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To clarify the above answer: Siam ceased to be an absolute monarchy in 1932 and adopted a constitution in a (relatively) bloodless coup. The immediate effect of the coup was to give extraordinary amounts of power to the aristocracy and ranking officers, leading the country to be dominated by the military for the next 60 years. The country was renamed from ...


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Thailand converted over from Siam after the revolution of 1932, where the nations military staged a coup against the monarchy and established a constitutional style monarchy (although it ended up being decades of military rule). While there was a brief return to using the Siam moniker after WWII, the new name for the country stuck. A more detailed version ...


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The Thais had a puppet government that followed will of the Japanese (such as declaring war on the Allies). That made them nominally, at least, an Axis power. Also, Thailand allowed its territory to be used by the Japanese as a springboard for their invasions of Burma (Myanmar) and the East Indies (modern Indonesia). Even so, Thailand contributed few troops ...


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The fascist government of Thailand was pressured into declaring war on the Allies by the Japanese, who strong-armed their way into Thailand to build military bases and roads. The Thai government went along, hoping that this would appease the Japanese, who would leave after the war. (You'd think they would have heard of Manchuko or Korea...) Here is the Wiki ...



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