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constitutional monarchy

Among the things that are not the adventures of writing -- how to explain the constitutional limits of the main character's powers.

Not always crucial, but when the story turns on them, they are.  All the more in that the monarch, putting her foot down and observing that the military and government alike serve at her pleasure, is invoking powers that no monarch has for -- several generations.  (Partly because when the monarchs annoyed too many people with their prerogatives, they tended to lose them.)

And the most obvious place is in the opening scene, which may not be the right place to stick a chunk of info-dump. Perhaps I can weasel it in with her reactions to hearing it declaimed. . . perhaps. (Mind you, it's a small child doing it, showing off to his fellows, so the motivation aspect is clear.)
Tags: beginnings, exposition, motives and purposes, politics, story structure, world-building: royalty
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