There is a lot of unrest in the world right now, and it seems there are forces that may be pushing some long-established dictatorships toward change. Therefore, it could perhaps be helpful to provide some sort of barometer for those who might, in the future, be experiencing democracy for the first time. A handy guidebook, if you will, to some of the more common characteristics of the democratic society; so that the transitional period from one form of government to the other can be more effectively finessed for the average citizen. It is in this spirit that the following list is offered.
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