Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

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Poster of Manchukuo promoting harmony between Japanese, Chinese, and Manchu. The caption says: "With the help of Japan, China, and Manchukuo, the world can be in peace."

The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere (Kyūjitai: 大東亞共榮圈, Shinjitai: 大東亜共栄圏 Dai-tō-a Kyōeiken), contemporarily abbreviated Eastasia is a concept created and promulgated by the government and military of the Empire of Japan which represented the desire to create a self-sufficient "bloc of Asian nations led by the Japanese and free of Western powers". It was one of a number of slogans and concepts used in the justification of Japanese aggression in East Asia. The term "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" is seen by the outside world largely as a front for the Japanese control of occupied countries during and after World War II, in which puppet governments of the East Asian Community manipulated local populations and economies for the benefit of Imperial Japan. It was an Imperial Japanese Army concept which originated with General Hachiro Arita, who at the time was minister of foreign affairs and an army ideologist. "Greater East Asia" (大東亜, Dai-tō-a?) was a Japanese term referring to East Asia, Southeast Asia and surrounding areas.


Since World War II, many countries occupied by Japan are run by puppet governments, which manipulate local populations and economies for the benefit of Imperial Japan, backed by this conception of a united Asia absent of, or opposed to, European influence. It was an Imperial Japanese Army concept which originated with General Hachiro Arita, who at the time was Minister for Foreign Affairs and an army ideologist. "Greater East Asia" (大東亜, Dai-tō-a?) was a Japanese term originally referring to Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia and surrounding areas, but the term "Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere" has come to mean a much larger territory. The idea of the Co-Prosperity Sphere was formally announced by Foreign Minister Matsuoka Yosuke on August 1, 1940 in a press interview, but had already existed in various forms for many years. Leaders in Japan had long been interested in the idea, in reality to extend Japanese power and acquire an empire based on European models, though ostensibly to free Asia from imperialism. As part of its war drive, Japanese propaganda included phrases like "Asia for Asians" and talked about the perceived need to liberate Asian countries from imperialist powers. In some cases they were welcomed when they invaded neighboring countries, driving out British, French, and other governments and military forces. In general, however, the subsequent brutality and racism of the Japanese led to them being regarded as equal to, or, more often, much worse than Western imperialists. The Kōa-in (興亜院, East Asia Development Board), created on 18 November 1938 under the first Konoe government, was developed to be one of the main actors of the economic development of the Sphere. However, according to historian Zhifen Ju, its main result is the implementation of a system of slave work. She argues that until 1942, at least five million Chinese civilians from North China and Manchukuo were enslaved for work in Imperial mines and war industries. After the Greater East Asia War was launched, the number of workers that were coerced exceeded 10 million, of which about 7 million came from North China. The representants of the Eastasian member states and territories, among them Aurono, as an affilate member, meet annually in the East Asia Summit, usually held in Tokyo, since the Greater East Asia Conference in November of 1943. The summits are usually attended by representants from Korea, China, Manchuria, Mongolia, India, various nations from Southeast Asia, Japan (of course), Aurono (as an affilate member), and, occasionally, the Phillippines and Indonesia (depending upon the layer of current borderlines), and even the Middle East. With the exception of the Middle East, all participating nations are also in the Yen block. The Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is also represented in the Trilateral Commission, which is located in the Middle East.

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Eastasia is green on this map. Disputed territory is orange.

The borders of the Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere are not clearly defined, but the nation has come to comprise a little more than just East Asia. It is known that Eastasia at least comprises most of modern day China, Japan, and Korea as well as fluctuating areas of Manchuria, Mongolia, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, and the Middle East. Its political ideology is called by a Chinese name usually translated as Death-worship, but perhaps better rendered as 'Obliteration of the Self'. This ideology presumably makes some allusion to Buddhist cultural concepts, but is functionally indistinguishable from the "Japanese militarism-socialism". Not much information about Eastasia is given but it is known that it is – except for Imperial Japan itself, which has experienced a century-old feudal rule – the newest and, when it was established, smallest of the three world powers of the Trilateral Commission. The nation as an united dominion rose somewhere in the 1960s, after years of fighting among the nations that now make up this state. After the Middle East rose and Fascist Italy and most of its territories became Catholic Europe, Eastasia remained as the largest world power (by territory) (counting Aurono as Japanese territory). The nations of Eastasia are highly industrialized and very productive and enjoy a high level of technology, but this has helped little to lift the notoriously low standard of living in everywhere but the Home Islands (the government actually supports abstinence from a luxurious lifestyle on basis of Obliteration of Self).


