The United Cities (A.K.A. The Empire) is a very large, racially diverse faction that controls large portions of land across the continent. Ruled by Emperor Tengu, they are a highly corrupt empire, and monetary worth is the prime measure of a person in their culture. So much so, that being poor and hungry is a crime that can get you arrested. The drug Hashish is highly illegal, and the samurai guards are obsessed with purging it from their streets. This does make whatever amount gets through highly valuable though...
Slavery is an important pillar of their empire, providing food and material. Anti-slavery ideologies are considered extremist perspectives, and treated as a form of terrorism. Another pillar is the Traders Guild. The guild brings their cities great wealth and prosperity. They have advanced technologies, higher quality equipment, and valuable luxuries imported from distant lands.
The Empire is ruled by the Noble Circle, a racially-diverse group of extremely narcissistic, cruel and entitled lords and ladies. They are known for hunting peasants for sport, making outlandish requests to their guards (such as ordering them to train a pet Leviathan), and generally lacking concern for the lives of anyone beneath them.
The Noble Circle Edit
The Noble Circle is the ruling class of the United Cities. The emperor is elected from this group. The Noble Circle includes Emperor Tengu, Lady Sanda, Lady Tsugi, Lord Commander Epson, Lord Inaba, Lord Shiro, Lord Nagata, Lord Ohta, and Lord Yoshinaga. Attacking any of these characters will severely harm your relations with this faction. It is also possible to influence the World States by attacking these characters.
Another unique character which is a member of the United Cities is Eyegore, general of the United Cities army.
Generic Characters Edit
- Samurai Elite
- Samurai Captain
- Samurai Sergeant
- Samurai Heavy
- Samurai Scout
- Samurai Conscript
- Jonin Elite
- Noble Captain
- Empire Noble Guard
- Police Chief
- Police Sergeant
- Samurai Police
- Samurai Gate Sergeant
- Samurai Gate Guard
Faction Relations Edit
The factions this faction has special relations towards. For all others, it will use this faction's default (0).
Player Relations Edit
The reasons for this faction to have a non-zero relation towards you.
- If you start as the Retired Captain character, you are a former soldier in their army. This makes them very favorable to you.
- Turning in Bounties will give a slight increase in relations.
Money Option Edit
- "A small matter of paying your way through the ranks." Players can donate c. 20,000 or c. 50,000 in order to gain favour with the United Cities. To become a full fledged ally, a total of 100,000 cats must be donated.
Influence Option Edit
- "Control of a strategically impressive outpost will be enough to show your worth to us."
Force Option Edit
- They want you to bring Tinfist to the police.
Allying the United Cities has certain benefits the player can exploit.
- Occasionally, samurai squads will follow a player character in an effort to protect them. They will follow the player character for a number of days before they depart. A player can exploit this to gain an immeasurable amount of loot from bandit parties and wildlife.
- You can now settle on United Cities land tax free. Be aware that much of UC land also overlaps with the Trader's Guild, who will also tax the player if they are not allied to them as well.
- United Cities patrols will aid the player characters by healing them.
- You can now use equipment in their police station.
- Nobles won't hunt you for sport.
- (Unconfirmed) Guards will no longer demand a bribe.
There are also drawbacks.
- Rebel farmers and Anti-Slavers will turn hostile.
- Considering Rebel Farmers are already hostile, and Anti Slavers live on the other side of the continent from Heft, this isn't really a problem.
-- Regions of Kenshi where this faction can be found.
-- Cities owned by this faction.
- Drifter's Last
- Heft (Capital City)
- Mourn (formerly)
-- The towns, outposts, and other locations owned by this faction.
- Abandoned Town
- Borderland Village
- Farm Ruin
- Farming Village
- Free Settlement
- Guard Outpost
- Ravaged Hamlet
- Tengu's Vault
- UC Military Outpost
- Settling within or near United Cities territory will result in a tax collector coming by weekly. They will demand 3,000 cats from you. If you lack funds, the tax collector will insult you for being poor, then remind you that being poor is a crime. You have three days before they return - if you don't cough up enough cash they will attack.
- You can avoid paying taxes entirely if you are allied with them. To get to 50 relations, you would have to pay 100,000 cats. This may be a more expensive option, but it will safeguard you from ever being caught at a bad time. Another thing is that if you are allied with the Empire, they will send reinforcements to your outpost whenever you are attacked.