The Hokkaido Empire is a large Empire that controls the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, some of the northern half of Honshu, Karafuto, the Kuritu Reto Islands, and the Ezo Peninsula. The capital is Sapporo.
The creation of the Hokkaido Empire can be traced back to early in Japan's history, when both the Edo Clans and the Kyushu Clans created villages on the Hokkaido island. War broke out between the Kyushu and Edo Clans over the island, until the new villages of Hokkaido rebelled, and on the decisive Battle of Sapporo, when the inhabitants of Sapporo Village fought out both the Kyushu and Edo militants. Both agreed to leave the island, and the Sapporo rebels headed the creation of the new united Hokkaido Clan.
Edo Wars, Colonization, Birth of the Empire, Russian WarsEdit
The Hokkaido Clan found itself in an easy position to strike both the loyalist Edo clans and the seperatist Honshu clans in the Edo Civil War, starting in 1603. The Hokkaido Clan assisted the rebels, fighting the Edo military all the way to their capital of Edo, forcing the surrender of Edo and the seperation of most of the clans of Honshu from the Edo government. Both Kyushu and Hokkaido took advantage of this by turning on the seperatist clans, annexing the majority of them, before the remaining independent clans rejoined with Edo. However, Edo, angry at the seperatists, stripped them of their independence absolutely, creating a single Edo clan.
In 1621, the island of Karafuto was colonized, and 1624 saw the colonization of the Kuritu Reto islands and the Ezo Peninsula. In 1626, the Hokkaido launched an invasion against the Northern Asian natives of what the Hokkaido would eventually call Uraji (Vladivostok in Russian). Hokkaido soon underwent political changes, and the first Emperor went into power, and the Hokkaido Empire was formed.
In 1639, the Russians attacked the Hokkaido Empire's holdings in Ezo and Uraji. The Hokkaido-Russo War lasted from 1639 to 1643, resulting in the Russians pulling back from the region.
The War of Uraji Independence, the Honshu WarsEdit
In 1707, the Hokkaido rulers in Uraji massacred several Uraji citizens, resulting in a massive revolt against the rule of the Hokkaido Empire. In 1721, after Uraji rebels were driven into the mountains twice (before retaking the capital of Uraji twice again), the exhausting Hokkaido Empire withdrew from the region, creating the Peace of Uraji, which created the modern borders between Uraji and Hokkaido.
In 1824, the Kingdom of Edo invaded Hokkaido's Honshu holdings after several border skirmishes, and soon took the entire northern half of Honshu, in the course of a month.
In 1853, Hokkaido commited their military against Edo again, being much more prepared and technologically powerful than before, retaking their land in Honshu.