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Historical Figures of the Empire of Daitō
« on: May 11, 2021, 05:17:42 PM »
This thread will henceforth be used to post general information regarding important people from Daitō's past; members of the aristocracy or otherwise.

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For Important individuals who are currently alive, please refer to this thread: People of the Empire of Daitō
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Re: Historical Figures of the Empire of Daitō
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2022, 05:03:20 PM »

BIOGRAPHY
   The Great Statesman of Daitō, the forerunner of the DFD, the Chancellor of the Realm, Prince Toshikatsu Heishi
was known by many names in life and in death. The man whose name sat just below the Emperor's on the 1899
Constitution, he saw many reforms within the Imperial Government, notably the partial doing-away with of the old
system of nobility and lifting many of the Empire's citizens out of poverty, but this was only part of who he was.

   Born in 1861 in Tenkyō, in the first year of the brief Go-Kaiyō era, Toshikatsu was the son of Toshishige Heishi,
himself the son of the head of the clan. His firstborn, Toshikatsu was set to inherit great power, but whether he
deserved it or not was something that was yet to be seen. At the age of eight years old, Toshikatsu bore witness
to a great defeat for the Empire, when the Ardian Empire seized lands up to the Tedori River, within striking distance
of the Imperial Capital. It was this occasion that led to his family being uprooted, forced to move northeast, to
what is now Shinkyō but was then the trading city of Ashina.

   His life marred by war from such an early age, Toshikatsu would find himself at the age of 20 joining the
newly-reformed (within the last ten years) Imperial Daitōjin Army, where he would serve as an officer. He would
take part in its earliest trials, from skirmishes with the Ardian Empire to wars on continents a world away, earning
the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Golden Kite for his valor under fire. When he returned, he would be thrusted
straight into a new world, the world of politics, and he had some plans of his own in that regard.

   Now Daijō-daijin, Chancellor of the Realm, Toshikatsu would embark on a series of reforms that would not
immediately benefit himself and his peers, but rather the common man. He helped establish local elections, giving
voice to the people, though not for any altruistic belief in democracy. Rather, it was a pragmatic move, as it would
take less work off of his subordinates, though it did mean that the people would have their means of ensuring
their leadership would actually work in their interests rather than of the elite, at least in theory anyways.

   The 1890s would see Toshikatsu begin to formulate his ideology, which, even in its earliest stages, promoted
the ideas of Imperial Rule and Daitōjin nationalism, that is to say, that Daitō should establish itself as a proper
nation-state; rather than an equal among the Onishi, it ought to restore itself as the first among them. He would
publish his views in the first of many books, the Akitsu kuni no hitokoe, the "Voice of Akitsukuni". However,
the greatest accomplishment of this decade for him was presiding over the drafting of the 1899 Constitution of
the Empire of Daitō.

   Going into the 1900s, Toshikatsu's ideology would shift somewhat away from purely Daitōjin nationalism,
rather shifting towards pan-Onishism, though this would disappear from his writings by 1910 as the Great War
loomed. He would also begin writing poetry, becoming renowned as a waka poet and later as a lyricist, notably
writing the "Ode of the Kunan Restoration" in his later years and a poem associated  with the symphony
"Inno Keiyō" by Kosaku Yamada in 1921.

   Following the war, Toshikatsu's popularity continued to rise, having the highest approval rating of any
chancellor up to the modern day, though it would decline somewhat as Daitō grappled with a financial crisis
in the late 20s. He come to the final form of his ideology, advocating for maintaining a pure Onishi culture, and
a return to pre-occidentalized Daitō in which the state was to be purged of corrupt bureaucrats, opportunistic
politicians, and the greedy heads of the zaibatsus, while he advocated now for a state run directly by the Emperor
with the assistance of the military and those most qualified to lead.

   Following the death of Emperor Keiyō in 1932, Toshikatsu became increasingly the target of various factions
in the Imperial Daitōjin Army and Navy, first in an attempt to sideline him and later to kill him. While numerous
attempts on his life would be made between 1932 and 1936, on the 24th of December, 1936, the Jōshō kyōi-ha
succeeded in their years-long struggle, and before the day was out, Toshikatsu Heishi was dead. In the aftermath
of his death, the Empire of Daitō would suffer a coup in 1937, placing the Daitō fukkatsu dōmei in power and turning
himself into a sort of martyr. The DFD remains in power to this day.

