Monarchy in the 21st Century: Is It Obsolete?

Since the dawn of civilization, the monarchy has been the dominant form of government in many parts of the world. The word monarchy derives from the Greek word monarchia, which means one-man rule. This power structure has endured for so long because it provides a sense of continuity and stability that other forms of government sometimes struggle to provide. But does monarchy still have any place in today’s modern world? Is it redundant or obsolete? Should we be striving to abolish this outdated institution? Let’s explore these questions as we read more about monarchies in the 21st century!

What Is A Constitutional Monarch?

A constitutional monarch is a sovereign who exercises sovereignty under a limited or restricted monarchy system. The most important aspect of this type of system is that the monarch is not absolute; an elected government, for example, can work with the monarch to make decisions. In this type of governmental system, it’s still possible for a single person to be granted royalty and control significant political power.

The Transition To Constitutional Monarchies

In order to ensure a smooth transition to constitutional monarchies, hereditary succession must be abolished and instead replaced with an indirect election by the popular vote. Royalty is sovereignty, and as such, it must be absolute. However, sovereignty can also come from a system of checks and balances. A constitutional monarchy allows for this balance.

Today’s European and African Royal Families

Today, there are more than 500 monarchies in the world. In Europe and Africa alone, there are dozens of monarchies with a total of over 150 kings and queens. Some of the most famous royal families are from England and France. The British Royal Family has been traced back to Alfred the Great who ruled from 871-899 CE during what is called The Anglo-Saxon period. Queen Elizabeth II is the Queen of 16 nations. Her children also have royal titles: Charles as Duke of Cornwall, Anne as Princess Royal, Andrew as Duke of York, and Edward as Earl Lloyd-George. These princes and princesses have been on thrones since birth and don’t have a choice to live under an absolute monarch. But they do get special treatment like living in Buckingham Palace, getting yearly stipends (money), having their own security detail (guards), and being welcomed by citizens when they travel abroad.

Current Heads Of State In The World Today

Some of the current heads of state in the world today (are and were) include Queen Elizabeth II (United Kingdom), King Felipe VI (Spain), King Abdullah II ibn al-Hussein (Jordan), and President Park Geun-hye (South Korea). These countries have constitutional monarchies, where they elect a head of state which is then required to share power with a ruling monarch.

One of the most famous once current heads of states was Queen Elizabeth II, who has been on her throne for over 60 years.

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being A Constitutional Monarch

Being a constitutional monarch has its advantages and disadvantages. The people can elect the prime minister, but they have less say in who becomes their king or queen. On the other hand, you can pick an heir before you die, so there’s never any dispute about who will take your place as king or queen. The person doesn’t have to be born into royalty. They could even be from a family of commoners. But if you were raised with privilege, it’s hard for anyone else to understand what it is like living in luxury and being waited on by servants 24 hours a day – even though many would gladly trade places with royalty given a chance!

Best Examples Of Modern Monarchies

Many of the world’s modern monarchies are constitutional, meaning that a monarch shares power with an elected parliament. Norway and Sweden are good examples, as is Denmark. Canada was once a constitutional monarchy but became a republic after Queen Elizabeth II no longer ruled because she could no longer reign due to her age.

In addition to parliamentary systems, other countries have taken on different forms of monarchy–such as absolute monarchy.

Best Examples Of Absolute Monarchies

The Mughal Empire was an absolute monarchy. Like most absolute monarchies, this empire had a very centralized government with a strong military. The empire’s capital was in Delhi, India. At its height, it spanned from Afghanistan to Bangladesh. Unlike constitutional monarchies, there were no restrictions on the power of the emperor and his descendants. They could tax and spend at will without any input from Parliament or Parliament members. Eventually, corruption and decadence set in and contributed to its downfall by 1857 AD.

The Ashanti Empire is another example of an absolute monarchy. They are part of West Africa. With a unified army, they conquered neighboring states. When the British colonized Ghana, King Prempeh I resisted but finally agreed that Ghana would be ruled by a British governor who would be assisted by the king and other chiefs in council.

Is a monarchy obsolete or needed in the 21st century, after all?-MM


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