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Kou Empire
Emblem | Location

Kou Empire Anime

Kanji 煌帝国
Rōmaji Kō Teikoku
Location Statistics
Capital Rakushou
Located In Far East
Controlled By Kougyoku Ren
Hakuryuu Ren (former)
Gyokuen Ren (former)
Koutoku Ren (former)
Hakutoku Ren (former)
Affiliation
Debuts
Manga Debut
Anime Debut Episode 4 (mentioned)
Episode 5 (debut)


The Kou Empire (煌帝国, Kō Teikoku) is a large military nation, considered one of the most powerful in the current era because of the number of Dungeon Capturers and armies it controls. Their High Priest is Judar, one of the five Magi of the current era. The capital is Rakushou. The empire is also described as very aggressive, using any reason to attack another nation.

A civil war was erupted when Hakuryuu became Emperor and declare war on Kouen Ren after he and Judar overthrew Gyouken and eliminated her and Al-Thamen, dividing the nation into two factions: The Western Army led by Kouen Ren after he proclaimed Emperor and made Balbadd his capital, and the Eastern Army led by Fourth Emperor Hakuryuu.

Recently, the Empire suffered from bankruptcy after Sinbad implemented the four rules in the world causing abolition of slavery and military service, which was the main factors of the Kou Empire. When Alibaba came back, he helped Kougyoku and the Kou Empire to create its own trading company, the Fanfan Trading Company. With Koumei's idea of using transportation circles, Alibaba travels to negotiate with other countries to set up a Kou Empire trading outlet which houses the transportation magic tools. Alibaba succeeds, and when he tries to negotiate with Parthevia and Sinbad, Parthevia rejects the trade deal due to Sinbad's negative rumors. To combat the negative rumors, Alibaba creates positive public relationships through commercials where customers such as Budel, Sahsa, and Leila promoted Kou Empire products.

History

Although it was just a small kingdom in the Far Eastern Central Plains, Hakutoku Ren, managed to unify the two neighboring kingdoms (Kai and Gou) under its banner, founding the Kou Empire. It expanded into the central plains after borrowing power from the "oracle" Judar, who was brought there by Al-Thamen.

Imperial Family

Ren Brothers

Second Emperor's Sons

Haku Siblings

First Emperor's Children

The Ren household, which has ruled on the commoners for centuries[1], are the rulers of the Kou Empire.

Hakutoku Ren, the First Emperor, founded the empire. He had four children with his wife, Gyokuen Ren.

When Hakutoku Ren and two of his sons died during a revolt, his brother Koutoku Ren, who had ten children with at least three different women, became the Second Emperor. Although, at that time, Hakuryuu Ren, the youngest son of Hakutoku Ren, had succession rights that were superior to that of Koutoku Ren, he was, however, young and on the verge of life and death, hence why the seat of the Second Emperor were given to Koutoku. Koutoku adopted the remaining siblings, Hakuei and Hakuryuu and soon after married Gyokuen. After Hakutoku’s death, Gyokuen became the new Empress, as that was what was written on the Second Emperor’s will. She was later overthrown and killed by her son, Hakuryuu, who took back what is rightfully his.

Family Tree

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st Emperor
Hakutoku
 
Empress
Gyokuen
 
 
 
 
 
 
2nd Emperor
Koutoku
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown Women
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hakuyuu
 
 
Unknown Woman
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown Woman
 
 
 
 
 
Unknown Woman
 
 
 
Kourin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hakuren
 
 
 
1st Prince
Kouen
 
2nd Prince
Koumei
 
3rd Prince
Kouha
 
2nd Empress
Kougyoku
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1st Princess
Hakuei
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4th Emperor
Hakuryuu
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Daughter
 

Dungeon Capturers

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Kou Empire's Dungeon Capturers

Six members of the Imperial Family are Dungeon Capturers and King Vessels. Five of them were invited by Judar to capture the Dungeons that he summoned, excluding Hakuryuu, who was sent by Sinbad to the 61st Dungeon, Zagan, in the Torran Village located near Sindria's territory. Later, Judar invited Hakuryuu to capture the 68th Dungeon, Belial.

