Even the hopelessly poor of the poorest citizens can boast of having one priceless and invaluable property; his COUNTRY and his MONARCHY. These two should be regarded as one inseparable whole. The King should be inseparable with the country but not the Government of the day, which is prone to cause problems and bring him into antagonism with his people.
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The Last Knight of the Habsburg Empire by Jørn K. Baltzersen
Tonga makes beeline for democracy
AUCKLAND - His penchant for riding around his Pacific island nation in a London taxi earned Tonga's new king the nickname of Oddball.
His posh British accent and love of remote-controlled boats, toy soldiers and elaborate military garb only cemented his position as the Pacific's eccentric, lone monarch.
But King George Tupou V, in Tonga's top job for a year in August, has been charged with a task far bigger than his eccentricities - the job of pulling his deeply conservative and religious country into the 21st century.
Tonga made headlines across Australia and the world in November 2006 when, following the death of George's 88-year-old father, King Tupou IV, pro-democracy demonstrators took to the streets.
The riots - the most violent civil protests ever seen in the Pacific - left eight people dead and 75 per cent of businesses in the capital Nuku'alofa looted and burned to the ground.
Morocco: The Emergence of a New Palace Party
Ten years after succeeding his father to the Moroccan throne, King Mohammed VI has implemented significant economic and social reforms but has not yet delivered the kind of political change many hoped for when he took power. The makhzen, the governing economic and political elite closely linked to the king, still dominates the political scene, as illustrated by the victory of the new Party of Authenticity and Modernity (PAM) in the June 2009 municipal elections.
Yogyakarta, A District That Thrives On History And Tradition
YOGYAKARTA CITY, July 27 (Bernama) -- Yogyakarta, a province in the island of Jawa, is different from the rest as it is the only place in Indonesia ruled by a monarchy that is steeped in history and tradition.
The monarchy originates from the Sultanate of Mataram that predates to the eighth century and has contributed significantly to Yogyakarta's rich history, nature, and the traditional and cultural activities of its people.