Emperor of Daehanjeiguk
The Emperor of Daehanjeiguk (zh.: 皇帝; ko.: 황제) is a historic title of the Emperors of the lands of the Han, dating to the year 2476 in the Han Calendar. Despite a number of political entanglements preceding the Han (韓) Dynasty, the title has been in continuous use by the Empire, with the title firmly in legitimate use by the year 4299, when the Emperor Seonjo secured the Divine Mandate from the Myeong Emperor. Because of the unique cultural attributions of the title "Emperor" (皇帝), according to Han tradition, there can only be one Emperor at any time. For this reason, emperors of other empires are not called by the Han title, but by a lesser title, such as "Great King" (大王) or "Great Khan" (高汗). This tradition has continued into modern usage, even though the distinction is hardly significant in political terms.
Emperors of the Han ruled according to the Divine Mandate (zh.: 天命; ko.: 천명). The Divine Mandate, first described in the early Ju Dynasty, became the primary mode of legitimacy that Han Emperors exercised, invoking the right of Heaven to govern over their lands. In theory, the Han Emperor is the Regent of Heaven, historically derived from the ancestral belief that the supreme ruler was in fact the son of Heaven. Although animist beliefs do not persist as has been in the past, the use of the Right of Heaven to continue governing the Empire is still used by even Emperors of the present day in the Han Empire, as a metaphorical government by the approval of the people (who are the greatest authority in theory).
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