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What is the term you are forced to respect authorities, but they couldn't care less about you?
For example:

We have ______ in our house; we are forced to respect elders, but they mistreat us.

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  • Obedience: the act or practice of obeying; dutiful or submissive compliance.
    – user66974
    Dec 14, 2016 at 16:17
  • @JOSH obedience doesn't mean person to you being obedient to is not respecting you
    – Murad
    Dec 14, 2016 at 16:18
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    Oppression? Repression? Tyranny? Dec 14, 2016 at 16:21
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    Sounds like that authority is in breach of the social contract. But that's decidedly not a single word. Dec 14, 2016 at 19:36
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    @FumbleFingers I think tyranny is exactly it.
    – Phil Sweet
    Dec 14, 2016 at 21:27

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We have despotism in our house; we are forced to respect elders, but they mistreat us.

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Yes, despotism seems to fit the context you describe. If you don't mean to convey outright cruelty, oligarchy might work. We have an oligarchy in our house...

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  • Now benign oligarchies; I like it. Dec 15, 2016 at 0:05
  • Now -> No. Fat-fingered that previous comment; sorry. Dec 15, 2016 at 0:11

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