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Authoritarian/totalitarian government...?

how are the leaders elected?

compare these government systems to american (usa) government.

i'm really confused, thanks.

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An authoritarian government is the form of government based on the principle of requiring obedience to the authority of one person (a dictator) or a small group of people. People must be obedient to the will of the government and have little or no influence over the decisions made by the government.

Totalitarianism is a term employed by some political scientists, especially those in the field of comparative politics, to describe modern regimes in which the state regulates nearly every aspect of public and private behavior. Totalitarian regimes or movements maintain themselves in political power by means of secret police, propaganda disseminated through the state-controlled mass media, personality cult, regulation and restriction of free discussion and criticism, single-party state, the use of mass surveillance, and widespread use of terror tactics.

The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation. It is a constitutional republic, in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law. It is fundamentally structured as a representative democracy.
In almost all cases, executive and legislative officials are elected by a plurality vote of citizens by district. There is no proportional representation at the federal level, and it is very rare at lower levels. Federal and state judicial and cabinet officials are typically nominated by the executive branch and approved by the legislature, although some state judges and officials are elected by popular vote.
The federal and state governments are composed of three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial.