American Trading District (FOTS)
|American Trading District (FOTS)|
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America is a nation that means business.
An American trading district improves the port defences in several ways, and improves the value of exports to the outside world.
In 1854, the Treaty of Kanegawa, concluded between Commodore Matthew Perry of the US Navy and the representatives of the Shogun, began the process of opening up Japan to American business interests. Perry had wanted to deal with the Emperor but, from an Imperial perspective, dealing with foreigners was completely beyond the pale. The treaty was more than a little one-sided in terms of what the Americans got. Like the other treaties Japan signed, it reflected the balance of power between the closed, backward Japan and the industrialised, colonial nations of the West. These were a spur to Japanese modernisation efforts and, by 1900, Japan could be counted a developed, modern nation in many ways: Japanese troops fought alongside European soldiers during the Boxer Rebellion in China, for example.
Although the cost of constructing an American Trading District is very expensive, the investment can be considered worthwhile as it will enable recruitment of United States Marines and the Roanoke-Class Ironclad. However, very careful consideration should be taken on the placement of this building as a clan can only have one Trading District.