Mr. Laser Beam wrote:
I am having a hard time conceiving that anyone could actually want a dictatorship. I've always viewed democracy as an absolute right, something that everyone wants - even if they don't yet know they want it.
On Cardassia, for example, I agree that the most likely reason they seem to prefer a dictatorship is that they've had it for so long, they don't know of any other option.
You're presuming that Cardassians would think, value and behave like humans. They would be a different species after all. Whilst democracy is the "best" system available, I don't really see an inherent good in it or something that is absolute (nothing is in life I feel).
It amuses me when real life sentiments are assigned to fictional alien species, when their evolution and hence psychology is totally different.