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Theocracy is a form of government in which God or a deity of some type is recognised as the supreme ruling authority, giving divine guidance to human intermediaries that manage the day to day affairs of the government who claim they are in power due to the divine will of their God or gods. Famous theocracies throughout history include the Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire where Emperors were often declared gods.

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Almost every major religion has a concept of a theocracy as part of its doctrine.
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A theocratic government structure is efficient

A theocratic government removes the need for a lot of bureaucracy and discussion.
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The Argument

A theocracy operates through a centralized structure, with fewer branches of government a general declaration from the leader is often all that is necessary to create the desired changes.[1] Because everyone is on the same page from the start, instead of debating ideas, theocracies typically discuss the best ways to implement processes instead.[1] Yemen, Vatican City, Afghanistan, Iran, Sudan, and Mauritania are all examples of varying size that show how this centralized structure in benefits the local population. The structure means theocracies have higher levels of societal and legislative compliance compared to other forms of government as the leader has the authority to declare a person to be eternally damned for non-compliance.[1]

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A theocracy equates to a dictatorship and is the antithesis of democracy. The all-consuming power of the leader is not beneficial to the citizens.


[P1] Theocracies have few layers of hierarchy. [P2] Few layers mean that changes do not require debating and can be achieved quickly.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] This is not beneficial to citizens.




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