Since the creation of the position of president, Saratoa has been in a stalled transition from dictatorship to democracy. Ilse is the dictator in this equation. She created the presidential position, but has not completely let go of her power, she’s written the law such that the President runs things by her blessing. As she’s gotten older, the country has gotten more and more democratic, since she spends less and less time involving herself in her government.
They are not a couple, but because he is the elected ruler, while she has not actually let go of control, he has to interact with her a LOT. And she is very weird around him (she’s weird in general, she’s out of her mind, but I digress) for example, she believes that her gaudy skin gives her the right to rule and makes her royalty and that covering that skin is akin to not wearing a crown - and DayDrift is nearly as colorful as she is, so she feels he is also a sort of royalty, and she regularly orders him to take his clothes off around her.