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Motoyoshi Clan

The Motoyoshi Clan is a clan in the Yamatai Star Empire created by Andrew.

Introduction Of The Motoyoshi Clan

The Mon (紋) of the Motoyoshi Clan.

The clan was formed by Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko and Shimizu Akina ( 清水明菜 ) in YE 28. The clan has a rich history which is entwined in both the Yamatai Star Empire and the Star Army of Yamatai. It is the only clan other than the Ketsurui Clan to rule the Star Army of Yamatai. In YE 30, Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko became Empress when she succeeded Ketsurui Uesu. Her time on the throne was short, and was ended with her own resignation after members of her clan deserted and betrayed the Yamatai Star Empire to form the United Outer Colonies. The part of the clan that remained in the Empire became affiliated with the Ketsurui Clan.

The clan remained separated into two parts; Yamatai no Motoyoshi and Jiyuu no Motoyoshi until YE 41 when Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko reunified the Clan. Her plans for the future unfolded quickly which brought the clan into a surge of rapid growth.

Controversy and Rumors

The Motoyoshi Clan has a deep feeling of bitterness towards the ill-conceived notion that the clan is full of traitors to the Yamatai Star Empire. ( Much of the misconception actually comes from Out-of-Character misinformation.) Much of which is discussed and focused on in the Resolutions Of The Ghost.

In YE 30 when the separation occurred, the number of Motoyoshi that went to the United Outer Colonies was actually less than ten percent of the clan's population. The main antagonist in the situation was Motoyoshi Kiyoko who has been permanently exiled from the clan and has led an active effort towards destroying the clan, her mother Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko, and the Yamatai Star Empire through cooperation with the NMX, Interstellar Kingdom Of Kuvexia and acts of terrorism, assassination, and other criminal enterprises. 1)

The clan's leaders and elders, important figures like Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko, Motoyoshi-Ieyasu Taro, Motoyoshi Eri, Motoyoshi-Yamada Ayano, and Motoyoshi-Kotoku Sui were vehemently against the United Outer Colonies and never left the Yamatai Star Empire. In fact since the clan's return to Jiyuu in YE 41, the clan has taken an active role in snuffing out the insurgency and remnants of the United Outer Colonies support base. Initiatives like the Yugumo Workers Federation which prevents separatists and unloyal residents gain work in the Motoyoshi Colonial Sector have proven effective. Through actions of restoration, humanitarian aid, economics and employment the Motoyoshi have pushed an agenda to literally shove imperial loyalty down the throats of former supporters of the United Outer Colonies. 2)

On an unofficial tangent, the clan has sponsored Kaieda Auda in an effort to wipe out survivors of the Tange Clan and supporters of Motoyoshi Kiyoko permanently.

Leadership - The Symbolic and Truth

In YE 42, it became apparent that while Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko is the official leader and matriarch of the Motoyoshi Clan, that Motoyoshi-Ieyasu Taro is someone in the clan who is regarded as the behind-the-scenes leader. Taro has become a patriarch and a voice of leadership. He plays an active role in the non-military decisions in the clan; such as the operation of Yugumo Corporation, internal policies, and family matters such as the raising of Motoyoshi Eidan. He's taken a very active role in the lives of Katsuko's daughters like Motoyoshi Kaoru and Naoko serving as a mentor and protector of the younger Motoyoshi. Taro also tends to act as a paternal figure when it comes to the personal relationships of Katsuko, giving cautionary advice to Kage Yaichiro and Motoyoshi Eri.

Taro has proven he is not afraid to make tough decisions either, he personally oversees the clan's involvement in less official things such as Kaieda Auda and the ISS Asagiri. He also stepped in to resolve the long-standing feud between Motoyoshi-Kotoku Sui and Motoyoshi Eri. Taro was also the one to make the call that while Motoyoshi Tio sought forgiveness for his role in the clan's separation, he mandated and agreed with Katsuko, that Motoyoshi Eidan would be raised in his care and that Tio would have to join the Star Army of Yamatai in active service to redeem himself.

Motoyoshi Clan Assets

Flag and Symbols of the Motoyoshi Clan

The flag features the clan flower, the Peony , which is also the clan's Mon (紋) a symbol prosperity(heion). It was adopted as a clan symbol in YE 34.

Secondary Flower: The Evening Orchid

A second flower symbol used is the Evening Orchid. It symbolizes refinement and is the flower of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko.

