By Bridgitte and Molly
Republic and Representative Democracy
A republic is a form of government based on written laws and where citizens hold the power to elect their leaders. A representative democracy is officials are elected to speak on citizens behalf. These came from the same idea which is government by the people.
Checks and Balances
This is the written law that outlines the rights and responsibilities of the citizens and the government. Ancient Rome's version was called the Twelve Tables the Unites States version is called the Constitution.
This is the Capitol Building. It is where the legislative branch meets. This is the part of the government that writes up and votes on laws.
This is the White House. The president who is the head of the executive branch lives here. This is the part of the government that acts as head of state and is the commander in chief of the armed forces.
This is the Supreme Court Building. It is where the supreme court meets and has large cases. This is the part of the government that determines the shape and structure of the federal judiciary.