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Amendment

a change or modification to a constitution

legislature

the part of the government that writes laws

legislation

a law

judiciary

the part of the government that judges and settles disputes

Congress

the part of the US Government that makes laws

Diet

the name of the legislature of Japan

Assembly

a meeting of people to discuss government business

principle

a fixed idea that guides people and governments

monarchy

a system where kings and queens hand power to their relatives

autocracy

rule by one person

federal

power is shared by a national and state governments

confederation

national government is weak and local governments are strong

province

a term for a part of a country, such as in Canada

municipal

a city

popular

something that comes from the mass of citizens or people

de facto

the way things actually are

de jure

the way things are supposed to be by law

compromise

to make a deal when both sides give in on some conditions

civil rights

rights reserved to citizens that governments cannot interfere with

democracy

form of government allowing a large number of citizens to participate

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