FICTION: E-WORLD TO ELITEWORLD IN TWO E-Z STEPS
The final solution came in two simple steps
It is the year 2035. The West has won the end game war.
Populations were simply too high. The rif-raf were spoiling the experience for those who ran the world.
What was the point of having billions if you could hardly move without coming into contact with someone of the lower class? And what too of the great, increasing mass of uneducated and irritatingly noisy, nouveau rich?
Solomon de Sanguin had had enough of it. He had contacts in high places who he would normally think twice about bothering, but his patience with the new and very ugly status quo had run out.
The political correctness that now permeated the western world was also an increasing annoyance to him. It was something that had passed its optimum usage as a means of ensuring the lower orders had enough to occupy them and keep their attention on themselves and not their rulers.
Before the next few days were over he had made maximum use of the leverage he had in high places and de Sanguin felt his campaign was beginning to show some signs of bearing fruit.
Thomas David MP was opening his morning mail when the call came through.
After it, his hands remained stationary upon his desk while his mind raced.
The idea was outrageous... extraordinary... and surely, completely unacceptable.
But he knew (though at the moment he must be careful what he said) that he liked it very much.
John Rainford had been Prime Minister for just over a year and was still feeling his way through the maze of contacts, pressure groups and vested interests. He still lacked anything approaching full confidence as he had risen through the ranks due to who he knew rather than what he knew. He was all too aware also that he was in place due to so many others believing he would be able to do something for them. He had, had the right face for the job of winning the confidence of the British people. Young enough, handsome enough with an amiable manner, a politician who appeared trustworthy. Best of all he would be manipulable.
When Thomas David contacted him about the idea one of their most generous benefactors had conveyed to him he was dumbstruck.
“He can’t be serious, surely?”
“Thank you. Let me think over how we will handle this.”
Those who donated to the Conservative Party were usually much more circumspect in communicating their requests. This one though, coming via someone who was not a member of the government, had arrived in an unquestionably demanding tone.
Rainford knew it would not be possible to simply ignore it. There was no way that could be done and not risk the vital further donations de Sanguin would surely provide them.
One by one Rainford contacted various members of the cabinet and met them in discreet locations.
He was looking for advice on how to subtly divert de Sanguin from this impossible idea.
However, he was in for a shock. One after another of his colleagues voiced their general attraction to the idea.
Meanwhile, de Sanguin was contacting others within his circle, arranging meetings and fleshing out details. All were agreed. They too had, had enough of the frustrations they had been increasingly feeling. The world simply wasn’t the same anymore. For decades they had found their exclusive haunts gradually invaded and their experience of them degraded. The advent of mass tourism and then the increasing wealth of a minority, but growing minority, after the fall of communism and the rise of capitalist China, had made serious inroads into their domains.
It was all very well to erect high walls, maintain a highly efficient security system consisting of both human and electronic components but all this added to the feeling of being hemmed in and reduced the pleasures they felt entitled to.
Gated communities were for the nouveau rich but a higher and higher proportion of these were escaping them and building in what had been exclusive reserves for the ultra-rich, the billionaire class. Nerves were becoming frazzled, tempers were being lost... this was not how it was meant to be. Not at all.
But the main offenders were the mob of those who lived the banal existence of the worker class, not to speak of the ever-growing underclass who were becoming an ever-greater problem.
It was all a filthy annoyance. Lifestyles that ought to have been filled with endless sophisticated joy untouched by elements of the lives they had left far behind were now being increasingly alloyed to the point where every differential between them and the others was being reduced. This was intolerable.
They had undermined communism to access the eastern markets and their cheap labour. Now the success of their campaign to increase western wealth had brought this. This awful approach of all the elements that plagued their existences with lower-level pettiness and reduced increasingly destroyed their pleasure.
It felt like a form of karma. But these were not men and women given to succumbing to their fate, whether deserved or not.
Something had to be done. And de Sanguin believed he had hit on that something.
There were several elements to his overall plan.
1. THE PRELIMINARY ENVIRONMENT
The pandemic of 2020 had been the main impulse behind online merchandizing making a massive leap forward. Now was the time to speed that process up once more. It had lost its impetus in 2022 when President Harris had been forced to provide support for Ma and Pa shops across the U.S.
Now, this must be reversed and with that reversal, a concerted campaign must begin to consolidate wealth, power and innovative control to the mega-corporations that powered the world economy. The final purge of Main Street must be taken to its logical conclusion. Along with this, as many mid-level corporations as possible must be subsumed into the supra-level, globe-spanning entities that belonged to the billionaire class.
In this way, further entrepreneurship would be reduced significantly and any new enterprises where potential success was perceived would be purchased before the price became too high.
2. THE CONTROLLED PANDEMIC
The pandemic of 2020 had reduced mass tourism to almost zero. What was needed was another that would do the same though with a much greater bite to it.
Earth’s populations needed thinning out.
This time, however, an immunizing vaccine would be developed before the virus was unleashed. An immunizing vaccine kept exclusively for the super-rich and those the super-rich needed to provide the services they required to live a similar lifestyle to the early Victorians of several centuries before.
These were the two devastating steps that would turn the great unwashed tide of humanity back and provide the life deserved by those who had worked so hard to deserve it.
In September of 2030, the Prime Minister of Great Britain, John Rainford and his team travelled to Washington D.C.
Rainford’s meeting with the Great Leader Haley was instrumental in creating the new world we now inhabit. In combination with Conservative Union, now the sole political entity of the UK, Haley Gold Standard set the Sanguin Plan in motion.
The population of the Earth was reduced from 10 billion to 1 billion within the span of ten few years. Now fifteen online mega-corporations controlled 95% of all commerce. No companies are able to expand beyond an income of $1M before offering themselves for takeover by a mega-corp. International transport is strictly controlled and available only for those who pass the prerequisites set by the Primary Controlling Bodies (PCB) as advised by the Unity of Wealth Board (UWB). Strict limits are imposed on numbers travelling. Online alternatives are advised in most cases where full VR with all sensory inputs is available almost free of charge.
De Sanguin was now very pleased. Normality had resumed. Good sense had prevailed. The great and good had acted in a coordinated fashion to preserve the natural order of things.
ELITEWORLD was established. And was here to stay.