A "Republican Federation of States." Australia is also a Federation of States - but it is a parliamentary Monarchy Federation of States. Guess where much of the federation model came from. The balance of state rights versus federal is different - AU started out with more power at Federal level.In my neck of America when people mention being a republic it is referring to "states rights" vs "federal rights". Like my quote.
Partly due to the philosophic model - AU is still "top down". The US emphatically "bottom up" "We the People" allow a minimal federal government to exercise limited control and unite us against external enemies etc
Partly due to the small size of the country. Even now only 25 million of us. About 7 million I think at federation.
Understood. It is a separate issue but a lot of people have strong emotions --- either way. I'm pragmatically neutral given that becoming a republic is always under consideration here in AU. And given recent events, likely to become a front-line issue again.I definitely wasnt thinking of the monarch part of the definition.