Judicial Council (司法会; sīfǎ huì) and the Examination Council (考試会; kǎoshì huì). The Executive Council which is led and appointed by a Premier (行政会总理; xíngzhèng huì zǒnglǐ) who functions as the head of government serves as a national cabinet of 20 ministries albeit with the State Presidium taking precedence in executive matters. Xiaodong maintains a four tier judiciary, with federal, provincial, prefectureral and municipal courts with the Judicial Council serving as the supreme court being led by a Chief Justice. All judges, civil servants and politicians are picked from the Examination Council which is led by a president and based on the imperial examination system. The Legislative Council contains 780 seats with the majority elected by voters, and a minority either representing industrial and economic sectors or coming from the military. The top leadership roles of state are the State Chairman, Premier, Vice-Premier and President of the Legislative Council with the incumbents being Yuan Xiannian, Xi Yao-tong, Yuan Qinqin and Wang Hongzhi respectively.
Since 1940 Xiaodong has been an authoritarian state. Officially Xiaodong is a "guided democracy" with political parties being discouraged. Nevertheless a variety of political organisations have since reforms made during the 1980's emerged that function as political parties. The current main one of these is the Society for Restoring Benevolence which is considered to be the current "party of power". Most of these organisations adhere to a nationalist, statist ideology known as National Principlism (国家主体主义; guójiā zhǔtǐ zhǔyì) that seeks to uphold a centralised form of authoritarian democracy.
Political apathy is high due to government corruption, authoritarianism and a weak opposition. Unlike in most countries, ideological differences are not the main divides in Xiaodongese politics, which is based much more on guanxi networks between politicians. Nevertheless opposition to these political factions which make up the governing networks coalesce into what is known as the dangwai movement that tend to promote more democratic governance compared to the governing cliques.
In 2016 after an economic slowdown and several high-profile corruption scandels a series of protests in favour of political reform resulted in the government of Yuan Xiannian and Xi Yao-tong to launch a crackdown on protesters and the declaration of a state of emergency. International observers state this state of emergency, named "Normalisation" (正规化; zhèngguī huà) has turned Xiaodong into a de facto police state.
Officially the main executive body in Xiaodong is the Executive Council led by the Premier. The Executive Council is responsible for the implementation of the constitution and for the exercise of executive powers in implementing the decrees and general policies as outlined by the State Presidium, except for matters directly related to the State Presidium, who has the final say in all matters. The Premier appoints the members of the Executive Council and are themselves handpicked by the State Presidium, with a legislative vote needed to confirm appointments. All members of the Executive Council are approved by the Examination Council. The Premier, State Presidium and Examination Council have the authority to dismiss members of the Executive Council who can also be impeached by the Legislative Council.
In practice the strong role the State Presidium has in governing makes them a far more powerful executive body in Xiaodong and therefore constitute the apex of decision making.
The main legislative body of Xiaodong is the unicameral Legislative Council which consists of 750 delegates. 550 are elected in a single-member plurality system, 150 from economic and industrial sectors and 50 appointed by the military. The partial nature of the elected legislature is intended to represent the concept of "sectional democracy".
The Legislative Council is chaired by its President who oversees legislative sessions in a manner similar to a speaker. In 2008, a bipartisan legislative commission recommended the creation of legislative committees to better scrutinise government policy, although no such moves to formally establish committees have been attempted yet.
Society for Restoring Benevolence: 420 seats
Association for Promoting Democracy: 76 seats
Movement for National Principlism: 24 seats
Nonpartisan: 36 seats
Military representatives: 50 seats
Vacant: 144 seats
Any legislative delegate has the right to propose draft laws to the council, which must pass a simple majority vote to become formally part of the law. Despite this most successful draft laws have come from the government benches which has always maintained a legislative majority. The council has the right to amend the constitution if the government has a supermajority (two thirds of the total seats, 495) or can declare a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment if it possesses a simple majority (over half of total seats, 376).
Currently the legislature is dominated by allies of State Chairman Yuan Xiannian from the Society for Restoring Benevolence. Opposition pro-democracy groups, who previously were elected to the legislature, have been mostly banned leading to 144 seats in the Legislative Council currently being vacant. Other groups in the Legislative Council include the Association for Promoting Democracy which is seen as far-right and the Movement for National Principlism which is more socialist leaning. Both parties are considered to be functionally pro-government.
Political parties and elections
The only national-level elections in Xiaodong are for the Legislative Council. Legislative Council elections are held every five years for 700 of the seats in the Legislative Council (550 elected by universal suffrage and 150 elected through functional constituencies). Voting for the directly-elected seats is done through a mixed member majoritarian system with 300 seats elected by single-member plurality voting and 250 members through party-list proportional representation. The proportional seats retain a 5% electoral threshold with the entire country treated as single constituency and are appropriated through the Li-Qiao method. Functional constituencies use single-member plurality voting. Provincial and municipal elections are similarly held every five years with posts within them also elected by first-past-the-post.
In 1989, Xiaodong implemented universal suffrage for the first time. In previous elections held between 1942-1984 voting had been restricted by literacy requirements for voters. Universal suffrage for women was introduced in Xiaodong in 1956. In 2014, electronic voting was introduced on a limited basis in Xiaodong subsequently being expanded for the 2017 snap election. Elections for the Legislative Council are staggered over a week with different provinces voting on different days.
Elections in Xiaodong are controversial as they are often accused of being subject to electoral fraud. Disfranchisement, vote buying and gerrymandering are the most common instances of electoral fraud in Xiaodong according to an International Council for Democracy report for the 2014 election, although ballot stuffing and voter intimidation have also been noted particularly during the 2017 snap election. The Xiaodongese government has denied that it practices electoral fraud, albeit has admonished provincial officials for engaging it in.
Political parties are restricted in Xiaodong. Parties can only run for the Legislative Council if they operate federally; that is run in all provinces of Xiaodong (with the exception of Jindao) and have membership in all provinces. Provincial parties must have at least 5,000 members. All parties must be approved by the Examination Council - between 2000 to 2014 the Examination Council allowed the registration of 22 political parties, with only 8 of those being new parties. Often in Xiaodong independent opposition parties and organisations find it difficult to be registered.
Since the foundation of the Auspicious Republic there has often been a single political party that has dominated state affairs to the extent that Xiaodong is considered either a one-party or dominant-party state. From 1942 to 1970 it was the Xiaodong Regeneration Society and from 1984 to 1988 the Constitutional Protection Society. From 1988 to 2006 there was no single dominant party due to a split in the elite. From 1989 to 1992 the CPS and the Concordance Democratic Party co-governed whilst from 1992 to 2006 the CDP was replaced by the National Association for Progress. In 2006 State Chairman Jiang Zhongyu engineered the return of the dominant party state after merging the CPP and NAP into the Righteous Harmony Association which governed until 2016, when it was replaced by the current Society for Restoring Benevolence. All these parties were at various points named the "party of power" and all were largely made up of the bureaucratic, political and military elite supporting to varying degrees National Principlism. Often the party of power is supported by independent members of the Legislative Council giving them alongside support from military-appointed deputies a permanent majority in the chamber.
Opposition parties are divided into two categories. Some are considered to be satellite parties to the party of power whose function is to give the superficial image of a competitive democracy or represent certain interest groups outside the governing coalition, but in practice support the government. The other are known as dangwai ("outside the party") parties that sit in actual opposition to the party of power and its supporters. Dangwai parties often hold marginal seats in the Legislative Council lacking the administrative support of the party of power and often struggling to be elected in the functional constituencies. Since the start of normalisation in 2017 no dangwai parties sit in the Legislative Council with their members either being removed from office or defecting to either the ruling coalition or one of the satellite parties.
Xiaodongese law has since 1940 been based on legalist traditions alongside civil law from Werania and Gaullica. Previously Xiaodong maintained a strong Ruist judicial system based on the belief that the maintenance of tradition would be more effective in maintaining social order, but since the rise of Legalist philosophy since the 1940's the law has become more codified. Nevertheless, the rule of law in Xiaodong is subject to the will of the state which is seen as above the law.
The highest judicial authority in Xiaodong is the State Presidium which officially delegates responsibility of such authority to the Judicial Council whose members are appointed by the State Presidium. The Judicial Council sits above provincial, prefectural, county and township courts.
Xiaodong's legal system suffers from a lack of confidence in its effectiveness. Since the 1980's courts dealing with property law have seen marked improvement in the process of justice, although this effort remains slow on human right issues. Corruption within the system has also been on the decline as the system has come under increasing rationalisation. However jury trials in Xiaodong remain rare.
Xiaodong is an asymmetric federation consisting of 24 subdivisions overall all. 18 are provinces (省; shěng), 3 directly-administrated cities (直辖市; zhíxiáshì), two autonomous provinces (自治省; zìzhì shěng) and one autonomous administrative territory (自治区; zìzhìqū).
Provinces each with their own regional government head by a chief minister (首席部長; shǒuxí bùzhǎng) with a provincial legislature known as provincial councils (省议会; shěng yìhuì) located in a regional capital. Provinces are further divided into prefectures (地级; dìjí) which are split either into urban districts (市辖区; shìxiáqǖ) and rural counties (县; xiàn). Districts are divided into sub-districts (街道; jiēdào) and counties into townships (乡; xiāng). The final level of organisation is a village 村; cūn).
Directly-administrated cities are governed by mayors (市长; shì zhǎng) with their legislatures being named biao's (表; biǎo) after the tables city elders used in ancient times. Unlike provinces the cities do not have district level administration instead being divided only into sub-districts and villages. Directly-administrated cities have slightly less autonomy then provinces being more subject to central government control.
Autonomous Provinces have a the same basic administrative structure of provinces having five prefectures (စီရင်စု; hcerain hcu). Chanwa does not have counties only retaining districts (ခရိုင်; hkarine) which are divided into rural townships (မြို့နယ်; myahoetnaal) and urban wards (ရပ်ကွက်; yatkwet) which are further split into villages (ကျေးရွာ; kyei-ywa). Autonomous provinces are led by governors (总督; zǒngdū) rather then chief ministers as is in the case of the provinces. Both autonomous provinces have bilingualism with regional languages (Chanwan and Paisha) in their official administration. Autonomous Provinces have more autonomy then provinces with the right to established their own official languages, constitutions and provincial anthems as well as greater rights over natural resources, external trade, regional security and internal budgets. However there tends to be cordial relations with the central government who have a strong role in autonomous provincial affairs leading to relatively coordinated action between the autonomous provinces and federal government.
