Ha, no we’re not avoiding DF, or at least if we are, I haven’t been informed.
I haven’t played DF in so so long, but if I remember correctly there were loads of different types of noble,each one allowing access to certain functions and abilities, but you’re right they require a bit more ‘looking after’ than your simple workers.
In regards to your idea about the leader, as far as I know, you don’t really play as the ‘leader’ as you don’t have a character, you’re essentially floating above issuing commands, you don’t have a presence … if that makes sense.
This is just my personal opinion, but I really don’t think that applying contemporary understandings of welfare, social order, political regimes etc, is fitting of the theme, or even necessary for SH, but as I said that’s my opinion. What you’ve talked about reminds me more of Tropico rather than DF.
Also I’m not really getting the GoT link, could you elaborate a bit more?