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This article deals with Democracy as it relates to NationStates. For more general information, see the Wikipedia article on this subject.

This artical refers to the form of government, for the region see Democracy (Region)

Democracy is, literally, rule by the people (from the Greek demos, "people," and kratos, "rule"). The methods by which this rule is exercised, and indeed the composition of "the people" are central to various definitions of democracy, but useful contrasts can be made with oligarchies and autocracies, where political authority is highly concentrated and not subject to meaningful control by the people.

List of Democratic States

Pure Democracy

Pure Democracy, also known as Direct Democracy, is a political system where the people vote on government decisions, such as questions of whether to approve or reject various laws.

Representative Democracy

Representative Democracy is where the people do not make decisions directly, but select representatives to a governing body or assembly. Representatives may be chosen by the electorate as a whole (as in many proportional systems) or represent a particular subset (usually a geographic district or constituency), with some systems using a combination of the two.

Single-party Democracy

Single-party Democracy is where the state explicitly gives the political power to the members, or to some of the members, of the ruling Party, following the principles of democratic centralism and vanguard party.


Pa'atua has a gerontocratic government, in the sense that national authority is fully vested in an assembly in which any person aged 60 or above may sit. Given the country's tiny population, this system functions smoothly. It is democratic only in that any person who reaches the age of 60 will automatically obtain a significant voice in government.

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