Sociology Index

Stratocracy

Dictatorship, Fascism, Military Dictatorship, Communist State, Totalitarianism

In a stratocracy there is no difference between the state and the military and government positions are occupied by military leaders. The military chiefs head the government in stratocracy. Stratocracy is not a military dictatorship where the military's political power is not enforced or even supported by other laws. The military's political power in stratocracy is supported by law and the society.

Stratocracy need not be autocratic in order to preserve its right to rule. In military dictatorship political power resides with the military. Similar to a Stratocracy, a state ruled directly by the military. Military dictatorships are a result of a coup d'état. Military dictatorship may be official or unofficial and may not qualify as stratocratic. Military dictatorships is contrasted with Communist State. In Communist states, the center of power rests among civilian party officials.

Dictatorship is government that has the power to govern without consent of those being governed. Dictatorship is a contrast to democracy.

In military dictatorship political power resides with the military. Similar to a stratocracy, a state ruled directly by the military. Military dictatorships are a result of a coup d'état. Military dictatorship may be official or unofficial and may not qualify as stratocratic.

Military dictatorships is contrasted with Communist State. In Communist states, the center of power rests among civilian party officials.

Fascism is a political doctrine opposed to democracy and demanding submission to political leadership and authority. A key principle of fascism is the belief that the whole society has a shared destiny and purpose which can only be achieved by iron discipline, obedience to leadership and an all-powerful state.