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Wokou Junk
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The numbers after / represent the broadside attack.
First AppearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Naval vessel
Cost800 Coin Icon coin
BuildingDock
Base Hit Points1500
Training Limit3
Speed7.5
LOS38
Resists75% vs. Ranged
Siege Damage70 / 40
Siege Multipliersx0.5 vs. Artillery
x3.0 vs. Building / x2.0 vs. Ship
Siege Range23 / 28
R.O.F.2.0 / 0.05
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The Wokou Junk is a mercenary warship in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It can be shipped by the Japanese and Chinese (Indians receive Marathan Catamaran loaded with mercenaries instead) as a Home City Card and always contains a small mercenary army. It is also trainable on some maps if a trading post is built on Zen settlement.

Wokou refers to a Japanese coastal pirate.

Japanese Wokou Junk

Wokou Ronin, Yojimbo Cavalry Archers or Ronin Samurai.

Chinese Wokou Junk

Wokou Horsemen, Horse Artillery or Petards.

History Edit

"The oldest references to the Chinese sailing vessel known as the “junk” date back to the Han Dynasty (220 BCE-200 CE), although it is generally believed that the junk was in use even earlier. The term “junk” has many origins, including roots in the Portuguese “junco,” the French “junque,” the Dutch “jonk,” the Malay “jon,” and the Javanese “djong.” The junk is identified by its high stern, projecting bow, and square linen sails. The sails are spread and contracted in an action similar to that of collapsible Venetian blinds. Instead of a keel, the junk has a large rudder. Junks were integral in Chinese trade and exploration up until the nineteenth century.

The term "wokou" is a combination of the Chinese word “wo,” referring to Japanese, and "kou,” meaning bandit or invasion.

Beginning in the thirteenth century, no group of sailors was as feared or as mighty as the plundering wokou pirates, a clan of Japanese raiders and smugglers who terrified the Chinese and Korean coasts. The first attacks occurred in 1223, triggering immediate calls for the Kamakura shogunate of Japan to corral these scoundrels and prevent further attacks on the Korean coast. In 1227, as a show of strength, the shogun had ninety suspected wokou pirates decapitated before the visiting Korean envoy.

During the Mongol invasions of the mid-thirteenth century, wokou attacks fell in number, most likely due to a heightened military preparedness on the part of both the Japanese and Korean governments. But this did not last. In the late fourteenth century, as central authority in Japan weakened, the wokou took full advantage, even branching out to initiate attacks along the coast of China. They profited highly from a severe trade embargo forced on Japan by the Qin and then Ming Dynasties of China, reaping rewards as black markets flourished. The wokou experienced periods of rise and decline, even attacking China with a makeshift fleet in 1419, but they ultimately became obsolete.

At its peak, the wokou culture was enough to threaten even the most powerful Asian rulers, and to appeal to the most ordinary of citizenry. Many men left behind their lives to seek fortunes at sea. Chinese merchants, militiamen, smugglers, Korean pirates, Portuguese sailors, traders, and even missionaries joined up with the notorious wokou pirates.
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Marauding Junk Edit

Marauding Junk
First AppearanceThe Asian Dynasties
Naval vessel
Age AvailableAges discovery Discovery Age
Base Hit Points1500
Speed7.5
LOS38
Resists75% vs. Ranged
Range Damage65 / 40
Range Multipliersx0.5 vs. Artillery
x3 vs. Building / x2 vs. Ship
Range30
Area of Effect1
R.O.F.2.0 / 0.05
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The Marauding Junk is a strong naval vessel treasure guardian. They usually guard very abundant treasures.

History Edit

"The oldest references to the Chinese sailing vessel known as the “junk” date back to the Han Dynasty (220 BCE to 200 CE), although it is generally believed to have come about earlier. The term “junk” has many origins, including roots in the Portuguese “junco,” the French “junque,” the Dutch “jonk,” the Malay “jon,” and the Javanese “djong.” The junk is identified by its high stern, projecting bow, and square linen sails. The sails are spread and contracted in an action similar to that of collapsible Venetian blinds. Instead of a keel, the junk has a large rudder. Junks were integral in Chinese trade and exploration up until the nineteenth century."

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