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  1. The dragons are an interesting part of this whole mess, and I think you've hit the nail on the head. With the dragons present it was likely what could be considered an absolute monarchy. Once the dragons died out, it seems like the idea of absolute monarchy stuck around for a while as seen in D&E. But once the Blackfyre rebellions really settled into historical context it seems like everything drifted over to the Magna Carta style structure you mention. Yes, and when you consider that they Crown has not had much impact on the North at all historically you can really see things falling apart for poor Roose.
  2. I'll approach the bolded point first. Indeed Roose is certainly realistic about the tumultuous situation in Winterfell. There are many parties factoring in to the current state of affairs, but the King's appointment of Roose is surely not a small detail. Sure the Boltons have allies and friends outside of the Crown, but each of these parties are angling to be on the winning side so that when the Crown does become involved they may get rewarded somehow. Much like the Blackfyre rebellions, these houses have a preferred King to obey and aren't just ignoring the King. I am not meaning to say that people blindly do what the King says, I realize that they do not have absolute monarchy. However the citizenry of Westeros at least pretends that the King's words are inherently lawful and should be obeyed by all (ideally).
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    What would Randyll Tarly do with Sansa.

    This is a fair point. Tarly may just decide to try her wherever he has set camp. If she's found guilty she may be faced with a short drop and a sudden stop.
  4. The reason there was a rebellion was because Jon Arryn broke the mold and refused to do as the King said. If there WASN'T at least implied domain by the King then in that case there would be no rebellion. I believe Westeros has a twist of absolute monarchy in their system, although you are right in that they don't specifically stick to that method of governance. The reactions in The Hedge Knight to Egg being Aegon (him merely having to flash a ring to become the boss), plus the way in which the Crown is treated as the supreme authority leads me to expect that there is normally a tiered system of control. In the North the Boltons have legitimacy just because the Crown says they do. Yes, the Starks had to be all but exterminated to make it happen, but the replacement Great House is chosen by the King.
  5. The King has dominion over all of the other houses. It's his realm now, they just live in it.
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    Blackfyre Heritage Reveal Predictions

    I expect it to be revealed to us the readers, but not the characters in story. There's no way to prove it and as we saw from Joff and Tommen staying in power the Lords don't really buy into claims of illegitimacy just because someone claims it.
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    Illyrio dragon eggs. a plot hole?

    She was meant to sell them to buy an army for her brother, I would assume. She sort-of does this when she initially buys the Unsullied, however unfortunately for the Masters that didn't work out so well for them due to the dragons being hatched and loyal.
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    What are the ASOIAF characters' boggarts?

    I would think Jaime's would be Rhaegar coming for revenge, as we see in his dream. Or perhaps Aerys with the fire. He doesn't have much reason to doubt his swordsmanship abilities pre-hand-chop, so I don't think it'd be a deep seated fear. Also I think a few of us are misunderstanding a Boggart. It has to take a physical form, not an abstract like "failure". And the Boggart needs to instill a deep, paralyzing terror. My few- Joffrey; Robert, larger than life and ready to hit him Jon; Catelyn, again being larger than in reality, looking down in contempt Cersei; Tyrion with a crossbow Aegon Dragonbane; Dragons
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    Why do people dislike Stannis?

    Joff is an unfortunate product of his upbringing mixed with potential genetic disorders. He is a victim.
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    Why do people dislike Stannis?

    "would have been" is still not the same as him actually being one. Kinslaying is a grievous sin, and not one taken lightly. There's a reason Stannis lets Davos delay the decision for so long, it's not something he really wants to do. However, in the face of the elimination of humanity Stannis will sacrifice even his own soul to save everyone. If anything his sacrifices of family are his greatest redeeming quality.
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    Why do people dislike Stannis?

    He didn't actually kill Renly. Supposedly he isn't even aware of what Mel did with his shadowbaby, but even if he is aware of it they were going to go to combat the next morning regardless. Kinslaying is more direct, like what Tyrion did. He doesn't burn any septs, just idols of the 7. Weirwoods are significantly more demonic than Rhllor. People draped them with intestines and organs like a macabre Christmas tree. They drink blood and possess animals & people.
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    Why do people dislike Stannis?

    People who dislike Stannis cannot appreciate "context" and judge him purely on an inappropriate standard of goodness.
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    y does dany have the best bond with Drogon

    Because her baby-daddy's soul is inside it.
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    I'm curious how justice is dispensed in Westeros

    Well if we learned anything from The Sworn Sword even the most minor of nobility can execute their commoners without rebuke, unless a higher noble steps in. Basically if their status is below yours the law is open for interpretation, just do what you want and ask for forgiveness later if necessary.
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    Azor Ahai is a hero, not a villain

    Azor Ahai is the same dude who stabs his wife in the chest for a magic sword. Not exactly man of the year.
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