47.9. Dictatorships tend to work together (独裁政权倾向于合作)

Dictatorships naturally become allies.

The thing a dictatorship is afraid more than anything is of their own citizens, and therefore that they might be influenced by democracies to rebel against the oppression.

For this reason, the world basically always tumbles into a dictatorship vs democracy global war.

Also, since dictatorships don’t need to convince their people of anything, they tend to make such alliances much faster.

But this presents a serious dilemma to dictatorships, because you can’t really trust the other dictator either, as they are just waiting to put a knife behind your back at all times.

This leads to constant tensions between allied dictatorships, e.g. Russia (俄罗斯) vs China:

This creates one of the most serious strategic problems faced by dictatorships. It is similar situation with organized crime.

It is worth however noting that democracies themselves are not always fully aligned: https://cirosantilli.com/cia-2010-covert-communication-websites

Journalist: What do you think of Western civilization?
Gandhi: I think it would be a good idea.

And of course, when a smaller dictatorship makes an alliance with a larger dictatorship, they basically immediately become a vassal state, e.g.: