Romance of the Jade Kingdom
TRADE AND RESOURCES
The empire received its name primarily due to the vast amounts of jade it produces; the Shenyue Empire’s wealth, however, lies not within its own borders, but rather in the northern territory of Myamar, also known as the Jade Expanse. A richly contested land, Myamar itself has been the object of many wars throughout Cyrenian history due to the precious rock found in its mountains. At the moment, the Shenyue Empire lays claim to the land, but other nations have attempted to take the country as their own, and continue to do so. The Great Jade Road, the kingdom’s lifeblood, has been used since the dawn of the empire to transport other valuable goods such as exotic saffron, ginger, pearls, and silk, along with of course, jade. It winds through most of the empire and converges at the capital city of Tianyu, from there spreading west and south to the rest of the country. Some say that the road itself connects all of mainland Cyrene via its greatest cities.