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Literature / A Little Trouble In Big China

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China, August 1925

A Little Trouble in Big China is an alternate-history Quest on Sufficient Velocity, written by Dadarian. It features the Warlord Era and Chinese Civil War, starting in 1916, and has the players take the reins of the different sides.

A Little Trouble in Big China provides examples of:

  • Historical Domain Character: Every person that a voter supports lived and had some influence at that time.

  • Full-Circle Revolution: The Beijang cliques, due to Zhang Zuolin's actions, end up returning the Qing dynasty to the throne.

  • The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified: the Land Reform of the KMT is done as peacefully as possible, without any murders (or at least, without any non-judged murders).

  • We ARE Struggling Together: Every faction is a collection of warlords, nominally united under a central leader, but if the leader attacks their power, they will revolt. In turn 6, it happened to the KMT.

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  • The Republic: the KMT (Chinese Nationalist Party) in the south.

  • The Empire: the Qing Empire, a theoretically absolute monarchy controlled by warlords.

  • Evil Colonialist: The Japanese, French and British, all colonial powers who control much of China's trade and force unequal economic treaties on it, and also ignore its sovereignity.

  • Curb Stomp Cushion: the Glorious March, which gave the KMT Guangdong.

  • The Syndicate: the Tongs of Shanghai, controlled by Du Yuesheng, and closely allied with Chiang Kai-Shek's Kemintang (Chinese Revolutionary Party), control Shanghai and have an army (if a small one). Sadly eliminated by the Japanese in turn 8, though they have regrouped near Macao and in Taiwan.

  • Redshirt Army: What the Northeastern Defense Army appears to be in the Battle for Port Arthur: thens of thousands die assaulting it. the Battles of Jehol go much better for them

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  • Zerg Rush: A common tactic among Chinese armies, as the armies are often under-trained but numerous.

  • Internal Reformist: Most players are like this, using their influence to modernize and industrialize the state they are in.

  • La Résistance: Communist partisans all over China are generally this.

  • Peace Conference: Prince Chun, Regent of the Qing Empire, arranges one after the Second Sino-Japanese War (1923-25).

  • Genghis Gambit: Although the civil war is still officially on, the Second Sino-Japanese War freezed for a time, with the polities that didn't enter the war aiding those who did.

  • Les Collaborateurs: Manchukuo and its President, Zhang Zongchang.

  • Vehicular Turnabout: Used by all factions, as standarization does not really exist, and most of them use the Hanyang 88 anyway.

  • Dynasties From Shang To Qing: The Qing hold most of China.

  • No More Emperors: Starts this way, but soon enough the Qing return to power in the North.

  • Hit-and-Run Tactics: the favoured tactic of the C-KMT and communist militias.

  • Royal Brat: Emperor Puyi is one, enjoying beating his eunuchs.

  • Simple, yet Awesome: the Howell gun, a simple semiautomatic, that although more difficult to manufacture than the usual bolt-action guns, packs a lot more firepower.

  • Easy Logistics: Very much averted, every faction has run into supply troubles at some point, which has ocassionally lost battles.

  • Alternate History: Obviously.

  • Election Day Episode: In the C-KMT and in Japan, other large countries in China don't have elections.


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