Originally Posted by diebitter
You don't understand. We like our tribal island ways and kings and queens and banners. It keeps us match-fit for when ze Germans kick off.
Yep. Poland is actually a really good example of this. After they were conquered in 1939 by Germany and the USSR, their government reformed in exile in London, and continued meeting there for the next 50 years.
Of course the Germans and then the Russians put in place there own "Polish" governments which originally had little credibility but as time went on started to be recognised as the genuine government of Poland, and the exiles in London started to be forgotten. Eventually Walesa won the free presidential election in 1990 and President Kaczorowski (the sixth exile president) handed him the seals of the Republic of Poland (which of course the occupiers never had).
The point about that story is that "state seals" are a pretty lame embodiment of a nation - if the Germans had got to Britain and the King and his government had been exiled in Canada or somewhere it would always have been clear to the world that this was the legitimate government of the UK to which its population was loyal.