Magic was the way of the land, though for some reason magic quit working. Business was created to take the place of magic. Instead of Wizards and Warlocks, there became Business Moguls. Powerful Businessmen who were able to achieve deals and gather power that almost equaled that of the great wizards of yore.
Each kingdom of the world had their own businessmen who peddled their wares across the kingdom. For some time everyone was happy. The most successful of the businessmen secretly wanted more. Like the rulers of the kingdoms they wanted more power, more wealth, and more prestige.
Although it was frowned upon, some of the businessmen started trading their wares with businessmen of other kingdoms. Not everyone was happy with the arrangement. Rulers of the kingdoms thought the businessmen who traded across borders were overstepping their bounds. After all, a businessman who traded across borders could become as powerful or more powerful as the rulers themselves, and what ruler in their right mind wants that to happen?
One particularly successful business sold a drink we shall call Hooch. Hooch quickly became the drink of choice wherever it was sold. The business named itself Hooch. At present Hooch was sold in multiple kingdoms, and many people were happy with this as they loved the taste of Hooch. Hooch was so successful in fact, it allowed the owners of Hooch to create a small line of products that also sold across several kingdoms successfully. Money flowed into the coffers of Hooch corp. Yet they were not satisfied.
Rulers of the kingdoms where the owners of Hooch was located were not at all happy with the success of Hooch and the companies newest products. It was becoming annoying to the king, hearing from Hooch, what Hooch did and did not like about how the kingdom was ruled.
Hooch became so obsessed with how the government should run according to Hootch, they tentatively dipped a toe into the running waters of the kingdom’s government. It was disastrous. No one wanted the owners of Hooch trying to direct how the kingdom was governed. People were happy more or less, and the vision for the kingdom the Hooch owners had was not shared by many in the kingdom.
Hooch corporation, after being flatly rejected for their ideas and the fact they were outside the ruling circles of the kingdom’s government decided a new strategic long range approach was needed to change the ruling of the kingdom into something that befitted themselves.
What Hooch did was quietly hire some of the greatest analytical minds to study the system of government and find tools Hooch could use to change government to their liking. Eventually a plan was formed. Hooch would not directly involve itself in trying to change the way the kingdom was ruled. Hooch realized a more camouflaged and subtler approach to getting their way.
The kingdom’s government, for various reasons was always in need of new people. People retired, fell out of favor, got lazy, or just stepped down from their positions for personal reasons. Hooch, in extending their influence in a quiet almost unnoticed manner scrubbed and manicured people they liked and had the biggest chance of gaining a vacant government position.
For many years nothing obvious happened, but Hooch was patient. Business was good and the people in the minor positions they started in were in were making minor changes to how business could conduct itself which just happened to favor Hooch as much or more than other businesses,
Little by little, very subtly, Hooch was changing the face of rule in the kingdom. After a few decades, they controlled several key government offices. It was now time to come out of the closet. Hooch was responsible for many of the people placed in key government positions and there was no longer a need to be subtle. It was time to unleash the real Hooch agenda.
Through aspiring speeches, not quite defined promises, and other questionable methods, Hooch tried to turn the will of the people against the rulers of the kingdom. They told large groups exactly what they wanted to hear that would improve their lives. Maybe it was true, maybe it was smoke and mirrors. At any rate their methods were improving the position of Hooch in its quest to control the government.
Unfortunately, in this time, the King’s term had expired, which was fortunate for Hooch. Many of the candidates who could become the future king were and had been backed by Hooch for some years now. Of the several who pretended to be vying to become king, they were essentially all one. These candidates were so indebted to Hooch corporation there was no question about where their loyalty was. They owed their livelihood and success to Hooch corp, who could cut them off and put them on the roadside in a heart beat. Most of the contenders for the position of King promoted the Hooch agenda, and Hooch was not intending to improve the lot of the average person.
Something totally unforeseen happened however. Out of nowhere came a new candidate who told the kingdom he wanted to be king. For the Hooch corporation it became even worse. Not only did this new person have no allegiance to Hooch, one by one he was dismantling all the careful planning Hooch had contrived and implemented over the decades.
Hooch corporation puppet candidates were shown to be what they really were. Puppets of an invisible master. They had no formal plan, no real agenda, and no goals other than Hooch corporation goals that could not be stated in public. Hooch corporation tried to bribe and reign in this new candidate for king, but they were refused. Worse yet, they were spurned by the candidate.
When it was all said and done, much of the planning by the Hooch corporation was ripped asunder. The new King it was found had no real agenda other than that which matched his own interests. Hooch was driven back i to lick its wounds and plan revenge. Hooch corporation was not about to admit defeat.
Hooch corp, did what it does best. It studied the new king and his actions from announcing he planned to be the new king to the present moment. Then Hooch went to work. Having enormous influence in the government and news services, they put their puppets to work. Stories were told about the new king. Most were factual and terribly polarized. Some were bent truths. All were intended to deface the new king.
To apply even more pressure, Hooch brought into the light information that had been in the dark. It may be all smoke and no fire, but it is damaging all the same. Then Hooch did something even worse. They started attacking the reputation and intents of the kings family and friends.
Almost alone stood the new king. Enemies at every turn, almost no one could be trusted. The media was gorging itself, telling and retelling each new bone they found, timely unearthed by Hooch corp. Hooch took its political business seriously and did not like being made to look fooling have their hopes and plans dashed on the shores of defeat. They wanted the new King shamed, punished and removed from office.
The kingdom and its government is at odds with itself. Hooch corp is working furiously to hide their own agenda and make the newly elected king look foolish and dangerous for the long term goals of the kingdom. How much Hooch corp can influence and change the king’s place remains to be seen. It may be mentioned that time is not on their side.
The people of the kingdom can only be complacent or fooled for so long. Eventually the kingdoms people will wake up and see how their world has been bent and skewed in such subtle ways they didn’t realize what was happening to them.
It is likely the people of the kingdom will run out of patience and there will occur a great change in the kingdom and the people will no longer be as complacent as they once were. New people will enter the government and they will answer to the people and not a corporation. Or maybe not depending on how many scraps are thrown to them.