A 'Republic' is, by definition, a 'Corporation.'
[ Compiled by Mark R. Ferran BSEE scl JD mcl www.billstclair.com/ferran 2003]
Article. IV Section. 4. "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence."  http://www.constitution.org/cs_found.htm
"A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them."  http://www.yourdictionary.com/ahd/r/r0167000.html
Main Entry: re·pub·lic  noun
(1) : a government in which supreme power resides in a body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by elected officers and representatives responsible to them and governing according to law (2) : a political unit (as a nation) having such a form of government c : a usually specified republican government of a political unit
cor·po·ra·tion  n.
  1. A body that is granted a charter recognizing it as a separate legal entity having its own rights, privileges, and liabilities distinct from those of its members.
  2. Such a body created for purposes of government. Also called body corporate.
  3. A group of people combined into or acting as one body.
"The word 'corporations,' in its largest sense, has a more extensive meaning than people generally are aware of. Any body politic (sole or aggregate) whether its power be restricted or transcendant, is in this sense 'a corporation.' ... In this extensive sense, not only each State singly, but even the United States may without impropriety be termed 'corporations.' I have, therefore, in contradistinction to this large and indefinite term, used the term 'subordinate corporations,' meaning to refer to such only (as alone capable of the slightest application, for the purpose of the objection) whose creation and whose powers are limited by law."
CHISHOLM v. STATE OF GA., 2 U.S. 419 (Iredell, 1793)  http://laws.findlaw.com/us/2/419.html
Blackstone classifies everything from the kingdom to groups chartered for the advancement . . . [of] commerce as corporations exemplifying political constitutions.  Whatever the ends of the particular corporation, all are bodies politic . . . created and devised by human laws for the purpose of society and government.
(Black's Law Dictionary, 6th Edition, page 113): Corporatons: "Persons created and devised by human laws for the purpose of society and governments, as distinguished from natural persons."
"Main Entry: cor·po·ra·tion  noun
Date: 15th century
1 a obsolete : a group of merchants or traders united in a trade guild b : the municipal authorities of a town or city
2 : a body formed and authorized by law to act as a single person although constituted by one or more persons and legally endowed with various rights and duties including the capacity of succession."
"Section 1. Each county of the state, now or hereafter organized, shall be a body politic and corporate."
"A body politic may be: a nation or a state"  http://www.ipaustralia.gov.au/pdfs/designs/manual/Part07.PDF
"In Nero's Rome, the political reality was that the head of the Republic absorbed all public rights and little control was left to the members. In England, however, the corporate conception of the state provided a more powerful legal method for restraining the powers of the king. Historically, the legal treatment of the king as both a corporation of the kingdom and as a natural person exemplified the ongoing conflict in England between the republican idea that the king derived his power from the people and the monarchical doctrine that sovereign power inhered in his natural person."  http://law.wustl.edu/journal/6/p_1_Enlow.pdf
See: "The Corporate Conception of the State and the Origins of Limited Constitutional Government" http://law.wustl.edu/journal/6/p_1_Enlow.pdf
"This Article discusses the corporate conception of the state in European and American legal history. The corporation as a legal idea was instrumental in the development of modern public law. In medieval and early modern history, the application of corporate law principles to the state contributed to the development of constitutionalism and to the idea of popular sovereignty.  2  This Article traces a small part of this history in the common law of England and in the broader European canon law. The purpose of this historical review is to provide a background for understanding similar corporate views of the state in early American legal history views which are central to the original understanding of limited government. As Justice Iredell's quotation [in CHISHOLM above] suggests, the corporate conception of the state was not limited to European jurisprudence, but had real currency in American jurisprudence as well. The conception of the state as a corporation has historically been associated with the major goal of constitutionalism: the limitation of governmental power by the law.  3 In England, lawyers and parliamentarians classified the king as a legal corporation in order to provide principled, legal limitations to his powers."http://law.wustl.edu/journal/6/p_1_Enlow.pdf
Today, the phrase "bodies politic or corporate," according to Black's Law Dictionary, is a generally used to refer to "municipal corporations."  See also: Municipal Corporations: http://www.bopcris.ac.uk/browse/LCSH/1708.html
I hope this clarifies the beneficial nature of corporate "government of Laws" (i.e., according to the Consent of the Governed) as distingished from "a government of men." 
Mark R. Ferran BSEE scl JD mcl
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My definition of a Republican form of government was well explained and has a History going back at least as far as the Greeks. A 'Republic' is NOT a 'corporation'. Your turn. Provide your 'antecedent authorities'. Ed44