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The Sino-Japanese War 660-673 (93-80 BC) (L'Uniona Homanus)

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615-660 (138-93 BC) (L'Uniona Homanus) The Sino-Japanese War 660-673 (93-80 BC) L'Uniona Homanus 673-725 (80-28 BC) (L'Uniona Homanus)

The Battle of New Shibetsu

The City of New Shibetsu 新しい士別 was built on what was the border between the Japanese mainland colonies and the Kingdom of Korea. After the conquest of Korea and the peace that came to the developers of these cities allowed it time to become the chief exported of metal for the Japanese war machine. Emperor Fuyutsuki received word of the Sinican Council’s declaration and decided to begin planning as soon as possible. In New Shibetsu, a city not far from the edge of the Great Wall, came under attack in the year 661 (92 BC) a year after the declaration. the wall acted in some ways like a funnel during this conflict as well as keeping the Japanese from sweeping through Bei and south into the Heart of Sinica.
Sinica at start of Sino-Japanese War

Positions at the Start of the Sino-Japanese War with Japan in green and the several states of the Sinican Council also shown.

Bei troops under the command of Cao Bing 曹邴, brother of the current King of Bei and descendant of Cao Wei, moved into New Shibetsu in conjunction with another earlier operation consisting not of troops but of spies. The Tartar people who had been ravaged by the expansions of Bei, Korea and Japan moved from their burning towns into the slums of the very countries they had been conquered by, usually ending up as slaves. When Japan took Korea this process did not change but some in Bei were trained in the art of espionage. The Tartar spies moved into the Japanese labor camps and mines to convince the workers to rebel. When they saw the troops from Bei move into the city, or heard of their arrival, they would take the city from the inside and become a new wealthy class with the Korean aristocracy and wealthy Japanese immigrants as their slaves or simply their dead.

When the troops from Bei managed to beat through the defenses of Japan they found, rather than the rebellion of the Tartars over their masters, mass graves of laborers killed in a foolish attempt for freedom. The Bei troops quickly overran the city but were shocked and horrified at this find. The aristocrats were killed by the troops and their manors made into fortresses. They were buried along side their slaves and the word was sent back to the Command certain Xi’an about the universal equality of death. The Japanese were horrified at the shame that had befallen their noble families but the Emperor spoke of the long terms. The others cities of the North were very well defended and exported enough metals to make up for the loss of New Shibetsu (Hyesan 惠山). The movement of troops focused on moving into secure cities and going into the port capitals of the Sinicans.

The Push to the Sea of Bohai

The Sea of Bohai was the port connection for the major cities of Tianjin 天津, Beijing 北京, and Qingdao 青岛. The Japanese still held firm control of the Peninsula and the stalemate of New Shibetsu kept either side from really exploiting its resources, as the Sinicans had planned to help aid their mission. The troops from deeper in Sinica, from Kingdoms like Song and Tang, were moving as fast as they can but could not reach fast enough to truly change the momentum in New Shibetsu. Some Japanese generals believed that they should push from New Shibetsu to retake its mines but the Emperor ruled to take the several cities on the Sea of Bohai 渤海. The Sinicans upon seeing this decided to abandon New Shibetsu and move back to these strategic cities. Before they left however they blew up many of the mines of New Shibetsu so the Japanese would have an empty and useless victory. {C}

The Bohai Sea and the Korean Peninsula.

{C}Another program of the Sinicans was the distribution of propaganda, mostly from the keen and experienced propagandists of Nan, about the death toll of the Tartar slaves that occurred in New Shibetsu to encourage people to join the military. Other propaganda programs attempted to inform people who were not submitting their Protection Orders to the League of the SInican Council were called traitors and Japanese spies to make them submit as well as to grant more power to the Kings and nobility in the Sinican Council.

The Japanese moved from Honshu 本州 into the Sea of Bohai and attacked the cities of Beijing and Tianjin as they had done in the North Asian War. The Second Battles of these cities was not as easy for the people of Tianjin, Qingdao, and Beijing as their first battles were, some even called those earlier campaigns warm-ups and practice.

The Grenade and the Missile

The Capture of New Shibetsu was a gain and a loss for the Japanese, the gain in that the Sinicans no longer had the strategic city but a loss in that the mines were no longer accessible. The Japanese put out propaganda into Sinica, as much as they could, saying that they had reopened the mine, though these were entirely fictitious as they barely even tried. One invention that was seen as a way of remedying this, as well as the war effort as a total, came from a scientists at the Military University of Kanazawa 金沢 in which gun powder was pressurized and combined with other chemicals to create the explosive grenade as well as a precursor to nitroglycerin. The use of these to open the mines of New Shibetsu was not their only use, they became a great new weapon.

