• Due to the death of the Thai King, Thailand is now facing a shortage of black clothes for mourning
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[QUOTE]Thailand’s government has warned of a national shortage of black clothing, which is flying off shelves [URL="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/14/thailand-year-of-mourning-death-king-bhumibol"]as a distraught nation mourns beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej[/URL]. The commerce ministry also said it would work with manufacturers to ensure a stable supply of mourning wear while threatening stiff punishments for price-gouging by merchants. Thailand has been plunged into grief by the [URL="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/13/thai-king-bhumibol-adulyadej-dies-after-70-year-reign"]death on Thursday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej[/URL], who reigned as a deeply revered god-like figure for 70 years. A range of public activities have been cancelled and television programming and nightlife has been ordered to tone things down for the next month out of respect. The directives have raised some concern the economy would suffer, but sales of black clothing, at least, are booming. The commerce ministry’s director-general of internal trade Nuntawan Sakuntanaga has called on consumers to put off purchases of mourning wear until manufacturers can catch up with demand. “The supply of black shirts may be low for a few days but garment manufacturers have insisted that there will not be a shortage, while they will quote prices as normal,” she said, according to the Nation newspaper. Since the king’s death, black clothing was being sold at double the normal price in some cases, Nuntawan said. Price-gougers could face fines of up to 140,000 baht ($3,900) and seven years in jail, she added.[/QUOTE] [url]https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/15/thailand-warns-against-price-gouging-of-black-clothing-as-nation-mourns-king[/url]
how are monarchies still even a thing in the 21st century
[QUOTE=Piciul;51215261]how are monarchies still even a thing in the 21st century[/QUOTE] Mate, your country is literally a monarchy... Your country is a living proof it literally means nothing if it's a monarchy, as long as it's properly governed by a democratically elected parliament.
[QUOTE=Piciul;51215261]how are monarchies still even a thing in the 21st century[/QUOTE] What exactly is the problem with an average (European) constitutional monarchy?
We have the most honoured HRH Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, of the glorious House of Windsor The republican scum over the pond are about to get king trump Checkmate republics
[QUOTE=Piciul;51215261]how are monarchies still even a thing in the 21st century[/QUOTE] Brazil is the shithole it is today because we lost our monarchy that pledged heavy industrialization,modernization and education reforms late 19th century and we've got oligarchies that ruled for the rich [editline]17th October 2016[/editline] Having a ruler that was raised from birth to rule the nation alongside a parliment is better than a presidential system (Name one presidentialist country that isn't a poltical disaster lmao)
[QUOTE=PrusseLusken;51215413]Coming from a Dance I'm not surprised. I believe less than 20% of Danes actually bother to celebrate their national day. Not sure if they are all just lazy as fuck or if it's somehow not worth to celebrate their country lol[/QUOTE] Norway day seems like a cool event, it would be nice if we had an equivalent over here
[QUOTE=PrusseLusken;51215413]Coming from a Dance I'm not surprised. I believe less than 20% of Danes actually bother to celebrate their national day. Not sure if they are all just lazy as fuck or if it's somehow not worth to celebrate their country lol[/QUOTE] That;s just because we don't tend to do much out of it. There's not really much to celebrate tbh
[QUOTE=PrusseLusken;51215413]Coming from a Dance I'm not surprised. I believe less than 20% of Danes actually bother to celebrate their national day. Not sure if they are all just lazy as fuck or if it's somehow not worth to celebrate their country lol[/QUOTE] I don't celebrate the Swedish national day because its a (somewhat)recently made up holiday without any traditions linked to it.
Thailand is one of those places where you get killed if you show disrespect to the monarchy
No monarchy is good, not even parllimentary, here you can get jailed for disrespecting the monarchy.
[QUOTE=eirexe;51215657]No monarchy is good, not even parllimentary, here you can get jailed for disrespecting the monarchy.[/QUOTE] Here, people barely even remember that we are actually legally under the Queen.
The king of Thailand has no legal authority whatsoever. He was a very powerful and influential rich guy, but couldn't enact laws. Thailand has had over a dozen constitutions since they abolished the monarchy. Every 4 or 5 years military junta dissolves the government and rewrites the constitution. The king's support of that government is very important to the legitimacy of it as the king is very well loved in Thailand. As such, insulting the king is seen as an insult to the military junta. Lese majeste is a political crime, essentially. You see potentially anti-government forces accused of it all the time. Whenever there is a coup, the coup plotters publicly accuse the leaders of the government of lese majeste. This is simply a law which the military has used for over 50 years to arrest whoever they want
[QUOTE=gokiyono;51215447]That;s just because we don't tend to do much out of it. There's not really much to celebrate tbh[/QUOTE] TBH it's probably because we're lazy as fuck. Or more accurately, there isn't really a national sentiment of celebration. The closest we come to that is probably on the 4th of May, where 41% of the population put candles in their windows to commemorate liberation from the Germans in 1945. But then again we don't actually have a national day.
