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Emperor Go-Kôtoku (1746-1820) was the 113th Emperor of Japan. He reigned from 1750 until 1818, when he retired for reasons of ill health. His personal name was Fidefito. He grew up during the First Global War, and presided over Japan's participation in the Second Global War.
Go-Kôtoku came to the throne at the age of 4. His great-grandfather, Toyotomi Fidefi, was appointed as sexxô (regent) for him. At the age of 13, his great-grandfather died, and his grandfather Toyotomi Fidenaru replaced him. When he turned 16, he took over direct government, though much of his power was being wielded by a xôgun, appointed by Fidefi for the duration of the First Global War. In gratitude towards his grandfather's service, he appointed him as Quampaku upon his assumption of power.
Go-Kôtoku sought peace with his enemies. In 1765, three years after taking direct rule, he reached a truce with his enemies, and began the negotiations that would produce the Treaty of Kyoto. Japan was forced to accept a humiliating defeat. Most of her North American possessions were lost, retaining only Aruta. Japan also lost most of Chôxen, and almost all of India and Indonesia.
Go-Kôtoku sought vengence against his enemies, and in 1771, supported rebels in northern Louisianne, who became the Japanese state of Misuri. Soon afterwards, the French monarchy fell in the French Revolution.
A new revolutionary government began conquering neighboring lands. When a man by the name of Napoleon took over the government of France, crowning himself Emperor and greatly expanding France's revolutionary wars, bringing what is now known as the Second Global War to its fullest extent, Go-Kôtoku saw his opportunity. He concluded an alliance with France, soon invading France's enemies. Japan swept across North America, at its height, ruling almost all of North America, save only parts of Canada and what is now the North American Confederation east of the Appalachian mountains. His enemies soon pushed his forces back, eventually coming to a stalemate.
By 1811, however, Napoleon had begun planning an invasion of Russia. Go-Kôtoku saw that this was ill-advised and futilely attempted to talk him out of it. Napoleon, in turn, attempted to convince Go-Kôtoku to participate in the invasion
Go-Kôtoku feared that remaining with France would drag Japan down, and so negotiated a peace treaty, the Treaty of Philadelphia. Much of Misuri was occupied by British troops. To regain it, Go-Kôtoku was forced to cede Oregon. He was permitted to retain the "useless" territory of Areska. In Asia, Japan's forces pushed the Japanese-Russian border back to the Urals, and captured some central Asian territories. Japan also took back much of Indonesia and regained a foothold in India.
After Napoleon's downfall, Go-Kôtoku gave him asylum in the Kinnai.
Several years later, Go-Kôtoku died and was succeeded by his fifth son, Go-Quammu.
Go-Kôtoku was the only son of Go-Kômon. His mother was the grand-daughter of the last Quampaku of the Toyotomi line, Toyotomi Fidefi. Go-Kôtoku had many children by various wives, consorts, concubines, and other women at court.
- 1762-1767 Toyotomi Fidenaru
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