Republic of Ezo
short-lived state established in 1869 by former Tokugawa retainers in what is now known as Hokkaido, notable for being the first government to attempt to institute democracy in Japan
Republic of Ezo, was a short-lived state in 1869 in the area that is now Hokkaido, Japan. It was established by former Tokugawa shogunate retainers. It was against the new imperial government. It was later defeated by Imperial forces.