Heartwashing Assembly

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Great Heart Washing Dynasty of the Orient
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The Golden Dragon of the Great East
General
Playstyle Rapid Deployment
Faction Colour Jonquil
Type Blue Alert Quantum Major Faction
Dev. Status Conceptual

I grew up under the claw of the dragon,
after I grew up I became an heir of the dragon
Black eyes, black hair, yellow skin,
forever and ever an heir of the dragon

- Heirs of the Dragon, Hou Dejian

The Heart Washing Dynasty, also called the Dynasty, the Heart Washers or, more cynically, the Chinese, is a rogue state allied to Epsilon that has risen from the ashes of China and has spread its influences elsewhere, particularly in the newly Epsilonised Dragon Empire of Mu. Despite claiming succession from some of the oldest states in recorded history, the Assembly is actually a very young entity that only thrust itself before the world during the end of the long-running Chinese Civil War after world war three and Epsilon's conquest of the Dragon Empire of Mu. The brainchild of now reviled Yan Xishan, his clique of disgruntled generals from both Red and Blue China and assisted by the Chinese and Muvese branches of the sinister Epsilon organization, the Dynasty quickly consolidated its control by establishing not only a rival to the power of the Atomic Dynasty in China, but consolidating control over Mu and wrightsylvania. These conquests, however, are paltry compared to what the Heart Washing Dynasty’s future plans are; the creation of a great empire spanning all of the Far East, the islands of the Oceania and even the far away Western shores of the Americas. To this end, the rulers of the Dynasty have taken advantage of the brutal recent history of Asia such as the atrocities committed by Japan, the disintegration of the old dynasty of the Dragon Empire of Mu from the pressures of the third world war, and Mu's disillusionment with the Alliance after suffering heavily from two world wars.

Revered and, as many critics say, worshiped by his millions upon millions of subjects spread across Asia and the continent of Mu, Yan Xishan now bides his time in the new peace since the end of the third great war. The wise sages and clergy of the Dynasty instructs thousands of new trainees every day in the all-encompassing philosophy of Heart Washing. To the outside world, the Dynasty presents itself as a shining utopia above the petty squabbles of ideology and the destructive segregation of blocs. But inside the stomach of the dragon, a great fire is building which will one day cleanse the hearts and minds of the whole world.

At A Glance

Faction Color Jonquil
Playstyle Rapid Deployment
Theatre of Operations Vertical Landings
Strengths
Weaknesses
Intended Players

Background

Towards the Republic

1911. China. The Qing Dynasty is overthrown by revolutionaries lead by Sun Yat-sen and the modernized sections of its military lead by Yuan Shi-kai. Among the rebel military officers is a young man named Yan Xishan. Yan had been the son of a wealthy merchant family. After his father was ruined in an economic downturn, Yan was sent to Japan where he attended the prestigious Tokyo Shimbu Gakko prepatory military academy and later the Imperial Japanese Army Academy which he graduated from in 1909. Yan left Japan not only with a good diploma but also a mind brimming with new ideas. He saw how Japan, a backwards island nation once cut off from the world, had successfully modernized itself and how its populace were almost blindly loyal to and enthusiastic in their support of the their government. He realized that for China to compete in the new century, there had to be changes, serious changes. In Japan, Yan Xishan also happened to meet one Sun Yat-sen, another Chinese expatriate who was disgusted with the corruption and misrule of the Qing. Yan joined with Sun's revolutionary society, the Tongmenghui, and vowed to one restore China's power to the days of the great Ming.

Upon his return to China, Sun was given command of the modernized Chinese units in his home province of Shanxi where he secretly worked to undermine the Qing by writing pamphlets about the need for China to modernize like Japan did & even develop its own form of bushido. When the revolution came around, Yan Xishan's forces joined with those of Yuan Shikai and the other rebel generals to drive the Manchu from China. Yan felt that at last, the Han Chinese people were free to pursue their own destiny as the heirs of the Ming Dynasty. This exuberance was short lived however, as Yan grew to realize that President Yuan and his cronies were no different than the corrupt mandarins they replaced. There was little Yan could do though, as Shanxi was surrounded on all sides by forces loyal to Yuan while Sun Yat-sen and the KMT were racked by inaction & indecision. Yan Xishan still held on to Shanxi though and while the warlord cliques were tearing China down after Yuan died, Yan was making Shanxi his own personal utopian society.

