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Kingdom of Cambodia
Holy Cambodian Empire
|Largest city||Phnom Penh|
|Official language(s)||Khmer, English, French|
|Government||Aristocratic State under a Constitutional Monarchy.|
|Royal King||Norodom Sihanouk|
|‑ Royal Prince||Norodom Sihamoni|
|‑ Royal General||Colonel Hun Sen|
|1953 from France|
|Currency||Ammunition, Tanks, US Dollar|
|Religion||Theravada Buddhist 100%|
|Major exports||Angkor beers, Rice, Clothes|
|Major imports||TV adverts, K-pop, Luxury cars|
Cambodia (i/kæmˈboʊdiə/; Khmer: ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា, Kampuchea, IPA: [kɑmˈpuˈciə]), officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With a total landmass of 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi), it is bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.
With a population of over 14.8 million, Cambodia is the 68th most populous country in the world. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by approximately 95% of the Cambodian population. The country's minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribes. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural center of Cambodia. The kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with Norodom Sihamoni, a monarch chosen by the Royal Throne Council, as head of state. The head of government is Hun Sen, who is currently the longest serving leader in South East Asia and has ruled Cambodia for over 25 years.
In 802 AD, Jayavarman II declared himself king marking the beginning of the Khmer Empire which flourished for over 600 years and allowing successive kings to dominate much of Southeast Asia and accumulate immense power and wealth. The Indianized kingdom built monumental temples such as Angkor Wat and facilitated the spread of first Hinduism, then Buddhism to much of Southeast Asia. After the fall of Angkor to Ayutthaya in the 15th century, Cambodia was ruled as a vassal between its neighbors until it was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. Cambodia gained independence in 1953.
The Vietnam War extended into Cambodia, giving rise to the Khmer Rouge, which took Phnom Penh in 1975. Cambodia reemerged several years later within a socialistic sphere of influence as the People's Republic of Kampuchea until 1993. After years of isolation, the war-ravaged nation was reunited under the monarchy in 1993 and has seen rapid progress in the economic and human resource areas while rebuilding from decades of civil war. Cambodia has had one of the best economic records in Asia, with economic growth averaging 6 percent for the last 10 years. Strong textiles, agriculture, construction, garments, and tourism sectors led to foreign investments and international trade. In 2005, oil and natural gas deposits were found beneath Cambodia's territorial waters, and once commercial extraction begins in 2013, the oil revenues could profoundly affect Cambodia's economy.
Cambodia also referred by God as the world's best damn fucking country in Asia, and it kicks the shit out of Vietnam, Laos. Infact it kicks the shit out of Vietnam so much that Vietnam still own its land that they took from Cambodia way back in the day. After the Vietnam war, the Vietnamese came to Cambodia and rescued their ass from the khmer rogue. The ungrateful cambodians came over here and start copying blacks and hispanics in the 90's. While vietnamese gangs in the 90s were shooting each other because they were fighting over girls. Cambodians shot each other over "territory" that no one owns . and the other poor excuse for the countries that landlocked Cambodia. During the past years, Thailand has been a major enemy towards Cambodia; because they have been sipping on too much of that homemade Thai Haterade, which is a drink that all Thai people consume in their elementary school classes before discussion of Cambodia. The country has rarely been out of the headlines in recent years, having been made famous in the 1980s by the famous Dead Kennedy songs Holiday in Cambodia and , and then put back on the map in the 1990s when British archaeologist Lara Croft and the half-elf healer Raine Sage discovered the kick-ass temple of Angkor Wat.
The discovery of Angkor Wat renewed worldwide interest in a largely forgotten period of ancient Cambodian history, when the country's Khmer Dynasty rulers totally owned at Age of Empires, knocking over the rest of Indochina, along with Siam and Burma. And probably parts of China, for all we know.
About the year 1400 Khmer defeated by Siam and become a part of Siam Empire. Khmer's Capital "Angkor" was renamed to "Siem Rath" means "State owned by Siam". Khmer people become slaves and nearly extinction. Siem Rath became abandoned town and Angkor Wat was hidden deep in the forest since then. Until 1863 Siam loss Khmer's land to French who win the battle with Thai General. From this victory of French colonial empire, Khmer peoples under French rules renamed "Siem Rath" to "Siem Reap" which means "siam ruined". and Ankor Wat was rediscovered by French later on.
