Spring and Autumn, Zhong and Jho

Submitter: R Alldridge
Description: Agrarian farmers support an educated caste of 'gentlemen' who study law, history, alchemy, to advance their family, their culture. Currently an upheaval due to philosophical conflict; 'The Way': go with the flow, nothing is evil but what men do; vs. 'Legalism': men are evil and must be rigidly controlled by harsh laws or all will fall to chaos and ruin; vs. 'Hard Work': all must accept their place in a paternalistic, elders-leading sytems of respect, legal checks and balances. The 'gentlemen' may use swords, the code of duels and revenge under the law, or the 'mandate of heaven' (signs and portents) to bring advancement and stability through skillful conflict resolution.

Cultural Organization

Society organized into medium to large groups of geographically anchored people, predominantly farmers. "I am a farmer in the Nile Valley"

Social Conditions

The society is in the midst of a major dispute over ideas or institutions. Ex: American Civil Rights movement, Chinese Pro-democracy movement
Social Upheaval

Tech Level

Keystone arch, saddles, ocean-going galleys, iron swords, shields, scale armor, windmill, chemical medicines
Iron Age (TL 2)

Narrative Emphasis

Travel, Do-gooding, searching for wealth and excitement

Reality Style

Larger-than-life characters facing epic challenges


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