Politics

Slavery

Slavery is legal in the Kou Empire and in the countries under its government.[2] However, the slavery system is considered "humane", since slaves are freed after 5 years of service. Also, mistreatment is prohibited by law.[3]

Political Marriage

Political marriage is a diplomatic union of two members of different royal or ruling families. The Second Emperor, Koutoku Ren, used his daughters to marry off rulers of different countries. One of it's traditions, wedding partners are not allowed to see each other before the wedding ceremony.

Al-Thamen

Al-Thamen is currently reside in the Kou Empire posing as Imperial Priests and their leader, Gyokuen Ren, became its Empress. Al-Thamen gain political power and influence in the Imperial Court, such as orchestrating the assassination of the First Emperor and his two eldest sons and later placing Gyokuen Ren as the Third Empress following the death of the Second Emperor. However, Hakuryuu Ren and his army managed to overthrow them, killing Gyokuen Ren and enslaving the rest.

Military

Kou's soldier costume

The Kou Empire is one of the world's superpowers. It takes advantage of its Dungeon Capturers to invade other countries. Recently, they have even acquired dungeon monsters for their army. They also possessed a powerful naval fleet and flying carpets for transporting troops.

Magicians are also employed within their ranks and are stationed in various locations, which they transmit communication through long-range Clairvoyance Magic. However, this was a highly classified secret.

At the start of Kou Civil War, the nation divided into two factions: The Western Army representing 80% of Kou's military, resources, and territories led by Kouen Ren after he proclaimed Emperor and made Balbadd his capital, and the Eastern Army representing 20% of Kou's military, resources, and territories led by Fourth Emperor Hakuryuu. Later, the Seven Seas Alliance

Western Subjugation Army/Western Army

A large and powerful expeditionary army, led by the General Commander and First Prince Kouen Ren, is bent on expanding the empire and aims to subjugate/invade the western world. The army and particularly its generals are extremely loyal to Kouen, to the extent that they are willing to fight Gyokuen Ren and Al-Thamen, and later Hakurou Ren and his Eastern Army on his behalf for the throne.

Currently, they were stationed at Balbadd and later became their capital at the start of the Kou Civil War, the Western Subjugation Army became the Western Army with 80% of Kou's military, resources, and territories.

Alongside Kouen are his brothers - Second Prince Koumei Ren, who serves as his advisor, and Third Prince Kouha Ren, who commands the vanguard - as well as General of the Left Kokuhyou Shuu and General of the Right Seiryuu Ri, but later both later joined Hakuryuu and his Eastern Army. Kouen has four powerful Household members under his command, each of whom can easily kill several Black Djinn.

The army is divided into corps and divisions, some led by members of the Imperial family, all of them are Dungeon Capturers.

Third Alphine Division

The vanguard forces of the Western Subjugation Army led by the Third Prince, Kouha Ren. Many members of his forces are social outcasts, which makes them highly controversial within the Imperial Court. Some of the most prominent members are Meihou Kan, and three artificial magicians, Jinjin, Junjun and Reirei.

Northern Station Corps

Hakuei Household

Part of the Western Subjugation Army, led by First Princess Hakuei Ren, and stationed in the Northern Tenzan Plateau. Among Hakuei's ranks are her assistant and Household member, Seisyun Ri, and her former subordinate, Ryosai overthrown Hakuei for the control of the army until he was subdued by Aladdin and Ugo. After Hakuei subdued Ryosai's loyal forces, she recruited more than 100 members of the Kouga Clan, called the Kouga Household Corps. All of them are part of Hakuei Ren's Household and they use the power of Hakuei's Djinn, Paimon.[4]

Defense Corps

They were once a separate force from the Western Subjugation Army, they defend the capital, Rakushou. They were wipe out by Hakuryuu Ren's army and the surviving forces fled to Balbadd to join the Western Subjugation Army and later integrated in the Western Army.

