• Nobles of Null is a forum based roleplay site where sci-fi and magic collide. Here, Earth remains fractured and divided despite humanity reaching out to the stars. Worse still, the trans-human slaves of one major power have escaped, only to establish their own Empire, seething with resentment at abuses of the past. Even the discovery of aliens, though medieval in development, has failed to rally these squabbling children of Earth together with its far darker implications. Worse still, is the discovery of the impossible - magic. Practiced by the alien locals, nearly depleted and therefore rare, its reality warping abilities remains abstract and distant to the general populace. All the while, unseen in the darkness of space, forces from without threaten to press in. For those with eyes opened by insight, it is clear that an era is about to end, and that a new age will dawn.

Tian Zao Gongheguo

Heaven Forged Republic

Yunwang Beijing
Mandarin Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Three-State Confederacy Hu Ling Sun Guo Kang Luo Meng Liu De
2199 2200-2253 2205 2221 Vermillion Bird Promises (Nation formation)
3 Billion


The 21st century was not kind to China, in particular, its people. Worsening relations with the rest of the globe has left China involuntarily isolated, forcing it to find resources within its own borders or coercing smaller nations into one-way relationships. Climate change wrecked havoc upon the coastal regions, the economic, political, and cultural arteries of the entire nation. Environmental and political stresses pushed China deeper into authoritarianism; by the mid-21st century, few could disagree that mainland China was a dystopic state that made Airstrip One of 1984 look like heaven in comparison. Birth rate was tightly monitored and controlled, with every newborn barcoded. The advancements in biomedical technology allowed every civilian to be further marked in their bloodstreams, making privacy, any semblance of free speech and movement, a distant memory. Career paths were nearly predetermined as well, children practically working at a young age through laborious education. The exceptions, of course, were the politically powerful and the wealthy, who could afford expensive exemption fees that lifted them out of the complex web of rigid systems that controlled most of the populous.

The advent of widely available fusion power of the 2070’s, then the first successful, macroscopic utilization of FTL technology; sparked hopes and dreams of people of other nations. For those of China, the reality was extending their own controlled state beyond the surface of Earth. Basic supplies of air and water were tightly controlled by loyalists in stations from Luna, to Ceres to Ganymede. As sparsely populated stations continued to dot the Sol system, it wasn’t unheard of for one or two stations to go offline, publicly announced as accidents, but in reality were efforts to silence whispers of independence. Meanwhile, the situation on Earth remained perilous. As China’s coast continues to be flooded by rising sea waters, massive arcologies rose up with the majority of the population moved into them, both as a way to consolidate resources and reduce consumption, and as a far more convenient method to tighten the iron grip on the populace. This is no better seen than in the Beijing megalopolis, a hive of multiple arcologies embedded into the Northwestern mountains and steppes that has become the beating political and economic heart of the entire PRC in the Sol system.

The dynamics shifted in 2117, when the PRC built its own SLE system as a statite of Sol at its south pole, then the first steps on habitable planets of the Shen Zhou system by 2118. In an effort to alleviate the high population stress on Earth, and questionably in conflict with other PRC motives, a mass emigration program was launched where tens of millions of people annually were moved off of Earth into the Shen Zhou system. By the 2030’s, a sizable minority of China’s population was now extrasolar. Anticipating a workforce shortage in the Sol system, those in power released a controversial, biological program even by their standards in 2132: the Zhuli, mass produced sentient beings akin to slaves who mature faster and seemingly more easily controlled compared to normal humans.

Colonization of the Shen Zhou system ran into issues with native sentient life, primarily the Aos Si. Upon discovery and conflict, their presence was painstakingly removed around human colonies, and information of their existence suppressed, to remove additional uncertainty that they introduced into the PRC systems. To prevent this incident from occurring again, the Zhuli were deployed into the Li Ming system before it was colonized in 2154 to silence the native population as much as possible first.

Both the emigration and the Zhuli program expanded as the PRC expanded its presence in its two extrasolar systems. Rich in living space and resources, control of the two systems made the PRC extremely wealthy and powerful, rivaling the American Union in terms of fleet size. By 2179, between migration and encouragement of high birth rates, nearly half of the PRC’s population were spread between the Shen Zhou and Li Ming systems, with the Zhuli now taking up a tangible minority in the Sol system, assisting administration, science, engineering, and military tasks.

