Elites in Society

(NickTheNick) #1

Most societies throughout history have had some sort of elite that had a large part of the majority of the wealth and power in that group. What are some different types of elites and what would their effects be on a society?

Here are some I can think of so far:

Aristrocracy/Nobility - An elite who inherited their wealth and prestige (and possibly land) from being part of prominent families. Penalty to the tax output of the society and makes the society lean more towards slavery or serfdom.
Plutocracy - The elite is people who are simply wealthy, typically through business or trade or industry. Makes the society prefer laws that boost the economy in or make the economy more free.
Theocracy - The elite are the priests and religious leaders. Makes the society more resistant to conversion and more determined for religious/cultural unity.
Egalitarian - No elite. Typically more common in smaller societies, or societies with a lot of connectivity. More happy with democratic laws.

(Santa Corn during not-christmas) #2

Scientists/Scholars. Give science bonus? or factory and military vehicle bonus? and probably want secularism? also they want a technocracy
Fit people (i need a better name xD): The people that, by some measure, are considered superior in an eugenicist society. They are very good at whatever that measure is. create unrest in other classes?
Warrior class: People good at fighting. They promote militarism. can evlve into nobility
Ship owners: People who own a ship. Similar to warrior class but in the sea. Can also become nobility?
Military officers: the people in charge of the armies. they can support military dictatorships.

(The Goat Mod) #3

Politicians: Elite who become powerful through campagins, elections and supporting certain ideologies (in some cases also thanks to manipulation and corruption). Promote democratic societies, and will always change ideology to better fit the masses.

Philosophers/guru’s: elites who promote certain philosophies/ideologies and give lessons in them. No idea what the effect could be.

Entertainers: Elite who mainly entertain the masses. Can be used for propaganda.

Beaurocrats: Elite who have climbed up the government ladder, and now wield great amounts of power. No idea what the effect could be. Maybe support dictatorships?

Magicians: Elites who have specialised in ‘magic’, ‘clairvoyance’, ‘exorcisms’ and other similar superstitions. No idea what the effect would be.

(Corellia) #4

Magicians could be used to help control and direct the population. Having a monopoly on the supernatural in a superstitious society is a powerful position.


You just made me realize how influential diviners (as in, the traditional meaning of the “-mancer” suffix) could be in Strategy Mode nations. A lot of ancient wonders are thought to have been built to help track astrology as the seasons go by (granted, we know that’s legitimate for sure, but still).

As for other forms of magic, even the Aztecs were motivated to maintain their empire for the sake of obtaining sacrifices to keep the sun moving (even if it was just theatrics to some).

(The Great Kueku Dance of Foushoo) #7

Kratocrat. Elites that hold power by threat of direct physical force over their inferiors.(this might be what Crodnu was getting at with “fit people”).
God-king. Elites that hold power by supposedly being a direct representation of a god or having direct familial relations with the gods.
Feudal Lord. Elites hold ownership over land guaranteed to them by a civilization leader which gives them direct administrative power over those who have no guaranteed land.