I think there are crucial differences. To do with the residing inside an individual power that can directly outmatch scores of others. If an ordinary queen has an army, then her daughter has an army, and that army is decisive. But if the queen is an army, that doesn't transfer unless her daughter also is an army. That is why I suppose elites act in various ways to secure that, that will be so.Well, it makes sense that in a fantasy world most ruling people would be adventurers or CCEQ-types. Just as in our world, most leaders/ rulers are not "normal" by ordinary standards. Leaders of industry, military commanders, religious figures, and other occupations whose fame and influence is wide-spread, including actors and other performers, athletes, etc. Even on a more local level, this tends to be true.