As anyone who knows me could testify from my rants whenever the latest Royal ‘story’ breaks through the news, I’m a bit of a republican, in traditional terms. Being a republican in the UK, however, is like being sober at a party; nobody listens to you, and you’re forever being considered a pedantic bore. The monarchy enjoys ever-high levels of popularity here and, while it’ll probably sag when/if Prince Charles becomes King (“I support the monarchy but don’t want Charles to become King” sort of misses the point), Prince William, second in line, is pretty popular.
The dismal chances for republicanism in the UK is one reason why I particularly like looking at this map:
The UK really is in the majority by keeping its head of state a member of the Royal Family. If you took us, Canada, Australia and New Zealand off the map, this would be even more so the case. There is also hope on the international frontier: Australia held a republican referendum in 1999 which narrowly lost – 45.13% voted to remove the monarchy – and Spain’s royal family is becoming ever more unpopular.
This blog is more intended to show off my maps than make a case for abolishing the monarchy, so I’ll finish off with my favourite map. This one roughly shows countries in the world by the date they got rid of their monarchies. Republicanism is winning, let there be no doubt!