But, independent of these inducements to war, which are more prevalent in absolute monarchies
, but which well deserve our attention, there are others which affect nations as often as kings; and some of them will on examination be found to grow out of our relative situation and circumstances.
Not many absolute monarchies
are left, most of them having been replaced by limited monarchies, where the sovereign's power for evil (and for good) is greatly curtailed, and by republics, which are governed by chance.
The Holy See is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies
in the world.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain have accused Qatar of harbouring their opponents - including political Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which is viewed as a particular threat by the absolute monarchies
- and giving them a platform on the Al Jazeera satellite channel, which is funded by the Qatari state.
This shows that in absolute monarchies
-- ie most countries in the Gulf region -- serious reforms are even more difficult than elsewhere.