Overall, following a wave of internal unrest in the 1960s, much of Remnora moved significantly toward the left as compared to prior positions. While certainly not a "liberal" nation, Remnora aligns more toward centrist policies in everything with the goal of not trying to offend anyone of other beliefs while still maintaining a single government position that will be approved of.
The people enjoy the relative economic freedom that they are granted. While the major corporations are at least slightly state owned to ensure their production and use to the Kingdom, small businesses are given freedom to run the business and succeed or fail as the market dictates. Outside of the semi-state owned corporations, the government interferes little with business.
Remnora is, for all intents and purposes, an absolute monarchy when it comes down to it. The monarch has all the power and the House of Commons and Lords act primarily as the monarch's rubber stamp. That said, the people much prefer a democratic government as influenced from outside sources, and leeway has been granted to the populace, allowing them to elect their representatives in recent years.
Desired Effectiveness of Government:
For the most part, once the leaders are in power, the people tend to put faith into the government to do the right thing and allocate the budgets as necessary. Only when particularly controversial things occur do the people start to care what is going on in government.
As read above, when controversial things occur the people tend to protest. Lax protest laws require no permits, however they will be cracked down on once it becomes violent as freedom of speech - if nothing else - is held dear, while violence is not tolerated.
Remnorans as a whole welcome in new viewpoints, cultures, in species, seeing them as a vital ingredient to the Remnoran melting pot. While the species biases remain, they've increasingly been torn down in favor of open culture and an open society.
Despite the majority of the Kingdom following the Bassemic religion, the Kingdom has taken on highly secular policies as the world becomes an ever smaller place and religious favor toward one culture, one religion, or one species becomes obsolete.
Mass Media Addiction:
While the news agencies are heavily viewed, such programs are not overbearing in a person's life. Generally the average resident is encouraged to get out and find a job that they enjoy that serves the state in some form. That said, much of what's on TV is propaganda in some form, with the news generally distorting some facts slightly.
General Public Health:
Due to leaps and bounds in the medical field, while public health could be significantly better over all, basic cybernetics have been widely used in situations where there are lost limbs. Surgeries are increasingly efficient and less dangerous as Remnora pioneers medical advances.
The population is largely content. There's still space to grow, no wars going on at the moment, and everything is rather normal. However, the Kingdom's people tend to quickly sway one way or the other - either happy or protesting - when things aren't so good.
Technically placed higher than the working class, and only because of their history, the Freemen are the slaves that have earned their freedom in their life. This can come about in several ways, ranging from purchasing freedom or otherwise being released to being caught up in a raid and freed with full government reparations due to unjust servitude. Freemen are, despite the former slavery, largely respected as it is clear that they are not useless and are, typically quite proficient workers. They have equal opportunities as almost any other class and can succeed or fail as their motivation and ability dictates.
The Working Class is the basic term for the stable, though less well off, people of Remnora. These people form the backbone of Remnoran labor and typically work the "blue collar" jobs ranging from factory positions to dockworkers and ship builders. In times of peace, much of the armed forces are drawn from the working class, Despite being technically among the lowest classes of Remnora, they are highly respected by the nobility for their use and skills. Due to ease of social mobility if one sets their mind to it, the working class general moves up from where they are born in life.
A very small group within Remnora, but notable all the same. Technically the lowest class of the Kingdom, slaves do enjoy a relatively comfortable life that is provided to them, but do not have the freedom of movement and many basic rights that others Remnorans enjoy. Slaves is the umbrella term for the indentured servants (most of which are contract workers bound to a master) and those born into slavery. Unlike the days of old, most slaves, over time, can find themselves freed and moving up or down freely in society.
The absolute lowest of Remnoran society, the Lower Class is typically used to define the poor, destitute, diseased, and outcast of Remnora. Most of the Lower Class refuse to try to better themselves, attempting to rely upon the government for assistance (and getting nothing for their uselessness), and thus are looked down upon and placed lower than even the slaves. They are a very small minority, but are by and large despised for being a burden rather than a use. During times of war, the Lower Class is usually forced into service to rid the Kingdom of them.
