I'm not saying that democracies are more warlike than other systems, but they aren't significantly more peaceful either. The lack of warfare on Europe since WW2 is often brought up as a datapoint, but the problem here is that due to the cold war most democracies were (and still are) allied. Even then, France and the UK didn't simply give up their old colonies and didn't shy away from violence. Anyway, my beef is more with the older governments than with modern democracies. The Greeks, the Romans, the Italian city states etc. I don't see why Classical Republic has no military policies and Autocracy has two, but no diplomacy slot, or why Communism has two more military slots than Democracy and the useless-for-peaceful play defendise strength bonus. They changed the last one to a production boost, which is a good start, but I think they should also change one military to an economic slot, after all Communism is more about state control of the economy than about warfare.