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necrocracy

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From necro- (death) +‎ -cracy (power, rule)

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necrocracy (plural necrocracies)

  1. A government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.
    • 2001, Christopher Hitchens, "Visit to a Small Planet", Vanity Fair, January 2001:
      Kim Jong Il, incidentally, has been made head of the party and of the army, but the office of the presidency is still “eternally” held by his adored and departed dad, who died on July 8, 1994, at 82. (The Kim is dead. Long live the Kim.) This makes North Korea the only state in the world with a dead president. What would be the right term for this? A necrocracy? A thanatocracy? A mortocracy? A mausolocracy?

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