The Wizarding World
- 1 The Hierarchy
- 2 Society
Previously held by Harold Masters, who formerly masqueraded as the Minister of Magic, Walter Crane. The position set him up perfectly for this as did his aid in Trevor's rise to power before Derrin's demise in December 2008. Now Masters has run off in search of something that supposedly will help matters. Fierro N. Darque held the position for some time but has since defected. The position is now held by Elias Hunt.
Many fit into this category. Several have their own agendas in mind, their own desire for power, but there are some who are loyal to Trevor because he was able to do what Voldemort was not: take control of the wizarding world. They're able to pretty much do whatever they wish, regardless of the rules. As long as it doesn't get in the way of any plans higher up, their actions generally go unheeded and unpunished.
Citizens are people of (usually) pureblood descent. None are muggle-borns. They hold a variety of positions in this new system, ranging from things as minor as a shopkeeper to a position in the Ministry or Hogwarts. They must follow whatever rules are passed or be tossed into Azkaban or face worse punishment than that depending on the severity of their offense. Trevor likes to make these people feel they are free, but the fact that they are being watched over by at least one person at all times and the fact that they are subject to raids undermines that. They can be loyal to Trevor or not, but if they aren't, they must guard their actions and their speech. One never knows when he's talking to a spy.
Students of Hogwarts are now of at least half-blood descent. They are trained, starting in sixth year, in the Dark Arts and are expected to either live out their lives in submission as citizens or declare their loyalty to Trevor and become a Death Eater. They have about the same amount of freedom as citizens. Quidditch is still permitted as well as trips to Hogsmeade. Prefect and head boy and girl positions are awarded to those who seem most loyal to the cause. There is also a squad of students who are constantly on the lookout for any suspicious and treacherous behavior and are expected to report it to a professor or the headmaster as soon as possible.
Slaves are automatically anyone of less than pureblood descent. However, some half-bloods or more avoid it due to favors owed to their family members. Slaves do not carry wands. They were taken away upon capture. They typically serve Death Eaters either in their homes or at the headquarters. The majority work within HQ, which is hard to get into. They are subject to maltreatment, and their complaints go unheeded. They are only considered slightly better than animals, after all.
Prisoner of War
Prisoners of war (or POWs) are of any blood lineage. They either had some connection to the Order before the new government was established and could possibly hold information as to the whereabouts of former Order members or are fugitives captured and found to have been in association with Damien Noland. They are subject to many forms of torture, both physical and mental as well as emotional, and aren't often well cared for.
Fugitives are people of (usually) less-than-pure blood lineage. However, there are some purebloods who do not agree and have taken off to try to right wrongs alongside their half-blood and muggle-born counterparts. Some of them are part of the new Order of the Phoenix that is forming under Damien Noland, who has founded a safe house for many. While many live in the safe house, there are still quite a few who have yet to find it and live hiding in various places within the UK or other countries.
Society as a whole in the wizarding world seems to be a bunch of spineless wimps, too afraid to say outside the supposed security of the four walls of their homes. Resultantly, a lot of dissatisfaction can be found amongst most of the populous. Rather than doing something like those in S.A.V.I.O.R. or a few other citizen-formed resistance groups, many simply tend to simply sit and tolerate what's going on to the extent that they seem to have merely accepted it.
But let's focus on the make-up of society, shall we?
Only certain degrees of blood purity are recognized for citizenship. Therefore, if one is below half-blood, he is indiscriminately imprisoned or enslaved depending on whether or not he has some affiliation with a certain resistance group or not. However, even purebloods are not entirely exempt from any discrimination. In this society, it's encouraged for one to be a tattle-tale and provide discriminating evidence against one's own neighbor, if he's suspected of being a blood traitor or merely a traitor to the government.
Because of this, Hogwarts admissions have become open only to a select few: those of half-blood to pureblood descent and whose families are loyal or at least not openly resistant to the new government.
Buying & Selling
Starting on 28 February, 2009, paperwork was required to prove one's blood status. Check points were set up to enforce this new requirement, and penalties were given to those who failed to have said blood status paperwork, even if they claimed to have forgotten it. Since the takeover, it has become impossible to buy or sell in the wizarding world without said paperwork, paperwork which is impossible to duplicate to the extent that an official would be fooled and most with business licenses know how to tell the differences well enough. However, does that mean everyone really cares? Not necessarily, but usually most do not pass through the hoops to get a license and chance getting it revoked.
Diagon Alley was rendered to ruins during July 2009. Over the past year or so, it has shown signs of being revitalized. A few businesses have found their way to the main street but for now remain near the entrance to Knockturn Alley as quite obviously it's the best way to gain business. The residential area still remains untouched and abandoned for the most part, but patrols go by on occasion to check for hobos and hooligans. All in all, the thing to remember is Diagon Alley is no longer the bustling portal to the wizarding world that it once was.
Following the destruction of Diagon Alley in July 2009, Knockturn Alley found itself taking on many functions that Diagon Alley once served. While for the most part, its purpose remains dark in nature, stores have begun selling more respectable and less questionable products as well.
Hogsmeade also found itself expanding when Diagon Alley was destroyed. Being so near the school, it took in many destroyed businesses that sold things the students might need more frequently than not and has found its adult clientelle increased in number as some needs overlapped. It tends to be the favorite of more family-oriented shoppers as the general populous tends to be more savory than that of Knockturn Alley.
In general, all media is under the direction of the press secretary, Delilah Chase, and her staff. The extent of which it is under said direction varies depending on the subject matter involved.
Newspapers, such as The Daily Prophet, by law are required to submit their articles to the press secretary before publication can occur. If anything is deemed unsuitable or questionable, it will be pulled or a rewrite demanded. If its content is questionable enough or frequent enough by a certain reporter, his journalist badge is revoked until a trial before the Wizengamot can occur. If the paper itself chooses to print an offensive article or any articles without submitting them for review, it faces being shut down.
Educational magazines are ignored for the most part. They are forbidden to make political jokes that touch upon a certain list of topics or politicians and asked to stick to their topics. They are typically still read through during early stages of publication or at least scanned before too many can get hold of the magazine. They know the risks of publishing something that goes against the law and as fewer people actually subscribe to them than newspapers or other types of magazines, the need for review seems less necessary.
Tabloids are under strict review. Articles cannot hold risque "information" about a political figure on a certain list or any other political topics that make the list. Fines and other consequences are steep.
Women's magazines, cooking magazines, etc., are held to the same requirements as any other publication. They have the same list of topics to avoid and the same penalties to face.
Owl Post. It's not unheard of for letters to get lost when sent by owl post, but it's not exactly entirely frequent as too often would make the government seem more paranoid than necessary. The amount of owls intercepted hasn't entirely been increased compared to how many were before. It mainly affects those seen taking off from the homes of people under surveillance or owls generically sent from an owlery.