|Manga Debut:||Chapter 176
Determination and Departure
|Anime Debut:||(2016 Anime)
Those Who Cling,
Those Who Struggle
Kushan is a large empire loosely based on the real world Kushan empire, ruled by Emperor Ganishka. Its military combines large, well organized conventional forces with various supernatural creatures and human magic users. It is currently engaged in a protracted war with the allied nations under the Holy See, having invaded and occupied much of Midland.
At least one Kushan commander attributes their success in protracted military campaigns such as the current conflict with Midland to the country's policy of using war slaves and captured soldiers from enemy armies compelled to fight for the Kushan as cannon fodder to bear the brunt of the casualties.
The Kushan army utilized immense cruelty in their conquest of Midland, slaughtering entire cities and mounting their remains on statues, buildings and in palaces. Women were taken captives to either be sold off as slaves, or to be utilized for creating Daka.
Apart from fielding large amounts of human soldiers, the Kushan also utilize different demonic warbeasts, created from horrific magic.
As Griffith rose to prominence, the Kushan armies would suffer numerous decisive defeats against his Apostle army. Although the carnage of these soldiers was immense, Griffith allowed Kushan soldiers to swell his ranks. Subsequently, Ganishka's defeat by the hand of Femto lead to the fall of the Kushan Empire. Since then, Kushan soldiers and citizens are allowed to live in peace in Falconia.
- In real life, the Kushan Empire (Sanskrit: कुषाण राजवंश, Kuṣāṇ Rājavaṃśa) was an empire in South Asia originally formed in the early 1st century CE under Kujula Kadphises in the territories of ancient Bactria around the Oxus River (Amu Darya), and later based near Kabul, Afghanistan.
- Emperor Kanishka was the most prominent ruler from the Kushan dynasty.