In the twenty-first century, it has become clear to most that there is no divine right or imperative for the existence of an empire on the Earth. As such an ever-increasing number of peoples have thrown off the yoke of empire in favor of what has become known as a democratic model of collective governance. Yet simply changing the rules of governance has not put an end to the core ideals of empire, and governments today that are elected democratically have largely retained the hallmarks of imperial rule, namely the tendencies toward a central monopoly on the use of force and the right to demand tribute. How can this be?
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