However, perhaps predictably, the Zhuli were not blind to their slavery. To modern day, it still wasn’t clear how long they planned their rebellion, but in 2199, the unthinkable happened: Zhuli across the PRC’s territories struck at their owners: high ranking politicians, scientists, engineers, and military officers; with animalistic violence, killing most, now referred to as the “Zhongzhi” event. Such rebellion was not unexpected by the rest of the human community, but no one anticipated this level of coordination, brutality, or scale. As if in an instant, centuries of dominance by the CCP was beheaded.

The ramifications both internally and externally were swift. Political power struggles, riots, and general pandemonium spread quickly, while the Zhuli attempted to escape to the freshly colonized Tian Tang system, eventually becoming the Daqin Empire. Meanwhile, AU and GDW forces descended upon mainland China, conducting Operation Heavy Chorus where its maritime borders were blockaded and major military installations were either occupied or destroyed. Meanwhile, Operation Distant Flock blocked any interaction between the Sol, Li Ming, and Shen Zhou systems to contain the ensuing chaos within PRC territories. Collectively, these two operations kick started the 2nd Century of Humiliation where China was once again embroiled in internal conflict while the foreign nations gripped the country.

While effective at minimizing damage through the entire human community, civil wars sprang up in the old PRC territories, especially mainland China. Around 2220’s, an entire generation reached adulthood, scarred physically and mentally by gang warfare, economic depression, and anarchy, appropriately called “The Scarred Generation”. By the late 2260’s, the Chinese population in the Sol system would’ve lost a tenth of its population to warfare, starvation, suicide, and emigration. The authoritarian control now seemed preferable.

In this darkest hour, however, there seemed to be sparks of hope. Without the existence of the central authority, the Shen Zhou system was the first to form its own political party, the National Defense Party, in 2200, due to its proximity to Daqin occupied Tian Tang system, rallying what remained of the local space command fleet. In 2205, the Unity Party formed in the Li Ming system, condemning AU and GDW for keeping the Chinese territories disunified and weak. The shake up finally made some semblance of democracy feasible, albeit the new local governments were still aristocratic in nature. In 2221, the Traditionalist Party formed in the smoldering Beijing megalopolis, promising a return to strength and old cultural values, without the weight of totalitarianism.

As the chaos dwindled after decades of civil war, the American Union loosened its grip on the Chinese territories, allowing travel to resume between systems. During the strife, however, Chinese civilians of the Sol system, Shen Zhou system, and Li Ming system all developed their own independent cultures and governments. In 2232, the Unity Party demanded the Traditionalists and National Defense Party to fall under their leadership, threatening use of force. In retaliation, the American Union intervened by striking into the Li Ming system and destroying four cruisers as part of Operation Distant Flock. Begrudgingly, the Unity Party relented and retracted its demands. After two more decades of negotiations, the three parties came together in orbit of Zhuque of the Li Ming system, signing the Vermillion Bird Promises in 2253, the official formation of the Heaven Forged Republic. Beijing was deemed too brain-drained and dilapidated to represent the capital of the new nation; instead, for the first time in three centuries, the capital was moved, this time extrasolar, to the less populated but economically stronger and technologically superior Yunwang city on Zhuque.

As part of the compromise, the three parties retained mostly independent control over their systems. While new challengers sprouted up through the upcoming decades, these three parties retained control over their respective territories, becoming the de-facto three states of the HFR. Up to modern day, the HFR’s military is split between three states, united by necessity to repel the threats of the Daqin, the AU, and the GDW. The American Union to this day still has heavy surveillance on the HFR states, maintaining a continuous tension between the two superstates. Political tensions between the three states are hot and regular, each with their own system of government and ideological outlook. It remains unclear how long the HFR will remain in this state before it is completely exploited by either the AU or Daqin. For now, the Chinese people breathe more easily than their ancestors, with authoritarian suppression mostly behind them.


