2. Direct Democracy – A democracy where the power to govern is given directly to the people (and not representatives)
3. Representative Democracy – A democracy where elected individuals represent the people to govern.
4. Oligarchy – Government by a small group of people
5. Theocracy – Government by a god or by priests
6. Monarchy – A country ruled by a monarch.
7. Polis – The term for city state.
8. Classic Age – A long period of time centered on cultural history (mainly Greece and Rome)
"The grand polis of Athens is going to make a decision!" I overhear. I follow a massive crowd of people to the agora. I look around.
"I would like to make a request that we, the people of Athens, spend more of our taxes on building boats!" requested one of the citizens.
"I agree with you because water transportation helps us establish colonies." agreed another citizen.
"Although we do need more boats, I'm not willing to pay more taxes." disagreed a third citizen.
The arguments went on for a while, until people started to write down their votes. Eventually the people decided that they would spend more money on water-transportation.
I thought about how different they vote. I imagined if everybody got together in America to vote like this. Now, in our representative democracy, we use the electoral college. In Greece, they use direct democracy and all vote on the issue. This would be hard to do in modern-day U.S.A. And we vote directly on all decisions here in Greece. In the U.S.A., the government decides on most laws.