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Mars

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I know this is an unusual request, but I've searched throughout the internet and can't seem to find anything connected to the idea of a modern Sri Lankan Monarchy. This may be because there simply isn't anything, and I'm willing to accept that if it is the case, but if anyone has even a scrap of information on whether or not it exists...I'd be very grateful.

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The only recent combination of 'Sri Lanka' and 'Monarchy' I found was about some Sri Lanka nitwit in their foreign office calling for the abolishment of the Crown in the United Kingdom......

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While not knowing for certain, I don't believe there is either a monarchist movement or candidate for Sri Lanka. The island historically was always divided into several polities, until British rule and then the Dominion and later Republic that succeeded it. Not only were there different dynasties in different parts of the island, they tended in the quite common Asian pattern to last a few centuries at most and then be displaced. Many of them were of foreign and specifically South Indian origin, parts of the island being at various times actually ruled from there. Which had the consequence that the monarchs of even Sinhalese-speaking, Budddhist parts of the island were quite often Hindus.

So there wasn't much to build a monarchical tradition and dynastic allegiance on. Then the Portuguese and Dutch arrived to see which of them could add Lanka or Ceylon or whatever you want to call it to their colonial empire. Ahem, a latecomer decided neither of the above. The last native monarch was deposed in 1815, to general cheers as he had been cruel and arbitrary and was anyway of Indian origin as had often been the pattern, rather than a truly native dynast. I believe there are descendants of that last dynasty still, but can't see them making a claim, or anyone listening if they did. Any more than Sri Lanka's actual last monarch, the Queen, is likely to asssert her rights.
Mars

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Ah, I had feared as much. Thank you Baron and Peter, very insightful.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_monarchs_of_Sri_Lanka


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