in one game I had generals, two, I think. I have never hired another whiner.
The only rebel or coup-er I have had to date was in a tiny test game I played where I deliberately ignored managing the population's opinion of me just to see how a coup or rebellion happened. My one starting soldier ended up launching a coup and shot up the palace solo for a year or so before he dumped me into a rowboat.
I suppose I'm a benevolent despot. I'll fix an election occasionally, but that's about as far as I go.
Oh! I did once murder the whole population one at a time, but that was because it was so much fun using the editor's 'finger of god' to give them tuberculosis or heart attacks!
It's out of my system now. Really!