[QUOTE=eirexe;51215657]No monarchy is good, not even parllimentary, here you can get jailed for disrespecting the monarchy.[/QUOTE] Can you explain how the Monarchy that exists in england is a bad thing to have.
[QUOTE=Kecske;51215318]What exactly is the problem with an average (European) constitutional monarchy?[/QUOTE] Practically not much, since usually they're quite restricted. But the precedent it sets is pretty shitty and anti-equality, that one can be born into a family like that and be essentially worshiped and showered with privileges. With normal rich families you can at least pretend the common man can reach that level with his hard work. Also they do sometimes still get involved with politics, see Prince Charles and how he got alternative medicine into the NHS.
[QUOTE=FlashMarsh;51215328]We have the most honoured HRH Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, of the glorious House of Windsor The republican scum over the pond are about to get king trump Checkmate republics[/QUOTE] hez gonna build a biiiiig wall and youre next britain! (i was going to make a joke about 1-day suits)
[QUOTE=thelurker1234;51216171]Practically not much, since usually they're quite restricted. But the precedent it sets is pretty shitty and anti-equality, that one can be born into a family like that and be essentially worshiped and showered with privileges. With normal rich families you can at least pretend the common man can reach that level with his hard work. Also they do sometimes still get involved with politics, see Prince Charles and how he got alternative medicine into the NHS.[/QUOTE] this, honestly famous for nothing at its finest
[QUOTE=Sam Za Nemesis;51215434]Brazil is the shithole it is today because we lost our monarchy that pledged heavy industrialization,modernization and education reforms late 19th century and we've got oligarchies that ruled for the rich [editline]17th October 2016[/editline] Having a ruler that was raised from birth to rule the nation alongside a parliment is better than a presidential system (Name one presidentialist country that isn't a poltical disaster lmao)[/QUOTE] are you for real
One of the main reasons why there was a coup against Dom Pedro II was because he threatened the coffee oligarchies, you should know that. It was only years later until Vargas that we had a leader that pledged to modernize the country heavily, although bad blood from his facist-esque governance still haunts us to this day I'd love if we lived in a republic with a prime minister rather than a president, we wouldn't have half of the issues that we have today
[QUOTE=rampageturke 2;51216050]Can you explain how the Monarchy that exists in england is a bad thing to have.[/QUOTE] its a waste of taxpayer money
It's always hilarious to see Europeans flail in desperation as they attempt to defend medieval throwback institutions like their monarchies.
[QUOTE=King Tiger;51216934]It's always hilarious to see Europeans flail in desperation as they attempt to defend medieval throwback institutions like their monarchies.[/QUOTE] Really rich coming from the USA lol
[QUOTE=Complifusedv2;51216957]Really rich coming from the USA lol[/QUOTE] well the us doesnt cling on to medieval throwback institutions
[QUOTE=King Tiger;51216934]It's always hilarious to see Europeans flail in desperation as they attempt to defend medieval throwback institutions like their monarchies.[/QUOTE] Flail in desperation? :v:
[QUOTE=Complifusedv2;51216957]Really rich coming from the USA lol[/QUOTE] Name an inherently unequal political or social institution in the US and I won't make painstaking and bizarre efforts support it. That's the difference.
[QUOTE=King Tiger;51216934]It's always hilarious to see Europeans flail in desperation as they attempt to defend medieval throwback institutions like their monarchies.[/QUOTE] Is this bait? Did you even read the thread?
[QUOTE=PrusseLusken;51215413]Coming from a Dance I'm not surprised. I believe less than 20% of Danes actually bother to celebrate their national day. Not sure if they are all just lazy as fuck or if it's somehow not worth to celebrate their country lol[/QUOTE] I mean I'm an American but I don't really care about celebrating Independence Day by shooting off overpriced fireworks in the fucking humid heat of July
[QUOTE=King Tiger;51216934]It's always hilarious to see Europeans flail in desperation as they attempt to defend medieval throwback institutions like their monarchies.[/QUOTE] You mean the monarchies that don't... do anything? What's there to defend lol european monarchs literally have no power. The CEO of a large company probably has more power
[QUOTE=Kyle902;51217393]You mean the monarchies that don't... do anything? What's there to defend lol european monarchs literally have no power. The CEO of a large company probably has more power[/QUOTE] If they're so obselete as a form of governance then why pay them and their extended families millions of £/$'s every year for no other reason than accident of birth?
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