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Monarchy Countries

Monarchy Countries
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An Overview of Existing Monarchies

The historical practice of monarchy - the rule of a single individual who holds the position of the head of state, often for life and by hereditary right - may seem like an echo from the bygone era. However, as of today, there are still different forms of monarchy in operation across global landscapes. Besides the popular King or Queen, you will find realms ruled by Emirs, Sultans, Grand Dukes, or even a Pope. The rules of succession and the power that these monarchies hold may differ significantly from one to another, ranging from pure ceremonial roles to exerting substantial political powers. 

  • Majority Rule: The most common type of monarch in the world as per our data is 'King or Queen', represented in 25 out of the 39 nations listed. These are vastly spread across the globe, including but not limited to Europe (e.g., United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium), Africa (e.g., Morocco, Lesotho), Asia (e.g., Thailand, Saudi Arabia), and Oceania (e.g., Papua New Guinea, Australia). 
  • Commonwealth Connections: Many of the countries with a King or Queen as their monarch are part of the Commonwealth Realms. These nations, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and several island nations in the Caribbean, acknowledge Queen Elizabeth II as their sovereign. 
  • Unique Titles: Certain nations have unique monarchical titles that reflect their cultural and historical niches. For instance, the Pope is the monarch of Vatican City, Oman has a Sultan, Qatar and Kuwait have an Emir, while Malaysia has a Yang di-Pertuan Agong.  
  • European Principalities: Two pint-sized countries in Europe–Monaco and Liechtenstein–retain traditional European titles of 'Sovereign Prince' as its monarch. These principalities have thrived into modern times, cultivating an image of glamour and prosperity. 
  • Japanese Endurance: Japan, with its ceremonial Emperor, possesses the world's oldest hereditary monarchy, with a lineage that stretches back over 2,600 years.

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