One of the main themes wihtin CogCore is the difference between the 7 cities ideals and forms of controlling their citizens. As the world was in a state where 7 completely different environments were allowed to flourish and start born anew.
When I was developing this idea of cities acting like pheonix’s being born from the ashes of the cities of old, I wanted to keep the sense of individuality for the 7 leaders of each state. As this way they could have completely different ideals that they impose on their subjects. This representation does also reflect my dissertation research into the differences between cultural depiction in eastern and western games. Each of the 7 leaders have grown up in different parts of the world, learning different ideologies and perfecting their own vision of the future. So when the oppotunity came for them to create a perfect society, they didn’t have to hold back.
In a basic form this idea developed out my comparison of two authors that greatly influenced my concept; these being Huxley and Orwell. Both of these are renowned for their future predictions and conspiracies in their work but two books in particular are interesting to compare.
Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World both feature future socities yet they are drastically different. Orwell and Huxley depict diffferent ways of controling the citizens within each society. Orwell favours the idea of control through obsessive servitude and aggressive deception through the media, whereas Huxley believed that control through birth control was more relevant as a future prediction.
I found that Huxley actually wrote a letter to Orwell in 1949 congratulating him on Nineteen-Eighty Four. It stated:
Within the next generation I believe that the world’s leaders will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely satisfied by suggesting people into loving their servitude as by flogging them and kicking them into obedience.
Huxley, Aldous (1969). In Grover Smith. Letters of Aldous Huxley. London: Chatto & Windus