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Venturing Into Mutual Domesticity

Galen Lavellan x Dorian Pavus. Dragon Age Dual AU. 938 words. Mentions @bxtgrl​‘s Aya Lavellan. More under the cut. AO3.

Sorry for the wait! Also I’m so sorry this is short.

Brownie points to anyone who knows where the fic’s title came from!


Galen wasn’t sure how long they laid there, curled in each other’s arms. His head rested against Dorian’s bare chest, listening to the music that was his heart beating. Dorian’s fingers were affectionately playing with his hair. They had started spending more and more nights together in the Inquisitor’s quarters. For the past couple weeks, they had fallen asleep in the same bed. Nightmares still plagued him from time to time, but overall Galen found it easier to sleep with Dorian by his side.

Galen let out a soft, small groan when he noticed the sun was higher in the sky than it had been that morning. He guessed it was almost past noon. What had kept Josephine or someone else from checking up on him, he wasn’t sure. Perhaps they were still treading lightly around him? A lot of the Inquisition’s soldiers and some of his companions had been doing so since he’d executed Erimond. But it had already been roughly a week since then.

He stirred against the other man, moving to sit up only to find hands gently trying to pull him back down. He felt the need to curl back up, to make this moment – this precious time alone with Dorian – last longer like an ache in his heart. It was like a cut that only Dorian could heal.

He turned onto his side, propping himself up on an elbow and smiling down at Dorian.

“We have to get up eventually, vhenan.” He didn’t want to leave the bed, but he knew the world still existed outside the room’s doors, and that world wouldn’t leave them undisturbed forever.

Dorian ran a hand up Galen’s back, earning a shiver from the elf. “I’m certain your sister can handle a few meetings without you.”

Galen leaned down to kiss him, grinning against Dorian’s lips. “You’re keeping me from my work.”

“You hate your work,” the other man pointed out.

Galen lightly scoffed. “I’ll have you know I have a uh – a love/hate relationship with my work.”

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Government (Part 1: Heads of State and Succession)

In stories, and especially in non-modern fantasy, there is a tendency to have a one-man government. There is a king (or, every once in a while, a queen) who seems to singlehandedly decide all foreign and domestic policy while also seeing petitioners and dealing with Court. This is the most impractical form of governance I have ever seen in my life. This is not how any government works. Ever. Here’s some stuff to think about when you’re making a government.

There are a lot of different forms of government. You can do a lot of reading about all of the many variations of the various types of governmental systems, but there are some basic things to think about. In this post, I’m going to cover types of heads of state/government, as well as means to gaining that title.

Who is the executive? (I am using primarily the modern European names as a simplification tool, as that is what most people know.)

Emperor/Empress?

An emperor/empress is the head of state of an empire. An empire is a group of states/peoples spread over an extensive geographical area who all fall under the same central authority (in this case an emperor/empress). Basically, that means that one person controls a whole bunch of groups of people (think: British Empire, which at one point had control over a fifth of the population of the world (1922)). While each individual state and/or colony and/or administrative territory, etc. might have its own leader, the central leader (if it is a single person) is the emperor/empress.

The one weird exception to this is the current Emperor of Japan [Akihito (明仁)], who is an emperor despite only being head of state (technically, sort of, because of Japan being a constitutional monarchy) of one state.

King/Queen?

A king/queen is the head of state of a monarchy. It’s a little less clear-cut to define a king/queen than to define an emperor/empress just because of the looser definition of a kingdom and broader usage of the terms, but before modern times a king/queen was usually lower in rank than an emperor/empress. It’s harder to deal with because the Queen of England could technically could be said to be an Empress because of the weirdness of the Commonwealth Realms, but before fairly recently, the basic difference was that a king/queen ruled a singular state while an emperor/empress ruled a unified set of states.

Archduke/grand duke?

This is not usually a useful distinction to make in modern times (in English), because it usually either referred to a subset of leader within the Holy Roman Empire (which no longer exists) or was used when translating from a language that didn’t differentiate between a prince-who-was-the-son-of-the-king and a ruling prince.

President?

This is usually used to describe the head of state of a republic (for most republics), though it can generally be used to describe a leader of a republic, a democracy, or a dictatorship. In most cases, the president is the executive office.

Prime Minister?

This is the title given to the most senior minister of cabinet in the executive branch (in a parliamentary system of government). Depending on the system of parliamentary government, they may also be the head of the government and head of the executive branch.

Religious leader?

This is where the head of state is also the head of the religion. Though this can go in the direction where the head of state therefore becomes the head of the religion (see: Church of England), this usually refers to a system where a religious leader (or the religious leader) is automatically the head of state. The Pope is an obvious example of this, as he is the sovereign (though not the President) of Vatican City.

Council?

In this case there would be no one head of state, but instead a council that decided (through majority, supermajority, or unanimity voting, or some other kind of decision-making process) matters of the state.

Magistrate?

This is referring to the Ancient Roman version of a magistrate, who was the King of Rome, holding the powers of being head priest, lawgiver, judge, and commander of the army. Essentially, he (or she, if you were so inclined) was the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government simultaneously.

Co-Princes/Princesses?

Princes/Princesses in this case refers not to the sons/daughters of Kings/Queens but ruling princes/princesses. With this, two would hold power simultaneously, which could go in a number of different directions. In some cases (i.e. Nubia) the co-ruling was between a King and a Queen. In other cases, no marital relations were needed. The two can have veto power over each other, or they could hold control over different areas (foreign policy vs. domestic policy, executive vs. judicial, political vs. religious, etc.).

Consuls?

