Yeah, basically. The semi-fascist government of the National Enlightenment Party does not want corporations/companies going their own way because to do that allows corruption and corruption can breed dissent against the authority in Bejing, just like it did in OTL. In case you haven't noticed, the Mandate of Heaven still exists, albeit with a Buddhist twist to it.So, basically the Qing Chinese can be described economically as "state capitalist" in how it has a capitalist economy under strong supervision of the state?
Oh, I don't know. The thing about these types of governments is that they breed... competition within their ranks, but that's a long way off.Of course, this is the Mandarin Observer, so we probably aren't going to hear much news about corruption or how bad it is.
What kind of butterflies are you referring to?I wonder if there would still be a Washington Naval Treaty given the butterflies.
Right. I'll make the necessary edits.Also, see my concerns about the Japanese update.