I've never been under a Monarchy, but I have seen the exact same good, bad, and ugly sides of being resided over by one supreme leader who passes the torch down to the next biological heir. There have been some remarkable leaders in this mantle who have lead their countries on to greatness, and while the individual person's opinion does not matter in the ruling process, everyone knows a kingdom/queendom is nothing without it's subjects, and the subjects cannot live safely without their monarch.
No, this isn't a political blog. I won't even tell you what my personal thoughts are. What I'm wanting us to look at is the difference between a country/planet/galaxy/solar system working off of a governmental structure vs a monarch. As well, as if they are in essence the same at the heart of things. I'm sure there have been no small number of people who believe the government in both situations have been "paid off" by some company or SuperPac in order to put themselves in a better position, and again, I'm certain it is no small number who believes it goes the same way no matter the set up of the government.
In The Kataran Series, we have a mixture of both monarchy and government. Is this a truly sustainable situation? Or have I once again imagined something which boils down to stormy nights, wars, and love affairs. Do any of these things last?
I would say...a resounding, YES! In Rignor Galaxy, we have the Rignor Galactic Alliance. This alliance is comprised by one leader from each planet who represents their planet and all of their needs and abilities. It is funded by a tax each planet has to pay. The way the planets are constructed governmentally is up to each individual planet. There are some who have a King or Queen ruling, and some who have a main Leader who is voted in by the general populace.
In addition, to make it fair, even if a planet is ruled by a Katara (who are ultimately the main body of law enforcement, and military force in Rignor Galaxy), they must appoint someone else to take their seat or forfeit the planetary seat in the Alliance altogether.
So, we have a presumably workable form of government over an entire galaxy. What do you think? Is this simply an attempt to set myself up for failure; or have I managed to create a system which overall will even out and work for the betterment of all involved?
What are your thoughts?