The sane thing would be her having half a dozen older siblings, making her more expendable than the avarage prince(ss), giving her the freedom to do heroic shit. ... But I guess she's once again an only child with no interest in the throne, or something.
Now while the former would make the most sense, its far more likely to either be the latter or the case where she did have an older brother who disappeared on an expedition and to solve the mystery of his disappearance she must confront the evil empire's masked Black Knight who's fighting style is suspiciously identical to that of her missing brother's but she won't notice this until the end (or at least won't reveal that she noticed it until the end).
Basically, what I'm trying to say is that it isn't a Tales Of plot point unless its a done to death clichÃƒÂ©.
If this is correct, then man, how wrong I was.
Well, look at that...
"The government is separated from the hand of royalty and nobles, and a bureaucratic organization is being molded."
"A princess at the lowest rung of the heirs to the throne of Highland"
Tales has discovered logic! :D
I never liked the 'Yeah, let's have several world leaders risk their lives for a better future!' thing. As if those people don't have anything better to do. Hero standards are pretty low (a child with a stuffed animal qualifies!), why not send someone more expendable to go final boss killing? You need those leaders around alive and well in case you need a plan B! >_<
(Which is why I prefer the Xbox 360 version of Tales of Vesperia. Flynn has no business in the party. Yuri handling things behind the scenes while Flynn did all the proper leader stuff (which he was very good at!) made much more sense.)