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The Bai Project consists of a group of East Asian nations set in Northern Archanta. The project, besides the Chinese homeland of the Bai Empire, will include the homelands for the Koreans and Japanese (Gohanguk and Ninwa) and possible outlying territories beyond the current heavenly realm.

The project will be launched in three phases. Currently, the first phase, which consists of 13 provinces and 3 municipalities, is available for mapping and collaboration. Anyone with a background and understanding of Chinese culture and history is welcome to join in the project. Interested mappers can claim a territory of their own, or sign up to be part of the following three collaborative projects:

  • Its capital, 雄京 Xiongjing (marked purple on the map), is the cultural and political centre of the Empire. The capital will feature a "forbidden city" and a few historical sites, alongside "modern" government institutes like the upper and lower houses of the legislature and other government offices. The city is the latest capital to be constructed in the 18th century, still featuring old architecture but modernising into the present age
  • 日庆 Riqing (marked red in the top left corner) will be the more "modern" city in the region of Phase I, based on Tianjin. A key commercial centre on the northern coast, it offers an opportunity for rail enthusiasts to work on a possible extensive rail network for a major town.
  • 东海港 Port Dunghoi (meaning East Sea Port, marked in orange) will be a major port of the empire. It will be modelled mainly on Guangzhou (like plenty of manufacturing zones), but the coastal areas could be inspired by Macau and Hong Kong. A major port on the west coast, the city and the surrounding region of Dong'an will be Cantonese speaking.

Phase I[edit]

Phase I province map

The description of the 13 provinces is as follows. Each province has a suggested level of development, with different recommendations for mappers interested in adopting a province. In addition to the above three collaborative projects,

  • Level 1 provinces are the least-developed provinces in the Bai Empire. The largest town in each Level 1 province is expected to be roughly 100,000 residents, with a total population of about 500,000 residents.
  • Level 2 provinces are somewhat more developed than Level 1 provinces, but are still primarily rural. These provinces may include some light industrial uses (factories, manufacturing, warehouses, etc.) near their largest town of +/- 200,000 residents. Level 2 provinces as a whole are expected to have fewer than 1,000,000 residents.
  • Level 3 provinces are the most developed provinces in the Empire, containing at least one major settlement. Each city has a population of up to 750,000 residents. These provinces are also assumed to include an airport and at least one state university.
Name Level Area (in km²) Description Status
宝矿 Baokuang 2 8157.96 While rural, the province hosts many mines of valuable resources. Although with a Level 2, the province will feature plenty of railways and infrastructure for transporting these resources. Achtung.svg Recommended for more advanced mappers
大湖 Dahu 2 10725.25 Next to the Great Lake, this area will feature an ancient, majestic city like Xi'an. Achtung.svg Recommended for more advanced mappers
大领 Daling 2 11122.24 The border region, this area will feature a few ports and industries. Emb-green.png Available
东岸 Dongan 3 The Cantonese-speaking region, part of the region will have urban sprawl from Port Dunghoi. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
繁岸 Fanan 3 17851.4 Based on Zhejiang Province (with possible Wu Chinese), will feature up to two important cities. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
光岸 Guang'an 2 9241.21 Northern Chaozhou (Teochew) region. When mapping please preserve the straight border along the tropic. Anyone with knowledge of Teochew is welcome Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
内陆 Neilu 2 8490.40 An extension of the Teochew-speaking area. Largely plain and flat, with plenty of farms. Emb-green.png Available
琼珠 Qiongzhu 1 4125.28 Likely based on Hainan (though not as tropical). Anyone with knowledge of Hainanese is welcome. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
同边 Tong Bian 2 7598.11 An extension of the Cantonese speaking area, it could feature plenty of industries (e.g. electronic equipment, chemicals and textiles). It will border the communist country of Kanglapo to the south, so there will be plenty of Katayan enclaves. Achtung.svg Not available for mapping
王印 Wangyin 3 15237.78 An extension of the Teochew-speaking area. Largely plain and flat, it will see plenty of rail connections through the area. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
晚营 Wanying 1 14733.95 A landlocked province, there is one city available for development. Ideas for developing the region are welcomed. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
未知区 Weizhiqu 1 11480.73 Literally meaning "Unknown Region", this mythical area was a source of many legends and myths. Plenty of religious sites could be built in the high mountains. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan
隐穴 Yinxue 1 13672.06 Literally meaning "Hidden caves", this will require some experience in mountain mapping. Some mining industries may exist, or abandoned during the devastating Warlord Era. Emb-yellow.png Available as long as you can provide a suitable plan

Other important details[edit]

The Empire, unless otherwise stated, will be mapped in Chinese using simplified characters. Unless mapping in a dialect-speaking region, there will be no romanisation of the mapped places.

A detailed nationwide motorway and railway plan will be out soon. The Empire will be left hand driving.