How to go about integrating a unified system without attracting negative public attention.
Step 1: Develop a system able to be covertly manipulated in order to place the Overlord in complete, irrevocable control.
Step 2: Differentiate single units of the system so that no two are technically the same, while retaining system cohesion and compatibility.
Step 3: Distinguish various factions and manufacturers of the units, pitting them against each other so that the public sides with different variations without realizing their total embrace of the system itself.
Many Overlords have tried and failed to implement systems to expand their power. The primary failure was the discovery of their system’s true intent by intellectuals opposed to a monarchial form of government. This discovery was invariably caused by the unified public front the system presented: it was easy for the public, and therefore the opposition, to register and track the advance of the system and its prevalence.
The key to successfully integrating systems has been discovered to be diverting the focus from off the system itself and onto the actual components of the system. Or, to create variations of the same system, compatible with one another, yet differentiated so that humans may choose “sides” without realizing that they are embracing the system.
The foundation of the system must be something that humans need. Automobiles, telephones, computers, and televisions are good examples of technologies that humans have become dependent upon without realizing the embrace of a system. The Windows/Mac battle is an exceptional illustration of the variation factions. While both operating systems require conversion software to truly interact with one another, the device that software runs on, the computer, has been wholly embraced with little thought given to the implications of the device’s prevalence. Naysayers are quieted by the disunified front presented by the Microsoft and Apple corporations. This lack of coherence avoids the “clone syndrome,” red flags raised in the public awareness by a single, monopolistic implementation of a system. Even something as relatively harmless as the Coke/Pepsi debate largely ignores the fact that by choosing sides people are still embracing the system of soft drinks.
The system must have, in some manner, a way to shepherd the Overlord into control, or endue a form of power unto the Overlord while remaining desirable. In the case of global positioning technology, the ability to track the population is invaluable. By assigning beneficial uses to GPS chips, such as emergency or stolen item tracking, the populace is less averse to their implementation in devices such as their vehicles, computers, and cell phones. And willing participants are much more valuable than those coerced. Foursquare, a GPS-reporting software, voluntarily receives location information from users. This system provides participants with certain rewards, and the desirability of such benefits makes implementing GPS chips even more beneficial.
Another factor that deflects the public’s attention from identifying clone syndrome in a system is that, by creating the appearance of individuality, debates on the relative threat of a new system, or extension of an existing system, get pushed into the arena of intellectuals, thereby discrediting any true evidence from arising to threaten a system. Intellectuals are, and must remain, viewed as ‘heady, deep, and philosophical,’ well above the reach of the common human. So long as that form of intellectualism and ignorance remains, this implementation ideology will survive and defer revision. Therefore, Overlords are highly advised to maintain as low an educational level for the populace in their domains as possible, and to strive for factional integrity in their societies.