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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.

A monarchy is a form of government in which rulership is passed down hereditary lines. The leader is called the monarch. Monarchies may have strong centralized power, power may be split with other branches (such as a legislative or judicial function), or the monarch may be symbolic only. Many monarchies have formal rules of succession, which define which family members are eligible to rule and the order of precedence for determining who is next in line.