Asia's Monarchies

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  • 2010
  • 1 Season

We journey to the heart of these beautiful lands to understand the relationship between the people and their monarchs. To many, their royal family hampers progression. To others, the royals are the heart and soul of their nation. Asia's monarchies are at a tipping-point and what happens to each of them will bring about a whole new era that will affect not only the East but the whole world.

Asia's Monarchies
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Cambodia
5. Cambodia
December 26, 2010
King Sihanouk retired in 2004, giving way to his son, Sihamoni - a ballet dancer. Unlike many monarchies, Cambodia's is not hereditary - rather the next king or queen mother is chosen by the National Assembly from a pool of eligible candidates. When Sihamoni was chosen, what sort of monarch were they hoping to crown?
Brunei
4. Brunei
January 9, 2011
Brunei may be one of the richest nations in the world, but financial problems have beset even their royal house. The sultan has recently made moves towards some form of partial democracy. However, it is up to him whether or not he introduces it. Why did he make a move to do so, and then let it drop?
Bhutan
3. Bhutan
December 19, 2010
Bhutan's governing party pledged recently to follow the policies of the absolute monarchy it is replacing, after it won a landslide in the country's first parliamentary elections. This remote, beautiful country truly is in the throes of a noble experiment. What makes this experiment unique is that this move towards democracy has been initiated by the ruling monarch himself.
Nepal
2. Nepal
January 2, 2011
In 2008, Nepal's royalty were ousted from power, forced out of their palaces, and the country began a new era as a republic. The story of the fall of the House of Shah is one of bloodshed, betrayal and intrigue. The transformation from kingdom to republic was swift, dramatic, and leaves huge questions unanswered about the future.
Japan
1. Japan
December 12, 2010
The Japanese Imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world, dating back to the sixth century BC. However, its central role in Japan has not shielded the family from controversy in recent years. Through personal scandals, and vagaries of the hereditary system, even to their own biology, it's been a rocky time. But what is left if every tradition is changeable?
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We journey to the heart of these beautiful lands to understand the relationship between the people and their monarchs. To many, their royal family hampers progression. To others, the royals are the heart and soul of their nation. Asia's monarchies are at a tipping-point and what happens to each of them will bring about a whole new era that will affect not only the East but the whole world.

Asia's Monarchies is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (5 episodes). The series first aired on December 12, 2010.

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  • Premiere Date
    December 12, 2010