Elective Monarchism

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Not to be confused with Constitutional Monarchism.

"The King reigns and does not govern"

Elective Monarchism, shortened to Elecmon, is a non-quadrant monarchist ideology. Elecmon was born as an alternative to lineage based monarchies who had a tendency to result in succession crisis after a few generations. The voting powers are usually only held by high ranking nobles and influential clergy members.

He believes that the state should be based around a monarch (ranging from Absolute to Ceremonial) that instead of being hereditary, should be elected. Usually the monarchical candidates would be elected by a specific pool of nobles, but this process could theoretically stretch "to the plebs" (if none of the nobility are deemed qualified).


Elective monarchism was born in the antique era. One of his most notable appearances was in Rome during Roman kingdom era. He is also known for the Holy Roman Empire and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. He made a semi-comeback in the renaissance with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Current uses


In Cambodia, the king is chosen for a life term by the Royal Council of the Throne from candidates of royal blood.

Vatican City

In The Holy See and the associated Vatican City State the Pope is elected in a conclave by the College of Cardinals, generally from among their number.


The Yang di-Pertuan Agong (King) is elected to a five-year term. Nine hereditary rulers from the Malay States form a Council of Rulers who will determine the next King via a secret ballot (the ballot papers were then burned in a ceremonial urn after the votes were counted under the sole supervision of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal). The position has to date been de facto rotated amongst the State rulers, originally based on seniority. The King shall not be re-elected unless the rotation succession was complete.

  • Additionally, the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan is itself an elective monarchy, where the Yang di-Pertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan is selected by a council of ruling chiefs. The ruling chiefs themselves are elected by the chieftain. Male candidates are determined based on matrilineal clan. The system was partially the basis for the federal monarchy.

United Arab Emirates

The president, is elected by the Federal Supreme Council with a term of 5 years. Since its formation, the position has been a de facto hereditary position to the Al Nahyan sheikhs of Abu Dhabi by consensus of the Federal Supreme Council. Likewise, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE is a position held by the Al Maktoum sheikhs of Dubai. Elections are held every 5 years. The position of the ruler of each emirate of the United Arab Emirates is determined by consensus of the respective ruling royal family of that emirate.

How to Draw

Flag of Elective Monarchism

Elecmon's design is basically that of Classlib, but upside down and wearing a crown.

  1. Draw a ball with eyes
  2. Draw a tricolor of Dark Blue, Gold and White
  3. Draw a Crown

And you're done!

Color Name HEX RGB
Dark Blue #39386E 57, 56, 110
Yellow #FFDB28 255, 219, 40
White #FFFFFF 255, 255, 255




  • Absolute Monarchism - Monarchs are cool, but democracy is too.
  • Classical Liberalism - You have some nice ideas, but why do you hate monarchies?!
  • Roman Republicanism - I got a lot of ideas from you but you insist that we're different.
  • Bonapartism - I see you and your nephew became emperors through a referendum. But I suspect some foul play (99% votes for doesn't seem like an honest result).


  • Ochlocracy - You're a sociopath, even if you care about our kingdom.
  • Juche - Not elected, not monarchist (at least openly), and somehow still hereditary. Complete opposite of me.


Further Information





  1. In terms of property rights, clan inheritance and other issues