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Mike S.

I think the point you allude to that individual, relatively unaccountable (at least in the moment) power is more dramatically satisfying is a major factor. Democracy may be better to live under, but its compromises and limits are straitjackets for both heroes and villains.

Which is why even those leaders often get handed states of emergency or communications cutoffs by the author so that they're barking orders instead of attending committee meetings. Or they do things with sheer audacity that would get them impeached or primaried in reality.

SF also likes military officers on detached duty for much the same reason.

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