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14th Nov '17 10:28:45 PM raziel365
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** In the case of Peru, it was only during the dictatorship of the General Velasco Alvarado in the 20th Century that the power of the aristocrats and landholders was irreversibly broken by his well-meaning but horribly botched Agrarian Laws, and while the old families still remain active in nowadays politics, they have undoubtly lost the ground they once held.
8th Jun '17 4:05:53 PM RainingMetal
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** And in a broader sense, all US Presidents so far (sans Martin Van Buren) are descended from UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland, possibly making it a constant lineage in the entirety of the United States' existence.
24th May '17 8:41:14 AM mirisu92
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* India has the Nehru—Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).

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* India has the Nehru—Gandhi Nehru-Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).
24th May '17 8:40:55 AM mirisu92
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* India has the Nehru�Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).

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* India has the Nehru�Gandhi Nehru—Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).



* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses � and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.

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* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses � and Marcoses—and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.
24th May '17 8:37:04 AM mirisu92
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** Filipino Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has publicly called the Philippines "the political dynasty capital of the world". ''That'' is how bad it is.

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** The late Filipino Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has publicly called the Philippines "the political dynasty capital of the world". ''That'' is how bad it is.



** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive family tree]], which shows that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.

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** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive political family tree]], which shows reveals that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.
24th May '17 8:36:08 AM mirisu92
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** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive family tree]], which shows that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.
22nd May '17 7:31:08 AM TheBigBopper
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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. The first General Secretary of the Korean Workers' Party (which made him the leader) was Kim Il-sung. The next was Kim Jong-il, his son. After his death, his son Kim Jong-un was announced as the successor. Oh, and Kim Il-sung is still president, years after his death.

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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. The first General Secretary of the Korean Workers' Party (which made him the leader) was Kim Il-sung. The next was Kim Jong-il, his son. After his death, his son Kim Jong-un was announced as the successor. Oh, and Kim Il-sung is still the eternal president, years after his death.meaning that the title of president can only belong to him in perpetuity even though he is dead.



* Meanwhile, across the 38th parallel, South Korea's current President Park Geun-hye is the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, the developmental dictator whose iron rule eventually made South Korea's economic success possible in the long run (she was also his First Lady because her mother/his wife had been killed early on during his regime).

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* Meanwhile, across the 38th parallel, South Korea's current Korean President from 2013 to 2017 Park Geun-hye is was the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, the developmental dictator whose iron rule eventually made South Korea's economic success possible in the long run (she was also his First Lady because her mother/his wife had been killed early on during his regime).
18th May '17 7:19:18 PM zarpaulus
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* In the ''Literature/ParaImperium'' series Praetors of the Federation of Parahuman Species are elected, but all of them have come from a small group of high-profile lineages from the Argentum [[TheClan genus]].



* In ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark'' the Republic of Daranir is officially listed as a constitutional monarchy led by a Chancellor.

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* In ''Webcomic/CrimsonDark'' the Republic of Daranir is officially listed as a constitutional monarchy led by a hereditary Chancellor.
18th May '17 3:34:18 PM Luigifan
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It gets hazy around the edges when the dynasty merely occupies most positions, or there are several BlueBlood or OldMoney families that frequently rotate through the same office. Historically most republics (in contrast to democracies) have tended to have been oligarchies, where either the highest aristocrat or the highest plutocrat families have elected a head of government amongst an inner circle of candidates, easily creating "hereditary" heads of government - especially if two competing families have elected a third family representative to prevent their competitor becoming too influential.

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It gets hazy around the edges when the dynasty merely occupies most positions, or there are several BlueBlood or OldMoney families that frequently rotate through the same office. Historically most republics (in contrast to democracies) have tended to have been oligarchies, where either the highest aristocrat or the highest plutocrat families have elected a head of government amongst an inner circle of candidates, easily creating "hereditary" heads of government - -- especially if two competing families have elected a third family representative to prevent their competitor from becoming too influential.
14th May '17 4:57:44 PM nombretomado
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* Classic ''{{Traveller}}'' supplement ''The Traveller Adventure'', adventure "The Wolf at the Door". On the planet Aramanx the Republic of Lanax has three co-equal heads of state. Originally they were selected by a democratically elected Administrative Council, but after a "political reorganization" at least two of the three positions are always held by members of the Klaven family, which gives them control of the country.

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* Classic ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' supplement ''The Traveller Adventure'', adventure "The Wolf at the Door". On the planet Aramanx the Republic of Lanax has three co-equal heads of state. Originally they were selected by a democratically elected Administrative Council, but after a "political reorganization" at least two of the three positions are always held by members of the Klaven family, which gives them control of the country.
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