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List of countries by system of government
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List of countries by system of government

This is a list of countries categorized by system of government currently in use.

Table of contents
1 Democratic republics
2 Democratic constitutional monarchies
3 Absolute monarchies
4 Authoritarian republics
5 Military governments
6 Communist states
7 Transitional governments

Democratic republics

In which a country is governed by an elected president, or a cabinet appointed by a legislature elected in (more or less) free and fair elections.

Africa

Asia

Europe

North America

South America

Democratic constitutional monarchies

In which a country is governed by an elected legislature and prime minister, with a monarch as a symbolic head of state. (see also Current monarchies)

Africa

Asia

Europe

North America

Commonwealth realms share a common monarch

Absolute monarchies

In which a country is governed solely by an absolute monarch, possibly along with other members of his family.

Authoritarian republics

In which a country is governed by a
dictatorial leader or a single-party hierarchy that does not allow for effective popular opposition. (See also: #Communist states)

Africa

Asia

Europe

Military governments

In which a country is governed by the
military which has seized control of the nation's political institutions.

Africa

Asia

Communist states

In which a country is governed by a
Communist Party hierarchy. Such countries do not necessarily operate in practice under a socialist or communist economic system.

North America

Asia

Transitional governments

In which a country is governed by a recently-established
caretaker administration, and thus cannot be accurately identified as one of the above.

Africa

Asia

North America

This list may be subject to debate. Some countries may fall into more than one category.