Democracy is a form of government that is unlocked after completing the Suffrage civic. Whereas Fascism and Communism may focus more on achieving a domination or religious victory, Democracy focuses much more on a science and cultural victories. As district projects tend to focus on massive amounts of stat production, and Great People in the Modern era or later are generally most influential as Great Scientists, Artists, Writers, or Musicians, Democracy is much more geared towards amassing large quantities of Science and Culture than Faith or armies.
Civilopedia Entry Edit
A democratic government is one in which the people are involved in making policy decisions, either directly or through elected representatives. If the elections are fair (however interpreted), the system insures civil liberties, active participation, human rights, and a rule of law. However, majority rule rules – and that can have its own disadvantages. While freedom of speech, freedom of political expression, freedom of belief, and freedom of the press all sound wonderful, these can bring discord, instability, apathy, paralysis, and violence in the face of national challenges. On the other hand, such individual freedoms can lead to bursts of artistic and scientific creativity, economic abundance, and cultural benefits … assuming the bureaucracy doesn’t overwhelm the said individual.
With roots in ancient Greece, the original democracies were generally “direct” democracies, in the sense that the franchised (i.e. those who could vote – generally excluding women, slaves, those without property, etc.) voted on each important matter in assembly. But as the population grew, this proved impractical. Thus, most democracies evolved as did the Roman Republic, with the citizens (however determined) electing representatives to voice their collective views and guard their collective interests. Like most types of government, democracy has both flaws and benefits … but it has proved the most enduring.