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Season 01, Episode 01 Japan: Banzai Tenno, Long Live the Emperor

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Jan 1, 2010
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Japan: Banzai Tenno, Long Live the Emperor Jan 1, 2010 The Japanese Imperial family is the oldest hereditary monarchy in the world, dating back to the sixth century BC. However, its central role Japan has not prevented controversy in recent years. Through personal scandals, and vagaries of the hereditary system, even to their own biology, its been a rocky time. But what is left if every tradition is changeable?

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Season 01, Episode 02 Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

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Jan 1, 2010
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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon Jan 1, 2010 Bhutan's governing party pledged recently to follow the policies of the absolute monarchy it is replacing, after it won a landslide in the countrys first parliamentary elections. This remote, beautiful country truly is in the throes of a noble experiment. What makes this experiment unique is that this move towards democracy has been initiated by the ruling monarch himself.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Cambodia: The Shadows of Angkor

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Jan 1, 2010
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Cambodia: The Shadows of Angkor Jan 1, 2010 King Sihanouk retired in 2004, giving way to his son, Sihamoni - a ballet dancer. Unlike many monarchies, Cambodia's is not hereditary - rather the next monarch is chosen by the National Assembly from a pool of eligible candidates. When Sihamoni was chosen, what sort of monarch were they hoping to crown?

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Season 01, Episode 04 Nepal: Fall of the House of Shah

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Jan 1, 2010
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Nepal: Fall of the House of Shah Jan 1, 2010 In 2008, Nepal's monarchy was ousted from power, turfed out of their palaces, and the country began a new era as a republic. The story of the fall of the house of Shah is one of bloodshed, betrayal and intrigue. The transformation from kingdom to republic was swift, dramatic, and leaves huge questions unanswered about the future.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Brunei: The Last Absolute Monarch

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Jan 1, 2010
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Brunei: The Last Absolute Monarch Jan 1, 2010 Brunei may be one of the richest nations in the world, but financial problems have beset even their royal house. The sultan has recently made moves towards some form of partial democracy. However, it is up to him whether or not he introduces it. Why did he make a move to do so, and then let it drop?

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