City in North-Eastern Italy, 45°26′15″ N, 12°20′9″ E, famous for being placed on many small islands, with no ground roads. From middle ages to the Napoleonic era, Venice was the seat of the Republic of Venice and a major Mediterranean naval power.

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Were there any other systems which resemble the complex election procedure for the doge of Venice

I was fascinated by a passage in Thomas F. Madden's Venice: a New History describing the complex process used to elect the doge of Venice. This process is explained briefly here: Wikipedia: Doge of ...