Eastern Army

They are Hakuryou's main army representing 20% of Kou's military, resources, and territories at the start of Kou Civil War when he proclaimed Emperor after he and Judar eliminated Gyouken and the Al-Thamen. Many of its soldiers and the remaining Al-Thamen were brainwashed and enhanced by Hakuryuu. Among Hakuryou's high-ranking members are General of the Left Kokuhyou Shuu and General of the Right Seiryuu Ri, and High Priest Judar.

Economy

Huang

Huang is the paper money circulating within the Kou Empire and affiliated countries. The value of Huang changes constantly, so that items that only cost 1 Huang would require 2 Huang another day. The countries supplied with Huang become dependent on the Kou Empire and accumulate large debts.[5]

Plot

Kouga Arc

Sindria Arc

World Exploration Arc

Kou Empire Arc

Citizens

Imperial Family

Name Rank Status
Hakutoku Ren First Emperor Deceased
Koutoku Ren Second Emperor Deceased
Gyokuen Ren Third Empress Deceased
Hakuryuu Ren Fourth Emperor Alive
Kouen Ren First Imperial Prince Alive, exiled
Koumei Ren Second Imperial Prince Alive, exiled
Kouha Ren Third Imperial Prince Alive, exiled
Hakuei Ren First Imperial Princess Alive
? Ren Imperial Princess Alive
? Ren Imperial Princess Alive
? Ren Imperial Princess Alive
? Ren Imperial Princess Alive
? Ren Imperial Princess Alive
Kourin Ren Imperial Princess Alive
Kougyoku Ren Fifth Empress Alive
Hakuyuu Ren Former First Imperial Prince Deceased
Hakuren Ren Former Second Imperial Prince Deceased

Other

Name Rank Status
Judar Magi Alive
Markkio Unknown
Alibaba Saluja Prime Minister Alive

Army

Name Rank Status
Shou En Kouen's Household Member Alive, imprisoned
Seishuu Ri Kouen's Household Member Alive, imprisoned
Kin Gaku Kouen's Household Member Alive, imprisoned
Kokuton Shuu Kouen's Household Member Alive, imprisoned
Seiryuu Ri General of the Right Deceased
Kokuhyou Shuu General of the Left Deceased
Ryosai Former Temporary General Unknown
Dorji Cavalry Captain Alive
Bator Soldier Alive
Boyan Soldier Alive
Meihou Kan Soldier Alive
Meisai Soldier Deceased
Meishin Soldier Deceased
Mouketsu Soldier Deceased
Ryobun Soldier Deceased
Teishuu Soldier Deceased
Koushou Ka Soldier Deceased

Subordinates

Name Rank Status
Koubun Ka Assistant Alive
Seisyun Ri Assistant Alive
Chuu'un Assistant Alive, imprisoned
Junjun Assistant Alive
Jinjin Assistant Alive
Reirei Assistant Alive

Regular Citizens

Name Rank Status
Sai Lin Magician Alive, studying in Magnostadt
Toya Citizen Alive

Monsters

Name Rank Status
Engi Deceased
Enshin Deceased
Entai Deceased

Trivia

  • The Kou Empire displays many Imperial Chinese influences.
  • Five of the imperial princesses are currently unnamed. According to Gyokuen, they are all married, probably to leaders of other countries.[6]
  • There are apparently many dungeons within its territory, since Judar has a tendency to raise more than his fair share.
  • The empire's name, Kou (煌), is pronounced "Huáng" in Mandarin Chinese (which is the Empire's paper money). It means Dazzling.
  • The names of the First Emperor and his children begin with Haku (白, Bái) meaning White, and the names of the Second Emperor and his children begin with Kou (紅, Hóng) meaning Red.
  • The imperial family's name, Ren (練), pronounced "Liàn" in Chinese, is not normally used as a surname, but rather applies to martial arts training.
  • According to Kougyoku, Kou Empire have never been considered as an ally of Seven Seas Alliance in the beginning.

References

  1. Night 208, Page 3
  2. Night 207, Page 12
  3. Night 209, Page 7
  4. Night 145, Page 11
  5. Night 52
  6. Night 147, Page 2

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