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Cultural Learnings of Greater East Asia for Glorious Benefit of Players; Or, Information about Alternate Japan
Topic Started: Feb 11 2010, 07:48 PM (251 Views)
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If you're reading this I can assume that you're one of those good players that wants to learn more about the country you'll be living, studying, and playing in. So I will fill you in on some general knowledge so that we can all be on the same page when talking about things related to Alternate Japan and The Program.

1) The BR Act: Official name "Battle Experiment No. 68 Program", generally abbreviated to "The Program". 50 3rd year junior high (9th grade) classes are randomly selected every year for participation in "The Program". An estimated 2000 teens from all over the Republic of Greater East Asia die every year because of "The Program". The act was originally passed in 1947 and all protests are forcefully quelled. The winner of each contest is given a lifetime pension from the government, and a card signed by The Leader. The winner is then transferred to a new school and instructed not to talk about the Program. Often the winner repeats 9th grade, due to missing school because of injuries.

2) The Republic of Greater East Asia: An area that includes Japan and Korea. After Japan won WWII, it annexed Korea to form the Republic of Greater East Asia, home to the infamous program. Shortly after the end of the war, RGEA embraced National Socialism (see Nazism) as its form of government. The Republic has placed bans upon all things coming from Western Nations such as America and much of Europe. The government also places bans on the following music genres: Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues. Due to isolationist policies, RGEA is slightly behind when it comes to personal entertainment technology (in other words, iPods aren't coming anytime soon), and the internet is heavily censored.

3) Black Market: It is rumored that there are secret Black Markets scattered through Japan where one can obtain contraband such as Western books, movies, and music. It's incredibly rare to see CDs and DVDs here, so expect a lot of cassettes. This is highly illegal, though the law is vague on the specific punishment for sale or possession of contraband.

4) Religion: The Republic of Greater East Asia has no official religion, and in theory allows the free practice of religion, as long as it does not interfere with one's patriotism. Most citizens are Agnostic/Atheist, Shinto, or Buddhist. Christianity exists in the Republic of Greater East Asia, but Christians are a small minority and almost exclusively Catholic.

5) Culture: The Republic of Greater East Asia has developed similarly to modern Japan, with a few differences. Specifically, GEA has a number of anti-homosexual laws (similar to pre-WWII Germany), but despite this a number of underground gay bars exist. They are considered to be illegal, but they are rarely investigated due to the difficulty in proving their intent. Japanese youth are taught to be extremely competitive, especially in sports. The directors of most national sports programs are required to commit seppuku if the Japanese lose to America in international competitions. GEA is very ethnocentric, as such racism is common and often encouraged. It is considered a great shame to be anything less than completely Asian (Chinese, Japanese, Korean). GEA only allows imports from Neutral South Asian countries, China, and former Axis countries (Germany, Italy, their associated colonies, etc).
Edited by Junta, Feb 15 2010, 09:00 PM.
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