[; real talk tho.
I’m not actually sure what ReMind says about it, but somehow I doubt it touches on the subject of Radiant Garden leadership. In fact, I’m inclined to believe that, along with making RG look exactly as it once did (impossible, btw), that Ansem the Wise has resumed his role as ‘king’ or whatever.
EVEN IF the entire situation is explained to the townsfolk— remember they all believed that Ansem the Wise betrayed them and plunged the world into darkness— the people would at first be skeptical and then ask where he’s been for the last decade.
Trapped in darkness and then seeking vengeance? Locking a young girl in a god damn broom cupboard? I’m sorry, but as a township I doubt they’re going to so easily acquiesce power to someone that a good chunk of them don’t even know. There’s a lot of young people in RG, and a lot of new people too.
And yeah, my leaning is that they’d probably all go ‘hey why doesn’t Leon lead us?’. Because why wouldn’t you? Leon, who provided safe bastions for the lost when RG was uninhabitable, then spent every single day toiling to restore the place once they did go back? Who’s fought for, defended, and guided every resident? RG is immaculate, and it’s no thanks to Ansem or a single apprentice.
Of course my thought is that they cast a ballot and its almost unanimously voted that Leon serve as mayor, which he immediately turns down doing until Aerith pats his arm and goes ‘you would be doing literally nothing differently except getting paid.’ And then he accepted.
bc restoring a town for free makes money difficult.
So yeah. Anyway. Leon is mayor and the townsfolk weren’t going to just let Ansem slide back into uncontested leadership. ]