History UsefulNotes / Cambodia

15th May '16 5:09:28 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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The place where everybody [[HolidayInCambodia goes on vacation]], Cambodia ('''Khmer:''' ''ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា, Kampuchea''), officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia ('''Khmer:''' ''ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា Preăh Réachéanachâk Kâmpŭchéa'') is full of tropical jungles, abandoned temples, guerilla warfare, and young women saying “Me love you long time” (''UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}ese'' women, mind you). Or at least that’s what the media wants you to think.

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The place where everybody [[HolidayInCambodia goes on vacation]], Cambodia ('''Khmer:''' ''កម្ពុជា, Kampuchea''), officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia ('''Khmer:''' ''ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា, Kampuchea''), officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia ('''Khmer:''' ''ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា Preăh Réachéanachâk Kâmpŭchéa'') Réachéanachăk Kămpŭchéa'') is full of tropical jungles, abandoned temples, guerilla warfare, and young women saying “Me love you long time” (''UsefulNotes/{{Vietnam}}ese'' women, mind you). Or at least that’s what the media wants you to think.
28th Mar '16 6:49:52 PM ProfessorDetective
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Pol Pot was also kinda lousy with geography, [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy despite studying in France]], and believed that he could continue his mad rampages across the border, in the Khmer-speaking areas of {{Vietnam}}. Naturally, the Vietnamese (even Vietnamese Khmer, who, despite being a forgotten minority living in the middle of nowhere, and thus bearing the brunt of Vietnamese Communist mismanagement and oppression, at least weren't exterminated by gardening hoes[[note]]to save bullets[[/note]]) didn't take too kindly to this. In 1978, Vietnam invaded Cambodia, got rid of the Khmer Rouge and put a puppet state in its place, run by former Khmer Rouge defectors. In the meantime Pol Pot and original Khmer Rouge tried to flee to the countryside or abroad, only for Pol Pot to be taken prisoner by a schismatic member of the Khmer Rouge and kept under house arrest until he died under questionable circumstances. But if you would think this would be the end of matters, it wasn't. With most of the hardline nutjobs forced into the background the Khmer Rouge and the groups that were rapidly splintering off of it had control over chunks of the countryside and were in a position to contest the Vietnamese satellite government. In time [[GambitPileup a third faction]] of royalists called Khmer People’s National Liberation Front appeared on the scene. This civil war continued in a flurry of low level skirmishing, plenty of nasty business, man made famine, and other nightmares until 1991, when an agreement between the parts could be achieved.

For reasons that could only make sense in TheColdWar that we won't mention here, the United States and much of the United Nations sided with China to continue to recognize the Khmer Rouge groups descended from Pol Pot's regime as the legitimate government -- even letting them keep the UN seat for Cambodia -- as opposed to the invading, Soviet-backed, but at least non-batguano crazy Vietnamese regime. One of the first states to break with this policy was Sweden, which withdrew its support after a groundswell of protest from Swedish voters angry that its elected representatives were helping to prop up Pol Pot's zombie.

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Pol Pot was also kinda lousy with geography, [[MajoredInWesternHypocrisy despite studying in France]], and believed that he could continue his mad rampages across the border, in the Khmer-speaking areas of {{Vietnam}}. Naturally, the Vietnamese (even Vietnamese Khmer, who, despite being a forgotten minority living in the middle of nowhere, and thus bearing the brunt of Vietnamese Communist mismanagement and oppression, at least weren't exterminated by gardening hoes[[note]]to save bullets[[/note]]) didn't take too kindly to this. In 1978, Vietnam invaded Cambodia, got rid of the Khmer Rouge and put a puppet state in its place, run by former Khmer Rouge defectors. In the meantime Pol Pot and original Khmer Rouge tried to flee to the countryside or abroad, only for Pol Pot to be taken prisoner by a schismatic member of the Khmer Rouge and kept under house arrest until he died under questionable circumstances. But if you would think this would be the end of matters, it wasn't. With most of the hardline nutjobs forced into the background background, the Khmer Rouge and the groups that were rapidly splintering off of it had control over chunks of the countryside and were in a position to contest the Vietnamese satellite government. In time [[GambitPileup a third faction]] of royalists called Khmer People’s National Liberation Front appeared on the scene. This civil war continued in a flurry of low level skirmishing, plenty of nasty business, man made famine, and other nightmares until 1991, when an agreement between the parts could be achieved.

