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"And as your King, I pledge my loyalty to all people of Mon Cala."
―King Lee-Char of Mon Cala[src]

A monarchy was a system of government in which an individual known as a monarch, usually titled king[1] or queen[2] depending on gender, held a degree of authority. An individual could become a monarch through inheritance, with the title being passed down through familial ties known as a royal bloodline,[3] or through democratic election.[4] If inherited, the title and role of monarch was most often held until death. The amount of power a monarch could exercise varied from government to government, ranging from them having a purely ceremonial role,[3] to being bound by a constitution,[5] to wielding absolute power.[6] Some monarchies had a council of officials who would advise the monarch in political matters.[2]

The Elder Houses were the collected hereditary royal houses of the galaxy, and included such monarchies as the House of Organa and Carise Sindian's family.[3]

In ancient times, hereditary nobility was seen as a legitimate system of election, however, by the time of the New Republic, very few still took the concept seriously. As such, many monarchies became largely ceremonial.[3]

Planets that were governed by monarchies included Hynestia,[7] Naboo,[2] Alderaan,[5] Zygerria,[8] Mon Cala,[9] Onderon,[10] Shu-Torun[11] and Toydaria.[12]

Other titles that were used in monarchies included Lord, its feminine equivalent, Lady, and supreme governor.[3]

A dictatorship was very similar to an absolute monarchy, in that it consisted of a lone ruler exercising ultimate authority.[source?]

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