Words for Government

All of the answers are a single word ending in either ARCHY or CRACY.
Based on the ruling group, name the system of government.
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Last updated: July 16, 2020
First submittedOctober 5, 2010
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Who Rules
Word
The people
Democracy
A king or queen
Monarchy
The rich
Plutocracy
Hereditary nobles
Aristocracy
Government officials
Bureaucracy
The most able
Meritocracy
Religious leaders
Theocracy
Who Rules
Word
No one
Anarchy
A single person
Autocracy
Men
Patriarchy
Women
Matriarchy
A social elite
Oligarchy
Thieves
Kleptocracy
The elderly
Gerontocracy
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Level 63
Oct 6, 2010
Very tough!
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Level 43
Apr 28, 2014
Although oligarchy in effect does mean the rule of social elite, the term was devised to describe the rule of the few (as opposed the rule of a single person or a whole nation).
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Level 58
Apr 11, 2015
yeah, an oligarchy does not have to be a "social" elite. it would be much clearer simply as "rule by a few"
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Level 43
Jun 2, 2014
It accepted Androcracy for patriarchy O.o
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Level 25
Sep 23, 2014
You should accept America for Thieves.
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Level 55
May 29, 2015
Why not all countries with high taxes? Stealing our money :P
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Level 58
Jun 17, 2015
I'll admit I tried "capitalism"...haha. (Yes, I know it doesn't end with either of the two options, and yes, I know capitalism blah blah blah....yeah).
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Level 50
Jul 22, 2020
Cackled.
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Level 36
Oct 12, 2014
"the most able" is aristocracy, i.e. "rule of the best", the best being the most able by definition, since they are the best.
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Level 82
Jul 18, 2018
Es loco.
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Level 67
Sep 17, 2019
why are aristrocrats the best?
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Level 66
Mar 21, 2020
Because that is the literal meaning of the Greek.
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Level 46
Oct 23, 2014
you forgot Kyrgyzstocracy - rule by Jetpunk
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Level 55
May 29, 2015
The Kyrgyz rule JetPunk? :P
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2018
Srijayawardenepurakotteocracy is more apt. It's what they've settled on in Nicosia and East Jerusalem.
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Level 82
Aug 13, 2018
Istanbul is to be once again the capital of Palestine and Cyprus.
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Level 55
May 29, 2015
Go monarchies (those that are democracies too)! :P
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2020
Yeah, go straight to the guillotine. :)
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Level 56
Oct 16, 2015
Haha honestly I can't believe that I got Gerontocracy just because I knew that Gerontology was a term for the study of old people and I thought hey why not put them together? But I somehow couldn't remember the more obvious one about the nobles and the Aristocracy. Oh well I still got 12/14 which is better than most.
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Level 67
Jul 5, 2019
I tried geriarchy or gerocracy or something
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Level 72
Dec 23, 2015
Could probably accept "dictatorship" for Autocracy
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Level 57
Dec 27, 2015
Certainly could accept it (as it is correct), but not within the rules stated at the top of the page.
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Level 57
Jan 17, 2016

I don't want to be one of those nitpickers on Jetpunk, but monarchy literally means "one ruler" and does not necessarily mean a king or queen rules. A dictatorship is a monarchy. Maybe you can remove "monarchy" or "autocracy"...

I would never be able to guess "Gerontocracy" or "Matriarchy", but I did somehow get "Patriarchy". I don't know how. And, Anarchy is not a form of government, rather it is the lack of one. Maybe you shouldn't remove that because it's one of the most guessed.

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Level 66
Mar 21, 2020
I don't know how you got it @cosmokim since literally "patriarchy" is rule by fathers, by your reasoning it shouldn't have been an answer to the prompt. Androcracy would the right answer, though it's not in my dictionary. Same applies for matriarchy = rule by mothers: answer should have been gynocracy; that is in my dictionary curiously enough. I think we should be told why.
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Level 62
Jan 7, 2018
No Necrocracy?
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Level 67
Mar 7, 2019
Rule by the dead?
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Level 80
Jul 20, 2019
Technically the head of state of North Korea is still Kim Il Sung. Hitchens called it the world's only thanatocracy.
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Level 43
Aug 13, 2018
Good quiz!
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Level 58
Aug 13, 2018
Can you add Necrocracy? a type of government where a dead person is the ruler. Like Halloween Town, Raccoon City or North Korea/
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Level 43
Dec 3, 2018
Several of these apply to the USA. Plutocracy , oligarchy, patriarchy, kleptocracy, bureaucracy, gerontocracy, and democracy to a lesser degree.
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Level 56
Jul 22, 2020
Patriarchy? Spare me
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Level 45
Jul 23, 2020
Seems pretty undeniable.
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Level 55
Mar 8, 2019
only got democracy, monarchy and kleptocracy :(
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Level 64
Apr 18, 2019
Would not have known kleptocracy before 2016
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Level 42
Jul 20, 2019
Oligarchy misses the mark for this definition; it is rule by a small, select group with a common interest, not necessarily social, more commonly business or military
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Level 80
Jul 20, 2019
I remember once seeing "pornocracy" in a dictionary defined as rule by prostitutes. I guess that could apply to the USA as the Republicans in charge rent themselves out to the highest bidder routinely.
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Level 71
Jul 22, 2020
As if it's not an issue that plagues both sides
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Level 80
Jul 22, 2020
It's not, really. Not anywhere near the same level. False equivalencies are used most often by those supporting the wrong side.
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Level 82
Jul 22, 2020
Comparing Republicans to prostitutes, hmmmm. Who's the one using false equivalencies?
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Level 80
Jul 23, 2020
Tramp
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Level 82
Jul 23, 2020
You know what else people supporting the wrong side most often use? Name calling.
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Level 80
Jul 24, 2020
haha... it's the guy's username who was using a false equivalency. One inch up the page. Try to follow along. Also, look up the fallacy of false equivalency while you're at it.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2020
Ok, Kal... You got me on the misunderstanding of your reply. You’re still wrong, but well played. ;)
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Level 66
Jul 22, 2020
TIL that politics has definitive good and bad guys. And you better believe that It’s the OTHER side that is bad, not us!
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Level 80
Jul 23, 2020
I don't have a side unless objective reality is a side.
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2020
12/14. I'm not unhappy with that.
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Level 54
Jul 22, 2020
What about technocracy for 'the most able'?
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Level 73
Jul 22, 2020
That would be more a "Government of Experts", although surely a worthy addition.
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Level 64
Jul 22, 2020
Kleptocracy... this was particularly simple, since the press of my country (Br) uses this term diary to refer the governament. and of course, people here and all over the world can't disagree.
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Level 66
Jul 22, 2020
You should add Kakistocracy: Government by the worst people. We know about that.
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Level 82
Jul 22, 2020
Wow, how are you able to use Jetpunk in North Korea?
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Level 60
Jul 22, 2020
Surprisingly very low average score for this one, imo.
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Level 79
Jul 22, 2020
Why isn't gynarchy accepted for rule by women? Merriam-Webster definition of gynarchy: "government by women".
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Level 54
Jul 22, 2020
add technocracy
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Level 66
Jul 23, 2020
Remind me to never again look at the comment section of any quiz even *remotely* related to government...
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Level 45
Jul 23, 2020
Easy, got them all. Shocked by the low scores.
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Level 82
Jul 24, 2020
Seeing "Words For Government" seems to promise to take away the kid friendly G-rating away from Jetpunk.