Chinese Theocracy

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"Today China is extremely weak. We have only the people's hearts and minds to depend upon. If we cast them aside and lose the people's hearts, what can we use to sustain the country?"

Chinese Theocracy (or Chinese Folk Theocracy) is an Authoritarian Center ideology that believes that the Chinese Folk Religion should be the state religion. The state would be ruled autocratically, with an emperor at the top. The emperor's responsibilities include protecting the citizens, ensuring fair taxation, rebuilding infrastructure, and treating the people fairly. Failure to do so may result in the loss of the Mandate of Heaven, leading to the potential overthrow of the leader.

History

According to the Chinese Folk Religion, the ideology would have started with the Heavenly Sovereign but secularly it would have started with the unification of China by the emperor Qin Shi Huang where the title of son of heaven and the mandate of heaven system started. Chinese Theocracy would be the ideology of China for 2133 years (more or less) until 1912 when the emperor resigned and Tridemism took over. While people in China and some other countries still believe in religion, nowadays the theocracy hasn't been very relevant.

Beliefs

  • Tian (天): The concept of Heaven
  • Ling (灵): The inchoate order of creation, that is the "medium" of the bivalency constituted by the opposite forces of the universe (Yin and Yang)
  • Ying and Yang (阴阳): It's a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another
  • Ming Yun (命运): The concept of the personal life and destiny
  • Bao Ying (报应): The concept of cosmic and moral reciprocity 
  • Shen (神): Gods and Spirits that are intimately involved in the affairs of the world
  • Xian Ling (显灵): The notion of a numinous, sacred presence of a god or gods
  • Yuanfen (缘分): Destiny, luck as conditioned by one's past
  • Wu (悟): The concept of awareness, consciousness, or spiritual enlightenment
  • Mandate of Heaven (天命): Heaven has given the emperor the right to rule but can lose it if he over-taxes civilians, stops protecting the people, lets infrastructure decay, and treats people unfairly.

Variants

Benzhuism

Mohism

Korean Shamanism

Vietnamese Theocracy

Personality and Behavior

  • He is very calm, generous, and wise but don't get on his bad side or he will go bonkers, whenever he does he usually tries to calm himself eventually, fearing what the gods will do to him.
  • He is seen praying to Chinese gods for help on adventures and guidance.
  • He likes and hangs out with his good friend Buddhist Theocracy.
  • He has a dislike for other Chinese ideologies and doesn't interact with them much.

How to Draw

Flag of Chinese Theocracy
  1. Draw a ball.
  2. Fill the top half of the ball with white.
  3. Draw the bottom half of the ball with a light shade of black.
  4. Then draw a stylized 禄 lù symbol in the middle of the ball.
  5. Color the top half of the symbol in light black and draw the bottom half in white.
  6. Draw eyes and you're done!
Color Name HEX RGB
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255
Light Black #141414 20, 20, 20


Relationships

Friends

  • Buddhist Theocracy - We go way back, and you were an invaluable trade partner in the Silk Road (絲綢之路).
  • Technocracy - Hey kid, want to take my civil servant test? Please don't lose it and claim you're the Chinese Jesus like that last guy.
  • Meritocracy - How about you?
  • Monarchism - There is one Son of Heaven who is entitled to rule until Heaven says "ok fuck you time for someone else".
  • Absolute Monarchism - Do not question the Mandate of Heaven.
  • Constitutional Monarchism - The Qing Dynasty tried to reform into you, a shame that I was overthrown before I had a chance to try you out.
  • Sikh Theocracy - We're both very like-minded.
  • Noocracy and Enlightened Absolutism - Rule of the merited!
  • Zoroastrian Theocracy - Great friend and trading partner! The Tang Dynasty gave asylum to the House of Sasan.
  • Caesarism - I'm honestly impressed by your Civilisation, now let's do some trading!

Frenemies:

  • Christian Theocracy - Another cool theocracy, but did you really have to rebel against me?
    • - We swear we want nothing to do with THAT lunatic, heavens no, we would much rather support the Qing than that heretical madman.
  • Taoist Anarchism - You respect ancient Chinese traditions but your lack of a state is revolting.
  • Dengism - I'm glad you seem to care about Chinese traditions, but how much of this is legit and how much of this is virtue-signalling? But your mandate is solid (for now).
  • Imperialism - Depends on whether it's done by me or on me.
  • Pagan Theocracy - Taoism and Folk-Religion are great when they serve the state, but I won't forgive you for the Yellow Turban Rebellion and the Mongol Attacks.
  • Reactionaryism - You protect tradition, but you also want to regress to [insert previous dynasty]. Once they lose their mandate, there is no coming back.
  • Isolationism - Depends on my Dynasty and mood.
  • Yuan Shikai Thought - Thanks for defending my legacy. But you quickly lost your Mandate and indirectly caused yet another warlord era.
  • Anti-Authoritarianism - The Mandate of Heaven also theoretically includes the right for peasants to revolt, when it comes to tyrants! But if you fail your revolt was illegitimate.

Enemies:

  • Feudalism - I tried to like you. Like 10 times. It didn't work and I fell apart and became agar.io. 0/10, will never try again.
  • Corporatocracy - Drug dealer, go find someone else.
  • Tridemism - I probably lost my mandate, but you didn't have to abolish the monarchy and theocracy... (Although Yuan Shi-kai managed to revive theocracy for a very brief time tho). You lost your mandate too and were replaced by him.
  • Maoism - Pfft... anyone can have power these days no matter how despotic they are. That's why you lost your Mandate and he replaced you.
  • Anarcho-Nihilism - No state or religion? Heathens.
  • Kleptocracy. Kakistocracy and Totalitarianism - All of you lost your mandates, your overthrowal is inevitable.
  • Tribalism - Submit to the Mandate of Heaven you Barbarians!
  • Christian Socialism - You... managed to cause... the single most deadly civil war in history and were so deranged that Christian powers decided to prop up the Qing rather than you. I have nothing to say except what the actual fuck.

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