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Imperial China
Timeline: 1983: Doomsday

OTL equivalent: Manchuria
Impchinaflag No coa
Flag Coat of Arms
Dark Blue is the Qing Dynasty proper, Light Blue is the fiefdoms.

通過他們的力量就是力量,通過和平有權力 (Mandarin Chinese, Manchu)
("Through power there is strength, through peace there is power")

Anthem "Gong Jin'ou"
Capital Tongliao
Largest city Tongliao
Mandarin Chinese, Manchu
  others Russian
Religion Buddhism, Manchu beliefs, etc.
Ethnic Groups
Manchu, Han Chinese
  others Russian, Mongol, Korean, Tibetan, Indian, Japanese
Demonym Qings
Government Monarchy
  Emperor: House of Qing
2,500 km
  water (%) 5%
Population 3,000,000 
Independence from Lawless PRC
  declared 1989 (Tonglia Country)

1996 (Qing Dynasty

  recognized 2010
Annexation to Socialist Siberia
  date August 24th, 2012
Currency Items by weight

The Qing Dynasty, often called Imperial China or Qing China, was a small nation in the Manchuria Region of China. Not much was known about the nation, except that it was controlled by an heir to the old Qing Dynasty and that it was a heavily armed, but not hostile, state. It controlled the areas of Tieling, Siping, Songyuan, Baicheng, Tongliao, among others. The country is now part of the USSR and a part of the Manchurian Territory.


The area has gone through many empires and regimes. Among them was the Qing Dynasty, which originated in Manchuria. Below you will find a detailed history on the nation.

History of the Old Qing Dynasty

The Dynasty was founded not by the Han who form the majority of the Chinese population, but the Manchus, who are today an ethnic minority of China. What was to become the Manchu state was founded by a minor Jurchen tribe in Jianzhou, in the early 17th century. Originally a vassal of the Ming emperors, Nurhaci in 1582 embarked on an inter-tribal feud that escalated into a campaign to unify the Jianzhou Jurchen tribes. By 1616 he had sufficiently consolidated Jianzhou region to proclaim himself khan of "Great Jin" in reference to the previous Jurchen dynasty. Historians refer to this pre-Qing entity as "Later Jin" to distinguish it from the first Jin Dynasty. Two years later Nurhaci announced Seven Grievances and openly renounced the sovereignty of Ming overlordship in order to complete the unification of those Jurchen tribes still allied with the Ming emperor. After a series of successful battles he relocated his capital from Hetu Ala to successively bigger captured Ming cities in the province of Liadong, first Liaoyang in 1621 and again in 1625 to Shenyang.


Manchuria was hit hard by strategic nuclear strikes, as it was a vital industrial region in the PRC and the local government quickly proved unable to control the crumbling region. Falling into anarchy with military leaders fighting each other for supremacy, many Chinese simply decided to escape to the north. Manchuria was split in half on Doomsday, due to strikes on Shenyang, Harbin, and Dajian. Due to fallout and starvation, the last functioning government in the area, in Tongliao eventually was near-collapse. It shadowed its old population, now at a 200,000 populace record, although the mountainous terrain allowed it to remain a sea of organization in a sea of destruction. Many refugees escaping from the south soon overwhelmed the city and the city descended into chaos.

Exile and Conquest

Around 1984, several PLA and Han Chinese were expelled from Ughyr into Inner Mongolia after an uprising in Ughyr against the Soviets who attempted to conquer them. With a caravan of over 90,000 people, mostly civilians, the large nomadic group overwhelmed any surviving communities. Eventually they settled what is now known as a much smaller People's Republic of China.

However, in 1988, a small group was even further exiled when a military coup was attempted to take over the provisional People's Republic. One of the leaders of the rebellion was HH Chinese Pretender Prince Hengzen, his wife Tu Yanling, and 7 year old son Jin Xing. Although Hengzen had been part of the Rebel forces as a film projectionist in the PLA, his history led him to being nicknamed "Emperor General", and along with a small group of 2000 people most of them military, they set out further into Inner Mongolia in search of a new home. They arrived at the tip of Inner Mongolia, at what would remain of the city of Tongliao. Without more than a word spoken, the People's Liberation Army crushed anything that seemed to be a "rebellion", and soon established their first outpost there nicknamed the "Tongliao Country". Soon after, the now "TLA" Army helped free Siping and further parts of Inner Mongolia. At a census taken in 1989, there were only 79,000 people living in Tongliao Country". At first the TC was not only Communist, but it was a heavily militaristic society and always elected military members.

