These are all labels that mean nothing.
Calling oneself a republic does not imply the adoption of democratic principles. For example, Cuba and Myanmar both call themselves republics, but they are certainly not democracies.
Canada is a monarchy in some obscure way, but is certainly not a kingdom. In fact, its political system, with its constitutional protections of human rights, more closely resembles most European countries, and Mexico and the U.S. as well.
As Roy points out, a country either practices democratic principles or it does not, with varying shades of grey in the middle. What you call yourself means little. Mexico, for example, has a political structure similar to the U.S. and potentially every bit as democratic. In practice, with its higher degree of corruption, its falls farther away from perfection.
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