© 2016 Mikael Carlson

ENNOBLEMENT AGE (2057 - PRESENT)

AMERICA, INC.

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INTERCORPEX CREATED THE PATRICIAN CLASS WHEN THEY ANNOUNCED THE ZURICH CANNON. WHEN A FARMER PLANTS A SEED, EVERYTHING ELSE HAPPENS ORGANICALLY UNDER THE RIGHT CONDITIONS. THE RISE OF THE PATRICIANS WAS NO EXCEPTION. THE WEALTHIEST AND MOST POWERFUL AMONG THEM WEREN’T CONTENT CARRYING THE SAME TITLE AS THEIR RICH, ALBEIT MUCH POORER THAN THEM, BRETHREN. AS A RESULT, THROUGH MANEUVERING, PROPAGANDA AND NEGOTIATIONS ABOUT TRADING WITH THE EXCHANGE, THEY MANAGED TO SUBDIVIDE THE ELITE INTO CLASSES. ONCE THEY DID, IT SPELLED THE OFFICIAL END OF THE CORPORATE AGE AND THE BEGINNING OF THE ENNOBLEMENT AGE.

 

LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

ENNOBLEMENT IS THE CONFERRING OF NOBILITY—THE INDUCTION OF AN INDIVIDUAL INTO THE NOBLE CLASS. THE GOAL OF EVERY EXECUTIVE AND EMPLOYEE WORLDWIDE WAS TO DISTINGUISH THEMSELVES ENOUGH TO REACH THE RANKS OF THIS CLASS. ALTHOUGH EXECUTIVES HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE, THE DREAM IS UNIVERSAL. THE PATRICIAN RANKS ARE FILLED IN TWO WAYS” FIRST, THE CHILDREN OF PATRICIANS ARE AUTOMATICALLY BORN INTO THAT STATION TO CARRY ON THE FAMILY TRADITION. SECOND, CORPORATIONS MAY PETITION ICX FOR MEMBERS TO BE GRANTED THE TITLE OF PATRICIAN. THE PROCESS IS VERY POLITICAL, AND IS EITHER GRANTED OR REJECTED BY THE BOARD OF REGENTS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF THE ADMINISTRATOR-GENERAL.

THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE ZURICH CANON OR THE IN ANY CORPORATE OR EXCHANGE CHARTER THAT MENTIONS AND SUBDIVISION OF THE ELITE CLASS. THERE IS NO DOCUMENTATION OF WHO COINED THE NAMES PRIMA, GENTEZ MAJOR OR GENTEZ MINOR. WHAT IS KNOWN IS THAT THE USAGE STEADILY MADE ITS WAY INTO THE COMMON VERNACULAR AND EVENTUALLY BECAME GLOBAL DOGMA. 

 

THE PATRICIANS ARE DIVIDED INTO THREE GENERAL CLASSES:

 

PRIMAS – THESE PATRICIANS ARE THE LARGEST SHAREHOLDER FOR A GIVEN CORPORATION. SHAREHOLDERS CHANGED OFTEN FOR MOST IN THE EARLY YEARS OF INTERCORPEX AND THEN BECAME MORE STATIC IN THE 2050S. NOW WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS, THE PRIMAS OF CORPORATIONS ARE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED IN THEIR POSITIONS. AS A RESULT, THEY ARE GIVEN SPECIAL CONSIDERATION BY THE COMPANIES THEY OWN. FOR EXAMPLE, THE BETTANCOURTS, LONG KNOWN AS THE PRIMAS FOR POWERFUL AMERICA INCORPORATED, ARE PROVIDED OFFICE SPACE ON CORPORATE HILL, HAVE NEARLY UNFETTERED ACCESS TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND ARE VERY INFLUENTIAL OVER THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. PRIMAS ARE IDENTIFIED BY THEIR GOLD FAMILY COAT OF ARMS. 

 

GENTEZ MAJOREZ – THE BEYOND WEALTHY UPPER PATRICIANS. THEY FALL INTO TWO BROAD CATEGORIES: MAJOR STOCKHOLDERS OF WORLD CORPORATIONS WHO BUY SHARES AND THOSE WHO ENGAGE IN HYPER-TRADING TO ENHANCE THEIR FORTUNES. MOST HYPER-TRADERS ARE WEALTHIER THAN PRIMAS AND BUY AND HOLD MEMBERS OF THE GENTEZ MAJOR, USING THEIR CONSTANT BUYING AND SELLING TO AMASS TREMENDOUS FORTUNES. IN THIS WAY, THEIR INFLUENCE COMES WITH THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES THEY CAN BRING TO BEAR FOR OR AGAINST A CORPORATION RATHER THAN JUST HAVING A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF OWNERSHIP SHARES IN ONE. THE GENTEZ-MAJOREZ HAVE A SILVER FAMILY CREST. 

