Despite holding a deck-hand's position for a few years , one tictator in particular did not start out that way. He thought he was just another Aristotle before he kaba-waqa'd up the military stern and rowed his eensy-weensy waqa (up cassava creek) to his goal of countrywide superiority.
So, to avoid this happening to you, how would you realise if you are on the road toward despotic rule over your own duchy ?
Here is one of the warning signs, and we have decided to post it here for your own safety.
When another sovereign country sails at random into your waters and 'snatches' one of your citizens in danger of being swallowed by giant salala, print and distribute, quickly and at massive expense, THOUSANDS of GIANT GLOSSY photo posters of yourself to all the citizens of your enclave, declaring some kind of Campaign or anything else you can think of, so as to draw attention away from the other son-of-a-gun.
And hope that your loyal citizen's - or the makabuna's - do not draw all over it - like in this example (oh dear) :