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Questions tagged [monarchy]

A monarchy is a government in which a rulership is passed down hereditary lines. Use this tag for questions related to the concept of monarchy or monarchical states.

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What are the benefits of term limit on the head of government?

Terms limits is defined by Wikipedia as: A legal restriction that limits the number of terms an officeholder may serve in a particular elected office In many countries, the prime ministers are ...
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Is it possible to live as a British/Canadian/Australian while openly disavowing the Monarchy?

Suppose a natural-born citizen of one of those countries principally objects to the notion of monarchy and in particular is unwilling to swear allegiance to a king or queen - are there any rights or ...
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Will the upcoming Japanese era begin immediately if Emperor Akihito dies before his planned abdication on 30 April 2019?

Emperor Akihito of Japan has announced that he will abdicate the throne on 30 April 2019. Reports say that the current Japanese era, the Heisei period, will end on that day and May 1st will be the ...
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Why doesn't Sweden, seemingly extremely progressive country, abolish monarchism?

Sweden is widely considered one of the most leftist or progressive country in the world, and one of the core ideologies leftists have is egalitarianism. But they still employ monarchism, and it is ...
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Why didn't Orestes Brownson think that the “American form” of government is a “Mixed Government”?

In The American Republic: Its Constitution, Tendencies, and Destiny (1865), Orestes Brownson claims (ch. 1 introduction): Aristotle* knew only four forms of government: Monarchy, Aristocracy, ...
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Conquering monarch based countries [duplicate]

Can a monarch based country declare war on another monarch based country and if it wins, can it capture the territory of the enemy country?
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What is the role of the British Monarch in the Commonwealth Realms?

The monarch of the United Kingdom is the head of state of the sixteen Commonwealth realms. The question "What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain?" already explains the role of ...
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Why do monarchs claiming titles not related to their countries not cause political tensions?

This question is a partial migration from a History SE question, where I asked how come the Spanish King claims titles that are obviously not within his grasp (the original example, King of Hungary ...
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What, if anything, can disqualify one from inheriting the British throne?

Can things like infidelity, crime, or immoral behaviour make a heir ineligible for succession of the British throne?
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Can the POTUS be the monarch of the UK at the same time?

A tweet on my timeline caught my interest today: Prince Harry's kids will be Americans. What if one grows up to be president and is in line for the throne at the same time? Brits are playing long-...
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democracy in kingdom: has monarch extraordinary economic prerogative?

Has monarch extraordinary economic prerogative? do gov. consider a (very small) part of budget for queen and royal family?(besides what is for all people)
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Could a democratic removal of the British monarchy ever be practically implemented?

There seems to be increasingly anti-monarchist sentiment in the UK, and although I don't see this happening any time soon I think it's worthwhile asking how this would ever work. How would this ever ...
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Can the Queen of the United Kingdom appoint her successor?

In some monarchies, a ruling monarch may choose his/her successor by public declaration, or by testament. In other, only an elder male child may inherit the throne, with no exceptions. There were ...
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How are “non-princely” titles assigned to British royals?

For instance, Prince William is also "Duke of Cambridge." His grand father, Prince Philip is Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Marioneth, and Baron of Greenwich, among others. How do they come by these non-...
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Is the Queen privy to any state secrets?

From my understanding, the Crown's role is largely symbolic in UK in reality. Is the monarch privy to any UK state secrets that normal non-government civilians wouldn't be privy to? Does the Queen ...
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What public office did Prince Philip hold?

Prince Philip (husband of British Queen Elizabeth II) retired, as he told others. But what kind of public office did he hold? Is the service of somebody's husband is a public office?
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Do Sunnis support monarchy and Shias support republic?

In several accounts about the Sunni-Shia conflicts erupting in the Middle East (such as this one) the Sunnis are usually viewed as taking the side of a monarchy and the Shia the side of the rebels ...
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How can the monarchy in Spain disappear?

At the moment, there is a monarchy in Spain for long time. Before was more important and relevant but nowadays it seems only as a figure that does not have such a relevance What are the possibilities ...
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What instances are there of a sovereign adopting a successor? [closed]

I was brushing up on the Roman Empire discovered that many of the emperors' successors were adopted. I am wondering if this was frequent throughout history in other areas of the world and if there ...
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What does an absolute monarchy or dictatorship do when the king goes mad?

I know this had to be one of many big issues in the whole dictator or monarchy government model where there's one supreme commander/ruler who is in and of itself the entire government and who can ...
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What will go on new post boxes when Prince Charles becomes king?

