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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 >>(Conquered nation / wángguó) can be translated as “vanished country” or a state heading for destruction or downfall. It is generally used to describe when an outside power has defeated a nation in war, either wiping it out or causing it to lose its independence. Examples include the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom by the United States, the conquering of the First Persian Empire by Alexander the Great, and the subjugation of the Korean Empire by Imperial Japan in 1910. It is also the Chinese title of the somewhat controversial 2005 Japanese action thriller Aegis (Bôkoku no îjisu).
Why it is blocked: Perhaps the term is used by Tibetans or citizens in Xinjiang to describe Chinese control of their province? Or maybe netizens use it to insult the future state of China or to describe instances of China appearing to bow to outside or American influence? The term popped up in several news reports related to China’s April 2012 dispute with the Philippines in the South China Sea. However, it is also widely used in an apolitical manner, often to describe something that is extinct or a situation wherein someone is suppressing another.
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