None of these areas is particularly holy - with the possible exception of Eccles - and thus the English Church has decided to follow the Vatican model, and find an autonomous base of its own. Canterbury was the obvious location, and this will now become a separate country, to be referred to as Anglican State, with the current archbishop, Justin Welby, taking the title "Pope Justin".
One of the sacred books of the Anglican faith.
In fact, it was thought for a while that Liverpool might be a more suitable site for Anglican State, since it does at least have one cathedral that was not originally built by Catholics: it's the one that actually looks like a cathedral. However, moving to a city that names its airport after a pop singer was too silly even for the Church of England. Moreover, the Queen, as supreme governor of Anglican State, has refused to move to Merseyside, because - as she complains - they'll never let her walk alone.
An Anglican cathedral not built by Catholics.
It is hoped that the establishment of Anglican State will make some
of the governance of the Anglican Church run more smoothly. For example,
in the Catholic Church it takes a week to appoint a new pope (but
two years to appoint a new bishop, because they need to be sure
to appoint one who has saintly qualities). The Church of England, on the
other hand, took about a year to find someone who
wasn't John Sentamu was
both deeply spiritual and the sort of experienced businessman
of whom Christ would have approved.
Digression: the Church of England Human Resources people insist that aspiring archbishops undergo a gruelling series of psychological tests. Here's an example:
The reigning monarch says you are "turbulent". Do you: (a) Go into the cathedral to pray? (b) Buy yourself a stab-proof vest to wear under your cassock? (c) Apologise and hope for the best? (d) Book a quick pilgrimage to the Holy Land?
It is thought that the popes of the Vatican and Anglican will have good diplomatic relations. Here they are, comparing notes about who has the funniest rebels in his flock.
"... as the ACTAs said to the bishop!"
Late news: Seeing that Liverpool has been rejected as a site for the Anglican City Richard Dawkins has determined to set up a new atheist republic, Dawkin City, in the Liverpool suburb of Knotty Ash, with himself as Pope Richard. He has even written a national anthem, which will be sung by his people whenever he makes a ceremonial appearance:
We are the Dawky Men, Dawkins' little Dawky Men, We are the Dawky Men Who come from Knotty Ash!
The Dawky Men.