If you can read Chinese (or are handy with a translator), you might want to take a look at the Lin family (“Fog Peak” branch), one of the senior families of Taiwan, and a member of the Five Families who dominated the island during Japanese rule.
The Japanese, like the British and many other colonial nations who chose to rule the low-tech but disease-resistant lands of the Old World, had to integrate local nobility to handle day-to-day affairs. In return for some favours and privileges, the local leadership would keep the general population in line.
Any resemblance to the Imperial Peerage of the Third Imperium is… only partly justified. There was a racial ruling class in the pre-Civil War era, the Solomani, but this was washed away by Emperor Zhakirov. The resulting Mixed Vilani lineage of the Alkhalikoi Dynasty has a reasonably close resemblance to the majority Mixed Vilani population of the Third Imperium: and the general population is generally more content, when the rulers resemble themselves.
A Chinese nationalist may well be angered by the “treasonous behaviour” of the Chinese ruling houses of Taiwan: how could they betray their loyalties, and bend the knee to the foreign Japanese?
First off, recall that Taiwan was lawfully ceded by the Chinese Empire to the Japanese Empire due to the Chinese defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War. All the hard-core loyalists left, and the leadership that remains knew that they would have to work with Japan now: there would be no help from the enormous, yet weak and failing, Chinese Empire.
As a Roman soldier from a notable film advised, “People should know when they are conquered.” It’s easy for the armchair quarterback, over a century later, to insist that the locals fight to the death: it isn’t so easy when you are the man at the sharp end, responsible for the survival of dozens, hundreds, or thousands of families, watching your low-tech nations’ military retreat and a high-tech foreign military move in.
Can resistance still be waged? Perhaps, if the terrain allows it, and the people have a militaristic spirit. But the pragmatic, collectivistic Chinese, ever-obedient to Central Authority, are not the militant, factional Arabs (or even the Zulu, Comanche or Ashanti).
(Well, officially obedient, anyways.
“Tian gao, Huangdi yuan. // Heaven is high, and the Emperor is far away.”
I’m confident that there would be an equivalent proverb in the Third Imperium…)
True: Taiwan has plenty of mountains and jungle terrain that permits tough guerilla fighting… but it is an island: there are no nearby neighbours for smuggling routes and safe zones for rebuilding after a setback, and no local tradition of hard fighting.
(To be fair, there was twenty years of armed resistance to the Japanese conquerors, 1895-1915. But after the religion-fueled Tapani Incident of 1915, the Chinese of Taiwan threw in the towel: only the aboriginals carried on the fight.)
Moreover, the Japanese brought wealth, discipline, and order: compared to the declining Chinese Empire, they looked like winners. And everyone loves a winner!
Finally, Japanese Imperial Policy towards Korea and Taiwan was not genocidal, but integrative: the point was not to wipe out the locals, but to make them Japanese, as they were biologically similar enough for an integration policy to work. This was pragmatically welcomed/tolerated by the Taiwanese… in contract to the Koreans, who despised the Japanese and the suppression of Korean culture in favour of Japanese culture.
In contrast, the Mainland Chinese were brutally oppressed by the Japanese during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese saw the Chinese as a formally great people that had biologically degenerated into worthless trash… and were to be treated as such. The consequences of this race-driven attitude reverberates to this very day.
I am curious on how the “modern-day Solomani Party” view their ancient intellectual ancestors. For example, comparing the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Solomani Rim War would be quite enlightening….
One thing I am sure of: the Solomani Party would view the Nazi Party with horror.
Who cares about fancy uniforms and snappy salutes? I am only interested in the end results for the German Race… and the enormous price that Race paid — not just in money, not just in blood, but in honour and spirit — makes the Nazis an example to be shunned, not imitated!
— Any Solomani Party leader who doesn’t want to be vanished by SolSec, who has no interest in having the Race destroyed by some loud-mouthed demagogue.
Everyone loves a winner… and everyone hates a loser.