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Lèse-majesté is a law dated back to ancient times. The law punishes people who disrespect their country's sovereign through speech or action. Interpretations of the law are typically broad. One could get into trouble for an unflattering comment about the king's pet, since it could be interpreted as an indirect diss at the king. Monarchs of the past used this law copiously to tighten their grip on the population. Variants of lèse-majesté have been adopted by dictators and one-party communist states to remove dissenters. 

In ancient China, a violation of this law would result in the execution of three generations of the offender's clan. 

1) First generation - Offender's parents, uncles/aunts + spouses.
2) Second generation - Offender and spouse, siblings + spouses.
3) Third generation - Offender's children and spouses, cousins + spouses.
4) Extended family of the offender's spouse.

For a more severe violation, nine generations of the offender's family would be removed. Thousands of people could be killed in a single purge. 

With countries becoming democratic, lèse-majesté has become somewhat obsolete. In term of punishment, the death penalty has been completely aborted. However, several countries like Thailand still fiercely support this law. As recent as 2015, a man was arrested and faced up to 30 years in prison for insulting Thai king's beloved dog over the Internet. 

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