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Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Going the way of the Holy Roman Empire

Gentlemen, is our mostly de-Britished, unCrowned, wealthless Commonwealth going the way of the Holy Roman Empire, which ended up being "neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire", as Voltaire famously put it? As I say, mostly. We are safe for the moment. So long as we have the shared monarchy that constitutionally binds us all together that will continue, but reading the long decline of the Holy Roman Empire, the parallels are altogether too striking for sustained optimism. From Wikipedia:

"The actual end of the empire came in several steps. After the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, which gave the territories almost complete sovereignty, even allowing them to form independent alliances with other states, the Empire was only a mere conglomeration of largely independent states..."

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