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Almost exactly nine years ago, I complained about some of the Leader names in Civilization IV. In particular, I was bugged by the name given to one of the Chinese Leaders: Qin Shi Huang. I asserted that it should have been Qin Shi Huangdi or just Shi Huangdi.

I am currently reading The Dark Forest, by Cixin Liu; it's the sequel to his The Three Body Problem, which won the Hugo for Best Novel last year. Liu himself is a native speaker of Mandarin, and the book I'm reading is a translation from that language. Part of the book involves people who have taken various historical figures as their on-line avatars. One of these is identified as... "Qin Shi Huang".

Is there something I'm missing here? Is the Qin emperor often referred to in China by that name?

Edit: It seems so. I guess I owe the Sid Meiers team an apology.

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