In Jeanne DuPrau's story, what is the government like in the city of Ember?

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The government in Jeanne DuPrau's The City of Ember can best be described as a dictatorship. Though the city is run by a mayor, the mayor does not seem to be an elected official since elections are never mentioned. Instead, the mayor seems to be appointed in some other way. Plus, the mayor remains in office until he or she is too old to do the job; then, the post is passed down to someone else, as we see when the narrator notes in the prologue that Ember's first mayor successfully guarded the box containing the secret instructions out of Ember, and "when she grew old, and her time as mayor was up, she explained about the box to her successor, who also kept the secret carefully, as did the next mayor." The following are other signs that the city's government is a dictatorship : (1) the only books found in the city teach about and promote the city and are...

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