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    Shen Liangball or simply Liangball was a short-lived empire declared by agrarian leader Shen Faxing (沈法興) in Pilingball during the collapse of Suiball.

    At its apogee, Shen Liangball briefly controlled roughly all of Zhejiangball. In 620, Shen Liangball was anschlussed by Li Wuball.

    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]

    The ineffectiveness of Suiball's army marked the rise of various prominent local warlords, like Shen Faxing, Shen Liangball's founder and first emperor. Prior to rebelling, Shen was a powerful official of Suiball, serving as governor of Wuxingball commandery.

    When Emperor Yang of Suiball was executed by Yuwen Huaji in 618, Shen exploited the lack of central authority to elevate his rank in Suiball's bureaucracy, eventually claiming the title of Duke (公).[2]

    Establishment

    In 619, Suiball was usurped by Wang Shichong (王世充), so Shen proclaimed himself king of Liangball (梁王), thereby establishing Shen Liangball. Shen was apparently cruel and endorsed harsh punishment, drawing the ire of his subjects.[3][4]

    From 619, Shen Liangball contested control over Jiangsuball along with Tangball, Li Wuball, and Suiball. In August of 619, Li Wuball tricked Tangball and Shen Liangball to attack one other, allowing Li Wuball to anschluss Jiangduball.

    Defeat & Abolishment

    In 620, Shen Liangball was repeatedly defeated by Li Wuball and forced to retreat southward, re-establishing its power base in Suzhouball. Li Wuball was defeated by Tangball shortly after Shen Faxing's retreat south, however, so Li Wuball attacked Shen Liangball again to seize its clay.[5]

    Shen Liangball was finally abolished when Shen Faxing, defeated and out of options, committed suicide in 620.[6][7]

    Relationships

    Friends

    Enemies

    How To Draw

    Drawing Shen Liangball 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 character for Liang (梁) inside of the white portion. You can also write the characters for Shen Liang (沈梁) to distinguish Shen Liangball from other Liangballs in Chinese History.
    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. “Shen Faxing.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 21 February 2024‎‎, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shen_Faxing
    3. Ouyang, Xiu., et al. New Book of Tang. vol. 87, Biography 12: “法兴自意南方诸城可跂而平,专事威戮,下有细过即诛之,繇是将士携解。”
    4. Zizhi Tongjian, vol. 187:“沈法兴既克毗陵,谓江、淮之南指捴可定,自称梁王,都毗陵,改元延康,置百官。性残忍,专尚威刑,将士小有过,即斩之,由是其下离怨。”
    5. Zizhi Tongjian, vol. 188:“是岁,李子通渡江攻沈法兴,取京口。法兴遣其仆射蒋元超拒之,战于庱亭,元超败死,法兴弃毗陵,奔吴郡。”
    6. Zhang, Zhao., et al. Old Book of Tang. vol. 56, Biography 6: “法兴使蒋元超拒之于庱亭,元超战死。法兴与左右数百人投吴郡贼帅闻人遂安,遣其将叶孝辩迎之。法兴至中路而悔,欲杀孝辩,更向会稽。孝辩觉之,法兴惧,乃赴江死。”
    7. Ouyang, Xiu., et al. New Book of Tang. vol. 87, Biography 12: “子通乘锋度江,破京口。使将蒋元超战庱亭,大败,死之。法兴惧,弃城与左右数百投吴郡贼闻人遂安,遂安遣将叶孝辩迎之。法兴中悔,将杀孝辩,趋会稽,为所觉,惧,自沈于江。”


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