In case you have no idea of the online world of Gor, let me explain some. First I'm going to share a funny- while my Master and I have been "quite Gorean" at times, I'm not allowed to go into Gorean chat rooms- the same holding for Vala, as is mentioned in a conversation between The Queen, Cara, and Vala in "book 4." My Master's chief complaint is how all "Free Men" must be called "Master" by all kajirae (IE slave girls)- this does come from the books. My Master is my only Master- He is understandably territorial when it comes to other males. Now I would further philosophize that, in the fictional world of Gor, Free Men have to do things, be strong in ways to remain free- there is male slavery in the world of Gor; it's just less common than female slavery. But basically, just because you can capitalize your name doesn't make you free.
Something I find interesting is that there are people who identify as Gorean, but don’t engage in much of the online stuff, preferring to bring as much of the philosophy or world view of Gorean culture into this world. In fact it was from such a friend that my Master was able to trade chainmaille work for the metal collar I know wear. I wish we could have continued living near enough for regular visits longer; sometimes I find the roleplay (online) too silly; IE paga doesn't exist. I serve my Master's preferred rum-and-cola.
I'm going to step into the story-world of The Queen and his slaves now. "But how is The Queen Gorean, my Lady?" Vala asks of Cara during the conversation that inspired this post. ( :D My Master said "It looks like you're thinking very hard" as I sat writing this). When you get to read book 4, I'm sure you'll enjoy how The Queen deals with her question. In many ways, "Gor" is a structure, a way of "doing things." There are lists of things expected, whether you identify as a Free Person (and do notice the capitalization) or a kajira/kajirus (female/male slave). Like it's expected a slave won't touch his/her Master/Mistress without permission- this is one place The Queen most definitely isn't Gorean. He enjoys his slaves' touch too much to wait on such ceremony.
One big way The Queen is Gorean is the lack of safe words. Now as a 36 year old woman having lived her whole life in Michigan, it's only been in the last years thanks to the Internet that I even came to know the term consensual non-consent; I thought BDSM properly meant safe words and had simply accepted the fact that I didn't want "proper" BDSM. There is also a certain level of ritual in Gorean interactions- as in The Queen's household. I've enjoyed these often by reading "Gorean serves" online. Whether it's paga, "black tea (IE coffee), or food, there is a specific way it *should* be served to a Gorean Free Person. The ritual shows in many ways in The Queen's household- casual or formal meal, a slave sent to fetch The Queen or an upper class slave a drink.
In pondering this topic, I want search for books about Old Guard BDSM culture, not just websites (something I've viewed quite a few of). It was frustrating- I finally found a book by Guy Baldwin ("Ties that Bind"); I actually really want to buy it. Sighs, it's only available in paperback. I enjoyed reading an article by him (shared with his permission on a website) and gave my BR the link too :D. I just can't help educating. I think sometimes in our "rugged individualism" that's esteemed in the US, we loose some of the benefits of "community" and "family" as it's visible in cultures like Japan, some African cultures. I like the concept of "Ubuntu"- "I am because we are." Whether we call it "Gor" or "Old Guard," I think the notion of Ubuntu is the biggest difference between Gor, US culture, and The Queen's family.
How is The Queen Gorean? He takes care of his property. He expects things to be the way he wants it, that his slaves will make it that way as much as possible.
How is The Queen not Gorean? Sometimes life just happens- like him and Iona having a kid (that wouldn't happen in Gor because kajirae are given a 100% effective birth control that requires a "releasing agent" for them to bred and that only happens with male slaves, under the Masters' control) or how The Queen loves his slaves (it's a notion in the Gor books that loving one's slave can reduce the effectiveness of a Master.) But in The Queen's very not caring about others' opinions of him as a dominant, he reconfirms his Gorean-ness.