The Milites Empire (ミリテス皇国, Miritesu Kōkoku?) is a nation where the Peristylium Byakko is located in Final Fantasy Type-0. It neighbors the Suzaku Fiefdom of Rubrum, which it invades in the game. Its Emperor has currently gone missing and Cid Aulstyne now handles the affairs of the government as well as the Byakko Peristylium.
The Byakko Peristylium, an organization that conducts research into the energy from the Byakko crystal. This energy is used for military and domestic affairs. Different from the crystals of other countries, whose power can be wielded only by a select few (like the students in Suzaku), the power of the Byakko crystal is used to create weapons and "Madou Armor" (Magitek Armor) mecha, which can be used by all citizens. This has allowed the army to develop into a force of many tens of thousands.
The Milites government sparked a war between the nations when it invaded the other countries to obtain the power of their crystals.
Milites is Latin for "soldiers".
The country's attributes and qualities, as well as symbolism to one of the animals of the Four Symbols is evident in its themes.
- Representing the west, the nation is also situated in the westernmost region of Orience.
- Representing the season of Autumn, the nation boasts a continuous overcast sky, with an upper continental climate.
- Aligned with the Wu Xing element of Metal, the Byakko Crystal manifests its use through technology and machinery, as metal is a material common in innovative uses. Metal also being the prime material for weaponry, it is also symbolic of martial force and death, both of which Milites has much of and causes greatly, respectively.
- Its animal the White Tiger, the animal is also seen in the ranks of its military and heraldry.
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