Peasants Republic of Dithmarschen ?I am not kissing up to the king, I am noticing something about humanity in general. Name any other civilization besides Ancient Antiquity of Rome and Greece that had a Republic or Democracy.
Half the old Hanseatic league ?
Most Serene Republic of Venice ?
Old Swiss confederacy ?
Republics are a dime a dozen. And most were excatly as corrupt as their more autocratic neighbors. It is a bit more difficult with democracies and depends a bit on how exactly you define those.