Top 10 Countries with the Worst Governments

We all know that governments aren't perfect. Some make questionable decisions, others seem mired in never-ending bureaucracy. But then there are governments around the world that go far beyond a few hiccups.

These are regimes where widespread corruption chokes progress, where the powerful prey on the citizens they're supposed to protect, and where basic human rights are a wistful dream rather than reality.

Understanding the problems these countries face is an important step toward awareness and hopefully, some kind of improvement. It's with this in mind that we invite you to take a closer look. Have your say - which countries do you think have earned a spot on this list? Your vote might help bring some attention to places where people desperately need a voice.
The Top Ten
1 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the Juche leader Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung... read more

If Kim Jong Un doesn't watch it, he'll start WWIII, and he will be ruined and defeated because, unlike Hitler in WWII, he won't have a bunch of powerful countries on his side. He will be invaded immediately, and likely the US won't wait 2 years to enter the war. I mean, his method for getting allies for the potential war is by threats of a nuclear attack when all those countries could just easily develop a strong nuclear defense.

How can the US government be worse than this?

Kim Jong Un joke: It's hard enough being the only fat guy in your class, but it's tougher when you're the only fat guy in your whole country.

2 Somalia Somalia, officially the Federal Republic of Somalia, is a country in the Horn of Africa. The country is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the northwest, the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and Kenya to the southwest. Somalia has the longest coastline on Africa's... read more

If you were wondering how this could be worse than North Korea, let's think about the fundamental purpose of government: to control people where they need to be controlled. Does the Somalian government do that? The answer is, nope, not really.

The situation in Somalia is bad, but there was nothing the government could do to stop what happened.

I knew the US was bad, but not this bad! Seriously! Clearly the worst!

3 South Sudan South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city. It is bordered to the east by Ethiopia, to the north by Sudan, to the west by the Central... read more

The people entrusted with government offices have continued to grow wealthy while the people continue to be some of the poorest in the world.

4 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the... read more

They keep people of color oppressed, then they make white people feel guilty about their history through the education system. People of color are raised to believe that whites are the source of all their suffering, and in return, whites think that they are whiners because many white people didn't do anything wrong.

Notice how the government turns people against each other? This gives the government more power because people will ask them to make things better. There will never be racial equality unless there is a better government.

5 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres (11,000 sq mi). Formerly the colony of Spanish Guinea, its post-independence name evokes its location near both the Equator and the Gulf of Guinea. As of... read more
6 Syria Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a Western Asian country located in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Levant. It is a unitary republic that consists of 14 governorates (subdivisions), and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east and southeast,... read more

Just look at Syria. No offense to Syrians, but the country is the exact definition of a disaster. Their government is a dictatorship. The state controls everything. The government even ordered the army to shoot their own people.

As a Syrian myself, don't listen to what the media tells you. We are in horrible times, but our president is not killing us. Do not believe these horrendous lies. We are going through the worst situations, but this is just brainwashing propaganda.

Not even Kim Jong Un goes around killing his own people. Syria's government actually bombs its own country. Talk about sad. Hopefully, things in Syria get better soon.

7 Iran Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a sovereign state in Western Asia. The capital city is Teheran and the major city is also Tehran. The country's official language is Persian... read more

Religious freedom is recognized, but Christians must sign federally-enforced attendance records. Other minority religions must do the same, and if you think Sunnis are exempt, think again! They're not. Same surveillance for them too.

Other than that, the government is a lot better than other countries (COUGH) NORTH KOREA (COUGH). However, it is on par with the Soviet Union in terms of oppression. The modern Russian government is more repressive than even the Soviet Union was. That says something about modern Russia.

8 Liberia Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. Liberia means "Land of the Free" in Latin.
9 Afghanistan Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located at the crossroads of Central and South Asia. Referred to as the Heart of Asia, it is bordered by Pakistan to the east and south, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north, Tajikistan... read more

Let's compare the Taliban government with the Nazi government.

- Nazis believe the Aryans are the master race. The Taliban believes the Pashtuns are the greatest race.
- Nazis persecuted Jews, Slavs, and anti-fascists, while the Taliban persecutes anyone that isn't a male Sunni or Pashtun.
- Both are brutal dictatorships and oppress anyone that speaks against them.
- Both ruined the image of their countries and are considered enemies by almost every country in the world.
- They ruined a holy symbol. The Nazis took the swastika from the Hindus, and the Taliban took the Shahada. These are now related to racism and terrorism.
- They're both extremely nationalistic.

Conclusion: Afghanistan under the Taliban is basically the Nazi Germany of the modern era.

10 Republic of the Congo Republic of the Congo is a country in Africa. It was founded in August 15, 1960 after being occupied by France for 80 years. Its capital, largest, and most populous city is Brazzaville. Some other cities include Pointe-Noire, Dolisie, and Nkayi. Since Republic of the Congo was colonized by the French... read more
The Contenders
11 China China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is a country located in East Asia. It is the world's second most populous country, boasting a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and shares its borders with 14 countries, making it second only to Russia... read more

Yep. China (Mainland) is basically becoming the new North Korea at this point, ever since Xi Jinping got elected. Also, ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, the rates of propaganda and censorship skyrocketed by shipping it worldwide.

