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"Yet Another Effort, Frenchmen, If You Would Become Republicans" --Marquis de Sade

The anti-royalist cartoon Les Poires by Daumier after Philipon.

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Republicanism is the ideology of governing a society or state as a republic, where the head of state is appointed by means other than heredity, often through elections.

The exact meaning of republicanism varies depending on the cultural and historical context. In general it implies the absence of monarchy, but it may indicate anything from 'rule by many people and by law', through oligarchy, to arbitrary rule by one person. Republicanism existed as an identifiable movement in the Roman Republic, where the founder of the Republic, Lucius Junius Brutus, denounced the former Roman Kingdom and had the Roman people declare a solemn oath to never allow a monarchy to return again.

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Republicanism by country

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