Authoritarian: this is a form of government in which the state imposes its authority on its citizens. The state or governing group is not accountable to the citizens.
Commonwealth : this type of government is a nation, state or other political body based on law and integrated for the common good or welfare of the people.
Confederacy: a union formed by a treaty between states or territories having a central government with limited powers. The members of the confederacy retain supreme authority over their territory except those placed in the charge of the central government.
Constitutional Monarchy: a type of government in which a monarch’s power is based on and guided by a constitution.
Democracy: a type of government where power is retained by the people. This power is exercised indirectly through a system of political representation renewed periodically through elections.
Dictatorship: a type of government where a ruler or small group has absolute power which is not restricted by a constitution or laws.
Ecclesiastical: a government that is controlled by a church.
Emirate: a kind of government in which power is wielded by an emir (the ruler of a Muslim state).
Federal: a form of government in which power is constitutionally divided between a central authority and a number of constituent states, colonies or provinces. The individual regions retain partial management of its internal affairs.
Monarchy: a government in where supreme power is vested in a monarch (King, queen) who rules over a state or territory. The right to rule is hereditary being passed down to their descendants. A monarch has constitutionally limited authority.
Oligarchy: rulership that is exercised by a small group of individuals who have privileged authority that is usually based on wealth or power.
Republic: this is a representative democracy in which political representatives and not the people themselves, vote on legislation.
Socialism: a government who controls the planning, producing and distributing goods that theoretically seeks a equitable distribution of property and labor.
Theocracy: this is a form of government in which a Deity is recognized as the supreme civil ruler and the government representatives are subject to religious representatives / leaders.
Totalitarian: this is a government that suppresses individual rights by controlling all political and economic matters as well as the values, attitudes and beliefs of the people.