- Nov 26, 2018
Yes, this is a good point. A repeated point in the game is the difference between being the nominal ruler and being the actual ruler. Even if Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude came to an agreement, it could all be for naught if any of the powers behind them rebel(and seeing as Edelgard's ultimate plan is to permanently depose the nobility, church, AND slitherers, rebel they would). In the end it takes the intervention of a literal god in order to enact change in Fodlan's governments.I meant more in the sense that at the beginning of the game Edelgard is a powerless imperial princess about to ascend to an equally powerless throne. Yet when she finally ascends later that year, she starts by deposing the prime minister, starting a purge of corrupt nobles, oficially starting a war with the church and leading the imperial armies into battle.
In the BE-E route right after taking Derdriu Hubert reveals that there were already "previous arrangements" made so that Count Bergleiz would be handling all the Alliance lands for the Empire. I imagine a similar "arrangement" was made for the Kingdom lands for Count Hevring, since the two of them are the most powerful men in the empire, and the only ones who could have given Edelgard the power to do any of the things she did at the end of part one. Before the attack on the monastery both Lin and Caspar actually can't believe that she managed to get the support of both of their dads, since they're always butting heads with each other in an act of showmanship.
Sometime during the school year Ferdinand mentions that there are many high ranking imperial nobles who still dream of restoring the old Empire, and after the mock battle of the Eagle and Lion Caspar mentions that his father came to watch the battle but didn't even speak with him, just had a private conversation with Edelgard and left immediately, and that as far he knew this was the first time they had spoken with each other.
It seems to me like in order to garner their support to restore power and authority to the emperor so she could actually do any of the things she set out to do, she promised them she would give them their dream of a reunified Fodlan under the Imperial banner. And thus any attempt for diplomacy with Dimitri or Claude would be a waste of everyone's time, since the best offer she could give them under her circumstances would be their unconditional surrender, annexation of their lands and their eternal exile from Fodlan (note that that is exactly what Claude's fate is if you spare his life).