Styles of Government


Listed and described below are 27 styles of government which are common in countries around the world. They are primarily differentiated into three categories: governments with libertarian, neutral, or authoritarian views on personal freedoms. They are further subcategorised by their views on political and economical rights. The particular style of government is then labelled by a neutral, left-wing, and right-wing view.

Libertarian views on personal freedom

Anarchy

  • Description: Citizens live in a state of perpetual fear, as a complete breakdown of social order has led to the rise of order through gangs.
  • Classification: Utopian Capitalism.Libertarian views on personal, political, and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Anarchism
    • Left-wing: Post-Revolution Embryonic Society
    • Right-wing: Lawless Wasteland

Civil Rights Lovefest

  • Description: Libertarian rule, with less emphasis on the economy and more on civil and political rights. Citizens hold their civil and political rights very dear, although the wealthy and those in business tend to be viewed with suspicion.
  • Classification: EverydayLiberalism.Libertarian views on personal and political freedoms, neutral views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Anarcho-socialism
    • Left-wing: Brave Progressives
    • Right-wing: Nation-Hating Hippies

Left-wing Utopia

  • Description: The democratic government grants broad civil rights but keeps a tight leash on business. Citizens are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whoever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.
  • Classification: Utopian Socialism. Libertarian views on personal and political freedoms, authoritarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Egalitarian democracy
    • Left-wing: Utopia
    • Right-wing: Drugged-Out Hippies

Capitalizt

  • Description: It’s all about business. Civil rights are generous. Citizens enjoy some of the most opulent lifestyles in the region, unless they are unemployed or working-class, in which case they are variously starving to death or crippled by easily preventable diseases.
  • Classification: Liberated Capitalism. Libertarian views on personal and economical freedoms, neutral views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Anarcho-capitalism
    • Left-wing: Self-Congratulatory Merchant Bankers
    • Right-wing: Freedom-Loving Libertarians

Left-Leaning College State

  • Description: What would happen if college students ruled the world. Civil rights are the main priority, followed by political rights. Citizens enjoy extensive civil freedoms, particularly in social issues, while business tends to be more regulated.
  • Classification: Bureaucratic Liberalism. Libertarian views on personal freedom, neutral views on economical and political freedoms.
    • Neutral: Liberalism
    • Left-wing: Paradise
    • Right-wing: Deluded Tax and Spend Hypocrites

Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

  • Description: High taxes, tons of civil freedom, but a weak economy. Citizens enjoy extensive civil rights and enjoy a level of social equality free from the usual accompanying government corruption.
  • Classification: Liberated Socialism.Libertarian views on personalfreedom, authoritarian views on economical freedom, and neutral views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Egalitarianism
    • Left-wing: Normal
    • Right-wing: Gay Marriage State

Benevolent Dictatorship

  • Description: A dictatorship ruled by someone who pays no attention to the people and allows them to do whatever they want, except challenge the government. Citizens enjoy great individual freedoms in everything except elections, which, where they exist at all, are populist shams for a dictatorship government that has no intention of ever giving up power.
  • Classification: Capitalist Paternalism. Libertarian views on personal and economical freedoms, authoritarian views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Feudalism
    • Left-wing: Temporary Liberal State of Emergency
    • Right-wing: Temporary Conservative State of Emergency

Libertarian Police State

  • Description: The state does nothing to impede on your private life, yet will require you to register everything down to your shoes with a bureau of some sort. Citizens are proud of their wide-ranging civil freedoms, and those who aren’t tend to be dragged off the streets by men in dark suits and hustled into cars with tinted windows.
  • Classification: EverydayPaternalism. Libertarian views on personal freedom, neutral views on economical freedom, and authoritarian views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Benevolent monarchy
    • Left-wing: Slightly Overzealous Peoples Democracy
    • Right-wing: Government-Enforced Political Correctness Society

