- Feb 2011
I guess it depends on the character of the person who forced the previous emperor to abdicate, combined with how much a threat the previous bloodline was seen to be.Why'd the Han descendants get treated well?
Also, by aristocracy, Yes, I meant the nobility. They wouldn't have to be related to any Chinese emperor, but they could be. I'm thinking in a European context where dukes, lords, et cetera pass on their titles.
Chinese officials (excluding maybe imperial relatives) don't pass on their titles. They might use their titles to press their relatives into power, but it's something they have to press. It's not something that's passed on automatically. They have to be careful about it too. Because if they recommended somebody bad, it look bad on them. If an official committed a crime, then the one who recommended them could also be punished. Afterwards appointment by recommendation was gradually replaced with a Civil Service Exam system. Anyway in short the rulers of Chinese provinces tend to be assigned, not inherited.