The politics of this world are varied. Some countries still cling to supreme monarchies, but the biggest, most powerful nations have established some form of constitutional government. Some are constitutional monarchies with elected assemblies, while others are constitutional oligarchies, with the ruling councils directly elected by their constituents. By far, the most powerful political force in the world is the Assembly of Followers, which is basically this world’s Catholic Church. The Assembly is very inclusive, to the point that anyone born in a civilized country is automatically considered a Follower. More on the Assembly in the Religion section. Basically, the highest leadership of the Assembly is able to influence the minds of people all over the world, which gives them a lot more political power than any individual country’s government could have.
The one thing that most countries agree on is the need for order, and many nations have very strict laws against any sort of disorderly or unruly conduct. The chaotic years before the establishment of constitutional government were so bloody and terrible that no one wants to see them return.
A strong sense of class runs through the shared society of many of the civilized countries on the continent. The peerage system is universal, for it predates every current government. In fact, it originated in a feudal empire that rose and fell 1000 years before the present.