Yes, I’m only asking this to f*ck with the ChiComs.
China’s censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” on popular microblogs on Monday after the index fell a bizarre 64.89 points on the anniversary of the bloody June 4, 1989, crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.
In another twist, the Shanghai Composite Index opened at 2346.98 points on the 23rd anniversary of the killings. The numbers 46.98 are June 4, 1989, backwards.
Now ask me why I should care if the ChiComs get upset about me f*cking with them.
…because – and forgive this ignorant foreigner for making this observation – but the People’s Republic of China’s endemic structural problems seem to be precisely what happens when you attempt to run an imperial-style government without an actual, you know, Emperor. Which is to say, the system works well enough until somebody needs a decision made by a person who is recognized to have universal authority. When that’s not available… well, that’s when things start getting messy.
I understand the unwillingness of the Chinese people to go through another Mao, of course. So I recommend a constitutional monarchy* with a strong parliament that permits non-Communist Party members to hold office. The rest will more or less work itself out. I also suggest letting the Chi-Coms retain certain of their traditional customs and/or folkways: to paraphrase David Weber, permitting the use of “Comrade Emperor” as a title of respect really will help to accommodate the hardliners to the new Son of Heaven…
*I wouldn’t go with strict primogeniture; designating one family – preferably with a clean genetic history – to draw from for rulers should probably work out well enough in the short run. But those are technical details.