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 Class Mission: The Shimabara Rebellion!, For Ripley, Hoshi, and Mika
Moby Dick
 Posted: Mar 26 2018, 08:06 PM
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As the students began to file in, they would find Naganori-sensei seated behind the teacher's desk, reading a book. A calm and cultured man, he'd taken time to travel around the world and familiarize himself with the cultures and histories of other people. This would come into play during today's class. For while it wasn't a necessity to have seen the world as he had to teach today's topic, it helped to see and appreciate the thing from the other's perspective. This was a normal class, but in history, nothing was just as straightforward as believed. The further you delve into its background, the more stories you can see.

Once everyone was seated, he bookmarked his page and closed the book, standing up to face them with a smile. It was always good to see such people, eager to learn and expand their horizons. So, with that, class would begin.

"Good afternoon, everyone. Today, we will be exploring the Shimabara Rebellion, a conflict dating from the late 1637 to the early 1638, a span of half a year...and yet it can trace its origins to a key point dating further back. Can anybody tell me when that was, and what that cause might be?"

He waited patiently to see if anyone knew where this was going, right off.

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 Posted: Mar 27 2018, 03:05 AM
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The question left Mika in thought while trying to recover what history she was taught at home. But to go further back into the topic of the rebellion wasn't something she prepared for. Mika, again, took the class on a whim as one of the least likely of places to find her brother and putting distance between them. It was a strange way to escape his empty hearted attempts at forgiveness but the classes tend to provide a bit of culture in the exchange.

When she took her seat and looked at the well read professor, Mika kept her hands in her lap without an answer. She came here to learn about this rebellion and the Christians that took part in it. If basing off that as an upraising of mistreatment then there was but a handful. Whatever the teacher was directly referring to was at a loss to her. What else was there to know or expect? Her eyes then slid to see if the other students knew or cared to give an answer. It would soon be apparent that she knew nobody in the room. A small smile of this assurance of her brother's absence made her relax in her chair and ready to soak up what information would pass around.

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Hoshi had taken a seat in the middle and had her materials on the desk as she awaited the class to start. When Naganori-sensei finally started the class, she snapped to attention, hanging on every word. She didn't recognize anyone else, that meant she might not have to worry so much about expectations.

Hoshi knew that there was famine and brutal mistreatment that led up to the rebellion, but a specific date? She thought hard and raised her hand, "it when the Arima clan was replaced by the Matsukura clan as the leaders of Shimabara" She answered with her notebook holding it up so she wouldn't have to speak loudly.

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 Posted: May 1 2018, 12:01 PM
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[OOC: I apologize for the delay in this, and I wish Shoy good luck and godspeed on whatever it is that she faces. Let us continue...]

The teacher waited for a moment to see what answers they would bring, but it seemed that - for this question - the students didn't want to hazard a guess. Then, one of them did speak up with an answer. It was understandable if they didn't want to test the waters on this one, since it would be felt that simply answering 'Christianity' would be far too inadequate a response. In context, it could even be said not to be so much as the cause, but the engine upon which that cause traveled. Naganori nodded at Hoshi after she had finished.

"Indeed. Although religion is at the center of this rebellion, it was when control of the area changed hands that could be seen as the trigger event. The Arima Clan was sympathetic - nay, encouraged by it - ever since missionaries landed in Shimabara previously. When Matsukura Shigemasa replaced Arima Harunobu as its lord, many of the people were Christian, themselves."

And with a leader who had not a sympathetic ear for this new way of thinking, this outside religion, you can imagine how much of a shock and a betrayal it would feel to those people, by that act alone. When you lose a noble or a lord who heard your voice and heeded your words, only to be replaced by one who would most certainly not...you truly understand just how helpless you are. To be viewed as different and to not have a voice in the court can be viewed as an eyesore at least, a traitor at worst, and that was only the beginning.

"Matsukura Shigemasa was a rather ambitious man. What might've been some of the plans he had in mind to elevate himself within the Shogunate?"

Plenty. Some men will go to any length for power and influence.