Consuls (in the Roman Republic sense) were two elected officials who served concurrent one-year terms where they alternated holding power.

Dictator?

This is a head of state who holds a huge amount of person power who is (generally) oppressive and/or abusive.

How do they end up in that position?

Direct election?

A direct election is basically a popular-vote election. The results can be based off of a plurality (more votes than anybody else), a simple majority (more than 50% of the votes), an absolute majority (more than 50% of the people who could have voted), a supermajority (some cut-off higher than 50% i.e. two-thirds, three-fifths, etc.), or a double-majority (a majority of votes in a majority of states/provinces/etc.).

Representative election?

A representative election (or indirect election) is where a group of people are voted for who then choose the leader (by seniority, voting, or other qualifications). This is true in the US, for example, where each state gets a number of electors equal to the number of members of Congress they have, and the electors are chosen by popular vote in the state, and then go on to choose the President and Vice President. This can also be true where a legislature is elected and then goes on to choose the head of state.

Parliamentary selection?

In this case (which can be a representative election), the head of state is determined by vote by a parliament. In some cases (where a head of state i.e. a King/Queen/etc. exists) the parliament nominates a candidate, who is then appointed by the head of state (see: Japan). In other cases, the head of state chooses a candidate, who is approved by the parliament (see: Spain). In yet other cases, the head of state chooses a prime minister, who must then gain a vote of confidence from the parliament (see: Thailand). The new head of government may also be the leader of the largest (or second largest) political party in the parliament, or may be selected by direct election by the parliament (see: Greece and Pakistan, respectively).

Council/soviet system?

A local soviet/council is elected for a city, and it holds legislative and executive power for the city. These council delegates then elect their delegates for the district council, and so on for the provincial council, the regional council, all the way up to the national council, with each council holding legislative and executive power for the territory it governs.

Hereditary succession?

In this case, the new leader is determined based on heredity. There are a number of different ways for this to happen (virtually always codified in the law of the land):

Primogeniture:

In basic terms, the oldest child of the current head of state becomes the new head of state. There a lot of different types of this, which I will quickly summarize.

-Absolute primogeniture: firstborns inherit, regardless of gender

-Patrilineal primogeniture: eldest male child inherits, to exclusion of females, traced through the male line.

-Male-preference primogeniture: female descendants inherit only if there are no living brothers or legitimate heirs of deceased brothers

-Uterine primogeniture: firstborns inherit, traced through female ancestors. Sometimes only men can inherit, in which case the King’s sister’s son would inherit after the King

-Matrilineal primogeniture: eldest female child inherits, to exclusion of males, traced through female line

-Semi-Salic law (or agnatic-cognatic primogeniture): female succession only at extinction of all male descendants of male line

Agnatic seniority:

The succession is traced through the male line, but instead of the firstborn son of the King being the successor, the younger brother is.

Proximity of blood:

Succession is determined by closeness in degree of kinship, and as such usually plays a part in one of the other types of hereditary succession. For example, if a monarch has no children and no siblings, the “closest” cousin would inherit.

Rota system:

Similar to agnatic seniority, though after the last brother (whether the youngest or, sometimes, the fourth) dies or abdicates, the throne passes to the eldest son of the eldest brother who had held the throne.

Ultimogeniture:

The youngest child inherits rather than the eldest. This is really rare.

Appointed succession?

In this case, the new head of state/head of government is appointed by the previous head of state/head of government. The appointed new head of state/government could be a child, but wouldn’t have to be.

Criterial succession?

In this case, a set of children sharing the same characteristics could be found and trained, and then one is chosen when the time comes. Alternatively, one child could be found, as in the case of the Dalai Lama, and trained as the new leader.

It is important to remember that these are just options that exist now/have existed in the past. You can come up with literally anything as long as it fits these two criteria: it makes sense in the society that the government is for (or how it used to be, if it’s a relic of the past), and that you can give some logical explanation for it (in the logical of the society).

In the next post I will cover other parts of governments.

The Year is 2018

It’s been 2 years since Mother Clinton seized office, wrestling from the hands of the patriarchy.


A rigid curfew is enforced for the oppressing class. Straight white cis males are only allowed to and fro work between the hours of 7am and 7pm. They are not allowed any mode of transportation besides walking. Infallible leader Clinton calls this The Final Solution to the manspreading problem.


White Straight Men, who are only now allowed to work for the Fempire, as all private employment has been barred. They are put to work building infrastructure and fortifying the Atlantic coast.


Reverend General Al Sharpton of the Domestic Occupation Army publicly executed 20 filthy honky men for not paying their 7 billion Dworkin bucks in reparation for slavery. They attempted to argue that its impossible by saying “the government only allows us to earn up to 77 Solonas cents a day”. But that’s only evil white patriarchy logic.


Johnathan McIntosh, wearing a beautiful cocktail dress, is awarded the status of honorary woman in front of the nation for his service to feminism and social justice. Mother Clinton said “He is everything a man should be, and will serve as a shining example to the patriarchy which still brutally oppresses women and POCs in America.


Soon after, all gay white men are declared privileged by the Fempire. Many are deported to Cockwitz, marching through the gates under the lovely sign bearing the words "Privilege makes you free”.


The Department of Media Monitoring suppresses news of the Russian annexation of Eastern Europe and liberation of New Afghanistan City, formerly known as London.


Microsoft and Sony’s American branch, having been seized by the Fempire and put under the control of Anita Sarkeesian and Zoe Quinn, launch Depression Quest 4, Revolution 120, and WOC paraplegic autistic quadruple amputee blind def simulator 2019.