I'm doing some research for a story and I'm trying to find the correct word for a form of government where the best fighter or the strongest person leads the rest.
The usual words for forms of government are derived from Greek words suffixed with -archy (ἄρχω, árkhō, "to rule") or -cracy (κρατέω, krateo, "to have power over"), as in:
- Monarchy (rule of one)
- Oligarchy (rule of few)
- Plutocracy (rule by the wealthy)
- Theocracy (rule by God)
- Anarchy (without rule)
The only existing word that is close to what I want is 'Stratocracy' (from στρατός, stratos, 'army'), which is rule by the military, but that seems like a different concept.
The Greek word for power is kratos, but 'Kratocracy' seems like a ludicrous word ("power power"). 'Might' or 'Strength' may be more appropriate, but that would be something like dynamis -> 'Dynamocracy', which also sounds silly.
Is there a proper word for this form of rule? If not, what would be an appropriate word to invent, in line with the current convention?