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It still isn't a republic yet, infortunately.
Close enough, or very very very nearly.

You're a constitutional monarchy that's gotten so constitutional that the power of the nominal monarch is effectively neutered (or spayed, as the case may be, seeing as how the monarch is currently female). The power of the aristocracy has likewise been effectively neutered; they can no longer oppose any action for longer than it takes for the Commons to reconfirm its vote a few times.

So the British aristocracy is now safe. They are no longer able to make the Commons have kittens, and they have stopped making odious territorial markings on the British legal system, I am quite happy to consider Great Britain as within the boundaries of 'republic'.

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Even the States took a long time to get the details right. Whats unique about Britain is how far back the changes started (before the civil war, arguably even further) and gradual pace of the change (although there were periods where revolution came close, like around the time of the French Revolution.)
Absolutely, to everything you just said.

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You a fan of Simon Sharma's History of Britain, btw?
Nope. Never read it.

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You a fan of Simon Sharma's History of Britain, btw?
Nope. Never read it.
TV series (with books as well). Done by the BBC with a proffesor from Columbia University. Without question the finest history documentary ever (maybe with World at war). Deals with this.

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I admire that. Very few countries have managed to go from blatant and outright autocratic monarchy (such as Charles II) a well-functioning democratic republic without going through at least one violent revolution or truly deep and radical discontinuity of some kind.


I direct you, S_J, to The English Civil War.

That said, I have to join you in feeling a sense of loss, for pretty much the same reasons.

edit: massively ninja'd. Although I do feel some satisfaction in having provided a link, which none of the others did.

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I might have missed it, but does it say if they're just eliminating appointments or throwing out titles altogether?


Titles aren't being abolished, they're just becoming gradually irrelevant except as something to put on your phone bill in order to sound important.

As an irrelevant side note; everyone with a title that I've ever had to ring in my job has been excessively and unnessecarily rude (with the exception of Baroness Falkender). I wouldn't trust these people to run a country.

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It's a lie! Baronness Falkender is a witch, she and her husband Baron Harkonnen!

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That said, I have to join you in feeling a sense of loss, for pretty much the same reasons.

edit: massively ninja'd. Although I do feel some satisfaction in having provided a link, which none of the others did.
I already addressed the English Civil War; in fact I had it in mind when I wrote the initial post you responded to. The continuity of British government begins after the English Civil War, and not before.

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It's a lie! Baronness Falkender is a witch, she and her husband Baron Harkonnen!


This joke is dead, Jim.

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It's a lie! Baronness Falkender is a witch, she and her husband Baron Harkonnen!


This joke is dead, Jim.


No I won't let it die! Clear! Live damn you, Live!

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Simon_Jester wrote:
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That said, I have to join you in feeling a sense of loss, for pretty much the same reasons.

edit: massively ninja'd. Although I do feel some satisfaction in having provided a link, which none of the others did.
I already addressed the English Civil War; in fact I had it in mind when I wrote the initial post you responded to. The continuity of British government begins after the English Civil War, and not before.


Yes, I know. Hence my comment about being massively ninja'd.

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Yes, I know. Hence my comment about being massively ninja'd.
So, what, you got attacked by a ninja sumo wrestler or something?

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Yes, I know. Hence my comment about being massively ninja'd.
So, what, you got attacked by a ninja sumo wrestler or something?

Naah; the English Civil War (or that one, anyway) was outsourced to a Japanese concern.

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Yes, I know. Hence my comment about being massively ninja'd.
So, what, you got attacked by a ninja sumo wrestler or something?


Nononono, it means that I was pre-empted. I rolled a 1 on initiative. My reaction time was sub-par. I was beaten to the punch.

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You were pre-empted by a ninja sumo wrestler named Nononono?

Sounds...heavy, dude.

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My reaction time was sub-par. I was beaten to the punch.
So you got punched by a giant ninja sumo wrestler? Ouch!

How many walls did you fly through?

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*gives in to the silly*

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