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What kind of Government do they have?

and what kind of political ideology 

I would have to say a type of Monarchy but for political ideology, no idea.

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I'd say it's more of a communist community. Think of winter wrap up. Everyone works for the greater good of their community. Yes they have bits for buying cider and the like but overall they function much like a cashless society (more evidence of communism) 

As to celestia, she is a figure head for international relations. Do her decrees really influence life in equestria? She has the title princess rather than supreme chancellor only because that is the vernacular of the area (Prince Rutherford, QUEEN Novo, king sambra).

Everypony lives and works for the betterment of equestria. 

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12 minutes ago, Sunlight Glisten said:

I'd say it's more of a communist community. Think of winter wrap up. Everyone works for the greater good of their community. Yes they have bits for buying cider and the like but overall they function much like a cashless society (more evidence of communism) 

As to celestia, she is a figure head for international relations. Do her decrees really influence life in equestria? She has the title princess rather than supreme chancellor only because that is the vernacular of the area (Prince Rutherford, QUEEN Novo, king sambra).

Everypony lives and works for the betterment of equestria. 

 

If you think about it, Equestria is sort of like how older day European kingdoms were, and those were not exactly Communist.

Also, I think you are wrong because the whole point of Communism/Socialism is eliminating Lower and Higher class which in Equestria, there may not exactly be Peasants, but we have seen Rock farmers and Ponies who own whole island resorts. So that sort of defeats the entire point. We could call it Communism but missing half of what communism is about.

I would say it is a Matriarchy that focuses on bettering life for everypony.

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33 minutes ago, cuteycindyhoney said:

Much like Havelock Vetinari, The Patrician of the Discworld's city of Ankh-Morpork, (RIP, Sir Terry Pratchett) I think of Princess Celestia as a benign dictator. Equestria has a strict one pony, one vote system. Celestia is that one pony!

 

 

She does kinda have a God complex; lived for thousands of years, imortal??, controls every aspect of life i.e. raises the sun.

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Well this is very coincidental - today I just happened to be researching a little more on governments and how they work, and I didn't even have a clue that this topic existed until now.

To simply put it, I believe Equestria has an oligarchical governmental system. Let me go in detail to give reasons why I believe Equestria is an oligarchy and not a monarchy or another government type.

To defend it being an oligarchy, let me describe and compare what characteristics this governmental system has. The simplified definition of this is "A small group of people having control of a country or organization" - Oxford Dictionaries. In Equestria, this small group is alicorn princesses. Going deeper, this small group of alicorns is free to elect whoever is chooses, with no conditions or requirements whatsoever because oligarchies have that freedom. This means that any pony can be chosen to be an alicorn in Equestria, even a unicorn such as Twilight. All four alicorns together rule Equestria, with none being higher than another. Sure Princess Celestia is called the ruler of Equestria, but I see no special privileges or assignments being granted to her that would make her above the other princesses. Celestia said it herself, when Twilight became a princess she was no longer under Celestia's authority. The last I have to say is that an oligarchy is a government that has multiple rulers, and that is exactly what Equestria has.

Now I will give reasons why I don't believe Equestria is a monarchy. Most monarchies are ruled by one individual. Celestia is a ruler, but not the only ruler; thus, Equestria's government cannot be an absolute monarchy. A specific monarchy, constitutional monarchy, has a constitution that the leader must abide by. Equestria has none, so it isn't a constitutional monarchy. Equestria also cannot be an elective monarchy, since no elections are held to become royalty.

I could mention multiple other government systems, but they all fail to completely meet the features of Equestria's. In the end though, it all comes down as to whether or not Celestia is the ultimate ruler.

As for the political ideology, I think it's safe to say that Equestrian political ideology stems from the fact that "friendship is magic". In other words, it's all about friendship.

 

 

Link to Oxford Dictionaries definition of oligarchy: Oxford Dictionaries

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A federation of independent regions and city states united under Social Anarchism. 

Each of the towns operate on their own without a central government. Militia and volunteers are deployed instead of the military in a crisis. There are few examples of law enforcement as well, so again, militias maintain the law set by the denizens of the region. Positions like mayors are created out of necessity. Cause even with a lack of central government, the job still needs to be done locally. The princesses represent the country as a whole in international matters, as well as mediating between cities and regions. That and they keep the planet alive, so authority is naturally differed to what amounts to demigods. 

With the absence of a widespread overarching government, each region makes it's own rules and governs itself. Positions like the princesses are one of the roles agreed upon by all of Equestria, and authority is differed to them since they can handle whatever job maybe present. 

 

Ideologically they're focus leans towards collectivism mostly, work being done for the greater good of society as a whole, with even ones individual talents being developed in the best way to help others. 

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