was a state of Dingling
ethnicity that existed during China
's Sixteen Kingdoms
period -- specifically, from 388
. Its founder Zhai Liao
had previously been vacillating between being a vassal of Later Yan
, Western Yan
, or Jin Dynasty (265-420)
, and in 388, after his last overture to reconcile with Later Yan's emperor Murong Chui
was rejected by Murong Chui, he declared his own state, over the territory of modern central and eastern Henan
. In 392, Wei, then under Zhai Liao's son Zhai Zhao
, was destroyed by Later Yan forces. Because of its relatively small size and short lifespan, Wei is generally not included by historians among the Sixteen Kingdoms.
The rulers of Wei used the title "Heavenly Prince" (Tian Wang), roughly equivalent to emperor.
Rulers of Wei