When I say Monarchy I do not mean Princess Di or whoever inhabits the museams of European Monarchy. But I refer to the emergance of Kings by other titles.
Throughout the latter half of the 20th century we saw the great idiological struggle between Democracy and Communism. But when the context of the Cold War was removed in the latter years there remained many unyielding totalitarian regimes that stemmed from both sides of the Cold War.
In the first years of this century some of those still existing regimes are undergoing, or have undergone a process of dynastic succession. In short, they resemble a true Monarchy in almost every facet but name.
North Korea is looking at its third inaugeration of the Yung dynasty as head.
Libya, whose leader is already self declared "King of Kings" is lining up his bloodline as heirs.
Syrias presidancy, which rules by marshal law is in its second generation of succession.
Azerbajan is simular to Syria.
The Chinses Communist party is a ruing elite like no other, and its siblings dominate Chinese commerce, though there has yet to be a succession. Chinese Communism is thus now only akin to a system of serfdom for the poor.
These are regimes (except China) where whoever holds the sucession rules supreme. There are no other candidates outside of the dynasty. They are not like the old mostly symbolic constitutional monarchies in Europe or further afield. Can it be long before these new Monarchies define themselves as exactly that, Monarchies, now that the global context in which they otherwise would have been defined has disappeared?
With the emergance of these dynastic powers, will a template be set for some to follow which avoids the polls of democracy or socialism altogether? Will those new powers find common cause with existing actual Monarchies like Saudi Arabia thus creating another poll of world influance?
There are many places in the world where democracy and socialism have not taken hold, like Africa, and places like there these new Dynasties have a growing influance.
*I would exclude Cuba entirely from that short list as Cuba has yet to see another generation of the same dynasty take power.