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Old 12-13-2018, 04:58 PM   #519
jason taylor
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Default Re: Exotic Governmental/Legal Systems

Originally Posted by David Johnston2 View Post
A republic with a popularly elected legislature, but constitutionally only members of the founding families may stand for election in it.
That sounds similar to the Athenian thing of only landholders standing for election.

One can see how that might develop, if the state was meant frankly as a means of preserving a particular ethnoreligious group.

One can also see how troubles about that would come, especially if people who are not clients of the founders start making contributions to the state that they might reasonably desire compensation for.
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