Originally posted by Hand-of-Omega
As far as the First Age goes, I can see the above, but I really feel, *given the history of the setting as it is*, that mortals shouldn't be in positions of power, at least not above a local level (mayor would be cool). There certainly should be a few, but they should be exceptions, people of such extraordinary vision and ability that even the Exalted can't deny them a role without shooting themselves in the foot. But this would still be notably rare in a world of Terrestrials, Half-Castes, God-Bloods, and Mutates.
Exalts and god-bloods and the like are still fundamentally human, and I think you are grossly overestimating the extent to which the average human actually wants to bother ruling shit. Sure, everyone has to kowtow to you and there's all sorts of economic perks. But there's lots of downsides! You have to deal with a bunch of annoying responsibilities, and even if you fob those responsibilities off on someone else, they are still things you are responsible for
, which can be shitty if -- like most people -- you have a conscience. No matter how well you rule, lots of people will still hate you, and most people don't like being hated. Your ability to travel is constrained; whether you're a real leader or a figurehead, you need to be around for various functions, and you'll need guards because sooner or later someone's going to try and kill you. (On a bad day, your typical god-blood or younger Exalt can still be shanked by a handful of mortals, and more powerful Exalts may have to fear supernatural assassins.)
Why go through all that rigamarole? Let someone else -- mortal or god-blood or Exalt -- sit on the throne. Let them
yawn their way through hour after hour of meetings and petty decision-making every day. Live your own life, whether it's a quiet life untroubled by responsibility, or a life of adventure where you follow your own heart and your own rules!