Celestial Empire of China
Zhōnghuá tiāncháo

Timeline: Celestial Ascendance

OTL equivalent: China
Flag of the Celestial Empire of China (Celestial Ascendance) National Seal of the Celestial Empire of China
Flag of China Imperial Seal of China

統一和勝利 "Unification and Victory"
天下 "All Under Heaven" (Imperial)

Anthem: "天体权势(Celestial Ascendance)"
Capitals Zaofu (Winter)
Chang'an (Summer)
Other cities Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang, Chongqing, Guangzhou
Chinese, Kantonese
  others: Tibetan
Religion: Buddhism
Ethnic groups:
Han Chinese
  others: Tibetans, Manchurians...
Demonym: Chinese
Type of government: Constitutional, democratic and hereditary monarchy
Empress: Wu Shenglong Zhou
  Royal house: Zhou Dynasty
Prime Minister: Jiang Sheng
8,200,000,000 km²
  water (%): 2%
  per capita: €70623.56
Population: 1,000,857,294 
Independence: from Tang Dynasty
  declared: 660
  recognized: 660
Currency: Chinese Yuan
Organizations: United Nations
“China is an innovative, stong and large nation, its people are proud and never lose hope. It has the ability to absorb and assimilate any foreign influence which makes it one of the greatest civilizations in our history.”
~ Suryavarman III on China
China (Chinese: 天朝 "Zhōnghuá"), officially the Celestial Empire of China (Chinese: 中华天朝 "Zhōnghuá tiāncháo"), often shortened to Chinese Empire and sometimes reffered to as the Zhou Dynasty (its ruling dynasty), is a sovereign nation in Asia and the most powerful nation in the world. China borders the United Republic to the north, Khaganligi and Sassania to the west and Magadha, Bengal and the Khmer Empire to the south.

China's influence reaches over the entire globe, into all continents. It is also the largest economy in the world and is ruled by Empress Wu Shenglong, who ascended the Dragon Throne in 2001. The current Empire was founded in 660, by Empress Wu Zetian, who established the Second Zhou Dynasty.

China is one of the oldest civilizations in human history, and was first united into a centralized empire by Qin Shi Huang. Though his dynasty didn't last very long, China would rise to become the world's dominant superpower, and was the indisputed hyperpower for many centuries. The Qin Dynasty was followed by the Han Dynasty, which led China to a new period of prosperity. China became by far the most powerful state on Earth during the Tang Dynasty. In 660, Wu Zetian became China's first female Emperor under the Zhou Dynasty, and led the nation to a new height, introducing many new laws and reforms, including women's and human rights. The Zhou Dynasty was eventually overthrown in 1320 by the Shang Dynasty.

In 1600, the Shang Dynasty was overthrown by Asami Zhou, and the Zhou Dynasty was returned to the throne. During the late 17th century, major discoveries were made and the 18th century was characterized by the Industrial Revolution, leading China to a new period of world hegemony. In 1802 however, China was defeated by the United Republic, and proved the world that China was not undefeatable. Following a wave of democratic and liberation revolutions accross the world, China remained strong. Yet in 1990, China surrendered to the Earth Empire's invasion, following a nuclear threat, and was occupied by The Great Uniter's armies. After the war's end, China once again flourished, and continues to be the dominant force in world politics.