The fourth Druk Gyal of Bhutan--meaning Dragon King--has just stepped down from his throne willingly, leading to mass national shock and mourning. It is the only time in history a monarch has voluntarily abdicated. He gave the throne to his eldest son and slashed the king's power, mandating that the crown prince and his advisors create a parliamentary government to move the great Kingdom of Bhutan into modernity. The former king wanted a more internationally open Bhutan, which had been closed to the outside world since its inception, hidden away high in the Himalayas. Having only opened to tourism in 1974, the land-locked nation is not accustomed to foreign visitors. The new parliamentary democracy must agree on a constitution that will lead Bhutan into the globalized future. Before leaving the throne, the fourth Dragon King orders the new democratic government to institute various social reforms, promote trade, and navigate relations with foreign countries all while trying to maintain their culturally Buddhist values. Navigating economic and political relationships with Bhutan's powerhouse neighbors--China and India--is at the top of their list of priorities for this new democracy. As a member of the new king’s cabinet, how will you and your fellow ministers lead the Land of the Thunder Dragon?
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