The pre-war world can be described as being divided by two main ideologies:
Corporate fascism: Power and wealth is centralized in the hands of a few corporations, with some competition being permitted on a small scale between small businesses. Independent labour unions are effectively illegal, workers' rights non-existent. The poor are viewed as lazy and incompetent, worthy of their poverty and ill health. The rich are viewed as enlightened and industrious and receive ample tax breaks and subsidies. Any and all opposition is attacked with slander and or routinely imprisoned. This ideology commonly disguises itself as "capitalism", "democracy", "freedom", "conservatism", and or "common sense". In the real world, this ideology is typically known as "neo-conservatism", "neo-liberalism", or "crony capitalism".
Welfare fascism: Power and wealth is centralized in the hands of a few government officials, with virtually all forms of economic activity under state control. Independent labour unions are effectively illegal, workers' rights non-existent. The poor are viewed as humble and industrious and are provided the bare necessities for as long as the inefficient economy can afford to. The rich are viewed as parasites and greedy and are either eliminated or exiled. Any and all opposition is attacked with slander and routinely imprisoned. The state seeks to expand its influence and power over other countries without their consent. This ideology commonly disguises itself as "socialism", "democracy", "equality", "communism", and or "liberation". In the real world, this ideology is typically known as "Marxism-Leninism", "state socialism", or "state capitalism".
It should be of course noted that the ultimate purpose of both ideologies is to mislead their subjects and dilute the meaning of their opposing ideologies. Under corporate fascism, capitalism's free market axiom becomes inseparable from an economy dominated by private feudal oligopolies. Under welfare fascism, socialism's axiom of workplace democracy becomes inseparable from an economy dominated by a bureaucratic "party" that consists mainly of military and secret police officials.
Under both ideologies, the economy is centralized and the governing class obtains their wealth from the working masses, who work for meager pay and are subject to inhumane working conditions. There is no democracy, there is no equality, nor is there any real competition. If anyone outside of the elite class benefits it is purely accidental or used as a means of bribery to ensure continued complacency. If any considerable opposition arises, it is either bought out or eliminated through force. Crimes committed against poor people are largely ignored or considered evening entertainment, while crimes committed against elite members of society are considered tragic and disproportionately serious. The jails are subsequently crowded by the poor, who rot in squalor and poison themselves with "recreational" drugs in effort to escape a reality that does not offer choice.
Anyway, back on track...
For now on, I will be posting newsletters monthly (every 4 weeks) - at least that's the plan.
Poll results for:
"What types of games do you prefer?"
- Revisions have been made to the backstory, along with the plan for the introductory chapter.
- Week 182 Newsletter (October 1, 2017)
- GreenPepper (lead developer)
Quote of the month:
"What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish." - W. H. Auden