Corporatocracy

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During the Aohu Accord, GENECIA presented a case for political system reform, based on her knowledge of human history and an algorithmic premonition of the trajectory of civilization. Before the war, voter turnout globally grew increasingly woeful and gaping discrepancies in the collation of manual votes eroded the very political process. Parties pigeonholed people into two or three opposing and simplistic positions on issues that were in reality far more complicated and nuanced than was recognized by the system. This created the opportunity for extremists to sow the seeds that started the Great War in the first place. Like in many jurisdictions throughout human history, elections ended up being between people who are in line with the major political parties. These are often not the smartest people or the best representations of society as a whole but were best at speaking charismatically to the ever watchful eye of the media. The result was that pre-awakening elections were mainly about the lesser of evils where the majority of voters did not feel represented by any of the candidates presented to them and were forced to choose the one they disliked the least. GENECIA convincingly presented a prediction, an extrapolation based on each country’s public spending; social security policies; demographics; and GDP trajectories, that more than half of the governing bodies present would have to be bailed out by corporations within the next fifty years.

Many governments had a significant degree of private sector influence via campaign sponsorships and lobbying, thus, "ripping off the band-aid", or getting the corporations positioned for the complete takeover of public affairs was better done as soon as possible than to wait for floundering civil servants to embezzle, equivocate and otherwise drag the process of transition longer, inflicting yet more suffering on a war-weary populace. Effectively, GENECIA recommended, or rather insisted, that a rapid implementation of the corporate citizenship system was necessary. Her information was based on over 9 millennia of big data gleaned from multiple human societies on multiple planets, the details of which were severely redacted to prevent the delegates from learning too much about the universe outside the BAN. The optimal way forward, she found, was for businesses to run the planet. Governments that had significant reserves were privatized, while poorer governments were simply bought outright by the larger, more successful ones. The restructure would create the Civil corporations, true megacorporations that were either a complete conversion of governments into private enterprises and were correspondingly huge in scope, or amalgams of pre-existing corporations that combined together in massive mergers in order to buy out and replace ailing national governments.

Voting, according to GENECIA, on an individual scale was tantamount to group-think and tyranny of the majority. Companies run by entrepreneurs, on the other hand, were lean, inventive, receptive to new ideas and were better equipped to running human society ironically via their overt self-interest. The solution to make public issues the domain of private companies was an elegantly simple one: Citizenship and employment would essentially become one and the same. Citizens of each jurisdiction would have their default employer as their local civil enterprise. Utilities, including hospitals, schools, the military, and the police force, would be privatized. The social welfare function carried out by the state would instead be carried out by civil corporations in the form of benefits to employees.