Monarchies of Asia

Can you 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
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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 59
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 67
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 54
Nov 20, 2019
I think it is actually referring to the UAE, which is ruled by 7 Emirates.
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Level 71
Nov 20, 2019
Heptarchy means seven monarchs, which refers to the seven emirates of the UAE.
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Level 90
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 59
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 67
Aug 29, 2019
If you count dictators, half of Asia would be on it.
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Level 82
Sep 1, 2019
But it's a hereditary dictatorship, so it's got that similarity to a traditional monarchy.
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Level 80
Sep 16, 2019
But it's not officially hereditary. Then you could add Syria as well.
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Level 53
Dec 21, 2021
Not all monarchies are hereditary. Malaysia's isn't, for example, and the early English monarchies weren't.
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Level 66
Jul 5, 2022
"The Kim family (Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il and Kim Jong-un) has been described as a de facto absolute monarchy".

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Kim_family_(North_Korea)

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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 68
Nov 20, 2019
Surely that's not a very rewarding way to do a quiz....
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Level 50
Jun 8, 2022
Work smarter, not harder
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Level 39
Aug 29, 2019
I'm impressed that so many people didn't know japan was a monarchy
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Level 66
Aug 29, 2019
Ahhhhh malaysia
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Level 50
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 73
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 58
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 53
Dec 21, 2021
And Malaysia became a monarchy on independence from Britain in the '50s.
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Level 81
Jul 15, 2022
Popular representation with a checks and balances system is the more evolved method of government, not a singular life-long controller given power based on genetics.
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Level 57
Jul 16, 2022
I think the quiz maker is referring to the fact that the vast majority of countries in today's modern world are, in name at least, "republics." Monarchies were much more common in the past. Interestingly enough, countries like Canada are technically "monarchies," too, in that the British Monarch is our official head of state. Canada is an example of a "constitutional monarchy."
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Level 43
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 67
Nov 21, 2019
The caveat in the headnotes makes it pretty clear that Japan counts.
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Level 82
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 51
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 49
May 19, 2021
malaysias form of government may be a elective heptarcy, but its type of state still is a monarchy
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Level 56
Oct 5, 2021
Letter Z Scavenger Hunt Answer (see my blog)
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2021
You've got a typo in the caveats.
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Level 87
Jul 15, 2022
Not gonna lie... took me longer to get Japan than I would have liked.
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Level 70
Jul 16, 2022
One of these is techNICally a heptarchy
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Level 24
Sep 21, 2022
Australia, New Zealand, Samoa?