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Absolute Monarch Countries

Wikipedia defines an absolute monarchy as "a form of monarchy in which the monarch holds supreme authority". Name the countries of the world that are still absolute monarchies.
Not counting the United Arab Emirates, which is ruled a confederation of seven emirs
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Last updated: March 17, 2019
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Brunei
Eswatini
Oman
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Vatican City
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level 71
Aug 6, 2014
Kuwait? Bhutan? Monaco? UAE? What makes a monarchy "absolute"? For instance, Her Majesty the Queen of England is absolutely the Queen of England, and a few other countries besides.
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level 83
Aug 11, 2014
Google and Wikipedia are your friends: Absolute Monarchy.
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level 35
Aug 27, 2014
Absolute Monarchy means that the king/queen has complete control over the government. All of the countries you have listed except for Monaco has a Prime Minister who controls the government. Monaco has a Minister of State and he is the one that controls the government. The countries that shouldn't belong on this list are: Qatar, Swaziland and Vatican City Qatar has a Prime Minister, Swaziland also has a Prime Minister and Vatican City has a President of the Governorate (the leader of the legislative body). King and/ or Queen is not their real title, they only reign in name.
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level 39
Aug 7, 2018
...the pope isn't a monarch...
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level 45
Mar 7, 2017
An absolute monarchy is a system in which the ruling monarch has unlimited power over his state. They teach this in middle school history classes.
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level 68
May 27, 2019
Or you can learn it in preschool from Frozen or pretty much any Disney classic.
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level 68
Jul 22, 2018
Absolutely need to learn how to use Google.
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level 65
Aug 24, 2014
LOL for the last one
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level 75
Aug 24, 2014
If the Vatican counts as an absolute monarchy then other places like North Korea should also count. The Pope does not have the title of king.
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level 54
Aug 24, 2014
The Pope exercises absolute legislative, judicial and executive power within the borders of Vatican City, unchecked by any other governmental body. He is therefore the Vatican's absolute monarch, making him the world's only elected absolute monarch,
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level 5
Dec 28, 2015
no true one of the two kings of Andorra is elected since he is the president of france who is elected
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level 73
Oct 27, 2016
they are princes, and they aren't absolute monarchs
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level 75
May 27, 2019
okay so what checks on the power of some other dictators are there? (most of whom are not even elected the way the pope is)
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level 68
May 27, 2019
Which dictator is there, who has *de jure* absolute power? Kim Jong-Un is *de jure* chairman of the ruling party and supreme commander of the armed forces (and some more). Of course, de facto, he has full control, but that is difficult to put in a definition. There monarchs on this list however are constitutionally absolutly empowered.
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level 37
May 27, 2019
@tkw12303 actually that is something called an Oligarchy, ruled by 2 or more Oligarchs, probably why it is not on here. Also i think they're not absolute Oligarchs anyway. (An Oligarchy is when a GROUP of people are in complete charge.)
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level 47
Aug 25, 2014
The Pope is also, technically, the King of Vatican City. You can watch CGP Grey's video about it.
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level 54
Jun 13, 2015
Another CGP Grey fan? Respect +1.
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level 52
Jan 25, 2017
I was about to mention that same video...
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level 37
Apr 11, 2018
same...
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level 48
Aug 25, 2014
Actually, yes he does. Pope is a title to describe the leader of the Catholic Church who sits upon the Holy See. The country, Vatican City, is led by the King, aka the Pope.
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level 72
Aug 27, 2014
some people consider him a king...in korean, the pope is kyowong...meaning church king
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level 54
Apr 9, 2015
Vatican politics are complicated. LOL
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level 5
Dec 28, 2015
A monarch doesn't have to have the title of king. For instance Emperor, Duke, Duchess, Queen, etc. And there is a difference between a dictatorship and an absolute monarchy
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level 38
Aug 17, 2018
^ Neither do the rulers of Luxembourg, Monaco or Andorra have the title of King, yet they are monarchs. The Pope is the Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church, isn't he? If his subordinates (Bishops) are considered princes, then the Pope must be of a higher rank.
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level 65
Dec 23, 2018
Not so because he's "Primus inter pares". I should know, I'm a cardinal.
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level 54
May 27, 2019
In fact his being considered a monarch doesn't come from his religious authority at all. It comes from his sovereignty on Vatican City which is the remains of what was called "Papal States" and represented most of central Italy.
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level 50
May 28, 2019
Yeah and I thought to be a monarchy it had to be passed on genetically
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level 59
Aug 24, 2014
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_form_of_government should answer some questions. It also explains that there are 3 kinds of monarchies, the absolute kind being the least common today.
