From The Heretic Knowledge Vault
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Any similarities with Japan should not be taken seriously.
Government, Economics, and Politics
Tsuiraku seems to currently be the most powerful of the human nations, eclipsing Veracia in power and influence. Tsuirakuan armies made off with lots of Veracian books pillaged from the decaying empire's vaults and libraries following Tsuiraku's victory in the Mage/Priest Wars, and Tsuiraku has replaced Veracia as the primary influence in Farrel (with no complaints and some relief felt by the Farrelites, since repressive theocracies are incompatible with Libertarians).
We don't know much about Tsuirakuan governmental forms, other than that they have a Council and this potentially hints at a Republic. Whether or not it's a Democratic Republic is unknown, it could be aristocratic or based on magic use, we just do not know. We do know that it's a meritocracy, based on magecraft, implying that Meji's Grandfather is an accomplished mage.
They definitely have a hierarchically ordered military, which also hints at a hierarchically ordered society. The warp gates that connect them to other countries are staffed with Portal mages, whose job it is to make the gate function (which Sarine appreciates, compared to the automatic travel platforms used by the elves), and Battlemages, whose job it is to blast, or at least intimidate, people wanting to do bad things at the gates. Bani Igaaru's first gig after joining the military was to be stationed at a warp gate in Farrel, since she's half Farrelian. She's a bit resentful of this, having absorbed the Tsuirakuan condescension toward non-Tsuiraku cultures.
On a global scale, Tsuiraku receives the occasional ambassador (until recently, the horny cad Rarune) from the elven lands. According to Sara, the Ensigerum has been working on plans to infiltrate Tsuiraku if necessary, which sort of implies that there are no formal ties between the Ensigerum and Tsuiraku. We don't know much else about their current foreign relations.
Similarly, we don't know much about their economic system. They do make and sell consumer goods like crystal balls, or if you prefer, "Tsuiraku crystal doohickeys", not just to their own citizens but to yokels from the outside world. This suggests they're capitalistic and not too careful about export control, which is a good way for an advanced culture to let others catch up so that they don't seem so advanced any more.
Tsuiraku didn't exist, as a nation, until 200 years ago when the major global power at the time, Veracia, assuming that Elves were a long-gone legend, decided to expand into elven territory. When the constructed Veracian god Luminosita encountered a very real and live Elven Barrier/Shield, the resulting magical blast revealed both Tsuirakushiti and Praenubilus Astu, as well as the fact that Luminosita was a trumped up farce.
It didn't take long for the Tsuirakuans to negotiate with Farrel for the old Rinkai Erufu islands, build up the city of Kiyoka, and start to settle in as the new world power, called Tsuiraku. Farrel was quite willing to help with this as it brought them out from under Veracia's overly-ambitious influence.
It is interesting to note that this brought Veracia down from being the primary global power, to a third-rate one after the Mage/Priest Wars, where Tsuiraku proved its power in no uncertain terms.
The use of magic permeates all aspects of Tsuirakuan society. Spells are used for cosmetic surgery, contraception, library indexes, and numerous other seemingly mundane uses. The combined effect of this gives Tsuiraku a standard of living roughly equivalent to the modern First World, albeit through a vastly different route. This modernity is reflected in Tsuirakuan culture, as Tsuiraku has a culture with strong similarities to 21st century Japan and the West of our own world, down to phenomena such as school shootings, terrorism, and yaoi. Due to its absurdly high population density, housing costs have become exorbitant. Most citizens, even the fairly wealthy, live in apartments with only the truly shit-faced rich being able to afford an actual house with a yard.
It's been implied that just about everyone in Tsuirakushiti is comfortable with using at least rudimentary magic. The locks on their apartments are magical and work using either a cipher system or "little crystals" that amount to keys. As we've learned from watching Miyo Hinadori and Nanoa, use of a crystal ball as a cell phone is routine. In addition to the warp gates, people can get around using airships, but it isn't known whether they are magical or not.
Tsuirakuan society is more or less egalitarian in terms of gender roles, apart from a few enduring stereotypes -- see Gender roles in Errant Story for more on this -- but less so when it comes to geography. Dwellers in the sky city definitely feel a bit of snobbery where their ground-bound countryfolk in Kiyoka are concerned. Bani Igaaru, who's from Kiyoka, remembers being on the receiving end of this from her classmates at Sashi Mu, as revealed in her flashback.
As for Tsuirakushiti, "shiti" is the Japanese pronunciation for "city", although this type of romanization is rare and the single character "shi" is more common. "Tsuiraku", on the other hand means "crash" (falling type) as in "crash and burn" -- possibly a further hint that this is the same city as the historical half-elven floating city. ~ KirimaNagi
- Tsuiraku still only has two real cities. (Though many residents of Tsuirakushiti proper would say three as they prefer to consider the various ground construction, built around the lake that the original city disc floats over, as a completely separate city.) Of course, there's the capital, Tsuirakushiti (both the original floating city disc and all the stuff that expanded out on to the ground level after the continent was purchased from Farrel.
- Then, near the southern coast, there's Kiyoka. Back when the land still belonged to Farrel, it was just a very small port village that grew out of a few logging camps. (For whatever reasons the rest of the continent was never really developed much and was mostly left deserted) When the island became Tsuiraku, the small village started growing rapidly since it was the main point of entry into the country from Farrel in the days before the various warp gates and airship ports were set up. Eventually it was renamed Kiyoka and grew into being far more than just a port city. Even today, with easy travel to Tsuirakushiti available in just about every major city in Farrel, Kiyoka is a popular destination for travelers coming from Farrel or Veracia due to the city being a mix of the original Farrel inhabitants and tsuirakuans who got fed up living on a giant crowded disc floating in the air, and because it is noticeably lacking the air of 'stuck up bitchiness' that many people perceive Tsuirakushiti possesses.
- Besides these two cities, the rest of the country is still largely bare. This is generally contributed to the mindset of most Tsuirakuians, preferring to live in ether large, busy cities or out in the middle of nowhere all by themselves.
- At the time Farrel had become so intertwined and dependent with Veracia, that one of the most common points of discussion among the populous was "how long do you think before Veracia just decides to annex us?"
- So when Tsuiraku showed up, Farrel was 'Ah, Hello new friend! Come, talk, tell us of things, stay a spell. Perhaps you need anything? Just ask it. We can make you a great deal! Let's see what you have to offer." because they saw it as their best shot at getting out from under Veracia.
- And it worked quite well too. At the cost of just a chunk of land that wasn't doing much for them anyway, they have managed to build themselves back up into a world power just by the sake of skillful trade relations and being the go-between for Tsuiraku and Veracia.