Meanwhile the great venerable Dragon Empire of Mu a continent away, in the middle of the pacific; the ancient Empire is considering a choice of allies. Descendants of Andean American people and intermingled with East Asian and Polynesian migrants from the west, the people of Mu had built one of the world's greatest and longest lived empires. Since the early bronze age, Mu had prospered and thrived, even as European and Atlantean settlers had began to carve out their colonies in the eastern part of the continent by the time of the age of discovery. Of particular note was the Great Kingdom of Neuland, founded by German settlers fleeing the thirty years war and the continual conflicts of the Holy Roman Empire, followed by settlements from Spain, Portugal, France, Britain, and Atlantis in northern and eastern Mu. However, the Dragon Empire managed to avoid the fate of so many other eastern Empires trhough its unity and the power of its fleets. After some degree of liberalization in the 1860s after being opened to the world by the Russian pacific squadron and after having traded away most of its tributaries for breathing space and undergone a herculean and deeply costly in terms of finances and human life industrialization program, Mu stood at the peripheries of the great concerts of the world's nations.

However the first world war would turn the old Empire of Mu utterly upside down. After blinkering in uncertainty over which side to join, it decided to support the Anglo-American-French-Russian-Italian-Japanese-Portuguese-Wrightsylvanian-Serbian-Greek-Romanian-Arab-Brazilian-Kumaril-Uturan entente against the German-Austrian-Zhenzurenese-Geqese-Ottoman-Bulgarian-Yberil-Cholan-Dezumen-Senussi-Korean-Persian-Afghan-Siamese central powers. The decision would lead to three years of bloody war and famine that would cost the lives of more than two million on the field of battle and kill millions more through famine and the spread of the Spanish flu. Devastated though technically speaking, victorious, the Dragon Empire would get its seat in the winner's corner of the great war and gain precious developmental aid from the victorious entente. For a while, times were good and prosperity was to be had by all. Then came the great stock market crash of 1929 and things would scarcely be the same afterwards.

Yan Xishan, fond of Mu's culture himself, started heartwashing societies in what he felt was a "sister culture of China" some time during the 1920s though it would not be until the great depression that these began to really grow in popularity in Mu. It was through these societies that he came to encounter the mysterious figure of Geoffrey and his growing Epsilon organization. What words were exchanged between Xishan and Geoffrey were not well known, but they came to regard each other as potential allies, though certainly to be regarded with suspicion. Though certainly access to secret medical procedures to grant greatly extended life from Epsilon was welcome to Xishan, who had what could be understood by the learned men of his province reverse engineered to bolster his popularity in the Shanxi province. For the time, he would play along with Zhang, Zhou and Wang in their war with Ma, Kung, and Jiang for China's soul as the Soviets, Americans and Polynesians tugged at China's soul with the British, Germans, and Atlanteans.

The Model Province and the two old Dragons

Being on opposite sides of the civil war from his close friend Kung did not sit easily with Xishan. Despite his requests for Kung to see reason, he was adamant that god was with Jiang and thus so would he be with him. This ache in his own heart lead him to seek deeper counsel with Geoffrey and his Epsilon group, and together with them he worked on a number of strange and sinister technologies. Particularly, Xishan had interest in psychic technologies, not to brainwash but to unlock the potential of humanity and turn men into supermen.

Dance with the Devil

New Empire, Old Ruler

Units and Structures

Structures

Heart Washing Temple The very heart of the Dynasty's citadels, the Heart Washing Temple helps train almost every unit in the Heart Washing arsenal & and its supereapon as well, the dreaded Zodiac King. As part of Wisened Leader Yan Xishan's brilliant battle strategy, the Temple has its own refinery on-site and also generate double the power that most MCV buildings like it usually do at the cost of the Dynasty lacking any other sort of generator building.
Oresmith For when you need more Ore than the Heart Washing Temple can collect, the Oresmith deploys its own ore collector automatically and can build others if need be. The Oresmith also generates power for bases though not as much as the Temple.
Board of War The Board of War is where the Heart Washer's produce their ground troops which form the core of their armies.
Board of Works This is where the Heart Washing vehicles are assembled.
Board of Maritime Affairs This structure produces the Dynasty's vast fleets.
Jade Hall Here, the finest minds in Asia work day and night to improve the Heart Washing arsenal. The Jade Hall is where you would purchase upgrades and improvements for your forces.
Clean Heart (Support Super Weapon)
Zodiac King (Offensive Super Weapon)

