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Hiraizumi Fujiwara Rise of the Samurai

Hiraizumi Fujiwara Clan

The Fujiwara were great, once. They could be great again. Educated, urbane, sophisticated and worldly, they were consummate courtiers and scholars, and had the ear of the emperor in all matters. They ruled from the shadows, with influence over the emperor, and over the upbringing of many imperial heirs. For that matter, the mothers of many imperial offspring were Fujiwara ladies.

All of that power slowly slipped away from the family after the coronation of the Emperor Go-Sanjo; his mother was not a Fujiwara. The northern and southern halves of the family quarrelled, and the quarrel became virtually open warfare. The “Hogen Disturbance” when the Fujiwara tried, and failed, to impose their choice of imperial heirs did not help their fortunes at all. The Fujiwara star was eclipsed by the power of other families, the Minamoto and the Taira. To the wider world their reduced position looked secure, but the Fujiwara leadership retired from politics, concentrating instead on their lands, the arts, and literature. But now, perhaps, it is time to be great again.

The Fujiwara therefore have a long family tradition of hidden power to draw upon. They did not just use the system of government: they became the system, using the family’s daughters to extend their influence over, and input into, the imperial bloodline. They were manipulative in the extreme, but they were also staunch traditionalists. They wanted control from behind the scenes, not revolution. This political and governmental expertise could now serve the family well: their junsatsushi agents act with great efficiency and at reduced cost; they repress the common people much more effectively than other clans; and they also spend less to maintain their lands and troops. The Fujiwara believe, quite sincerely, that they are always in the right, and have high battlefield morale as a result.

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