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MONARCHY, government. That form of government in which the sovereign power is entrusted to the hands of a single magistrate. Toull. tit. prel. n. 30. The country governed by a monarch is also called a monarchy.

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This situation is aggravated when other social groups are deprived, by the dynastic state, from participation in the process of decision making.
137 (1992): 48-71; Rowlands, The Dynastic State and the Army, esp.
Imber concludes that the empire was a dynastic state, in which power was maintained by ties between the ruler and his subordinates, especially the elite of the empire.