Lu Mountain
a political social fiction novel in China by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 8 of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

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Chapter 4 - Queen of the New Law

      Wai-yi said that one could understand that the queen's influence on the king had obviously caused no small concerns in the 'business' community that saw its status and profits endangered. In an effort to protect the source of their wealth the business leaders came upon a scheme that promised to force the king's hand.

      Since the business people where also traders with far reaching connections in other lands, they had heard about a religion in those far off lands that supported the very same corrupt ideals that they cherished, and the best of it all, it was all done in the name of God. Hastily, they hired an ambassador of this religion and brought him before the king.

      According to the legend, the ambassador that they chose was a clever man who could be trusted for a fee to support their case against the queen. And so it was, that without ever speaking a word to the king about business principles, the ambassador became the champion for their cause, the cause of business. He spoke to the king about the law of God. He presented a law that supported a rigid code for the enslavement of the people at the grass roots level, and this in the name of love, and godliness, and honor. He told the king that a man is entitled under this law to have one wife who becomes obligated to serve him and him alone. Each man, thus becomes a king in his own right, and each tiny kingdom so created is on the higher level obligated to serve the sovereign of the realm.

      Wai-yi explained that the moral law became thereby focused onto the individual level. There, the king's refined law defined severely guarded boundaries. However, the new royal law became thereby a completely separate issue. The new moral issues no longer pertained to they royal domain itself, and its business. They only pertained to the people's private domain. The lower moral law, for instance, actually encouraged the concept of slavery since the spouses literally owned each other under this law, just as the king owned all the people in his realm in a higher context. The ambassador of this new religion explained the virtues of this law to the king, by which, whenever anyone was found to be stepping beyond their prescribed sphere, which involved a violation of the ownership rights and duties, the transgressor incurred the death penalty as a divine punishment. The ambassador concluded to the king that not even his queen could stand above this law, since it was the law of God.

      The king understood to some degree what this meant, since the queen had made no secret of her love for all the people in her realm, which invariably violated that new law. Nor had the queen imposed boundaries for her affections as this law demanded, but had honored all bonds that love has forged. The king was ell aware that the brightest scholars with the most advanced ideas and perceptions had been among the queen's most closely cherished friends. Those who had enriched her life and the kingdom as a whole, were embraced by her in a richly generous manner, at times even intimately so when this seemed appropriate.

      The king understood that the new law would invariably become the queen's undoing. Although, being a man of a small mind, he couldn't foresee the consequences that went far beyond what the king could comprehend.

      Barely a month had passed when the king became persuaded to mount a show trial against his own queen, under the new law. The trial was ostensibly designed to frighten the population into submission. In order to achieve this, the queen's death sentence was announced at the trial that she could not escape. Naturally, the death sentence was also imposed upon those whom the queen had loved the most. Still, the king could sense that the queen and the people convicted were also the most loved in the kingdom. This posed problem. Of course, the problem was easily solved.

      In order to prevent the possibility of creating a martyr, the king was quietly advised by his 'business associates' to reduce the death sentence to exile for life; which he did. So it was that on the next day after the sentence was announced, the queen was deported, together with the most loyal and the most intellectually advanced subjects of the realm. Being "deported" meant that they were placed onto a raft and set adrift on the river that flowed out of the kingdom.

      With the queen now removed, a new era began in the kingdom. Under the new law, the impediment was removed, against stealing and killing, at the level of the royal 'business.' The so-called 'moral' part of the law, as much as there was any morality left, was deemed applicable only to the people's dealings with one another in their private lives. Consequently it became legal at the 'business' level to cheat and steal, and to cause death for profit, as long as the murdering wasn't done in the private domain in the form of a private killing by ones own hands. Murder by starvation, or in the context of conducting business, was deemed to be the outcome of 'business conditions' rather than as an act of killing.

      At first hardly anyone realized that the newly imposed trend was destroying the kingdom from within. Everybody seemed happy with their newfound riches. No one noticed at first that the best workers in the kingdom, those who didn't escape to save their life when the new law became enacted, were slowly worked to death, or became sick and died of their illnesses for the lack of care.

      After the best workers became used up and were discarded, the lesser-able workers were put to the task and were used up in much the same fashion. In the background, the insatiable appetite for more profits grew, that the business piracy demanded.

      Out of this background, a whole new trend emerged. Quietly, working in the background, the 'stronger' in the business world began to steal from other businesses by means of clever schemes that promised the sky, but were empty structures of lies in real terms. After all, lying was legal in the name of making profit 'for the king.' The lies were said to be necessary to conceal the truth and thereby to protect their business dreams of ever-greater wealth, some of which was actually paid out to the king.

      Soon, the pretending stopped. The most 'advanced' business people started to trade in goods that simply didn't exist, which were merely deemed to exist in the future, but which could be sold and bought many times over for real profits before the time at which they were actually created. In evermore cases, they were never created. In this manner the 'business' people created for themselves enormous wealth out of thin air in the form of intangible aggregates that existed only in the form of numbers written in scrolls that had no real correlative in the real world. Soon, even this process was simplified. It became too bothersome for the businessmen to relate their businesses to merchandise, whether real or imagined. They started a game that allowed them to trade the numbers directly with one another, allowing for big and easy profits that they pursued with greedy eyes.

      Little did they realize in their obsession that no one was left in the kingdom tending the fields. The workers had all been starved to death, and they themselves would never pursue such lowly employment. Why would a businessperson do that? Still, there was no one left alive of the peasantry to do it. The harvests were failing. Bread was increasingly hard to get, and what could be found was of poor quality. Eventually the business people realized that all these lowly things had to be done. That is when they realized that they, themselves, lacked the necessary skills to farm, or to raise cattle, or to harvest, to butcher, to bake bread, to make tools, and so on.

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