I was just thinking about the RAF thread (no, not about Robert Fowlkes) and got to thinking what would happen to all those names containing "royal" if Britain someday becomes a republic. No more "royal" in the names, such as RAF, Royal Navy, etc. Would the Royal Air Force become the Republican Air Force? Sounds too conservative for me, but it preserves the acronym. How about the People's Air Force? Sounds downright commie. Would they change the name depending upon the party in power: Labour Air Force or Conservative Air Force? Or maybe just The Few Air Force for history's sake.