Gerontocracy

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Gerontocracy is a rare form of Oligarchy in which power is held by individuals who are usually substantially older than the general adult population, advocating that experience is more important than innovation with regards to the leadership of the nation. A gerontocratic state society is seen as strong for it's ability to maintain rigid ideas but weak for it's crippling inability to reform without an exceptionally extraordinary individual who's ideas have not been weathered by time. Although most nations are to an extent gerontocratic, true gerontocracy is rare - tribal systems in which Elders had most power are a noteworthy example, as is the Papacy of the Vatican. Most micronationalists are relatively young and idealistic, meaning that no gerontocratic society is likely to evolve in the micronational world for a long time.