Nine Circles of Gugwon
Kua Bial Tuidung
and largest city
Theocratic kingdom (de jure)|
Autocratic kleptocracy (de facto)
• 2018 estimate
• 2018 census
|GDP (PPP)||2016 estimate|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2016 estimate|
• Per capita
|Time zone||UTCnot observed|
The Nine Circles of Gugwon (Vanram: Kua Bial Tuidung), informally referred to as either Gugwon, The Nine Circles or Tuidung is a sovereign state polity located in western Yoju. It borders Zodjong to the west, Yadanasitpin to the south, ??? to the east, and ??? and ??? to the north. It is inhabited by a total population of around 43 million people, 3 million of which residing in the national capital of Tung-nung.
The region was initially settled by peoples hailing from central Jungju in the early 47th millennium BCE. Some portions of the migrants settled in the foothills of the inland Chung mountains, establishing sedentary forms of sustenance such as agriculture, while the remainders began populating the coastal stretches of current day Gugwon. Any attempts at unified organisation and government didn't arrive until up around the 2nd millennium BCE, assuming the shape of village clusters sharing common administration.
Contemporarily, Tuidung is regarded as a regional hub of commerce, culture and organised crime. The prevalence of organised crime is rooted in the fact that the governance of the country is managed by so-called Zung-bun societies, successors of previous monastic orders which historically controlled the realm under the heavenly jurisdiction of the Divine Curator. According to foreign political analysts, the government form matches that of a kleptocracy with autocratic tendencies. This in contrast to the officially recognised de jure classification.
Prehistory and antiquity
Modern humans, the Homo sapiens, migrated to the region at around 47,000 BCE. Scientists and archaeologists investigating the region have found stone tools, hinting to the Mesolithic era culminating somewhere around the 17th millennium BCE, and the resident humans are thought to have engaged in hunter-gatherer lifestyles. The domestication of staple crops such as rice, and the entry of the Neolithic era, resulted in a general transition to sedentary living, as opposed to the previous movements of the foragers, around 3,000 BCE. Along with the shift towards agriculture as the primary means of subsistence, came also the striation of society, which brought with it early and relatively primitive notions of private property as well as the formation of distinct administrative elites.
The discovery of bronze hardware such as axe heads and bowls implies the arrival of bronze to the region at around 1,400 BCE. The stratification of society was further entrenched as bronzeware quickly ascended to signify wealth, status and divinity. The first organised attempt at government manifested as the near-legendary Hrui civilization, which flourished in the foothills of the Chung mountains in the 9th century BCE. It was also the Hrui polity that pioneered the thought of divine rule in the region, contributing to the traditions which have permeated Tuidungese governmental customs up until the modern day. Ceramics dating to the period have been encountered exhibiting inscriptions indicating a crude iteration of the later religion of the Vanram people based on an imperial cult. The Hrui culture would gradually expand its reach and influence until the point of collapse. The polities born out of this internal conflict would make themselves known as the Sai kingdoms.