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    FutureTaoiseach FutureTaoiseach is offline
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    Quote Originally Posted by onemancommittee
    Quote Originally Posted by jjcarroll
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    so which state can we agree has been a republic continuously for over 200 years? Any states other than the USA?
    We could start be agreeing a definition for a republic.
    an independent state, ruled by a council or assembly, whose members are elected (though the franchise can be limited to a tiny percentage of the population)?

    In other words, if the state has a superior constitutional body, such as Iceland with its Norwegian and Danish kings, or San Marino with its Pope, it doesn't count.
    You dont have to have elective government to be a republic.

    Jacobin France 1792-4 was a republic but most certainly not a democracy.

    I stand by San Marino.
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    I stand by San Marino.
    There is a choice of a kind that can only be answered by saying that I stand by the oldest continuous Republic and accordingly, I will not oppose San Marino - FutureTaoiseach O'Malley
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    I think someone said Iceland had the worlds oldest parlaiment, that I believe would be incorrect. Surely the Isle of Mann wins that one.
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    iceland didnt become a republic till after WW2 when it broke free from the danes
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