MARKET SHARE != INSTALLED BASE.
Yes of course it's an old country, because it's not like it popped into existence out of nowhere suddenly 20 years ago. There's a ton of history that happened to the same people living there and while governments might change and even constitutions that doesn't mean that the country ceases to exist
Or are you going to argue that Egypt is only 87 years old? Let's just not look at the Pyramids, because they didn't exist 87 years ago? I find it even more impressive that they knocked up those suckers in such a short time, didn't they?
Only Britain morphed into its current state still being a constitutional monarchy, while other constitutional monarchies in Europe (Denmark, Sweden, Spain) did what?
Got sucked into the vaults of history through a dimensional gate, just to be popping out of nowhere with a different population, and a constitution written from scratch? Total bullocks. That's just a very twisted way of making up for your inferiority complex due to lack of history as a country. Get over it. Being older doesn't make you better and being a younger nation doesn't either.
And yes there also is Switzerland, a democracy much older than yours. Just to mention.
Tell this Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) and he'll laugh his ass off. He was probably the best paid musician of his time. And music made him extremely rich. He just hit the right taste of the rich people sponsoring/hiring him.
Most of the Music written from the 17th century onwards was basically contract work written for rich people. Bach has written most of his works being sponsored. Mozart, too. The whole idea that Music must not be paid for is ludicrous.
Even the Minnesänger in Medieval times (12th - 15th century) had pretty well paid jobs at the royal and imperial courts. They didn't write their Minnelieder (minne - noble love) just for "love"...
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