The Xianfa Emperor was a Jingdaoese Heavenly Light. He presided over a time of rapid change in the Empire. Having been inspired by the Jingdaoese Spring in his youth and living through the infamous Shun Coup shaped Xianfa's ideals. Having witnessed the misguided mistakes His father, the Mingshi Emperor, had made by declaring war upon three great powers, the Emperor understood the need of some kind of system with checks and balances.
He died while reaching a higher spiritual level during His fasting meditation in 6534 ASC.
The Xianfa Constitution, endorsed by the Heavenly Light Himself, shaped the Empire's future and assured the rights of most minority groups within its borders. His reign also saw the first elected Diwang, the third time in the nations' history that elections were held (the two first happened during the Minshu Period) and the end to economic isolation with the establishment of the USSO Common Market.
It also marked the first true end of Jingdao's isolation from the world. While in the past, its Emperors often hesitantly opened the borders for foreign individuals and their goods (and this isolation was strictly regulated through the Maritime Apollonian Customs Service until the Sheng Emperor merged it with the Haijing), His reign marked a huge increase of people which were in one way or another directly or indirectly involved in foreign trade (imports and exports). From almost none at the beginning of His reign in 6457 ASC, these numbers increased to 31,393,505 (12.33% of the total population) in 6509 ASC and 47,923,487 (18.8%) at the end of His reign.
The flourishing trade with its USSO Allies allowed the administration of His Diwang Chiang Shun to proceed with the prestigious Xindao Program (New Path): a huge expansion and modernisation of the Imperial Navy. Know how was sought in - mainly - Passio-Corum, while giant shipyards were construct across the country.
The increased power range allowed the Emperor to intervene in Calbion and Blackstone, which were in need of protection (both against foreign powers as rebellious groups wishing to overthrow the government). The Five Great Campaigns became a series of mostly punitive campaigns against groups who sought to destabilise order. It also saw the reattachment of Calbion, which once had been a Jingdaoese colony.
|Head of State of Jingdao
1647 – 1649