The Hai Emperor (1623 - 1657 AN) was a Jingdaoese Heavenly Light. He ascended the Throne after His father, the Xianfa Emperor, reached a higher spiritual level during meditation fasting. The young Emperor immediately returned from His task as commander of the Western Armada to Daocheng, where he was warmly welcomed by loyal officers and servants. His early reign was plagued with a series of uprisings from different groups - and for several different reasons - who attempted to profit from the power struggle in the capital.
He died after being shot by a stray bullet during an attempted coup (which, ironically, was meant to 'liberate' the emperor and prolong the war against foreign imperialists). At the moment of his death, his child was not yet born and his sister ascended to the Throne. The birth of his child was kept a secret, till the boy was placed on the Throne by a group of militarists and bureaucrats.
The Badao Party
The Hai Emperor embarked on a crusade against the liberal administration which was, according to Him, trampling on the values of the Empire. During the opening session of the Imperial Yuan, His Head Steward revealed that several Members of the Yuan had changed sides and joined the Badao (way of the hegemon) party. The Badao sought restoration of power, while leaving certain responsibilities in the hands of the Yuan (like foreign affairs and the USSO). The movement gained popular momentum among the masses thanks to the sudden revelation that the Second Princess, Yuling, would lead the new party on behalf of the Imperial Court. This move surprised even more politicians and led to a further loss of support for the traditional Kuominliantang.
The Xianbei Defiance started after the death of Ming Wei, who many assumed to have been murdered in name of (or was murdered with the approval of) the young Emperor. This led to increased unrest and a revolt in the Xianbei Province, where many frustrated Kildari attacked Jingdaoese possessions and local garrisons. In the Yuan, some members of the Nokarodo Faction made attempts to seek political support for the actions of the impoverished Kildari in the Xianbei Province. This backlashed, as the new chairman (and brother of the deceased Ming Wei) Tsukono Wei was seen as an active supporter of the rebellion, in his home town.
With the Nokarodo Faction having become a political pariah, gaining the the electoral seats in the 1650 Yuan election became a fight between the Kuominliantang and the Badao.
In 1649 AN, several of the wealthier merchants of Blackstone made an attempt to overthrow the imperial administration. Their hope that they would have received a preferential treatment (like tax cuts for the Blackstone companies) from the Xianfa Emperor had been crushed and now, with a new emperor on the Throne, they hoped that independence could be restored.
Diplomatic talks failed, after which the merchants tried to start a revolt. A quick counter-action from the Imperial Jingdaoese Navy (informed by some Blackstonians who worked in the harbour) ended the riots. The leaders were hanged for treason and order was restored.
|Head of State of Jingdao
1649 – 1657