Chapter Four: Brink of Civil war and the Murder of Minister Zhu September 1869-December 1869
All began on the faithful day 2th of September 1869, when Emperor Wuchan died without an heir. This caused one big problem, what would happen now? Finally the Parliament decided that the Liberal party that was de faco rulers, would keep their governorship over china, until the parliament had decided what would happen next.
The man that opposed this decision most was the leader of the Nationalist, further regarded as ‘’Minister Zhu.’’ After all, the liberals held more than 50% of the parliament and were therefore they would be the party to win temporary rule over China, against the proposal that a committee of the leader from all parties would rule together.
The liberals, were backed up by the conservatives and the anarcho-liberals. Together the three parties held more than 70% of the parliament and they formed the Tri-alliance of Parliament.
Opposed to them were the socialist, who wished for free elections to be held immediately and a special committee to be established from independent persons to overlook the election. Totally they held about 7% of the parliament.
And as stated before, the Nationalist wanted a combined Committee to rule china during the vacant of a true leader. Totally the Nationalist held 23% of the parliament.
Political Ideologies of China
The yellow areas with stripes, the Tri-alliance held more than 70% of the sympathies, and areas without they held 50%
The red areas with stripes the Socialist held more than 60% of the sympathies and the areas without them held more than 55%
The blue areas with stripes, the nationalist held more than 80% of the sympathies and those without, they held 45% of the sympathies.
With the majority of the population behind them, the Tri-alliance held the mandate over china until 13th October when the socialist staged a coup d’état, in order to democratize china and take control over the government till so could be done. The socialist coup failed and China was purged from socialist, everyone who held sympathies for them where executed, and soon after the leaders of the Socialist were executed, the day after the attempt, almost all sympathies for them vanished, and those who did went underground, although, more than 2million people are estimated to have been ‘’purged’’ the following weeks after the coup.
Minister Zhu now found himself as the soul opposition against the Tri-alliance and he decided to leave Beijing and establish his head quarters in Guangzhou in the south. The Tri-alliance began revoking political reforms and soon, a half dictatorship was established with the Liberals at the head. 21 October, the liberals bean a new purge, now they eradicated the Anarcho-liberals from the Tri-alliance, and on the 24th the remainder of the Anarcho-liberals was in cooperated into the Liberals.
Zhu had begun by this time to recruit a Nationalist army at this headquarter in Guangzhou, preparing to take over Beijing with force. Luckily, on the 3rd November, the liberals went through an internal purge and the old regime where dismissed and a democracy minded leading took charge over the liberals, and the conservatives took the party of the new regime.
Zhu still continued to raise an army and on the 21 November, he marched 25,000 nationalist troops to Xian, but when he arrived, the leader of the conservatives and the Liberals, where there waiting for him. They offered to hold peace meetings instead of meaningless bloodshed. Zhu decided to agree with the liberals and entered the city without his army.
Zhu wouldn’t live long after he entered Xian. On 5th December, while the negotiation was still underway, Zhu was murdered in his apartment and the murderers who was never identified, framed a random person they found on the streets, that person happened to be Dayang, friend of Zhan, the man to change the faith of China forever.
Photo of Zhu, a few days before he was killed.