History Main / HereditaryRepublic

14th Feb '18 7:39:40 PM mirisu92
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* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses—and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.

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* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [[note]]who, by the way, can trace their descent directly to legitimate ''precolonial royalty''—the House of Lakandula, based in Pampanga province, which their family continues to dominate electorally to this day[[/note]] / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses—and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.
13th Jan '18 6:52:14 AM Jhonny
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* The Republic of Nicaragua had the Somoza dictatorship, which ran from 1934 to 1979. Anastasio Somoza Garcia (father), Luis Somoza Debayle and Anastasio Somoza Debayle all held the office of President (the former two dying in office) at various times, but their real base of power was being [[JustTheFirstCitizen head of the national guard]].
** Before the Somozas, there was the political dynasty of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamorro_%28family%29 Chamorros]], who are still the majority owners of one of the biggest newspapers in the country, La Prensa, as well as the founders of the other major newspaper, El Nuevo Diario. The name of the first President after Somoza and the revolution defeating him were over in 1990? Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, widow of the editor in chief of La Prensa who had been murdered in 1978.[[note]]Widely believed to have been the doing of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, though this was never proven and some actually thought he did not because he was GenreSavvy enough to know killing him would drive people to rebellion.[[/note]]

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* The Republic of Nicaragua UsefulNotes/{{Nicaragua}} had the Somoza dictatorship, which ran from 1934 to 1979. Anastasio Somoza Garcia (father), Luis Somoza Debayle and Anastasio Somoza Debayle all held the office of President (the former two dying in office) at various times, but their real base of power was being [[JustTheFirstCitizen head of the national guard]].
** Before the Somozas, there was the political dynasty of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamorro_%28family%29 Chamorros]], who are still the majority owners of one of the biggest newspapers in the country, La Prensa, as well as the founders of the other major newspaper, El Nuevo Diario. The name of the first President after Somoza and the revolution defeating him were over in 1990? Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, widow of the editor in chief of La Prensa who had been murdered in 1978.[[note]]Widely believed to have been the doing of Anastasio Somoza Debayle, though this was never proven and some actually thought he did not because he was GenreSavvy smart enough to know killing him would drive people to rebellion.[[/note]]rebellion. Another prime suspect in the killing of Pedro Joaquín Chamorro is Anastasio Somoza Portocarrero, the son of Anastasio Somoza Debayle who by that time already referred to himself as "apprentice dictator" and got his own command in the National Guard[[/note]]
12th Jan '18 10:24:09 PM MasterN
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Not ''quite'' the same as the PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny; that's when the country doesn't seem to fit the "democratic" or "people's" descriptor. HereditaryRepublic is when it's the "Republic" part that's in doubt. May even have a PresidentForLife in charge.

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Not ''quite'' the same as the PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny; that's when the country doesn't seem to fit the "democratic" or "people's" descriptor. descriptor, while HereditaryRepublic is when it's the "Republic" part that's in doubt.doubt (though they can and often do overlap). May even have a PresidentForLife in charge.
14th Nov '17 10:28:45 PM raziel365
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** In the case of Peru, it was only during the dictatorship of the General Velasco Alvarado in the 20th Century that the power of the aristocrats and landholders was irreversibly broken by his well-meaning but horribly botched Agrarian Laws, and while the old families still remain active in nowadays politics, they have undoubtly lost the ground they once held.
8th Jun '17 4:05:53 PM RainingMetal
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** And in a broader sense, all US Presidents so far (sans Martin Van Buren) are descended from UsefulNotes/KingJohnOfEngland, possibly making it a constant lineage in the entirety of the United States' existence.
24th May '17 8:41:14 AM mirisu92
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* India has the Nehru—Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).

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* India has the Nehru—Gandhi Nehru-Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).
24th May '17 8:40:55 AM mirisu92
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* India has the Nehru�Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).

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* India has the Nehru�Gandhi Nehru—Gandhi family: Jawaharlal Nehru, his daughter Indira Gandhi, and ''her'' son Rajiv Gandhi have all been Prime Ministers of India (the latter two were both assassinated). Furthermore Rajiv's widow Sonia Gandhi is the current President of India's Congress Party, while their son Rahul is its General Secretary. Surprisingly, not related to UsefulNotes/MahatmaGandhi since Gandhi is a relatively commonplace surname in India, and Indira Gandhi's husband Feroze, who adopted his mother's last name of Gandhy, changed the spelling for that of the man himself to honor him (or to maximize political mileage, if you want to be cynical).



* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses � and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.

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* All of these examples probably pale in comparison with the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}}, where [[GenerationXerox two parent-and-child tandems have been President]] (Diosdado Macapagal and daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo / Corazon "Cory" Aquino and son Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III), where the entire government is at the mercy of around [[UpToEleven 178 families]] ([[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_families_in_the_Philippines see the full list here]]), where ''at least three in four'' members of Congress have other relatives sitting in office, and where some families have held power in the same province or city for almost a century if not more. The list of examples run from the Aquinos to the Arroyos to the Binays to the Marcoses � and Marcoses—and so on ''ad infinitum''. In fact, if not for the need to pretend at democracy, all that's missing is a formal peerage system.
24th May '17 8:37:04 AM mirisu92
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** Filipino Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has publicly called the Philippines "the political dynasty capital of the world". ''That'' is how bad it is.

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** The late Filipino Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago has publicly called the Philippines "the political dynasty capital of the world". ''That'' is how bad it is.



** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive family tree]], which shows that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.

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** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive political family tree]], which shows reveals that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.
24th May '17 8:36:08 AM mirisu92
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** In fact, someone drew up [[https://i.redd.it/zvjjad7iq6iy.jpg an enormously extensive family tree]], which shows that '''almost all''' Philippine Presidents were related to one another by blood or marriage. The web certainly puts to shame the American presidents' claims of near-unanimous descent from King John.
22nd May '17 7:31:08 AM TheBigBopper
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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. The first General Secretary of the Korean Workers' Party (which made him the leader) was Kim Il-sung. The next was Kim Jong-il, his son. After his death, his son Kim Jong-un was announced as the successor. Oh, and Kim Il-sung is still president, years after his death.

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* UsefulNotes/NorthKorea. The first General Secretary of the Korean Workers' Party (which made him the leader) was Kim Il-sung. The next was Kim Jong-il, his son. After his death, his son Kim Jong-un was announced as the successor. Oh, and Kim Il-sung is still the eternal president, years after his death.meaning that the title of president can only belong to him in perpetuity even though he is dead.



* Meanwhile, across the 38th parallel, South Korea's current President Park Geun-hye is the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, the developmental dictator whose iron rule eventually made South Korea's economic success possible in the long run (she was also his First Lady because her mother/his wife had been killed early on during his regime).

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* Meanwhile, across the 38th parallel, South Korea's current Korean President from 2013 to 2017 Park Geun-hye is was the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee, the developmental dictator whose iron rule eventually made South Korea's economic success possible in the long run (she was also his First Lady because her mother/his wife had been killed early on during his regime).
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