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level 51
Aug 24, 2014
according to Wikipedia, Bahrain should also be on the list
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level 28
Aug 24, 2014
The guy in the picture (King Abd Allah of Saudi Arabia) is incredibly similar to Umberto Eco! :D
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level 77
Aug 24, 2014
Haha, I almost missed Vatican, got it with 7 seconds left. On the other hand, I thought of Swaziland quite easily.
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level 28
Aug 24, 2014
Oh man ! I missed Oman and Brunei and Vatican City
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level 71
May 29, 2019
O man, you missed Oman!
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level 35
Aug 27, 2014
Other absolute monarchy countries are: Cuba, Iran, and North Korea
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level 54
Jun 13, 2015
The Shah doesn't rule Iran anymore LOL.
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level 5
Dec 28, 2015
those are all dictatorships and if your including cuba you should include china as well
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level 63
Apr 10, 2016
And why not Zimbabwe, and every single dictatorship that is happening right now
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level 68
May 27, 2019
USA! USA!
Whoops, looks like somebody finally checked him. Off the list.
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level ∞
Mar 17, 2019
There is a pretty salient difference. Countries like Cuba and North Korea pretend to be democracies. Saudi Arabia and other countries on this list do not.
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level 75
May 27, 2019
The pope is elected by cardinals. Saudi Arabia's last several monarchs were chosen by the AlSaud extended family, basically by a committee within the family, with leadership passing from brother to brother, though they may currently be transitioning to a more typical hereditary monarchy. They also hold elections, though not for king.
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level 70
Jun 12, 2015
How did you get to be king then? I didn't vote for you.
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level 54
Jun 13, 2015
Absolute monarchs think their power comes from God actually.
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level 75
Dec 28, 2015
"The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king."
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level 52
Jan 25, 2017
Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!
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level 67
Jan 25, 2017
No, but it is as good as any other.
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level 68
May 27, 2019
An electoral college of strange women lying in ponds distributing swords would be almost as bad.
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level 31
Aug 13, 2015
Got'em all with 1:11 left
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level 65
Mar 8, 2016
According to This : http://www.differencebetween.net/miscellaneous/politics/difference-between-dictatorship-and-monarchy/ The main difference between a monarchy and a dictatorship is that the power is passed down through a family line. Whereas a dictatorship is seized by force. To me, this means North Korea should be included. The position of power has been passed from father to son twice now. As far as I'm concerned that fits the definition of a monarchy.
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level 63
Nov 13, 2016
North Korea isn't a monarchy. Whenever Kim Jong-Crazy proclaims he's the "Emperor of all Korea", maybe North Korea should be considered whether or not it's an absolute monarchy.
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level 47
Dec 16, 2016
I thought the vatican would be considered a theocracy instead of a monarchy. Am i wrong?
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level 52
Jan 25, 2017
The Vatican is both. It is ruled by the Pope, who is both the head of the Catholic church and the King of Vatican City.
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level 30
May 15, 2017
Nuke the pope
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level 55
Sep 20, 2017
The pope is elected
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level 68
Nov 3, 2017
Somebody should bomb them and bring them democrac...
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level 43
May 27, 2019
2003 called, they want their joke back
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level 33
Nov 18, 2017
Add North Korea to the list as Kim Jong Un is arguably a monarch.
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level 27
Mar 31, 2018
Qatar is definitely an absolute Monarchy also Andorra?
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level 38
Apr 22, 2018
Monaco is an absolute Principality. Albert can hire and fire whom he chooses at will.
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level 68
May 27, 2019
I remember seeing a travel show a few years ago and the native guiding the show host claimed the king had absolute authority and discussed some examples of his decrees.
I don't know if Rick Steves or Samantha Brown or Michael Palin, whoever hired the best guide because now I'm curious and can't find a definitive answer to where the guide was coming from.
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level 54
May 27, 2019
Swaziland was the easiest for me and only 24% got it; quite suprising
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level 65
May 27, 2019
Very strictly speaking, Swaziland is not a monarchy but a Di-archy
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level 54
May 27, 2019
Is Eswatini close to Wakanda? Or is that just in movies?
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level 78
May 27, 2019
According to Wikipedia, Wakanda is usually considered to be located somewhere near the borders of Kenya, Ethiopia, South Sudan, and Uganda.
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level 75
May 27, 2019
The location is always changing and most people don't notice because, as the popularity of Black Panther indicates, they think of Africa as one big mostly homogenous place.
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level 62
May 28, 2019
Kal, are you saying that the Black Panther movie also promotes this view?
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level 35
May 29, 2019
I tried Wakanda.
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