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Through a succession of so called champions the Athenian constitution developed into a system of government that represented the people and that the people could hold accountable This was brought about by dispersing the tribes the creation of a representative government and limiting the abilities of the top governing officials All of these factors resulted in a model of government similar to those used by many nations today An important part of the constitutions development was the geographic dispersal of the tribes Chapter 21 of The Athenian Constitution discusses how Cleisthenes divided the territory between the people He wished to mix up his people He began to do so by splitting the 4 tribes into 10 tribes Then he partitioned the land up into 30 sections or demes and assigned 3 of these areas to the each of the 10 tribes in such a manner that he sufficiently mixed the people geographically and equally shared various regions Aristotle 64 This not only seems fairer as no tribe was favored with the coast or majority of fertile land for instance but it allowed the tribes to have a common ground since the issues faced by some demes of a given tribe is likely to coincide with the issues of specific demes of another tribe If the tribes were to have been geographically consolidated tribes of different regions would likely have competed in the council for incompatible solutions to unrelated problems since the people represented by different tribes would have had different needs Cleisthenes method of equally distributing the various regions of Athens amongst the 10 tribes facilitated the development of a governing body made up of several tribes that understood the needs of all the people of Athens better Possibly the most recognizable characteristic of democracy is civilian representation in the governing of the state Throughout The Athenian Constitution there are several examples of such representative officials in the governing body These usually involved the tribes
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