A Timeline of the Development of the Modern Democracy


  • 1294 B.C.E. – Egyptian scribes break the first-ever political sex scandal with the discovery that Pharoah Seti the First had only one wife.

  • 4 B.C.E. – After the highly negative reception of the Old Testament, God is voted out of office and replaced with a mellower counterpart less likely to murder people for wearing pants made of the wrong fabric.

  • 105– Chinese eunuch Cai Lun invents the first paper in the form of a “Free Tibet” bumper sticker.

  • 257 – Rome lets early Christians choose whether they’d prefer to be sawed in half horizontally or vertically.

  • 982 – Erik the Red spins the first political catastrophe by naming his frigid new colony “Greenland” and his Viking marauders “lobbyists.”

  • 1215 – The Archbishop of Canterbury drafts the Magna Carta, an early constitution guaranteeing citizens the inalienable right to authoritatively quote a document they’ve never read.

  • 1520 –Moctezuma II receives a fatal wound at the hands of Hernan Cortés and loses control of the Aztec Empire. With his dying breath, Moctezuma politely asks for a recount.

  • 1692 – Twenty people are executed in Salem, Massachusetts on charges of witchcraft, forming a harmonious relationship between the law and women’s health for centuries to come.

  • 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation. Confederate sympathizers complain that he brings race into everything.

  • 2015 – “Southern Biscuits and Gravy” potato chips win Lay’s “Do Us a Flavor” competition, marking the last good decision ever made via national election.