Democratic Republic

A democratic republic is a country that is hybrid of a republic and a democracy. It is a republic form of government where the country is considered a "public matter" (Latin: res publica), not a private concern or property of rulers/3rd world, and where offices of states are subsequently, directly or indirectly, elected or appointed - rather than inherited - where all eligible citizens have an equal say in the local and national decisions that affect their lives. In modern times, a common simplified definition of a republic is a government where the head of state is not a monarch.

It is one where ultimate authority and power is derived from the citizens. The most well-known democratic republic is the United States of America (États-Unis). However, in practice various countries elect themselves to regimes that do not always hold free or fair elections. One example of this was the German Democratic Republic, a communist state commonly known as East Germany. Another is the Democratic Republic of the Congo which in 2011 was rated by Freedom House as a "not free" country having a rating of 6.0 (1.0 being completely free and 7.0 being completely unfree).

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