Many countries, including North Korea, Cuba, Zimbabwe, and Kazakhstan, are still controlled by dictators. It is difficult to label a country as a dictatorship since a government virtually never self-identifies as one, and there is no commonly agreed definition of the phrase. However, many scholars consider these countries to be dictatorships because they have one leader who can manipulate laws or public opinion to keep his or her power indefinitely.
In addition to these "classic" dictatorships, several other types of governments exist today that some scholars label as dictatorships. One example is a government that consists of a single powerful party that controls both the presidency and the parliament. Such a system exists in China under the Communist Party. Another is a presidential system where the president has vast powers and can dominate national politics even if they do not control both houses of Congress. This type of government exists in Egypt, Israel, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Tunisia.
This term is used to describe countries where the ruler has almost unlimited power and their interests do not have to be considered when making decisions. These rulers may use fear as a way to keep people under their control so they can maintain their position without interference from others.
Depending on the source, around 20 of the world's 197 nations are categorized as dictatorships today. A dictatorship is a type of government in which one person or a small number of individuals rules with no checks and balances on their authority.
Dictatorships can be either military-based (also called "strong man regimes") or civilian-based (also called "personalistic regimes"). Military dictatorships are usually defined as governments where the chief executive is able to appoint and remove ministers without reference to an independent body; they may also have a powerful commander-in-chief position that allows them to dissolve parliament and call elections themselves. Civilian dictatorships do not have this ability so must rely on other mechanisms to stay in power. They may choose a very limited role for themselves or even give up some of their powers to an elected official such as a prime minister or president.
Many political scientists argue that there is no clear distinction between military and civilian dictatorships because all leaders have the power to make decisions by themselves without consulting the public or their government officials. Others point out that although civilians can be appointed heads of state, they often come from within the existing ruling party and are thus not truly independent.
In general, people fear strong leaders who are able to suppress dissent and create an environment of fear in which they can maintain their power.
A dictator is a political leader who has absolute and limitless control over a country. Dictatorships are countries controlled by dictators. The term was first given to magistrates of the ancient Roman Republic who were granted exceptional powers temporarily to cope with emergencies, and it is now used to describe modern tyrants ranging from Adolf Hitler to Kim Jong-un.
Some characteristics of a dictatorship include: one ruler who makes all major decisions; no established parliament or other legislative body; limited civil liberties; severe government oppression or violence against opponents; and lack of freedom of speech or press.
In today's world, there are only three true dictatorships left: North Korea, China, and Cuba. Other countries that have strong leaders who can make important decisions include France, India, Israel, Russia, South Africa, and the United States.
In general, these are men or parties who claim to be divine or act like gods. They usually start out as party leaders who become powerful enough to dominate their countries through fear. Their goals may be good, but they often use terror and coercion to keep their people under their control. These leaders don't want to be criticized or opposed so they punish those who speak out against them. Some examples of true dictators include Stalin, Lenin, Mao Tse-tung, and Hitler. There are also false dictators such as Caesar and Napoleon. They seem like they are in charge but actually have others doing most of the work while they pose as heroes.