Sure, there might be a “Democratic Deficit”, in the current Republic, from the viewpoint of someone who believes that democracy, or rather, the Gallente form of democracy, is a system that works for the Republic.
But does it ? I don’t think so.
And before the Brutors start with their argument about “The Old Ways” and “Tribal Traditions”, well, they should think about what the old ways got us.
They got us a thousand years of peace. That’s what the old ways, the old tribal traditions got us.
Which left us completely and utterly unprepared against the horrors of a hostile cluster. And we paid dearly in blood, sweat, and tears.
Then the Gallente arrived, and suggested their form of democracy. And, recovering from the horrors of the past, it seemed like a good idea. But what did it get us ?
An administration that was paralysed by the cacophony of competing voices who must all be given equal weight, preventing the Parliamentary Republic from implementing decisive policies to improve our situation. Where billions left the stagnating Republic to find work in the Federation. Where the Republic was seen as a laughing stock by the rest of the cluster.
So now we have a Tribal Republic, an attempt at using the best of the old ways, to create a new future for our people. But the problems remain. Inefficiency, where different Tribe interests prevent constructive collaboration. Transport ships half-empty because of no coordination with the ships of other Tribes.
The Tribal Chiefs are a centralised decision-making body, where information flows up, and decisions flow down. This is a recipe for paralysis. We need something different, to make full use of the benefits of such things as starships and quantum communication, instead of relying on power structures from when our people inhabited a mere handful of worlds.