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Constituency

a body of voters in a specified area who elect a representative to a legislative body. ie electoral district

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Partisan

Fervently supportive of a political party or a particular cause

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Sovereignty

Supreme power or authority especially of a state to govern itself or another state

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Autocratic

relating to a ruler who has absolute power.

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Oligarchy

Ruled by a small elite stratum of a population

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Plutocracy

Ruled by the wealthy

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Populism

a political approach that strives to appeal to ordinary people who feel that their concerns are disregarded by established elite groups.

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Tyranny

Cruel and oppressive government or rule.

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Totalitarianism

A type of Government that emerged in the 20th century that is centralized and dictatorial and requires complete obedience to the state.

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Demagoguery

politics that seek support by appealing to the desires and prejudices of ordinary people rather than by using rational argument.

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Kleptocracy

Rule or abuse of power by thieves

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Regal

Demonstrating style, mannerisms, and attitude associated with royalty and its privileges

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Imperious

assuming power or authority without justification

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Edict

an official order or proclamation issued by a person in authority.

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Mandate

To state and enforce both a requirement for citizens, as well as some penalty if the requirement is not met

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Manifesto

a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate.

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Jingoism

extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy.

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Sage

A wise man figure characterized by wisdom and shrewdness

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Pundit

A public media figure or expert who makes comments or judgments about culture or politics in an authoritative manner

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Esoteric

intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.

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Enigmatic

Intriguingly or subtly puzzling or mysterious or obscure

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Quixotic

exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical.

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