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View Poll Results: In your opinion, which European country is more likely to become a republic?
Belgium 81 20.30%
Denmark 12 3.01%
Great Britain 39 9.77%
Liechtenstein 12 3.01%
Luxembourg 9 2.26%
Monaco 16 4.01%
The Netherlands 4 1.00%
Norway 55 13.78%
Spain 140 35.09%
Sweden 31 7.77%
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:10 PM
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Why would you not be allowed to post about NI? If they wish to split from being part of the British Monarchy, then they have that right.
Personally, I don't think they ever will.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:42 PM
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Canada or Australia, if we're talking about other countries in the Commonwealth.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:54 AM
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Canada or Australia, if we're talking about other countries in the Commonwealth.
I agree 100% with Sister Morphine, one of those two is most likley next.
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Please posts all future discussion regarding the future of the Commonwealth here http://www.theroyalforums.com/forums...eth-28846.html
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Old 12-21-2010, 12:25 PM
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Europe: Belgium (via partition)
Asia: Vietnam or Japan (yes. Japan)
Africa: Morocco (Lesotho/Swazi too tribal - would be impossible)
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The Netherlands is the safest, I agree Marsel
Almost every major political party today supports abolition of monarchy and it is just the question of time when it is going to be abolished. Both left and right agree that there is no place for monarch in a modern, democratic society.

It will be gone in maximum 20 years, probably much less.
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:24 AM
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Green Letter, coudl you provide evidence for your claim?
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When we see social protests spreading around Tunisia, it can easily flow to all Maghreb countries (besides, it's already visible) - including Morocco, and farther to all Middle East (including Jordan). To be frank, as for now, people blame governments for a bad economic situation in their countries, but it can change soon; after all, Arabian monarchs have much more political power than their European equivalents.

In one of our newspapers I read that Queen Rania said on Twitter that she was praying for Tunisia; and someone "advised" her that instead of praying she should seek a palace in Saudi Arabia; clear illlusion to Ben Ali and his family.

To Smart: Vietnam is not a monarchy.
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:52 PM
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To be fair, Tunisia's problems lie in the fact that it (like Egypt) was run by a self-interested clique who utterly failed to take care of their own citizens. At least Morocco and Algeria are far more democratic by allowing free and fair elections.

While the Gulf states are absolute monarchies or semi-absolute, they do provide their citizens a better standard of living and social benefits. The same goes for Brunei. It goes deeper than system of government here, but also highlights the irony of how republican dictatorships like Tunisia and Egypt attempt to perpetuate themselves through family ties and succession, while also failing to look out for the interests of their population.
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I don't know enough about the monarchies in the Gulf states to comment but in Europe I think the two monarchies most likely to be abolished are the Dutch and the Belgium ones.

When the the current Crown Princes of these monarchies become King they will have to be good very quickly in my opinion or there is a very good chance that the monarchy will be abolished. Any majorly unpopular actions could be enough to lead to change.

Although there is always a lot of talk in the media about abolishing the Royal Family in the UK I think it is very unlikely this will happen. I think there is a lot of complaints but not yet the impetus that is needed to lead to change.
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I think European monarchies are safe. Nobody in Western Europe wants radical change of their political system because of the lessons of the 20th century where too much change led to the chaos that was World Wars I and II, and what followed after. People can see that the monarchy brings unity and stability above any party politics, and we see that entrusting too much to the politicians and media is a downright dangerous thing (like the US).
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:26 AM
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I doubt New Zealand would ever go republic, but certainly Australia will.....eventually......they've been talking about it for years.
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:30 AM
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It's quite different with the Commonwealth Realms because they are not "native" monarchies.
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When we see social protests spreading around Tunisia, it can easily flow to all Maghreb countries (besides, it's already visible) - including Morocco, and farther to all Middle East (including Jordan). To be frank, as for now, people blame governments for a bad economic situation in their countries, but it can change soon; after all, Arabian monarchs have much more political power than their European equivalents.

In one of our newspapers I read that Queen Rania said on Twitter that she was praying for Tunisia; and someone "advised" her that instead of praying she should seek a palace in Saudi Arabia; clear illlusion to Ben Ali and his family.

To Smart: Vietnam is not a monarchy.
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To be fair, Tunisia's problems lie in the fact that it (like Egypt) was run by a self-interested clique who utterly failed to take care of their own citizens. At least Morocco and Algeria are far more democratic by allowing free and fair elections.

