Marriage patterns in the Rising Sun Empire are based on status and wealth. For the masses marriage is monogamous, women have no rights to divorce but men may divorce a woman if they have sufficient grounds. In the upper echelons of society, polygamy is common practice, a man has one wife and any number of concubines. In these cases titles are only given to children of the individuals wife. The marriage ceremony is a simple affair where the couple wishing to marry must take oaths in front of a priest.
Marriage is monogamous and the line is traced through the male, females leave their own family and become a member of their husbands. Duties are shared between the family with very little gender bias, childcare is typically communal. In the case of laws and punishment, a practical eye for an eye approach is taken in the case of serious crimes the accused is usually tried in front of a group of elders, and sentence is passed. The families band together for mutual defence, any outside aggressor faces guerrilla warfare and hit and run attacks that will harass and inconvenience formations of troops, and decimate small skirmishing groups. Against internal threats, families call in allied families and use similar tactics against each other, few battlefield engagements have ever occurred.
Marriage is monogamous and for life, divorce is unheard of. Due to the close knit society, the concept of law and order is paramount to life in the major cities. Almost all crimes carry stiff penalties, ranging from fines to imprisonment, very rarely is a death sentence passed. Local soldiers act as a police force, as well as defending the town from any hostile force. The cities are ruled over by a local bureaucracy, the Alliance its self is controlled by a council of nine individuals. When one member of the council leaves or dies, he or she is replaced by the selection of a new member by the rest of the council. Often this replacement is suggested by the prior member, often a relative or trusted aide.
The Rangers are totally responsible for military actions, and they are responsible for more severe punishments. Crimes are typically punished with fines or banishment, on rare occasion death for the crime of murder. Only the sentencing of the village elder and a Ranger permits a death sentence. Rangers are appointed by the council and a group of retired Rangers, this group is also responsible for revoking the position if charges are brought against a Ranger. Rangers spend a lot of time travelling, primarily to spread around their experience and allow the land between villages to be patrolled. It is common for younger Rangers to spend time drifting from one place to another, this is encouraged to give them time to develop and mature.
The military of the Cerinthian Empire is highly organised, well disciplined and extensively trained. The Military is centred around small groups of heavily armoured cavalry, groups of equally armoured elite heavy infantry, and large numbers of lighter infantry. In rare circumstances these standing forces will be supported by local militia. The typical fighting force is one thousand strong, organised into groups of fifty. The first group is elite heavy cavalry, the second three lighter skirmishing cavalry. The next four groups elite heavy infantry, the remaining twelve are moderately armoured infantry.
Due to the high population density of the Cerinthian Empire, law and order are very important to the typical citizen. Penalties are based on the crime, with maximum and minimum penalties set down for any crimes. Typically breaking minor laws results in fines, more serious crimes are punishable by imprisonment and in the case of murder execution. Crimes against citizens of high standing carry stiffer penalties, also the same citizens also tend to be favoured by the legal system.
Due to the partially democratic nature of the Cerinthian political system, corruption is fairly low. The emperor has the power to veto any decision made by the senate or his lords, but as he removable by a large enough coalition of senators, this power is used rarely. The emperor does however have great power, and rewards his allies appropriately.
A typical village will be built on a hill or other defensible point, surrounded by a wooden wall, and defended by all of the inhabitants. Most construction will be done with wood, typically using thatch for roofing. Stone is occasionally used for important buildings, or to add strength to other buildings.
Marriage is polygamous with lineage traced through the male. Males can have more than one wife but not women, but a bride price must be paid to the father of the bride and so it is rare to find a male with more than one wife. Divorce is acceptable but the woman must be remarried, and to someone outside of the village. If their husband dies the woman tends to remarry out of necessity, often they will marry their brother-in law or other blood relation of their husband. Laws vary from one tribe to another as does punishment, the village leader will assign punishment based on situation. Punishments tend to be along the lines of an eye for an eye, but banishment and fines are common, social crimes especially (adultery for example) are frequently punished by banishment.