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Comment: Re:It's good to be king... (Score 3, Informative) 458

by exKingZog (#24478175) Attached to: USAF Violates DMCA, Escapes Unscathed
The word "republic" has a few more shades of meaning; from the Latin "res publica", or "public affairs", it implies that the affairs of the nation are the collective interests of its public citizens, rather than the private domain of a despotic monarch. The US system of government is basically the British parliamentary system from c. 1780, replacing the monarch with a president and with greater and more formalised democracy. Certainly you guys seem to treat your presidents with far more respect that we treat our cretinous prime ministers... :)

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