republic

If you live in a republic, then you live in a country with a leader freely and democratically elected by the people, as opposed to a dictatorship or monarchy.

Ancient Rome, before it started declining and falling all over the place, was a republic, and so is the United States. Republics have what are termed "republican" forms of government — not to be confused with Republican-with-a-big-R, as in the American political party. If you live in a "Banana Republic" you probably live in a tiny Caribbean island run by a dictator. Or you're spending too much time at the mall.

Definitions of republic
  1. noun
    a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch
    “the head of state in a republic is usually a president”
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    examples:
    Roman Republic
    the ancient Roman state from 509 BC until Augustus assumed power in 27 BC; was governed by an elected Senate but dissatisfaction with the Senate led to civil wars that culminated in a brief dictatorship by Julius Caesar
    type of:
    form of government, political system
    the members of a social organization who are in power
  2. noun
    a political system in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who can elect people to represent them
    synonyms: commonwealth, democracy
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    types:
    Weimar Republic
    the German republic founded at Weimar in 1919
    parliamentary democracy
    a democracy having a parliament
    type of:
    form of government, political system
    the members of a social organization who are in power
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