While the HFR claims it is a fully united nation, in reality, it is a confederacy of three states: the State of Sol, the State of Shen Zhou, and the State of Li Ming. Each state has its own Congress, judicial system, and executives, along with their own independent militaries. Nominally, they are all democracies, mileage varies. The State of Li Ming is considered the most democratic of the three, with voting rights expanded even to the xeno races, mainly the Aos Si, while the State of Sol is considered the most aristocratic, with suffrage granted to only the well educated and wealthy. The head of each of these states is the Governor, whose responsibilities varies between each state as well. In general, each Governor determines the agenda of each administrative cycle and has jurisdiction over the state national guard.

According to the Vermillion Bird Promises, each state is granted an equal number of representatives to the Heaven Forged Congress (HFC), election cycles depending on the state; Sol elects every 6 years, while Li Ming and Shen Zhou every four. A census is taken every decade, after which the amount of representatives is either increased or reduced. The congress doesn’t pass laws on its own; rather, it introduces legislation that coordinates the laws among the three states, primarily when it comes to interstate commerce. From their own pools of representatives, each state nominates a speaker. The three speakers then take turns biannually to be the First Among Equals. The FAE is the face of the HFR and allowed to nominate diplomats and military personnel, but more importantly, is NOT the commander-in-chief of the military.

A Supreme Court was also established to resolve legal conflicts between the states and between state and the HFC. Borrowing ideas from the American union, the Heaven Forged Republic Supreme Court (HFRSC) has a party of judges who are appointed for life. Appointments are nominated by the FAE and ratified by the HFC. Unlike the AU, however, here governors of each state can also veto the ratification, which must be overridden by ⅔ majority of the HFC.

In recognition of their fractured nature as a confederacy, the HFR’s space division, the Republic Space Command (RSC), is considered a “fourth state”. Unlike the Congress actual, the RSC has its own board of six governor generals who serve for ten year cycles. Each governor nominates a handful of governor generals for election, who are collectively elected by the entire HFR on a ranked-choice system. The board of governor generals then appoints officers based on the FAE’s nominations, and negotiates the RSC’s budget with the HFC for the entire ten year cycle. This system is designed so that the RSC is mostly above the regular partisan frays in Congress and keeps the HFR militaristically united.

Political Parties

  • The Farsight Party, the "Doves": The Farsighters dominate the younger, educated demographics in city centers, and a large majority of space colonists in the Li Ming system. They are primarily concerned with long term, large infrastructure projects, such as the New Dawn Project. Controversially in the HFR, the Doves also seek diplomatic ties with the Daqinren, as the space colonists share similar ways of life with them, and the younger generation having much more forgiveness towards them, and more open to their ideology.

  • The Unity Party, the "Geese": The "Geese" nickname was one given by members of the other parties: a lot of honking, some bite, and shits everywhere. The unitarians are primarily concerned with pragmatic, short to medium term economic growth, attracting corporate executives and a large portion of the planetary, urban population. It is ambivalent towards the Daqinren, more interested in maintaining strong economic ties with its HFR partners, the AU, and the GDW.

  • The Independence Party, the "Hawks": The "Hawks" constitute most of the older generation in urban centers and a sizable portion of the rural folk spread across Zhu Que. They carry human supremacist values, naturally having hostile stances towards the Daqinren, but also contempt for the Aos Si and Li Ming's HFR partners, resulting in mixed feelings from Shen Zhou. As the name implies, the Independents seek Li Ming self reliance, primarily through spreading across the Zhu Que planetary surface.

  • The Red Party, the "Blade Sparrows": The Reds take up their party name from the color of the Zhu Que vegetation. They represent most of the local Aos Si population and the other half of the human rural population. The Red Party seeks social and economic progress for the Aos Si, and interspecies cultural mingling. The Reds barely get along with the Independents due to their shared hostility towards the Daqinren and similar rural culture.


Much of modern day’s HFR is defined by the Zhongzhi event and the 2nd century of humiliation that came after. Given the varied impact of the massacres and the chaos that followed, the culture of the HFR varies greatly between systems. However, there are commonalities. Most of the HFR is composed of Asians; specifically, the Han ethnicity of the Chinese and retains many of its values of centuries past. Given that only a slim minority of HFR citizens live in space, the HFR’s people also share great similarities with the surface-born of other superstates. Finally, the HFR is especially leery of the Daqin given the damage dealt, and fiercely reject any genetic creations or modifications that introduce artificial, biological intelligence into their societies, especially Chongwu.

