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a system that creates and enforces laws, makes decisions and maintains control
how a government is organized, who has power to make decisions
A form of government in which a single individual rules
A government ruled by a few powerful people
A system of government in which religious leaders rule a country in the name of God or a god
A form of government in which power is held by the best individuals or by a small privileged class usually determined by their wealth, education or heredity
All voters in a community meet in one place to make laws and decide what actions to take.
representative democracy (republic)
A system of government in which citizens elect representatives, or leaders, to make decisions about the laws for all the people.
A government controlled by one person, who usually takes power by force, rather then by inheriting it
A political system in which the government has complete control over the lives of individual citizens
A form of government in which the king/queen's power is limited and the authority to tax and make new laws resides in an elected body.
A form of government in which one person, usually a member of a royal family, exercises supreme authority.
Absence of law or government; chaos, disorder