Defences

Peking Wall Modeled after the Great Wall itself, Peking Walls are used to keep the followers of true enlightenment away from those who would destroy them.
Peking Gate Gilded portals modeled on the great doors of the Forbidden City, the Peking Gates allow the Heart Washers to access the outside world and fight the barbarian peril.
Hermit's Shrine While it may appear to be an normal, even charming, Buddhist shrine, these tiny pagodas conceal a dark secret. Mounted all through the building are pieces of paper with sutras written on them with ink made of a deadly chemical that manifests itself in a deadly mist around the structure. When enemy units get too close, the fumes from the ink can heavily debuff and even kill them if they stay in it too long.
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Sha-Sha Battery
Taku Fort

Infantry

Naga Specially modified serpents pressed into the service of the Heart Washing Dynasty's armies, the Naga is swifter, larger and hardier than any poisonous serpent has any right to be, and its incredible senses allow the intelligent creature to pick out those who would try to sneak past China's bases. They can also spit deadly poisons that not only damage enemies caught by it, but blind them; reducing their line of sight to zero and greatly harming their accuracy.
Practicioner The basic soldiers of the Heart Washing Dynasty go into battle with assault rifles and planar-field bayonets; with their weak shielding giving them some added durability boost to compensate for their inferior body armour. Their assault rifles fire energized bullets that deal more damage, but often require breaks in firing to avoid meltdown and have a tendency for inaccuracy. The underslung rayguns on the weapons of a Practitioner can be fired just once to deal great damage to nearly all targets; but each such blast requires the blaster to recharge; a process that generally takes a very long time.
Cleanser The Heart Washing Dynasty has a holistic view of fire. Fire is one of the five sacred elements, fire cleanses, it purifies, it allows renewal to occur. As such, the assault infantry of the Dynasty is armed with flamethrowers; and are given some genetic modifications to be faster and tougher and more heat resistant; letting them endure the burden of their fire retardant suits and weapons better. A simple flick of the switch allows cleansers to shoot fireballs instead of fire streams, letting them hit more distant targets.
Minigunner The enemies of the Heart Washers have a habit of finding that there are many uses for the kinds of technology it has developed; such as taking a minigun and hooking up to a special generator that lets it spin even faster until the gun is essentially spitting out a solid beam of lead. Such weapons of course require deployment to both feed the weapon its ammo and prevent the recoil from taking the soldier off into the sky like a jet (as has happened to some who thought it was a good idea to try and hip fire it).
Firesmith The anti-tank troops of the Dynasty fight with seemingly conventional rocket launchers; but when commanded to fire against aircraft, the "fireworks" missiles release a large number of small rayburst missiles, compensating for their lack of homing capacity with a very wide area of effect to catch enemy aircraft. Should the usual rockets prove insufficient, they will place detonation charges on their target to ensure it is destroyed.
Intendant The engineers of the Dynasty are educated and trained in battlefield engineering and are used to seize and repair structures and patch up damaged vehicles and make simple field fortifications. The Engineers of the Dynasty are handy with their pistols and knives in combat, and can also plant mines to punish an enemy's advance.
Healer Capable of dealing with the injuries of their comrades and others on the battlefield, the Dynasty's healers utilize the healing power of a sort of vita-energy that they have access to, honing their psychic abilities as well as technological devices; mending wounds while their tools can help restore damaged equipment. Though unarmed; they can quickly floor attackers in melee or at range with applied psionics, and can also set up planar walls to protect them as they get to work.
Tigerman Despite being called light artillery; it is an inescapable truth that mortars are quite heavy. Thus to lift them, augmented men have been created to move them around without falling behind their comrades in arms; called the Tigermen due to the stripes on their uniforms and the claws that they use if caught in melee combat. These fearsome tigermen can use their mortars like over-sized grenade launchers, and can even fire a special "inferno shot" that if enough Tigermen use and hit in the same area; starts a mighty firestorm.
Sage The spiritual leaders of the Heart Washers in the field, Sages ride atop personal hover devices which give them a commanding view of the battlefield. As part of their tactics, Sages chant Heart Washing scripture and prayers to boost the moral of allied units and use specially made heavy-duty war fans to create great whirlwinds that can throw enemy infantry, small trees and cars high into the air, hurling them into other enemy units at high speeds those who fight them in melee find that they are masters of psychically augmented unarmed combat, capable of pounding a man into jelly with a few strikes.
Bodhisattva Heart Washers who have shown themselves worthy of true enlightenment are selected to be put into advanced Bodhisattva battlesuits. After a long & lengthy process involving heart cleaning, nerve stapling & organ re-arranging, they become a four-armed mechanical killing machine. Bodhisattvas wield four boomerang-like planar swords which they use to dice enemy vehicles and structures like an onion to brutally force their way into enemy strongholds and take from them information that the usual spy networks cannot. They can briefly camouflage themselves with planar-fields to allow them to do their jobs, but such illusions are temporary.
Night Swords The elite special forces of the Heart Washing Dynasty are one of the few forces capable of any degree of subtlety in China; using special Ray Guns that don't require recharge and teleportation packs to let them get where they need to go without once stumbling across enemies whom they do not need to face in battle. In melee they use special planar swords and advanced martial arts training to carve through enemies; and their genetic surgery grants them alarming regenerative powers, though of course, regeneration cannot restore one from death.
Dragon Warriors An artificial life form made to resemble the Dragons of Chinese legend, Dragon Warriors fly through psionics and use cybernetically implanted rayguns to strike at enemies like a dragon breathing fire. Dragon warriors start off quite small and expendable, but further investment of resources can allow them to form a cocoon and grow larger until they reach their full and terrifying size; at which point they gain the ability to mesmerize their targets; leaving enemies in an area of effect dazed and weakened from their mental power.

