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the emperor's new clothes

Something widely accepted as true or professed as being praiseworthy due to an unwillingness of the general population to criticize it or be seen as going against popular opinion. Taken from the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the same name, in which a vain king is sold imaginary clothing by two weavers who promise him that it can only be seen by those who are ignorant, incompetent, or unfit for their position. The company's newest device is, in fact, a complete waste of money, but so many people are invested in their brand loyalty that they will continue to buy and adore it like the emperor's new clothes.
See also: clothes, new

little emperor

An only child in a modern Chinese family who is seen as spoiled, overly protected, or the center of excessive amounts of attention. The phenomenon (and resulting term) is seen to have arisen in large part due to China's one-child policy. It's quite plain in their house that the parents yield to the whim of their little emperor.
See also: emperor, little
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However, as the only ruling party, the CPC should not become the vested interests and the existing interests should not monopolise the political process; otherwise, it would follow the path of traditional emperorship.
As a result, Pu Yi proceeded to spend the next several decades simultaneously seeking to escape the institutional constraints of his (ex-)emperorship, on the one hand, while at the same time struggling to find a way to revive the institution of the (actual) emperorship, on the other.
It will probably show Palpatine's rise to the emperorship and the events that turn Skywalker to the Dark Side of the Force.
Oh, my goodness, how all this reminded him of reading Napoleon's Revenge in high school, about the disgraced prisoner on the island of Elba who for a while regains his lost emperorship of France.
Lam, "Huizong's Dashengyue, a Musical Performance of Emperorship and Officialdom," in Emperor Huizong and Late Northern Song China: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics, ed.
Ebrey's work demonstrates the complex relationship between Taoism, art, and emperorship, while also endeavoring to confront the problem of the Taoist nature of Huizong's paintings.