Ri Kou You Thought

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Ri Kou You Thought (李江陽思想, Ri Kou You Shiso) or RKY Thought is the systematized ideology and political opinions of the late Ri Kou You, the Taihei Wing King from 1968 to 1999. The term is used to describe the idiosyncratic neoliberalism of the country's ruling party, the Rikken Aikokusha, though the party itself disavows such a term as encouraging a cult of personality.

Ri Kou You as Wing King separated the government from its extensive control of the economy and allowed the metropolitan districts significant autonomy in their internal affairs. Conversely, Ri centralized the state around the Regency (which he dominated) and reduced the Final Court to a vetting body, able to directly change the law in only a few instances. The new positions of Peace and Martial Kings were unelected but rather vetted instead, drawn respectively from the civil service and the National Protection Army. Ri often took personal interest in these appointees, and forcefully advocated for favored candidates.

Neoclassical and Lakewater economists had a strong unofficial influence on the Ri government, advising the Bank of Nara in its infancy. The most influential of the Lakewater economists in the country, Some Guy, had even studied with Ri during his education abroad in Pollona. On a social level, Ri's deeply held Unitarian God Worship also reflected in his belief in an "immanent truth" and the moral imperative to reveal it, informing his economic, social, and foreign policy.


The standard conception of Ri Kou You Thought draws heavily from Unitarian God Worship in its search for "immanent truth," the belief that the correctness of God Worship is both universally available and can be accepted (or denied) by any competent person. Practitioners of RKY Thought generally hold liberal views on economic policy, drawing heavily from the neoliberal school gaining traction across Maredoratica.

Conversely, RKY Thought does not hold political pluralism as sancrosanct. RKY Thought practitioners place emphasis on the rules governing institutions as well as the people who have a say in them, and generally seek to institutionally encourage and secure favorable positions for its adherents. Although Ri Kou You abolished the test act in order to gain the temporary support of the Yamato Communist Party against the Domeito, after his coronation worked to curtail the influence of party-list districts, placing the YCP in a near-permanently marginalized state. With the YCP contained, Ri also oversaw a new Basic Law and quickly arranged to establish case law for it which favored the Rikken Aikokusha's platform.

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