What Countries Have a Totalitarian Government Today?

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North Korea is one of the clearest examples of a totalitarian government. Other countries with dictatorships and authoritarian rule, such as Cuba, Syria, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Belarus, could also be considered totalitarian governments.

Totalitarianism is a form of autocracy in which the state has total control over its citizens. Totalitarianism shares characteristics with other forms of autocracy, such as dictatorships and authoritarian governments.

While North Korea technically calls itself a democratic republic, its ruler has complete control over all aspects of life among its citizens, making it more of a dictatorship that is totalitarian in practice.