A true democracy would be a state which is actually governed by its citizens. Ancient Athens was a democracy because major issues were decided in council by all of the eligible voters in the city. True Democracy is unworkable except in a very small state. The closest thing in America is the Town Meeting some of which are still held in small towns across our country. A Constitutional Republic is a single state in which the officials of the state are elected by the people. In truth the United States is really neither. We are a Federal Republic which is a state which consists of a federal (or central) government with established self governing sub-units (we call them states) where the officials of both are elected by the people.