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Anarchy

Rule by the strongest. There is no government. Usually a temporary form of government.

Aristocracy

Rule by a small group (such as a high council).

Autocracy

Rule by a single individual who wields unlimited power.

Communist State

Rule by a communist party, whether it be Marxist-Leninist, Stalinist, Maoist or some other similar philosophy.

Corporatocracy

Rule by corporations. The government is either one or several corporations, or entirely influenced by corporations.

Demarchy

Rule by jury. Juries chosen from random people debate an issue and reach a consensus. An abstract form of democracy.

Democracy

Direct Democracy

Rule by the people. Every law and decision are put to a vote. This is the truest form of democracy, but only works in a limited fashion over small populations.

Representative Democracy

Rule by representatives elected by the population. An abstract form of polity.

Hexarchy

Rule by six members of the government's peak. Every official either inherits the position or is given the position.

Meritocracy

Rule by merit. All government officials receive their position based on demonstrated talent and ability, rather than by wealth, family, class, or election. In a meritocracy, society rewards (by wealth, position, and social status) those who demonstrated talent and competence, demonstrated through past actions or by competition.

Monarchy

Absolute Monarchy

Rule of an individual who attains position because of hereditary lines and rules supreme. A form of autocracy.

Constitutional Monarchy

Rule of an individual who attains position because of hereditary lines. It is assumed that the monarch is head of state, with someone else as head of government, whether chosen by the monarch or by the people.

Elective Monarchy

Rule of an individual who attains position by being chosen by a small group. Elective monarchy and aristocracy often overlap

Ochlocracy

Rule by organized crime. Usually several factions or cartels rise to power and balance ecah other through conflict and cooperation.

Oligarcy

Rule by a small group wielding virtually unlimited power for evil or selfish goals. Oligarcy and plutocracy often overlap.

Plutocracy

Rule by the wealthy. The upper classes completely control all laws and government positions.

Republic

Rule by representatives elected by certain classes of the population. Essentially a combination of democracy and oligarcy

Robotocracy

Rule by machines. The rule may be both benevolent or malevolent.

Stratocracy

Rule by the military. All government officials are military personnel.

Technocracy

Rule by scientists. The government strives towards technological advancement to the exclusion of all else.

Theocracy

Rule by the church. In this case, church and state are virtually one. Priests hold political offices and adherence to the religion is required for citizenship.

Timocracy

Rule by landowners. A form of plutocracy

Totalitarian State

Rule by a single individual or party that wields unlimited political power.

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