 

GENTEZ MINOREZ – THE LOWEST CLASS OF PATRICIAN, AND THE PREDOMINANT REASON WHY SO MANY WEALTHIER ONES WELCOMED THIS RANK STRUCTURE. THE PATRICIANS ARE WEALTHY AS COMPARED TO EXECUTIVES OR CORPORATE EMPLOYEES, BUT DO NOT HAVE THE OBSCENE WEALTH SEEN IN THE UPPER LEVELS. NEWLY-MINTED PATRICIANS ARE ACCEPTED INTO THIS GROUP. THE GENTEZ MAJOREZ TYPICALLY DABBLE ON THE GCSI, ALTHOUGH THEY MAY OWN A FEW SHARES OF STOCKS IN THE IGI. THEY HAVE A BRONZE, TIN, OR OTHER METAL COAT OF ARMS OTHER THAN GOLD OR SILVER. 

 

CASTES OF PATRICIANS

ALTHOUGH IT IS DIFFICULT TO ACHIEVE, THERE IS UPWARD MOBILITY WITHIN THE RANKS OF PATRICIANS. PROMOTION FROM A GENTEZ MINOR TO MAJOR IS NOT FORMAL, BUT IS TYPICALLY GRANTED ONCE A MAJORITY OF INFLUENTIAL MEMBERS OF THE UPPER CLASS RECOGNIZE THEM AS SUCH. PROMOTION TO A PRIMA IS MORE PUBLIC, AND IS USUALLY ANNOUNCED BY THE EXCHANGE WHEN OWNERSHIP REPORTS ARE RELEASED QUARTERLY.

 

EMPLOYEES IN MOST CORPORATIONS DISCONTINUED USE OF FAMILY NAMES IN THE 2040S WHEN A POSITION IN THE CORPORATE WORLD BECAME MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE FAMILY YOU WERE BORN INTO. THAT IS NOT THE CASE WITH THE PATRICIAN CLASS WHO CONTINUE TO USE FAMILY NAMES AND WEAR THEM LIKE A BADGE OF HONOR.

 

THE FAMILY COAT OF ARMS HAS COME TO SYMBOLIZE PATRICIAN STATURE. THEY BEGAN WEARING IT ON CLOTHING LIKE A LAPEL TO ANNOUNCE THEIR STATION. WHEN FASHION CHANGED, AND THE TUNIC BECAME THE NEW STANDARD FOR FORMAL AND BUSINESS WEAR IN THE 2060S, MEN BEGAN WEARING IT AROUND THEIR NECK AT THE THROAT IN PLACE OF A NECKTIE.

 

PATRICIANS ARE THE ONLY PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS ENTITLED TO OWN PROPERTY. IT IS OBTAINED BY PAYING COMPENSATION (USUALLY A TREMENDOUS SUM) TO A CORPORATION FOR IT. MOST PATRICIANS, REGARDLESS OF CASTE, HAVE MULTIPLE RESIDENCES AND OPERATE THEIR TRADING OUT OF COUNTLESS OFFICES AROUND THE WORLD. AREAS POPULAR WITH PATRICIANS INCLUDE: NEW YORK CITY, NEARBY GREENWICH CONNECTICUT, THE FRENCH RIVIERA, TUSCANY REGION OF THE ITALIAN PENINSULA IN THE SEU, LONDON, PARIS, AND ESTATES ON SEVERAL CARIBBEAN ISLANDS. THEY EMPLOY THEIR OWN STAFFS WHO ARE LURED AWAY FROM CORPORATIONS (AGAIN FOR A PRICE) AND THEIR OWN SECURITY FOR PROTECTION.

 

THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO MAKE UP THE ELITE CLASS HAVE LONG HAD PERSONAL PROTECTION SINCE EVEN BEFORE THE COLLAPSE. OVER TIME, PERSONAL PROTECTION WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL ASSETS AND OTHER FAMILY INTERESTS. BEGINNING IN THE EARLY TO MID 2080S, THERE WAS AN EXPLOSION IN THE SIZE OF THESE SECURITY FORCES. MORE AND MORE MONEY HAS BEEN INVESTED IN ADVANCING THEIR TRAINING AND CAPABILITIES.

 

THREE PATRICIAN CLASSES ARE FIRMLY ESTABLISHED; BUT THERE HAS BEEN MOVEMENTS UNDERWAY TO DIVIDE IT INTO A FOURTH CASTE AND ALSO SUBDIVIDING THE EXISTING CASTES BY PROVIDING ADDITIONAL TITLES TO CREATE A MORE ROBUST RANKING SYSTEM.

 

 

 

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