The Industrial Structure
The majority of English politics and society are controlled by the Coalition of Industrialists, a monopoly headed by the 4 leaders of the Industrial Revolution.
* Politics- William Brackett:
Through generations of inter-marriage and lobbying for Industry, the Bracketts have become one of the primary forces in English Politics. William, head of the family, uses the efforts of his forefathers to ensure the protection and expansion of industrial efforts despite a strong public resentment. Without his blood-relation to the chairman of Parliament, the Coalition would not have been able to pass the Wage Act of 1838; which
permits any Industrial Corporation approved by the Parliament of the Queen to deny wages to any employee, so long as said corporation provides said employee with the “Necessities of Life” (Which will be defined every 8 years by the Council of Health and Wellbeing).
This measure has proven to be useless according to the public, as many Coalition houses and provisions are significantly worse than their counterparts 5 years ago.
* Journalism- Johnathan Kellet:
By threatening every major newspaper and wireless corporation in England, Kellet has essentially created a Pro-Industry propaganda machine, subduing many of the fears of the new Middle-Class. As a result, many local authorities have become Pro-Industry in an effort to maintain office, negating the possibility of a “grassroots” political revolt. Furthermore, the combination of public pressure for a government police system and Kellet’s influence has created a nearly-impervious police institution deeply entrenched in the success of Industry.
* Art- Benjamen Jackson:A former Artist, Jackson continues to be a major force in the artistic sphere as a sponsor of many of the popular artists of the post-Industrial Revolution World. Jackson became a major member of the Coalition through his marriage of Adam Longborough’s Daughter, and has seized the opportunity to live a life of opulence and wealth. Through example and his significance in the drug trade, Jackson has spend the past decade creating an “ideal Artist”. The most famous quote attributed to Jackson is in response to an Artistic Commune’s objections to his methods and validation of the Artist:
The Artist’s sole purpose is to provide the public with a verification of their own ideals, given their inability to properly express these sentiments. The Artist’s sole enjoyment derives from the appeasement of the public.
*Banking/Economics- Adam Longborough:
Through his knowledge and adoration of investments, Longborough forced himself into the Coalition by acknowledging his role as the primary financial adviser for the majority of England’s wealthy citizens. His immense wealth from these clients allows him to fund his son-in-law Benjamen Jackson’s efforts to control English Artists. Furthermore, Longborough uses his expertise in Economics to persuade his clients to favor Coalition corporations above all other investments, ensuring their dominance in the Domestic Market. This knowledge also proved influential in the Bank’s support of the Wage Act of 1838, as he argued:
The “exploitative measures of captialism” can be properly managed through the removal of Wage requirements in Industry. Many corporations do not provide an adequate income to provide for the necessities of human existence, let alone the necessities of a family. By allowing Industry to either pay their workers, or feed and shelter them; we can create a better world for the Worker. This method would foster competition for employment between Industries; as “Wagers” would provide the means for workers to afford better houses, which would lead “Housers” to provide better houses. By supporting this measure, our banking system will benefit tremendously, given the projected increase in profits…