Published on : 06 April 20223 min reading time
A royal country is a country ruled by a king or a queen. Currently, there are still 12 royal countries in Europe, including 10 hereditary monarchies and 2 non-hereditary monarchies (the Vatican State and the Principality of Andorra). And several royal countries still exist in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. These countries, despite their royal regime, are an integral part of today’s world. Their royalty does not manifest itself outside, we even forget that there is a King or Queen in these countries. They only make a name for themselves in very special cases, often in the family.
The characteristics of a royalty
Every royal country has its own regime and political system. But normally royalty is a regime that gives absolute power to the king. A royal country is recognized by the presence of a king or a queen, even if he does not have absolute power in his country. The king and queen often hold executive, judicial and legislative power according to the regime of their country, such as the United Kingdom. But his power is defined by the constitution and his function is limited. A second characteristic of royalty is the continuity of power. That is to say, the king has a certain sacredness linked to his function as king and which ensures his succession. The function thus becomes permanent, even immortal.
Royalties and globalization
In today’s royal countries, the king’s power is often limited to the title of a representative. These countries are participating in globalization and environmental change. In royal countries, power is decentralized. The king is not the only one who makes the decision. This reduces royalty to a mere title. That is why we do not distinguish a royal country from other countries. European royal countries are part of the European Union. In this union they have the same status as other democratic countries. It is not even the King or the Queen who decide on the laws that govern this community. They are merely members.
How do you live in a royal country?
People in royal countries live normally like democratic people. There is no coercion in their daily lives. Nevertheless, they have this vision of the king as a “sacred” person. And this vision is enough to dictate their thoughts and actions. And this is often a good thing, because everyone acts in accordance with the constitution. And that makes them respect the laws. But the democracy so much advocated today has changed this mentality of the royal people, who are now calling for the change of laws that they consider obsolete. And royalty is no longer in its time of absolute power, as democracy is taking the lead. Nevertheless, these royal countries are very advanced in the way of life of their people: respectful.
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