Alternate names for republican head of state

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: Before 1900' started by Tio Paquete, May 27, 2019.

  1. Tio Paquete Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2018
    Instead of "president", what are some other possibilities?
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  2. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

    Feb 22, 2006
    Collegium Vexillarum
    Consul, Director, Protector, Guardian, Stadholder, and synonyms.
    Department and Parliament style gives you Chancellor, Minister, Prefect, Secretary.
    Perhaps with Lord/High/First/etc prefixes or General as a suffix.
    If we look at companies and corporations for inspiration then Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Leader, etc.
    If you want less republic in name then Steward/Steadholder, Governor, Protector, Guardian, Regent.
    Military style gives you Marshal, General, Admiral, Commander, etc.

    What gets chosen depends how the republic forms, what came before, and what it's emulating.
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  3. ennobee Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2015
    Greater Houston/Galveston suburbia, Texas
    What about 'tyrant' or 'dictator' ? I always loved how in the Terry Pratchett Diskworld universe the planet is full of self-declared 'presidents' that were the greatest tyrants around while the Greek had their 'Tyrant' who was actually just an elected official with a term limit and in most cases something like the most democratic figure around. Of course, Pratchett being Pratchett, when one of his characters explains the idea to his companion he muses something like " So he gets chosen by all the people (*) but first he gets elected ... I guess that's something like they do to eunuchs and tomcats to make sure he won't start a dynasty"

    (*) Pratchett being Pratchett, he also muses: "he gets chosen by all the people, literally by everyone in the city... We'll, if course, not by the little children, or the slaves, or the insane.... Or the women, because you know, they're women. But otherwise, yes, he gets chosen by literally everyone"
  4. P L Richards Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2018
    Leicester, England
    Yes, if the English Commonwealth i.e. Republic had survived, then we'd likely still have a Lord Protector, especially as it would have been, at any rate in the early years, dominated by the aristocracy.

    But Consul has a nice Roman ring to it. Perhaps First Consul and Second Consul instead of President and Vice President?
  5. pompejus Hertog van Gelre

    Mar 27, 2006
    Raadspensionaris/grandpensionary. If the Dutch Republic permanently got rid of the stadholder, that would most likely become the title of the republican ruler.
  6. piratedude Pirate Lord of the Great Lakes

    Sep 8, 2017
    Tribune might not be out of the question. even if historically they weren't a the chief executive, they were a popular check on an a aristocratic body.

    If you really want to mess with history, its possible to make princeps/prince a republican term
  7. ModusViv Not A Dream, Not A Hoax, Not An Imaginary Story!

    Mar 20, 2013
    Old New England
    From the business world - Chief Executive Officer.
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  8. Petros >Peter Fergus< Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2006
    Washingtons? Or whoever was leader of the firstest and famousest republic for whatever age?

    We got a lot of people who styled themselves after Caesar.
  9. ByzantineCaesar Secretary-General of URSAL

    Mar 22, 2010
    São Paulo, SP, Brasil
    Logothetes could work for a Byzantine Republic and Byzantine-influenced states.
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  10. Ban Kulin Banned

    Apr 23, 2019
    Well fuck. The Professor covered almost everything. All I have to offer are Princeps and Primate, both in the vein of first among equals.
  11. Analytical Engine Monarchist Collectivist Federalist

    Mar 12, 2007
    UK, EU (for the moment), Earth
    Archon, Patrician, Lord Commander, Lord Captain, High Guardian, Chief Steward, First Citizen.
  12. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

    Feb 22, 2006
    Collegium Vexillarum
    Sorry mate!
    Got carried away answering the question.
    Bound to be some I missed though!
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  13. Ban Kulin Banned

    Apr 23, 2019
    I'm not frustrated at you, just the fact that people way smarter than me exist :p
    Keep being awesome man
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  14. Rockydroid Monarch Butterfly Enthusiast

    Jun 21, 2018
    I have some ideas myself. These are mostly random things I've thought of.

    First Citizen
    Citizen Director
    Citizen's Executor
    Chief Magistrate
    Prime Citizen
    Prime Director
    Prime Consul
    Chief Consul
    Prime Elect
    Executive General
    General Director
    Director of the Republic (OR just Director for short)
  15. The Professor Pontifex Collegii Vexillographiariorum

    Feb 22, 2006
    Collegium Vexillarum
    Dammit, I'm not great at blushing :happyblush
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  16. LeCHVCK Well-Known Member

    Apr 25, 2014
    Berlin, Germany
    The german word for mayor is Bürgermeister which translates to master of the citizens. So Master could be a title.
    Any word which derives from dux like doge could also become the word for leader. I also think that elective monarchys could develop into republics without changing the ruler title like the commonwealth.
  17. piratedude Pirate Lord of the Great Lakes

    Sep 8, 2017
    Oh yeah, completely forgot about that. Any word meaning leader could become a republican title, although afaik only the republic of Ireland does it for thier prime minister (Taoiseach).
  18. Mako-Tochan Marquise of Excess

    Jan 1, 2018
    My Domain
    deputee, main jurist, grand advisor
  19. BigBlueBox Well-Known Member

    Jun 21, 2017
    Southern California
    Cromwell passed the position down to his son, so in practice the Commonwealth was a hereditary monarchy.
  20. Betelgeuse Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2014
    I really like His Electoral Majesty, which was a real proposal in the US before they decided on President.