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Authoriatarianism, sometimes mistaken for Totalitarianism, is a system of government that places emphasis on the authority of a state. Despite popular belief, Authoritarianism is not necessarily fascist, totalitarian or otherwise an extreme right-wing state. An authoritarian society is merely a society in which the State has a great deal of indisputable power to enforce the law or national policy.

Many micronations have been authoritarian to some degree to ensure that the State, or at least the nation's founder, has the power to ensure that the micronation remains true to the original ideals it was founded on. Very few micronations are large enough to operate an independent judicial system meaning that the State handles all matters of law enforcement - a hallmark of an authoritarian system.