Xing is a country from the Fullmetal Alchemist series. It is located to the east of Amestris, and across the Desert Area. Two main characters in the series, Ling Yao and May Chang came from Xing in search of immortality so they could become the successor to the current Emperor, their father.
Not much in known about the geography of Xing, as it was never seen in the anime or manga, however it is known that a vast desert separates Amestris and Xing, making it very difficult for travelers to get from one side to the other. This desert makes it very difficult for Amestris to have any ties with Xing, because they are isolated from each other.
Apart from the desert, there has been talk that there is a sea route to get from one side to the other, but the desert is, surprisingly, much quicker.
Xing is controlled by a Monarch government and an Emperor. Under the Emperor, there are fifty separate clans, each of with is lead by a chief of the clan. Forty-three of these clans were led by a heir to the throne in 1914, and it led to extremely fierce competition between all of them for who would become the next Emperor. This includes murdering other heirs, or sabotaging their chances in other ways.
As mentioned above, Xing is separated into fifty separate clans. Only three of these clans, however, were ever mentioned in the series. These clans were the Yao clan, which consists of Ling Yao, Lan Fan, and Fu, the Chang clan, which consists of May Chang and Xiao-Mei, and the Han clan, which consists of a man who gave Ed a your of ancient Xerxes.
Because of the desert barrier that separates Xing from all other countries, Xing has developed its own culture that is greatly different from all other places. Warriors and fighters from Xing tend to have a much different fighting style in which they take advantage of their strong senses and the Dragon's Pulse, a sixth sense Xingese people can develop. This sense allows people to detect the flow of life in human souls, and is very handy for the Xingese to catch spies and others.
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