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There are many types government used to rule small and large bodies of people Three types of governments that the founding fathers had extended knowledge of include a monarchy republic and a democracy Each of type of government has their strengths and weaknesses and each have been used to govern a population throughout time A monarchy is a form of government where the sovereignty is vested in one person usually for life The office may be elective but is usually hereditary A monarch who has unlimited power is an absolute power one whose power is limited by custom or constitution is a constitutional monarch In modern parliamentary democracies a monarch is usually a non-party political figure and a symbol of national unity An example of this is Queen Elizabeth in Great Britain An advantage of a monarchy is that people may be united in their loyalty to a monarch since there is no competition for trust In addition in an emergency a monarch can act fast no time is lost is discussion or debate Disadvantages of a monarchy include that people are afforded little to no individual liberty civil rights are trampled In addition decisions are made on a narrow base and often suit the needs of the monarch while the needs of others are neglected The next form of government is a republic A republic by definition is a form of government where the sovereignty is not a monarch and today is usually a president Popularly the idea of a republic includes the notion of elected representatives and democratic control by the people Republics are seen as systems of governments that permitted direct or indirect control by the people over those who govern many modern republics to not fulfill this condition such as the Peoples Republic of China I think republics are by far the best systems of government because it allows people to be involved with their government without it becoming chaotic
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