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A regency ( Latin regere - 'to rule', 'to direct', 'to lead') is the substitute rule by an uncrowned head of state in a monarchy in place of the ruler.


Reasons for reign are the minority of the legitimate monarch, his prevention by a serious illness (especially mental illness ) or imprisonment.

In most cases, the governor is the next appointed agnate capable of governing according to the primogeniture order . He then rules as Prince Regent . Often the mother of the future ruler - if she was a minor - was installed. Alternatively, a Regency Council is also an option. In the Holy Roman Empire, the imperial vicars were responsible for the continuation of current business for the period between the death of an emperor and the election of a new one.


The reigns of:

Ottoman Empire

The states of Algiers (1659-1830), Tunis (1591-1881) and Tripoli (1603-1835), which were officially under the rule of the Ottoman Empire , were designated as regency in the western world . Often, however, these states acted independently or were treated as sovereign by other states. The Ottoman Empire regarded these states as privileged provinces ( eyalet-i mümtaze ). Due to their common geographic location, these were collectively referred to as barbarian states .

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Individual evidence

  1. Asma Moalla: The regency of Tunis and the Ottoman Porte, 1777-1814. Army and government of a North-African Ottoman eyālet at the end of the eighteenth century. Routledge Shorton, London et al. 2004, ISBN 0-415-29781-8 , p. 12.
  2. Peter von Sivers: North Africa in the modern age. In: Ulrich Haarmann (Hrsg.): History of the Arab world. Beck, Munich 1987, ISBN 3-406-31488-0 , pp. 502-590, here p. 523.