In Piketty’s book he notes that from the medieval period onward, the wealth in society has never been more evenly distributed than after the Second World War, where the vast destruction of capital flattened out many fortunes based on investments. At that point, if I’m reading him right, the top 1% of people owned 50% of the wealth in Europe. In the Middle Ages, it’s far higher: 90% of the wealth is owned by the top 1%.
Let’s assume that the Order is not egalitarian in terms of its structure. We know it is not: the Houses, at least, and the Autumn covenants, appear to accrue capital rather than divesting it to the Spring covenants. Let us further assume that the 90/10 observation holds true. Given that the Order has about 1000 members, this means that there are ten magi who control the vast majority of the Order’s capital. Can we look at the history and current state of the Order as a series of battles and collaborations between these ten? If we follow Piketty’s idea that in societies with high concentration, roles do not much change, we can assume that the positions of the ten have remained static, leaving aside great destructions of wealth, like the sack of Constantinople, the Corruption, the Sundering and the Schism.
I’d argue the ten probably include:
The Primus of Tremere
The Primus of Mercere
The Primus of Verditius
The Primus of Bonisagus
The leader of the Oppidum of Lycaneon
The Leader of the Covenant of Venice
The governor of the Bohemian Common
Who are the other three? Are any of these clearly not in the ten? Let’s hammer this out in the comments.