In the Service of the Queen
Called the Kingdom of the Blue Rose, Aldis is a egalitarian meritocracy that prides itself on fair and compassionate treatment of all people.
The Government of Aldis
Aldis is ruled by the Sovereign, who is chosen upon the death of the previous sovereign by the Golden Hart. Although nothing compels the people of Aldis to accept the Golden Hart's choice, they have learned to trust its judgment, for with only one exception, the Golden Hart has chosen just and good leaders who ruled Aldis well. The current sovereign is Queen Jaelin.
Aside from the Sovereign, Aldis's court is populated with the Noble council and other various Nobles. Noble is not a hereditary title in Aldis. Instead, to become a noble a prospect (who may be of any ancestry or societal position so long as they area citizen of Aldis) takes comprehensive tests of literacy, history, philosophy, ethics, and law. Should they pass those tests (something made easier by Aldis's free, accessible public education), they take one final test, one they cannot study for. Each prospective noble touches the Blue Rose scepter, a gift from the Rydan at the end of the great Rebellion. If they are a genuinely good-hearted person with a sincere wish to serve Aldis, the scepter glows and they are confirmed as a noble. However, if they are not, the scepter's glow fades, and they cannot become a noble. Unfortunately, the Blue Rose scepter only works once for each person, so any who fail this final test and find redemption may never try again to become a noble, and those who once passed before falling to corruption may never be tested again.
There are three types of Nobles: Traveling Nobles, Regional Nobles, and members of the Noble Council. Often made up of the newest nobles, Traveling Nobles ride circut between the spread out villages and towns of Aldis, solving problems and if necessary acting as law enforcement and judges for communities that lack it. Regional Nobles govern the more settled areas of Aldis and are often selected from Traveling Nobles who have proven themselves. Regional Nobles administer those settlements, resolving disputes, judging cases, and generally helping to govern those areas. Finally, the Noble Council, three dozen of whom are elected by vote by all current nobles, advise the sovereign, vote on policy, and help appoint new nobles. Council elections are held every year at the festival of service. One member of the Noble Council also serves on the Sovereign's council.
The Guild Council
Representatives of all the trade guilds in Aldis, the Guild council is elected every four years The the Guild Council, like the Noble Council, advises the Queen, as well as helping to resolve mercantile and trade disputes among the various guilds of Aldis. Also like the Noble council, one member of the Guild Council serves on the Sovereign's council.
The Rhydan Council
While Rydan are sometimes distant from the politics of Aldis, they too have a voice in government. The Rydan council (so called by the humanoids of Aldis), is more of a loose organization than an official one. Rydan generally communicate psychically to each other, discussing the issues that concern them without ever meeting in person. However, despite this loose organization, Aldis takes the words of the Rydan seriously and they too elect a representative for the Sovereign's council.
The Sovereign's Council
Made up of one member of each of the other council, the Sovereign's council assist the Sovereign in adminsitering the kingdom. Each member of the Sovereign's council has one vote when they are called to make a decision, while the Sovereign has two. This means that the Sovereign needs only one other vote to pass resolutions that they support, while they council must be unanimous to oppose them. However, Queen Jaelin prefers to pass all resolution by consensus or with no more than one dissenting vote.
Life in Aldis
Life in Aldis is, by in large, good for most everyone. While there is some income inequality, Aldis works hard to make sure everyone has a high quality of life. Laws ensure that everyone receives an education and a living wage, and due to the use of Shas Crystals and Arcana, comfort and sanitation (health care, heating, lighting, water purification, etc.) are highly sophisticated. Many Aldins outside the cities live as farmers, but they have access to the same advances that make life comfortable for Aldins living inside Aldis's large cities.
People of all races, genders, and sexual orientations are given equal rights. People who primarily fall in love with members of their own sex are known in Aldis as caria daunen or “lovers of the dawn,” after the myths of the god Hiathas and his lover Braniel. This term is shortened to caria in common usage. People who primarily fall in love with members of the opposite sex are referred to as cepia luath, “keepers of the flame,” after the god Leonoth and his relationship with Maruenna and is shortened to cepia in common usage. Many, perhaps most, people in Aldis have no preference. Marriages are between any two or more consenting adults, with monogamous couples sometimes being called "twilights" (literally-two lights) after the pairing of the sun and moon, and polyamorous groupings being called "Star Marriages" or "Constellations" after the multiplicity of stars in the sky. Individuals whose gender doesn't match their sex or who are in some other way outside the male/femele divide are called laevvel bran’maur—“beyond the loom of Braniel and Maurenna”(referring to the two primordials most closely associated with maleness and femaleness)—shorted to laevvel in common usage. For those wishing to transition, alchemical treatments and the Flesh Shaping Arcana are available to help them.
Like like gender and sexuality, race is of little concern in Aldis, with even those rejected in other countries, like Night People and Vata'Sha being given the same rights and treatment as any other Aldin. While some immigrants still bear the prejudice of their homeland, most people who have lived in Aldis for several generations are quite tolerant.
Criminal Law in Aldis focuses on rehabilitation and restitution, with those convicted of crimes given some kind of counseling to address the cause of their criminal behavior and some kind of recompense given to the parties harmed by their actions (or their families in some cases). While criminals are kept from the general populace while they are undergoing treatment, the incarceration is not in and of itself a punishment, but rather a means to stop them from causing further harm.