State of Truth
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|State of the True Way
Purge the false and restore the Sage's guidance
|Status||Partially recognized state|
|Official languages||Classical Yen|
|Utility languages||Qyredine, Hin, various others|
|Government||Cotric totalitarian theocracy|
|-||Proclamation of the State of Truth||1979|
|ISO 3166 code||CHD|
|a.||Rough external estimate; the State of Truth has released no demographic information.|
The State of Truth (Yen: 真道國, Qyredine: Chendau gue) is a state with limited recognition occupying areas of northern Qyred and southern Tangkuo in East Catai. Nominally established in 1979, it was initially the political wing of the Truth-Cleansing Sect heretical insurgency in Qyred, and after the 2002 ceasefire agreement with the Qyredine government was formally consolidated into a state. It is estimated about 40 million live in its territory which spans X square kilometers.
The State of Truth is a theocracy directly administered by principles of the Truth-Cleansing Sect, a heretical school of Cotrism, and under its tenets it opposes stratified Cotric organization, claiming to be acephalous, bearing very little formal political organization or hierarchy, but has a strong and prominent leadership; it is symbolically led by a restored Preceptor and administered by a Grand Commander. The State of Truth took on a more stately appearance after the Restoration War's conclusion to assert legitimacy of its existence. Its supposed administrative center is located in Kannin.
The State of Truth receives very limited recognition as a state, and is designated as a terrorist organization by numerous governments including Qyred and Tangkuo, as well as being universally condemned by the Cotric community as of the 1980 Congress of the Learned. It is accused of supporting subversive and heretical radical groups in neighbouring East Cataian countries, in particular an ongoing insurgency in Qyred. However, it has pursued either clandestine or open ties with many nations and governments in and outside of East Catai, and has even opened its borders to tourism. The State of Truth has also established an independent, nearly self-sufficient economy with thriving industry that had a gross domestic product of nearly $80 billion in 2017, and a GDP per capita of about $1,900.
The State of Truth's existence is deeply linked with the Truth-Cleansing Sect, a heterodox school of Cotrism adopting highly controversial tenets, which emerged in the 1960s. The Sect in turn is tied with its founder Kaungi, a Cotric scholar who starting in 1966 took on a profession as a Lector without an observatory and became dissident in his teachings. Kaungi became popular and very charismatic, his ideas that much of modern Cotrism's organization was corrupt resonated well with a disgruntled Qyredine population that became increasingly opposed to authorities after the Qyredine-Tangkuoan War and subsequent economic crisis. Kaungi rallied large numbers of followers and his speeches and lectures were televised and also broadcasted on radio.
By 1974, the Truth-Cleansing Sect, as Kaungi's followers began to refer to themselves as, had gathered millions of supporters and adherents. It was viewed as dangerous by religious and political authorities for its massive influence and perceived on-principle opposition to their institutions. However, attempts to limit the influence of the Sect failed when the risk was mass civil disobedience. In 1977, Kaungi, after four months of disappearance from public view, reappeared and made a speech where he declared that all Cotric organization was contrary to the Sage's will, and many established elements of Cotrism introduced after the Sage's death as evil. It did not take long nor was it difficult for Qyredine authorities to deem this as a dangerous deviation and immediately Kaungi's arrest was ordered. Kaungi then in widely broadcasted speeches claimed that he was the reincarnation of the Sage who had came to rectify the errors that had occurred with Cotrism, and called for open rebellion across Catai and the world against the 'revisionist' institutions of Cotrism. Kaungi then went into hiding in 1978, and was not to be seen for almost twenty years.
Rebellion and the Restoration War
Kaungi's followers enthusiastically responded to his call, sympathizers in the military mutinied while mobs of followers occupied police stations and seized control of towns and cities. In 1978 the massive Kaungiist uprising began and Qyred was thrown into chaos. A group of soldiers part of the Truth-Cleansing Sect led by Sun Lu attempted to seize Nyongiang, the capital city, but failed. Crackdowns on the uprising started but proceeded with great difficulty.
By 1979 mutinies and unrest had mostly been dispersed, but the Truth-Cleansing Sect began to organize guerrillas in mountainous northern Qyred while coordinating cells of followers for attacks on the central government. Several military units in the north defected, providing the insurgency with equipment and professional manpower. In early 1980, with the beginning of all-out assaults on Qyredine government positions, Kaungiist radio broadcasts proclaimed proudly the beginning of the Restoration War. The Qyredine government forces suffered from low morale and lack of experience in counter-insurgency which resulted in rapid catastrophic losses. Insurgent attacks on urban centers further hampered the government's war effort. The Truth-Cleansing Sect was then universally condemned as heretical at the 1980 Congress of the Learned, but little support was given to the Qyredine government due to continued suspicion by other East Cataian states.
By 1990, the State of Truth had substantial territories controlled in northern Qyred and was progressing in establishing strongholds in the south. After a failed coup d'etat attempt in 1993, the Qyredine government stabilized, and launched counteroffensives that destroyed State of Truth presence in southern Qyred and began to advance on the north. Tough resistance and renewed internal struggles halted this effort and by 1999 the frontline had stagnated, before in 2000 a rebel offensive recaptured large amounts of lost territory.
