The decline of monarchies

King and queen

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During ancient and medieval times,a single individual wielded the power to govern the lives of all individuals in a particular state or nation. In fact, a whole government system was built on the idea that one person was to rule all. He or she was the apex of government and society — the sole determinant of a country’s fate. The basis of this supreme power is called the Divine Right. This right contends that the Monarch has been vested authority by supreme gods. Moreover, this right can be inherited and is passed on from one individual to his or her heir, and so on.

Monarchies – the state and the king

In a Monarchy, the Monarch is simultaneously an institution of society and government. He or she is, at the same time, the living manifestation of the state. All other individuals are his or her subjects. They live and die under the ruler’s will and whim. The monarch had the ultimate source of rights and possessed almost everything, including the lives of people he or she ruled.

All lands in the state were the monarch’s. All rights belonged to the monarch, and the people had to seek the ruler’s approval to pursue any sort of undertaking. The interaction of states, nations and countries, in times of peace and war, were the will and power of kings during the age of monarchies.

Age of the people’s right

As revolution and change swept through the world, monarchies were challenged by the common man. The age of revolution became an age of destruction, bringing the power of monarchies to an end. Today we live in a world filled with privileges. We even have access to quick financing, such as a short term loan or a payday loan, in times of financial emergency.

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