The Cartel following the success of its invasion of Dai Viet 2190(1437)
It was interesting to note that the Cartel was able to rule the citizens so poorly and still earn it profit, since it was thought by many that by having the majority of its citizen-consumers poor, a corporation could not survive. Corporations, like their Human cousins, are able to plan far enough ahead in the future to guarantee survival at the cost of anything around them. Konsi and Thang could easily survive because of their monopolies of all industries.
The utter defeats and high casualties of virtually all CM and PAB military offensives was very bad for the morale of what was considered the free world.
By outlawing (with some exceptions) independent production of any goods and foreign products, citizens had to purchase corporation products necessary for life. Konsi-Thang evidently were not based on the consumer, but on the producer, and only those things that proved profitable were manufactured. Products produced for in-country use were not given warranties and had a short-lived life expectancy before they needed to be replaced. Maintenance was almost nonexistent for citizen products.
Security personnel were by far the highest (sometimes only) paid employees. The true owners of the corporation were the only ones earning more. Workers were paid perhaps enough to buy food and a few commodities, but also had to pay land taxes. With all land privatized and owned by Konsi-Thang (therefore they could be considered state-owned), once the life savings of a family were spent, they were declared as trespassers and jailed for a short time. After all property of the family or individual was seized, analyzed for value, and sold; they were transported to Konsi-Thang’s human resources constructed apartments where they experienced a warped sense of socialism:
- They no longer paid land taxes
- Were given jobs deemed best suited for them or those highest in demand (usually miners, farmers, and assembly-liners)
- Those with technical experience were usually given corresponding jobs rather quickly; universities and academies received very few students once the Cartel was in power
- Received inoculations against contagious diseases;
- Catalogued for viable organs for after death
- Submitted to yearly marrow and monthly blood donations
- Pay resumed at a reduced rate and included market shares of the company-these pretty much acted as currency to encourage all citizen spending to stay within the nation
- Pregnancy became regulated in a very basic eugenics(or dysgenics) programme. Only those fulfilling the required 'government' stipulated character traits, physical and intelligence levels, and 'mental attitudes' were allocated pregnancy licence(s).
Eventually all citizens of the previous Khmer nation had become workers through the seizure process above
On the confirmation of an illegal pregnancy, the offenders were first assessed for the desired traits, if they failed, the foetus (or whichever stage it had reached by the time of discovery) became a supply for stem cell applications. If the offenders did pass, the mother was placed in the 'care' of an agency to allow the child to be born, then raised by Cartel appointed instructors. For the duration of the pregnancy the mother was given a job at the agency requiring as little strain as was available. The father was demoted in one way or another at his job and resumed work. At the terminus of the pregnancy, the mother was also demoted in her previous job or allocated a new one if it was no longer available. Offenders who failed the assessment were sterilised. Repeat offenders who passed the assessments were sterilised on the 3rd offence (just so they didn't totally waste the Human resources).
With the present generations answering to the phrase "A job for every person." (each person's job was chosen based on their skills), Human Resources was hard at work for the next generation to answer to "A person for every job." (each person educated and conditioned for the jobs predicted being required). The running of Konsi-Thang was in some ways comparable to OTL Hashima.
As part of the dysgenics programme there grew a supply and demand quota factor for children with beneficial inheritable traits from their parents. When full DNA analysis techniques emerged all citizens' genomes were scrutinised. Those people exhibiting acceptable/superior traits for jobs predicted to need filling or predicted to come into existence were tagged for later use in a population where artificial insemination was becoming the standard. Those children bred for that specific job were usually granted the reprieve of secondary, tertiary, or even quaternary job uses if the primary placement became impractical based on market situations. There would be a long debate on if it was more effective to breed the children only for one job and recycle their bodies if the placement disappeared. Yes it's that bad. Which course taken would depend on if the training and maturation of citizens became cheap and fast enough.
These children more and more often were being raised by corporate nurseries, people whose only job was child rearing and care giving, making for large families of around 12.
It is a bit interesting that Konsi-Thang technically allowed manumission of both the nation's new and old slaves. It is not simply an arduous journey up a muddy hill to 'freedom', as it is also easy to work one's way into a glass ceiling. The conditions in the Cartel bred the first organised movements of combined 'citizen'-slave kaslati actions. These ideas of course leaked out to the rest of the world, inspiring slaves to act like terrorists instead of simply revolting as a demonstration. Several powerful Konsi-Thang officials were assassinated over time, though none of those carrying out the assassinations survived afterwards for more than 12 hours. If the assassins survived the actual murder, they were soon discovered by the authorities after. Of course, this didn't stop officials playing the backstabbing game from funding and occasionally harbouring Kaslati cells.
The exception for Konsi-Thang's ban on independent goods is the formation of independent companies which could be allowed by citizens if a large enough need is recognised. The citizen-company requires certification and is highly taxed, regulated, and restricted with regular audits. If the citizen-company was successful enough Konsi-Thang would either take the company (acquired by Konsi-Thang law) or if the owner was shrewd and resourceful enough, K-Th may buy it from them. In Konsi-Thangs whole history there was only one or two cases where the company was able to form, persisted, was profitable, and was fairly bought by Konsi-Thang from the owner. Such a thing was equivalent to elevating the owner to the elite business class, and business power was directly proportional to political power, obviously not desirable for the established.
The Teledeturbo towers defending the nation drew quite a large amount of power. Some had their own power plants, but many derived most of their power from the existing civilian systems. Poverty, famine, crime, and disease manifested (more so than normal) in the cities with reduced, and sometimes no, power.
Although the Konsi-Thang Cartel was the first corporate nation, for all time it was the most successful and stable, inspiring others worldwide. Not even the most powerful Corporate-African states could sleep so soundly at night.
The 'philosophy' taught to the populace was that every citizen was consumer and producer, and that the job you do affects those around you, specifically the next guy in the assembly line. Consumerism is obviously the state religion.
K-TH's outgoing products however, were another story. They were of high quality if only out of necessity in beating the competition of CM and PAB nation products. The exporter companies (which obviously did not sell items to citizens of K-TH) followed a philosophy of continued improvement.
Corporate rule was considered a type of cleptocracy by most of the world.
Konsi-Thang had many cities and small regions following special administration rules as experiments for finding those most profitable to expand to national use.
'Civil wars' for dominance between powerful citizens were not uncommon in Konsi-Thang, but they rarely disrupted business. Sometimes those participating did not even habitually live in Konsi-Thang but were underground corporatists living in non-corporate nations.