Kozan is a constitutional monarchy. Just like any other dynasty in the world, there is always a founder for their royal family. Queen Marisa is unarguably its founder and Kozan’s first ruler. So, this whole article is about her life.

Humble But Troubled Beginnings

Marisa began her life to a small family on July 10, 1671. But, her early childhood was rather troubled. Her mother died when she was just two and her father had to raise the young Marisa on his own. However, just when Marisa was ten, her father disbanded her, forcing her to live in an orphanage for the rest of her childhood.

Meeting Swedish Pilgrims and Colonists

During her mid-teens, Swedish pilgrims and colonists visited Kozan, one of the first people they met was Marisa herself. Unfortunately, she did not know a single word of Swedish and had to learn their language herself. Same thing for the pilgrims too but for Marisa’s native language, which was Japanese. After Marisa formed a bond with the Swedish, she helped Sweden colonize Kozan, effectively opening up Kozan to more western influence.

At one point, the King of Sweden invites Marisa for a visit to Sweden. Fascinated by their architecture, she decides to stay in Sweden for several years before she was recruited to return to Kozan in her mid twenties.

Shock in Kozan, Eventual Creation of the Kozanese Royal Family

An ancient painting of Queen Marisa in a grassy field holding her scepter.

Upon her return to Kozan, a terrible event had taken place. She was told that a deadly disease wiped out nearly the entire male population of Kozan. One of its survivors, the pseudo-King Rinnosuke, ended up forcing several of Kozan’s women to have one child. Now, you may think this would be kinda odd to have several wives to have one child with, that was Rinnosuke’s only way to rebuild Kozan’s population. Nobody knows how he was really fertile to have all those children.

The deadly disease was a variation of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus that first infected a youkai-born man, but the youkai later infected a non-youkai man and soon it spread to other men, and that’s when the outbreak known as Gensokyo Respiratory Syndrome (GRS) came to fruition. It eventually mutated and began infecting female individuals as well. The virus still exists to this very day, though in periodic intervals.

Kozan had no de facto ruler, so Marisa was obliged to be the ruler. As a result, Kozan’s ruling dynasty was founded at the very beginning of the 18th century, in 1702. Queen Marisa was its first ruler, but the pseudo king said that she must produce an heir to keep the monarchy going. So, within a few years, Marisa gave birth to a son named Kichou; he was the monarchy’s second ruler.

Later Life and Death

Marisa’s formal appearance as the Queen of Kozan (notice the very long hair)

Marisa’s later life was all about exploring and technological advances. Marisa’s life would eventually come to a close after she developed diabetic ketoacidosis and eventual kidney disease. As she died peacefully on January 31, 1752, her son Kichou succeeded her as king, which is a tradition that still ongoes to this day.

Legacy

Queen Marisa was a major, but important figure in Kozan’s history. She is considered a cultural icon in Kozan, many statues of her located in memorials and museums persist throughout the country. In fact, many of her old possessions and jewelry have been passed down to her descendants and future monarchs from generation to generation, She was portrayed by numerous actresses in the many films and plays featuring her, including a 2001 critically acclaimed animated feature film about her life. Although nominated for the first Oscar for Best Animated Feature, sadly it didn’t win.

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