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A shrewd and clever faction, they aim to expand their borders.
Togawa exists as a military dictatorship nominally ruled by an Emperor, although under the de facto leadership of the Shogunate. Their borders are currently unknown, being the eastern-most faction in the world stage far from the affairs of Europe. Their symbol is a purple circle with a pair of dancing koi fish.
Little is known about this eastern nation, and for a good reason as they operate largely in secrecy. Strictly isolationist, they only recently entered the world stage when the Rusviet Tsardom kidnapped one of their foremost engineers. The Shogun then sent his niece, Akiko, with a strong military force to recover her brother and to acquire any technical knowledge the Factory may yield.
Their military tactics revolve around attrition warfare, area denial, stealth, and subterfuge such as the use of traps to wear down their enemies. The Togawa mechs are built to sustain even the harshest elements, particularly water. Designed with a smooth, spherical body on four spider-like legs, they’re built for solo combat and adventures rather than pack hunting. They include several devious contraptions that allow them to rearm traps laid by Akiko and Jiro.
Maifuku: After moving, a character may place a trap token on its territory. Depending on the token, enemies triggering the trap will lose one of the following:
- 3 Power
- 4 Coin
- 2 Popularity
- 2 Combat Cards
- Ronin: Before combat where you have exactly one unit, gain 2 Power.
- Shinobi: Move to any territory with a trap token; you may arm that trap.
- Suiton: Move to/from lakes; in combat on a lake, you may play one additional Combat Card.
- Toka: Move across a river (minimum one character or mech per turn).
- Japan's rule under the Shogunate ended with the Edo Period and the beginning of the Meji Restoration in 1867, having been an isolationist and feudal state for nearly seven centuries. This lead to the dissolution of the Samurai as a social class after the Satsuma Rebellion, land reforms, military reforms, and massive industrialization efforts. This means that in this timeline the Restoration under Emperor Meji possibly never happened.
- The Bosshin War would have, at minimum, ended with the Tokugawa Shogunate defeating Imperial forces and cementing the role of the Bakufu, though the name 'Togawa' implies this war may have been between two great Daimyo (feudal Japanese lord vassals of the Shogun, with Togawa defeating Tokugawa and becoming the new Shogun), rather than between the Shogun and the Emperor.
- Although not yet playable in Iron Harvest, a Togawan Guest can be seen in the Rusviet Campaign. He says "Between us... Some fear the Shogun is ill-advised. It seems he intends to expand Togawa's borders further than ever before." They are also briefly mentioned in the Polania campaign as having participated in the Great War.
- This could reference what would become the Japanese Empire undergoing colonial expansions, including the invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and/or first Sino-Japanese War of 1894 -1895.
- Togawa and Rusviet are stated to have fought a war against each other at some point, resulting in a humiliating defeat for Rusviet and driving them to update their mech arsenals. This seems to emulate the Russo-Japanese War of 1905 which also saw a Russian defeat, but possibly at a different date.
- In Iron Harvest, Rusviet instead went to war with the Factory in 1905 instead, but still lost.
- In the illustrations of the Scythe game you can see Japanese peasants working in old-fashioned rice fields, but the fact that the Shogunate uses mechs and firearms, however, indicates that while an industrial revolution had to unfold for their nation to acquire modern weaponry, for whatever reason they do not seem to apply it for agriculture.
- It is also possible that not all farmers have access to even basic, old, or outdated mechs.
- Additionally this may imply that all arms, which may extend to include mechs, were banned for civilian use, as decried during the Bosshin War in real life.
- All the abilities are Japanese words meaning:
- Maifuku(埋伏): "Impaction" or to become impacted: packed or wedged in, not easily changed or removed.
- Ronin(浪人): "Wave-man" more or less meaning "socially adrift" in reference to a samurai without a master.
- Shinobi(忍): "To steal away," denoting stealth or invisibility, or a proper noun referring to what are commonly called "ninjas."
- Suiton(水遁): "Hiding underwater," a signature ability of a ninja.
- Toka(渡河): "Crossing a river"
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Federal Union of Usonia
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Dominion of Laurentia
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Prince Wilhelm of Saxony
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