People need order, peace, and prosperity. That’s where government comes in. However, everyone has a different idea of what that looks like. From monarchies to democracies, various systems of government have been tried, failed, and reimplemented years later. While some governments have been great for prosperity and human rights, other ideas have had catastrophic and devastating effects, trampling rights and even causing genocide. Today, democracy stands tall as the most popular form of government, but what about the other government systems? Here are 25 Unique Types Of Government You Might Not Know Exist.
Originating from author Washington Irving when he described the United States as a Logocracy in his work Salmagundi, the Logocracy is a system of government created and ruled by words.
A Plutocracy is a government ruled by the wealthy, either directly or indirectly. This can express itself through various policy decisions especially if the wealthy hold more sway over decision making. It will also create the rise of income inequality.
An Exilarchy has rule over a religious or ethnic people rather than a geographical location. The leader has power through honorary means and only has control over their followers. An example of Exilarchy is the Dalai Lama.
Rather than being elected to serve the majority consensus of the people, in a Technocracy, someone is elected for their technical expertise. As such, technocrats would make decisions based on their experience and methodology rather than public opinion.
A Kleptocracy is a government of thieves. They use the people they rule and the country’s resources to improve their own wealth. Leaders will especially find ways to embezzle money from the treasury for themselves.