Rule the World for a Day and We'll Tell You Which Historical Monarch You Were in a Past Life

By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz

Reincarnation is said to take souls not just from body to body but from species to species. Still, there are only so many species, so eventually, you'd come around to being a human again. So what are the odds that you were someone famous?

According to the beliefs around reincarnation, we spend our lives playing out the conflicts of our previous lives, making choices in line with those we made before, for generations and generation, until we finally get things right. If you were a doctor, perhaps you'd spend your next human life trying to help people. If you were an artist, you might spend your next human life trying to express the song in your heart more perfectly.

What are the odds you weren't a Russian cobbler or an Italian house painter but were, in fact, a nation-conquering monarch? What decisions could you make now that would paint an accurate picture of your royal past? Simply put, you must show your mettle by ruling the world for a day as an absolute monarch, making life and death decisions for billions of subjects. Sit back, relax, and make some world-altering decisions, and we'll identify which historical monarch you once were.

Where would you set up your temporary capital?

What language would you force everyone in the world to speak?

What party would you throw to celebrate your global rule?

What infrastructure project would you order?

What public works project would you order?

What food would you make the national dish of the whole world?

What would you do vis-à-vis your marital situation?

What would you order of the world's space programs?

What would you do to nations that rebel against you?

What would you do to stop terrorism?

How would you handle climate change?

What public health policy would be your number one?

What transportation system would you impose on the world to fix our daily commutes?

How would you end world hunger?

How would you regulate the banks?

How would you discourage unhealthy habits, like smoking?

What sort of government would you encourage for after your day of absolute rule was over?

What cultural touchstone would you force everyone in the world to imbibe?

How would you unite mankind for your principle pet project?

How would your rearrange world's borders?

What would you do with powerful people who have somehow avoided justice, like oligarchs who steal their nations' natural resources?

What would be your solution to reducing the world's prison population?

How would you instill a general belief in the social contract?

What forms of art would you encourage of the world?

What would you do if on your day of rule, you discovered that aliens were invading the Earth?

How would you bring peace to the world's current war zones?

What would you do about the refugee crisis?

How would you encourage free trade?

What pet project would you order of the whole world?

What project would you undertake to commemorate your day of rule for future generations?

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