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    Dingyangball was a short-lived regime established by Liu Wuzhou (劉武周) in Northern Chinaball during the collapse of Suiball.

    In 619, Dingyangball threatened the rise of Tangball by attacking it and seizing Jinyangball, but was quickly beaten back by Tangball's troops. In 620, Dingyangball was anschlussed by Tangball in retaliation.

    History

    Background

    Despite Suiball's achievements, its populace grew increasingly restless day by day as Suiball continued to conscript more men into perilous wars against Goguryeoball. Agrarian revolts became so organised and frequent enough, that, by 614, Suiball's forces could not reliably defeat them.[1]

    Liu Wuzhou was a native of Hejian, Hebeiball. His father moved to Mayiball, Shanxiball,[2] the city where Liu eventually built up his power base.

    Before rebelling against Suiball, Liu Wuzhou served Suiball during its unsuccessful campaigns against Goguryeoball. Liu was purportedly strong and a talented archer, and distinguished himself in battle. For his merits, he was promoted as military officer of Mayiball.[3]

    Establishment

    In 617, Liu Wuzhou gained local support and overthrew the Suiball governor of Mayiball. Liu defeated Suiball's attempt to restore order, gaining additional support from Eastern Tujueball. Later, Eastern Tujueball ennobled Liu as Dingyang khan. Liu claimed emperorship shortly after, establishing Dingyangball as a political power.[4]

    Dingyangball's armies were strengthened when former Wang Yanball general Song Jingang (宋金剛) joined Dingyangball's faction. Song Jingang was made Prince of Songball by Liu Wuzhou and was greatly rewarded. At Song's urging, Liu planned to attack Southward against Tangball in a bid to reunify China.[5]

    Zenith

    With 20,000 soldiers, Dingyangball began attacking Tangball in 619, and was able to string together victory after victory. Dingyangball conquered Yuci, Shizhou, and Jiezhou in rapid succession and besieged Taiyuanball. Tangball sent Pei Ji (裴寂) to alleviate the situation, but Pei was defeated by Song Jingang and forced to retreat. After this failure, Taiyuanball was captured, and Dingyangball moved its capital there.[6]

    Defeat & Abolishment

    In light of Dingyangball's victories, Tangball sent Prince of Qinball Li Shimin (李世民) to halt Liu's advances in Shanxi. Li Shimin purportedly inflicted eight defeats onto Song Jingang, forcing Song to withdraw. After these defeats, Liu Wuzhou withdrew from Taiyuanball to Eastern Tujueball's territory, and Dingyangball was abolished. In 622, Liu was executed by Eastern Tujueball on grounds of treason.[7]

    Relationships

    Friends

    Enemies

    How To Draw

    Drawing Dingyangball is very simple.

    1. Draw a black outline of a circle.
    2. Fill it Yellow.
    3. Draw a second white circle inside of the first.
    4. Add the Chinese characters for Dingyang (定楊) inside of the white portion.
    5. Add two slant eyes and you've finished.
    6. Optional: Draw appropriate hatwear.

    Gallery

    References

    1. “Emperor Yang of Sui.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 December 2023‎, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Yang_of_Sui
    2. Liu Xu, et al. Old Book of Tang • Biography of Liu Wuzhou: “劉武周,河間景城人。父匡,徙家馬邑。”
    3. Liu Xu, et al. Old Book of Tang • Biography of Liu Wuzhou: “募征遼東,以軍功授建節校尉。還家,為鷹揚府校尉。”
    4. Ouyang Xiu, et al. New Book of Tang. vol. 86, Biography 3: “突厥人立武周為定陽可汗,打著狼頭旗,自稱皇帝,娶妻鞠為皇后,建立元朝天興。侍衛楊福年為左僕射,嫂嫂袁俊章為內史令。”
    5. Liu Xu, et al. Old Book of Tang • Biography of Liu Wuzhou.
    6. Ouyang Xiu, et al. New Book of Tang. vol. 86, Biography 3.
    7. Ouyang Xiu, et al. New Book of Tang. vol. 86, Biography 3.


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