What is it that makes a good King (you may substitute Queen for King)? There are many schools of thought. Here I can only show my own thoughts in the matter.
To begin with, there is how the King rules over his subjects. A King is fair with his subjects. He does not steal from them for his own gain. He levies taxes for the purposes of providing services to his subjects that are necessary (such as defending his subjects from hostile invaders), but does not levy taxes in order to fill his coffers with gold and riches. He manages the finances wisely so that he does not need to take any more taxes than is necessary.
He is there for his subjects when they need the guidance of leadership. When disaster strikes (such as storms or other natural disasters), he is there to make sure aid is rendered as quickly as possible.
In short, the King cares for the lives and the quality of life of his subjects and insures that everyone around him knows that he cares about them and will do all he can for them.
He is not a pushover who goes out of his way to just let them have anything they want whether they deserve it or not. He just does what is necessary to allow them to live their lives to the best of their ability. He does not fear to render punishments in and out of his country when punishment is deemed necessary to protect his subjects or to guide them to what is best.
In regards to how subjects respond to their King. The subjects love and respect their King. They accept his wisdom and give their best efforts to him as he gives his best efforts to their livelihoods.
The best chef’s compete to be charge of the King’s kitchen as a matter of pride to be the one to provide him the best meals. The best maids and butlers compete to work in the King’s castle as a matter of pride to insure he receives the best of their services. In the service of the country, the best economists, the best managers of various areas (such as farming, or defense) are available and want to offer their services to the King they admire and respect.
Because he is a good King who is loved and respected, the subjects will do their very best for him, for his needs to manage the country, and even for his comfort.
Why would I talk about something like this here on My Hot Sex Stories?
Because I know the kind of Dom I aspire to be.