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Aztec Government

A short intro to the Aztec government

The Aztec government is one unlike any other government of its time or today's. The Aztec government was ruled by a king, but he did not hold all of the power. He still had to consult his nobles before any decision was made. The chain of command basically started out with the king, he had his executive council which included everyone from the highest priest to consult the gods to the general of the army, to the treasurer and so on. Four leaders would be chosen to lead, and out of those there would be one leader of the city (like a mayor of sorts). These leaders would not only control the city proper but the surrounding area, as well. Instead of ruling with an iron fist, the surrounding cities and areas paid homage to the king by offering gifts. The army also would fight small wars and conquer lands, providing sacrifices and ever expanding the empire. All in all, it was a pretty peacefully ruled nation; there were certainly strict laws to abide by in the ancient Aztec times. The punishment for crime was steep. There were not really any jails, and torture was out of the question. The death penalty was a common punishment. For this everyone was (for the most part) respectful, so I imagine there were few major disputes, arguments, or crimes. For example, it was against the law to be drunk in public! Unless it was at a festival or you were a senior citizen. Ancient Aztec laws were strictly enforced, and I think that probably hindered a lot of disruption and upheaval, as most everyone just abided by the rules.

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