Greece was a republic! Their republic governing system inspired our democratic-republic system, in the US.
Each city-state elected a group of representatives to vote on issues and govern, similarly to our democratic-republic, except that in the U.S, we, the people, also have a say beyond voting (think election-day ballot questions, strikes, petitions, etc.). This is because in ancient Greece, politicians would sometimes pass laws that were unfair or just for their benefit, and the people wouldn’t be able to protest. Each city-state had a polis, or a meeting place, where the representatives would vote. For e.g. the ‘Acropolis’ in Athens.

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