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 83
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 74
Aug 27, 2019
Please tell us more about this heptarchy thing!
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Level 55
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 50
Nov 20, 2019
I think it is actually referring to the UAE, which is ruled by 7 Emirates.
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Level 66
Nov 20, 2019
Heptarchy means seven monarchs, which refers to the seven emirates of the UAE.
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Level 82
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 47
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 79
Sep 1, 2019
But it's a hereditary dictatorship, so it's got that similarity to a traditional monarchy.
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Level 77
Sep 16, 2019
But it's not officially hereditary. Then you could add Syria as well.
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Level 69
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 61
Nov 20, 2019
Surely that's not a very rewarding way to do a quiz....
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Level 37
Aug 29, 2019
I'm impressed that so many people didn't know japan was a monarchy
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Level 52
Aug 29, 2019
Ahhhhh malaysia
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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 71
Nov 20, 2019
Is Cambodia the only country to reinstate a monarchy post-Communist revolution? Really shows how traditionalist and religious their people have been for a long time.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2019
It surely has more to do with how brutal, cruel and sadistic the "revolutionaries" of the Khmer Rouge were, to the point that they killed more than on fifth of their country's population.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2019
Whereas the reigns of Stalin, Mao, and the Kims were just walks in the park?
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Level 69
Nov 20, 2019
No, it's just that communist regimes are led by murderous monsters, and communism itself is an evil ideology.
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Level 71
Dec 2, 2019
@rocamorar Take the Cambodia Country Quiz. I think that a few things there support my case, such as the 97% religious rate and Angkor Wat being on the flag.
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Level 56
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 71
Nov 20, 2019
Yes, monarchies are by definition more archaic than democracies. This person getting to lead us because of their bloodline is a more archaic reasoning than this person gets to lead us because they received the largest share of votes.
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Level 59
Nov 20, 2019
But not a lot more archaic than because God told them that they were allowed to, or because they are the supreme leader who is the centre of a cult of personality and who will shoot you or put you in a forced labour camp if you don't do what they say.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2019
I agree that theocracies also are archaic, and thus QM would be justified in saying that they are “still” theocracies. Dictatorships definitely aren’t progress, but it wasn’t a predominant form of government until the modern era, so it could be considered “newer” than monarchies.
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Level 35
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 71
Nov 20, 2019
“Includes Constitutional Monarchies.” Do you plan on telling the Queen of England and the Emperor of Japan to their faces that they aren’t real monarchs?
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Level 64
Nov 21, 2019
The caveat in the headnotes makes it pretty clear that Japan counts.
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Level 75
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 52
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.