The single autonomous administrative territory, Jindao, has the highest degree of autonomy according to the 1990 Xiao-Estmerish Jindao Treaty. It is divided into districts and below them suburbs. It is governed by a Chief Executive (特首; tèshǒu; chef de l'exécutif) with the legislature being the Biao or Legislative Council (conseil législatif). Jindao has autonomy over the majority of its affairs including the maintenance of its own legal system with Jindanese Law takes precedence over Xiaodongese Law with the notable exception of the Xiaodongese constitution. Jindao also maintains its own independent police force and currency, the Jindanese nacar. Xiaodong still however retains the sole right to manage Jindao's foreign relations and national security.
|Province (省)||Administrative centre||Population||Province (省)||Administrative centre||Population|
|Qigao (启皋)||Gaoming (杲溟)||15,236,422||Meishan (美山)||Liangzhi (亮值)||19,548,635|
|Heping (和平)||Wangzhuang (王庄)||20,227,603||Yongba (永坝)||Lunkeng (沦坈)||17,452,136|
|Luoyuan (罗源)||Kuoqing (阔清)||54,872,635||Baozhou (宝州)||Shanju (山巨)||47,256,028|
|Weishang (潍上)||Chaozhou (曹州)||34,125,750||Xiangshan (象山)||Jinzhuang (金装)||11,258,763|
|Zhongan (中岸)||Wudan (乌丹)||42,856,301||Tuohe (沱河)||Juancheng (鄄城)||14,457,862|
|Wushan (吴山)||Qinghua (清华)||10,452,365||Jianghui (江徽)||Yinbao (崟堡)||22,415,874|
|Zhijian (直建)||Kongyu (孔玉)||32,457,865||Xufang (余坊)||Zhoujia (周家)||24,758,631|
|Chengcao (成曹)||Shiyang (石羊)||28,547,635||Yunjin (郓津)||Hongyan (红岩)||18,745,263|
|Anqian (安千)||Majing (马井)||41,247,896||Nanqing (南青)||Langang (兰港)||28,569,782|
|Rongzhuo (容㒂)||Directly-administrated city (直辖市)||18,620,425|
|Baiqiao (白壳)||Directly-administrated city (直辖市)||13,683,752|
|Shenkong (盛空)||Directly-administrated city (直辖市)||8,745,623|
|Jindao (金岛)||Autonomous Administrative Territory (自治区)||6,687,263|
|Chanwa (安千)||Banyin (版因)||Autonomous Province (自治省)||30,266,392|
|Baishadao (白沙岛)||Yilan (宜兰)||Autonomous Province (自治省)||9,875,524|
Armed forces and intelligence
The armed forces of Xiaodong is known as the Army of National Salvation (国救世軍; Guó jiùshì jūn) which is split into an army, navy and airforce. The Army of National Salvation currently has around 3,350,750 troops overall (685,500 active, 2,425,000 in reserve and 240,250 in paramilitary groups). The Chairperson of the State Preisidum is the commander-in-chief of the Army of National Salvation, which answers to the Council of Ministers via Ministry of Defence and Military Planning (MoDMP). Military affairs are primarily handled by the Joint Defence Council, a forum of military commanders who are subordinate to the MoDMP. The coast guard and gendarmerie forces take on military functions - however, they are responsible to the Ministry of Internal Affairs rather than the MoDMP. The main intelligence unit, the Public Security Secretariat (Shujichu), also is officially part of the military structure however they report directly to the State Presidium. In recent years, there has been a push to merge the Xiaodongese army together into one cohesive joint command - currently there is intense rivalry between the Shujichu and the military divisions under the MoDMP. Xiaodong currently spends 3.9% of its budget on the military.
The Army of National Salvation were preceded by the Heavenly Xiaodongese Army, which was the first modern army in Xiaodong. Following the abolition of the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire, the former Heavenly Xiaodongese Army was renamed and consolidated into the Xiaodongese Defence Army, which underwent modernisation in the 1930's. The victory of the Army of National Salvation in the Xiaodongese Civil War resulted in it becoming the national army. In the 1970's the defence forces underwent modernisation and since 2008 have undergone a further stage of modernisation and restructuring to be a more professional, efficient force. Xiaodong has committed to the development of its navy and airforce, which have been substantially modernised and expanded since 2008. The Xiaodongese navy in particular has undergone a transition from a brown water to green-water navy.
Xiaodong has a history of possessing weapons of mass destruction. During the 1930's it was known that Xiaodong had started to develop a stockpile of chemical weapons in the form of mustard gas, and during the 1950's started a biological warfare research programme. Xiaodong has resisted attempts to sign treaties that ban chemical weapons, and has been accused of possessing chemical and biological weapons such as sarin, nerve and mustard gas - however this has not been proven as of 2015. Xiaodong has admitted that it possess facilities that produce chemical and biological weapons, but asserts that they have been inactive since the mid-1990's. Following the development of Senrian nuclear weapons in 1964 Xiaodong refused to sign the Treaty of Shanbally and during the Coastal Crisis detonated its first nuclear weapon, Housheng. Sice then Xiaodong has expanded its program massively, developing intermediate-range ballistic missiles in 2015. Xiaodong maintains an arsenal of up to 500 nuclear warheads with air, sea and land based delivery systems. Xiaodong refuses to implement a no first use policy maintaining a policy of strategic ambiguity on the use of their nuclear weapons.
Conscription - known as "Patriotic Civic Service" (爱国公民勤务; Àiguó gōngmín qínwù) is theoretically enforced for all citizens between the ages of 18-21 for a period of 12 months. It was introduced in 1896 for all male citizens for a 24 month period with conscientious objection not being recognised by the government, with only those deemed "unfit for service" being exempted. In 1956 the government reformed the conscription law decreasing the time of service to 12 months and offering alternate service in a non-combatant role on medical grounds. The draft is rarely enforced in Xiaodong due to the number of volunteers often being sufficient in terms of recruitment - the majority of draftees are exempted by the government. Further professionalisation has led to calls to abolish conscription entirely and transfer to an all-volunteer professional force.
Human rights in Xiaodong been a controversial topic between the Xiaodongese government and a range of human rights groups as well as intergovernmental organisations such as the CNCHR and the International Council for Democracy. In recent years under the administration of Yuan Xiannian and to a lesser extent his predecessor Jiang Zhongyu Xiaodong's human rights record has severely deteriorated particularly since the introduction of Normalisation compared to a generally improving record in the early 2000's.
Common criticisms of the Xiaodongese human rights situation centre on the government's restrictions on freedom of speech, movement, assembly and religion. Despite political reform occurring since the Orchid Revolution in 1988 political freedom remains restricted with the ability to organise independent political parties being banned and censorship of sensitive topics common. In 2006 the Xiaodongese government announced it would roll out a new system that would better regulate internet traffic in Xiaodong which according to a 2008 CNCHR report introduced "mass censorship" in the country.
Religious persecution is also a controversial topic in Xiaodong. The Xiaodongese government officially promotes the practice of indigenous beliefs and various salvationist sects over what it deems to be "foreign religions" and as such implements repressive measures against monotheistic religions such as Sotirianity and Irfan. Ethnic repression in Xiaodong has also been an issue as foreign critics accuse Xiaodong of praticing Xiao chauvinism towards minority groups, particularly Chanwans.
The Xiaodongese government has rejected criticism of its human rights record as being distorted by foreign biases. Xiaodongese leaders have since the 1980's stressed that they follow a "Xiaodongese approach to human rights" which necessitates that citizens are only granted rights if they abide by social responsibilities. This approach is based according to Xiaodongese legal scholars on traditional Ruist conceptions of a harmonious society between the ruler and the ruled.
Since the start of Normalisation the human rights situation in Xiaodong is generally agreed to have declined to one of the poorest in the world, with the rule of law being undermined in favour of highly politicised courts and mass censorship and arrests being common alongside torture within detention facilities. According to a 2018 report by the CNCHR since the beginning of Normalisation measures in 1,500 people had been executed by the regime, 50,000 arrested and 140,000 either suspended or removed from their jobs.
Xiaodong's foreign policy objectives since the mid-1940's were formalised in the "Three Fundamentals" - the isolation of Senria from international affairs, the maintenance of Xiaodong as a the foremost great power and the promotion of anti-imperialism in Coius and the Asteria's particularly against Euclean influence. In recent decades Xiaodong has been seen to be revisionist or revanchist in the conduct of its foreign policy albeit this description has been contested by Xiaodongese leaders. Xiaodong's large size and increasing role in the global economy has led to many to label it as a potential superpower.
Xiaodong has since the creation of the Auspicious Republic been associated with tensions with its neighbours and its claimed leadership within the developing world. Xiaodong is famous internationally for using "panda diplomacy", using giant pandas as diplomatic gifts to other countries. Panda diplomacy stretches back to the Xiang dynasty when Xiaodong sent pandas to the Senrian emperor as a sign of goodwill. Xiaodong is a member of the Community of Nations, Global Institute for Fiscal Affairs, International Trade Organization and League of Oil Producing States. Xiaodong is considered to be the leading power behind the International Forum for Developing States and the Rongzhuo Strategic Protocol Organisation. Xiaodong was a founding member of the Atomic Energy Commission but has been suspended from the organisation since 1975.
Since the foundation of the republic anti-imperialism has been a key feature of Xiaodongese foreign policy. The Rongzhuo Strategic Protocol Organisation (ROSPO) was officially founded to "protect Coius from imperialism from Euclea and their client states" (alluding to Council for Mutual Security and Development) and consists primarily of states that share an anti-imperialist foreign policy such as Zorasan and Ajahadya. Xiaodong also maintains cordial ties with Kumuso and Mabifia in Coius. As part of Xiaodong's "strategic development initiative" it has promoted economic investment in recent years in the Asteria's and Euclea. This has created cordial relations with amongst others Satucin and Piraea.
Xiaodong's strongest bilateral relationship is with Zorasan - whilst the two countries have had differences over water rights, border adjustments and the treatment of religions in the two countries they have worked strongly on economic and military cooperation. This special relationship is known as the Rongzhuo-Zahedan Axis.
