I have talked to a number of people who think that their 'democratic' country is really ruled by a secret group of influential folks who pull all the strings, and it wouldn't really matter what the voters elect. Is your country in this quandary?
Ooh, Secret Rulers! This is my kind of topic. The Skull and Bones are the secret rulers of the US, the French have too many secret societies to know which one is in control but here is a clue to where they party, Britain by the Ordo Templi Orientis, the Thule Society in Germany, but one society to rule them all 'the Illuminati'.
I believe secret societies have always existed and will continue to exist. These niches provide for those in the "inner circle" to really relax and be without the fear of general public speculation IMO.