The country is commonly divided into four main regions and borders Burma, Laos, Cambodia, and Malaysia.
The northern region is hilly, with much of its population concentrated in upland valleys and the flood plains of rivers; the dominant geographic feature is the Khorat Plateau.
While the cultural mandate looks to the Bible as its guide to gain insight into the general principles of social structure and public justice, most proponents of this view do not typically appeal to Scripture for authority in public discourse, but accept that the pluralistic modern State has developed according to the providence of God, and would argue according to this given state of affairs as interpreted by biblical reasoning.
Within the Christian community itself, preliminary work is required to explain exactly how Christian faith applies in its own terms, and to develop the terms by which this Christian understanding may be communicated to a diverse culture.
The neo-Calvinist approach is sometimes called "principled pluralism", because it seeks to find biblical principles of justice that apply without preference for one professed faith over another, in a diverse society.
After an appellate decision is issued, the first step in enforcing the result of the appeal is the issuance of a mandate.
When a decision becomes final, enforcing the result of the appeal falls to the Clerk of the Court.
The military governments after World War II promoted rapid economic development and attempted to assimilate ethnic minorities.
Rapid economic growth continued until the late 1990s, when the economic boom of the early part of the decade came to an abrupt end.