Shinzhen Doctrine

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Emperor Seongjo, who declared the Shinzhen Doctrine in 1439 AC.

The Shinzhen Doctrine (Zhenian: 신진 독트린, 신진 선언), often referred to as the New Zhen Movement or the Shinzhen Declaration, was a Imperial Zhenian policy that actively opposed further Azoran and external imperialism in Tarsis as well as other areas deemed the 'Zhenian sphere of influence'. With its roots on Shinzhen Thought that stemmed during the War of Zhenian Unification, it stated that any further inroads into the "what is the heartland of the Zhenian people and the many peoples of Tarsis as a whole" would be "regarded as the direct manifestation of warmongering disposition towards the Empire of Zhenia", while also calling for a more active role for Zhenia to stop and repel Azoran influence in such areas as well as refuse to diplomatically recognize all Azoran possessions within the area.

The Shinzhen Doctrine was first declared during the speech of Emperor Seongjo, as he commemorated the tenth anniversary of the Empire of Zhenia. Asserting that Tarsis belonged to the people of Tarsis, and what was considered the heartland of Zhenia to the Zhenian people, the doctrine drew a clear line in which foreign influence, particularly Azoran influence, will not be tolerated; such clear line was intended to ease the process in which Zhenian influence can be exerted into Tarsis and the Hanmaric Ocean with less Azoran interference. It had lasting impacts in the foreign policies of the Empire of Zhenia and its successor, the Zhenian First Republic, laying the fundamentals of the "heartland of the Zhenian people". It would continue to be interpreted as the cornerstone of Zhenia's place in the international community, being referred to by numerous succeeding Zhenian leaders, including Emperor Saejo, Amasar Ren and Min Yeongseok.

While it initially went in hand with the One Continent, One Empire doctrine, the Shinzhen Doctrine played a prominent role in asserting Zhenia's position in the international world as a suzerain in East Tarsis. After Zhenia's victory in the First Great War, the Shinzhen Doctrine proliferated to other parts of the colonized world, although it was primarily interpreted in the context of independence from Azoran colonialism and establishing an international organization that was primarily led by the people themselves. Later interpretations in Zhenia, however, expanded the Shinzhen Doctrine to expand the "realm and heartland of the Zhenians", which resulted in the rise of Zhenian militarism in the first half of the 16th century AC and became one of the ideological causes of the eastern front of the Second Great War.

Background

The Doctrine

Effects

First Great War

Inter-War Period

Second Great War

Post-Great War approaches

Modern Interpretations and Approaches

Criticism

See Also