In the US, the states are federalized with the national govt in Washington DC. Counties/cities, however, are not. This means that the US president cannot appoint an emergency governor of a state that is going bankrupt (or for any reason) and suspend/override state legislature, but a state governor can do the same things listed above. Just as the Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment applied to the states as well, the Supreme Court should find that Article 4 of the US Constitution gives the right of a republican-style government to the cities/counties as well. Or better yet, we should amend the constitution to ensure that democracy permeates throughout the country and cannot be abridged or taken over by a leader on high.