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Types of governmentEdit
Democracy is a system by which the citizens vote on issues, or vote people into power who vote on them on the citizens' behalves.
Direct democracy is a government where, all citizens vote for laws passed, the appointment of officials, ect. examples of empires using democracy include:
Representative democracy is a system by which the people vote in a smaller group of people who will vote on their behalf, or maybe vote in an even smaller group who will then vote, usually for the purpose of speeding up the election. This system is somewhat similar to a Republic.
Athenian Democracy is a type of democracy in which only non-enslaved adult men owning property are eligable to vote.
Timocracy is rule by land owners, usually through a system in which only land owners are eligable to vote. Rhodesia would be an example.
Monarchy is a system by which decisions are made by a single monarch. Monarchs may be voted in or inherit the throne by birthright.
Absolute monarchy has no limits on the power of a monarch, and is similar to a despotism or dictatorship.
Constitutional monarchies limit their monarch's power to what is allowed in the constitution.
Oligarchies are ruled by a few non-elected people.
Aristocracy, sometimes called Meritocracy, is a rule by the best. It was described as the only justified form of government in Plato's "five regimes".
A Military junta is rule by a military leader, not to be confused with a Stratocracy.
A Plutocracy is a system governed by the wealthy.
Stratocracy is a system in which the government is run by the military, and important government positions are held by the military.
Authoritarian regimes are usually ruled by a single person who lacks any royal right. They are almost never elected, those few elections that do happen are usually rigged.
Rule by a dictator, autocrat, or despot with absolute power. Usually characterised by Totalitarianism (complete control over the personal lives of the citizens).
Anarchy is a system in which there is no government, taxes, etc. and public services are funded by donations. Defenses from foreign powers are usually private industries or militias, though these groups themselves could take power themselves if they choosed.
An incoherent mix of democracy and authoritarianism.
Rule by judges, Kritarchy can be seen in ancient Israel and parts of Somalia.
Republics are systems in which citizens vote for representatives in the electoral college, who then vote for the head of government on their behalf.
Technocracy is rule by technocrats, the most skilled scientests and engineers. It is similar to aristocracy, but focuses on technological knowledge over other skills.
Theocracy is rule by religious leaders; The system by which these leaders take power varies from religion to religion.