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Forms of Government

Representative Democracy Ruled by many. Citizens vote on representatives. Representatives vote on laws for the people. This is the government we (United States) has. Government is making laws for the people.
Direct Democracy Citizens vote directly on all laws. Ruled by many. Requires all citizens to vote. Started in Athens, Greece. Hard to maintain in large countries.
Constitutional Monarchy King or queen has ceremonial power. Parliament follows a constitution. Ruled by many. Has a voting parliament. King or queen is not involved in the lawmaking of the government.
Absolute Monarchy A king or queen holds all the power. Ruled by one. There are no checks or balances in what the ruler wants to do. Laws are not always made with the people in mind.
Anarchy Ruled by none. Can cause mass chaos. Usually happens when there is war or unrest in the country. There is no governing body or law enforcement agency.
Oligarchy Can be ruled by a few or many. Those who rule are rich/wealthy individuals. Laws are not always made with the people in mind. Can be paired with another form of government.
Communism Absence of a social class. Government controls business and decides what people get paid. Government controls all business, trade, economies, and industries Laws are not always made with the people in mind.
Dictatorship Ruled by one. Rule is usually assumed and kept through force. Laws are not always made with the people in mind. Leader might get elected originally, but then will continue to hold power through force rather.
Socialism Government rules for the good of the people. Provides basic services and goods to the people like medicine and education. Can be ruled by one, a few, or many. Can be paired with another form of government.
Theocracy Ruled by one or few. Rulers are spiritual leaders. The government rules in the name of a religion. Religious leaders create laws based on a religious text. Can be paired with another form of government.
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