In other character-based writing systems such as Chu Nomh, Kanji, and Hanja, there are customized characters due to regional dialects. Has this occurred with Simplified at all? Or has the government locked down any attempt and forced unifying of the script?

For instance, the sichuan dialects are vastly different from standard mandarin. Are there any regional characters?

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Wikipedia has the following pages:

Here you can find characters that solely belong to topolects.

There is also an introduction to topolectical characters:

Many topolectical characters are also still being prepped for Unicode encoding. If you're curious you can go through BabelStone Han PUA to get an idea of whats to come for CJKV extensions.

You will also notice that topolectical characters are not just simply written in simplified. Most historical documents are written in traditional and oftentimes the simplified characters that do arise are just simply 類推 (simplified characters by analogy).

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