Sol System

Impacted the most by the events of the first half of the 23rd century, HFR’s State of Sol is a withering lion. One out of ten people died in merely a few decades, and another large portion of the population escaping to the State of Li Ming and the State of Shen Zhou, many of whom are the best and brightest who could afford to do so. As a result, the State of Sol suffered a massive brain drain that left it woefully technologically behind its much younger counterparts and in constant, dire need of competent leadership. Nonetheless, the State of Sol survives through a massive population advantage and extensive infrastructure that survived through the 23rd century.

Its people yearn for a time when they stood toe to toe with the American Union, and thus embrace traditional values while attempting to avoid the worst practices of the previous administrative dynasties, giving rise to the aptly named Traditionalist Party that has been the dominant party of the state. The State of Sol follows strict familial hierarchies and roles. There is a heavy emphasis on service for family, community, and state. Thus, younger or less experienced generations are expected to take heed to their older or more experienced counterparts.

Due to environmental damage, the State of Sol’s demographics are almost entirely urban, confined to dilapidated arcologies, in disrepair due to the chaos. Strong, local communal bonds have formed within ruins as the people have collectively attempted to restore the State’s infrastructure up to the modern day.

Li Ming System

Li Ming System and the State of Li Ming are the least impacted by the events of the 23rd century, in sharp contrast to the State of Sol is a shining beacon of progress within the HFR. Despite being a fairly young state, the State of Li Ming is the most technologically advanced, mastering bioengineering and energy generation. It is also the least socially restrictive of the three states. With the lowest population of the three states, high birth rates are encouraged. Comparing themselves to the other two States, the people of the Li Ming system are prideful of their achievements and see the State of Sol as an increasingly inferior society, while the State of Shen Zhou is one of jingoist meatheads.

Underneath the collective ego, however, there is a painful recognition among the people of the Li Ming system that their rise to superiority was on top of the blood of millions. There is still a small portion of society that bears the physical scars of the 23rd century, first-generation immigrants, many of whom laid the bedrock for modern day Li Ming. As such, the people of the Li Ming system are well aware of their own hypocrisy and are just as inwardly critical as they are outwardly.

One striking social feature of the State of Li Ming is its xeno population, primarily the Aos Si. Having enacted an uplift program for both political prestige and the necessity of a larger workforce, the State of Li Ming allows the Aos Si to participate in all levels of society, including important political positions. This has allowed Aos Si culture to seep into the State of Li Ming, including their seemingly fanatical worship of the arts. Thus, thanks to the Aos Si, the State of Li Ming also boasts some of the most unique media and architectural projects in the entire human sphere.

Shen Zhou System

The State of Shen Zhou rose to grave relevance after the Zhongzhi event, being the closest system to the Tian Tang system, the home system of the Daqin Empire. Recognizing their status as a lynchpin state against a nearly alien threat, the people of the Shen Zhou system are highly militaristic. Indoctrination starts as soon as children enter elementary school, with two years of mandatory service after the age of eighteen.

On the other hand, the State of Shen Zhou is also leery of the authoritarian nature of the previous administrative dynasties. To reconcile the need for a militaristic society and the requirements for democracy, a great cultural shift occurred, made possible by the events of the 23rd century. The result was an entire society that contributed to the military industrial complex of the State of Shen Zhou. Service to the state without widespread resistance or authoritarian enforcement was made possible by a mix of propaganda and genuine presence of danger from both the Daqinren and the American Union operatives still present in the system. Physical group sports are highly encouraged to develop teamwork, comradery, and physical fitness among the populace.


State National Guards

Each of the three states of the HFR has their own military industrial complex, their own land, air, and naval forces, along with low orbit infrastructure, and limited interplanetary patrol craft. These are effectively national guards, whose primary purpose is to quell internal riots and conduct counter-terrorism and anti-piracy operations. The most experienced of these national guards is the New Republic Army (NRA) of the State of Sol, which protects the HFR’s interests on Earth, competing against its counterparts of the other superstates.

Republic Space Command

There is no denying that the most potent division of the HFR’s military and the unifying organization of the relatively young Confederacy is the Republic Space Command (RSC). The RSC is headquartered in the Shen Zhou system and primarily recruits personnel from there, but it has shipyards, research facilities, and intelligence organizations in all three HFR states, justifying HFR’s existence as a superstate rather than a loose coalition.

