The Future of Thailand

Thailand’s king who ruled for 88 years has recently died, sending the country into chaos as the population mourns the only monarch anyone can remember. In legal terms, his death seems not to matter, as Thailand’s monarchy has few actual powers left and is really more symbolic than anything else. But that may be understating the perceived importance of that symbolism, thus perhaps suggesting political and economic uncertainty in Thailand for at least the next year before the next king (currently the crown prince and generally not as universally loved) is crowned. Certainly to many in Thailand, the sky seems to be falling, or at least changing colour. It remains to be seen how much this will actually affect the country, particularly the military junta in charge, going forward.

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