OK, the government thing I can actually understand given the context. In the 1700's, standard issue military stuff wasn't that different from what you could buy at the local trading store. Today though its a little harder to swing.
Also, in the situation you described, one must assume that the military has been subverted away from democracy and been swayed over to the controlof a single individual or entity. Do you think that is possible in western democracy? With the rule of law and the courts, with public media, with the role of the international community in things like trade and finance?