In a way, it’s a whole mishmash of systems with visible American, German, and Japanese influences, like everything else in Takara.
Sato vam Rusch is the Imperial Minister of the Fleet. Her family’s a bit newer than the Holts, but they’re also pretty distinguished, complete with their own great past martial hero (General Hitomi vam Rusch, in this case).
She and Lord Cassius have been known to… participate in joint manoeuvres in the past.
Quite easily: he’s got the Holt political machine behind him if he wants it, and while Graav Maximilian isn’t an elected representative, he is effectively the leader of the Coalitionists, which means he has a lot of pull with more or less half the senate.
Kind of. Canadian provinces tend to have parliamentary seats apportioned by population, which both means that less populated provinces have to vote as a bloc to be heard, but also that the 12% of the population who live in the six least-populated provinces can’t hold the rest of the country hostage (to the eternal chagrin of the Liberals and the Conservatives, who have the Maritimes and the Prairies as strongholds respectively).