Sazanami (さざなみ meaning: ripples on water) is the Pokemon-of-Avalon universe's equivalent of Feudal Japan in the Kamakura period (1183-1333). It is currently ruled by a shiny female Infernape named Katsumi (かつみ), and she is known as the Shogun to all. Its patron is the male god Lugia.
- The Capitol (name currently unknown, likely based off of Edo/Tokyo (えどう）（東京）)
- Village of Eintei
- Kamiki Village
The original capital of Sazanami is not where it is today; it was moved from where it used to be when the Shoguns started to rule. Before, Sazanami used to be ruled by an Emperor whose court was full of only the highest in art and culture, and in fact, it was there that the first ever novel (called The Tale of Genji) was written. When the emperors and their court appeared to become too preoccupied with high culture activities to focus on the concerns of the common people, the warrior class began to rise in importance as the Daimyos of the land began to fight with each other, until finally, a ruler known as the shogun united the country by defeating all the Daimyos, making them swear allegiance, and took over the emperor’s authority, moving the capital and setting up a government based on military might and quick thinking that still exists today. The emperor still stands as a figurehead for the country, but otherwise has no real political power, unlike the shogun.
The people of Sazanami have a distinct culture unlike any others due to their relative isolation from all other nations except for Gang Tie. At this point in time, they are ruled by a military leader known as the Shogun, who rules over all of the Daimyos who control their own sections of land within Sazanami. Every half of the year, the Shogun makes the Daimyos live in the capital city (where their families live year round), while the other half of the year, they get to look after their own provinces. In this way, the Shogun has a firm grasp over the entire country.
The country has a system of class divisions; near the top are the samurai who, in addition to being warriors, must also know such things as calligraphy and poetry, as well as have knowledge of such high cultural things as the Tea Ceremony, Flower Arrangement Ceremony, Noh drama, and more. They serve the nobility or Daimyos of the land. Artisans are next on the hierarchical scale, followed by farmers, and finally, merchants.
There are, however, certain places that seem exempt from this rule, or at least have a less strict version of the class system. There are hidden villages all over the country which are home to primarily ninjas, warriors who do not follow the strict code of honor that the samurai do, as well as other seemingly standalone villages (see Kamiki Village).
Finally, the country has a whole wealth of unique fairy tales such as Momotaro, Urashima Taro, Issun Boushi, Shitakiri Susume (Tongue-Cut Sparrow), Kaguya-hime, and many, many more.
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