Conversely Xiaodong has poor relations with Senria which has traditionally been seen as an ideological, political and economic rival to Xiaodong. Dispute over military forces in southern Coius, economic influence and historical animosity stemming from Xiaodong's view on the Senrian Genocide has created noticeably poor relations with the two countries.
In recent years Xiaodong has come under controversy with its neighbour Kuthina following the Kuthinian 2007 coup and the creation of Heijiang, a Xiaodongese-supported separatist republic. Xiaodong has been as a result of the creation of Heijiang accused of "freezing" the conflict and embarking on an expansionist foreign policy.
From the 1890's to the 1940's Xiaodong's strongest bilateral relations in Euclea were with Gaullica. However since the conclusion of the Sostava War ties with Narozalica have been emphasised. In Euclea Xiaodong has poor relations with Etruria and Estmere, the latter of whom has been unpopular due to its role in ruling Jindao and its close relations with Senria. Xiaodong has mixed relations with socialist nations cooperating with Dezevau in Coius via the IFDS but generally has poor relations with the Mutual Assistance Organisation due to poor labour laws.
Crime and law enforcement
Law enforcement duties in Xiaodong are handled by the Ministry of State Security which oversees the Federal Police Force and the Internal Guard Force (the latter acting as a gendarmerie force). The Federal Police Force is further divided into provincial units that are responsible to provincial governments in the country, with there being lower level cantonal, municipal and villageship police forces. The Ministry of State Security's remit covers internal security, intelligence, counter-terrorism, police operations, prisons, and political, economic, and communications security.
Crime in Xiaodong takes on many forms. Organised crime is based around the yuanminghui (圆明会; "Society of the Bright Circle"). Marked by elaborate initiation ceremonies and traditionalist structures yuanminghui groups have since the 1930's been prominent in Xiaodongese society despite government efforts to stamp out their influence, although since the mid-2000's they have seen a decline in their power. The yuanminghui historically have been marked in engaging in illegal activities such as opium trafficking, smuggling, sex trafficking, fraud, extortion and money laundering. In recent years with more government repression the yuanminghui have moved more activities to white-collar crime particularly money laundering and fraud.
Drug trafficking remains one of the most serious issues in Xiaodong. An unsuccessful attempt to completely eliminate the opium trade in the 1940's meant that in the 1950's the government has sought to regulate and wean out the supply lines although this has often been frustrated by official corruption. In 2008 the government passed a decree that gave law enforcement authorities far more leeway in the repression of drug trafficking and dealing with addicts; this has been credited with reducing opium consumption and trafficking in Xiaodong.
Corruption is a series issue in terms of law enforcement in Xiaodong. This is exemplified through the dang wangluo (黨网络; party network) system which is a system of cronyism and nepotism wherein those connected to leaders of government, big business and other key institutions through personal connections rather then skill or merit gauge significant benefits compared to those without such connections. It is considered different to traditional guanxi networks in the sense dang wangluo transactions are seen as fundamentally corrupt compared to the mutual commitment of guanxi networks. According to a 2014 poll 56% of Xiaodongese people stated corruption was the most pressing political issue in the country and corruption has been linked to an upsurge in protests and dissent in Xiaodong. The government has since the start of Normalisation stated that their priority is to eliminate the dang wangluo.
As of November 2019 the homicide rate in Xiaodong is 1.52 people per 100,000 inhabitants.
Xiaodong's geography is relatively diverse, ranging from the Shalegho mountain range around the Chanwa and Weishang provinces to the flat plain lands around the Hongcha basin. Xiaodong borders the Bay of Bashurat to the northwest, the Honghai sea to the south and the Coral sea to the southeast. Northern Xiaodong borders the Great Steppe. Xiaodong is the second largest nation in the world in terms of total land size, after Cassier.
Northern Chanwa is dominated by the Shalegho mountain range, with its highest point being located in the Wuxintai prefecture at Mount Shaowei at 2,678 meters. Further south in the Hongcha and Liaojing regions the country is dominated by plains and basins. Around 18% of the country is forested, mainly in the central provinces straddling the more mountainous north and the flatter south.
Xiaodong is commonly considered to be a hilly and mountainous country, with only the coastal regions retaining flat land in the form of plains. As a consequence of this, over half the population reside on the coast whilst the more mountainous north remains much more sparsely populated. The south-eastern coast contains the majority of Xiaodong's arable land. Several rivers run through Xiaodong, the longest of which is the Liaojing (辽境) river located in the east of the country around the basin of the same name. Several smaller rivers run from the Hongcha basin, with Xiaodong as a result having a well connected water network.
Xiaodong is known internationally for having a large amount of biodiversity within its borders, being one of a handful of countries considered to be megadiverse countries. By some estimations, Xiaodong is the worlds most megabiodiverse nation alongside Satucin. Many species of flower and fauna that live in Xiaodong are considered to be indigenous or endemic to the country. Nevertheless it is considered to hold several biodiversity hotspots as some of the nations unique ecosystems have come under threat in recent years from human activity.
Xiaodong is home to around 547 species of mammal, 1,218 species of birds, 498 species of reptiles and 342 species of amphibians. Of these 824 are on the endangered list due to ongoing issues such as urbanisation, destruction of ecosystems and poaching animals for their meat or alleged properties in traditional medicines. Some of the well known animals facing excitation include the whitefin dolphin, the East Coian tiger, the giant salamander, the Xiaodongese alligator, the golden snub-nosed monkey, the sun bear, red panda and giant panda, the latter considered iconic to Xiaodong.
As a result of the increase in animals being placed on the endangered list in 1968 the Xiaodongese government opened the first national park under the National Bureau for Forestry and Environmental Heritage. In 1985 the government launched the "Save the Panda" scheme that has attempted to reverse the declining Xiaodongese panda population. An expansion of the national park system was undertaken in 2009 when the Executive Council created the Ministry of Environmental Strategy and Natural Resources as a result of growing international and public pressure on the country to better protect its wildlife. Nevertheless, extinction rates in Xiaodong are by global standards still above average which has caused huge controversy within the country. As of 2020 Xiaodong hosts over 500 wildlife sanctuaries.
Xiaodong is home to over 30,000 species of plants, many of which are endemic to the country. Xiaodong's forestry is divided in several categories; moist conifer forests have an understory of bamboo and are located in the centre of the country. In the south of the country the predominant forests are subtropical although some are tropical. These forests contain the highest biodiversity in Xiaodong.
Environmental issues and pollution
Xiaodong has a rapidly growing urban population, raising from 22% in 1976 to 58% in 2013. Traditionally the majority of urban settlements are based around the Hongcha Basin and the Liaojing river. The largest urban settlements form an arc in the Hongcha Basin stretching from Kuoqing, Baiqiao, Shanzi, Shanju, Majing, Shenkong and Shiyang. Despite this the largest city since the 1600's has been Rongzhuo which sits in the Liaojing river. There are over 40 cities with over a million people in 2013 and the number is expected to rise to 60 by 2023.
Xiaodong's urbanisation is marked by large floating populations of rural migrants which constitutes some of the largest internal migration in the world. This rural to urban migration is influenced by restrictions in inter-administrative migrations which ties rural residents to their province or prefecture. These floating populations are marked by participation in menial labour and insecure work compared to settled urban residents. Managing internal migration is one of the most pressing issues in Xiaodong and something that has attracted increasing attention from official authorities which has implemented more measures to control it at a sustainable rate, although critics allege that authorities still rely on such migration as a source of cheap labour.
Largest cities or towns in Xiaodong
National Bureau for Statistics, 2013 Census
As of 2020, Xiaodong is the world's largest economy with (excluding Jindao) a nominal GDP of €4,683,916 million (€8,562 per capita) and €8,578,428 million by purchasing power parity (€15,681 per capita). Since 1994 Xiaodong has averaged a growth rate of 7% annually with the exception of the years 2005 and 2013, making it one of the world's fastest growing economies. Since the 2005 global economic crisis focus has been on economic stability rather then growth.
Xiaodong's economy is driven by a mixture of state owned enterprises (SOE's) and private businesses within the framework of a mixed economy, with SOE's and industrial conglomerates dominating the economy over independent ventures. The close nature between the state and corporations has meant that economists have frequently stated that Xiaodong possesses a corpratist economy, with the state dominating the allocation of capital through indicative planning. This corpratist model which sees both corporate and state bureaucrats being the primary drivers of the economy has resulted in Xiaodongs economy to be called a bureaucratic capitalism. As of 2018 as much of a third of the Xiaodongese economy remains under state ownership, compared to over two-thirds during the 1970's. The majority of state-owned enterprises are concentrated in natural resource extraction, certain heavy industries and the financial sector.
Xiaodong is a newly industrialised country with a rapidly expanding industrial sector. The country has a highly diversified economy with major sectors including manufacturing, mining, retail, steel, textiles, real estate, telecommunications, electronics and tourism. Prior to the move to an industrial economy Xiaodong's main export was rice with agriculture being the mainstay of the economy until the 1950's. Services constitute the majority of employment in the economy (42.63%) followed by industry (40.12%) then agriculture (17.25%). Xiaodong has a high amount of rare-earth elements, having the worlds largest deposits of the materials.
With a Gini rating of 39.8, wealth inequality remains a serious problem in Xiaodong. According to an independent study conducted in November 2015 over 36% of the nations wealth is concentrated in the top 10% of income earners in comparison to the lowest 10% only receiving 4%. Poverty is also a serious problem in Xiaodong with an estimated 20% of the population living below the international poverty line, and many more working in low paid jobs. The Xiaodongese government has refused to impose a minimum wage, stating it would hurt Xiaodong's competitive nature oversea's, although an unenforced recommended "basic wage" exists.
Following the creation of the Auspicious Republic the Xiaodongese government committed to industrialisation and the creation of a modern economy. To achieve massive and rapid industrialisation the state implemented import substitution industrialisation, central planning and partial nationalisation of large industry. Capital allocation was handled by state bureaucrats whilst foreign investment was courted. The architect of this economic policy was Ma Renzhong who aimed to lead Xiaodong through a "decade of development". During the 1940's-50's economic planning and centralised control was used to industrialise and modernise the Xiaodongese economy through the "industrial triangle" of state-owned enterprises, private conglomerates and foreign investment.