Cultural Overview by City
Espican culture is the dominant culture of the Remnoran Empire. Based on principles of order and civil obedience, the government has embraced the ideals that Espican culture stand by. The capital of Espica, where it is clearly named from, is a key example of this. Streets are laid out in an orderly and raidal fashion and designed in such a way that everything flows as it should around the Royal Palace at the center of the city. The people born into an Espican culture tend to be much more conservative than the rest of the Empire, owing particularly to a higher standard of living. If wealth isn't available, the people of this cultural group tend to be more 'cultured' than many other nations, choosing operas and theater over rock concerts and movies. It is Espican culture that emphasizes the right of only felines to run the country, leaving canines as second class citizens.
On top of the more cultured society, Espicans hold their maritime ancestry dear, reflecting that in the way they run the country. The Navy is the most well funded and powerful force in the armed forces, trade ships traverse the world bringing Remnoran goods to other less well off places and returning with the goods required in the Empire. Such wealth is the reason that Espican culture is viewed as the ideal cultural state by other cultural groups of the Empire.
Area of Influence:
Espica and the Home Territories
In stark contrast to the Espicans, Senzovonans are a more rebellious culture. Compared to the Espican values of order and obedience, Senzovonans take to the streets at the slightest offense to protest the government. As such, despite proximity to the capital, Senzovona is considered the 'ungrateful child' of the Remnoran Empire. In the people, they are very liberal, almost to a fault, and despite any government interference beyond that which is necessary to run the country. As such, the city is exempt from many of the laws of the Empire, making it a haven for subversive elements and canines that seek a life free from prejudice and hate.
Again unlike Espica, Senzovona always had a major focus on the infantry from the ancient days and on. In times of war, they were able to hold off the Espicans during sieges by remaining behind the walls. When Senzovona fell to Espica, it continued its tradition. Today, most soldiers of the Royal Army originate from Senzovona or the province, and out of spite the Army is forgotten in favor of the Navy.
Area of Influence:
Senzovona Province Only
Striking a middle ground between these two, Genitene is a city located inland and in the middle of two of the key rivers of the western part of the Remnoran mainland. Genitene has always enjoyed a wealthy lifestyle until the Espicans arrived. The two had peaceful relations, but in the end the Espicans were using Genitenian alliance to slowly spread their influence. The wars that the Espicans involved them in drained the city of its wealth, forcing them to submit to the newly formed Remnoran Kingdom. That life remains today as Genitene became the dominant cultural group of the western Empire. They take on a servile attitude toward the Empress and the central government.
Genitene, culturally, is a city of traders. Seemingly naturally born with the ability to make a deal on most things, Genitene is the home of the Imperial Academy of Commerce and its graduates are the heads of major corporations within the Empire and abroad. As such, despite the servile attitude, Genitenians are proud of their commercial history and won't stand for any attacks on their society.
Area of Influence:
The Western Kingdom of Remnora, Genitene Province
Situated comfortably within the mountains in Northern Remnora and the foothills around it, the Highlanders have shown to be a very hardy and strong culture. Primarily lions, the Highlanders have become famous for their continued use of body paints on their warriors. The few Highlanders that join the Army or, in very rare cases, the Navy also adorn themselves with the paint. In all, despite the seemingly backward cultural values, the Highlanders have embraced the wave of technology. As part of the new warrior culture, kevlar kilts have become increasingly common among the ex-soldiers.
The Highlanders are primarily agricultural with few industries to speak of. What wealth there is in the Highlander homelands is within the control of the nobility who try to spread the wealth to ensure that their subjects remain happy and loyal. Society is ordered and honor based and also notable for not restricting women to certain duties, enabling the women in society to hold titles, own land, and join local militias without discrimination. Duels of honor are common, taking many non-Highlanders by surprise when what is normal in their culture is taboo to the Highlanders.
Area of Influence:
The Northern Kingdom of Remnora, Senzovona Province