A people is a plurality of persons considered as a whole, as in anethnic groupornation. Collectively, for example,Jews are known as "theJewish people", European Gypsies comprise the bulk of "The Romani people", and Palestinians Arabs are called "the Palestinian people".
Various republics govern, or claim to govern, in the name ofthe people. Both theRoman Republic and the Roman Empire used the Latin term Senatus Populusque Romanus, (the Senate and People of Rome). This term was fixed to Roman legionary standards, and even after the Roman Emperors achieved a state of total personal at arch, they continued to wield their power in the name of the Senate and People of Rome.

A People's Republic is typically a Marxistor socialistone-party state that claims to govern on behalf of the people.Populismis another umbrella term for various political tendencies that claim to represent the people, usually with an implication that they serve thecommon people in stead of theelite.
Chapter One, Article One of theCharter of the United Nation's states that peoples have the right toself-determination