The state of Rome
Contributed by Southpaw Ben
Currently Augustus is the Emperor of Rome, and is in his 28th year of power, and is currently married to Livia Drusilla, his third wife and advisor. He has just sent a general to Germania to quell revolts against roman rule. Even though Augustus is Emperor, there is still a consular election, and Gaius Caesar and Lucius Aemilius Paullus win. Lucius is only known for his consulship, and Gaius Caesar is currently the heir to the Roman Empire, and is the adopted son of Augustus.
My Take by Southpaw Ben
During this time, Rome's Consul, which is basically their equivalent to the President, but there are two to help check their power, and senate are still operating as if there is no Emperor, and the Roman Empire is still a Republic. If one were to make parralells between the fall of Rome, and the current state of the US, and argument could be made that the US is close to this position, if one were to replace the Emperor with the oligarchy, as the House and Senate are currently essentially pawns to the corporate elite, but are still acting and thinking they are actually playing important political games for the power that would allow them to help the country by steering it according to their ideology, and not just going along with the Corporate interests.