During the 1970's the military government increased government spending on social programmes, infrastructure expansion and industrial modernisation. This was done through nationalisations, capital controls and restrictions on foreign investment whilst borrowing was substantially increased. This led to greater industrialisation but extremely high debts and increasing inflation; by 1984 the economy was in a state of crisis. This led to state officials to abandon import substitution industrialisation and support a form of export-oriented industrialisation. This was couple with several shock therapy packages that saw the privatisation of state assets, deregulation especially of the labour market, increased investment into national resources, the dismantling of tariffs and liberalising other sectors of the economy. These measures ecame known as the Economic Reorganising Programme. Initially economic liberalisation resulted in a contraction of the economy but by 1994 growth became extremely strong with the period becoming known as the "supply-side miracle".
Following the 2005 global economic crisis the government abandoned plans to launch financial liberalisation and have instead reintroduced economic planning in the domestic market whilst boosting exports abroad. The economy has been restructured to reduce reliance on foreign investment and boost internal consumption, although export-orientated growth remains the basic aim, with more emphasis on corpratisation rather than privatisation of state-owned enterprises. The Xiaodongese government have stated that the aim of these policies is to shift from neoliberalism to dirigisme in its economic strategy. In 2008 Xiaodong overtook Senria as the world's largest economy.
Whilst the importance of agriculture has consistently declined in Xiaodong since the move to an industrial economy in the 1940's, it still remains a integral component of the economy. The main corps grown in Xiaodong are rice, soybeans sugarbeets, opium and jasmine tea. Farming in Xiaodong is concentrated in the Gaoming, Baozhou and Anqian provinces, all of which are located in Central Xiaodong.
Xiaodongese agriculture has traditionally been very labour intensive, with the growing of rice and tea traditionally being seen as a cultural tradition. There has been famines in Xiaodongese history although with the development of modern agricultural technology Xiaodong has not suffered a famine since 1938. Since the 1950's most farms in Xiaodong are large scale commercial operations with traditional Xiaodongese farms becoming rarer.
Xiaodong has the world's largest agricultural outputs and generally promotes the liberalisation of agricultural tariffs in international trade. However food standards in Xiaodong remain low which has led to many to controversy abroad and frequent scandals in Xiaodong itself.
The official currency of Xiaodong is the kuai (块). Introduced in 1984 replacing the yuan the kuai uses a managed float regime in order to keep control of inflation. The kuai is currently a fiat currency, with one kuai being worth €0.040.
The National Bank of Xiaodong is the central bank of Xiaodong and reserves the sole right to issue banknotes and coins. It is run by a Governor who are appointed by the Minister of Finance and Public Credit on behalf of the State Presidium with advice from the National Bank's bored of directors. The National Bank has recently seen its powers curbed - in particular its ability to print money to cover deficits - as part of the government's economic reform strategy. Jindao has a separate authority that issues money, the Monetary Board of Jindao.
The majority of Xiaodongese electricity (42.5%) is generated from coal, with 14.2% coming from natural gas, 8.7% from hydroelectric power, 18.1% from oil and 16.2 from nuclear power. Xiaodongese authorities have in recent years sought to expand the hydroelectric industry at the expense of traditional fossil fuels, although with the majority of Xiaodongese electricity being generated by fossil fuels it is still dependent on such sources. The Xiaodongese government expects electricity consumption to increase by an average 3.8-5.1% from 2020-2025.
Xiaodong has one of the largest proven coal reserves in the world, with around 95,833 million tonnes being proven to exist in 2014, with the majority of coal being mined in the Zhongan, Yujun, Wushan and Tuohe provinces with smaller reserves found in the Jianghui and Zhijian provinces. A large proportion of Xiaodongese industry is focused on the production and export of Xiaodongese coal reserves - in 2014 it was recorded that 485 million tonnes of coal was mined in Xiaodong. All coal mining in Xiaodong is supervised by the Xiaodongese Mining Confederation.
In 2015 it was recorded that Xiaodong has around 18,500,000,000 m³ of proven natural gas reserves and 12,999 million barrels of oil reserves. Both natural resources are under the ownership of the state-owned Xiaodongese Petroleum and Gas, although in recent years the Xiaodongese government has committed to a partial privatisation and allow Zorasani energy companies to extract Xiaodongese gas.
Xiaodong since the 1950's has actively pursued nuclear energy pouring billions in nuclear research. However the 1988 Yuxiang nuclear disaster where nuclear waste in a storage tank overheated and exploded with the force of 50 tonnes of TNT releasing 10 MCi of radioactivity led to concerns over Xiaodong's nuclear program, leading to two power stations to be closed down and for the government to invest back into fossil fuels. In 2007 the government under Yuan Xiannian announced massive investments into hydroelectric power with the Jiangshi Dam (one of the largest hydroelectric dams on the plament) being built between 2007-2015.
Xiaodong has since the 1950's built a sizeable industrial base with the main industries being shipbuilding and metal-products. Xiaodongese industry was until the 1990's focused towards heavy industry with light industry since developing at a faster rate. Since then, Xiaodong's industry has traditionally been based on the production of iron and steel, as well machinery and shipbuilding. Industry employs around 40.12% of the total workforce.
The fastest growing industrial sector in Xiaodong is the manufacture of machinery and consumer goods, with the development of both being accelerated by recent moves to liberalise the Xiaodongese labour market. The majority of heavy industry in Xiaodong is state-owned by companies such as the Xiaodongese Mining Confederation, the National Bureau for Industrial Development and Rongzhuo Steelworks although in recent years there has been a move to privatise most industry.
Textiles is traditionally the largest industrial sector in Xiaodong, especially that relating to silk and wool products. Silk was Xiaodong's largest export by the 1910's overtaking rice but declined as a result of the Great Collapse. This has followed a general trend for the increased manufacture of consumer goods such as televisions, household appliances and electronic goods. As a result of the increase in the production of electronics and consumer goods XIaodong has acquired the nickname of the "workshop of the world". Light industry is currently the largest industrial sector in Xiaodong overtaking heavy industry during the 1990's in terms of contribution of GDP and industrial output.
Science and Technology
Xiaodong places great focus on scientific development as a result of Xiaodong's relative decline to Euclea during the 1800's, with there being a great focus on technological innovation by successive governments since the 1940's. Xiaodong is a leader in research and development with a R&D budget of €150 billion in 2018.
Historically Xiaodong has made some scientific advancements especially under the Xiang and Tao dynasties (in particular the development of gun powder and papermaking) but in the 20th century imported a large portion of modern technology. Xiaodongese investment into scientific research increased during the late 1950's and early 1960's when the government created the National Association for Scientific and Technological Research, pairing industrial and scientific institutions and launching a nuclear research committee with the intention of nuclear proliferation. During the 1980's investments in the semiconductor industry are often said to have given Xiaodong a boom in the electronic sector which has increasingly expanded within the XIaodongese economy. Lantu electronics (蓝图; lántú) is the largest electronic company in Xiaodong that was founded to manufacture semiconductors but has expanded into LCD's/LED's, mobile phones, laptops, televisions and other electronic products.
Since the 2005 global financial crisis Xiaodong has expanded its role in e-commerce, with 38% of all e-commerce sales in the world made in Xiaodong. The e-commerce company Wangben is the largest in the world. According to a ITO report Xiaodong has in recent years poured billions to expand innovation in electronics and computers in order to compete with Senria and Euclean countries who have traditionally dominated innovation in those industries.
The service sector in Xiaodong - which includes banking, finance and tourism - is the fastest growing economic sector in the country. It is the largest sector in terms of employees with 42.63% being employed in service industries, although industry constitutes a larger proportion of GDP output.
The Xiaodongese banking sector is largest in the world by total assets. Banking as a sector remains under tight state oversight with the three largest Xiaodongese banks - the Shenkong Investment Bank, Xiaodongese Bank of Commerce and Zhongdong Industrial Bank - remaining under partial control by the government. According to economists Xiaodong's economy has not undergone neoliberal financialisation like other major economies in Euclea and Coius which has afforded the government greater control over the sector.
Tourism is an increasingly important industry for Xiaodong, receiving 52.7 million tourists in 2020. The industry has developed since the liberalisation of visa controls in the 1960's, with historical Xiaodongese sites and its natural geography being some of the main reasons tourists are attracted to Xiaodong. The majority of tourists in Xiaodong come from surrounding countries such as the Zorasan, Senria and Gaullica. A large part of Xiaodongese tourism is domestic tourism, as Xiaodong's expansive public transport system allows for relatively trouble free travel within the country. However Xiaodong is recent years has attempted to attract more international tourists by launching tourism campaigns in Coius, Asteria and Euclea. Most tourists in Xiaodong travel to Rongzhuo, Baiqiao and Baishadao.
With the growth of a consumerist culture retail in Xiaodong is growing at a much faster rate. The largest retail outlets in Xiaodong is Shenzhang Malls and the Silk Market. Xiaodong has come under criticism for poor standards in regards to protection of intellectual property with counterfeit goods commonly on sale in the country. The country has acquired the nickname the "counterfeit capital" of the world.
Xiaodong has a developed system of transportation via rail, road, marine shipping and air travel. In recent years the government has invested in its infrastructure to modernise it. Currently Xiaodong maintains several highways and motorways which have been expanded as car travel has become more common. Xiaodong's automobile industry has expanded in recent years as car ownership has increased. Whilst Xiaodong does produce cars domestically they are often lambasted for their poor quality, leading to a large amount of automobiles to be imported from Senria. Bicycles whilst there total use has been declining are still widely used in Xiaodong, with 9% of all trips in the country done via bicycle.
Bus servicing in Xiaodong is deregulated to prefectures and municipalities, with some bus servicing being privatised and others owned by local government. As such bus routes in Xiaodong vary from prefecture to prefecture, with some rural routes being unavailable by bus. Bus servicing in large cities however continue to be a widely used and convenient way to travel.
Xiaodong has a total of 117 airports for commercial use, with 26 of those being international airports. The largest international airport in Xiaodong is the Lu Keqian International Airport, located in Rongzhuo. Other major airports include Baiqiao Nanbian, Xiyong International Shenkong Airport, Sun Yuting Aiport Luoyuan and Yinlin-Yilang. The main airline in Xiaodong is Xiaodongese State Airways, a nationalised airline that caters for both domestic and international flights. There are however several smaller private airlines that operate in Xiaodong.
