Saudi Arabia, since its founding in 1932, the Kingdom has been ruled by a series of brothers of the original founder: King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud. They have aged out. When you consider that the founder had 45 sons all by himself, that leaves a lot of potential claimants to the throne. So it is getting interesting.
Liz Sly, Washington Post, 26 May 2014 (hat tip: NC)
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — When Saudi Arabia’s elderly king took the unusual step of naming a deputy heir, the move initially was welcomed as a sign of continuity in a country that soon will confront major questions over the future of its leadership.
But in subsequent weeks, the announcement has stirred a rare outburst of dissent, revealing previously unacknowledged strains within the royal family and casting into doubt prospects for a smooth transition from King Abdullah’s rule.
To keep the ever compounding growth rate of the modern world economy, it is my understanding that we need to find an additional 8 Saudi Arabias by the year 2050. Maybe we should up that to 9.