Even so, during conversations on the rooftop she gave me the vibe of an entitled, spoiled and out-of-touch person. Her abilities aren't that impressive as she apparently thinks.
I never got such a vibe from her or a sense that she finds her powers overly impressive. Agree to disagree there.
This isn't a valid excuse for a government. "The poor? They are so out of sight!" The problem is that their traditions aren't working well at all on the larger scale, like the city of Neketaka. And it should work splendidly should I entrust them with a chance to rebuilt their empire and reclaim Ukaizo. We are talking about uniting the tribes and creating more large cities, I presume.
I'm not trying to justify it exactly, but do you really think the poor fair any better in Rautai or the Republics? You're going to find an impoverished underclasss in any sufficiently large society. The Huana trade social mobility, which is likely going to be pretty limited anywhere, in exchange for the underclass being cared for. Which seems to work pretty well outside of Neketaka. It's by no means a great system, but I can't say I find it worse than what the other factions offer.
It is disgraceful that a "solution" is necessary. It is telling that he would not feed his people on his own. He will only mercifully turn a blind eye on smugglers supplying the poor with food or generously allow Dawnstars to carry out his work for him.
Again a solution will be necessary in any society, and the prince actually is willing to try to find one. If the Watcher doesn't find a source of food, either the Dawnstars or smugglers, he doesn't have much to draw on to solve the problem, just swearing that he'll find a solution if it kills him. And take note that if you work with the prince the Roparu's conditions actually do improve. In contrast Rautai just evacuates the Gullett and burns it down, and Vailia doesn't do anything.
This is correct. Although once the truth comes to light, the queen refuses to stop using the dragon essence for fuel and gets moody if you decide agaist it.
Enslaving dragons is bad, no argument here. But again, with the possible exception of Aeldys, all of the faction leaders would be up for exploiting the situation. Castol might wring his hands with guilt, but he'd still go along with it. The others wouldn't even hesitate.
The Huana are far from perfect, but their problems aren't unique to them, and they show more concern for their people than the alternatives do.