The territory of Eastasia is that of the territories occupied by Imperial Japan, layed out below until the official unification of Asia in the 1960's. It should be noted that the borders of Eastasia are not cognate to the territory considered to be East Asia, because there are territories not commonly considered East Asia by both geographical and cultural terms under its rule (even parts of North America), while large territories considered East Asia by racial and cultural definitions are not within its borders (parts of the Soviet Union), though the official position of Eastasian leadership is that Eastasia wil eventually comprise these territories as well 1. In this respect, however, it should be noted that the term "Eastasia" is merely one used in day-to-day language, while the official name refers to "Greater East Asia", and as such claims territories beyond the geographical locality of East Asia. Eastasia's consolidated territories cover an area of [Editor's comment: insert number here] sq mi by 1964, and covered a territory of [Editor's comment: more calculations...] in the year 2000, making it the second-largest superstate by territory. The highest mountain of Eastasia is the Mount Everest in the Himalaya at 8,838 m above sea level, which is also the highest mountain on Earth. Eastasia currently (since the Commonwealth Unification 1) has the longest coastline in the world, partially due to the fact that the superstate comprises a large number of small islands. The Co-Prosperity Sphere shares land borders with the Commonwealth, Soviet Union andMiddle East. Counting assorted territories, Eastasia also borders Mexico, Independant Midwest (both bordering Aurono)and Alaska (bordered by annexed Canada, but happens to be another assorted nation), the remaining parts of Australia, and the German Empire (in Africa). When the global territories of Eastasia are taken into account, the climate in Eastasia ranges from arctic to tropical, making any weather forecasts for the entirety of the Co-Prosperity Sphere utterly meaningless. Most of the population lives in a strip of densely populated areas ranging from India in the west to the coastal areas of China in the east. Japan itself is also densely populated and mostly urbanized. The North American territories of Eastasia are also inhabited by more people than most parts of Eastasia, but far less than the mentioned territories.


Eastasia claims territories stretching from Japan in the East to Pakistan in the West, not including the eastern colony of Aurono, which is independant from the motherland. Territorial claims are as follows:

Member regions

Eastasian Territories

Claimed Eastasian Territories, Disputed

Territories in Middle East, partially disputed

  • Ammochostos - ceased to exist, territory claimed by Eastasia
  • Idaniztan - ceased to exist, territory claimed by Eastasia
  • Sarawakh - ceased to exist, territory claimed by Eastasia
  • Al Jinnah - ceased to exist, territory claimed by Eastasia





Foreign relations

Security and defense

Economic relations




  • [1] - following the unification of the Co-Prosperity Sphere and the Commonwealth, Indochina, Indonesia and Southern India fall to Eastasia. Rule over the Philippines is consolidated. Russian Far East falls under control of White Russia in the 1970's or 80's (following the Eastasian Landing at Vladivostok), leaving that region as a close ally to Eastasia, and leaving the Soviet rump state proper in the middle as a buffer between the German Empire and Eastasia.
  • [2] - despite the fact that the Tripartite Pact divided the German and Japanese spheres of influence at about Karachi, the German Empire contests Japanese rule over Northern India, because of the large Aryan population living there.

See also

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Major Nations & Factions
Eastasian: Aurono, Kotaka, The Yakuza Syndicate
Other: The Reich, Soviet Union, American Freedom Fighters, Vril Society, Zion Cooperative, SCORPION, Trilateral Commission, Middle East
Navy: Imperial Japanese Navy, Combined Fleet, Eastasian Combined Fleet
Space Force: Imperial Japanese Starfleet
Other: Aurono Self-Defense Forces
Major Corporations
Eastasian: Mitsubishi-Supermarine conglomerate (Zaibatsu, Big Four), Hughes (subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries), Mitsui (Zaibatsu, Big Four), Sumitomo (Zaibatsu, Big Four), Yasuda (Zaibatsu, Big Four), The Hongs, Mishima
Other: Zion Corp., IG Farben-Standard Oil cartel, M/GM, The Shin Ra Corp
Seito, Momoko Aurelia Hanasaki
Naval vessels: Fubuki class destroyer, Kotaka class destroyer, HMS Hood, Yamato, Utah JMOB, New San Fransisco JMOB, Sea Launch (Ocean Odysee, Sea Launch Commander), Constellation, Dojin
Aircraft: Zero
Spaceships: Cosmo Zero, Akira class starship, Yamato class starship, Kotaka class destroyer, Fubuki class destroyer, Akuma-class space frigate, Constellation class starship
Guns: Hughes Black Adder SMG, Plasma Rifle, Phase Stream Projector, VDG Pistol, Scram Cannon, SCREAM Cannon, Mercury Bow, Proton Torpedo, Plasmonic Torpedo, Plasma Torpedo, Photon Torpedo, Laser, Phaser, Wave Motion Cannon, Yamato Gun, Beam Cannon
Ammunition: Ballistic Ammunition Clips, Energy Cells
Energy: Wave Engine, Minovsky Ultracompact Fusion Reactor
Material science: Neo Steel
Species: Humans, Nekomimi, Taurans, Aryans
Earth: Neo-Tokyo, Tokyo-3, New San Fransisco, Hollywood, Southampton, The Island
Aldebaran: New Aberdeen
Wars: Pacific War, The Forever War
International Relations: Neutral Alliance, Salt Lake City Treaty