Iron Fist Socialists

  • Description: The state is omnipresent, and will provide everything for its people except political freedom. Citizens are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn’t involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.
  • Classification: LiberatedAutocracy.Libertarian views on personal freedom, authoritarian views on economical and political freedoms.
    • Neutral: Communist dictatorship
    • Left-wing: Equality and Tolerance Society
    • Right-wing: Inevitably Bloody Result of Liberal Ideals Mugged By Reality

neutral views on personal freedom

Corporate Bordello

  • Description: Free market, free elections, not-so-free merchandise. Civil rights are moderate; political rights are generous. Citizens are effectively ruled by a group of massive corporations, who run for political office and provide their well-off citizens with world-class goods and services. Their poorer citizens, however, are mostly starving to death while being urged to go out and get real jobs. The populace has reasonably extensive civil rights, although these are mostly aimed at allowing them to buy whatever they like.
  • Classification: Everyday Capitalism.Neutral views on personal freedom, libertarian views on political and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Capitalist democracy
    • Left-wing: Blood-Sucking Capitalist Leeches
    • Right-wing: Patriotic Business Zone

New York Times Democracy

  • Description: Liberal democracy, with elections heavily influenced by the media. Citizens enjoy a sensible mix of personal and economic freedoms, while the political process is open and the people’s right to vote held sacrosanct.
  • Classification: ResponsibleLiberalism. Neutral views on personal and economical freedoms, libertarian view on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Democracy
    • Left-wing: Corporate-Dominated Sham Democracy
    • Right-wing: New York Crimes So-Called Democracy

Liberal Democratic Socialists

  • Description: There is a centralized economy, but it is more democratic than Democratic Socialists. Citizens love a good election, and the government gives them plenty of them. Universities tend to be full of students debating the merits of various civil and political rights, while businesses are tightly regulated and the wealthy viewed with suspicion.
  • Classification: Everyday Socialism.Neutral views on personal freedom, authoritarian views on economical freedom, libertarian view on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Socialist democracy
    • Left-wing: Open-Minded Education State
    • Right-wing: Ivory Tower Reality Disconnect Zone

Capitalist Paradise

  • Description: No restrictions whatsoever are placed on trade; civil rights and political rights are not repressed but take a back seat to the economy. Citizens are either ruled by a sleek, efficient government or a conglomerate of multinational corporations; it’s difficult to tell which.
  • Classification: Bureaucratic Capitalism.Neutral views on personal and political freedoms, libertarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Capitalism
    • Left-wing: Corporate Slave State
    • Right-wing: Decent Hardworking Self-Starters

Inoffensive Centrist Democracy

  • Description: Where the people have a good mix of political and civil rights as well as security. Citizens have some civil rights, but not too many, enjoy the freedom to spend their money however they like, to a point, and take part in free and open elections, although not too often.
  • Classification: Responsible Conservatism. Neutral views on personal, political, and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Republic
    • Left-wing: Fascists
    • Right-wing: Communists

Democratic Socialists

  • Description: Political Freedoms in this state would be regarded as average, while the government is omnipresent and has much say in the economy, with citizens having few economic rights. Citizens are fiercely patriotic and enjoy great social equality; they tend to view other, more capitalist countries as somewhat immoral and corrupt.
  • Classification: Bureaucratic Socialism. Neutral views on personal and political freedoms, authoritarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Socialism
    • Left-wing: Ordinary Caring Intelligent World Citizens
    • Right-wing: Hell

Compulsory Consumerist State

  • Description: Like Capitalist Paradise, except that the government does not allow dissent. Citizens are rabid consumers, partly through choice and partly because the government tells them to and dissenters tend to vanish from their homes at night.
  • Classification: Responsible Plutocracy. Neutral views on personal freedom, authoritarian views on political freedom, libertarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Corporatism
    • Left-wing: Consumerist Wage Drones
    • Right-wing: Aspirational Worker State

Father/Mother Knows Best State

  • Description: The government allows moderate freedoms, but has the final say (like a parent). Citizens are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.
  • Classification: Responsible Paternalism. Neutral views on personal and economical freedoms, authoritarian views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Monarchy
    • Left-wing: Suspiciously Conservative Democracy
    • Right-wing: Suspiciously Liberal Dictatorship