Even worse, many Westerners are brainwashed by the government as "white monkeys." The government spreads propaganda through modern apps like TikTok, which is a platform many people use nowadays, as well as making them shill for the government as a result. We need to be on our feet nowadays for a third World War or a second Cold War, as the CCP may be behind it.

12 India India, officially known as the Republic of India, is a country located in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area and the most populous country, with over 1.4 billion people. Additionally, it is the most populous democracy in the world... read more

India should be number 1 because North Korea is ruled by a single person, not a government. The Indian political system is the worst, with every government office engaged in high corruption, which is supported by politicians. Every Indian is struggling to get their justice. No person will get justice without money.

By the way, the Indian people are great. Many think that Indians are dirty and filthy, but this is not true.

In the end, it is the politicians' fault that India is not yet developed. The politicians care more about themselves than the people of India.

13 Russia Russia, or the Russian Federation (RF), is a transcontinental country spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia. It is the largest country in the world by area, covering over 17,125,191 square kilometres (6,612,073 sq mi), and encompassing one-eighth of Earth's inhabitable landmass. Russia extends across... read more

At this point, the Russian government is pretty much like the Chinese government lite. It is not as authoritarian but getting dangerously close, as Putin slowly abuses his power and makes Russia an authoritarian ultranationalist state, erasing any opposition to his rule.

Let's not forget how he funds Russian separatists to cause a civil war in Ukraine and take its lands, despite the fact that the Russian minority in Ukraine was not oppressed. It's no wonder that Putin's popularity among Russians is dropping. Soon, the only people who would unironically support him are vatniks.

14 Chad Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in northern Central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest (at Lake Chad), and Niger to the west. It has a population... read more
15 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is a country on the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia. It has a land area of about 2,150,000 km2 (830,000 sq mi), making it the fifth-largest country in Asia, the second-largest in the Arab world, and the largest in Western Asia. It is bordered... read more

They persecute other religions, and women have few rights. Up until 2017, they couldn't even drive without a male companion.

Also, they commit war crimes in Yemen, targeting schools, hospitals, and weddings. It's sad that the government of my country (United States) actively helps them in doing so.

This should easily be in the top 5. Maybe top 3 even.

How are they not higher on this list?

16 Libya Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west.

Ever since Gaddafi was removed, this country has been a failed state.

17 Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.
18 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore, and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are the official languages of Pakistan. The world's second-highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat)... read more

This government's involvement with terrorism has led to the jihadist conflict throughout the Middle East. They claim they are trying to end it, but they are simply pouring more and more money into the hands of Al Qaeda.

They diverted American aid for Afghan rebels to the Taliban, which provided a training ground for the US.

It is a poor and inefficient socialist terrorist country.

This is what happens when you close your eyes and vote for Nawaz Sharif.

19 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.
20 Angola
21 Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Southeastern and Central Europe, situated at the crossroads of the Pannonian Plain and the Balkans. It shares land borders with Hungary to the north, Romania to the northeast, Bulgaria to the southeast, North Macedonia to the south,... read more

This government is composed of illiterate criminals and the corrupt, for whom nothing matters except profit. They trample over the bodies of their own people, losing their function.

Employed exclusively by their tribe, they harass and expel others. This government, in practice, is very close to fascism. Violence against the media, concealing important facts, and the disclosure of nonsense and lies are the basis for the functioning of the government.

They are known from the time of wars and poverty. Today, we are again approaching that time, under the auspices and with the blessing of Western countries.

22 Israel Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia. It is situated on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea, and shares borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan to the east, and Egypt to the southwest; it is also... read more

The only thing keeping people together is the hatred they breed towards those who are different. They keep killing people much more vulnerable and with little regard for them as human beings, and they discriminate against all Palestinians as if they were all the same.

The United States, for its abusive, war-oriented exterior relationship policies and mistreatment of people of color, would come first. But when it comes to intolerance and a war mentality towards others, Israel - by a slight margin - takes the cake.

23 Venezuela Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.

People who vote for the US just don't know the rest of the world. Here, we live in complete and utter corruption and a drug-dealing mess. Okay, we have oil, but we give half of it to Cuba, and the rest is used to buy the friendship of neighboring countries.

Meanwhile, our hospitals and health system look like those in Africa. We have the highest inflation rate in the world and one of the highest murder rates too. 98% of the media belongs to the government. They torture opposition prisoners in our overcrowded prisons. Everyone gets robbed. Motorized vehicles rule the deteriorated streets.

We also have a lack of water and constant blackouts. We make two-hour lines to get toilet paper, vegetable oil, and flour. We have one of the slowest internet connections. All the government does is steal our money for themselves.

24 Sudan Sudan, officially the Republic of the Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa. It shares borders with the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, Egypt to the north, Eritrea to the northeast, Ethiopia to the southeast, Libya to the northwest, South Sudan to the south and the Red... read more
25 Congo The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa.

Beautiful and amazing, but ruled badly. Hopefully, one day it's going to change.

This country has the most powerless government in the world. The government is not even able to communicate with the nation about the crimes against humanity occurring in the country. What a sad nation.

In this country, the richest people from the government mostly earn more than one million. There is no middle class, only the poor.

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