The Evening Orchid
yoru no ran ka ni kakurete ya hana shiroshi - Yosa Buson (1716 ~ 1783)3)

The Clan Fruit: The Plum

The clan fruit is the Plum which symbolizes the protection against evil.

Clan Motto

“Seishin no chuujitsu” (It means “Spirit of Loyalty” in Yamataigo (邪馬台語).)

Motoyoshi Clan Traditions And Philosophies

After the reunification of the Clan in YE 41, the traditions and philosophies of the Motoyoshi Clan of the Yamatai Star Empire have for the most part held to those of the Yamatai no Motoyoshi. There have been, however, several minor changes have eliminated the bad blood with the Jiyuu no Motoyoshi, with the exception of those who will be brought to justice for war crimes committed under the command of Motoyoshi Kiyoko.

Traditional Holidays and Ceremonies

These holidays are celebrated, in addition to all other Holidays in the Yamatai Star Empire, by all members of the Motoyoshi Clan.

Tsukimi 2日8月 The celebration corresponds to the harvest moon of the destroyed colony at Taiie. Reminiscent of colonist farmers that worked the colony's fields it is a celebration of autumn that is still celebrated by the Motoyoshi. The celebration generally includes feasting within the volumetric captured images of the fallen world's moon, accompanied by soft flowing flute music and tranquil gurgles of water features.
Lantern Festival 17日2月 to 20日2月 Elaborately decorated lanterns made by clan members are put on display. These designs integrated with all kinds of creative expression; painting, flower arranging, carving and sculpture creating. Lantern displays are judged and the winners are honored by being permitted to keep their display up after the end of the festival until the next year.
Unity Festival 15日 3月 Added in YE 41, this festival celebrates the day of forgiveness between the Jiyuu no Motoyoshi and the Yamatai no Motoyoshi. Members of the Motoyoshi Clan gather to reflect on the healing of the divisions that nearly destroyed the clan. It is generally held at one of the Clans holdings on Jiyuu III or Yamatai (Planet).

Unifying Motoyoshi Philosophies

These unifying philosophies govern the actions of the Motoyoshi.

Imperialists As of YE 34, the Motoyoshi have become strict imperialists, their vision for the Yamatai Star Empire is for the re-centralization of absolute control to the throne and the Star Army of Yamatai. They believe that the Senate should maintain an advisory role to the throne but not be granted actual power. Despite their desire for re-centralization of power, they do support the Ketsurui Clan and the current rule of Empress Himiko I even though they do not back some of the more democratic policies of the current rule, specifically the policies which were triggered by the formation of the United Outer Colonies.
The Imperial Way See Imperial Way Faction. The Motoyoshi support a movement referred to as 'The Imperial Way'(皇道派) which desires a more military-minded government. They believe that a stronger military-backed government will free the empire from liberal-minded politicians seeking the decentralization of power. This has been supported in the past via the formation of the original Bakufu prior to its corruption.
Nekovalkyrja Purist The Motoyoshi believe that the Nekovalkyrja are the greatest species in the known universe. They do believe in intergalactic cooperation, however under asymmetrical terms. They believe that the Yamatai Star Empire has made too many concessions in the intergalactic community, blaming some of the clan's own previous policies for some of the problem. The clan is not completely against other species or nations, believing that there are several nations who have relations with the empire that are beneficial, however, there are several to which they hold a vehement animosity such as the Freespacers.
Star Army of Yamatai Tradition The clan has entrenched its upholding and belief that the military elite is a necessary and needed echelon of power within the Empire. Military leaders such as Mistress-Taisho Ketsurui Yui and Taisho Kessaku Irim are regarded in the highest of honors, along with their own Taisho Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko. The Motoyoshi believe that the military's elite echelons should remain untainted by liberal-minded politics.
The Mistress-Taisho The Motoyoshi strongly support the Mistress-Taisho Ketsurui Yui and her direct leadership over the Star Army of Yamatai. Many Motoyoshi has an almost spiritual view of Yui, seeing her as the guiding force of Nekovalkyrja power and philosophy.
Sensou Sensou ( 戦争) - War is the expression of Imperial power and justice. It is the fundamental protection of the Empire and the Star Army of Yamatai is the most prestigious way of life for Nekovalkyrja. The Motoyoshi view war as an art-form in which must be executed with strategy, courage, and ferocity. To play a role in the evisceration of the empire's enemies is a high honor and should be conducted with grace and power to achieve victory in the name of the Empress.
Unorthodox Measures The Motoyoshi strategy in warfare tends to be unorthodox at times. Utilizing units and personnel in actions that are outside of their normal conduct to gain an advantage.