For reasons that could only make sense in TheColdWar [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar The Cold War]] that we won't mention here, the United States and much of the United Nations sided with China to continue to recognize the Khmer Rouge groups descended from Pol Pot's regime as the legitimate government -- even letting them keep the UN seat for Cambodia -- as opposed to the invading, Soviet-backed, but at least non-batguano crazy Vietnamese regime. One of the first states to break with this policy was Sweden, which withdrew its support after a groundswell of protest from Swedish voters angry that its elected representatives were helping to prop up Pol Pot's zombie.
20th Mar '16 1:23:41 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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The Khmer Rouge enjoyed broad popular support of the poor, uneducated peasant masses of village Khmers, who were envious towards "[[CityMouse those city guys]]", which wasn't helped by the fact that a lot of city-dwellers were ethnically Chinese, and were overrepresented in the rich classes. But soon it turned out that [[EvilArmy Khmer Rouge]] in general, and the dictator Pol Pot in particular, didn't make any distinction between two populations. Their motto was "To keep you is no benefit; to destroy you is no loss," and they cheerfully applied it to anyone. Pol Pot's regime led to the death of around 2 million people out of a population of 8 million. It's estimated that as many as 4 million died as a whole. The Cambodian Genocide has often been described as an auto-genocide, where a people tried to commit genocide ''against itself''.

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The Khmer Rouge enjoyed broad popular support of the poor, uneducated peasant masses of village Khmers, who were envious towards "[[CityMouse those city guys]]", which wasn't helped by the fact that a lot of city-dwellers were ethnically Chinese, and were overrepresented in the rich classes. But soon it turned out that [[EvilArmy Khmer Rouge]] in general, and the dictator Pol Pot in particular, didn't make any distinction between two populations. Their motto was "To keep you is no benefit; to destroy you is no loss," and they cheerfully applied it to anyone. Pol Pot's regime led to the death of around 2 million people out of a population of 8 million. It's estimated that as many as 4 million died as a whole. The Cambodian Genocide has often been described as an auto-genocide, [[GenocideFromTheInside auto-genocide]], where a people tried to commit genocide ''against itself''.
10th Jan '16 5:13:42 PM hamza678
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* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', Mantorok's temple is found in the Angkor Thom region, and one of the playable characters, Ellia, is a Khmer slave girl in the year A.D. 1150. Later on, Dr. Edwin Lindsey, an archaeologist, returns to the same temple, now in ruin and riddled with plantlife.
* The ''Film/PsychoPass'' movie takes place in Cambodia, which seems to be the center of the Southeast Asian Union. The province of Siem Reap is even namedropped at one point as the location of [[LaResistance the rebel base.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', Mantorok's temple is found in the Angkor Thom region, and one of the playable characters, Ellia, is a Khmer slave girl in the year A.D. 1150. Later on, Dr. Edwin Lindsey, an archaeologist, returns to the same temple, now in ruin and riddled with plantlife.
plant life.
* The ''Film/PsychoPass'' movie ''Anime/PsychoPassTheMovie'' takes place in Cambodia, which seems to be the center of the Southeast Asian Union. The province of Siem Reap is even namedropped at one point as the location of [[LaResistance the rebel base.]]
3rd Dec '15 2:58:14 PM AllenbysEyes
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* A large portion of Creator/OliverStone's ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' deals with the American invasion of Cambodia and its fallout.
23rd Oct '15 4:24:54 PM Morgenthaler
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Once the Khmer Empire, disputes with its neighbors pushed King Norodom to become a protectorate of France and, eventually, part of the French Indochina. When Norodom died, the French began to manipulate the elections of the next kings to ensure the Cambodian submission. Eventually they enthroned King Norodom Sihanouk, thinking they could [[UnwittingPawn manipulate him]]. Unfortunately for them, he was GenreSavvy enough to realize it and achieved the country’s independence in 1953.

