Monarchies of Asia

Name the countries of Asia that are still monarchies.
Includes constitutional monarchies
One of these is techincally a heptarchy
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Last updated: May 10, 2020
First submittedJanuary 6, 2016
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Country
Bahrain
Bhutan
Brunei
Cambodia
Japan
Country
Jordan
Kuwait
Malaysia
Oman
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Saudi Arabia
Thailand
United Arab Emirates
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Level 81
Aug 27, 2019
There's almost enough time to list each country in Asia.. :D
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Level 45
Aug 28, 2019
thats what I did
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Level 75
Aug 27, 2019
Please tell us more about this heptarchy thing!
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Level 58
Nov 20, 2019
It refers to Malaysia I believe, which has a cast of I believe 8 monarchs in each state and they rotate who is the official Sultan.
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Level 53
Nov 20, 2019
I think it is actually referring to the UAE, which is ruled by 7 Emirates.
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Level 68
Nov 20, 2019
Heptarchy means seven monarchs, which refers to the seven emirates of the UAE.
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Level 84
Aug 27, 2019
Pretty sure it refers to UAE which has an emir in each of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah and Umm al-Quwain. There is also a single elected monarch in Malaysia out of a group of 10 regional monarchs (a decarchy?).
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Level 45
Aug 28, 2019
Got Bhutan with one second
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Level 46
Aug 28, 2019
We could probably throw North Korea in there? They don't use the title but they are very much an aristocracy.
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Level 65
Aug 29, 2019
If you count dictators, half of Asia would be on it.
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Level 81
Sep 1, 2019
But it's a hereditary dictatorship, so it's got that similarity to a traditional monarchy.
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Level 79
Sep 16, 2019
But it's not officially hereditary. Then you could add Syria as well.
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Level 74
Aug 29, 2019
Maybe a bit less time, I finished with 0:26 left by naming all the Asian countries
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2019
Surely that's not a very rewarding way to do a quiz....
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Level 40
Aug 29, 2019
I'm impressed that so many people didn't know japan was a monarchy
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Level 62
Aug 29, 2019
Ahhhhh malaysia
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Level 41
Sep 15, 2020
For quiz geeks: where there are nine different royal families (from nine states) who each take their turn to be the overall constitutional monarch at national level.
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2019
I cant believe I got all the Arabian Peninsula countries with no wrong guesses and completely forgot about Saudi Arabia. . . doh.
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Level 57
Nov 20, 2019
That are *still* monarchies? Why that extra word? Is there some sort of "progress" that should lead monarchies to something more "evolved"? Afghanistan's last queen didn't wear a hijab, talk about progress, both socially and politically, since that period in time. Plus, countries can still become monarchies, as Cambodia did (nominally) after the end of Pol Pot's regime.
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Level 36
Nov 20, 2019
Unbelievable... Japan a monarchy? Do you even know what a monarchy is? Monarchy is "a political system based upon the undivided sovereignty or rule of a single person". Having a ceremonial figure doesn't make a country like Japan a monarchy like, for example, Saudi Arabia
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Level 66
Nov 21, 2019
The caveat in the headnotes makes it pretty clear that Japan counts.
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Level 79
Nov 20, 2019
Wouldn't North Korea qualify? 3rd generation king in office now although they don't call it that
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Level 53
May 20, 2020
they wont because they are a (fake) democratic republic. They have elections but they are rigged and there is only 1 candidate to vote for.
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Level 51
Jun 30, 2020
100%
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Level 48
May 19, 2021
malaysias form of government may be a elective heptarcy, but its type of state still is a monarchy