Mazanesia (Japanese: officially Ooshimateikoku, literally "Large Island Empire"), is a supercontinent in Eastern Oceania.
Mazanesia has the world's largest population, with over 3 billion people. Brickchester is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 60 million residents.
About this creation
Mazanesia is considered by many the most powerful continent in the world. Ruled by King Kotani Yoshihito, Mazanesian laws and capitalist ideals are controled solely by him. Traditionally, the king has all reasoning to the world. Kings during Mazanesia's history have not taken the power to much advantage.
First discovered by Chinese in B.C. 1700c, Mazanesia was annexed to the Chinese empire, but was further diversified from East Asia due to rough storms in the northern coasts.
Native populations found mines in the Northeastern region of Mazanesia, which were overfilled with gold, silver, copper, and nickel ores. With these valulable resources, almost all Chalcolithic and Early empire necessities, such as clothes, houses, and instruments for writing and eating, were exclusively made of metal. Money dating back to B.C. 1650c explains Mazanesia's rich numismatic history, with the oldest coins in the world.
Industrialization began rapidly in 530's, including machinery that would stamp, coil, or mend any material and surely impress any European explorer. Hand-wind cars, which abandoned the need for the animal as a source of transportation, was invented not many years later. In 1564, Portuguese navigator Franz D'Acosta tried to find a second route to China. However, he sailed to Mazanesia. Franz was bombarded by Mazanesians and fled back to Europe. British, French, Dutch, and Flemish conquerers were aware of the situation, and in the 1790's, the Europeans sailed to Mazanesia in an attempt to convert the non-religious native population to Catholic and revamp the occupied land into a penal colony. Surprised Europeans were defeated by the Mazanesians, and Nechihito, who ruled 1740's until 1897, forced the Europeans to speak with their leaders, first with George III. Mazanesia became a strong trade partner with Europe and large numbers of Europeans flocked to unoccupied lands of Mazanesia. Mazanesia was not a colony of the European empires, but was divided respectively into a eastern British territory, western French, and Dutch/Flemish south. Languages from the Europeans were widely used, where English replaced the very difficult Mazanesian language, based on a "pulse scale" writing system and consonant-less vocal communication.
A native fruit, discovered in the early 1800's, which has a similar shape to a large coconut, but with a mango flavour, stunted the lifespan of an ordinary Mazanesian over 5-fold. Europeans were not adapted to the fruit.
Yoshihito came to power in the late 1800's, where cities were flooded with enormous Amsterdam-styled buildings, built by Nechihito. Mazanesia refused involvement in WW1, however, during WWII, Mazanesia furthered relationships strongly with Japan. Although Japan befriended the Japanese Empire, Mazanesia was neutral. However, after a US bombing on Northeastern Mazanesian soil, Yoshihito joined the Axis, in a "hope for the best." The French and British who lived on Mazanesia were heavily displeased with the deal, and many were sent back home. Europeans, however, built forts throughout Mazanesia in favour of the Allied party. Mazanesia did not actually attack any other country throughout the war, but destroyed all the forts, ended the friendship with Europeans, and sent military supplies and food to the Japanese Empire. After WWII, the Japanese Empire was defeated, and Mazanesia claimed the war as a loss, to avoid an attack from the US. Ever since the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Yoshihito had a negative view on the United States.
Economic development was very strong in the 1960's and 70's. The Brickchester Pound was worth 10 times the value of a British Pound and 50 times the value of the United States Dollar. Yoshihito's new laws, which many did not agree with, however, included a strict educational system, heavy surveillance, and displacement of all "criminals" to the island north of Mazanesia, about the size of Sudan. Mazanesia did not have any prisons and the island up north acted as a prison itself.
Unrest began in the early 1980's and, after a new year's party in 1981, Mazanesia was demolished by the northern island. A decade long civil war ensued, in which if the northern island claimed victory, Yoshihito would have to step down in power. In 1989, however, Yoshihito's army claimed a victory.
A very wealthy businessman, Cliff Sinclair became fast friends with Yoshihito. After a year of buildings being rebuilt by Sinclair, he asked Yoshihito if he could "take power," allowing Commercialism and Capitalism to flow in its fullest. Siclair introduced heavy capitalist propaganda and Art Deco / Streamline Moderne architecture. All buildings not designed in the Art Deco style was torn down. Sinclair claimed "Everything, even my body, dead or alive, is a commodity." However, Yoshihito took to normal power after he discovered Sinclair's secret of the overspending consumer. Currently they are still friends.
At the turn of the century, Yoshihito became suspicious of the minour, but large white population of Europeans. It is told that he "executed" every white man in Mazanesia, sending them off to Siberia, establishing a frontier city. Yoshihito was upset that the native population would shrink as many women would loose their heritage. However, Mazanesia had a very small female population. As a result, Mazanesia imported Asian women from the Indochinese region starting 2001 and, due to the explosion of females, exported women to China in 2003.
The Brickchester Pound, under Yoshihito, accepted any sort of foreign currency, organized specifically by year. Because the Brickchester Pound did not issue banknotes, Mazanesia did not find foreign notes legal tender. Coin money from all around the world circulate in Mazanesia, along with the highly minted Mazanesian currency, with pieces made of silver and even gold, which are currently used today.
Art Deco and Streamline Moderne are famous styles in Mazanesia; fashion in Mazanesia are found around the world as retro-futuristic, with hurdy-gurdies in the street, Big Band and Swing played on the radio, and conservative clotes worn on men (though not commonly found on women).
This is the main street of Mazanesia. Common transportation, such as the Penny Bus (centre), Double Decker, and Black Cab are always flocking in the streets and are rather small by size of car.
This Streamline Moderne building is an ordinary man's home, furnished with a ballroom, upstairs kitchen and dining room, and plenty of bedroom space. Many with this size home would sell products on the street by turning the home into a department store.
Beach houses like this Streamline Moderne apartment building, are rather much smaller than ordinary apartment buildings. Rooms are very large and are a common residence. (Based on Miami Beach architecture)
Some Art Deco buildings, such as this mall, are unfinished. Art Deco is strongly favoured because of its symbolism of Man as an individual. Both the interior and exterior of malls are heavily furnished with Art Deco influence.
Projects like this one were often unfinished and left to rust. This was to be an Art Deco highrise that would meet the average height, as the buildings in these images are at the minimum height. Sinclair owns much of the territory shown here.
"Brickchester" will not be continued as of March 27th, 2011. Mini and Micro cities will still be built.