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“Wouldn’t the standard acquisition of land and bribes with local nobles be the usual method? Marrying into influential families is another.” Mika suggested with just the basic of plans to get ahead from a small beginning. These were also near standard practice that the other options would be to kill the competition but it didn’t sound like this lecture had a bloody road to power. Scandal only worked so far anyway and may not have lasted long enough for the rebellion.

She then folded her hands to try piecing more of the events together but not enough was given and neither was the information all there. Was this a lecture on the rebellion or just some review course than introduction? Whatever the case, if it was the later, she didn’t plan on providing her own thoughts anymore.

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Hoshi was a bit fuzzy on the details of Matsukura's rise to power, but what her classmate had said seemed like the right answer. Hoshi would add a few more though, "intrigue, disgracing rivals and using them against each other. Done right, no one would've known what he was up to until it was too late."

Obviously, something good had gone wrong with the ambitious plan Masukura had. Completely ignoring your people being high on that list. Josh started writing how she would have acted if she had been the new feudal Lord of Shimabara.

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These questions were more-or-less aligned to allow one to give their perspective on the way things work, more than simply if it were correct or not. The trouble with history was that only in the areas where the facts were disputed was any of it open to actual interpretation. Nevertheless, you do what you can to open discussion. Naganori nodded to the answers given.

"All of these are proven effective means of gaining power in the past."

And still yet, sometimes, in the present, as well.

"With a well-placed word or promise of wealth, any noble would want to be on your side, so long as he does not suffer, should your good name come to blows. Then again, with such a person's support, it would be difficult to. And yet, with the other hand, you could threaten to besmirch another's good name and leave them bitter, but obedient, to your cause. Acquiring land - through force or marriage - would also be possible, and in this case, applicable."

Here, he regarded Mika, as she most-certainly knew the ways of nobles.

"It was his desire to invade Luzon, in the Philipines, and he had also immersed himself in several construction projects. This including the building and expansion of Edo Castle, and to use materials from his own castle to produce the Shimabara Castle, following the Ikkoku-ichijo - one castle per province - policy."

He returned his eyes to the class as a whole, his gaze more serious than they had been a moment ago.

"Put your minds into that of the average person of Shimabara. As a Christian, you were part of a new faith, a new way of thinking and worshipping, but without the Arima Clan, your voice - your right to speak your religion and practice it - is gone. The new Lord denounces it and punishes it severely...by boiling Christians. And this is only for your beliefs. As a citizen of his province, to fund the projects that will give him power in the Shogunate, you are also to pay heavier taxes. Farmers are to give more tribute, more than they can afford to give. Artisans and laborers will have to work harder and produce for less pay. And if you do not, your loved ones will be plunged into ice water."

This was described as shockingly brutal by even other anti-Catholics at the time, and would be by today's standards, as well. Naganori paused for a moment, and then spoke once more.

"The life you lived is no more, and the life you have now is unbearable, even if you are not a Christian. You have no voice, no rights, and very little to work with...or to lose. And with that in mind, I open the floor to the discussion of rebellion. How would you proceed? How would you even begin?"

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Mika folded her hands together and thought over the process of the issues. Thanks to the efforts of a politically ambitious person who is welcome to a war effort to take a territory in the islands further south of the country while also well verse into other building projects to form a labor debt of these buildings not likely to happen if not for their generous contributions.

Having that said, this places the people far below a point of interest when there is buildings to be made. The buildings are important although at the cost of the people being little more so than dirt then ants molded from that dirt when requiring a construction done. Not everyone can and would be able to perform these tasks so the divide is those to force into work and those that are just utterly useless. Mika came to the conclusion that these people wanted none of that but lacked a sense of being considered as people.

"This area is a small area of followers but of people being treated to their limits. They are within their lord's lands but the matter seems to lack supporters outside of his province," Mika shrugged. "If lacking support, the current lord seems too engrossed into the building plans to not notice supplies being used elsewhere to be amassed. The strain on the people should may follow up the chain of command. People have to be guarded so even guards
may be under the stress for one or two to feel inclined to assist under the table."

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