EDIT: Thanks to Isemay, who fixed my mistake with Japanese accents. :)


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and god said, ::let there be light::

[and there was light]


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[::lux sit::]

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(May 29, 1895)

"So you have come after all, xiao di."

Yao watches his younger brother tiredly, a wan smile stretching across his face as he talks. "Kiku, wo de Xiao Ri Ben; you were always destined to be greater than me, I knew... but how unfortunate, really, for you to choose such an inconvenient day to invade me. I believe I was scheduled for a trade meeting with that ya pian fan nao Arthur later in the day." He finishes the sentence with a slight undertone of annoyance, as if he was discussing something as trivial as poor weather.

"My aporogies, nii-san," Kiku answers, his voice bland and void of emotion. "I did not mean to troubre you so much. If it is your wish, I can attack you in a rater date."

"It would be opportune if Tai Wan is in your hands by the end of the year," Yao agrees absently, staring at his hands- scarred from five millenniums of fighting, of gaining land, of living. "It would be best to shield the islanders from the conflict- the lao bai xing are restless. There will be a civil war soon. I will not be able to stop the massacre of my people." He laughs, a long, bitter chuckle that echoes in the room.

Kiku stares at the garish dark circles that surround his brother's eyes, at the sickly pallor of his skin, and nods slowly. "As you wish, nii-san."


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Historical Anecdotes: The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) was overthrown in the Xinhai Revolution (1911-1912).This is attributed to it being gravely weakened by the two Opium Wars (1839-1842 & 1856-1860), the first Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), and the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901). By 1895 civil unrest swept through the Lao Bai Xing- or Old Hundred Surnames, which is a term used to defer to the common people; especially after several failed rebellions: the Taiping Rebellion (1860-1864), the Punti-Hakka Clan Wars (1855-1867), the Nien Rebellion (1851-1868), the Miao Rebellion (1854-1873), the Panthay Rebellion (1856-1873), and the Dungan Revolt (1862-1877).

The first Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) was primarily over the control of Korea, between the Qing Dynasty of China and Meiji Japan. The Qing Dynasty lost, mainly because of internal turmoil within the people.

Glossary:

xiao di (Chinese): little brother

wo de (Chinese): mine; my

Xiao Ri Ben (Chinese): little Japan

ya pian (Chinese): opium

fan nao (Chinese): annoyance

nii-san (Japanese): elder brother

lao bai xing (Chinese): Old Hundred Surnames


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