Vehicles

MCV
Miao Ore Collector
Nian Chariot The main battle tank of the new Chinese Military, the Nian Chariot fights with a 122mm gun and a series of machine guns, a smoothbore refinement of the old Soviet caliber. Highly cost-effective, the Nian Chariot is somewhat unimpressive at first until it receives a number of upgrades that can improve its speed and firepower significantly; allowing it to truly shine, and even before then; the cheap vehicle can overwhelm enemy vehicles with numbers or utilize one use "ray blasters" that sweep the area in front of the tank; devastating infantry, though it will take some time for the rays to recharge after their use.
Yunnan Wagon Part-armored personnel carrier, part-light tank & part amphibious landing vehicle, the Yunnan is designed to safely deliver reinforcements in both land and sea engagements. Powered by six large wheels that fold into miniature hovercrafts when entering the water, the Yunnan also comes armed with with a 75mm main gun, a flamethrower, and a .50 cal machine gun designed to blow away any foe that comes across it.
Zhili Skyculler Armed with a 30mm gatling cannon and a quartet of SAMs, the Zhili can devastate both soft ground targets and aircraft that get in its sights. While not quite as swift firing as the Epsilon vehicle that inspired it, it deals more damage with the rounds that it does land, and the missiles give it much needed extra punch. They can also fire a special tractor beam that will shut down the usual weapons of the vehicle, but work to pull an enemy aircraft down to a fatal collision with the earth.
Fengtian Chariot Cracker Firing devastating missiles with "ray lances", the Fengtian is China's answer to enemy tanks. It can deploy to partially bury itself, increasing its range and durability substantially.
Anhui Catapult The premier artillery vehicle of the Dynasty, the Anhui catapult fires a large number of rayburst missiles from its MRLS racks that do great initial damage; or it can load up napalm missiles to scorch the land and all upon it.
Taiping Magistrate The most astute display of the Dynasty's unrelenting firepower, the Taiping has a devastating "extermination" ray cannon that devastates nearly anything it touches as they are bathed in extremely high energy. Aircraft are dealt with via tractor beams and infantry must weather the storm of flamethrowers as the Taiping presses relentlessly forward. Though the vehicle has an issue with range and is normally rather slow, it can partially alleviate these issues by feeding high grade fuel into its reactor to give it a speed boost; and if another superheavy is in its way as it moves forward; it can expect to take heavy damage.

Aircraft

Pingyao VTOL
Chungking Gyrocopter
Shangdang Fighter
Fenghuang Virtue Bomber

Watercraft

Oarfish
War Junk
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Yuan...
Song...
Wu...
Zhou...
Shang...
Xia Carrier


Trivia