One of the things about the world that’s undeveloped in the World is class relations. This is a post about the New Fantasy World Project, Found here:

There are traditionally and naturally three different classes to Humanity. This is more or less a general rule. The three types are: 1. Working Class 2. Middle Class 3. Upper Class. Each have their own distinctive measures and separate values and traditions. The classes define us to the modern era, and will never stop affecting all. Even in the Communistic societies, there was still the three classes.

First off, we’ve got the working class

Factory slums by Jouey

The working class is usually the majority. Proper class balance is a pyramid, working class on the bottom, flowing evenly into the Middle class and middle class flowing evenly into the upper class.  The working class is the base, for good reason. They are the base for the economy and the production of most common goods.

In the WORLD the working class is the majority in a massive way. They inhabit the lower levels of the city, the areas surrounding factories and the massive apartment complexes of the major cities. Obviously, this is dependent on the level of industry in an area. In agricultural areas, they live in large and a little spread out compared to the city areas. In the nation of Narthus, family, of all generations, lives within the same complex/small town. In Arcadia, families may be spread out through the entire nation.

As for their time, they spend at least eight hours at work. They earn an hourly wage (usually, to low salary that might as well be hourly). They use public transportation often and spend their free time in sports, education, family and other activities. Often, the Upper Classes will fund events, parks, music halls and libraries mostly to pacify the masses. If the Working Class gets extra money, they spend it on books, personal Xaio spheres, personal transportation and small luxuries like fancy clothes.

Politically, they have great strength due to their sheer numbers and propensity to riot when greatly displeased. Money power is by sheer numbers, but pales in comparison to the tastes of the Middle classes and the sheer buying power of the Upper Class. They tend to stick to other Lower Classes, and do not notice other species compared to the Upper Classes, which are mostly human. In Cameo and Jaedinar, which do not have a big non-human population to begin with, are fairly speciesist and are in the process of kicking out all non-humans.

The Middle Class

A Publican at his bar, a common member of the Middle Class. By Jouey again.

The middle class is the buffer between the Upper and the Lower Classes. They have more buying power than the Lower Classes, but there are more of them than the Upper classes. They are the skilled workers of the ranks. They are the small business owners, like pub owners, doctors (low-level), lawyers (low-level), skilled machinists, soldiers, architects, restauranteurs, landed farmers and a thousand other professions.

Their money is spent much like the lesser classes, but at a different level than them. They can often afford decent equipment, cloths and personal transportation. They are often politically active locally, as they have the time to spend on this. They are often active in the community along other ways besides politics. A Publican (middle class) may act like a leader for the working classes that show up at his/her bar. A priest of the Light is often in a similar situation as well as police officers and retired soldiers.

They protect the Working Classes via their money and their abilities via their professions. They are needed by the Upper classes. They are also extremely valuable to the Working Classes as they don’t have the skills or money to do what the Middle Classes do. It’s important for them to exist. A society without a healthy Middle Class usually has major economic issues and a very slow economic growth.

Upper Class

Ready to play, by Johnjoseco, a game of princesses

Finally, we come to the upper class. They are the top of the pyramid, in wealth, influence, tradition and land. They are the leadership and the nobility. There are two versions of them. There is the Noble Class, and the Upper Class. There are few distinctions between them, but the major one is blood. Both are wealthy and influential, but only the Nobility has rights that are attributed them by their station. A normal Upper Class may buy this privilege through deeds or otherwise, but this is rare and usually only happens when the rulers (themselves Upper Class/nobility) need them.

The Upper Class is such because they are exclusive against the lower classes. They live in the best mansions, eat the fanciest food, do the rich things that rich people do and have the most glamorous balls. To them, tradition and honor is everything. Slights against character are not forgiven and family honor is very important.

The Nobility is a separate class from the non-blooded Upper Class. They are ‘old’ families who have by luck/skill acquired power and the ability to give that power to their inbred descendants. They now own much of the prime real estate and the ears of the rulers. In a nation like Sabbatholm, nobility involves being able to run a crime family. In Cameo, it involves sucking up and backstabbing everyone at the same time. In Arcadia, it involves a strong military tradition and the ability to avoid inbreeding.

The final level of Upper Class is outright royalty. They’re the top Nobility and ruler of the nations. Otherwise, they aren’t different any different from the other nobles.

Alright, that’s my thoughts on the matter.