- Nov 25, 2017
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HA! Tell that to the ignoramuses that keep calling my country a democracy, when we have a hereditary monarch and an essentially oligarchic senate. (both of which I'm fine with)In Machiavelli's time the Republic of Venice had already been in existence about 700 years.
For much of that time it was a leading Mediterranean and Adriatic naval and commercial
power. It was essentially a commercial oligarchy governed by A Doge (Duke) and an
hereditary Senate. Not democratic in our sense of the term.