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Kamakura Minamoto Clan

The Minamoto are a cadet branch of the imperial family, directly descended from Emperor Seiwa; they are, in effect, very distant cousins to the Taira, and family arguments tend to get out of hand very quickly.

This was certainly the case for the Minamoto during and after the Hogen and Heiji Disturbances of 1156 and 1160. In all but name, these small wars saw the Minamoto almost destroyed by the Taira family. After 1160, the Minamoto leaders and lesser family who had not been killed were banished from court, and the Taira looked unassailable. Then the Taira went too far and, ignoring Prince Mochihito’s legitimate claims to the throne, made sure that a Taira descendant (on his mother’s side) became the new emperor. Prince Mochihito turned to the Minamoto for help, and in 1180 warfare erupted. There were many scores to settle, not least the many executions on Taira orders.

The surviving Minamoto, their leaders now grown to manhood, are not without resources for the coming struggle. They train and lead fine warriors in the traditional style. Minamoto archers are unrivalled for their skills in battle, outstripping others in accuracy and rates of fire. Other troops are also well trained, and begin as experienced forces. The martial heritage of the Minamoto also means that their men are confident in their leaders, and have high morale on the battlefield. Perhaps they lack the political and administrative powers of their rivals, but the Minamoto more than make up for this by being an iron fist in an armoured tsumi-tekko!

General (general)
40 General's Bodyguard
General's Bodyguard
Sword Infantry (infantry_sword)
100 Sword Attendants
Sword Attendants
Sword Infantry
Heavy Infantry (infantry_heavy)
160 Naginata Levy Garrison
Naginata Levy Garrison
Heavy Infantry
160 Naginata Levy
Naginata Levy
Heavy Infantry
100 Naginata Attendants
Naginata Attendants
Heavy Infantry
100 Naginata Warrior Monks
Naginata Warrior Monks
Heavy Infantry
60 Onna Bushi
Onna Bushi
Heavy Infantry
20 Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero
Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero
Heavy Infantry
20 Naginata Warrior Monk Hero
Naginata Warrior Monk Hero
Heavy Infantry
Bow Infantry (infantry_bow)
120 Bow Levy Garrison
Bow Levy Garrison
Bow Infantry
120 Bow Levy
Bow Levy
Bow Infantry
80 Bow Attendants
Bow Attendants
Bow Infantry
80 Bow Warrior Monks
Bow Warrior Monks
Bow Infantry
60 Foot Samurai Garrison
Foot Samurai Garrison
Bow Infantry
60 Foot Samurai
Foot Samurai
Bow Infantry
Special Infantry (infantry_special)
20 Fire Bomb Throwers
Fire Bomb Throwers
Special Infantry
Spear Cavalry (cavalry_lancers)
40 Mounted Naginata
Mounted Naginata
Spear Cavalry
Missile Cavalry (cavalry_missile)
40 Mounted Samurai
Mounted Samurai
Missile Cavalry
20 Onna Bushi Heroine
Onna Bushi Heroine
Missile Cavalry
20 Mounted Samurai Hero
Mounted Samurai Hero
Missile Cavalry
Light Ship (naval_light_ship)
50 Attendants Light Ship
Attendants Light Ship
Light Ship
50 Samurai Light Ship
Samurai Light Ship
Light Ship
Medium Ship (naval_medium_ship)
70 Attendants Medium Ship
Attendants Medium Ship
Medium Ship
70 Firebomb Medium Ship
Firebomb Medium Ship
Medium Ship
70 Samurai Medium Ship
Samurai Medium Ship
Medium Ship
Heavy Ship (naval_heavy_ship)
100 Attendants Large Ship
Attendants Large Ship
Heavy Ship
100 Samurai Large Ship
Samurai Large Ship
Heavy Ship
Trade Ship (naval_trade_ship)
40 Trade Ship
Trade Ship
Trade Ship