The social system of the Confederation is divided into three parts; the land owning Free Barons, the aristocrats of the social system, few relatively in numbers but mighty in wealth and authority, sit at the top. Below them are the Serfs, who by the millions farm its lands and tend its towns, and who for hundreds of years have found contented homes in the Confederation; and lastly the merchant class of factory owners, elite craftsmen, industry captains and producers, a distinctly third estate known as the Guild.
This aristocracy is of threefold structure – it was an aristocracy of wealth, of blood, and of honour. It was not the wealth of the shoddy aristocracy. It came by inheritance of generations chiefly and only in the aristocracy of the Confederation could there be found luxury, ease and grace of inherited wealth. A pure democracy is the dream of the idealist, and would be unprofitable but the families who own the lands of a country, who maintain the traditions of the past, and trace their blood to the beginnings of a country’s existence – these will inevitably become the leaders and rulers of a country. So Confederacy has its aristocracy, whose leaders laugh at the doctrine of equality as proclaimed by sentimentalists at home and abroad.