KrankysFirebrand48 Ok, let me explain why the Xorxian Empire is a dictatorship rather than a democracy. It comes down to one thing.
Controlling the people.
It's been demonstrated many times in the history of the Xorxian Empire, even further back in the days of the three tribes. The Arz'ians are a very violent people. You give them the power to choose a leader and they'll be at each others necks over the choices. The riot police need to be armed with military weapons to keep protests under control.
Now, if you took away a lot of their voting powers, they won't be murdering each other over who voted for what. Of course, as time went on, the savagery became less violent. And of course, the fact that the Raeli Federation and the Citadel Union are blasting them to pieces has kinda forced them to stop beating each other up and start beating up traitors.
There's also another factor. The Arz'ians only follow strong leaders, and having the event to decide the leader helps in that case. What if a weak leader was voted in? There would be riots in the streets as the Arz'ians take out their frustration! And in such a savage and brutal galaxy as Alphatal, where mercy doesn't exist, that strong leader is needed more than ever.