Re: Cardassian society - enforcement or preference?
But I want its practices accurately labelled, and I say it is dishonest to use a term that means "rule by the people" to refer to a society that was in reality ruled by a small elite who held significant portions of their society in slavery.
There's no better word than "democracy" - the point of the term is that it wasn't rule by a monarchy, or by a select group of families, but by all the (male) citizens. Just because the Athenian definition of "the people" doesn't match ours doesn't make it an inaccurate term, because the point of it wasn't for everybody to have a say, but that more people than a monarch had a say. Your focus is in the wrong place.
Luna: "They're quite gentle, really... But people avoid them because they're a bit..."