FAMILY
       Toshishige Heishi (Father, 1839 - 1914)
       Princess Kurenai (Mother, 1839 - 1909)
          Taeko Yamakawa (Wife, 1862 - 1946)
             Masako Heishi (Daughter, 1889 - 2003)
             Akimasa Kazahaya (Son-in-law, 1889 - 1981)
                Koreyuki Kazahaya (Grandson, 1912 - 1998)
                Akemi Kazahaya (Granddaughter, 1916 - 2005)
             Katsuhiko Heishi (Son, 1892 - 1978)
             Kaede Yamana (Daughter-in-law, 1895 - 1979)
                Iehisa Heishi (Grandson, 1918 - 2017)
                Fusako Heishi (Granddaughter, 1919 - 1997)
             Iyo Heishi (Daughter, 1895 - 1984)
             Daisaku Wakamatsu (Son-in-law, 1893 - 1975)
                Masaharu Wakamatsu (Grandson, 1921 - 1989)
          Norio Heishi (Brother, 1865 - 1916)
          Ikuyo Saionji (Sister-in-law, 1865 - 1934)
             Kazue Heishi (Niece, 1894 - 1986)
       Princess Kaede (Aunt, 1818 - 1821)
       Princess Etsuko (Aunt, 1820 - 1891)
       Emperor Go-Kaiyō (Gorohachi, Uncle, 1827 - 1871)
       Prince Iehiko (Uncle, 1829 - 1830)
       Prince Akihiko (Uncle, 1838 - 1904)
       Princess Mayako (Aunt, 1840 - 1846)
       Princess Nagako (Aunt, 1842 - 1908)
       Princess Ritsuko (Aunt, 1842 - 1916)
       Toshinari Heishi (Uncle, 1843 - 1846)
       Fumiko Heishi (Aunt, 1844 - 1911)
    Toshiyori Heishi (Grandfather, 1802 - 1878)
    Tamahime (Grandmother, 1819 - 1892)
    Emperor Shoko (Nariakira, Grandfather, 1799 - 1861)
    Kumiko (Grandmother, 1820 - 1871)

NOTES
    Following his death, owing to his position as a national hero, numerous shrines named for him were set up
across Daitō. Indeed, he was enshrined as "Kokusei no kami", effectively deifying him in the eyes of the Teido faith.
    His life is celebrated on the 17th of December, his birthday, often involving parades held by local schools and
the reading of his poetry.

HONOURS
    Collar of the Order of the Chrysanthemum
    Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun
    Order of the Sacred Treasures, Third Class
    Grand Cordon of the Order of the Golden Kite

NOTABLE EVENTS
    Bore witness to the flight of the Imperial Court from Tenkyō to Shinkyō in 1868.
    Served in the Imperial Daitōjin Army in the 1880s, during which time he earned the Grand Cordon of the
Order of the Golden Kite for numerous instances of great valor under fire.
    Became Chancellor of the Realm at the age of thirty-four.
    Aided in drafting the 1899 Constitution of the Empire of Daitō.
    Became a famous writer in Daitō over the course of his life.
    Served as Chancellor of the Realm during the first half of the Great War and later the Miyako Islands
conflict.
    Was assassinated by the Jōshō kyōi-ha in 1936, turning him into a martyr for the DFD.


Toshikatsu Heishi

Title(s):
His Highness,
Prince Toshikatsu Heishi


DOB:
17 December, 1861

DOD:
24 December, 1936

Age:
75

Positions Held:
  Junior Second Rank (1861 - 1881)
  Senior Second Rank (1881 - 1889)
  Officer in the Imperial Daitōjin Army (1881 - 1895)
  Junior First Rank (1889 - 1914)
  Author (1892 - 1936)
  Daijō-daijin (1895 - 1936)
  Head of Clan Heishi (1914 - 1936)

Political Affiliation:
None officially, unofficially aligned with the Kokumintō
Education:
Graduated from the Imperial Military Academy
Later studied political science from the Shinkyō Imperial University


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Re: Historical Figures of the Empire of Daitō
« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2022, 08:13:46 AM »

BIOGRAPHY
   Emperor Keiyō, born Crown Prince Shigenori, was the Emperor of Daitō from 1871 to 1932, during which time
the Empire saw great reform and victory over the Ardian Empire, bringing back its status as a Great Power in the
post-war world. But such changes were far away from the young Crown Prince back in the 1850s, rather, many in the
court feared that the Ardian Empire would soon invade. They were right to believe as such.

   Taking advantage of discord among the disaffected Bushi class, the Ardian Empire invaded Daitō in 1868, believing
that Daitō would fold and be forced into an unconditional surrender. They were proven wrong in this regard, with stiff
resistance forcing the Ardians to instead settle for limited territorial exchange up to the Tedori River in western Daitō,
which cost Daitō some of its prestige and forcing the court to move east, to Ashina, now Shinkyō. Not even two years
later, his father, Emperor Go-Kaiyō, took his own life, and thus, Crown Prince Shigenori was enthroned as Emperor Keiyo.

   Newly-enthroned, Emperor Keiyo's first five years saw a few further rebellions, notably the 1877 Tottori Rebellion,
which saw Haruyoshi Nishiōji, the lord of Tottori Province, which was crushed before the year was out and marked an end
of the Samurai class in Daitō and indeed and the final end of the old system of nobility, replaced with the Kazoku.
This would be the last truly major rebellion in the history of Daitō up to the modern day.

