No need to wait for Australia to become a republic – ardent republicans can become citizens of another (conveniently close) republic now

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Australians who are frustrated republicans and can’t wait for Australia to become a republic now have another option. They can become citizens of a much newer republic, somewhere that is very close to home (especially for those who live in South East Queensland) – the Republic of Wynnum.

Situated on the shore of Moreton Bay to the east of Brisbane, the new Republic was formed in November 2014 and currently boasts nearly a thousand passport-carrying citizens. Citizenship is free of charge and open to anyone, not just residents of Wynnum, in fact it has a number of citizens based around the world, who applied for – and were instantly granted – citizenship online.

Whilst applications for citizenship can be made and granted online, all new citizens must visit the republic in order to pick up their passport at any of a number of passport offices in the country (listed here:

In a twist which may in fact make citizenship as appealing to fans of royalty as it is to dyed-in-the-wool republicans, the Republic of Wynnum is one of the few republics in the world with an aristocracy. In a spirit of transparency – and to help raise money for cultural and artistic pursuits in the fledgling country – anyone can become a member of the aristocracy for a small fee. These fees range from $25 to become a prince or princess up to $95 to become a lord or a lady. Special purple aristocratic passports are issued and these are mailed to new aristocrats.

At the moment the republic has 48 members of the peerage including two dogs and a cat (members are listed here –

If figures touted by the Australian Republican Movement are correct, over 10 million Australians are keen republicans.

“That could create quite a strain on our small country if they all decided to apply.” said a spokesperson for the republic.

The Republic of Wynnum’s motto is ‘Conveniently Close To Australia’.

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