The End of the Qianlong Empire, 1795
In 1795, internal dynamics within China were declining and external trade relations
were cause for concern. Internally, China came out of an era of prosperity under the Qianlong
emperor. However, as the emperor reached the end of his reign, internal concerns came to
fruition. As a result of this prosperity, a large increase of population created overpopulation on
land, over-farming of crops and deterioration of infrastructure. Furthermore, China was starting
to witness internal rebellions triggered by sects and secret societies.
Trade relations with China and external powers weren’t any better. Most diplomatic
relations between China and other countries were unsuccessful due to a lack of knowledge of
each other’s cultural customs. Foreign powers were frustrated by the fact that they were being
forced to trade solely out of Guangzhou (Canton), with the exception of Russia.
With these concerns compiling, the Qianlong Emperor has called together this
committee, comprised of significant internal and external actors, to create solutions to these
problems. He has decided to only abdicate his throne if he can be assured that the future of
China is stable. It is up to you to decide the fate of China and the future of its’ international