While the Gulf states are absolute monarchies or semi-absolute, they do provide their citizens a better standard of living and social benefits. The same goes for Brunei. It goes deeper than system of government here, but also highlights the irony of how republican dictatorships like Tunisia and Egypt attempt to perpetuate themselves through family ties and succession, while also failing to look out for the interests of their population.
ppl in ME are done and made about their republican system because they plans to make from their republic a monarchies that already happen in Syria and on the way to happen in Egypt and that what should be done in Tunisia if ppl didn't come out to say enough,although things started in Tunisia as protest against poverty and unemployment problemst but end up as a cry for change against a regim who ban them from everything they don't even had the right in Youtube things is abit different in other arab royaltie and countries like (my) Morocco and jordan or event Bahrain for example benefit from something that should be taken in considerations the change of rulers Mohammed VI and King Abdullah as young kings still have trust from their ppl who wait from them to do better I guess.while Mubarak,Ben Ali or even the freak Ghadafi has ruled for so looong without any real changes things get even worst by their attempts to pass the power to thier relatives.
I have to say I don't know much about how things goes in Gulf states but ppl there seem to enjoy the good life oil provides and feel their rules take care well of them IMO.
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ppl in ME are done and made about their republican system because they plans to make from their republic a monarchies that already happen in Syria and on the way to happen in Egypt and that what should be done in Tunisia if ppl didn't come out to say enough,although things started in Tunisia as protest against poverty and unemployment problemst but end up as a cry for change against a regim who ban them from everything they don't even had the right in Youtube things is abit different in other arab royaltie and countries like (my) Morocco and jordan or event Bahrain for example benefit from something that should be taken in considerations the change of rulers Mohammed VI and King Abdullah as young kings still have trust from their ppl who wait from them to do better I guess.while Mubarak,Ben Ali or even the freak Ghadafi has ruled for so looong without any real changes things get even worst by their attempts to pass the power to thier relatives.
I have to say I don't know much about how things goes in Gulf states but ppl there seem to enjoy the good life oil provides and feel their rules take care well of them IMO.
Morocco was very much a police state for most of Hassan II's reign. It was only the Western Sahara dispute that allowed him to make a rapprochement with the opposition, otherwise it might have ended up like Iran. So he allowed a gradual democratisation (also encouraged by his Western allies) continuing under Mohammed VI. In fact, elections in Morocco (and Algeria) are the most democratic in the Arab world. Jordan isn't anywhere near that stage let. So Morocco will be better able to deal with issues because the King has allowed his people to have their say, which compares favourably to Egypt and Tunisia.

The Gulf states provide their citizens with a high standard of living and social benefits, and their rulers are making cautious reforms. So they can maintain respect from their local population and the world.

The Pahlavi monarchy in Iran and Atatürk's Turkey were classical examples of "authoritarian liberal" rule and Tunisia attempted to copy that to a degree. But yes, this model has been rejected.

It's ironic that Gaddhafi overthrew a monarchy, yet in pan-African solidarity, he's now embracing African royalty.
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I doubt New Zealand would ever go republic, but certainly Australia will.....eventually......they've been talking about it for years.

I actually think the opposite - when Australia becomes a republic I don't think NZ will be far behind and might even surprise us by becoming a republic first - simply because it is easier for them - they just need a simple majority of the population while we need a majority of the population and a majority of the state (we could actually have a majority vote in favour but not get it through if 4/6 states voted no and given the number of voters in the smaller states and the fact that the ACT and NT aren't states it is theoretically possible).
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Almost every major political party today supports abolition of monarchy and it is just the question of time when it is going to be abolished. Both left and right agree that there is no place for monarch in a modern, democratic society.

It will be gone in maximum 20 years, probably much less.

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Green Letter, coudl you provide evidence for your claim?

Like the Spanish, the Dutch monarchy is as safe as houses.... current Dutch monarchy enjoyed as much as 85% approval rating in 2009. I agree with David V:

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I think European monarchies are safe. Nobody in Western Europe wants radical change of their political system because of the lessons of the 20th century where too much change led to the chaos that was World Wars I and II, and what followed after. People can see that the monarchy brings unity and stability above any party politics, and we see that entrusting too much to the politicians and media is a downright dangerous thing (like the US).
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I think European monarchies are safe. Nobody in Western Europe wants radical change of their political system because of the lessons of the 20th century where too much change led to the chaos that was World Wars I and II, and what followed after. People can see that the monarchy brings unity and stability above any party politics, and we see that entrusting too much to the politicians and media is a downright dangerous thing (like the US).
The media can be a dangerous thing regardless of who is in power. A monarchy doesn't make it safer. While I think that the Belgium monarchy is in danger the people might be willing to keep it because it does appear to be a source of unity in a divided country. When the government couldn't agree on which party would lead the country that left King Albert to take over. This move might endure them to the country, because without a monarchy there would have been nobody.

As for the European monarchies, social situations are changing and that effects them. Even popular monarchies like Sweden and England are coming under fire because they are viewed as old-fashioned. I especially think that England's monarchy will continue to go down in size as countries like Australia and Canada decide not to have the Queen as their leader. I think in 50 or 100 years there will probably be no more monarchies in the world.

Public opinion is incredible fickle, one small incident could turn into something big. I remember a few months ago there were riots that swept through England that concerned student tuition fees. Eventually the royal family came under attack due to their money and status. So I don't think anyone can say for certain how stable these types of governments are.
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Public opinion is incredible fickle, one small incident could turn into something big. I remember a few months ago there were riots that swept through England that concerned student tuition fees. Eventually the royal family came under attack due to their money and status. So I don't think anyone can say for certain how stable these types of governments are.
The royal family didn't come under attack for any reason other than the fact that Charles and Camilla were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Had they stayed at home there would have been no attack on any royals that night. Had they taken a different route, or a different car, there would have been no attack and even if they had been a bit earlier or later.
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I Think Britian is safe in Europe Belgium.....anywhere else im not sure
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