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The Japanese Emperors are known to be powerless and been that way longer than they had one and the shoguns are the true powers of the country throughout most of there history..but how would a similar ambitious Ruler with similar circumstances as the Emperor above rise there political power and make there title be known as the country that runs it rather than your ancestors family founding it and ruled it before?

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    $\begingroup$ Having Commodore Perry visiting your harbor with black ships is a way like many others. Can you make your question less opinion based? $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Mar 29 '18 at 5:30
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    $\begingroup$ I’m with @L.Dutch on this. Your question is too broad without any proper restraints. We have no knowledge of your emperor’s culture; your nation’s political systems work (or how they were established); whether this emperor is royal by birth, divine mandate, or his own making; nor anything related to the emperor himself. Is he considered a good man or a ruthless tyrant? These things make a big difference and we can’t lay down your world’s structures for you; you have to do that yourself before we can help. $\endgroup$ – Pleiades Mar 29 '18 at 5:57
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    $\begingroup$ I’d also maybe recommend putting this as a draft in the Sandbox. If you add more details, this could be an interesting question, but there’s no answer anyone can give right now that wouldn’t be based entirely on opinion alone. worldbuilding.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/4835/… $\endgroup$ – Pleiades Mar 29 '18 at 5:59
  • $\begingroup$ Power is usually built on power plus ability. There must be something the Emperor can do (bestow religious legitimacy?), something on which he can act (some shogun's military power against another's?), and he must have the ability of scavenging more and more power for himself from these "transactions", without the (initially) more powerful shoguns replacing him (so they need either be stupid, otherwise occupied, or gain some advantage from their inaction). All this depends completely on those unknown data @Pleiades mentioned, and without which the question is too broad. But if you add those... $\endgroup$ – LSerni Mar 29 '18 at 7:21
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I think this is where fascism could help (the emperor, not the people). This is similar to exactly what happened to Japan before the world war. The emperor has to tell the people that the dignity of the country and the self-respect of the people are both directly related to the wishes of the crown. Because at the end of the day, that is what a monarch is, right?

All you need is to make a political party (assuming democracy) or another institution that relies on the monarch. Once the monarch gains enough power, a starwars type "crisis" could do the trick. In a war, the monarch can get emergency powers that could also give him enough power over the army. Then it is just a matter of time before the monarch could put loyal people in key positions to overthrow the previous government and gain power.

For an ordinary person, all the steps are very hard, but for a monarch that has cultural influence over the people and is the symbol of national identity, this might be easier (not saying that it would be easy though).

PS: I had love to discuss this case even further in the comments…………

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    $\begingroup$ if you are seeking for discussions you should probably aim at some forum... $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch Mar 29 '18 at 5:58
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By recruiting an army and taking control.

This nearly happened in Japan, a sect of warlike monks were attacking another sect and the emperors guard suppressed the fighting and then he recruited these armed monks to fight for him.

Anyone like a Shogun will have powerful and ambitious enemies. The Emperor got a few of these on his side, won some battles even but was outmaneuvered before his forces could link up. If he'd been more competent or the Shogun less, it may well have happened.

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