Current postboxes in the United Kingdom look like this: Source: Wikimedia With the "ER II". What will any new ones have on them when Charles is king - will it be CR III?
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Power of Monarchs [duplicate]

Why do people claim that monarchs in constitutional monarchies like the monarchy of the United Kingdom contain no power when de jure they hold almost all of the power in the country with the country ...
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Are there plans to deal with “insurrection” of British monarchy?

As per this answer, "Remember though, all these powers are on paper only. In reality all those powers lie with the Prime Minister and Parliament" and "The sovereign does actually still have official ...
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Are there any examples of contested elections held to elect a king?

Are there any examples of contested elections that were held to elect a king? Target Fact Patterns By this, I mean two main fact patterns. A king is elected from multiple candidates in a country ...
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After the ancients, what are the arguments in favor of a monarchy?

Recently I was reading Locke's Second Treatise. In that book, he dedicates a not-inconsiderable amount of space to arguing against paternalism, largely (in my understanding) as an attack against ...
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Does the Monarch of the United Kingdom have any Hard power Left to exercise? [duplicate]

Has all of the United Kingdom Monarch's hard power been stripped away, or do they still play an active role in administration and Governance? If not , is their any legal document that permanently ...
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Why hasn't South Korea restored its monarchy?

I can understand North Korea not wanting to restore the Korean monarchy to its country, as I assume they are officially opposed to feudalism, but I don't understand South Korea not doing so. Korea ...
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Australian Head of State

Under the Australian Constitution, who will become Australia's Head of State if the British monarchy is suddenly dissolved or overthrown and Britain becomes a republic?
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Is it possible for an established democratic country to directly switch to a monarchy?

Say, a country has well-established democratic doctrines and principles. Is it practically possible for that country to directly switch to a monarchy? By practical, I mean the country must last ...
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Is a consitutional monarchy really a democracy?

According to Wikipedia, the United Kingdom is a constitutional monarchy with a parliament. Basically meaning a monarchy that is restrained by constitution with a parliament that makes the rules, as ...
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Are there non historical reasons for a monarchy?

Currently there are around 45 monarchies in the world (list of current sovereign monarchs). Going through the list I do not see many cases in which the monarchy being introduced in recent history. ...
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Why was Edward VIII's marriage a problem, but not Prince Charles's?

When Edward VIII wanted to marry Wallis Simpson, the fact she had been divorced was a problem that ultimately led to his abdication. Decades later, Charles, Prince of Wales married Camilla Parker ...
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In an absolute monarchy, is the King's word above written sources of law? Is his word law?

I am interested in absolute monarchies but I have a question I need answered. In an absolute monarchy, such as the Ancien Regime of France or the Qing Dynasty of China, when the monarch orders someone ...
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Can a monarchy become a US state?

I'm wondering if a monarchy could technically become a State in the US (without switching to republic, obviously), according to US constitution and to US laws. I.e., for the sake of the question, it ...
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Which are the advantages of monarchy?

Some western democracies are monarchies (UK, Denmark, Spain...). What are the advantages that this system gives to the people, when compared with a presidential system? I want to stress that I'm ...
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Is Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader in a dynasty from North Korea, a monarch based on the PolySci definition?

Given a scholarly definition of "Monarchy" in Political Science or History academia, can you legitimately call the Supreme Leader-led North Korea a "monarchy"?
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In a monarchy, what detemines the title owned by a monarch

Is there anything that determines whenever a ruling monarch is a count, marquis, duke, archduke, prince, king, or anything else ?
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Why does the United Kingdom still have a monarchy (of some sort)?

How has this peculiarity survived into the present day? In a democratic country where we elect our leaders what is the purpose of the monarchy? This may come across as a loaded question but it's not, ...
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What personal identification documents does the British Queen have?

What documents does the Queen use to travel abroad and to identify her personally domestically? Candidates include: A UK identity card An EU passport A diplomatic passport of a sort Any ID card ...
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Is the monarch of the Commonwealth Realms a citizen of any or all of them?

Is queen Elizabeth II a citizen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, etc? If not, what about the rest of the royal family?
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What is the real role of the queen in UK in these days? [duplicate]

What is the role in the government or social of this Queen in UK in these days?
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What is the role and responsiblity of the king in Spain in the Spanish government?

What is the role of the king, socially or politically, in Spain? Recently Spain's monarch abdicated his throne for his son. See info
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Why do Australians want to remain under British monarchy?

If I am not wrong they once voted against being a republic country some years ago. I understand Australians and feel sympathy for them about that they are different from some other countries which ...
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What governmental power does the Monarch hold in Great Britain?

We have been led to believe that much of the power that was once held by the monarchy has been transferred to the Parliament and that the Queen is mostly a figurehead. However, the government is still ...