I've been reading through Vampire: the Requiem 2nd edition, and I'm a bit perplexed about the Carthians. It makes the Carthians sound like freedom fighters who've little idea of how to rule once in power. My understanding of them from the 1st edition was that they were more democratic in nature, to contrast with the dictatorial Invictus. Perhaps the first Carthian book makes this make more sense, or I haven't gotten far enough in 2nd edition.
Has this changed in 2e? Or perhaps my recollection of 1e is flawed? How should the Carthian leadership be portrayed when they're in charge?