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This international comparison of the remaining aristocracy, specifically princesses, which has unfortunately continues to afflict various countries probably needs no comment.

A quick glance at the Japanese princess-idol should tell you all you need to know…

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  • MelancholyMomo said:
    Its probably a bit late.. >_>..

    but I do know one good example of Royalty doing good..

    The British monarchy.. >_>..

    Yes, some could argue that some members of their family spend far to much, and live a life that is far to lavish.. but they do in the long run contribute to the British economy and society..

    all I really need to say is.. Buckingham palace.. Whenever you go to anywhere near there you will see countless tourists taking pictures and annoying the guards..

    Royalty can bring tourism to a country.. hence money..

    The Queen, and now quite a few members of the Royal family are also ambassadors..

    If the Queen for example publicly supports a humanitarian organization, it will in the long run lead to countless contributions by other people, and also it will highlight that particular organization worldwide..

    I don’t really care in the end.. just saying..

    That there are some benefits with having a Royal Family.. its just that those benefits are often ignored.. >_>..

    Dude I can think of billions of ways that monarchy pwns a republic any day and can be significant and relevant to our lives too. And I don't live in a monarchy. If one one I learned in living in a republic is that republics suck. ASS

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPbTSFIbdK8&feature=channel_page

  • lord_jagganath says:

    Royalty is indeed a created thing… after all what makes one more fit to rule than another person other than the ability to lead ( which shouldn’t be hereditary) BUT!!! Since they already are there, why depose them? .. each of those monarchies make tonnes of their own money through investments and the fact that they own large tracts of land ( now, If you start talking about how it wasn’t theirs and shit like that….go fly kites, you commie bastard) In the UK, The royal family itself pays taxes on their incomes ETC ETC. also, the burden of being a figurehead that can remain constant in a sea of change should in fact be welcomed, as such these times need them all the more. They are less taxing on the nations coffers as opposed to the bloody politicians who are really sucking our blood…..
    Mos Importantly, they serve as a cover for more of the stupid things that go on in Parliment. Eg> if USA were a monarchy, Clinton wouldn’t have to suffer the ignomy of being outed, Nixon wouldn’t be harrassed and Bush would’ve been put in his place 4 years ago…. SO , who agrees that the monarchy is the perfect foil for the nations’ trouble eh?

  • Virgin Otaku says:

    I’m actually surprised at Artefact’s anti-monarchy stance. Since he’s the founder of the Sankaku Complex concept after all.

    I’m pro-monarchy and even pro-monarchy-with-power, because they are the third type of government:

    Fascism -> Communism -> Monarchy

    Each is located at the hardened edge of the triangle of government control.

    “Democracy” by itself doesn’t really exist, it’s only a transition phase from Monarchy to Fascism, Fascism to Communism, etc.

    Take the U.S., it’s pretty close to the Fascism edge right now. It’s still ‘democratic’, but not for long.

    In summary it’s a constant state of flux between the 3 pointed extremes. Taking out Monarchy just makes it a dualistic battle between Fascism (when the right-wingers have their way) and Communism (when the left-wingers have their way). But no more ‘Sankaku Complex’ of government.

    I’d rather have a trialateral struggle for government. I’m surprised you didn’t notice this.

    • The suggestion that the US, one of the most liberal and best governed nations on earth despite its inevitable failings, is “close to fascism” is patently absurd, and only illustrates your choice of partisanship.

      As to your suggestion that a triangular model of governmental type is appropriate, I disagree – it is in fact a “shikaku complex”, are you not familiar with the Nolan chart?

      • Anonymous says:

        The USA start wars as a sport.
        The USA abduct people from all over the world.
        The USA deny said people all human rights.
        The USA torture said people in illegal jails.
        The USA destroy democratic anti-US governments.
        The USA then install pro-US dictators.
        The USA are racism incarnated.
        The USA have places the police dosn’t dare to go.

        Liberal? Best governed? WTF?

        The USA are almost as fashist as nazi germany once was.

        • Anonymous says:

          The monarchy start wars as a sport.
          The monarchy abduct people from all over the world.
          The monarchy deny said people all human rights.
          The monarchy torture said people in illegal jails.
          The monarchy destroy democratic anti-US governments.
          The monarchy then install pro-monarchy dictators.
          The monarchy are racism incarnated.
          The monarchy have places the police dosn’t dare to go.

        • “The USA start wars as a sport.”
          – Absolutely false.

          “The USA abduct people from all over the world.”
          – Yes, and they send weather control submarines to start hurricanes in order to destroy all the black people in New Orleans.

          “The USA deny said people all human rights.
          The USA torture said people in illegal jails.”
          – Gitmo, etc. have all been closed. What torture there was has been deemed illegal and there are currently probes in process to find out who started it and to prosecute them accordingly.

          “The USA destroy democratic anti-US governments.
          The USA then install pro-US dictators.”
          – Name a single true democracy (IE: one where everyone was truly free to vote, not military dictatorships masquerading as democracies) that was destroyed by the US and had their government replaced. The US has support coups, but I haven’t seen a case where the government was initially a real democracy.

          “The USA are racism incarnated.”
          – When was the last time you read the news? We elected Barrack Obama back in November.

          “The USA have places the police dosn’t dare to go.”
          – The USA is also one of the biggest and most populous countries in the world, and it is one of the most diverse countries in culture, regional economies, etc. There are going to be bad places in the USA just as there are in other places in the world.

      • MelancholyMomo says:

        Its probably a bit late.. >_>..

        but I do know one good example of Royalty doing good..

        The British monarchy.. >_>..

        Yes, some could argue that some members of their family spend far to much, and live a life that is far to lavish.. but they do in the long run contribute to the British economy and society..

        all I really need to say is.. Buckingham palace.. Whenever you go to anywhere near there you will see countless tourists taking pictures and annoying the guards..

