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Irish Republicans believe quite strongly in the reunion of Ireland under the political authority of the Irish people. Currently, there are 6 counties in the North of Ireland that remain under the control of the British government. The remaining 26 counties in the South are part of the republic of Ireland. The 6 counties in the north are technically under the authority of the Crown. This is an intolerable situation for many Catholics and even some Protestants in the North.

The word "Republican" confuses Americans, who sometimes think it is related to the Republican party of the USA. However, the term "republican" as used by the Irish refers to the basic meaning of the word, namely, a form of government which derives its support from the electorate. The USA has a republican form of government, if that gives you an idea.

To sum up this basic definition, Irish republicans want to be reunited with Ireland and separate from Great Britain, a country they have accused repeatedly of acting unjustly towards the Irish.

The Island of Ireland in overwhelmingly Nationalist / republican in that the majority want a nation independent of Britain or any other foreign power. Irish republicans want the island to be one state. A section of the country was partitioned due to British rule. The six north easterly counties were chosen despite two of these counties having slight nationalist majorities, and two other counties having large unionist minorities. This was done in order to ensure that the Northern Ireland state would always have a strong Unionist majority and thus an internal majority upholding this state. Irish nationalists do not believe a portion of the country should be ruled by the British unless this is the will of the population of Ireland. Uninonists in the six couties believe that they have a right to self determination based on the area of the six counties.

Its kind of like if the majority of New Mexico and Texas were Mexican and decided to create a new province of Mexico and remove themselves from the U.S.A.

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