The Mad Monarchist: Classifying North Korea The Mad Monarchist attempts to argue that North Korea is not really a monarchy, despite its first two leaders ruling for life and being succeeded by their sons. It seems to me that a monarchy, by any other name, is still a monarchy, and that this is an exercise in the No True Scotsman fallacy.
He makes a comparison to Vatican City, stating that the Pope being elected does not make it a republic. But it seems to me that calling it a monarchy misclassifies it – it is an oligarchic republic, much like the former Republic of Venice. The Pope is not succeeded by some family member, and neither he nor his family chooses his successor.
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