"Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote."
"Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history: the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal 'honor' and court etiquette."
"The difference between a republic and a people's republic is a lot like the difference between a jacket and a straitjacket."
"Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names: Liberation-this, Patriotic-that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other. I guess they can't own up to what they usually are — Federation Of Worse Oppressors Than the Last Bunch of Oppressors."
— Yuri Orlov, Lord of War
Sub-saharan Africa's largest nation has grown more oppressive over the decades, and its name has kept pace.
Congo. Lies in name: 0. Oppression level: bloody.
Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 1. Oppression level: sadistic.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 2. Oppression level: inhuman.
People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 3. Oppression level: genocidal.
Shiny Happy People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 5. Oppression level: hide.