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comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
I updated my answer with a reference to historic and current Elective monarchies (The term I was looking for). And I still kept the Vatican in there, because it is an elective monarchy, just like Malaysia.
Feb
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revised Monarchies with built-in rotation
Added a source to historic references, and strengtenth the argument of the inclusion of the papacy in this answer
Feb
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comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
The examples you are looking for beyond Malaysia and UAE are indeed pretty impossible to find. The Shogun system was one of rotation, but there was always the Emperor above it. I thinks like you said it will be almost impossible to find any family that would voluntarily rotate the crown, unless there was some force above them. However, I have found one in fiction: The Game Of Thrones, with the rotating power between the Seven Kingdoms ;-)
Feb
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comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
This part: "senior governmental role rotated between hereditary rulers of territories, families, or similar". The word Similar could suggest that since becoming a Bishop or Cardinal is not just a profession, but is more like being part of an exclusive (and small) group of people, that it is like becoming "family" of each other. It's a stretch...
Feb
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revised Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
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comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
The term "rotate" can be interpreted as having a limited term, like currently in Malaysia or United Arab Emirates Which is discussed in this Skeptics question as well. But, it can also be interpreted as having a monarchy/dictatorship that rotates the "crown" between a select family/group. I consider the papacy to be that kind of exclusive rotation.
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Feb
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comment Monarchies with built-in rotation
I even thought of adding Russia in the example as well, since the whole Putin-Medvedev rule has been going on since the year 2000. In which "free" elections, free press and democracy are under a lot of pressure.
Feb
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answered Monarchies with built-in rotation
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answered Does (or did) any monarchy have a limited length of tenure?
Feb
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comment First time the sail ship technology took off
I agree with @astabada that the term take-off can be multi-interpretable. What is taking off? When the Portuguese and Spanish started exploring the worlds and globalization started? Or does it mean that a prehistoric society was able to stretch it's range further than was humanly possible at that moment? obviously I would choose the latter, because it is a lot easier to define.
Feb
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comment Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
Do you have any sources about the fact that the Dutch (and the others) were just acting like pirates? The Dutch once had a large section of South America called "New Holland". You think they put in all those resources and effort just to hurt the Portuguese and Spanish?
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comment Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
Of course South America was valuable, but it was already taken by time they got there. You are right, that it got to costly to try to control every piece of land. At one point they had to draw lines in the sand.
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answered Why did the Dutch, French & British acquire minor colonies in South America?
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answered What were the conditions that Peter Stuyvesant found when he arrived in America?