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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

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 (i.e., nothing at all) by two weavers who promise him that it is visible only to the wise and cannot 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
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the ˌemperor has no ˈclothes

used to describe a situation in which everybody suddenly realises that they were mistaken in believing that somebody/something was very good, important, etc: Soon, investors will realize that the emperor has no clothes and there will be a big sell-off in stocks.This comes from a story by Hans Christian Andersen. Two men offer to make an emperor a new suit from a very light material which they say stupid people cannot see. When the emperor puts on the suit, nobody wants to appear stupid so they all praise his new clothes. However, when a little boy asks why the emperor has no clothes on, everybody admits that they can see no clothes and that the emperor is naked.
See also: clothes, new
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(23) Kaiserkritik did not reflect a greater dissatisfaction with the institution of emperorship, but rather highlighted when an individual ruler fell short of the standards demanded of him by the imperial office.
Alexius's emperorship becomes a part of his personal narrative, with his daughter speaking of battles and plots as 'labours' in reference to Hercules.
Nevertheless, the organisational format of China's political party also distinguished it from the traditional emperorship. The traditional emperorship was a closed system, and was "ruled as in a family" (jia tianxia).
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 the only ruling party, the CPC needs to be an open political system and the political process must be open to ensure survival and development.
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.
(59) When the communists were the only political group to call for abolition of the emperorship, the GHQ took a still more jaundiced view of the party.
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.
The deputation that travelled from Frankfurt to Berlin to offer Frederick the emperorship soon encountered difficulties.
202-195 B.C.) inner circle even before the latter won emperorship in 202 B.C.
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.
85 B.C.) had granted de facto emperorship to Xiang Yu by naming Xiang Yu's biography a ben ji (Basic Annals), the title generally reserved for recording "major events involving the emperor and his ruling bureaucracy."(38) To some scholars, Sima Qian's inclusion of Xiang Yu's biography in the benji section of his history is a simple acknowledgment that Xiang Yu exercised hegemony over the land for several years.
In his interview, Gul said both countries were the two inheritors of important states and emperorships. "I believe that we will be able to deepen economic and political relations during the visit.
After a series of botched emperorships, Vespasian is called to the seat, which raises a chivalric dilemma regarding the "breaking of truth." Vespasian had vowed to destroy Jerusalem and enact what he perceived as God's vengeance for the Jewish killing of Christ.