In a recent comment, someone found the concept of the Royal States series to be offensive due to their liking of the constitution. The female’s button has been pressed. You know that red button? The one that makes her mimic my sister’s expression?
That button. It’s been pressed.
The Royal States of America is a fictional piece of work that asks and answers many ‘what if’ questions. This is called Speculative Fiction. In Speculative Fiction, the author delves into answering one or many ‘what if’ questions.
There are a lot of what if questions asked in the Royal States series. This is a piece of fiction. The constitution is not at all threatened by a piece of fiction.
Let’s check out what speculative questions the female deliberately asked and answered in this series.
Q: What would happen if magic triggered a second civil war that divided the nation?
A: States declared independence and seceded from the union, declared themselves to be self-functioning monarchies due to the new power rifts between people, and became a loose coalition rather than a united nation. But since Americans are Americans, they didn’t completely abolish the United States. It became a new entity, but the kingdoms most certainly do feud with each other.
On a historic level, this is literally what happens when there is an irresolvable civil war that divides a nation into parts. The entire Revolutionary War was fought based on one such part of an empire deciding it wanted to secede.
History repeats itself. This is a known entity. There is a reason that quote is so poignant, and that yes… we are inherently doomed to repeat history over and over again.
This leads me to discuss the clusterfuck that’s Null and Void and the surprising number of people who had no idea that the marriage rules used in the series are literally borrowed from the modern United States. The female spent hours researching how child marriage laws work in the United States before writing that arc.
All she did was research marriage practices from various monarchies around the world and applied the current laws of the United States to them.
Yes, Americans, you do live in a nation that values child marriage and has legalized it in some form in the majority of the states. This is not just one political party allowing and using these laws. It’s both. Of course, if you’re in a red state, the laws are typically more lenient and harsher against children. Tennessee is currently the worst culprit in terms of child marriage.
They have a known history of marrying 10-12 year olds to far older men and women. (And yes, little boys are just as likely to be married off as little girls. Tennessee has a known history of doing it to both children.)
Worse, the judges may not bar the unions because of how child custody laws work, even if the child is sobbing and begging to not be married.
That’s the law.
Christianity is currently the largest consumer of child brides in the United States; other religions tend to implement their child marriages outside of the United States, although the US does typically acknowledge and accept the marriages of children abroad as long as the paperwork is legal. (It usually is.)
Food for thought.
So, that leads to the next question:
Q: How would American society change if something typically swept under the rug (IE, child marriage) becomes front-and-center of American politics and thus becomes a way of life?
A: It’s in Null and Void, the Captive King, and A Guiding Light. It’s also in Storm Called. It is also in Taken. Taken plants the seeds of a parent’s struggle to safeguard their child against those horrors. It also shows how the children are exposed and brought up to find this sort of behavior appropriate.
Because to their society, it is.
it is worth noting that the author’s personal feelings on this matter plays zero part in how the characters feel on the matter. She is not her characters. She often has countering views compared to her characters.
She does not want to be her characters.
But she wants to explore new worlds. But that often involves asking and answering uncomfortable questions.
The female loathes child marriage and firmly believes there should be no civil or marriage unions performed until the age of 18 at the absolute earliest. This is her personal opinion, and she will not be engaging in any arguments or debates on what anyone else thinks the age should be. (Personally, she would prefer 21, but at 18, children are considered adults and have gained most legal rights.)
A lot of people levered pedophilia claims against the female for following US laws in Null and Void.
Guess what: she’s not a pedophile.
She just wrote a book based on monarchies and current United States laws.
And if the existence of child marriage in Null and Void bothers you, you should probably start looking into your state and see what their laws actually are. For a rare change, wikipedia actually makes a pretty good launching point to get a feel for what your state does in terms of child marriage.
The female is not exactly pleased with her residing state, as they permit ‘with parental consent.’ That’s the dangerous loophole that results in unwilling children marrying adults. As long as the parents say yes and the child ultimately is coerced into doing it, it’s legal. It doesn’t matter if they’re screaming and don’t want to.
The Royal States series includes a change of this practice in the world. But it’s not an easy battle, and people pay the price for it.
New Waters is likely going to be the last book that includes that specific arc, as it deals with the ultimate consequences of good intentions, shit roads, and the politics of marriage in monarchies.
The female doesn’t really like writing these things, but they’re important for the story, because that’s how the questions were answered when she evaluated what might happen if…
So please don’t assign personal believes to the female. She is not her fiction, nor will she ever be her fiction.
It. Is. Fiction.
This means it is not real.
Screw it. We could explain all day long, but it wouldn’t do all that much good.
People have a hard time figuring out authors are not their writing, and reading something that is speculative doesn’t threaten their way of life.
It. Is. Fiction.
P.S.: If you are the kind of reader who cannot tolerate changes to society, anything touching the constitution, what if questions that touch on potential sensitive subjects, and so on, please do not read the Royal States or the Magical Romantic Comedy (with a body count) series. Neither of these series are good for you.
Have a nice day, and happy reading.
P.S.: Don’t read the Jesse Alexander books, either. The President in that one is on her eighth or so term.