End of Empire100 days in 1945 that changed Asia and the world.

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  • Royal struggle intensifies in Laos

    2 September 1945. In the wake of the Lao king’s declaration of fealty to France, Prince Phetsarat proposes that King Sisavangvong endorse the unification of the Lao territories. In the eyes of the Lao monarch this move lacks legitimacy because the southern noble house of Na Champasak seeks autonomy rather than integration and Prince Phetsarat’s proposal is above and beyond his station.

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