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Monarchy is the answer. Or some similar sort of strong-man government, maybe with some rudimentary rules about hereditary succession that are ignored any time the king's son isn't strong enough

Germanic tribes used to have an elected monarchy and that carried into the 19th century with the Holy Roman Empire.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 at 02:35:37 AM EST
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The germanic tribes up here had a form of election where the tribe of Svear chose a king at Mora stenar (exact forms of election unknown) who then had to travel to each landskap and there respect the local laws. If he failed to follow the local laws he could be killed, if so the process started over.

I think better processes could be designed,.

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by A swedish kind of death on Tue Aug 23rd, 2011 at 08:05:55 AM EST
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Karl Knutsson Bonde was elected king, deposed, and then elected king a second time. And Mora stenar is 10 km from where I live. :)

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by Starvid on Sun Sep 11th, 2011 at 12:18:31 PM EST
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