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Conservatives have much in common with sidhe Traditionalists. They emphasize tradition, history, and long-standing customs. They look to the distant past for guidance on behavior and values; after all, if it was good enough for the Kithain of long ago, it's good enough for them today. Conservatives believe that while a just government is important, its primary job is to help the people live a good life. If such a government is a monarchy with all the power in the hands of the king or queen, so be it. On the other hand, government is only one tool for making sure life is good; the rest of the responsibility lies with individuals. Therefore, rights are a privilege earned by each and every changeling through fulfilling their duties. Those who don't perform their duties haven't earned their rights, such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Conservatives are also staunch supporters of having distinct social classes and have no difficulty at all with the division between nobles and peasants. Their theory is that hard-working commoners will receive rewards for fulfillment of their duties; these may or may not include titles, wealth, and status. If these rewards aren't forthcoming, well, that just means more elbow grease is needed. Not surprisingly, a number of trolls and boggans are Conservatives, as are many grumps. After all, they worked hard, so why shouldn't everyone else? Conservatives are currently the majority among commoners; probably half of the entire population.