In the modern world, the terms “democracy” and “republic” — nomenclature native only to Western languages — are bandied about quite loosely, inasmuch as they lend a veneer of legitimacy to otherwise awful regimes. The Soviet Union was supposedly a conglomeration of “republics.” So were North Vietnam and East Germany. Indeed “democratic peoples” and “socialist republics” were usually code words for no voting and no liberty.
I still prefer my definition. “a government of mostly white people that holds elections of some sort and doesn’t make Americans feel uncomfortable”.