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The Sino-Japanese Empire, commonly referred to as Sino-Japan, is a country in Eastern Asia. It was established in 1856, with the marriage of the Imperial Japanese and Chinese families, and the uniting of their two realms into one empire. Established to protect itself from Russian encroachment, the empire rapidly industrialised and advanced both militarily and economically. The empire began the Asia-Pacific War to gain more land and resources for its massive population, currently estimated at 1.8 billion.
Sino-Japan is currently one of the world's major superpowers, with a seat in La Chambre des Superpuissances in the FN. It has a major influence on its Asian allies; India and Burma, as well as some influence over its non-Asian ones.
The Sino-Japanese Empire was created in 1860, when the Chinese Xianfang Emperor married the Japanese Princess Kazu. Her half-brother, the heirless Japanese Emperor Komei, had stipulated on his deathbed that she should unite the two Asian powers against the evil of European imperialism. The Chinese Emperor, facing both domestic uprisings and Russian incursions into his territory, agreed to the marriage and union. The now Sino-Japanese Emperor realised that the only way to defeat the Europeans was to fight like them. Pursuant to this, he asked for military and industrial advisors from Western nations. Advisors from the USA, Italy and Brazil assisted the new empire build modern factories, army and navy. Not all members of society were as enamoured as the Xianfang Emperor for westernising the country. There were serious uprisings in Japan from the traditionalist members of the Samurai class. However, the new westernised army was able to put down those uprisings, as well as others which occurred in Western China. With the knowledge and a huge population, Sino-Japan made immense leaps forward in industry and military, so that by 1900, Sino-Japan was on par with the Western powers industrially and militarily.
In 1902, Emperor Meiji (son of Xianfang and Zazu, who had risen to the throne ten years previously), wanting to test the military capabilities of his empire, launched a small-scale invasion of the Korean Empire. By the end of the year, it was a success, and all of Northern Korea came under his control.
In 1913, the seven year old Puji, son of Meiji, came to the throne. Regents were appointed due to his infancy,and the early years of his reign were unstable because of it. In this period of instability, the military began to have more of a say in political affairs. Many officers were "elected" into the Diet, and in 1925, the first military Prime Minister was elected. In 1930, the military staged an effective coup. They ordered the Diet to pass legislation causing the emperor to relinquish many of his powers to the newly created office of "Supreme Shogun". The inaugural Supreme Shogun was Fleet Admiral Togo, a hero of the Korean War. This new official was effectively a military dictator, and he set about diminishing the powers of the Diet and increasing the power of the military.
In 1938, General Tojo succeeded Admiral Togo as Supreme Shogun. Military production was ramped up to a fever pitch. New planes, submarines and aircraft-carriers were built at an astonishing rate. In 1939, Russia began a series of incursions into Mongolia.
In 1943, the Russian Pacific fleet steamed into Seoul in the Empire of Korea. On March the 2nd, the Sino-Japanese Empire launched a surprise attack on the fleet, sinking it in the harbor. Russia and France declared war and the next day, Sino-Japanese forces crossed the border into Korea.
The Asia-Pacific War raged for the next six years, the Sino-Japanese Empire with its allies Burma and India fighting the European and European allied nations in the Asia-Pacific. Supreme Shogun Tojo justified the war as "freeing the Asian peoples from cruel European oppression." In 1946, the empire reached its largest extent. Vietnam, French Indochina, the French Philippines, Midway, Borneo, French Celebes and Java, Western New Guinea and French Northwest Australia. However with India dropping out of the war later that year and Brazil joining the European powers, the empire suffered several defeats.
A peace settlement was agreed upon in 1949. The empire was allowed to keep the Celebes, the Philippines, Korea, Vietnam, Indochina, Midway and Micronesia. Despite not entirely achieving the goal of an Asia free from European influence, the Asia Pacific War was generally a success for the Empire. The post-war depression was not so keenly felt, as job opportunities in the new territories were abundant and well paid.
After the war, the Empire reinvented itself as a centre of manufacture. Almost ninety-nine percent of all the world's electronics are made in the empire. However, the military still controls the country, with elections a mere façade. As a result, the military is the second largest form of employment in the empire, only behind the manufacturing industry.
The Sino-Japanese Empire is ruled by the Emperor, currently Akihito. The emperor is revered, adored and deified by his subjects. The emperor is known as the "son of heaven". Respect for the emperor is expected from every Sino-Japanese subject. The emperor is the nominal head of the Sino-Japanese government, although in reality, he is merely a much-admired figurehead.The real power lies in the hands of the Supreme Shogun, currently Ai Weiwei. The supreme shogun is virtually a military dictator. He makes the decisions in the empire. The Shogun must swear allegiance to the emperor, and like all Sino-Japanese subjects, is extremely loyal to him. The Shogun is advised by a junta of generals and admirals. The junta is not an official part of the Sino-Japanese government, but rather an unofficial "cabinet" of the shogun.
The Diet of the Sino-Japanese Empire, although virtually powerless, is still the de jure legislative body in the empire. It consists of two assemblies, the House of Representatives and the House of Peers. The House of Representatives is the lower of the two houses, consisting of elected representatives from all the districts of the empire. The leader of the majority party in the House of Representatives is the Prime Minister, currently Yoshihiko Noda. Even the powerless diet is not free from military control, with many retired officers bribing election officials to get seats in the House of Representatives. The House of Peers consists of non-elected hereditary peers.
Military and Foreign Affairs
The Sino-Japanese Empire is a member of the Fraternity of Nations, and as such has a seat in the Chamber of Superpowers. The empire has very poor diplomatic relations with the French Empire, Russia, and their allies. This feeling of ill-will stems from the Asia Pacific War. The United States and Brazil are on friendly terms with the empire, but there is no alliance between Sino-Japan and those countries. The entire democratic world disapproves of the human rights violations in the empire.
Sino-Japan is closely aligned with its neighbours, Burma and India. Both countries helped the empire during the Asia-Pacific War. Sino-Japan also has close ties with the Ottoman Empire, Iran and the Zulus.
The Sino-Japanese Empire has the largest standing army in the world with 2.5 million personnel. It is reasonably well trained and equipped, but not so well as its French or Russian counterparts. The navy of the empire is also large, and has the largest and most modern submarine service in the world. Not as modern as the French Navy, the surface force is, however, well equipped to protect the sprawling islands of the empire. The empire has no air force. Instead, the army and navy each operates their own air arms, often causing inter-branch rivalries in the military. The empire is nuclear armed, with an estimated stockpile of one thousand ICMs.