Dictatorship Countries

A dictatorship is a type of government where a single person or party has absolute power. This means that the ruler or party has complete control and the rights of the people are suppressed.

The leaders of dictatorships are known as dictators, and they are usually backed by powerful groups of people. Typically, dictators are put into power when a nation faces significant social issues, such as high rates of unemployment or unrest among the nation’s people.

The financial backing of powerful groups isn’t all that’s needed. In order for a dictatorship to form, all opponents of the dictator will need to be removed. This can be through any means necessary, including being imprisoned or even killed.

There are many negative effects of a dictatorship. That includes the unraveling of social organizations and democratic institutions, the prohibition of other political parties, and the replacement of the nation’s constitution. Under a dictatorship, many people are persecuted for reasons including their religion or their economic status. Some dictatorships may have secret police, indefinite arrests, and concentration camps.

There are several different types of dictatorships, including military dictatorships, single-party dictatorships, monarchies, personalist dictatorships, and hybrid dictatorships.

As of 2018, there are a total of 49 nations that have a dictator or authoritarian regime ruling the nation. Those include:

Flag Name Area Population 2018 Growth Rate
China9,706,961 km²1,415,045,9280.39%
Russia17,098,242 km²143,964,709-0.02%
Ethiopia1,104,300 km²107,534,8822.46%
Vietnam331,212 km²96,491,1460.99%
Iran1,648,195 km²82,011,7351.05%
Turkey783,562 km²81,916,8711.45%
Thailand513,120 km²69,183,1730.21%
Algeria2,381,741 km²42,008,0541.67%
Sudan1,886,068 km²41,511,5262.41%
Iraq438,317 km²39,339,7532.78%
Afghanistan652,230 km²36,373,1762.37%
Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²33,554,3431.87%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,381,2211.26%
Uzbekistan447,400 km²32,364,9961.42%
Angola1,246,700 km²30,774,2053.32%
Yemen527,968 km²28,915,2842.35%
North Korea120,538 km²25,610,6720.47%
Cameroon475,442 km²24,678,2342.60%
Kazakhstan2,724,900 km²18,403,8601.10%
Syria185,180 km²18,284,4070.08%
Zimbabwe390,757 km²16,913,2612.32%
Cambodia181,035 km²16,245,7291.50%
Chad1,284,000 km²15,353,1843.04%
Somalia637,657 km²15,181,9252.98%
South Sudan619,745 km²12,919,0532.73%
Rwanda26,338 km²12,501,1562.40%
Cuba109,884 km²11,489,0820.04%
Burundi27,834 km²11,216,4503.24%
Azerbaijan86,600 km²9,923,9140.98%
United Arab Emirates83,600 km²9,541,6151.50%
Belarus207,600 km²9,452,113-0.17%
Tajikistan143,100 km²9,107,2112.08%
Laos236,800 km²6,961,2101.50%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,470,9561.51%
Turkmenistan488,100 km²5,851,4661.62%
Eritrea117,600 km²5,187,9482.35%
Oman309,500 km²4,829,9464.18%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,737,4231.68%
Mauritania1,030,700 km²4,540,0682.71%
Qatar11,586 km²2,694,8492.11%
Gabon267,668 km²2,067,5612.09%
Bahrain765 km²1,566,9934.99%
Swaziland17,364 km²1,391,3851.76%
Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²1,313,8943.64%
Western Sahara266,000 km²567,4212.68%
Brunei5,765 km²434,0761.25%