State of Nationalist Movement in 1927

The death of Sun Yat-sen (i.e. the founder of the Nationalist movement) in 1925 began the bitter struggle for its leadership.  By 1927, the movement was in utter chaos.  The party was divided between “Centerists” in Nanking and “the Left-Kuomintang,” who were allied with Communists, in Hankow.  Each of these centers had a military presence supporting their campaigns for revolution.