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Wihtout wishing to get myself too tangled in political theory, there are those who might argue strenously argue that the presence of a monarch is no barrier to the full richnes sof life as a republic (connected or otherwise). Indeed, the cunning strategists who engineered a failed referendum in Australia a few years ago to put the kybosh on the idea of transforming Australia into a republic argued exactly that. The connected republic, as those who read the new paper will see, is as much a state of mind as it is any sort of constitutional commentary.

What I have found in the past couple of years is that those who show the most compelling evidence of embracing the connected republic mindset are very often from countries still labouring (or rejoining, if you prefer) under the yoke of monarchy - Australia, UK, Holland, Denmark, Sweden to mention a few.

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