China, some six years since the Breaker of Warlords, the Exterminator of Soviet Pawns, the Expeller of Barbarian invaders (and was that plague a fortuitous coincidence or not? some people are suspicious), the President-for-Life of the Chinese Republic, having brought peace and order back to the Middle Kingdom, had himself crowned Emperor Fu Mingzhe, first Emperor of the new Liang Dynasty. Protests and revolts against this were crushed with impressive swiftness. As of 1955, the new Emperor remains remarkably hale and hardy for a man supposedly well into his 90s, but there are rumors that he has been grooming his rather terrifying granddaughter for the succession...
China is at peace. It's neighbors, perhaps not so much.
Brill map, and there was a guy who tried to have himself made emperor after the first Republic - Yuan Shikai, I have some of the silver dollars he produced with him on the back, but that's as far as he got in his ambition.
Spotted the great ref to Fu Manchu a.k.a the Devil Doctor, but how does Japan end up a republic or Manchuria end up independent?
Is this talking about the Mandarin from the comics?