The flame thrower of Taiwan that we saw earlier was used by the Sinicans in their naval battles but now the Japanese could attack more destructively at the ships of Sinica. These small bombs were not what the sinicans expected them to be. When the Japanese threw them onto ships instead of attacking with guns many soldiers were documented laughing. When they exploded they ran in terror from any of the Japanese ships. The next use of these grenades moved to assist the tenuous struggle in the Sea of Bohai. With the minerals free from New Shibetsu production began again and now with new slaves who were soldiers as well as more from the North, they seemed almost endless to the Japanese.

When the ships arrived at Beijing they noticed that when they made the grenades wet they would not explode. They took some of them and analyzed their content in the laboratories of the more inland cities, many were primarily devoted to alchemical studies, and made their own. The Japanese and the SInicans now had the same technology but Sinican scientists knew that they would need an improvement to make the battles anything more than stalemates. While the grenade technology and specifications were being sent to the production centers and then to the troops the Japanese were pushed back into the sea at Qingdao due to a massive failure in their grenades after their storage area on the Japanese ships was flooded. Beijing and Tianjin were not as lucky but had the help of troops from Qingdao to take on the Japanese from another angle.

The firework, which shot up into the air and then exploded was copied by the Sinicans to make the rocket propelled grenade, which could kill more people by leaving more shrapnel into the crowds of soldiers and being reinforced to break into the hulls of ships. The Sinicans now had the advantage they wanted and moved to use it as quickly as they could. The continuing Second Battle of Beijing was more costly in lives than any previous battle as well as being home to the first offensive use of more innovative weapons than any prior battle.

The reconquest of Beijing and Tianjin with the new weapon was also met with thievery by the Japanese and an incorporation of the missile into the Japanese military. The shame in Beijing and Tianjin was met by the success of a simultaneous attack on the Great Wall which successfully opened a way for the entrance of troops into Bei.

The Battle of Hainan and the Bei-Yan Offensive

The People of Hainan had become so unmotivated and lethargic by their constant fear and being lied to by the Nan government that they hardly resisted the Japanese. The Sinicans moved to take back the island but were severely slowed by the trouble of border crossing into Nan which had been a problem for generations now. The Japanese took this opportunity to fortify the island and take its ships as their own. The soldiers that had been in Hainan were few and did not expect the Japanese to come there.

The Kingdom of Yan that had been taken by surprise by the Japanese was becoming a hub of military bases and the Sinicans did not want to attack it because they knew it had more troops but they did not want to leave it untouched because they knew it would receive more troops. With the other battles in New Shibetsu,Beijing, Tianjin, and Qingdao distracting the attention and taking up the several columns of infantry in the Sinican Military the prospects looked increasingly bleak for Sinica.

The breaking of the Great Wall of Bei was made worth the while as troops surged through the hole they created quickly taking the Western, and la
Furthest extent of Japan durign the Bei-Yan Offensive

The Beiyan Offensive, where Japan attempted to take the center of Sinican Command in Xi'an. This was the farthest extent of the Japanese into Sinica.

rgely uninhabited parts of Bei. This cause devastating morale losses in Sinica as the Yan forces that were no concern before moved up into the smaller kingdoms. With no protection orders to keep them safe, as they all had moved to the frontiers, which they believed would come on the Eastern Sea Shore, there was hardly any defense. As the Japanese closed in on Xi’an the troops of Song and Tang came to complicate things further and the frontier men returned to the cities of New Shibetsu and the Korean Peninsula.

The Bei-Yan offensive failed and the Japanese returned to the Former Kingdom of Yan and the colonies above them where the Japanese held them from the advancing song and tang forces. The Sinicans moved to retake the city of New Shibetsu and to take the rest of the Korean Peninsula and the prospect of a quick victory for either side was dying. By the year 665 (86 BC) the people were becoming tired of a constant State of War and the last few moves began in the Sino-Japanese War.

The Recapture of Yan and the Treaty of Putian

The Japanese reconstructed the Great Wall to protect themselves and the Sinican troops moved in to the Island of Hainan, which was almost depleted of troops from either side, and the move into what was Yan by its former King and its former military. The last battle of the war took four years to complete as the Japanese were no longer focusing on other projects. The port of Putian was poised to be taken and the Japanese and the Sinicans no longer wanted war. The King of Yan met with the head Supreme General of Japan and signed the Treaty of Putian in the year 677 (80 BC). The borders of Sinica were fixed now with Taiwan being Japanese, the Korean Peninsula, Hainan, and Yan being Sinican and the borders of Bei being restored.

The Second Sinican Civil War.

The prominence of the King of Yan, named Jing 敬, moved to the city of Xi’an for parade in his honor but attempted to start another war for unity. Weizhong intended to declare himself rightful Emperor of Sinica and re-establish a Han dynasty by marrying the princess of Han, who was a distant descendant of Emperor Zhangshao. The Kings were promised a position as Archduke of the regions that was their respective Kingdoms if they would cooperate. They did not.

The death of Jing came quickly as he was no longer of the health and vivacity of his youth. The Sinican Council decided to remain separate, despite some objections, and enter into the Third Warring States Period in 678 (79 BC).


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