Asuka 645 CE

The Soga must be stopped! Since the days of Prince Shōtoku, the clan has had its thumb on the Imperial family, but now, they have gone too far. They plan to depose your mother, the Empress, and put a more compliant puppet on the imperial throne. Prince Naka no Ōe, you must defeat the Soga and finally drive them from power, but exercise caution. They control the imperial capital, and you are not yet in a strong position to confront them. You may need to hide your intentions by offering the Soga gifts of peace until you are powerful enough to defeat them.
—In-game campaign description

Coup is the sixth scenario of the Yamato Empire of the Rising Sun campaign in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, replacing Oppression.

Scenario instructions[edit | edit source]

Starting conditions[edit | edit source]

Objectives[edit | edit source]

  • Destroy Soga Government Center

Hints[edit | edit source]

  1. Tribute is not the only answer, but it might be the best until you have built up your strength.
  2. Do not forget that trade brings gold. The Fujiwara seek a trading partner.
  3. It may be necessary to relocate. Your Fujiwara allies are kind to their guests.

History[edit | edit source]

After defeating the Mononobe, the Soga clan heads were the powers behind the throne for the next few Emperors and Empresses. By 645 CE, Soga no Emishi and his son Soga no Iruka had begun to assert themselves more overtly in imperial affairs. In response, a courtier named Nakatomi no Kamatari conspired with a junior member of the Soga clan and Prince Naka no Ōe, son of the reigning Empress Kōgyoku, to assassinate the Soga clan heads.

Known as the Isshi Incident, the assassination of Soga no Iruka took place during a court ceremony at witch memorials were being read to the Empress. Prince Naka no Oe had ordered four assassins to kill the Soga leader, but when they became too frightened to carry out the order, the prince himself rushed Iruka, killing him in front of the Empress. Shocked by the violence, Empress Kōgyoku abdicated and her brother ascended the throne as Emperor Kōtoku. Having heard of his son's death, Soga no Emishi commited suicede by self-immolation and the Soga clan passed into history.

Although he only ruled for ten years, Emperor Kōtoku established significant reforms in Japanese political culture, with the support of his nephew Prince Naka no Ōe. Known as the Taika Reforms, these policies implemented in 645 CE centralized Imperial power, in imitation of Chinese political systems. Confucian ideas were introduced, and Japanese envoys and scholars were sent to China to learn and adopt many aspects of Chinese culture and religion.

Ten years after ascending the throne, KŌtoku died and his sister returned to rule Japan. On her death in 661 CE, Prince Naka no Ōe ascended the throne and took the name Emperor Tenji.
—In-game section

Players[edit | edit source]

  • Player (Yamato): The player starts with some buildings and villagers, inside of the Soga town.

Ally[edit | edit source]

  • Soga (Yamato): The Soga starts having a large town in the west bank of the river, with an important army featuring Composite Bowmen and Stone Throwers. They will threaten the player to pay tribute or be declared enemy.
  • Fujiwara (Yamato): Fujiwara controls a small town in the east bank.

History outcome[edit | edit source]

Prince Naka no Ōe, you have returned the Imperial family to glory by your victory over the Soga. Though it will be many years before you ascend the throne as Emperor Tenji, your victory has assured that your uncle and mother will be secure in their reigns. Your uncle has already begun to institute reforms to increase Imperial power and reduce the influence of the clan heads. It is your hope that the Emperor of Japan will never agaian be a pawn of the clans.
—In-game section
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