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A dictatorship is a country where one person or political party has the power to do whatever he or she wants. The ruler is called a dictator. In a dictatorship, people usually do not have many rights or much freedom.
A dictatorship that is ruled by soldiers is called a military dictatorship or junta. An absolute monarchy (the system where there are Kings and Queens who have full power over their country) can be considered to be a dictatorship, but are usually not called dictators. A dictatorship is usually not liked by the people, because most don't like to be dictated around. Most dictators are selfish and rule over the people just for power.
Some dictators have included:
- Adolf Hitler - Germany
- Benito Mussolini - Italy
- Francisco Franco - Spain
- Augusto Pinochet - Chile
- Kim Jong-Il - North Korea
- Dictator Muhammad Ayub Khan - Pakistan
- Oliver Cromwell - England, Scotland, Ireland
- Pak Chŏng Hŭi - South Korea
- Joseph Stalin - Russia