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    Politics, Law & Government

    The world today is divided territorially into more than 190 countries, each of which possesses a national government that claims to exercise sovereignty and seeks to compel obedience to its will by its citizens. Governments can be classified in any number of ways. For example, they might be classified by the number of rulers, thus distinguishing government by one (as in a monarchy or a tyranny) from government by the few (in an aristocracy or oligarchy) and from government by the many (as in a democracy). Governments can also be classified by mode of succession; for example, ascension to governmental leadership may follow the rules of hereditary succession, or it may be determined through elections or by force. Governments also vary in terms of the laws and rules of conduct that each political entity follows.
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    Featured content, June 19, 2021

    The Surprisingly Disorderly History of the U.S. Presidential Succession Order
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    Companion / Politics, Law & Government
    San Francisco, California/USA-1/18/20: Womens March at Civic Center marching with signs of political protest regarding equality also embracing 2020 presidential candidates and celebrating equality
    A History of U.S. Presidential Elections in Maps
    Every presidential election since 1789.
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    Was Martin Luther King, Jr., a Republican or a Democrat?
    Which political party can claim affiliation with the great civil rights leader?
    Demystified / Politics, Law & Government
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. addresses marchers during his "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. August 28th 1963
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    Property law, principles, policies, and rules by which disputes over property are to be resolved and by which property transactions...
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    International payment and exchange
    International payment and exchange, respectively, any payment made by one country to another and the market in which national...
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    Politics, Law & Government Quizzes

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    U.S. Presidential History Quiz
    The phrase “New Frontier” is associated with which U.S. president? Who was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the...
    The White House South portico, Washington, D.C., USA. Photo circa 2005. White House history.
    U.S. Presidential Code Names Quiz
    Every U.S. president is assigned a code name by the Secret Service. This quiz will show you a code name along with two presidents’...
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    43 Questions About Politics (Mostly in the United States) Compiled from Britannica’s Quizzes
    This quiz gathers together questions from Britannica’s quizzes about politics, law, and government. It includes a lot of...
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    Weird U.S. Presidents Quiz
    What animal did Calvin Coolidge grant a presidential pardon to? Whose chair did John Adams and Thomas Jefferson vandalize...
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    12 Quotes from U.S. Presidential Debates: A Quiz
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    Ronald Reagan and "General Electric Theater," 1954-62.
    The Road to the Presidency Quiz
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    Quick Quiz: Determining Currency Exchange Rates
    On your next international trip, you’ll have to exchange your home country’s money to the dollars and coins from the country...
    Statue of Liberty in front of the skyline of Manhattan, New York City, New York.
    Can You Answer These Questions from the United States Citizenship Test?
    What is a Constitutional amendment? Who wrote the Declaration of Independence? Answer these questions to see if you could...
    Great Wall of China near Beijing, China
    Could You Pass These Countries' Citizenship Tests?
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