Talk:List of kingdoms

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How do we classify a "constitutional monarchy"? Is it a kingdom, or a can it be republic, since it also has a parliament with some elected members (like Canada for a real-world example)? Or is it different from a monarchy? Here in Canada we still have Queen Elizabeth as a figurehead (head of state), while Members of the Parliament are elected. --Boge (talk) 05:59, 02 September 2014 (CEST)

Good question. I don't know. Some monarchies are strictly symbolic (eg Canada), some are absolute (eg Saudi Arabia), some are in-between (maybe United Arab Emirates, which influences how I conceptualize Mahhal). --Ardisphere (talk) 06:09, 3 September 2014 (CEST)
As the name say: A "contitutional" monarchy has a constitution - normally with parliament and election through the folk every 4 or 5 years. The only difference to a republic is, that the head of the state is not a president for some years, but a king (or queen) for lifetime - so like Danmark, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Luxembourg (a principality). May be there is a second chamber of barons etc. as in the United Kingdom ("house of Lords") - or not.
The constitution of Danmark p.e. says, that king (or queen) must be someone within the dynasty (and lutherian). If there is nobody more, the parliament ("Folkething") choose a new king.
"Absolute" is without such parlamentarial control. In Europe this is past since 1848. In England this process began with the Magna Charta. --Histor (talk) 10:03, 3 September 2014 (CEST)
Constitutional monarchies are included on Wikipedia's list of monarchies, not on the list of republics, so we should probably follow that format. But the different types of monarchy are so different that we might want to split the list into sections (like Wikipedia does) for 'constitutional monarchy,' 'absolute monarchy' and whatever 'hybrid systems' exist in between. --Isleño (talk) 00:04, 4 September 2014 (CEST)