I was using the term "republic" in the context of how the framers of the US constitution saw it. If you want to get technical about it, a republic is any state where the country is a "public matter" and where the rulers are appointed or elected, but not inherited. So that would include what you had with Platyna, too. But it's a bit too broad a definition to be strictly useful. Modern republics gain their legitimacy from having a constitution, and democratic republics furthermore gain additional legitimacy from universal suffrage (voting).Jaxad0127 wrote:Since when was that a requirement? A republic is a system where the power lies with their people or their chose representatives. From that TMW is half republic (the GMs).blackrazor wrote:It's not a republic. Republics are defined by having a constitution. I have advocated for such a thing, but to the best of my knowledge, none exists nor has it ever existed.
Voting a LEO-for-life (subject to the approval of a higher body) is not the same as players choosing their representatives. GMs do not represent the players, they enforce the rules of the server. Can you imagine a country doing that for it's leaders? Would you call such a country, in the modern world, a true democracy?