A term used to characterize present day politics all over the world as the apparent surge in fascist-leaning leaders is seen.
It looks like we’re living in the Day of the Despot with all of these strong-arm, cult of personality types being “voted” into office.
by Dr Bunnygirl November 18, 2019
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The name for dictators in small countries that think they are more important than they are. The term comes from how children play soldier by putting a kitchen pot on their heads to make people think they are real soldiers. Tinpot despots have a lot less influence in the world than they think they do. They often use military forve to get what they want.
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya are considered tinpot despots. Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, and Equatorial Guinea also have tinpot despots as leaders as well.
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Despotism is government by a singular authority - either a single person or tightly knit group - which rules with absolute power.

Also, see despotism and hydraulic despotism.
columbians monopolizing the coke industry, the mongolians in the Opium wars, Egypt and Babylonia in the BCE era, the government controlled the irrigation channels; good subjects received plentiful water for their crops, while bad subjects were starved of water so that their crops died.
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