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Types of government

A Federation is a form of government characterised by the existence of several autonomous or semi-autonomous States, Constituent Countries or Communities with their own individual governments answerable to a single central government. Typically, Federations are Federal Republics, although the term may also apply to Monarchies or Oligarchies with Principalities or similar puppet states answering to a single central authority. Unlike a Confederation in which membership is entirely voluntary, a Federation is a nation within it's own right. As such, the central government exercises a great deal more power than in a Confederation.

The best example of a macronational Federation is the United States of America, with another major example being the Russian Federation. On MicroWiki, the Federal Republic of St.Charlie, the Federal Commonwealth of Havnesgade-Amager, the Federated Republics of Flatland and the Federated Republics of A1 are good examples of active Federal states. All of these nations have distinctly similar federative systems, yet at the same time each has adapted it's system to their own individual culture and political persuasion.