Despite the American Union occupying the HFR’s SLE’s and keeping a close surveillance in general, the RSC has recovered since the Zhongzhi event, albeit with a very difference military doctrine. No longer in a position to project power and expand aggressively, the RSC utilizes very few large capital vessels, with only four cruiser sized spacecraft rotated between the three system. To compensate, the RSC employs a large number of corvettes and rangers, small spacecraft, nearly expendable, each with a high specialization. A whole fleet of corvettes and rangers is designed to swarm the enemy with electronic warfare, drones, and both energy and kinetic weaponry.

Part of the RSC’s capabilities is born out of HFR’s fear of Daqin. However, given that both nations are children of the previous regime, they share similar technologies. While the RSC no longer uses artificial biological intelligence, it still takes advantage of advanced bioengineering. This is used to improve human tolerance against the harsh conditions of space, allowing for reduced life support and therefore more streamlined ship designs, such as the Huo Xuan Feng class artillery corvette.


  • Translated from Chinese, means "Heaven Forged Republic"
  • Successor nation to Communist China, with India and the various other nations in East Asia coming into the power vaccum
  • Primarily Han Chinese, but with India and East Asia in control behind the scenes
  • Does not include South Korea or Japan due to political and cultural animosities, but their presence/puppet-strings are felt
  • Formation was spurred on by the collapse of the CCP due to the escape of the transhuman Zhùlǐ (助理) slaves in outer colonies and ensuing backlash, which piled on top of the already pre-existing fallout of their use and sale
  • Following collapse and civil war, small regional powers on Earth and other super-powers began to exert influence
  • 2nd Cultural Revolution and re-founding of Chinese tradition allowed remains to reunify and mitigate foreign presence
  • Regional powers were able to take advantage of turmoil and common ancestry/history to integrate into the power structure, giving them more presence in colonies
  • Rising power that has recently stabilized and is expanding again; numerous internal factions along with one large one composed of Han Chinese, and another Indian
  • Has attempted to make use of robot labor to fix the aging population problem that the Zhùlǐ (助理 - Daqinren Predecessors) were meant to some time after reorganizing
  • Second largest of the Earth successor nations
  • 'Balance' OOC wise is that they're more focused on socio-economics, and are building up poor quality education, healthcare and so forth; the military is a motley collection of patch-jobs over the years, with a very large pool of personnel and ground forces but medium-sized navy focused on sub-capitol ships for anti-piracy
  • Controls 2 systems, with a habitable planet each
  • Chinese majority, reconnected with cultural roots, with Japanese, Korean and other East Asian ethnicites a minority
  • Daoism, Buddhism, Shinto, Hinduism and the like on the rise again as people try and find direction/purpose/meaning
  • Confucianism has a heavy influence, focus on mortal affairs, self-improvement and cultivation
  • Very structured and hard working society
  • Emphasis placed on the group over the individual
  • Focus on the family and reverence of the elderly
  • A lot of focus on maintaining 'tranquility', saving face, etc, even to detriment of not solving actual problems
  • Denial of past mistakes/humiliations
  • Only partially ammo-compatible with Soyuz Sotsialisticheskikh Mirov
  • Small arms are a mix of older steel-base-reinforced brass case designs and newer caseless ammunition from Japanese descended corporations
  • Gauss/Rail guns are typically found on vehicles or reserved for special forces, are even more uncommon-rare amongst human successor states: few used are the most advanced
  • Lasers are typically found on vehicles, but are mostly point defense, limited production main weapons, or cumbersome special forces weapons: even more uncommon-rare, but most advanced human models
  • Energy shielding is most common on ships, and uncommon-rare on vehicles and special forces power armor; newest models are most advanced human models
  • Power armor reserved for elite shock troops and special forces - not flight capable and with very uncommon energy shielding; most advanced human models
  • Super-soldier program primarily revolves around integration of use regarding power armor, augmenting the user as little as possible; medium-heavy power armor emphasized, with supporting battle droids to emphasize quality of very limited units and protect them
  • Large military with lots of ground forces, but its navy is focusing on protecting trade routes with just a few showpiece capitol ships; lots of mismatched gear from the past, but the newest stuff is some of the very best, focuses on anti-capitol ship equipment

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