Daenerys Targaryen, Foreign Invader

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At first glance, there should be no question as to who will win the contest between Cersei Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen. The Targaryen heir has all the cards: she has an unsullied army composed of the bravest soldiers in all the world. She has three – now only two – dragons. She also has a Dothraki horde. Any of these three could normally guarantee her victory – not to mention the Stark, Martell, Arryn and Tyrell support she has.

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Chaos Is a Pit After All

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Petyr Baelish, once thought to be the smartest and most cunning character in Game of Thrones, owes much of his reputation to a monologue he delivered in the third season of the series. In a discussion with Varys, he argues that “Chaos is a Ladder”; that destroying established structures – including myths and sources of legitimacy – can lead to an increase in one’s fortunes. At that point, Littlefinger seems to outmanoeuvre his eunuch frenemy, who is left defending the old order.

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Game of Thrones: The Nightwatch Model – Bringing representative government to Westeros

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One of the reasons Westeros is so ill equipped to handle major crises is that its government is not up to the task. Government on Westeros is tyrannical: the monarch sitting on the iron throne has absolute power over his subjects– at least on paper. The institutions that limited royal power in the Middle Ages do not exist or are very weak. There is no parliamentary – or any kind of assembly – to limit the monarch. There is no independent judicial system nor is the Church a real counterbalance to the crown. The only advisory body, the “Small Cuncil” is made of people chosen by the king.

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Game of Thrones: Are there liberals on Westeros?

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Game of Thrones takes place in a feudal setting, so notions about ideology are not prevalent. Most characters are deeply conservative, certainly by today’s standards: they believe in traditional values, adhere to monarchic principles and are classical power players never shying away from the power of force. Liberals are much more difficult to find. Although the notion of freedom is important to a number of characters, most interpret it in a very different way from contemporary liberals.

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