Whether the democratic party in America or The Democratic Republic of the Congo or People’s Republic of China the one thing you can be certain of is that it is neither democratic nor of the people.
The word democratic should be changed to something more meaningful and descriptive of the actual party or country. Such as Rule by the Elite.
The following chart is from this website (2015-05-19 #geography #politics #democracy).
Here is the outcome (sorted alphabetically):
|State||Full Name||Democracy Rank||Category|
|Algeria||People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria||117/167||Authoritarian regime|
|DR Congo||Democratic Republic of the Congo||162/167||Authoritarian regime|
|East Timor||Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste||46/167||Flawed democracy|
|Ethiopia||Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia||124/167||Authoritarian regime|
|Laos||Lao People’s Democratic Republic||157/167||Authoritarian regime|
|North Korea||Democratic People’s Republic of Korea||167/167||Authoritarian regime|
|Nepal||Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal||105/167||Hybrid regime|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe||N/A|
|Sri Lanka||Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka||87/167||Hybrid regime|
|Western Sahara||Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic||N/A|
Not a single democractic state (by its name) listed in Democracy index list made it to the category Full democracy as defined by Democracy index.
Next we have a chart from this website by Brendan O’Connor. Where a score of 1 indicates a lot political freedom vs 7 which indicates a dictatorship or little political freedom.
Score Name /kingdom/ 1 Kingdom of Belgium 1 Kingdom of Denmark 1 Kingdom of the Netherlands 1 Kingdom of Norway 1 Kingdom of Spain 1 Kingdom of Sweden 1 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 2 Kingdom of Lesotho 5 Kingdom of Tonga 5 Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 5 Kingdom of Morocco 5 Kingdom of Bahrain 6 Kingdom of Bhutan 6 Kingdom of Cambodia 7 Kingdom of Thailand 7 Kingdom of Swaziland 7 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia /democ/ 2 Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe 3 Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste 4 Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 5 Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 6 People's Democratic Republic of Algeria 5 Democratic Republic of the Congo 7 Lao People's Democratic Republic 7 Democratic People's Republic of Korea /state/ 1 Federated States of Micronesia 1 United States of America 1 State of Israel 1 State of Japan (Nippon-koku or simply Japan) 2 Independent State of Samoa 2 United Mexican States 3 Independent State of Papua New Guinea 4 State of Kuwait 6 State of Qatar 7 State of Eritrea /feder/ 1 Federal Republic of Germany 1 Federated States of Micronesia 1 Swiss Confederation 2 Federative Republic of Brazil 4 Federal Republic of Nigeria 5 Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia 6 Russian Federation /people/ 4 People's Republic of Bangladesh 6 People's Democratic Republic of Algeria 7 People's Republic of China 7 Lao People's Democratic Republic 7 Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 7 Democratic People's Republic of Korea /arab/ 6 Arab Republic of Egypt 6 United Arab Emirates 7 Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 7 Syrian Arab Republic 7 Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya /united/ 1 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1 United States of America 2 United Mexican States 4 United Republic of Tanzania 6 United Arab Emirates /islam/ 5 Islamic Republic of Mauritania 5 Islamic Republic of Afghanistan 6 Islamic Republic of Pakistan 6 Islamic Republic of Iran /commonwealth/ 1 Commonwealth of Australia 1 Commonwealth of The Bahamas 1 Commonwealth of Dominica /island/ 1 Republic of the Marshall Islands 4 Solomon Islands 6 Republic of the Fiji Islands /principality/ 1 Principality of Andorra 1 Principality of Liechtenstein 2 Principality of Monaco /social/ 4 Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka 7 Socialist Republic of Vietnam 7 Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Once again we see that countries with ‘democratic’ or ‘people’s’ or ‘Islamic’ or ‘socialist’ are places of oppression and tyranny. Funny how the naming of countries by the communists or tyrants who took them over in the 20th century is purposefully the opposite of what these countries are about.
In the past countries and empires called themselves exactly what they were. Now, after the rise of communism, countries make long, great-sounding, boastful names that often hide corrupt and despotic rulers and governments.