Rail transport is well developed in Xiaodong, with major cities and other urban centres including those in neighbouring countries being connected by rail. The majority of rail services provided by the government-owned Xiaodongese State Railways who divide their services into regional rail, inter-city rail, and rapid transit. Some high-speed lines are operated by a compendium of private train companies as are some international lines. Railways are some of the most used transport in Xiaodong with an average 380 million passengers carried in rail transport per year.
Xiaodong maintains several ports, the largest being located in Rongzhuo and Baiqiao. Xiaoferry regularly runs maritime ferries from Baiqiao to Sakata in Senria.
The last Xiaodongese census in 2013 recorded 545,462,006 people living in Xiaodong, with the population estimated to be 553,746,000 in 2018. Around 64% of Xiaodongese people live in urban areas, with the largest cities being Rongzhuo with over 18 million people and Baiqiao with 13 million people. 29.18% of the population is between the ages of 0-19, 31.48% 20-39, 24.8% 40-59, 12.93% 60-79 and 1.61% over the age of 80.
In 1978 State Chairman Sun Yuting announced the government would implement a two-child policy to stem population growth. The policy remained in effect until 2006 when the government announced the aims of the family planning policy was complete. Since then population growth has been at a steady rate as the government has encouraged larger families.
Education in Xiaodong is divided into primary, secondary and tertiary education. Educational facilities are managed by the Ministry of Education who also set the National Curriculum which guarantees nationwide educational topics. Private schools are exempt from the National Curriculum, but must have their own standards approved by the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research.
In 1886 all boys in urban areas were mandated to go into compulsory education if they could pay a small fee which was extended to girls in urban areas in the 1920's. Following the Corrective Revolution the government implemented a system of universal primary education with literacy rates rising substantially across the country thereafter. All education was controlled by the Ministry of Education and funded through state assets until 1986 when the government allowed private schools to be established. The same year subsidies for tertiary education were removed. As of 2015 literacy rates amongst those over 18 stand at 96.5% with most illiteracy being concentrated in rural areas where some continue to be unable to afford the nominal fee required to attend school.
Education is compulsory up until the age of 18. Prior to education most children attend kindergartens (which are privately run) which lasts from the years of 3 to 5. At five children are enrolled into primary schools, which they attend for five and a half days. Lessons are divided into 45 minute blocks with most schools starting around 8:45AM and ending at 5:30PM. At a primary level students start by learning Xiaodongese, mathematics, science and physical education. Around the third year history, geography and art are introduced, whilst in the fourth year music and civic studies are taught as well. For the first two years pupils are in classes of mixed ability. They are then streamlined in the third year into different sets based on ability, and are subject to being promoted or relegated to a higher or lower set based on academic performance. Students remain in primary education until the age of 11 where they sit National Standardised Primary Examinations. Students must pass in Xiaodongese, mathematics and science before entering Middle School.
Middle school lasts from the age of 11 to 14. Drama, information technology, design technology, and religious studies are introduced as subjects. Science is also divided into chemistry, biology, and physics whilst students are required to learn another language (with common options being Gaullican or Pardarian). Middle school is structured similarly to primary school, with students being streamlined by the second year and lessons consisting of 45 minute blocks. The end of Middle School sees students take National Standardised Secondary Examinations where students are expected to pass in the 4 core subjects. From the age of 14 to 18 students are enrolled into lower high school where they take the 4 core subjects alongside physical education and information technology as well as two social sciences and either design technology or one of the arts. National Standardised Tertiary Exams are taken at the age of 16 were students must pass the core subjects to enter Upper High school. From there students can either enter vocational schools that specialise in technologies or arts, or standard schools that teach the remaining subjects alongside new ones such as politics, sociology, geology etc. Students are expected to pick four subjects including one core to study over a period of two years before taking National Specialised Examinations in those subjects. From there students are then given the option to enter higher education or the job market.
The Xiaodongese education system has been criticised for the pressure it places on students which have been accused of dehumanising them. It has also been criticised for being highly centralised. As such in recent years the government has passed through several reforms to decentralise decisions to provinces and to put less focus of rigorous testing and more on practical application then simply theory, although these reforms have been criticised as being too conservative and simply tinkering around the edges.
Xiaodong's tertiary education sector is state owned but requires students to pay fees. Xiaodongese student tuition fees are lower then they are in Euclean countries; however the GDP per capita of Xiaodongese citizens is lower, meaning students from poorer backgrounds still face difficulties in entering higher education. Student loans are given by the government to students attending the highest-ranking universities. In recent years attaining tertiary educational qualifications has been more imperative to Xiaodongese students leading to universities to become more competitive. This has resulted in a rise in cheating as well as suicide due to pressure to academically succeed.
Xiaodongese students enter university not only if they pass entrance exams but also based on recommendations from previous teachers/employers as well as their past academic performance. Around 10.6% of Xiaodongese citizens hold a qualification from higher education institutes. In recent years the Xiaodongese government has declared its intent to subsidise a portion of student university fees to promote better education. The most sought out university courses in Xiaodong are the engineering and technology courses, which also demand the highest university fees. Since the mid-2000's Xiaodong has the highest output of research papers overtaking Senria.
Xiaodongese universities have been criticised for poor marking in regards to plagiarism and the selling of "fake degrees", with over 300,000 bachelor degrees, masters and PhD dissertations being proven to be plagiarised in 2008. The Xiaodongese Ministry of Education and Scientific Research stated the situation regarding plagiarised degrees was "simply unforgivable" and has launched an investigation into the matter.
In recent years large numbers of Xiaodongese students study abroad, both to improve language skills, avoid Xiaodongese entrance exams and to potentially find higher paid employment then in Xiaodong. The most popular destinations for Xiaodongese students studying abroad are Gaullica, Kirenia, Werania, Jindao and Zorasan. The 2020 academic year saw a record 456,781 Xiaodongese students approved to study at foreign universities.
Xiaodong is commonly understood as ethnically diverse society with the dominant ethnic group being the Xiaodongese people. According to the 2013 census 74.4% of citizens were identified as ethnically Xiaodongese, 8.8% Chanwan, 4.3% Ba, 3.2% Meng, 1.7% Pala, 1.5% Ho Ne, 1.2% Irfanics, 0.4% Senrian and 5.5% other. Other ethnic groups include the Cai, Miep and Yu.
The Xiaodongese people are a Coian people who are unified by their speaking of the Xiaodongese language who are considered one of the earliest ethnic groups to exist. Tracing their history back to settlers who coalesced around the Hongcha River (红沙江; hóng shājiāng) the Xiaodongese people are the single largest ethnic group in the world having over time "xiaocised" smaller ethnic groups. Sub-groups of Xiaodongese people are the Paisha and Shukin both concentrated in western Xiaodong.
The largest non-Xiaodongese ethnic group are the Chanwan people who mainly reside in Chanwa - whilst also speaking a Hongcha-Chanwan language, the Chanwan people speak a different language, known as Chanwan and traditionally led a nomadic lifestyle. The third largest ethnic group are the Ba people concentrated in northwest Xiaodong.
The Yongba and Weishang provinces have a high amount of ethnic groups relative to the rest of the country thanks to its relative mountainous location. These provinces have traditionally been the home of "hill peoples" that have failed to undergo Xiaocisation as throughly as other ethnic groups and tend to be as a result a wide array of ethnic groups many of which are poorly defined. Controversially Xiaodong denotes a large amount of people living on the border with Dakata as Shao people which encompasses various groups of similar linguistic heritage including Dakatan people. Critics say by designating them under the "Shao" label that Xiaodong attempts to dilute the national identity of Dakatan people living in Xiaodong.
Xiaodong has always hosted a minority of Senrian people especially under the Toki dynasty. The current Senrian community numbers 2,181,848 and is mainly concentrated in Nanqing. Since the 1930's the Senrian community has declined due to a mix of genocide and emigration to Senria. However Xiaodongese Senrians have over time carved out a distinct culture from mainland Senrians that has adopted many Xiaodongese elements, not least the maintenance of traditional characters over modern Senrian script.
Since the 1880's ethnic minorities in Xiaodong have undergone "Xiaodongisation" with the Xiaodongese government promoting a more ethnically homogeneous Xiaodong whilst promoting the rights of the Xiaodongese majority. This has led to ethnic tensions with Ba and Senrian people (who traditionally dominated commercial life in Xiaodong) and Chanwan people (who are geographically concentrated in a traditionally autonomous area). Under the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire the Xiaodongese government undertook policies most historians state constitute a genocide with ethnic displacement being carried out in the 1930's and 1940's. The Chanwan War led to both Xiaodongese and Chanwan minority communities in Chanwa to undergo what some have described as ethnic cleansing; since the end of the war ethnic tensions have cooled, although they remain tense.
Health in Xiaodong is provided through either two state-owned insurance companies or private provided overseen by the Ministry of Health and Pubic Safety. Healthcare insurance is optional with healthcare providers being more expensive the better quality their care. State hospitals are under the direct jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Public Safety who also allocate the health budget which also accounts for and partially subsidises private hospitals. The average life expectancy is 69 years - for men it is 67, women 72.
State-insurance programs subsidise healthcare on a means-tested basis. Poorer households have up to 90% of their healthcare costs paid by the government whilst households on higher incomes have as little as 5% of their healthcare covered by the government. Although the majority of people have healthcare insurance, such insurance often only has partial coverage with the rest having to pay out of pocket. In 2018 a study by the University of Rongzhuo estimated that 92% of all citizens of Xiaodong have some form of healthcare insurance. In 2013 the government announced it aims to introduce a comprehensive system of universal health care for the entire country by 2023 by working with private insurers and the Ministry of Health and Pubic Safety to provide healthcare access to the entire population. This came after the 2013 avian flu outbreak which exposed the poor system of healthcare in many provinces of Xiaodong. Several provinces, most notably Baiqiao, Shenkong, Anqian, Nanqing, Baishadao and Qigao, have introduced universal healthcare schemes, predominantly through mandatory insurance. Compulsory vaccinations are however provided for free by state authorities in Xiaodong, with vaccinations being involuntary. This is despite a rise in vaccine hesitancy in the last decade predominantly from religious sects.
