I am Romanian and was born just a few km away from Sighisoara the place where Vlad Tepes was born. From what I know from our history class and also common knowledge here in Romania, Vlad Tepes was a very beloved ruler. There are countless stories about its way of doing justice, installing order and honor.
Just to remind one of them. Almost any crime from thievery to homicide could end up in impaling for the wrong doer. So Vlad, being so sure that his "law system" is working, he left a gold cup near a fountain in the main square of Targoviste (his ruling town). Any passer could use the cup to drink the fountain water, but the old time historians told us that as long as Vlad was the ruler nobody ever stole that cup.
He encourage the commerce, build roads in his country, build and reinforce the strongholds and monasteries, but also shelter the merchants and peasants who made up the bulk of the army. He also hated and in many cases punished the corrupted noblemen/politicians of his time.
So yeah, Vlad Tepes was loved by his people and it is still loved today.
The romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu, in one of his very well known poems is calling Vlad Tepes as the only one who could bring again the justice and honor to the present day.
Also the communists used to portrait him as a legendary hero of the country.
Of course his enemies hated him, especially the Turks who raised him in Istanbul so he could become a puppet ruler later on, but instead of that he became one of their fierce enemy.
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