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While the presidents may have mostly ceremonial roles in practice as far as day-to-day politics are concerned, they do often have important roles in managing transitions in times of crisis. They are expected to be non-partisan, speaking for the country as a whole and being a unifying figure. Besides that, separating the ceremonial roles of the president and ...


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The College of Cardinals serves a caretaker rule, but doesn't exercise the full rights of a Papal head of state. After the death or resignation of a pope, the Holy See enters a period of sede vacante. In this case the particular church is the Diocese of Rome and the "vacant seat" is the cathedra of Saint John Lateran, the cathedral church of the ...


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In part this is tied to the notion of the Commonwealth of Nations. Unlike the US, nations of the Commonwealth gained independence through civil and legal procedures as the British colonial system dissolved. Those nations with long, favorable histories as part of the Empire — like Canada and Australia — largely opted to retain the Queen and the constitutional ...


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Not all countries are the same, and may have different reasons. The reasons given for Australia in this answer are likely to be common across other countries. To summarize: For a lot of people having a Royal family is fun, people like reading about them in magazines, and in that way they're like celebrities. Some people see the Royal family and the links ...


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