Unfortunately your father just died of a heart attack early this morning and now it appears you are the dictator in charge of your country
Appearances can be deceptive. :-)
You might discover that you are a dictator dependent on the support of e.g. the army (or worse). That's pretty common as a pattern, and that would complicate moving to a democracy because what you want and what you can get are not your own choice alone.
Of course, in a sense, you have a democracy. Alright, it might be a small democracy with only those people of rank 2 star general (or above) able to "vote", but nonetheless it's a start. :-)
Your not really cut out to be a dictator
Then there's a good chance you'll be "cut out" of being a dictator. Time to let those gene's kick in and let's hope you got the right (or wrong) genes for the job or, well, retirement is an option to mention to the generalissimos.
Now you are in the position to do something about it.
Cough with your blessing generals. :-)
You're committed to fixing things by ending the dictatorship and setting up a democracy so the people can rule themselves and hopefully create a more fair society for everyone, and of course save you all the work of ruling.
Because being prime minister is less work than being dictator ? Don't think Theresa May would agree with that. :-)
Dictator : "ask" = "done, no problemo".
Prime Minister : "ask" = "have to shout over the idiots (sorry, cabinet) just to be heard asking."
Cured of democracy yet ? You soon will be.
Anyone can be a dictator, but being a democrat is really gawd awful.
Trying to set up a democracy sounds like it would take allot of work and planning, and while your pretty intelligent you have to admit you never had a knack for that sort of large scale organization, or politics in general to be honest. Your not really sure how to go about making arrangements for such a radical change in power.
I am happy to inform you that, dictator or not, your late Father (the Iron Fist in the Iron Glove), will have no end of ambitious and possibly even talented advisors and bureaucrats and lawyers happy to advise you.
And then there's the generalissimos to "offer advice". :-)
Your first step is then an obvious one :
- Execute the generalissimos, advisors and lawyers. The bureaucrats will do what they're told ( the lawyers would too, but, me, I hate lawyers and now is the chance to get some payback :-) ).
So fast you'll barely have time to mop up the blood (there are companies that do this for you) new advisors and lawyers will appear, and a lot of very happy and loyal (or their families get to hear about it) newly promoted generals are in place, along with their new radio controlled exploding collars. Just in case they don't like their families.
Yeah, I haven't forgotten the democracy thing. Bare with me ...
Your new lawyers and advisors and freshly motivated bureaucrats will now begin working on drafting that new constitution (see I remembered) and plans for a referendum and parliament and some law reforms. Maybe some draft docs about retirement funds for former dictators would be useful too.
So we delegate the whole planning and, you should pardon the expression, execution parts of the democracy thing.
Probably useful to form a people's advisory council now. No, wait, that could look like communism and we know that doesn't work so good. Have to wait a bit. For the plans and the executions to take place, as it were.
And then there is the problem with your father's 'advisors'.
Way ahead of ya, there pal. :-)
Your pretty sure you could get some support form other countries like the USA or the UK to do this, they may even finally remove all those trade sanctions once you start to transition the goverment, you just need to figure out how to start the process without getting your own countries leadership too upset with you...
You need RCEC.
Radio. Controlled. Explosive. Collars.
That should keep the "leadership" pretty much in their place for a while. At least the ones who didn't take the hint when the lawyers, advisors and generalissimos got shot (or whatever method the "dice" came up with :-) ).
No problem there.
But let's "nationalize" their assets just in case.
You would like to arrange for the transition to leave you with a decent lifestyle afterwards, even if not as flamboyant as it was in your father's day, ideally one where you don't have to be involved in politics ever again!
Absolutely. 100% fair and reasonable. A slice of those nationalized assets transferred to a nice overseas bank account or two look about right. Who could object ? Cough.
Of course people can turn nasty, so lets make sure that we convert those to, you know, easily "secured" forms of wealth to avoid any confusion. Hey, let's not make a mess for anyone else and let's make sure they're untraceable forms of wealth so there aren't any silly arguments later on.
And maybe burn the records, just to avoid later hassle and squabbling.
And we are, I assure you, getting ever closer to a full democracy.
So, how should you set about changing the goverment, without revolutions and all that nasty violence and bloodshed, especially without your blood being shed?
I say this with enormous sadness, but alas we were unable to completely avoid bloodshed.
But it's all a question of whose blood, isn't it ?
Look, you can let the lawyers live if you're feeling squeamish about this.
Your problem here is simple : the former power holders aren't the type to go quietly and you've already got the infrastructure for making them go noisily in place, so may as well use it.
It's all for a good cause and never mind that "Road to Hell paved with good intentions" nonsense - that's what people in the generalissimos' cells say. We do plan to live to retire, right ? :-)
For this question assume an alternate world almost identical to ours, with the only differences being the presence of your small dictatorship. The leaders of other countries that may get involved would be ruled by some general president/prime minister/whatever rather then the specific leaders in power today; in fact I'm open to adjusting political affiliation and general policies of various leaders as necessary to server the plot.
( "General President" - took the words out of my mount. :-)
If history tells us anything it's that inviting other countries in to "help transition power" is another way of transferring power to a creep working for an entirely different country. Or to wind up with a civil war, which is a tad antisocial IMHO. Let's not do that.
So a day (or week, "tops") of bloody removals from offices, followed by some quick work with a mop, bucket and disinfectant and you'll be mere months away from getting that new constitution and that election to the new parliament.
And of course you'll need to stay on a short while to ensure the whole thing goes well. And maybe you should ensure the constitution allows you to maintain a little control just in case your guidance and inspiration is needed a little longer.
And what if people really screw up and you just have to step back in to power, for their own good ? I mean, just in case, to be socially responsible, we need to have the option there.
It's only common sense !
And parliament probably shouldn't get full control too soon. After all, people aren't properly educated and used to democracy. It needs a transition period. And we shouldn't rush this - slow and steady wins the race !
So, once you're completely satisfied the whole democracy thing is working the way you want, you can retire to Scotland, which you inexplicably bought with your (generously donated) retirement fund.
Oh yeah, don't forget to deactivate those RCECs on your way out of the country. Or if you think it's more efficient you could, you know, activate them. Dealer's choice.