Healthcare came under semi-government control in 1962, having previously been primarily disturbed through private insurance schemes or through traditional methods. Since the mid-1970's healthcare had continued to be expanded, although critics maintain that it is underfunded. Standards between urban and rural healthcare have been very pronounced. Rural areas often face a lack of hospitals and consistently have less funds allocated towards them compared to urban centres, which co-currently have higher levels of life expectancy. Within rural areas Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B are common despite recent attempts to lessen their spread. Pollution in the form of poor air quality means that tuberculosis is the most pressing health problem within urban areas. Smoking both of tobacco remains popular in Xiaodong. Whilst the state does offer subsidised insurance programmes for the majority of health problems, it does not so for most eye and dental care alongside some chronic illnesses.
Traditional medicine remains widely used in Xiaodong, particularly in rural areas. Traditional medicines include acupuncture, herbel medicine, cupping, qigong exercises, massages and eating various animal parts (such as bear bile and tiger bone wine). Traditional medicine in Xiaodong has almost no medical basis and is considered to be a pseudoscience, with traditional medicine being rooted in philosophical ideas such as ying and yang and qi rather then established medical practice.
Following the Corrective Revolution and the foundation of the Auspicious Republic the government promoted a "mixed approach" to modern and traditional medicine, requiring doctors to learn both in order to provide "spiritual and material health to the populace". In practice this led to an expansion of modern medicine particularly in rural areas where traditional medicine had been the norm for millennia. However during the 1970's the government passed several measures favouring traditional medicines over modern counterparts - this policy was considered by health officials to be a disaster with the life expectancy lowering progressively as a result. In 1987 the government reversed this policy and cracked down harshly on traditional medicines removing them completely from state insurance schemes, restricting them on private schemes, banning certain aspects of traditional medicine (such as the sale of certain animal products, particularly those associated with animal cruelty and extinction) and closing down traditional medical practices. Nevertheless traditional medicines remains an important part of Xiaodongese health and its role in society continues to be hotly contested in the country.
In 1980 against conservative opposition Xiaodong implemented sex education for the first time in the national curriculum, primarily as a measure to prevent the rise of sexually transmitted diseases. Successful promotion of various health measures intended to drive down STD's in society have largely been successful for a developing country with Xiaodong being praised in a Commission for Disease Prevention and Health report in 2018 for its work in preventing large scale infections of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Xiaodong is home to over 100 languages and various dialects of said languages, making it linguistically diverse. The sole national official language of Xiaodong is Standard Xiaodongese, known as "Putonghua" being based on the Rongzhuo dialect. Xiaodongese is a Hongcha-Chanwan language and is divided into several dialects, none of which are considered mutually intelligible with putonghua or indeed each other. The most prominent of these dialects are Paisha, Xuan, Shukin, Jin, Yu and Shen.
Various ancient dynasties attempted to assimilate the southern and western Xiaodongese people's through language policies that removed non-Xiaodongese influences replacing them with purely Xiaodongese ones. The Standard Xiaodongese dialect has more exaggerated tones and characteristic rhotic vowels. In 1942 in an effort to boost literacy rates the Xiaodongese government created fuhao, a romanisation system based on the Latin alphabet. This replaced the former widely used romanisation system known as the Joffre system that had originally been devised by Gaullican australists, albeit the Joffre system remains popularly used abroad.
Xiaodong's writing system is amongst the oldest in the world and have throughout the ages allowed mutually unintelligible Xiaodongese speakers to be able converse through writing. Traditional characters were progressively superseded by simplified characters first in military affairs during the 1910's before being decreed to entirely replace traditional characters in the 1960's in all walks of life.
In 1974 the government set up the Institute for Linguistic Preservation (语言保护研究所; yǔyán bǎohù yánjiū suǒ) that aimed to "support the cultural and linguistic heritage of Xiaodong". Based on the Académie Gaulloise the Institute has been criticised for attempting to stamp out or marginalise Xiaodongese dialects or forms of the language not based on Putonghua. The government formally heavily supported the Institute allowing it control over linguistic education and media censorship following its creation; however in 2002 the Institute was privatised and has since then lost its status as the sole arbiter of the Xiaodongese language, albeit remaining influential in education policy.
There are other minority languages in Xiaodong aside Xiaodongese. The most widely spoken and the only to hold a recognised official status is Chanwan spoken in Chanwa which maintains its own unique writing system. Other minority languages in Xiaodong include Ba, Hohua, Dakatan, Senrian and Pala amongst others.
During the 1950's through to 1972 foreign languages became incorporated into the Xiaodongese curriculum for the first time - however the practice was discontinued for primary and secondary education in 1972. Since the mid-1980's however it has been reincorporated into teaching and now features as a prominent element in Xiaodongese schooling.
Gaullican is the most taught foreign language in Xiaodong due to its status as the global lingua franca of diplomacy and commerce as well as Xiaodong's traditionally cordial relations with Gaullica. Pardarian is also taught widely for similar regional reasons, having been especially promoted since the formation of the IFDS and ROSPO. Senrian, Narozalic and Estmerish are also taught in Xiaodongese schools although in recent years there has been movements by the Ministry of Education to add Ziba to replace Estmerish or Narozalic in being taught. Generally Xiaodongese knowledge of foreign languages is thought to be poor by international standards particularly outside large cities, although foreign language proficiency has been improving in recent years.
Xiaodongese culture has undergone substantial changes throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries but has mostly maintained thousand-year old cultural practices. Xiaodongese culture is fairly conservative with traditional ideals of hierarchy, harmony, family, collectivism and respect to elders being mostly unchanged despite attempts to modernise them in recent years. Whilst industrialisation saw aspects of Xiaodongese culture (such as feudalism) seriously undermined, other aspects have remained dominant. Since the rise of consumerism and the growth of civil society of the 1990's Xiaodongese culture and society have started to more seriously examine the socially conservative aspects of Xiaodongese culture, in particular its social Darwinism.
Traditionally calligraphy, poetry, literature, painting and Xiaodongese opera have been the most respected parts of Xiaodongese culture. The abolition of cultural controls, growth of consumerism and foreign influences has meant that in recent years Xiadong's music, television and film industries have expanded rapidly overtaking traditional cultural bastions as the main indicators of Xiaodongese popular culture.
Modern animation was brought to Xiaodong in 1907 when a short cartoon by Gaullican animator Félix Troquer was shown in Xiaodongese cinemas, with the first Xiaodongese animated short being made in 1923 by Xiaodongese filmaker Deng Zixiang. Early Xiaodongese animation was under strict censorship and used as propaganda in the Great War. It was not until 1947 with the creation of the animated film, The Jade Kingdom, did Xiaodong get its first feature length animate film. Early Xiaodongese animation was very much based on western styles fused with Xiaodongese traditional artistic elements, especially in the realm of character design.
The 1964 animated film The Girl and her deer (女孩和她的鹿; Nǚhái hé tā de lù) was considered to be influential in the development of Xiaodongese animation; it's animation style departed from western norms, emphasising water colours and the quality of animation rather than movements, and drew much more heavily on traditional Xiaodongese art and was for the time critically acclaimed. Many animated films drew upon the The Girl and Her Deer during the 1960's-1970's and it is for that reason that those decades have sometimes been considered the "golden era of Xiaodongese animation" - as Xiaodongese animation drew upon classical Xiaodongese literature and more abstract, creative settings it was able to more easily escape the censorship rules imposed on other areas of Xiaodongese art in the 1970's.
From the 1990's mass-produced Xiaodongese animation has often emulated its more commercially Senrian counterpart. This has been controversial with some groups wishing to promote more "authentic" styles of animation based on Xiaodongese art. The shift was partly however as a result of an increase in Senrian animation in the country in the early 2000's, with Xiaodongese animators focusing increasingly on prestige projects as a result.
Architecture in Xiaodong has traditionally been similar to that in neighbouring countries such as Senria, Baekjong and Tinza with up until the late 19th century remaining largely unchanged for centuries. Traditional Xiaodongese architecture emphasises bilateral symmetry, horizontal emphasis and layouts rooted in Xiaodongese superstition with buildings being made out of brick and stone within a wooden framework. For ventilation enclosed courtyards, pavilions and "sky wells" are common in ancient Xiaodongese architecture.
Commoner architecture (i.e non imperial) traditionally is built in simple styles and low rung, with the height of a building traditionally denoting its inhabitants closeness to the heavens and thus their social rank. Imperial architecture in Xiaodong is distinguished by its use of blue roof tiles, again signifying the heavens as well as being the colour of the Emperor. Guardian lions are an integral part of Xiaodongese imperial architecture.
Starting in the 1870's Xiaodong began to embrace western architectural styles, predominantly those of a neo-classical style (such as the Rongzhuo opera house) although traditional styles continued to be built. Following the Corrective Revolution and during the 1940's art deco styles in Xiaodongese architecture - especially in Baiqiao and Kuoqing - became much more prevalent. Art deco came under heavy criticism from conservatives as traditional styles fell out of fashion, but continued to be built due to a liberalised construction market.
Housing concerns during the 1950's led the government to slash funding for art deco and promote cheaper, functional styles instead most prominently brutalist architecture. Although opposed by many the relatively cheap nature of brutalist architecture meant it continued to be widely built in metropolitan centres well into the early 2000's, when neo-futurism became more prominent with reinforced concrete being phased out in favour of steel and glass.
Xiaodongese art has generally been consistent in style and tone from the Tao dynasty to the present day, having assimilated foreign techniques and concepts into traditional styles. Xiaodongese art is usually used to describe Xiaodongese paintings, pottery, and sculpture. Modern art is greatly rareupon in Xiaodong, with classical Xiaodongese art or Euclean realism still being dominant.
Xiaodongese painting is usually done on paper and silk, which is often mounted either on hanging or hand scrolls. Traditionally rich households had paintings done on folding screens. Xiaodongese paintings are always drawn and coloured with brushes with styles often either being fine-brush with colour (工彩) or heavy brush (厚刷). Xiaodong's paintings are a wide array of nature, people and landscapes with the latter being the most highly sought by both domestic and foreign collectors. The mid 1200-1500's is considered to be the golden age of Xiaodongese art. Traditionally Xiaodongese paintings are drawn by a mixture of professional artists and their apprentices, although this practice has declined as art as become more commercialised.
