The size of your weapon is based on your blood. Peasants are allowed only daggers. Soldiers carry shortswords and maces. Nobility use spears and naginata.
The land is showered with meteors. Every meteor has a color and can be made into cosmetic. Many of them also give off poisonous gas. Some of it is good for killing undead, hence there are very few undead in the land. But that gas is also good at killing rice, so people don't like storing all their rice at home where it might get rotten by space gas.
Central granaries set up by the government are where the food goes. Farmers get paid for each bag of rice they bring with paper dollars, the only country to use them. Each dollar is good for one bag of rice from a granary, so it has a fixed value.
The Emperor of the land is always immortal, as the purity priests that surround him constantly fan the air to make it fresher and pick only the whitest grains of rice from the cleanest ponds and gardens. They don't die of old age but they still age and go far beyond youth, becoming senile and very weak. They usually die do to accident, and many strange laws such as having hand grips in public bathhouses and outlawing pointy fences have resulted. The people of the nation laugh at their 'bumbling emperors' but outsiders are not allowed to make fun of them.
>source; my very loosely asian-inspired nation from my setting. 'Shohou' or 'Land of Falling Stars'.
Global warming is causing sea levels to rise at a blistering pace and threatening the islands
Religious zealotry is spreading and militant cults are declaring independence from the state
Crippling food shortages are causing incredible political tension
Samurai culture is centered around a mobile sea-based lifestyle of boats and fishing and so forth, like Samurai Vikings
There's an aggressive military nation with the sole deposits of high quality iron in all of !Japan, leading to exclusive possession of western style metalwork
A massive central volcano erupts every ten years, but the current Emperor believes himself to be the son of the volcano god, and is arrogantly relocating the capital to the volcano's rim t-2 years before the next scheduled eruption
>>44584031 Doing research on how things worked before samurais became a thing and tell the bushido to go fuck itself as the majority of soldiers and samurai did most of the time if they had the chance to murder all witnesses.
Native America in its prime with more active animal/nature spirits and very slightly more advanced tech
The different 'races' are just different geographical location tribes, i.e. The plains Indians like the Ute, the eastern forest Indians like the Iroquois conglomerate, throw in some mountain Indians and Eskimo and Cajun (sic) Indians as well
I think this setting has huge potential when it actually just focuses on the native Americans doing their own thing. None of this 'but then the white people come' crap. That's been done to death. Just native Americans being cool and shamanistic and doing their thing.
>>44584031 I have a not!Japan and I'm going to not give a fuck about how actual Japan worked and create my own culture with Japanese aesthetics because we mostly don't give a fuck about medieval politics either in fantasy, just 'castles and knights' appearance. That's the twist. Fite me.
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