IronBear wrote:I have thought this possiblity out because I suspect it is something that Parson will try when he finally becomes a ruler.
Wow, you have given that a lot of thought.
It would be the very last thing someone should
try to do for (actually TO ) them, to set up the kind of polity they ought
to have, but going by the examples we see about us with certain countries trying to impose "democracy" on other countries' cultures, you are probably right that Parson might think to himself "OH, these guys don't know how to rule themselves, I better impose some particular
system that I choose now with all my vasty experience of demographics and political science and historical structures, using my authority as a probably non-voting and certainly detached citizen in a relatively young country".
I guess you are an American, because you write all of that without the least implication, or mention, of the fact that the vast majority of people who live in Erfworld are not going to want
to live in a Barbarian Banana Republic, because they have not one tiny experience with a Barbarian Republic and have never heard of any of the concepts and the closest thing that we have as a reference point to what they DO have as mental concepts or experience, are Democratic Monarchies. As an American you are maybe looking at it a different way, kind of like "What is the most expedient way to make Jack as good as his Master" to make all their votes/experience count for just the same. Even Parson imposing a Proper Democracy, i.e. one with a Sovereign,
would be a gross injustice, an evil act of oppression. It ain't the least bit his business.
However, with the exception of the Casters with their elitist setup in the Magic Kingdom, which isn't a democracy but a Meritocracy, there would be not one idea in any of their minds that their 'ruler" could possibly be, say, a lowly Stabber, and that they could "choose" her. What is a Stabbers charisma stats?. Even the American colonists, on gaining their Independence, serious debated making their "President" a "King" in name, because they, and everyone in the world, thought of Kings as the proper person to be rulers. These Erfworlders have infinitely more reason to think they ought to do the same.
So if Parson tries to make them all vote for "just anyone" who wants to stand for office, they won't understand and will laugh at him. They would have a hard enough time thinking for themselves about who their ruler is anyway, imo. At present, as a fact of nature for them, it is like you or I deciding to "think" about which gravity we would prefer, the kind we have . . . or something else. And it would be inexcusably wrong and arrogant for Parson to do anything of the sort. The only reason he is there at all, is because he was compelled, and the only reason he has to back his life and death choices, is because basically the mechanism continues the compulsion. None of that grants him the right to world wide regime change, even if he DID understand the real ramifications of his impulse to impose an arbitrary form of government on a collection of alien peoples.
And all that doesn't even mention that in the experience of Humanity for one, Presidential Democracies are absolutely the worst possible kind, with their four or five yearly hate-fests, their winner takes all handing out of positions, and their sectarian and divisive natures. ALL of these Erfworld people are killers by trade, you want them to have Fox News and Unions and Birthers and Left Wings and Right Wings and Banlieue and IMF and Anti-IMF etc etc?. How's that work in OUR world, hmm?, seem like a recipe for success for a people who have no idea, not the first example or experience of the GOOD Democracy might do, does it?.