In the Celestial Empire of the Ming Dynasty the leading families vie
with one another for political power and influence over the Imperial
government. They do not compete by brazen force of arms, but within the
confines of Confucian philosophy. Subtle influence is wielded, gifts are
given and received, setting up a network of relationships that will
lead one family to dominate the government under a benign Emperor.
Players of Confucius participate in this discreet and
delicate struggle for power. As well as influencing the three principal
ministries of government, leadership of the great exploration and
trading fleets will bring renown to the one who heads them, and glory
attends the general leading invasions of foreign lands.