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. I can understand the monarchy being part of your culture there... I was just shocked to find out the Queen still has power in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, whether it's "exercised" or not.
This is disappointing to me, because these three countries were my top picks for places I could move to, if I decide to flee from the US.
Originally posted by Kryties
I don't think anyone here in Aus remembers the last time the Queen used her power here in any way.
Originally posted by eMachine
Originally posted by Kram09
Why are you so averse to living in a country with a queen?
I just can't fathom the idea of being a royal subject. I don't think I could ever believe that one family is inherently superior to all the rest.
Don't get me wrong, the US is certainly no better. We have a sort of unofficial aristocracy of the rich and famous. Many people think others who were fortunate enough to be born in the right families are superior to everyone else. I don't support that line of thinking either.
I can understand how England might benefit from keeping the monarchy around as a "figurehead" or a sort of tourist attraction. I can understand the monarchy being part of your culture there... I was just shocked to find out the Queen still has power in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, whether it's "exercised" or not.
And yeah, I know there are many other countries still part of the commonwealth as well, I just didn't expect to find these ones on the list.
I'm certainly not saying people need to revolt against the monarchy. I was just astonished that I didn't know about this, and I've never heard anything about Canadians, Australians, or New Zealanders(?) making an issue of it, like (correct me if I'm wrong) some in Ireland have.
Originally posted by Retikx
reply to post by exile1981
Correction, she and the entire royal family have absolutely NO pull/say/grip over the way Canada governs herself.
When I read stuff about monarchy (any monarchy), I can't help but think these people are just playing. They can't possibly think they have some kind of divine right to have power over others, can they? They're just playing like they believe it, to impress the people and get their support, to perpetuate their way of life. (Yeah, kind of like politicians do.)
Originally posted by eMachine
reply to post by BlackViolet
I just had this thought... if (completely hypothetical) there really are plans to create a few different united regions, like the EU and the supposed 'North American Union'... could the monarch use its power over the commonwealth nations to further that agenda?
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
The Treaty of Paris negotiated at the famous Palace of Versailles will also reveal to you that the King of England wasn’t just the King of England but also the King of France under the Holy Roman Empire with the actual Holy Roman Empire’s King of France having enough pull to negotiate American peace at his Palace and Court of Versailles in France despite there being a competing Frankish King (soon there after deposed of by the French Revolution).
The District of Columbia is an independent City State not subject to the laws of the United States as London is an Independent City State not subject to the laws of England, as is Vatican City an Independent City State not subject to the laws of Italy. I like to think of these three cities as the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and I wouldn’t mess with the Queen or her family or the other surviving monarchs of the Holy Roman Empire as Rome just really doesn’t like it!