Just an idle thought I was having. This is one of my favorite periods in history. There were so many fascinating people in this era who emerged from the woodwork of the late Ming's broken society, not to mention fascinating reasons why the Ming empire collapsed. It's no exaggeration to say that this was a cataclysm akin the fall of Rome. I would love depictions of Li Zicheng, Gao Guiying, the Shun Empire, and its feminist revolution. Or Zhang Xianzhong's legendary reign of terror in Sichuan, or the various Southern Ming states, people like Shi Kefa and events like the defense of the fortress city of Yangzhou. Koxinga, his state of Tungning, its naval power, and its rivalry with the Dutch for control of Taiwan. Or the Shun Siege of Kaifeng where a river was diverted to flood the city. Wu Sangui the great betrayer and his turncoat defence of the Manchu at Shanhai, and the Later Jin state as it rose from Nurhaci's confederacy of Jurchen tribes into Hong Taiji's Great Qing Empire. The development of the eight banner system. Or Ligdan Khan's underappreciated campaigns to unite the eastern Mongols while taking money from the Ming. Tashi Batur's rebellion, Gushi Khan and the Koshud Tibetan Empire, the Fifth Dalai Lama, and the rivalry between Gelugpa and Karma Kagyu Vajrayana schools that divided the Mongol states. The conflicts between the Manchu and the cossacks in Siberia. The conflicts between the Trinh and Nguyen lords as well as Mac loyalists in Later Le era Vietnam and the conflict between Portugal and the Dutch EIC supporting both sides, the Manchu invasions of Korea and many other things I'm not even thinking of. The period was the backdrop of many other fascinating events throughout east asia.