An online comic about Ace. A young geek that's too nice for his own good. All he wants is a regular life and a regular girlfriend. But he knows that isn't going to happen. – CGI – Adult situations. Artistic nudity. Not suitable for children or Fundies.
Ace: I'm kind of surprised that, as former slaves, you would have a monarch.
X: The Empress wields considerable influence, but she does not rule in the strictest sense. Real authority is vested in an elected legislature, but she has veto power and the right to periodically call for new elections. Her actual power comes from wearing the last known Dilmun Diadem. It allows her to communicate with any citizen that has a neural implant, as long as they're within range of the palace habitat or a comm relay. She can know the will of the people within minutes.
Ace: Sounds pretty reasonable, but what's to stop her from ignoring or lying about what she finds out?
Peach: The communication goes both ways; attempts at deceit are immediately apparent. It also plays a part in our justice; anyone accused of a serious crime can request her summary judgment. She does not have a fun job. I should know. I had to wear it for a deci-cycle. Everyone deserves a vacation, after all. It's not a rigid condition for becoming Empress, but generally anyone that hasn't done it won't get a ranking ahead of someone that has. My term didn't go well at all.
Ace: What happened?
Peach: My standing advanced from 40th to 10th.
X: And that was just in the first centi-cycle.
Ace: If you don't like it, why didn't you decline, or even bother trying for a higher rank?
Peach: What? And disappoint my mother?