Even so, people still felt that they wanted to be without real-world politics so much that they were willing to sacrifice romance to make it happen, which is interesting to me. Supposedly artworks have been used throughout the centuries as a discreet commentary on the political issues of their times. I would have believed, for those here at least, this would have continued to be the case.
I was going to add some variation of real-world issues in my own works, but now I will think better of it. Maybe some storytelling entirely immersed in the story world, in near complete separation from our own, would be a more popular choice. Seems people are getting tired of politics.