Corrupt Dictatorship

  • Description: A state in which the government has lowered political and economic rights and adopted a moderate civil rights policy. Citizens are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn’t gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.
  • Classification: Everyday Autocracy. Neutral views on personal freedoms, authoritarian views on political and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Authoritarian communism
    • Left-wing: Well-Meaning Dictatorship
    • Right-wing: Corrupt Liberal Dictatorship

authoritarian views on personal freedom

Free-Market Paradise

  • Description: People are free to vote and make money but have few civil rights. Citizens enjoy frequent elections, which are uniformly corrupted by big-spending corporations buying politicians who best suit their interests.
  • Classification: Rigid Capitalism. Authoritarian views on personal freedom, libertarian views on economical and political freedoms.
    • Neutral: Right-wing democracy
    • Left-wing: Randroids
    • Right-wing: Paradise

Conservative Democracy

  • Description: People are free to vote, and usually use it to outlaw civil rights. Citizens are known throughout the region for their efficiency and work ethic, as well as their general suspicion of leisure.
  • Classification: Democratic Conservatism. Authoritarian views on personal freedom, libertarian views on political freedom, and neutral views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Religious democracy
    • Left-wing: Conservative Hell
    • Right-wing: Conservative Paradise

Tyranny by Majority

  • Description: Pure democracy without minority rights. Citizens enjoy great social freedoms and frequent elections, where the majority of the populace regularly votes to increase its benefits at the expense of various hapless minorities.
  • Classification: Rigid Socialism. Authoritarian views on personal and economical freedoms, libertarian views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Populism
    • Left-wing: Tyranny By Bourgeois
    • Right-wing: Thieves

Right-wing Utopia

  • Description: A conservative state where little change is desired or put into action. Religion will usually play the role of the media. Citizens are free to succeed or fail in life on their own merits; the successful tend to enjoy an opulent (but moralistic) lifestyle, while the failures can be seen crowding out most jails.
  • Classification: Capitalist Conservatism. Authoritarian views on personal freedom, neutral views on political freedom, and libertarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Right-wing republic
    • Left-wing: Corrupt Thieving Uneducated Fascist Fundamentalists
    • Right-wing: Utopia

Moralistic Democracy

  • Description: The people have a say in the government, but choose to ban almost everything. Citizens are highly moralistic and fiercely conservative, in the sense that they tend to believe most things should be outlawed. People who have good jobs and work quietly at them are lauded; others are viewed with suspicion.
  • Classification: Everyday Conservatism. Authoritarian views on personal freedom, neutral views on political and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Theocracy
    • Left-wing: Narrow-Minded Backwoodsy Bigots
    • Right-wing: Ordinary Decent Hardworking People

Authoritarian Democracy

  • Description: Citizens have little freedom except some say in the government. Citizens are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.
  • Classification: Socialist Conservatism. Authoritarian views on personal and economical freedoms, neutral views on political freedom.
    • Neutral: Semi-Populism
    • Left-wing: Mouth-Breathing Creationists
    • Right-wing: Slightly Oppressive But A Little Discipline Never Hurt Anyone State

Corporate Police State

  • Description: The government = big businesses. Individuals have few rights and have to buy from the top corporations. Citizens are ruled with an iron fist by the corrupt, dictatorship government, which oppresses anyone who isn’t on the board of a Fortune 500 company. Large corporations tend to be above the law, and use their financial clout to gain ever-increasing government benefits at the expense of the poor and unemployed.
  • Classification: Everyday Plutocracy. Authoritarian views on personal and political freedoms, libertarian views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Authoritarian corporatism
    • Left-wing: Halliburton
    • Right-wing: Entrepreneurial Freedom Zone

Iron Fist Consumerists

  • Description: This is an oppressive state that focuses on the economy. Supply and Demand are the two commandments. Citizens are kept under strict control by the oppressive government, which measures its success by the nation’s GDP and refers to individual citizens as “human resources.”
  • Classification: Regulated Plutocracy. Authoritarian views on personal and political freedoms, neutral views on economical freedom.
    • Neutral: Fascism
    • Left-wing: Imperialist Pig Dog Oppressors
    • Right-wing: Champions of Commerce

Psychotic Dictatorship

  • Description: Corrupt, authoritarian state where everyone is considered the leader’s toy. Citizens are ruled without fear or favour by a psychotic dictator, who outlaws just about everything and refers to the populace as “my little playthings.”
  • Classification: Rigid Autocracy. Authoritarian views on personal, political, and economical freedoms.
    • Neutral: Dictatorship
    • Left-wing: Fascist Dictatorship
    • Right-wing: Communist Dictatorship

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