If ‘democratic’ or ‘peoples’ is in the name – it isn’t

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).

He took a List of sovereign states and picked those states which keep word “democratic” in their full name. Then took the Democracy Index list and joined it to the first list.

Here is the outcome (sorted alphabetically):

StateFull NameDemocracy RankCategory
AlgeriaPeople’s Democratic Republic of Algeria117/167Authoritarian regime
DR CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congo162/167Authoritarian regime
East TimorDemocratic Republic of Timor-Leste46/167Flawed democracy
EthiopiaFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia124/167Authoritarian regime
LaosLao People’s Democratic Republic157/167Authoritarian regime
North KoreaDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea167/167Authoritarian regime
NepalFederal Democratic Republic of Nepal105/167Hybrid regime
São Tomé and PríncipeDemocratic Republic of São Tomé and PríncipeN/A 
Sri LankaDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka87/167Hybrid regime
Western SaharaSahrawi Arab Democratic RepublicN/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.

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