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Eighteen Kingdoms
Approximate location of the Eighteen Kingdoms.

The historiographical term "Eighteen Kingdoms" (Chinese: ) refers to the eighteen feudal states created by military leader Xiang Yu in China in 206 BCE, after the collapse of the Qin dynasty.[1] The details of the feudal division are as follows:

Name Name (Chinese) Ruler Areas covered (in present-day China)
Western Chu Xiang Yu Jiangsu, northern Anhui, northern Zhejiang, eastern and southern Henan
Hàn ?/? Liu Bang Sichuan, Chongqing, southern Shaanxi
Yong1 ? Zhang Han (Qin general) central Shaanxi, and esten Gansu
Sai1 ? Sima Xin (Qin general) northeastern Shaanxi
Zhai1 ? Dong Yi (Qin general) northern Shaanxi
Hengshan Wu Rui (Qin official supported by Yue tribes) eastern Hubei, Jiangxi
Hán ? Han Cheng (Hán royalty) southwestern Henan
Dai ? Zhao Xie (Zhao royalty) northern Shanxi, northwestern Hebei
Henan Shen Yang (Zhao official) northwestern Henan
Changshan Zhang Er (Zhao vice chancellor) central Hebei
Yin ? Sima Ang (Zhao general) northern Henan, southern Hebei
Western Wei Wei Bao (Wei royalty) southern Shanxi
Jiujiang Ying Bu (Chu general) central and southern Anhui
Linjiang Gong Ao (Chu general) western Hubei, northern Hunan
Yan ? Zang Tu (Yan general) northern Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin
Liaodong Han Guang (Yan royalty) southern Liaoning
Qi2 ? or ? Tian Du (Qi general) western and central Shandong
Jiaodong2 Tian Fu (Qi royalty) eastern Shandong
Jibei2 Tian An (Qi rebel leader) northern Shandong

The Eighteen Kingdoms were short-lived: almost immediately rebellion broke out in Qi, after which Tian Rong conquered Jiaodong and Jibei, reuniting the old Qi state. Meanwhile, Xiang Yu had Emperor Yi of Chu and King Han Cheng of Hán killed. Thereafter, Liu Bang of Hàn conquered the lands of the Three Qins, thereby starting the Chu-Han Contention. Following many battles and changing alliances, Hàn defeated Chu and subdued all other kingdoms, where Liu Bang appointed vassal kings while making himself the first Emperor of the Hàn Dynasty in 202 BCE.


^1 Yong, Sai and Zhai were collectively known as the Three Qins because they occupied the area of the former Qin state, better known as Guanzhong.

^2 Jiaodong, Qi and Jibei were collectively known as the Three Qis because they occupied the area of the former Qi state.


  1. ^ ,, , 1982, p56

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