THE FORBIDDEN CITY
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The Forbidden City was started in the Ming Dynasty, and over the years due to the court influences and wars at the time, has been undergoing change and refurbishment. Even today, restoration still takes place.
Over the centuries, there have of course been many attacks on the Forbidden City - its buildings and populous by Peasants, The Imperial Armies, The Boxers and The Nationalist and Foreigners.
This map is loosely based around those external attacks - mainly the the period of the Boxer Rebellion and the Nationalist uprising of 1912-1913.
There were of course internal struggles within the Court. The Ministers, the Empresses, the Wives and Princes, as well as the Eunuchs all played games of "Dangerous Liasions" and intrugue far more sinister than anything thought up by Augustus' wife Livia and her family "plots".
Eunuchs were also castrated - each Eunuch was knifed in the neighbouring doctors surgery just outside the wall of the Forbidden City, their Testicles and Penis was cut off to preserve and ensure the Heir lineage of the Emperor - who by the way because of Confucianism mostly despised the very being of their castrated servants.
So this aspect will be woven into the plot also. I'm sure some players will enjoy conquering someone's "parts" to gain a bonus.1. The number of territories currently on the map.
2 from each Dynasty - 4
The Dynastys represented here are the Ming and Qing eras; the Mings being the first Emperors to establish the Palace, and this was later taken over by the Manchurians (the Qing).
The Ming dynasty is represented at the bottom of the map by two Emperors: Cheng-tsu and XianZong
The Qing dynasty is represented at the bottom of the map by the Dowerager Empress T'zu Hsi, and the Last Emperor of China Pu Yi (I knew I could work that option from the poll in here somewhere).
b. Boxers - 4
This includes Prince Juan from Dowager Empress T'zu Hsi court who supported the Boxer Rebellion.
c. Foreign Misionaries - 3
These were responsible in large part for the Boxer Rebellion
d. The Nationalist and Kuimintang- 3
These overran the Last Emperor Pu Yi
e. The 8 Nation Alliance - 8
These nations were responsible for putting down the Boxer Rebellion and forcing China to open up her doors
f. The Peasants and The Imperial Army - 3
The peasants overran the Forbidden City during the reigns of the Ming Emperors until their coupe was squashed. This this link.
g. Eunuchs - 10
Eunuchs have been mentioned previously and are part of important gameplay.
h. Imp Garden 2
There were several of these, but only two are included as added bonus
i. The Towers - 4
The towers are features of the Forbidden City and are features in this game, are are given bombardment capabilities.
j. Ext Gates - 9
There are normally only 4 external gates, but these have been expanded to 9 (a lucky number in China mythology) so iu am hoping they will prove lucky in the gameplay.
k. Outer Court - 8
The City is divided into the Inner and Outer Court areas.
The major events occurred in the Outer Court, and because they have access to three of the gateways (7 in total) this area has been divided into 8 territories.
l. Great Halls - 9
Again using the lucky number 9, these could be very important in gameplay.
m. Palaces - 10
This is where the Emperor and the rest of his court lived.
n. Priests - 2
Groups for easy territory to gain
o. Inner Court 2
Each side of the Imperial Meridian, they are the bottlenecks protecting the Inner Court of the Emporer.
Total - 81
Lucky number 9 x9 = 81 ( 8+1 = 9)2. The number of continents
163. Descriptions of any unique features or areas.
1. The Eunuchs have to attain their "private parts" to be a whole continent. The "pao" or "precise" is situated inside the City next to the Emperor's territory; but is connected to the Eunuchs other territories.
2. The Imperial Tester is part of the Eunuchs and connects to the Emperor and Empress.
3. the Imperial Meridian....can be used at any time by the pictured rulers to attack territories along the Meridian.4. Design
Based around features of Chinese Culture and artifacts...lanterns, houses. and patterns.
This also features the aerial view of the city underneath the gameplay layers to give a background to everything.Bonuses
Still to be worked out. Gameplay
The Towers should start with 6 neutrals.
Long way to go but Enjoy?