Xiaodong also has a long history of pottery making, with porcelain being the main martial used in Xiaodong. Colbert is used mainly to produce blue flower (青花) pottery which was traditionally Xiaodongese largest cultural exports, having been mass produced since the mid-1500's. Blue flower pottery is believed to have been developed prior to the Tao dynasty, originating along the Taixin river. In the early 20th century intricate pottery fell out of favour for mass produced variants, but noticed a revival in the mid-1970's.
Early sculpture are mainly made from bronze and represent primarily human figures. During the Tao dynasty sculptures became larger usually made of stone and represented a wide array of subjects mainly for religious purposes - large sculptures were built at temples whilst smaller idols were for personal worship at home. Following the civil war sculptures continued to be used to deify figures whether they be religious or political, with metals other then bronze and gold being used for the first time. In recent years abstract art and sculptures have made an appearance on the cultural scene although remain marginalised by traditional approaches.
Xiaodong's food is primarily based around rice, vegetables, spices and meats and is traditionally cooked so it possess a xianwei (鲜味; xiān wèi) taste. Xiaodongese short grained rice is often steam-cooked and served with a variety of seafood alongside broth or soup. In most Xiaodongese dishes red yeast rice (红麴; hóng qū) is used to ensure a sweet taste and a reddish hue unique to Xiaodongese foods. Due to the countries coastal location, Xiaodongese dishes often also use fish-related ingredients and flavourings such as fish sauce and shrimp paste. Shark fins are also traditionally used in Xiaodongese cuisine most notably in its shark fin soup, although recently there has been concerns that overfishing is resulting in a rapidly declining shark population. Xiaodongese food is usually eaten with chopsticks and spoons. Food in Xiaodong is made by various cooking techniques such as stir fry, usually performed in a wok.
Xiaodong's varied climate means it can grow many types of food but staples common across all regional cuisines are rice and wheat the latter which is used to make noodles, jiaozi and mantou. Soybeans are also used in a wide variety of contexts. Since the mid-1990's meat consumption has dramatically increased in Xiaodong particularly pork and beef, although it remains far below that of Euclea and Asterian countries. The eating of meat such as dog, monkey and bat meat is still done in Xiaodong but is considered to be controversial abroad. The eating of such meats has declined since 2013 with the banning of those three meats and crackdown on wet markets. Entomophagy is widely done in Xiaodong.
Xiaodongese cuisine can be divided into two main groups. Furong (付容; Fùróng) cuisine from the northwest of Xiaodong uses sweet and spicy flavours with steaming and stir frying being commonly used with beef, duck, pork and slow-cooked soups being used more with less emphasis of sea food. In contrast Zhujian (朱建; zhūjiàn) cuisine more widely eaten in the southeast mixes sweet and sour tastes and places much greater importance on seafood, fermented fish sauce and red yeast rice. Southwest Xiaodong is known for dianxin cuisine, although it is rarer in northeast Xiaodong. Immigration from Xiaodong to other parts of the world has resulted in Xiaodongese cuisine to be more widely eaten on an international scale. Foreign food has also recently become more popular in Xiaodong; Senrian, Kuthinian and Baean cuisine remains most popular although Sataristani, Himavantan, Etrurian and Zorasani have recently drawn interest.
Some of the most well-recognised Xiaodongese dishes include hot pot (particularly the Rongzhuo style), chao mian, jiaozi, spring rolls, vegtable fried rice, stuffed duck, guo bao rou and Zhongnan beef-noodle soup. Moon cakes, egg tarts, and red bean buns are popular snacks.
Traditionally Xiaodongese food is served communally; meals are eaten around a round table (sometimes a lazy susan) and shared by numerous people. Dinner etiquette is very important in Xiaodongese culture, as meals are often used as forums for socialising and showing respect to ones peers and elders. In recent times meals have become more informal especially in urban areas, although etiquette and showing respect are still important.
Xiaodongese tea culture has often been notable in the country, with drinking from tea leaves tracing their origin to the Xiang dynasty. Xiaodong remains the nation with the highest tea consumption in the world, with tea considered vital for self-cultivation. Traditional Xiaodongese alcoholic beverages are huangjiu (the most drunk alcoholic drink in Xiaodong) and baijiu. Putaojiu (grape wine) became popular in the 1910's when it was imported via Jindao from Gaullica and remains the most popular non-traditional alcohol in the country, with other imports such as beer being rare.
Regions such as Chanwa have different cuisines then the rest of the country. Chanwan food often is defined by the use of ngapi as an ingredient. Food is often a series of salads defined around a single ingredient (a thoke). The most famous dish from Chanwa is a rice-noodle and fish soup known as mohinga. In northern Chanwa food is more similar to places such as Kumuso and Sinharia with a focus on mutton, beef and horse meat, as well as various dairy products.
Family and marriage
Xiaodongese views on family are heavily informed by the concept of filial piety. Filial piety is the term used to describe strains in Xiaodongese philosophy that emphasise the relationship between children and their parents with emphasis on how children should be respectful an obedient to children. Traditional Xiaodongese families are heavily patriarchal with the oldest male always being the head of the family and family inheritance (prior to 1940) being restricted to men. Prior to the 1970's due to demographic and economic strains it was traditional for three or four generations to live together in Xiaodong - however family planning in the 1970's led to a promotion of nuclear families.
Traditionally Xiaodongese marriages were complex affairs. A marriage would be arranged between two families by a matchmaker, with families expected to pay either a dowry or bride price (with the family of a higher rank paying less). Subsequently the spouse from the family of a higher rank would be expected to engage in polygyny or polyandry with the siblings of the lower ranking spouse, although men regardless of social rank were always allowed to keep concubines. Prior to marriage reform child marriage was not uncommon. Marriage reform in 1942 and 1957 saw the banning of concubinage, forced marriage and child marriage alongside severe restrictions on arranged marriages, dowries and bride prices. Economic pressures have also led to a decline in polygamous marriages, although such marriages are still existence in some parts of Xiaodong.
Cinema was introduced to Xiaodong in 1902, with the first Xiaodongese film being "The Travels of Chen Huqiang" which was made in 1903. Early Xiaodongese cinema was heavily influenced and inspired by Xiaodongese opera which was then the dominant form of entertainment in Xiaodong. Film making in Xiaodong at the time was centred in Baiqiao and Kuoqing.
The first "talkies" in Xiaodong was made in 1928 during the Great War, and were primarily war and propaganda films intended to rally support for the war effort. The most famous was Leaving Home for Tousuu which pioneered cinematic technique in Xiaodong in the realms of editing, lighting and sound design. Xiaodongese cinema suffered a decline in the early 1930's due to the after effects of the Senrian-Xiaodongese War and Corrective Revolution, but by the late 1930's and early 1940's with a relaxing of political repression Xiaodongese cinema entered its "Golden Age" of . Led by directors such as the Kang brothers and Guo Wenzhan the Golden Age saw films move beyond propaganda and embrace more realism and innovative cinematic techniques, with the most acclaimed films being Solitary Spring, Death on the East Sea River and Ms Jiang's Secret. During the 1950's the largest film studio - Jinhua Films - grew to have a virtual monopoly over the market leading to filmmakers to lose much of the innovation of the 1940's.
The late 1960's and early 1970's however saw the rise of low budget martial arts films explode in popularity, with the films of Li Changzhen (such as Legend of the Dragon) being especially successful. Between 1967-1975 Xiaodongese cinema entered a "second golden age" as martial arts films and romantic dramas became very popular, with independent studios driving both trends. The 1960's and 1970's golden age saw a tendenacy towards action and melodrama. The imposition of strict censorship in 1975 ended the second golden age, as martial arts films in particular coming under fire from authorities. The late 1970's to early 1980's saw Xiaodongese cinema churn out regular films but ones that were commonly seen as creatively stagnant and corporate in nature.
The social and economic changes of the 1980's led to another resurgence in Xiaodongese cinema, but unlike the melodrama of earlier years there was more emphasis towards neo-realism. Nevertheless, it was not until the release of Golden Rain in 2006 - a romantic drama film - that Xiaodongese cinema has seen a renaissance in recent years. Modern Xiaodongese cinema is often split between dramas and romances and action films, with a focus on realist acting and an increasing prevalence of both independent cinema and higher budget productions.
|Turn of the traditional lunisolar Xiaodongese calender||Celebrates the first day of every year in the Xiaodongese calender.|
|15th day of the 1st month in the Xiaodongese calender||Celebrates the last day of the Spring Festival celebrations.|
|14th February||Celebrates the Restoration War and the Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire.|
|15th day from the Spring Equinox||Visit, clean and honour ancestors.|
|5th day of the 5th lunar month||Commemorates fealty and filial piety, traditionally celebrated with dragon boat racing.|
|5th night of the 7th lunar month||Make offerings to the dead and ancestors to ward them off from troubling the living.|
|20th-22th September||Celebrates the Great Revolution to Correct Xiaodong and the founding of the Auspicious Republic of Xiaodong.|
|15th day of the 8th lunar month||Celebrates the end of the autumn harvest.|
Xiaodongese literary tradition stretches back to the development of the Xiaodongese script around 2000BCE. The classical Xiaodongese canon is rooted in military strategy, geography, astrology and mythology. The Nine Texts (九个文本) - as series of philosophical, historical and literary texts integral to Taojiao - continue to be taught in the state-sponsored examinations for civil service. Other seminal Xiaodongese classics include Sijiu (a collection of Xiaodongese folklore) Journey to the Gods and The Blue Chamber.
Xiaodong's music is diverse, having a mix of traditional and more modern influences. Traditionally, nanyin (南音) music has been dominant in Xiaodong, having light foreign influences due to Xiaodong's coastal location and was mainly preformed by amateur quguan groups who were often based around local temples. There are two main types of nanyin music - zhi (指) and qu (曲). Zhi is exclusively instrumental, being performed using gongche notation and can be up to thirty minutes in length (or divided into five pieces, or dei) whereas qu uses vocals and is far less conservative then zhi, having a much wider range of pieces. Nanyin is performed with a pipa, sanxian, xiao and erxian with singers using wooden flappers. In a "ten sounds" performance a suona and dizi is used.