The Clan Virtues

The Motoyoshi philosophies are very reminiscent but not limited to the Confucian ways of thought.

Clan Virtues
The State of Virtue The Motoyoshi are very concerned about the nature of its members. With the clan's past, the leadership is very concerned with its own practices as well as those within their influence. Members are expected display : integrity, honor, honesty, loyalty, kindness and forgiveness while being reverent and respectful to those who are their superiors and peers. The clan also promotes the self imposition of shame, for individuals to be able to judge their own actions to be right or wrong and seek or inflict measures to correct their actions when in error.
True Relationships The clan's beliefs state that the highest of relationships is the one that exists between Nekovalkyrja and the Yamatai Star Empire in which the soldier serves as the imperial hand and that their actions, therefore, reflect the Empire. Focus is also placed upon the relationship between Nekovalkyrja and their clan in which altruism is to be cultivated between members.
Loyalty After the corruption created by the Jiyuu no Motoyoshi a great intensity was placed upon the Motoyoshi's loyalty. Loyalty to the Empire is place first and foremost, then loyalty to the clan and the military.
Self Improvement Within the clan, it is encouraged for members to seek to expand themselves as individuals. The greatest focus is placed upon the achievement of rank within the Star Army of Yamatai and to excel within one's occupation however, members are also encouraged to divulge in philosophy, literature, and creative arts.
Place in Society The Motoyoshi believe that the clan's true place is to provide strength to the Imperial Family, to serve as dedicated soldiers within the Star Army of Yamatai. In general, civilian life is discouraged unless that career path is considered still within the higher service of the Empire or the Clan.

The New Motoyoshi Bakufu

The Motoyoshi Bakufu was formed in late YE 29, it served as the ruling body of the Motoyoshi Clan until Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko became Empress of the Yamatai Star Empire in YE 30. Under the influence of Tange Misato and Motoyoshi Kiyoko some members of this organization committed treason and were involved in the formation of the short-lived separatist nation of the United Outer Colonies.

In YE 42, Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko formed a reformed Motoyoshi Bakufu or “New Motoyoshi Bakufu” to provide leadership to the United Motoyoshi Clan. She was quick to take measures to ensure that the new body consisted of those who remained loyal to her and that the past would never repeat itself. She bound the reformed council to the Traditions and Philosophy with strict adherence to their loyalty to the Yamatai Star Empire.

The New Motoyoshi Bakufu Logo

About The New Motoyoshi Bakufu

In YE 41, Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko successfully reunited the Motoyoshi Clan. She returned to the Jiyuu System with the rest of her brothers and sisters to re-establish the First Expeditionary Fleet and the Motoyoshi Clan in the Outer Colonies of the Yamatai Star Empire.

In preparation for the planned establishment of a new Bakufu, Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko had the plans for the original Bakufu Council Facility passed to the Yugumo Corporation which built the complex under the Fuji Hotel in Atarashi Tokyo.

In YE 42, the Motoyoshi Clan was summoned to a meeting at the new council site and the “New Motoyoshi Bakufu” was established.

The Responsibility of the New Motoyoshi Bakufu

The New Motoyoshi Bakufu is to:

Abolishment of Tributaries

In YE 41 when Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko reunited the clan, the tributaries showed their unity by dropping their tributary names all of which took the Motoyoshi name.

History of The New Motoyoshi Bakufu

The New Motoyoshi Bakufu is very new so its history is short.

About The Old Motoyoshi Bakufu

Please see the following articles for reference to the old Motoyoshi Bakufu. (YE 29 - YE 30)

The Original Tributary Clans

The original tributary system was as follows:

  • Motoyoshi
    • Koyanagi
    • Kotoku
    • Yamada
    • Tange
    • Miyamae
    • Mitsuya

Timeline Reference

OOC Information

It was updated by Andrew. Some of the information is older than the wiki.

  • Art on this page was made by Yuuki.
An evening orchid, Hidden in its scent, The flower’s whiteness

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