Carlisle rose to power on the back of the Turmoil, when millions of jobless rioted and ransacked society, demanding work. The old regime had proved incompetent, not to mention uncaring. The situation was exacerbated by the fact that they had arisen on the promise of social justice – surely an outmoded concept now if ever there was one. Then Carlisle turned up from the shadows. With a politician's honey-tongued cant, he promised great things, wonderful things.
Unbeknown to the general public he headed some obscure branch of the intelligence services, what became the forerunner of his Social Security Agency. There were rumours that Carlisle caused the unrest that exploded into the Turmoil, or at least he manipulated it to help his power play, but sensible people didn't talk about such things – or think them for that matter – even as the country descended into something akin to totalitarianism.
On the whole people were too relieved that the violence was brought to an end to question their leader, or why his years of rule turned into decades.
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