But aside from that aspect, I think Freedom House does actually differentiate between absolute monarchs and dictators. That why the Vatican is not featured in this list, while Bhutan and Nepal weren't declared dictatorships in older listings (before they abandoned their absolute monarchies in 2006 and 2008). While there are certainly differences between a classical dictatorship and an absolute monarchy, the rulers of Saudi-Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Brunei and Eswatini also qualify as corrupted monarchies, or in other words as tyrants. The differentiation between an modern-day absolute ruler, a tyrant, a despote or a dictator is quite fluid and therefore exceeds the purpose of this quiz.
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