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Thieves on Chloris cast votes. (TV: The Creature from the Pit)

Democracy was a form of government in which all citizens had an equal say in the decisions that affected their lives. In Greek, the word translated to "mob rule". (PROSE: Warlords of Utopia)

A group of thieves on Chloris acted as a democracy, casting a vote to decide Romana II's fate. Despite a majority voting to kill her, she convinced them otherwise. Even though they were governed in this way, Torvin acted as the group's unofficial leader. (TV: The Creature from the Pit)

The Rulers of the Universe, who specialised in manipulating other planets, called democracy, the idea of self-determination one of the greatest con tricks ever. (AUDIO: I Went to a Marvellous Party)

Upon visiting 20th century United Kingdom, Marcus Americanius Scriptor viewed democracy as a temporary fad or mania that rendered governments incapable of running their own affairs. He noted how it enabled the rise of Adolf Hitler and the National Socialists in Germany and concluded that future generations would replace the institution. (PROSE: Warlords of Utopia) Democracy ended in the United Kingdom in 2268. (AUDIO: Antidote to Oblivion)

Padrac told River Song that democracies did not win wars. (AUDIO: Songs of Love)

The snakes that made up Colony Sarff were a democracy, voting on whether or not to allow Missy and Clara Oswald to accompany the Twelfth Doctor. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice)

Dalek democracy[]

Davros, the creator of the Daleks, viewed democracy with contempt, believing that "absolute power" was the only path to achievement. He called a vote of confidence in his leadership attended by all members of the Kaled Scientific Elite and Military Elite to weed out dissenting voices. Those who voted against him were murdered by the Daleks. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) The Daleks themselves followed such examples. Every Skaro year, the Dalek Emperor and the second-in-command were re-elected without contest. In the 40th century, when the Commander of the Red Extra-Galactic Squadron made the unprecedented move of demanding new leadership, the Emperor had the entire squadron destroyed. (COMIC: The Secret of the Emperor)

Much later, Celia Dunthorpe proclaimed herself Prime Minister of the Daleks. (AUDIO: We Are The Daleks) The New Dalek Paradigm also established the Parliament of the Daleks. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks) This was thought by historians to be the first time in Skarosian history that a democracy had ruled. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)