personal union

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personal union (plural personal unions)

  1. When two or more states share the same monarch, usually also with shared dynastic succession.
    Many personal unions were ended by differences in the monarchies' rules of dynastic succession, while cases of dispute thereabout lead to dynastic wars.
    The Congo Free State was an independent kingdom in central Africa in personal union with Belgium under King Leopold.