Puyi, Xuantong Emperor
Historical Figure
Nationality: China (Manchukuo, 1932-45, born in the Qing Dynasty)
Date of Birth: 1906
Date of Death: 1967
Cause of Death: Heart and kidney disease
Religion: Buddhism
Occupation: Monarch, Author of Non-Fiction, Gardner
Spouse: Wan Rong (d. 1946)
Plus four others
Children: None
House: Aisin Gioro
Political Office(s): Emperor of China (1908-1912)
Emperor of Manchukuo (1934-1945)
Turtledove Appearances:
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
Type of Appearance: Contemporary indirect reference
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Days of Infamy
Type of Appearance: Contemporary indirect reference
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Hitler's War
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Aisin Gioro Puyi (7 February 1906 - 17 October 1967), also known as Henry Puyi, was the last emperor of China. He ruled in two periods between 1908 and 1924, firstly as the Xuantong Emperor (宣統皇帝) from 1908 to 1912, and nominally as a non-ruling puppet for twelve days in 1917. He was the twelfth and final member of the Qing Dynasty to rule over China. After his ouster, Puyi resided in Tianjin, until he was installed as the Kangde Emperor of the puppet state of Manchukuo in 1932 by the Japanese government, a nominal position which he held until Manchukuo ceased to exist in 1945. He was captured by the Soviet Union in 1945, and, despite his claims to have converted to Communism, was repatriated to the People's Republic of China. There he served ten years hard labor at a "reeducation" center. He was released in 1959 and lived the rest of his life as an anonymous gardener in Beijing, occasionally visiting the Forbidden City, where few if any of his fellow tourists knew that he had once reigned as a monarch.

Puyi in Worldwar Edit

Puyi's reign as Emperor of Manchukuo ended in 1942 when the Race conquered the entirety of China.[1]

Puyi in Days of Infamy Edit

Puyi's status as a Japanese puppet was so successful that Japan decided to use the same model in Hawaii, anointing Stanley Owana Laanui as King of Hawaii from 1942 until the United States retook Hawaii in 1943.[2]

Puyi in The War That Came EarlyEdit

Many in the Japanese army were contemptuous of Puyi's inability to secure his nation's borders against Soviet-backed Mongol raiders.[3] However, they recognized that, as Manchukuo was heavily populated by Japanese citizens, they were obliged to respond to the Emperor's demands for help.[4] When they launched an invasion of the Soviet Union from across the Manchukuo border much farther east on 1 April 1939, however, they transferred troops away from the Mongolian frontier and left Puyi's subjects to their own devices.[5]

Puyi in In the Presence of Mine EnemiesEdit

Literary commentEdit

An unnamed Emperor rules over Manchukuo in 2010. Although Puyi is not mentioned in the novel, he was already in office before the POD, therefore he was the first in a succession of Emperors. No more details are shared, so any further description would be speculative.


  1. See, e.g., In the Balance, pg. 292.
  2. Days of Infamy, pg. 264.
  3. Hitler's War, pg. 45.
  4. Ibid., pg. 46.
  5. Ibid., pg. 455.
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Zaitian, Guangxu Emperor
Emperor of China
Succeeded by
Office abolished;
Sun-Yat Sen
as President of the Chinese Republic
Preceded by
None, State created
Chief Executive of Manchukuo
Succeeded by
Himself, as Emperor
Preceded by
Himself, as Chief Executive
Emperor of Manchukuo
Succeeded by
Office abolished, Chinese rule reestablished
Regnal titles
(Fictional Work)
Preceded by
Himself, as Chief Executive
Emperor of Manchukuo

Succeeded by
Office abolished, Race rule established
Emperor of Manchukuo
(Days of Infamy series)

Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1943
Emperor of Manchukuo
(The War That Came Early)

Succeeded by
Incumbent at series' end, 1944
Emperor of Manchukuo
(In the Presence of Mine Enemies)

Succeeded by
Successors unnamed

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