        Royalty can bring tourism to a country.. hence money..

        The Queen, and now quite a few members of the Royal family are also ambassadors..

        If the Queen for example publicly supports a humanitarian organization, it will in the long run lead to countless contributions by other people, and also it will highlight that particular organization worldwide..

        I don’t really care in the end.. just saying..

        That there are some benefits with having a Royal Family.. its just that those benefits are often ignored.. >_>..

  • So for the UK its Zara Phillips but she isn’t technically a princess yet due to her mother wanting her to be officially titled. Still though she is the prettiest princess of the royal household.

  • Just what do you mean by ” unfortunately continues to afflict various countries probably needs no comment”?

    Who are you to Judge another countries culture?

    And don’t most of those countries only have their Royalty as non-governmental figure heads? ie. England.
    They are like symbols of their respective countries.

    Maybe for exception of Jordan.

    “A quick glance at the Japanese princess-idol should tell you all you need to know…”
    Q: what am i supposed to know ???

    • One is quite right to judge the culture of others according to whatever values one happens to hold – or do you support slavery, torture and murder, when they are part of a “culture”?

      I expect you are actually only prepared to tolerate small, relatively cosmetic differences in culture.

      Anyway, I couldn’t care less about their culture – I was making a political statement. Monarchy is an abomination, and these aristocratic figures represent the last vestiges of ambominable tyranny centuries old. Even now these parasites continue to leech billions of dollars from taxpayers to no good end.

      Free men would be better off without them.

      • “One is quite right to judge the culture of others according to whatever values one happens to hold ”
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        First of all save your indignant tone. Yes anyone can pass judgement on anyone else based on their views and beliefs. My point was that YOU made an ambiguous statement. And that maybe people from the respective countries would be offended. Because now a days the supposed “Royalty” are mostly figure heads.(with the exception of Monaco and Jordan)And even though YOU don’t care about other’s cultures in making YOUR political statement,you can’t deny that these “Royals” are part the countries heritage whether they (the people,the royals)like it or not.You can not separate culture from their current form of government.
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        “or do you support slavery, torture and murder, when they are part of a “culture”?”-
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        Don’t give me that generalized B.S. Your post gave the impression of holding the Hime accountable for the evils of their ancestors.They had no control of the circumstances of their birth. Or did you?
        And by the logic that you stated above YOU and I should be DAMMING the Japanese for the tragedies in their past. Their treatement of the Ainu people ,the Koreans, the Chinese in Nanking. All cultures are guilty of the crimes that you mention.All governments too. Just look at the History of the United States. The US abolished slavery AFTER the Europeans.And the US is a supposed democracy “where all men are created equal”. One more thing how many of the countries featured have totalitarian governments in which the people have no say? Like i stated before. I believe most those countries are now democratic.And if those people really wanted to change things they will. Take for example The Elections in the US.Change is possible.
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        “I expect you are actually only prepared to tolerate small, relatively cosmetic differences in culture.”
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        The above statement is something you should apply to yourself.Since you “couldn’t care less about their culture”. Was i the only one that saw that the vagueness in your post implied an insult in the sense that you portrayed them to have lamentable cultures. In fact when you said “i couldn’t care less about their culture”. That’s an insult right there. Don’t talk to me about tolerance. Did you stop to think that maybe the people of these countries want their figure-heads.Because again it’s part of THEIR culture and tradition. Or are you going to sit there and tell me that you know what is going through the minds of said countries citizens? Because I don’t. I have no clue to what each of them is thinking. It seems to me that you are the one who lacks tolerance. You criticize these countries for haveing Monarchys(figure heads) and yet fail to see That these Aristocrats are PART of these people’s acculturation.And that they are only a temporary phase in these countries civilizations. Because once the people truly have no more need of them .They(Royals) will be gone to the pages of history.
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        Now in response to your last pargraph. This was the only one that answered two of the four questions i posed. And if your post had not been so dam vague to begin with i would not be having this discussion. And to prove my point on this last matter,just read the first five comments to this post. Then read the comments after ^Emperor^.Six of them missed your political statement as well.Hell eleven out seveteen people that commented MISSED your whole political point! Thats majority and thats how vague you were.

        `nuff said.

        • What on earth gives you the idea that I was interested in being specific in my castigation of monarchy? Are you familiar with what an “aside” is?

          I couldn’t care less about their culture, history, creed, aspirations, etc. My detestation for monarchy is based on the observation that only rational meritocracy yields real prosperity in the modern world.

          And finally, I never claimed to be tolerant. I certainly do not tolerate illiberal forms of government. “Tolerance” is not a virtue, it is weakness. Just what it is one finds objectionable or not is what is at issue when people laud tolerance.

      • We have a “monarchy” in Sweden, but… it’s just a pretty doll house with puppets. Puppets which we, the tax payers, pay for… just as you mentioned.

        We have a king and queen and all that, but they have zero power. They are only for show, something to put on our coins, and do no more damage than cost us a little money in forms of tax.

        Personally, I want them gone. Not gone as in dead, of course, just dethroned and put to some actual use as useful citizens. Our king could perhaps be hired somewhere as a comedian – that would be cool. He’s a rather funny and light hearted man, after all.

        • I like our Swedish monarchy.

          Sure, we pay them to living their titles but they are a face out representing our country (a good one I might add, our king is awesome).

          They also bring in money from tourism on special events (as in marriages, which our oldest princess is preparing for right now 😀 ).

          It feels bad that they are born into their roles but nowadays they can decline their position.

  • Liechenstein – two princesses?

    Well either way, they both look kinda young. But not as ‘moe’ as the Japanese princess, especially in the second pic.

    I say, will there be a swimsuit round? (Notoriously used in ‘World’ contests)