Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei
Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei
Standard-bearer in 2006 Aizu parade bearing the flag of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei
|Type||Military and political alliance|
|Headquarters||Shiroishi, Sendai Domain, Japan|
|Membership||31 Domains of Northern Japan|
|Meishu (Alliance Head)||Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa|
|Sotoku (Governor-General)||Date Yoshikuni, Uesugi Narinori|
The Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei (奥羽越列藩同盟?) "Alliance of the domains of Mutsu, Dewa and Echigo" or Northern Alliance (北部同盟 Hokubu Doumei?) was a Japanese military-political coalition established and disestablished over the course of several months in early to mid-1868 during the Boshin War. Its flag was either a white interwoven five-pointed star on a black field, or a black interwoven five-pointed star on a white field.
Sometimes referred to as the "Northern Alliance," it centered around the Sendai, Yonezawa, and Nihonmatsu domains, and drew together nearly all domains from the provinces of Mutsu and Dewa, several domains of northern Echigo Province, and even the Matsumae han of Ezo (modern-day Hokkaidō). Headquartered at Shiroishi Castle, the alliance's nominal head was Prince Kitashirakawa Yoshihisa, the onetime abbot of Kan'eiji Temple in Edo who fled north following the Satsuma-Chōshū takeover of the city, who declared himself "Emperor Tobu", with Date Yoshikuni of Sendai as the head of the Alliance. Although heteroclitic in nature, the Alliance formed of a combination of modern and traditional forces, and mobilized a total of about 50,000 soldiers. Though the alliance did its best to support the Aizu domain, Aizu was not formally part of the alliance; neither was Shōnai.
While the alliance was a bold, innovative step that combined the military forces of several dozen domains, it was unable to fully act as a single, cohesive unit, and with the fall of Sendai and Aizu, it effectively collapsed.
Members of the Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei
- Keene, Donald (2005). Emperor of Japan: Meiji and His World, 1852–1912. Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-12341-8.
- Hoshi, Ryoichi (1995). Ouetsu Reppan Domei: Higashi Nihon seifu juritsu no yume (Japanese). Chuo Koronsha. ISBN 4-12-101235-6.
- Ravina, Mark (2004). The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigō Takamori. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-08970-2.