|The Koji Empire.
Although technically not an
actual empire, but a mixture of trading company and territorial
government, nonetheless, almost all who deal with her, call it the Koji
The "Empire" is a multiple-facet organization, with shipping, casino,
small-time piracy and smuggling only some of the operations. It's size
is that of many small armies. Small wonder, considering that it
is responsable for protecting the Japanese mandate of the French
Marivellas, alongside official IJNF forces.
The Empire is a personal company and army of Princess Koji, a distant
member of the Imperial family of Japan. She is also the
administrator of the Japanese Marivellas, in control of it's shipping
and trade policies (Which are frequently bent to her
advantage). The only actions that take place in the
Marivellas without her approval, are those taken by "Imperial Pride"
units, ones which answer only to the emporer in Japan.
As such, she actually wields more power than her own large forces,
those of immediate Japanese military units. However she rarely
abuses this power, in fact often sending her won aircraft on patrols
normally taken by naval fighters, in order to conserve fuel and time.
The Empire's operations are not restricted to the Japanese Mandate
however, freighters travel worldwide, and a number of establishments
(Casinos, brothels, airstrips) from Malaysia to Peru are known to be
under the symbol of Koji power.
Although most of the time Koji's Empire works legitimately, there have
been known instances of piracy, smuggling, and similar illegal
activities. However they are rare, and when done, they are
well-planned to reduce friction with other interests.
"The" Empire was first begun by Koji's mother, and three nearly rusted
out cargo ships. It was immediately after her being
expelled from the immediate Royal Family. During this initial
period, she became acquainted with a Irish sea captain, in command of a
small fleet of ships.
Soon afterwards Koji was born, and her father's ship disappeared, never
to be seen again. Although his Irish relatives managed to take
the majority, her mother quickly secured a portion of his fleet.
In the following years, the Empire expanded, more ships were purchased
and then the Great War began. After the Japanese occupied the
Marivellas, the Royal Family in Japan turned control over to the former
outcast Princess, due to her established connections in the islands.
After the Great War ended, the expansion continued, with Koji gaining
control in 1927. She soon saw opportunities, and began
establishing permanent businesses around the Pacific, while at the same
time purchasing some of the first zeppelins and feasable cargo aircraft
Since then, Koji has managed to regain some of the favor in the
Japanese Royal Family, and at the same time began cultivating ties with
Europe and North America.
Now, in 1937, this has paid large dividends, with a large air and
marine shipping capability, and lucrative contracts with both Japan and
Princess Koji is a contrast in ways. Half Irish and half
Japanese, she truly knows the meaning of the word chameleon, using
alternatively either of her bloodlines or if neither of those work, her
beauty to attain what she wants. If in the end, all of those fail
she uses her large military to do so.
Her second, executor of her wishes, is a samurai named
Todo. One of the last of those who hold steadfast to the
old way of warrior, he is skilled in the use of
steel. Although reluctant to change to "Dishonorable
combat" he does carry firearms however, and is quite proficiant with
them. He rarely leaves his Princess's side, and
has a deep loyalty to her.
The entirety of Koji's forces is unknown. Although she is known
to have at least one combat zeppelin, a marine destroyer, a small fleet
of patrol and torpedoe boats, and at least 15 squadrons of
aircraft. Among the aircraft, is nine of the brand new Shinden
(Magnificent Lightning) fighters, proving her now-close ties with Japan.
Among her more "Unique" items is a cargo submarine. Rare anywhere else,
it is mostly used to transport questionable items, or a out-of-sight
transport. However it is quite capable of a combat role,
although moderately clumsy. It has 8 torpedoe tubes (6
forward, 2 aft), and a deck-mounted 8.8CM gun.
She also employs an oddity dating back to the old tradition of Samurai,
employing nearly 200 elite soldiers. They are highly trained in
the art of physical and ranged combat, their arms ranging from throwing
knives, katanas and spears, to pistols and submachineguns.
Divine Wind Squadron.(Kamikaze)
The Divine Wind squadron is Koji's personal unit, providing both
aircraft and bodyguard service. Only the most loyal and
proven of her warriors get chosen for this unit. They never
number more than 15 aircraft and 50 pilots/warriors. The current
squadron is led by a Nakura Kajima, a very skilled pilot with a number
of kills on his aircraft. They are also armed with
the newest up-to-date fighters, the new Shindens, and even a pair of
Special Unit Rule:
The Squadron lead/wing/wing trio's are given an extra 150 points to be
spent among them. In addition, any pushing the G's roll is
given a -1 modifier, due to their experiance in fighting with agility.
History: Nakura is on of Koji's youngest warriors, only 20 years old
and already commanding the Divine Wind. Nonetheless he is a deadly
warrior, on the ground and in the air. He is
especially skilled at pushing his aircraft to it's limits, all in a
desire to further work his way up Koji's ranks.
Although unproven, it is thought he is striving to be proven a capable
replacement, should anything happen to Todo.
Aircraft: He flies a un-modified Shinden, a effective match, having
given him three kills in it already. His prior kills were made
with a A5 Mitsubishi.
Weapons: Although skilled with a sword, Nakura has embraced firearms as
modern samurai weapons. He has gone to carrying a pair of Nambu
8mm's in addition to his sword.
History: Koji is just a basic pilot, unskilled in combat and has no
Weapons: Because of her massive bodyguard contingent, she has little
need for a personal firearm. However as a last resort, and for
personal pleasure, carries a small export-model Nambu, chambered to 8MM
Stats:4-6-2-2-6(4)-2 (Todo has a special rule. Although for cockpit
purposes he is only 4. his stats count as a 6 on constitution)
History: A average pilot in a aircraft, he is nonetheless capable,
having a quick reaction time and an ability to withstand amazingly
close sonic blasts and flash rockets.
Weapons: Todo only grudgingly carries his 8MM nambu. For
almost all work he still uses his samurai sword, with which he has
dispatched a number of....questionables.