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[Forms of Government]

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The table below lists the major forms of government and how they are ruled.
 

Forms of Government

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System

Ruled by

anarchy

harmony; without law

aristocracy

a privileged order

autocracy

one man; absolutely

bureaucracy

officials

democracy

the people

despotocracy

a tyrant

diarchy

two rulers / authorities

ergatocracy

the workers

ethnocracy

race / ethnic group

gerontocracy

old men

gynocracy

women

heirocracy

priests

isocracy

all / with equal power

kakistocracy

the worst

matriarchy

a mother / mothers

meritocracy

those in power on ability

monarchy

hereditary head of state

monocracy

one person

ochlocracy

the mob

oligarchy

small executive class

patriarchy

male head of family

plutocracy

the wealthy

stratocracy

the military

technocracy

technical experts

theocracy

divine guidance