Government by Definition

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Can you name the types of government, given the World Factbook definitions?

Featured Sep 30, 2011

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A condition of lawlessness or political disorder brought about by the absence of governmental authority. none
A system of government in which the state plans and controls the economy and a single - often authoritarian - party holds power...a classless society.China, Laos, Vietnam
A union by compact or treaty between states, provinces, or territories, that creates a central government with limited powers; the constituent entities retain supreme authoritySwitzerland (formally)
A system of government in which a [leader] is guided by a [document] whereby his/her rights, duties, and responsibilities are spelled out in written law or by custom.Denmark, Jordan, Malaysia
A state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them. Bosnia and Herzegovina (emerging), Costa Rica, Nepal
A form of government in which a ruler or small clique wield absolute power (not restricted by a constitution or laws). Belarus (de facto), North Korea
A government administrated by a church. Vatican City
Similar to a monarchy or sultanate, but a government in which the supreme power is in the hands of...the ruler of a Muslim state...Kuwait, Qatar
A form of government in which sovereign power is formally divided - usually by means of a constitution - between a central authority and a number of constituent regionsRussia, United Arab Emirates
...the powers of the central government are restricted and in which the component parts retain a degree of self-government; ultimate sovereign power rests with the voters...Brazil, India, United States
A particular form of government adopted by some Muslim states; ...in theory, a theocracy, it remains a republic, but its laws are required to be compatible with [religious] laws.Afghanistan
A government in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of a [leader] who reigns over a state or territory, usually for life and by hereditary right...Oman, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland
A government in which control is exercised by a small group of individuals whose authority generally is based on wealth or power. none
...the legislature selects the government - a prime minister, premier, or chancellor along with the cabinet ministers - according to party strength as expressed in elections...Israel, Singapore, Zimbabwe

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