Everyone knows about China, how it's the most populous country in the
world, how it's a third-world country, how it has the Great Wall, TiAnMen
Square, and many other tourist attractions. But foreigners don't know
about it's colorful history. The U.S. only has 200 years of true history,
but as the Chinese say, they have Shàng Xià Wu Qian Nián¹ of history.
Chinese students are required to learn Chinese History, just as U.S.
students are required to learn U.S. History. There have been many
dynasties in Chinese History, some divided into west and east, with west at
the beginning, some divided into north and south, with north at the
beginning. And of course, some are just periods of time, which had China
divided into several small countries vying for power.
And like any country, there were good emperors and bad emperors,
emprerors that were just, emperors that coveted money and wealth and kept
taxing the commoners, emperors that coveted beautiful woman and didn't care
about the country, lots of different kinds of emperors. Of course, there
were also emperors who desposed of his queen so another woman could be
queen, as in the infamous case of Wu ZéTian².
Most emperors had more than one wife. His first wife would be the
queen. Any wife after that would be a fei.
So, anyone writing a book about an emperor would have to write a
historical novel or else not mention the name of the emperor for fiction.
But what if in another universe, Chinese history was changed? What
if something different happened? Then, there would be a good possibility
of everything after that also being different.
So, what if Táng Tài Zong Li ShìMín³ didn't have ZhangSunª as his
queen? What if Yáng JíEr* was queen instead? Then the whole history of
the Táng dynasty would be different.
This story is about an alternate universe in which Yáng JíEr was
queen. Thus, the whole Táng dynasty would be different. And with a
different Táng dynasty, different events would have happened. All of
Chinese history would be different.
What events would happen in this AU? Only history knows, for better
1. Shàng Xià Wu Qian Nián - literally, up down five thounsand years.
Means 5000 years have passed since the beginning of China. Of course,
that's an understatement. The very first emperor appeared in the 26th
2. Wu ZéTian - the only female emperor of China. She ruled from 684 to
690. The third emperor of the Táng (T'ang) dynasty, Li Zhì (Li-surname,
Zhì-rule) desposed of his queen so she could be queen. Once she became
queen, she controled Li Zhì until his death. After his death, she put one
of her sons on the throne, herself becoming Huáng Tài Hòu (empress
dowager). Unsatisfied, she desposed of him and put her other son on the
throne. Still unsatisfied, she desposed of him, also, and become emperor
herself. She changed the country name(dynasty name) to Zhou. During her
reign, she killed anyone who opposed her. Her tyranny ended only with her
3. Táng Tài Zong Li ShìMín - (Li-surname, Shì-world, Mín-citizen)the
second emperor of the Táng dynasty. He ruled from 627 to 650. During his
reign, China had many developments. When he was still a WángYé (any prince
not the crown prince), his older brother, the crown prince, and his second
younger brother(the fourth son in the family) were jealous of him and
plotted to kill him many times, each time failing. They had been jealous
of him before their family became the royal family because he was better at
everything than them, and the princess each of them loved loved him instead
of them. However, they never suceeded, and in the end, he killed them,
making him the only son left in the family. Thus, his father, with no
choice, made him crown prince and then retired from the throne. He
destroyed a country whose citizens always invaded China, but let the nobles
rule the place. He also married off one of his daughters to another
country's king to obtain peaceful relations. One of the better emperors of
ªZhangSun-before Li ShìMín became a WángYé, he was engaged to marry
ZhangSun, who he had met already while he was out riding. They married
before he started fighting against the Suí dynasty(the dynasty before
Táng). She liked her husband very much. After she gave birth to Li Zhì,
she fell ill and died, leaving her son the crown prince in the care of Yáng
JíEr. She is a very understanding and smart woman.
*Yáng JíEr - one of Li ShìMín's fei. He met her while he was hunting in a
competition with his brothers. At that time, she was a princess of the Suí
dynasty(the dynasty before Táng). The two fell in love after that, and
after Li ShìMín became emperor, he married her.