Hengzen soon became a topic of interest occasionally. Now that they were in Manchuria, Hengzen's ancenstral home, many in the army joked on whether "Emperor Hengzen of the Qing" would take the throne or not. These talks became more serious when it became obvious that the pathetic generals in charge could not handle the situation, and after a brief skirmish with Siberia, the forces were further diminished. His son, who was 13, had been raised with hearing stories that he was "Emperor of China" and that he could "save his people". He had also wanted, before Doomsday, to be a member of the army. His dream came true eventually, as in 1996 Jin Xing, who was 18, was accepted into the TC's Army. By the time he was 21 he was a "Shang Xiao", or Colonel. He led the 3rd Battalion Liberation Army into Liaoning, which was eventually liberated and annexed to Tongliao Country.

Restoration of Imperial Rule

Soon the Council of Generals of Tongliao had massacred a village of Manchus after they attempted to leave TC. Xing was a Manchu. He had suddenly been brought back to the days of his childhood. Living in poverty and filth moving from one war-torn village to the next. The times food was stolen from him, and he was beaten up for it. How he and his family were expelled from the rump People's Republic for speaking out. How the Council of Generals had failed to provide for the people of Tongliao. He decided, he planned, he was disillusioned with Mao's legacy and the generals that followed his teachings who had brought nothing but misery upon the people of China. He had had enough. The Communists had to die.

Jin Xing and several other leaders had started a movement with the populace on anti-Communism, similar to his father's original movement, that it was those ideals that caused Doomsday in the first place. After several minor riots, he was eventually expelled from the Army and was tried to be executed for "high treason". However, he was rescued several hours before a public hanging was to take place. His "followers", mostly those who he rescued from Liaoning, who nicknamed themselves the "Imperialists" would attempt to depose the Communists, which eventually resulted in civil war. The war ended quick with the Xing Faction winning after the TC leadership, and key military figures were killed. Soon, the Imperial Party took control.

Under Xing's leadership, he effectively restored Imperial rule over this part of China, and his father, the original heir to the throne as a successor to the Qing Imperial bloodline. While not a Communist state, the Emperor would take the beneficial practices of the People's Republic government, such as public transportation, government farms, and public housing and apply them to his own leadership. Public Housing was the easiest since over 700,000 homes sat empty in Tongliao. Under Imperial rule, his lands expanded, and what started as a small city-state around Tongliao eventually grew into a state that controlled most of Central Manchuria. Also, the fiefdom system was introduced, like the Empire of old, Qing would gather taxes and tribute from small villages or towns in return for protection.

At first they had gathered taxes from all of Manchuria, including the Siberian portion, but when an Imperial "peacekeeping" brigade of soldiers were shot up by Siberia, thinking of them to be raiders. This started a long period of resentment towards Socialist Siberia.

Contact with Korea

Contact with Korea occurred in 1999, when Imperial forces began to expand deeper into Manchuria, establishing the "Second Empire" to the east. With this newly created outpost, many Chinese refugees were drawn by a lure away from a life of filth and squalor. Korea then began to notice this drop in immigrants, and, eventually sent out a field battalion to investigate the situation, which is when they discovered the Qing. However the Chinese soon drove the Koreans out after reports from the Chinese refugees of Korea's harsh methods to deal with them, even though the Koreans actually sought peace, the amount of racism towards the Chinese made tensions too high.

From the Empire's point of view, they were surrounded on all fronts by enemies. The only ones who they could get along with were Jiangsu, and to a certain extent after contact in 2002 with Japan. This made the Empire adopt a sort of isolationist policy.

Modern Day

They remained a quasi-isolationist state. Socialist Siberia reported to the world that they were a warlord state, and they had lingering tensions with Korea. They were dependent on sea trade with Jiangsu, but the Jiangsu were also heavily suspicious of the "Warlord Empire". Increased skirmishes along the borders of Siberia during the spring of 2011 caused tension in the area, which led to Imperial China bombing a passenger train heading from Siberia to Korea, which sparked the Second Manchurian War, which ultimately led to the destruction of the country.