   One cannot discuss Emperor Keiyo without mentioning, however briefly, the Charter Oath of 1872, which detailed
his goals for his reign. Attached is an excerpt from it.
Quote from: Charter Oath of 1872
1. Deliberative assembly shall be widely established and all matters decided by public discussion.
2. All classes, high and low, shall unite in vigorously carrying out the administration of the affairs of state.
3. The common people, no less than the civil and military officials, shall be allowed to pursue their own calling so that there may be no discontent.
4. Evil customs of the past shall be broken off and everything based on the just laws of nature.
5. Knowledge shall be sought throughout the world so as to strengthen the foundation of Imperial rule.
6. When the time shall come, all efforts must be made for the dissolution of all states which threaten the Empire and its people."

   The next twenty years saw Daitō fulfill many of the goals of the Charter Oath, and in 1899, the Constitution of the Empire of
Daitō would be written and signed. Daitō would then face the horrors of the First Ardian War (part of the larger Great War), which
claimed many lives but reestablished the Empire as a prominent power on Mundus. The remainder of his years would be peaceful,
save for a brief conflict with Tytor in the late 1920s, with the most notable problem being a recession in the late 20s which would
more affect his heir's reign than his. Finally, on the 19th of November, 1932, Emperor Keiyo drew his last breath, dying peacefully
of old age at 79 years old. Before he died, knowing his time drew near, the Emperor wrote a death poem, translated and attached
below.
Quote from: Emperor Keiyo, 15 November, 1932
I do not fear death.
Like beautiful cherry trees,
Life shall bloom again.

FAMILY
       Emperor Go-Kaiyō (Gorohachi, Father, 1827 - 1871)
       Chiho Asukai (Mother, 1834 - 1906)
          Hiroka Itahashi (Wife, 1855 - 1926)
             Emperor Kunan (Naganori, Son, 1889 - 1973)
             Ichiko Wakamatsu (Daughter-in-law, 1891 - 1976)
                Crown Prince Norifumi (Grandson, 1916 - 1971)
                Prince Ichie (Grandson, 1919 - 2010)
             Princess Masako (Daughter, 1890 - 1968)
             Haruhiko Yanagiwara (Son-in-law, 1889 - 1963)
                Suketoshi Yanagiwara (Grandson, 1912 - 1991)
                Daisuke Yanagiwara (Grandson, 1915 - 1979)
                Koharu Yanagiwara (Granddaughter, 1916 - 1987)
             Prince Gakuto (Son, 1893 - 1972)
             Hiroko Sakurai (Daughter-in-law, 1894 - 1977)
                Prince Katsunari (Grandson, 1919 - 2009)
          Misuzu Arita (Concubine, 1872 - 1942)
             Prince Mochihito (Son, 1897 - 1973)
             Hanako Iwakura (Daughter-in-law, 1896 - 1969)
                Prince Kimihiro (Grandson, 1923 - 1966)
             Princess Saiko (Daughter, 1909 - 2005)
             Kihachirō Tomoshige (Son-in-law, 1905 - 1983)
                Naoko Tomoshige (Granddaughter, 1930 - Present)
                Sadako Tomoshige (Granddaughter, 1932 - Present)
          Princess Mizuko (Sister, 1855 - 1929)
          Kensaku Hisamatsu (Brother-in-law, 1853 - 1930)
                Daisuke Hisamatsu (Nephew, 1881 - 1954)
       Princess Kaede (Aunt, 1818 - 1821)
       Princess Etsuko (Aunt, 1820 - 1891)
       Prince Iehiko (Uncle, 1829 - 1830)
       Princess Kurenai (Aunt, 1839 - 1909)
       Toshishige Heishi (Uncle, 1839 - 1914)
          Toshikatsu Heishi (Cousin, 1861 - 1936)
          Norio Heishi (Cousin, 1865 - 1916)
       Prince Akihiko (Uncle, 1838 - 1904)
       Princess Mayako (Aunt, 1840 - 1846)
       Princess Nagako (Aunt, 1842 - 1908)
       Princess Ritsuko (Aunt, 1842 - 1916)
    Emperor Shoko (Nariakira, Grandfather, 1799 - 1861)
    Chiyoko (Grandmother, 1803 - 1862)
    Kazushige Asukai (Grandfather, 1798 - 1863)
    Masako Itoi (Grandmother, 1802 - 1870)

NOTES
TBA

HONOURS
TBA

NOTABLE EVENTS
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Shigenori

Title(s):
Emperor Keiyō

DOB:
4 June, 1853

DOD:
19 November, 1932

Age:
79

Positions Held:
  Crown Prince of Daitō (1853 - 1871)
  Emperor of Daitō (1871 - 1932)

Political Affiliation:
Education:
Classical Education
Later educated in the fine arts