There is a whole lot of politics in The Universe. Humanity
still hasn't abandoned it's second oldest profession.
Much of what you would like to know about political organisation
are on the Polity pages.
Suffice it to say that every complexion of political thought,
structure and practice is represented somewhere in The Universe.
No matter how barmy or brilliant, somewhere out there is a
world run like that.
Of course, the more barmy ones tend to be small subsistence colonies
with backward, no-hope economies, but nevertheless, they exist.
The major polities rule most of humanity and - as mentioned in
the colonisation section - out in the colonial quadrants they often
allow local practices to continue unchanged
Democracy in it's various forms remains a common practice, and
all of the Big Four powers (Earth, Mars, Venus and Asteel) have
forms of democratic system - though with often widely differing
methods of reflecting that democracy.
Undemocratic worlds do exist, but they generally find it difficult
to attract or train a population capable of developing economically
to a level where they are noticeable on the interstellar arena -
except possibly as a nuisance.
In getting a sense of what a polity is like, we have set some
standard questions in an Internal Affairs Questionnaire.
Here is the Internal Affairs Questionnaire
- look at the National pages for examples of how each polity
has answered these questions.