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Ethiomonarchist

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In 1912, Dowager Empress Longyu signed abdication papers on behalf of her adoptive son Emperor Puyi, ending the Chinese monarchy.  It was a long standing mystery as to why the Empress should have been so willing to sign away the Qing dynasty.  It now appears that the Empress was subjected to both large bribes and threats to her life in order to get her to play her part in the fall of the monarchy.

http://www.dnaindia.com/world/1833237/report-secrets-of-china-s-last-emperor-revealed

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Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

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China's history has always been like that - effective rule by the Mandarin class, court intrigues, factionalism, warlordism - and the current CCP regime are showing signs of following in the same steps, eventually. Yuan Shikai made an attempt to create a new monarchy, and some warlords may have harboured monarchical ambitions.
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The Qing dynasty had been in a long decline, particularly after the great western powers overwhelmed it and choped up the empire into economic fiefs.  Puyi's life was one of such sadness when one sees how he was dragged as a toddler from his family home and plopped down in the middle of an imperial court where he was venerated but recieved little to no personal affection at the order of Dowager Empress Cixi who died the next day.  After a lonely isolated existence in the Forbidden City as something of a novelty, the deposed Emperor was then expelled from the palace of his ancestors and livied an aimless life until the Japanese placed him on the throne of Manchukuo.  It seems that he found the most happiness as a simple citizen in Communist ruled Beijing at the end of his life.  A man once revered as the son of heaven and the lord of the dragon throne reduced to gardening a small plot in his former capital.  It's too sad to even think about really.
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The Lion of Judah hath prevailed.

Ethiopia stretches her hands unto God (Quote from Psalm 68 which served as the Imperial Motto of the Ethiopian Empire)

"God and history shall remember your judgment." (Quote from Emperor Haile Selassie I's speech to the League of Nations to plead for assistance against the Italian Invasion, 1936.)
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