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#14 - Gandalfthewhite ONLINE
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(09/18/2013) [-]
1. Well of course America's gonna have the highest incarceration rates, it's a huge mixing pot of different people and cultures from all over the world, **** was bound to go wrong.
2. Can someone actually explain to me what a principality is? is it it's own country with it's own rulers because i know wales is a principality but it's governed by Enlgand (sort of)
#15 to #14 - Trol
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(09/18/2013) [-]
A principality's head of state is a prince. So Wale's head of state used to be the Prince of Wales. Nowadays Wales is a country in the same sense as England, Scotland and Northern Ireland are though.
#122 to #15 - Gandalfthewhite ONLINE
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(09/18/2013) [-]
so would that prince be a ruler in his own right? because i know the old prince of wales answered to the king of England (being his son and all) so are all principalities ruled by the heir to another country?
#143 to #122 - baconfattie
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(09/18/2013) [-]
Andorra is a principality. You could check that out
#129 to #122 - riposter
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(09/18/2013) [-]
Well technically I think all the countries in the UK have the same ruler so they are a Single Nation, I'm not british so I'm not sure. On the other hand, the principalities of Monaco, Liechtenstein and Andorra ARE independant.
#131 to #129 - Gandalfthewhite ONLINE
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(09/18/2013) [-]
ah ok you two have explained it perfectly. but why don't they just make themselves king instead of prince?
#177 to #131 - riposter
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(09/19/2013) [-]
Well I think it has something to do with thesef factors.
-The size of the country. The ones I mentioned are really tiny, more like city-states of ancient times.
-Royalty rules, of some sort. I mean, in medieval times it was not possible to simply name yourself of a higher rank, It happened on counted occasions only, like prussia. Most other dukes-princes-counts, if independent, could only get the title of King by recognition of the pope, and the Holy Roman Emperor if they were catholic and part of the Empire. That's why the prussian duke declared himself King, he was protestant, and it did not go without rustling the Emperor's jimmies, but they had the power to back their claim.
So most states simply stuck with their titles all the way to modern times, it kinda goes against the "implicit rules" to change it , though I think no one would care today, perhaps a newspaper headline and no more.