Following the Restoration War Xiaodongese music began to resemble that of music in Euclea, with use of orchestrates especially wind and string instruments, which were combined with traditional Xiaodongese instruments. Xiaodongese musicians would travel to western countries such as Gaullica, Werania and Etruria bringing over western music and instruments which coincided with a general period of westernisation in Xiaodongese culture. Symphony orchestras became popular in the 1880's-1890's amongst the elite in Xiaodong. During the 1910's and early 1920's more modern forms of music became popular in Xiaodong, with Rongzhuo being known within the country for its vibrant jazz scene. Many musicians during the 1910's incorporated jazz elements in traditional music. When Xiaodongese society became more militarised during the 1920-30's brass instruments were used more as music reflected nationalist themes whilst jazz and popular music were shut down by the government.
Following the Corrective Revolution, the government promoted traditional nanyin music, but during the 1940's lifted restrictions on jazz and popular music, which underwent a revival in the 1950's-1960's. During the 1970's, music began to be put under stricter censorship with two forms of music being dominant - political music, which was promoted by the government and a modern form of Xiaodongese folk music. This "new folk" music often fused traditional Xiaodongese folk song melodies with a mix of traditional Xiaodongese and western instrumentation, and often took the form of ballads. The 1960's-1970's saw the introduction of electric guitars and electronic organs/synthesisers to be used in Xiadongese music. During the mid 1970's-1980's, Liu Zhou was recognised as the most pre-eminent Xiaodongese pop singer and became popular across Coius.
During the 1980's rock music became popular amongst the youth and was widely played and distributed on the black market, despite being frowned upon by the authorities. Nevertheless in 1984 the ban on rock music was successfully repealed and rock music in Xiaodong became extremely popular during the 1990's, especially heavy metal and after 1998 thrash metal. Punk music was also popular in the 1990's, with the first punk bands making a breakout in 1995.
Since the late 1990's the dominant popular music in Xiaodong has been "Xiao-pop", often similar to its western counterparts in its style, with its growth helped by its use in television, films and other elements of popular culture. Since the 1980's, "pop idols" have gained fame and popularity in Xiaodong.
Xiaodong has several media sources with there being a semi-free press. The main daily newspaper in Xiaodong is the Xiaodong Observer (晓东观察报; Xiǎodōng guānchá bào) which is part of the state-owned Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network, and is considered to be pro-government and conservative. The other newspapers include the East Sea Daily (东海日報; Dōng Hǎi Rìbào), a privately owned paper that is more sensationalist and tabloid in nature than the Xiaodong Observer being known for its more populist and heavily nationalist editorials, the Xiaodong Evening Post (晓东晚報; Xiǎodōng Wǎnbào), a liberal centre-left paper that is anti-government and has a high circulation especially in southern Xiaodong, The Sun (太阳报; Tàiyáng Bào) an economic liberal paper focused on economic and business news and the Global Review (全球考察; Quánqiú Kǎochá) which was previously a pro-opposition paper but since 2014 has been owned by the same company that owns East Sea Daily, now re-orientated to be more right-wing populist and nationalist albeit more upmarket than the East Sea Daily.
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Traditionally Xiaodongese society is highly stratified under the Zhongxing (種姓) system. The Zhongxing system, which forms an essential part of Taojiao teachings, stipulates that Xiaodongese society is roughly divided into several social classes, commonly seen as large families. At the top traditionally sit the shiren(士人; scholars and knights) and the guizu (贵族; nobles and artisans), followed by nongmin (农民; farm people) and finally shāng (商; understood to be traders). Prior to the 1960's a fifth class, didengren (低等人; roughly translates to subhuman) existed and was often used as a racial classification as well as a social one. Each social class saw themselves as an extended family, to the extent where family names are restricted to the social class one occupies. Each social class is expected to take a collectivist mindset that mandates that they help each other, whilst lower social classes are expected to support their superiors to retain a stable society.
The Zhongxing system was seriously undermined by Toki rule, which saw Senrians become a distinct dominant minority. Despite the industrialisation that took place after the Restoration War, with which saw the rise of a new social class of industrial workers often straddling between the shāng and nongmin classes, the Restoration War nevertheless saw the system greatly strengthened as the Zhongxing system was reinterpreted as integral to Xiaodongese culture. During the 1920-30's the system became more firmly entrenched as well as leading to discrimination to dramatically increase towards the didengren class in particular.
Following the Corrective Revolution the Zhongxing system was formally abolished, with the influence of the guizu class declining in favour of the Tuhao (土豪; new money) class, which consists of a mix of shāng and shiren. Nevertheless the divides within Xiaodongese society and influence of the Zhongxing system remain albeit in a modified form with the traditional classes breaking down in favour of the Xin Hokka system which consists of the Tuhao, the zhongjian ren (中间人; middle people) and the buyi (布衣; commoners).
Xiaodong has maintained strong sporting traditions since the advent of dragon boat racing around 2,500 years ago. Currently the most popular sports in Xiaodong are martial arts followed by football and basketball. Badminton, ping pong, and swimming have also recently gained popularity in Xiaodong. Traditionally archery, horse racing, cuju and wrestling were the most practiced sports in Xiaodong. In modern Xiaodong, most citizens practice a form of tai chi or qigong.
Xiaodong has long been associated with martial arts, often grouped under the umbrella term Quanfa (拳法). Xiaodongese martial arts are divided into various sects (派; pài) with martial arts often being rooted and inspired by Xiaodongese philosophy. Xiaodongese martial arts generally place emphasis on acrobatics and kicking (such as high kick and flying kicks). Xiaodongese martial arts are encouraged today by all schools with thousands of training facilities and classes around the country.
Cuju was traditionally a popular sport in Xiaodong being the first mass sport in the country around the late Xiang dynasty. It continued to be practiced widely until the mid 1940's when football started to take its place, thanks partly to the advocacy the National Federation for Football (formed in 1918) gave to the sport. Currently football is by far the most popular sport in Xiaodong being divided into five leagues - the Premier league, the first league, the second league, the third league, and the local leagues. The Premier league consists of the 16 best football clubs in Xiaodong, whilst the first league deals with the 25 next best teams. The second league also has 25 teams as does the third league. Teams advance to higher leagues if they are among the top four in the league at the end of the football season, whilst those at the bottom 4 places in the league are relegated to a lower league.
Other popular sports in Xiaodong include basketball which was introduced to Xiaodong in the 1960's and is managed by the National Basketball League, ping pong which is the largest amateur sport with Xiaodong producing famous ping pong players such as Li Jiangguo and badminton. The oldest sport in Xiaodong, dragon boat racing, is also still practiced with many watching the annual duanwu festival.
Television is popular in Xiaodong, with the main three television stations - the state-owned Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network (XBN), the free to view Rongzhuo Broadcasting Corporation and the largest cable TV station, TV Xiaodong. Xiaodong has a wide range of television programming including children's television, animation, documentaries, music television, news, sport and movies. Television dramas are extremely popular in Xiaodong, especially those set in historical periods and fantasy romance.
There had been almost no television in Xiaodong prior to 1947 when the first Xuling Television set was created. There were only three television stations - the Central Xiaodong Television 1 (ZDX1), the Central Xiaodong Television 2 (ZDX2) and Xiaodongese Sports (XT). ZDX1 was exclusively broadcast in the Xiaodongese language and aired a broad variety of programming from children television shows, the news and adult dramas whilst the ZXD2 aired similar programming, albeit often programs with lower ratings. XT meanwhile primarily focused on sports programming.
Initially programming was primarily political, mostly taking the form of propaganda films praising the ruling regime - even in the nominally sports centred XT more time was dedicated to political programming. In 1949 the first children's programme - Little Xie Yuanhong - was created, and in 1950 television dramas and comedies were created. Programmes rarely exceeded 20 minutes, and typically television shows lasted for 12 episodes a series. All shows were under strict censorship laws, and so often avoided certain subjects such as politics (or only showed the positive aspects of Xiaodongese history) or religion. Television remained formulaic with most shows being contemporary in nature until the early 1960's, when the first science fiction and historical programmes started to be broadcast alongside documentaries. The XT channel was popular amongst Xiaodongese being less politicised and respected as a reliable and (comparably) uncensored channel for sporting interests. There was an upsurge in the popularity of television in the 1960's and 1970's as programming became more diverse. Initially people appearing on television were also under strict rules. Men were prohibited from wearing beards, and there were a limited number of clothes and haircuts non-political figures could wear on television. Make-up was strictly prohibited. These controls were relaxed during the 1980's, when the first colour televisions were introduced.
in 1985 the ZDX2 and XT were privatised and the state began to allow private networks to be set up. ZDX1 was renamed as the Xiaodongese Broadcasting Network (XBN) as private TV became popular. During the 1970's Xiaodongese drama shows began to become the dominant genre and during the 1990's there was a notable increase in production values and script quality.
Theatre and Dance
Traditional Xiaodongese opera has developed over centuries to combine music, vocal performance, mime, dance, and acrobatics within it. The earliest Xiaodongese theatrical performances during the early Xiang dynasty were based on "mask performance" (面具表演; miànjù biǎoyǎn) which were silent mime performances that were played in the royal court. Travelling performers would often act plays in villages that were based in folklore with dialogue spoken in verse, but these shows were for a long time seen as vulgar.
During the mid-Xiang dynasty zaju (雜劇) performances became popular, with the roles within performances started to be separated between the sheng (生; male characters) dan (旦; female characters) jing (净; painted face male often but not always in a supporting role) and chou (丑; male clown and always a minor or supporting character). By the Tao dynasty elements of acrobatics and dialogue began to be common in Xiaodongese theatre. Increasingly musical elements and singing was added to performances with the main instruments being used being jinghu's and yueqin's.
Under the Toki dynasty elements of kabuki influenced Xiaodongese theatre, in particular a use of makeup over traditional masks and performances that often lasted full days. The Heavenly Xiaodongese Empire saw the height of Xiaodongese opera which began to exhibit plays based in history, mythology and contemporary life. Xiaodongese opera continued to be popular until the 1960's when the popularity of films started to surpass it. Since then there has been moves to change Xiaodongese opera (such as importing Euclean theatrical techniques, shortening the length of plays and putting greater focus on contemporary plays) to mixed success.