What is the word for subjects (of a monarch or ruler) when regarded as a single entity?
E.g. "The role of the citizenry in civic life"
E.g. "The howl of the _____ under oppression"
Edit To my understanding, a 'citizen' is an individual person, 'citizens' a number of them, and a 'citizenry' a conceptual singular actor directed by popular will. Since individuals living under particular constitutional arrangements might be designated subjects but not citizens, is there a word that describes a collective entity that is similar to a citizenry but composed of people with the status of subject?
Edit Evidence of research. I found no suitable matches for intuitively-composed derivatives of 'subject' (e.g. 'subjectry', 'subjecture', 'subjecturate') using a popular Internet search tool, nor amongst words related to 'subject' as listed by some word reference tools.