Democracy

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Democracy is a system of government where all citizens are allowed to vote and participate in the government and law making process. Ideally, democracy is centered around the people's--or at least the majority of the people--right to rule themselves. This is usually implemented in a system of bureaucracy where the people elect officials to make decisions for them. Democracies are also usually very focused on the rights of the individual, though this is not always the case.

Democracy in Shireroth

While there are those that believe that democracy is the greatest thing since sliced bread, this is not the prevailing view in Shireroth. While the nation was originally a Direct Democracy nation, under this system the nation went inactive.

Democracy was removed from the Shirithian system because it was the belief of Erik Mortis that during times of inactivity the nation would not be able to function under a democratic system. It was also his belief, from watching other nations, that democracy was an unstable and inefficient political system. This is why, in later incarnations of Shireroth, an all-powerful Kaiser was the main ruling power.

However, democracy was not completly removed from the Shirithian system of government, as it remains in the form of the Landsraad, which acts as the legislative body of Shireroth during times of activity. Although, the Landsraad may be a form of democracy inside of Shireroth, it has only really proven that democracy doesn't work after all.

On occasion, some political idealists--such as Philip Locke in the Summer of '04-- have tried to force democracy back onto the nation with little to no success.