|Welcome to RoR, Jan. As a numismatist and an Objectivist, I enjoyed the opportunity to write about the tangka coins of Tibet. At the roof of the world, with few natural resources, Lhasa became an entrepot around the Buddhist establishment. Their claims to otherworldliness to the contrary, they needed silver coins. The contractors for them were the Nepal mint and when Nepal debased the coins below 50%, Lhasa hired a Chinese mercenary army to set things right. That said, Buddhism is no more or less good or bad than any other religion. There were and are Buddhist theocracies.|
A theocracy is a government which is inextricably tied to a Theistic religion, practically always a Monotheistic one. -- Jan Civil.This is not true. You do not have to do much online to discover citations such as these:
" ... defense of Buddhism was synonymous with the defense of the Japanese state. ..."
Buddhism and Christianity in Japan: From Conflict to Dialogue, 1854-1899. by Notto R. Thelle
Author(s) of Review: F. G. Notehelfer
Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 42, No. 4 (Winter, 1987), pp. 499-501
See also: Buddhism and the State in Sixteenth-Century Japan by Neil McMullin, Author(s) of Review: Martin Collcutt, Journal of Japanese Studies, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Summer, 1986), pp. 403-412
Many Chinese emperors were Buddhists and they made Buddhism the state religion, though this came and went over the centuries.
In Laos, Buddhism is the traditional religion of a nominally secular (Marxist) state, just as the American government in Washington DC adheres to Christianity In Bhutan, Buddhism is the state religion of a monarchy, as it has been, also, for centuries in Thailand.
While Thailand is currently a constitutional monarchy, it inherited a strong Southeast Asian tradition of Buddhist kingship that tied the legitimacy of the state to its protection and support for Buddhist institutions. This connection has been maintained into the modern era, with Buddhist institutions and clergy being granted special benefits by the government, as well as being subjected to a certain amount of government oversight.
Buddhism in Thailand -- from Wikipedia