Sri Tschow [ʃriːsæow], officially known as the Socialist Kingdom of Sri Tschow is a country located on an archipelago of islands in the Vitus Ocean. Sri Tschow has a population of roughly 14.3 million, making it the 19th most populous country in the world. The official religion is Theraveda Buddhism, practiced by roughly 56 percent of the population. The capital is Ban Phai, which is a major cultural and religious center. Most industry is concentrated in the northern island of Nakhon Sawan, upon which the largest city (with a population of 4 million) is located. Sri Tschow has a unique governmental structure in that the King, while having nearly absolute power, is limited by a legislative body with an upper and lower house. The nation is ruled by King Amano, the 14th king in the House of Matsua, one of the six great houses that ruled the original kingdom from 1205 to 1400 AD, ending when they were deposed by the invading Ming Empire. The Ming Empire, which lasted from 1400 to 1725 AD, when rebels threw off Imperial control of Sri Tschow, splitting from the Ming Empire and creating the Republic of Sri Tschow. While the Republic was still a Ming state, it established a two-party democratic system, brought about social reform, and increased women's rights. While this new regime was popular, the citizens still resented being ruled by a foreign power, and as unrest grew terrorist cells backed by the facist government in the neighboring island of Phi Sinh, a city state that broke away from the Ming Empire during the 1725 revolution but established a seperate government instead of joining the Republic of Sri Tschow. Finally, in the year 1898, a terrorist group operating out of Phi Sinh, known as the Black Hand, attacked Consul Seoul Chang IV, the leader of the Republic, during a public event. The Consul was killed, and Tschowan ethnic rebels siezed that opportunity to stage a coup. A small group of eight men, including the future King Kisuki Amano, infiltrated the State Palace and, at gunpoint, forced the Prime Minister to surrender the country.