Regardless of whichever form it may adopt, it is principally founded over the well grounded concept that maintains the term Republic always opposed to ‘Monarchy’ when the reference is made to institutions, and to ‘Realm’ in reference to country.
Presidential, Parliamentary, Democratic, Aristocratic, or Federal; a Republic must respect, valorise and promote the “Republican Spirit”; that special profound wisdom and grandeur of conscience which solicit the citizens, all citizens, to place the “Common Good” high above individual and/or particular interests.
Explain these basics to your friends and invite them to do the same; because it seems that somewhere along the way our understandings have been deliberately twisted and distorted to the point of not being objective enough as to sharply distinguish the difference gapping ‘principal’ from ‘practical’.. So that most frequently, if not always, our decisive judgements proved to be wrong, unproductive and against our Common Good.
Pass On The Word.
PS: The term Republic derives from its Latin origin “Res Publica” meaning “Public Matter”, where the term ‘Res’ does not refer only to ‘a matter’, but it involves all aspects of a given society’s public practices as one single ‘entire’ or ‘ whole’ matter!
Let us remember these definitions:
Ø Republic : a form of government where the Head of State, the President, is elected directly by the people or by the parliament.
Ø Presidential Republic: where the Head of the State is also the Head of the Government.
Ø Parliamentary Republic: where the Government must earn the ‘Trust’ of the Parliament.
Ø Democratic Republic: where all government’s organs are fully representative of all the People.
Ø Aristocratic Republic: representative of A Class.
Ø Federal Republic: resulting from a federation of two or more states (contrary to Unitary).