I would like to know what is the appropriate tense in the following sentence.
An emperor would/will always be an emperor, no matter how badly he botched/botches his job, but a president or a PM will lose his job if he fails to satisfy the majority of the citizenry.
On the one hand, the first part seems to indicate a general rule, thus should use present tense i.e.
An Emperor will always be an emperor...
but on the other hand, I am trying to comment on an institution that no longer exists, and should use past tense.
Thank you for your time