Laurell K Hamilton has vampire council and pack politics. Charlaine Harris has vampire queens and sheriffs..and pack politics. Patricia Briggs has vampire kisses..and pack politics. Jim Butcher the Wardens and White Councils and Red Councils.
There’s just nothing dirtier than vampire politics…unless it’s werewolf politics…well, unless it’s human politics.
One thing urban fantasy does really well (and maybe too often, though I’m as guilty of it as the next writer) is use the worst traits of the American political system and apply them to the ruling bodies of our preternatural beings. In the case of vamps and weres, well, think Republican and Democrat. Natural enemies, right?
The vamps are sexually licentious beings who want to spend, spend, spend. They’re probably freakin’ foreigners as well, and their religious habits are…Well, they DO burst into flames at the sign of holy things.
Weres are accustomed to having their way, by bullying and biting if necessary, and consider themselves an exclusive club who can be loyal to their pack. And it’s all about pack. If you ain’t pack, you ain’t real.
Now, imagine a large council of vamps and weres who meet daily in a large round room, pontificating on their various issues. You think they’re going to get anything done? And you expect better of Congress?
My next question…what species does the Tea Party represent? And are you tired of politics in your urban fantasy?