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Trade Flow Edit
The district was a clearing-house for goods arriving in the city, and an economic battleground for those who wished to channel the flow of those goods. Trade agreements were the coin of this district's court, and the trade delegations from the Clans would spend much effort here manoeuvering against their rivals. A Clan which could not control the flow of its goods into the Imperial City was not only at an economic disadvantage but would also lose face. 
With so many merchant patrons already embracing a somewhat un-samurai-like attitude, the tactics employed here could be very cut-throat. Bribing the dock officials to delay or refuse sensitive shipments was a common tactic, and rival merchants frequently engaged in nasty commercial disputes over the several marketplaces in the district. 
The court of the Shijou District taught the importance of duty like few others in the Empire, since the need to maintain a strong position for one's clan could often trump all other considerations. Since Toshi Ranbo became the Imperial City, the Mantis Clan maintained a strong presence in this district and it's court indeed. One of the major Embassy of the Mantis was located here, however, the Phoenix Clan's expulsion of the Mantis following the Khan's attack on the capital in 1169 for brawling with the Lion weakened their position here. 
Winter of Red Snow Edit
Notable Locations Edit
- The Docks
- The Golden Palace - Imperial Treasury
- The House of River's Spray
- The Little Merchant's District
- Shijou District Court
Known Governors Edit
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