The Emperor fled, however, and is currently in Jiangsu, where he constituted a government in exile.


China's economy was supported by many things, such as heavy industry, textiles, soy beans and rice, and many other things. Coal was mined in Liaoyuan. Food was just at the level of need and all food went inwards. They manufactured their own bullets since some heavy industry survived, and like pre-Doomsday China, had a sizable military.

Politics and Government

Imperial China was an empire. The Emperor ruled practically absolute, but had a "Senate of the House", which advised the king, and could occasionally veto his laws if they were too disputed. The last emperor belonged to the House of Qing, which had been around for 466 years and had ruled uninterrupted for about 12.


The Emperor belonged to the house of Qing and ruled for life although he could resign if he (or she) wished to do so. The Imperial title was bestowed by hereditary birthrights and could not be an elected title.


The Heir is the one who took the throne when the Emperor died or resigned. Xing was the only heir, but it was rumored that his father would soon abdicate. Should all heirs die, the Senate of the House had to perform a search for any other surviving family members, and if none were found then the country would transform into a Republic. Unlike the empire of old there were no requirements for a spouse to the heir, it could be a Tibetan businesswoman, or a Han Chinese farmer, or even a Manchu senator. However it was preferred that an heir to the throne had many children to prevent extinction of the monarchy.


Imperial China was a heavy militarized state. It was founded by the military exiles from Ugyhur that were expelled after the Soviet victory, and furthermore by the expelled of the rump PRC. It is made up of about 10% of the former PRC's military, and is heavily equipped. The Army was made up of 300,000 soldiers, about 9% of the population, the largest workforce after the 400,000 farmers in the country. The People's Liberation Army was the bulk of the forces who escaped Ugyhur, along with very, very small handful of the Air Force who managed to scramble their jets.

Imperial Liberation Army Ground Force

The size of this unit was 240,000. It was mainly ground infantry with lots of tanks. Most soldiers below Colonel were equipped with a Type 64 sub-Machine gun, Type 56 Rifle, and others. A newly created Division, the Marauders, was made up of heavy arms and rocket launchers such as Type 69 RPG's.

The Tanks that the army used were some such as 16 Type 63 light amphibious tanks, 14 Type 62s, and finally 11 Type 59 Main Battle Tanks.

Imperial Liberation Army Air Force

This unit took more beating than the Ground Force. Since the Siberian's expelled the army, very few members of the Air Force escaped with vehicles. And fewer from the PRC Rebellion and Exile. There was only one working helicopter in the entire nation, which was used as air support during the Second Exile and was carefully guarded and maintained.


Unlike most nations, Imperial China had very few provinces. With the exception of the areas shaded blue on the map, there were only a few prefecture-provinces established, such as Tongliao and Siping. However, the fiefdoms were divided into multiple "areas". The main reason that that Qing China was not divided into provinces was because many towns fluctuated in and out of their control. After a rapid expansion into the Liaoning province in Winter 2010 and into the continuing Spring, most of the province was now in control of Imperial China, fiefdoms or otherwise.


The area's majority is the Han Chinese. During the rule of Mao, he attempted to "unite" China by mixing in Han Chinese blood into the blood of local minorities, for this region being the Manchu. He feared that minorities such as the Tibetans would spark an uprising against the majority Han Chinese. By the time Doomsday hit, there were not that many Manchus left in the area. However, after Doomsday, more Manchu survived in the more rural areas than Han Chinese who had less knowledge of the land. When Qing united the various fiefdoms into Dynasty control, a little under than half of the surviving population made up either Koreo-Manchus, Mongo-Manchus, or Manchus. The Jilin seaside prefecture is majority Han, while Tongliao is mostly Mongolians and Manchu and the other two provinces are mostly Han Chinese and Manchu.

There is actually a small amount of Koreans from the former Autonomous Korean Prefecture as well.

International Relations

The Dynasty was aware of the existence of the League of Nations, but was blocked by Socialist Siberia who had falsely advertised them as a warlord state to the world. They had an observer who embarked with the Koreans to Tonga to learn about world politics but as they had no official seat.

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