"China has 5000 years of history, the US only 250." The above lesson is conveyed in Chinese schools and echoed throughout Chinese media. It is seen as absurd by non-Chinese, who realize firstly that China cannot have 5000 years of history because Chinese script is predated by Cuneiform by around 1300 years, but secondly if the US only has 250 years of history because that's the age of its current political system, that would give China only 50 years of history. With regards to the age of the current political system, which current country could make the longest claim of historical legacy? Which current country has the most distant revolution or change of political leadership? My guess would be the United Kingdom because I recall that it's parliment has essentially remained the instrument of government since the 18th century. I'm pretty foggy regarding this, so I submit to the actual knowledge of someone who is better informed. And if not the UK, then which other countries have had long, stable, governments over the people in their boundries? I'm tempted to write off most of the world since most of the world was colonized and gained independance relatively recently.