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Once the Khmer Empire, disputes with its neighbors pushed King Norodom to become a protectorate of France and, eventually, part of the French Indochina. When Norodom died, the French began to manipulate the elections of the next kings to ensure the Cambodian submission. Eventually they enthroned King Norodom Sihanouk, thinking they could [[UnwittingPawn manipulate him]]. Unfortunately for them, he was GenreSavvy smart enough to realize it and achieved the country’s independence in 1953.
3rd Aug '15 11:18:37 PM Cinereous
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Cambodia today is a constitutional monarchy (unusually for an ex-communist country, they not only restored the monarchy, but also restored the former monarch[[note]]In fairness, he was a monarch who loved to be photographed with Mao Zedong and Kim il-Sung, so, yeah...[[/note]]) that, aside of a coup in 1997, has a steady government. Unfortunately, it is probably [[BananaRepublic too steady]] as the Prime Minister appointed by the Vietnamese- [[RegentForLife Hun Sen]]- has ruled with an iron fist and has even admitted he wants to keep power well into old age while maintaining a play theater of constitutional government. To be specific, the guy [[http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/election-05062013185646.html outright stated on national TV]] that he intends to stay in power until he is 74 years old (which will be in August 2026). Why? Because [[FollowTheLeader the leaders of China and Vietnam don't retire until their 70s.]]

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Cambodia today is a constitutional monarchy (unusually for an ex-communist country, they not only restored the monarchy, but also restored the former monarch[[note]]In fairness, he was a monarch who loved to be photographed with Mao Zedong and Kim il-Sung, so, yeah...[[/note]]) that, aside of a coup in 1997, has a steady government. Unfortunately, it is probably [[BananaRepublic too steady]] as the Prime Minister appointed by the Vietnamese- [[RegentForLife Hun Sen]]- has ruled with an iron fist and has even admitted he wants to keep power well into old age while maintaining a play theater of constitutional government. To be specific, the guy [[http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/election-05062013185646.html outright stated on national TV]] that he intends to stay in power until he is 74 years old (which which will be in August 2026).2026 [[labelnote:*]]But because there is some dispute over his actual date of birth, it could be until 2028[[/labelnote]]. Why? Because [[FollowTheLeader the leaders of China and Vietnam don't retire until their 70s.]]
3rd Aug '15 11:16:56 PM Cinereous
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Cambodia today is a constitutional monarchy (unusually for an ex-communist country, they not only restored the monarchy, but also restored the former monarch[[note]]In fairness, he was a monarch who loved to be photographed with Mao Zedong and Kim il-Sung, so, yeah...[[/note]]) that, aside of a coup in 1997, has a steady government. Unfortunately, it is probably [[BananaRepublic too steady]] as the Prime Minister appointed by the Vietnamese- [[RegentForLife Hun Sen]]- has ruled with an iron fist and has even admitted he wants to keep power well into old age while maintaining a play theater of constitutional government.

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Cambodia today is a constitutional monarchy (unusually for an ex-communist country, they not only restored the monarchy, but also restored the former monarch[[note]]In fairness, he was a monarch who loved to be photographed with Mao Zedong and Kim il-Sung, so, yeah...[[/note]]) that, aside of a coup in 1997, has a steady government. Unfortunately, it is probably [[BananaRepublic too steady]] as the Prime Minister appointed by the Vietnamese- [[RegentForLife Hun Sen]]- has ruled with an iron fist and has even admitted he wants to keep power well into old age while maintaining a play theater of constitutional government.
government. To be specific, the guy [[http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/election-05062013185646.html outright stated on national TV]] that he intends to stay in power until he is 74 years old (which will be in August 2026). Why? Because [[FollowTheLeader the leaders of China and Vietnam don't retire until their 70s.]]
3rd Aug '15 11:11:03 PM Cinereous
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* The ''Film/PsychoPass'' movie takes place in Cambodia, which seems to be the center of the Southeast Asian Union. The province of Siem Reap is even namedropped at one point as the location of [[LaResistane the rebel base.]]

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* The ''Film/PsychoPass'' movie takes place in Cambodia, which seems to be the center of the Southeast Asian Union. The province of Siem Reap is even namedropped at one point as the location of [[LaResistane [[LaResistance the rebel base.]]
3rd Aug '15 10:49:30 PM Cinereous
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* The ''Film/PsychoPass'' movie takes place in Cambodia, which seems to be the center of the Southeast Asian Union. The province of Siem Reap is even namedropped at one point as the location of [[LaResistane the rebel base.]]
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