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This article is about a faction in Ciconia no Naku Koro ni.

The Central Ocean Union (COU) is a faction consisting primarily of Eastern Asian countries.

Profile[edit | edit source]

A faction formed around an alliance between COU China and COU India, two new superpowers that rose near the end of the B3W period.

It was formed as a reaction to the AOU's push for a return to the old world order. For that reason, it has stood in opposition to the AOU ever since its founding.

They're the only one of the factions that maintains their B3W sense of values, and they claim to be the only group of nations where ancient traditions and the human heart still live on.

That might be why they tend to look down on other nations, calling them cold-blooded and inhumane.

It's said to be a country where connections and money do all the talking, and the other factions view it as corrupt.

Politics[edit | edit source]

The COU Joint Parliament governs the faction as a whole. They've adopted a policy of taking preemptive action in military disputes.

Geography[edit | edit source]

The Central Ocean Union members consist of primarily east Asian nations, with China and India being the original members of the faction. In addition, Madagascar is a member.

Following the formation of the Abrahamic Brother Nations; the COU, wanting to envelop all nations surrounding the Central Ocean, forced several nations in the Middle East to join them, namely around the Arabian peninsula.

Member Nations[edit | edit source]

  • China
  • India
  • Japan (split in half by the Glass Sea, northern half is part of the AOU)
  • Indonesia
  • Myanmar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Madagascar
  • Oman
  • Yemen

Society[edit | edit source]

Unlike the AOU, children in the COU are born traditionally (ciconia-born) instead of in factories. Family is thus held in high regard, and young people will often submit to what their elders say.[1]

Military[edit | edit source]

The COU Combined Military HQ manages both the Gauntlet Knights and standard infantry.

Aerial Augmented Infantry[edit | edit source]

They have fielded two squads for the International Battle Standard Festival: Baibao and Suparna.

In an effort to bolster numbers following the drone attacks, many trainee Gauntlet users are rushed into service.[2]

Known Units

  • Baibao
  • Suparna
  • Sakurafubuki[3]
  • Fudou[3]
  • Setsugekka Squad[4]
  • Kozèko Squad[2]

Foreign Relations[edit | edit source]

AOU[edit | edit source]

AOU Japan and COU Japan have had a shared responsibility in maintaining the Glass Sea as a World War Relic. After discovering that Rare Spiritium was contained there, COU Japan started building military bases to occupy the area while AOU Japan opposed them.[5]

A buffer zone between AOU Russia and COU China becomes the center of combat due to an unresolved border dispute.[3]

ABN[edit | edit source]

The Kashmir Spirit Field is a source of dispute between the COU and the ABN, stemming from previous conflicts. Each faction claims it as their territory, with tensions being further exacerbated by the ABN performing illegal mining operations and introducing anti-aircraft weaponry.[6]

Several COU countries are affected by the outbreak of Erbil L5, and they plan retaliation against the ABN for their suspected involvement.[7]

ACR[edit | edit source]

An ACR politician receives asylum in COU Madagascar, whom the ACR demand be returned to them.[5]

Skirmishes between COU India and ACR Libya also break out for unclear reasons.[3]

LATO[edit | edit source]

LATO appoints several politicians from every faction, including the COU's own Tiankai Liu, as provisional directors for the signing of a peace treaty. However, most of them are killed in an explosion accident at the IPMA HQ.[8]

LATO later arranges a second simultaneous global truce and pulls it off with no problems.[9]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. From Chapter 14: The Value and True Weight of Peace; Phase 1
  2. 2.0 2.1 From Chapter 24: A Kids' Meal of Natural Disasters; Phase 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 From Chapter 17: Don't Die, Don't Kill; Phase 1
  4. From Chapter 22: The Second Simultaneous Global Truce; Phase 1
  5. 5.0 5.1 From Chapter 7: The Three Kings; Phase 1
  6. From Chapter 10: Simultaneous Global Conflicts; Phase 1
  7. From Chapter 18: God's Scenario; Phase 1
  8. From Chapters 19 and 20; Phase 1
  9. From Chapter 25: The Hour of the Prophecy; Phase 1
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