From 1863 to 1953 Cambodia was a French "protectorate", a term that applied only very loosely and which still causes much hilarity among Cambodians. One good thing that came out of the French period was that Cambodians today make damn good baguettes. But unfortunately being a former French colony there is an epidemic of beret wearing asians, which is unfortunately slowly spreading out of control. The beret is a disease that is incurable, the infected patients having to be put down after contracting the disease.
After the 2008 elections, Cambodia no longer has a bicameral legislature. The National Assembly is composed of 100 seats and is presided over by the King of Cambodia. King Sihamoni has a lot to learn as ruler of the Holy Cambodian Empire. He is the ceremonial head, while the CPP takes over domestic and international affairs.
Cambodian politics consist of three parties, the Cambodian People's Party, Democratic Movement of National Rescue, and the FUNCINPEC Party.
Hun Sen, the Earl High Pooh-Bah of Cambodia and all around big-shot, thinks he is cool. He is not so cool as he thinks he is. Basically Hun Sen rules the CPP (Cambodian Penis Party) and they rule the country. Questions? The CPP has 58 seats out of 100.
There is another nut-bag called Sam Rainsy but he is cowering in France like a big fat pussy. Sam Rainsy leads the largest Democratic opposition in the world. The Democratic Movement of National Rescue has 40 seats out of 100. Members of this party likes to cause riots, human rights protests, and drama.
The FUNCINPEC is ruled by a tyrannical leader name Nhek Bun Chhay. Formally a royalist party full of royalty and aristocrats, its power today has diminished do to Nhek Bun Chhay's ass kissing to Hun Sen. Many royalist have now joined the opposition to stop Hun Sen's rule. The FUNCINPEC party has only 2 seats out of 100.
People and Culture
One of the highlights of the Cambodian cultural calendar is the Akwa Poon Tang Om Took, or "Water Load Festival", which is held each year for the week that the Mekong flows backwards. Cambodians line the banks of the river to harpoon the animal carcasses and bales of marijuana that float back up the Mekong from Vietnam. Then they have a barbecue and get stoned off their titsusually called Zac Martin.
Another festival that is a favourite among tourists is the annual Dancing Bile Bears Parade, in which Asian sun bears that have had their teeth snapped out with pliers and are being farmed for their bile are forced to dance down the main street of the capital, Phnom Penh. The bears still have their bile catheters hanging out, so revellers are able to give the tubes a suck and sample the warm, nutritious, aphrodisiac bile fresh from the bear's liver or pancreas or whatever.
Tourists also delight in spontaneous street theatre in which Cambodians playing the part of Khmer Rouge sympathisers pretend to beat the educated, the bourgeoisie, ethnic Vietnamese and people who wear glasses to death with folding chairs (pictured left). And vice versa.
Indigenous Cambodian cuisine includes such traditional dishes as braised snakes quarters and bat soup. Innovations introduced since the Khmer Rouge regime killed everyone and wrecked everything include fried tarantulas, grass, and water buffalo shit. These last delicacies have achieved international popularity in such diverse locales as North Korea, Haiti, and especially Zimbabwe, where they now compete with traditional local cuisine. Cambodia is also world renowned for the exportation of the very nutritious Cambodian breast milk--which has been rated "best breast milk in Asia" by People Magazine since 2001.
When surveyed of "What is Cambodia?" 100 people replied:
- 57% Yeah, I get my clothes from there!
- 22% I had a friend named that in high school!
- 21% Is that when the bake the french fries instead of frying them?
Cambodia also has a couple of passable breweries.
|Styles||Dreaming - Good dream - Bad dream - Another bad dream - Wet dream - No dream (Sometimes, change from REM to Delta sleep)|
|Planet of "Dreamland"||Cambodia - Vietnam - Jupiter - Heaven - Hell - Space|
|Characters||Boss of the dreams - Angel (Lives in the heaven) - Satan (Lives in the hell)|