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Yashima Taira Rise of the Samurai

Yashima Taira Clan

The Taira have every right to be a proud family. They have a noble heritage, the noblest because the blood of emperors flows in their veins. They quite properly remember that they are descendants of Emperor Kammu.

They are also a practical family, and are rightly admired for suppressing piracy in the Inner Sea during the Heian period of Japanese history. The family came to exercise exceptional power and influence after the “Hogen Disturbance” of 1156. The Taira backed the right side, helped to crush Fujiwara and eventually saw the Minamoto family banished or decapitated. Taira Kiyomori became prime minister and manoeuvred many of his relatives into court positions, and his daughter into the imperial bed. His scheming apparently came to fruition when he had his grandson enthroned as Emperor Antoku. This act enraged crown prince Mochihito, Antoku’s older half-brother, and he called upon the surviving Minamoto lords to fight the Taira. The result was civil war, a civil war that could be blamed upon Taira Kiyomori and his machinations. He did bypass the legitimate line of succession. That is certainly what the Minamoto would have everyone believe.

Whatever the causes of the war, the Taira have not unreasonable expectations of victory. They control the Emperor and are, in all but name, the legal government. Their enemies are rebels. The Taira are rightly seen as expert seamen, and something of a military family, giving them strength on land and sea. Their shipyards produce high-quality ships and crews, and all Taira troops are given extremely good training: the equivalent of having experienced recruits. They are not, however, a very forgiving people, and they get a repression bonus in any province they control, keeping the people under tight control.

General (general)
40 General's Bodyguard
General's Bodyguard
(Genpei_Gen_Bodyguard)
General
Sword Infantry (infantry_sword)
100 Sword Attendants
Sword Attendants
(Genpei_Inf_Sword_Sword_Attendants)
Sword Infantry
Heavy Infantry (infantry_heavy)
160 Naginata Levy Garrison
Naginata Levy Garrison
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Naginata_Levy_Garrison)
Heavy Infantry
160 Naginata Levy
Naginata Levy
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Naginata_Levy)
Heavy Infantry
100 Naginata Attendants
Naginata Attendants
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Naginata_Attendants)
Heavy Infantry
100 Naginata Warrior Monks
Naginata Warrior Monks
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Naginata_Warrior_Monks)
Heavy Infantry
60 Onna Bushi
Onna Bushi
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Onna_Bushi)
Heavy Infantry
20 Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero
Tetsubo Warrior Monk Hero
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Tetsubo_Warrior_Monks)
Heavy Infantry
20 Naginata Warrior Monk Hero
Naginata Warrior Monk Hero
(Genpei_Inf_Heavy_Naginata_Warrior_Monk_Hero)
Heavy Infantry
Bow Infantry (infantry_bow)
120 Bow Levy Garrison
Bow Levy Garrison
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Bow_Levy_Garrison)
Bow Infantry
120 Bow Levy
Bow Levy
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Bow_Levy)
Bow Infantry
80 Bow Attendants
Bow Attendants
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Bow_Attendants)
Bow Infantry
80 Bow Warrior Monks
Bow Warrior Monks
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Bow_Warrior_Monks)
Bow Infantry
60 Foot Samurai Garrison
Foot Samurai Garrison
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Samurai_Infantry_Garrison)
Bow Infantry
60 Foot Samurai
Foot Samurai
(Genpei_Inf_Missile_Samurai_Infantry)
Bow Infantry
Special Infantry (infantry_special)
20 Fire Bomb Throwers
Fire Bomb Throwers
(Genpei_Inf_Special_Fire_Bomb_Throwers)
Special Infantry
Spear Cavalry (cavalry_lancers)
40 Mounted Naginata
Mounted Naginata
(Genpei_Cav_Spear_Naginata_Cavalry)
Spear Cavalry
Missile Cavalry (cavalry_missile)
40 Mounted Samurai
Mounted Samurai
(Genpei_Cav_Missile_Samurai_Cavalry)
Missile Cavalry
20 Onna Bushi Heroine
Onna Bushi Heroine
(Genpei_Cav_Missile_Onna_Bushi_Heroine)
Missile Cavalry
20 Mounted Samurai Hero
Mounted Samurai Hero
(Genpei_Cav_Missile_Samurai_Hero)
Missile Cavalry
Light Ship (naval_light_ship)
50 Attendants Light Ship
Attendants Light Ship
(Genpei_Light_Ship_Light_Ship_Attendants)
Light Ship
50 Samurai Light Ship
Samurai Light Ship
(Genpei_Light_Ship_Light_Ship_Samurai)
Light Ship
Medium Ship (naval_medium_ship)
70 Attendants Medium Ship
Attendants Medium Ship
(Genpei_Medium_Ship_Medium_Ship_Attendants)
Medium Ship
70 Firebomb Medium Ship
Firebomb Medium Ship
(Genpei_Medium_Ship_Fire_Bomb_Medium_Ship)
Medium Ship
70 Samurai Medium Ship
Samurai Medium Ship
(Genpei_Medium_Ship_Medium_Ship_Samurai)
Medium Ship
Heavy Ship (naval_heavy_ship)
100 Attendants Large Ship
Attendants Large Ship
(Genpei_Heavy_Ship_Heavy_Ship_Attendants)
Heavy Ship
100 Samurai Large Ship
Samurai Large Ship
(Genpei_Heavy_Ship_Heavy_Ship_Samurai)
Heavy Ship
Trade Ship (naval_trade_ship)
40 Trade Ship
Trade Ship
(Genpei_Trade_Ship_Trade_Ship)
Trade Ship