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Political Systems

Anarchy No government exists or the belief that there should be no government.
Authoritarian/Totalitarian A name for a group of governments in witch the power of the government is more important than individual freedoms & rights. Communism, dictatorship & fascism are specific examples of this group of governments.
Communism A political & economic system led by a dictatorship by a person or political party in witch the government owns & controls all business. Citizens have few, if any rights.
Dictatorship Government in witch the leader has all the power.
Fascism Government that is headed by a dictator that exalts nationalism & often race above the individual, and imposes severe economic & and social regulation, and forcible suppression of the opposition.
Bureaucracy Not a government but a term referring to a body of non-elected government officials organized into a hierarchy each with a specific function; synonymous with the term "red-tape."
Confederacy Smaller independent governments loosely allied together under one larger government.
Pure Democrocy A government in witch everyone has a say and a vote on everything; individual freedoms are valued.
Representative Democracy A government in witch the government is organized as a republic in witch citizens elect their representatives; individual freedoms are valued.
Feudalism A medieval political & economic system based on the holding of land with an emphasis on local government, protection & self-sufficiency in witch a lord gives a vassal control of land in return for a pledge of loyalty & and other economic concessions.
Monarchy A government ruled by a royal family with a king or emperor, and/or queen or empress.
Absolute Monarchy A government ruled by a monarch who has all the power.
Constitutional Monarchy A government in witch a monarch and a law makeing body share power.
Oligarehy A government controlled by a few people; also called a plutocracy.
Theocracy A government controlled by religous leaders.
Parlimentary A government whose leader is the leader of the majority political party, and stays in power as long as his/her party does.
Created by: jamescostanzo