Hon Ben Erasmus

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Hon Ben Erasmus
Diwang of the Grand Secretariat of Jingdao
In office
5.I.1700 – Incumbent
Monarch Hai Emperor
Meiyo Emperor
Chidao Emperor
Preceded by Jin San
Emperor of Hondon
In office
1653–1657
Preceded by None
Succeeded by None

Born 1644
Jade Palace, Daocheng, Great Jing
Nationality Jingdaoese
Occupation Cabinet Minister

The Hoshasei Emperor (1644 AN - ...), also known as Hon Ben Erasmus or Hon Ben Jade, was the first Emperor of the Empire of Hondon.

Time as emperor

The 13-year old Hoshasei Emperor in modern Jingdaoese court uniform, at the end of the War of Lost Brothers. He was made to look older in the portrait.

Still a child when the Empire of Hondon was proclaimed, but often seen as remarkably grown up. As oldest son of Princess Yuling, who eventually became the Meiyo Emperor after the death of Her brother, the Hai Emperor, he became heir to the Heavenly Throne. With the discovery of the (at the moment of Meiyo's ascension still unborn) royal prince, Chidao, he lost his position of heir, but remained active in court politics. He supported his imperial nephew from behind the scenes and proved a strong supporter of the Imperial Court.

He became CEO of the Tranquil Jade Tea Society in 1682 AN after the retirement of his mother.

Post-Chidao Era

As CEO of the Tranquil Jade Tea Society, Hon Ben remained out of the spotlight. It wasn't until the collapse of order during the early days of the Post-Chidao Troubles, that he - pushed by close friends - started gaining attention and political influence. He made clever use of the fact that he remained relatively free to move, while his niece - the later Xinshi Emperor - and her government were put under house arrest by Lin Zexu, Imperial Magistrate and Commander of the Eight Gates.

Lin Zexu, a personal friend and staunch ally of Hon Ben, urged him to take charge over government affairs during the chaos. Hon Ben disagreed, as there was still a capable heir to the Throne, although the disappearance of the Heavenly Light - Chidao - made officials uncertain of the necessity of an enthronement (with which precious time was lost to stabilise the realm).

Instead of taking the regency, Hon Ben started bribing local warlords in the hope to reunite them with the Daocheng government, once the country was stabilised. Yoshi Iwao was among those who he could -eventually- call an ally. With his rise to power over the Gunbatsu Clique, Hon could start negotiating a treaty of cooperation and re-integration between the Heavenly Court and the most powerful military cliques.

Xinshi Era

Hon Ben during the opening of the Gong Suweiai in 1700 AN. Through bribery and threats, the Gang of Four gained a lot of representatives who supported their political ideals.

Hon Ben became a critic of the merge of the Great Jing with the Cakaristan. He increasingly voiced his concerns about the weaknesses of the Court and the Heavenly Light, in which he blamed Diwang Jin San. He was eventually thanked for his services due to his stubborn resistance and sent to the newly established Hondon Province as Vice-Roy.

Eventually, he successfully sidelined his rival, Jin San, by establishing connections between his closest allies and forging the Gang of Four, whom were upset with the changes within the Empire and its integration within Great Apollonia. Having lost the opportunity to end the unification, Hon seized control over the Grand Secretariat by convincing his niece to grant him the position of Diwang. The title itself had become almost worthless, as more power was divided between States and Federal authorities.

The Gang of Four and Hon brought the reformation of the state to a grinding halt and, while not directly blocking integration, started strengthening the Jingdaoese Community and their own positions.