Why does this series emphasize royalty so much? (series spoilers)
A major underlying theme in the Ogre Battle games--barring possibly Person of Lordly Caliber, as I haven't played it fully--is that the royalty featured in those games, or the royalty with the 'truest' claim to the throne of a land, is best able to lead. Legitimate rulers--legitimate and 'true' in the sense that their positions were once usurped and have since been returned to them--are revered by the people and elevated to an almost saintly position.
When Lord Denim takes over the throne in Kachua's absence, the two potential outcomes that result are negative because Denim doesn't fall into the two criteria mentioned. Even when he gains the acceptance of the people, he is unable to repel the ensuing Lodissian invasion whereas Kachua is able to. We can only guess that the Xenobians do not intervene in the case of the former because of the royalty's distrust of a non-legitimate, un-'true' ruler, though nothing is explicitly said... still, although an in-universe explanation may not exist, the obvious failure of King Denim's reign in any case falls in with the emphasis on--again--the theme of 'true' and legitimate rulers.
Lodis' case is very interesting, as the Empire is run by a Senate (officially) presided over or (unofficially) influenced by the High Priest--the mention of a Senate evoking images decidedly not royal . At face value, we can take the mention of a Senate as a reference to Lodis-as-a-Rome-analogue. But dig a little bit deeper, and couple that with Lodis' traditional series depiction as a looming evil, and there's the implication that a government of the people is unjust.
Why do you think this is so? Do you agree with it? A game crafted in the context of the 90s should, if anything, place more emphasis on more democratic means of governing, or at the very least not associate them with entities portrayed negatively.
Interestingly enough, Person of Lordly Caliber conforms to the theory. Spoiler ahoy so watch out.
Prince Yumi is considered the legitimate heir to the throne, and he is portrayed as an innocent but just character, a person who is benevolent (the merciful king image). He died in all ending, though, so it is difficult to verify whether his presence would prevent future wars.
The one who ruled the kingdom, though, can either be your hero, who other fears might usurp the throne and is killed for it, or a politician, who although seemingly benevolent, is quite capable of sacrificing others for the greater good (similar to the Lawful route in TO: LUCT). In both situations, a war with Lodis is brewing on the horizon, an undesirable outcome (except for Zenobia, who takes control of the country as a puppet state in all endings.)
Tactics Ogre PSP Warren Report: 'Saint King' Tristan.
Tactics Ogre PSP Ending (pre-CODA): Denim mentions that Lodis will come back to Valeria--Valeria experiences 1000 years of peace following Kachua's coronation.
Tactics Ogre PSP Chapter 4: Barbas battle cutscene at Banisha.
Ogre Battle made several references to the threat of "Rhodesia," a mistranslation of Lodis. We never see the Empire depicted in full in any of the games.
i think it is showing us the heads of state and what is happening around them. perhaps in episode 8 (if ever... hopeful wishing, if nothing else) we will get to go against the church. ..and like all churches, it is wicked beyond belief. so hopefully i can burn it to the ground (wishful thinking, yet again)
i can't use what i can't abuse, and i can't stop when it comes to you
Gods in this series exist; they personally bless the leaders of kingdoms, and the poor people eat that up. The negativity around the Senate of Lodis is pretty apt, since our so called democracies are nothing more than plutocracies in disguise; always have been, always will be. It's the people that make a system work, not the other way around. But I guess that's a different debate altogether.
Beyond that, it's a refreshing take to have a series that isn't a socialist, "power of friendship" tale, with the moral undertone of something that would be written for a children's show.