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Fukuhara Taira Rise of the Samurai

Fukuhara 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
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