Ceasefire, reconstruction, and ambition
Exhausted and continuously left isolated in its region, Qyred negotiated a ceasefire in 2002 with the State of Truth, effectively securing its independence. The State of Truth made its status as a proper state known to the world, though no other sovereign state recognized it at all. Immediately reconstruction began in the devastated Qyredine north. Making use of the fertile farmland of various valleys of the Mo and Li rivers, factories left over from Qyredine industrialization in the early 20th century, as well as local mineral resources, the State of Truth developed a diverse economy, increasing gross domestic product figures, and attained in many fields self-sufficiency. It also reorganized and modernized its seasoned military forces with equipment acquired from abroad as well as developed domestically.
Politically, the State of Truth experienced extensive purges of both dissidents to Truth-Cleansing Sect rule and rivals within the leadership. Many were continuously persecuted for ties to established Cotric clergy, the Qyredine government, or local elites, with this the Truth-Cleansing Sect established complete control in the society of its territories. Kaungi had reappeared in 1996 and since then assumed position again as supreme authority of doctrine in the Sect, while administration was in the hands of the Commandant. With Kaungi's death in 2004, the less-assuming multi-member Councils of Debate was established as the nominal religious authority.
Attempts at power projection and expansion of influence were also made by the State of Truth leadership, most notably infiltration of Qyred with the Front of Restoration of Truth - directly supported and equipped by the State of Truth - that has been fighting a protracted insurgency in Qyred since 2004. It has also infiltrated neighbours such as XX with propagandist, preacher, intelligence and combat cells. Beyond East Catai, the State of Truth has been involved by various means in conflicts in XX.
The State of Truth's governance is based on the Truth-Cleansing Sect's ideals of a Cotric world that completely lacks any form of leadership or hierarchy, which had corrupted Cotrism's original teachings; this has been compared to anarchism. Thus its leadership often practices anonymity and is rather unassuming; nearly all notables use either aliases or religious names, and information on its structure is very rare and difficult to obtain.
The most clearly identifiable figurehead is the Commandant, who has near-unchecked powers over the administration and command of the State of Truth, and whose nominal and symbolic authority is second to only the Councils of Debate. Since 2005 the Commandant has been Seu Nyi. The Commandant is in theory elected collectively by all Cotrists, but is practically limited to denizens of the State of Truth, and serves until death or abdication. The Commandant is symbolically the protector and curator of the Restored Cotric world.
Dictation of religious doctrine itself lies in the Councils of Debate, a body of experts on Cotrism who convene to meet agreements on matters of doctrine. The Councils are nominally selected from random sortition of all of the Cotrist population (as Cotric clergy is theoretically abolished under the Truth-Cleansing Sect), but has been in practice exclusively held by figures highly knowledgeable in Cotrism such as former clerics and prominent Sect members. The Councils also act as the collective curacy of Cotric scriptures recognized by the Sect. Conciliar terms last for 5 years; upon death or abdication of any member prior to conclusion of the term, elections are immediately held to replace them.
Referenda may be held for certain decisions where the Council can not reach a consensus on, and can be called by the Commandant, by majority of the Council, or by sufficient popular demand. These along with elections for known leadership have been used to attribute a degree of democracy existing in the State of Truth but have been questioned as either shams or fraudulent and manipulated.
The Truth-Cleansing Sect has an obvious and strong influence in the State of Truth, with its own organizations essentially being its government. The State of Truth is commonly regarded as authoritarian if not totalitarian.
Under principles of the Truth-Cleansing Sect, the basic Observatory comprises all Cotrists regardless of rank in an area who form a community, and them only. Each subdivision of the State of Truth is therefore an observatory in itself, its whole community equally pursuing and generating Accomplishment. Local communities form communes of which there is an estimated 100,000 across the State of Truth, each comprising about a few hundred people. Inside communes, local committees and councils are gathered from close neighbors, who collectively meet to discuss and resolve issues, and decision-making in communes always involves broad consensus and popular vote. Central authority is consequentially very seldom felt locally in the State of Truth. Intervention of authority higher than communes is very rare outside of military matters. This model has been compared to libertarian municipalism.
The religious, political, and cultural integrity of these communities are overseen by 'watchers', typically Truth-Cleansing Sect members, who monitor and influence the communes against deviation from Cotric doctrine or rather the State of Truth's interpretation of it. These cells also report on the municipalities in general towards central administration.
Foreign relations and activities
Since 2002, the State of Truth observes a ceasefire with the Qyredine government, although the Front for Restoration of Truth continues to wage an insurgency against Qyred; it is supported by the State of Truth, but direct continuity and union with the FRT is not often publicly acknowledged to avoid appearing to violate the ceasefire. The State of Truth is in open conflict against the government of Tangkuo. However, the activity of the insurgency in Tangkuo, while sizeable, is rather intermittent, particularly dependent on relations with local authorities and temporal doctrine.
The State of Truth espouses a form of Cotrism universally condemned as heretical since 1980, formulated by the Truth-Cleansing Sect and the self-proclaimed reincarnation of The Sage, Kaungi. This heresy incorporates elements of earlier historical heresies and movements such as Songchi and Yausau. The most significant deviation from orthodox Cotric learning is the idea that hierarchy, organization and leadership are alien and un-Cotric, and that their institutions have corrupted the Sage's message and hindered pursuit of true Learning. Truth-Cleansing Sect Cotrism advocates that every single Cotrist is an equal and valid foundation of Learning...