It was expected that if there was a monadic relationship between press freedom and a reduced likelihood of casualties in disputes it would be modest, particularly in comparison to the clear effect of shared press freedom. It was hoped, however, that whatever the results were they would be clearer and easier to interpret. There is no real reason to expect that the components of the democracy measure would have different effects and any explanation offered here would be, at best, ad hoc. The best place to begin looking for an explanation might be to focus on the states with mixed regime attributes. The positive correlation for the democracy variable would be most influenced by the conflicts resulting in casualties where neither of the states involved had press freedom and one of the states had some degree of democracy in its political structures.