All adults take part in decisions. Practiced by small towns (town meetings) in New England still. A very early form of government.
Communities banded together in larger groups. Chiefs or elders make decisions. Decisions are based on the culture's customs and beliefs.
A king or queen inherits the throne by birth and has complete control. One of the most common forms of government until 200 years ago. Saudi Arabia and Brunei still have this form of government.
A leader who rules with almost total power. Power is seized by force. Cuba, Libya, and North Korea have this type of government.
Governments controlled by a small group of people - usually communists, military, or religious leaders. China, Myanmar, and Iran have this type of government.
Power of a king or queen is limited by law. The United Kingdom, Netherlands, and Kuwait have this type of government. Constitutions or sets of laws that define the government's power exist in these nations.
Governments run by representatives chosen by the people, under the laws of a Constitution. People elect representatives who create laws. The United States, Canada, and India are examples.