The Nation of God in A.A 800
By Richard Kieninger
The Elder Brothers have given us a glimpse into the Nation of God as it will have evolved eight hundred years after Armageddon. At the present level of today’s culture, much of your understanding of what you would observe were you to be somehow miraculously projected into those future times would be limited to external appearances of things and the outward manner of the people. It would be futile for us now to try to comprehend the nature of civilization after the Millennium of Melchizedek’s reign; for the Citizens’ view of Existence and their own interpersonal relationships would be as foreign to us as if they were from a different planet. So we are restricted to but a glimpse of the pre-millennial period after eight centuries of adherence to the Lemurian Philosophy.
The first thing you notice about this industrial city is the superb health and well-being of everyone you encounter. Their relaxed, ready smiles and lack of anxious haste bespeak an inner calm and serene orderliness. Indeed, the frantic bustling which results from poor planning or careless oversights is even absent from the flow of vehicular traffic. There is no impatient honking of horns or screeching of tires. The quiet and peace is undisturbed by strident voices, roaring buses, or overhead aircraft. This is due in large measure to the universal peace of mind of the Citizens operating the vehicles and also because the engines to move private and public vehicles are designed to be essentially noiseless. At any rate, the presence of birds is brought to your attention by being able to hear their song instead of being overwhelmed by noise.
The city has no buildings higher than seven stories and there is considerable space between structures. Grass, flowers and trees grow everywhere around the buildings. This is a place where people are immersed in a beautiful garden setting. The people obviously are closely allied with the earth instead of masonry and pavement in this horizontal city. The air is pure and scented with the flowers and greenery; and although you are in one of the greatest industrial cities on the continent, nowhere is there a trace of smoke to mar the sky or soot to begrime the buildings. Energy sources no longer include the burning of fossil fuels or the use of atomic energy. Solar energy for generation of electricity and heating has long ago been perfected, and silent electric cars add no pollution to the air.
The residences of different colored stone are set in spacious lawns, and the coordinated landscaping around them creates an overall, park-like setting. The homes are ample and beautifully designed by the commonwealth, which also owns them. They are rented to workers, managers and executives alike, who live side by side in these comfortable neighborhoods. The highest executives and factory machinists experience no class distinction between themselves. All are Initiates or of higher Degrees in the Brotherhoods, and their personal proficiency in their chosen fields makes all of them qualified experts. They are Citizens; so their understanding of the complexities of government, economics, science, and life in general is on a par. The kind of deep respect each person has for the skill and precision of his fellows’ work lends naturally to mutual acceptance and lack of feelings of smug superiority over others.
The factories in this industrial city are beautifully monumental. Their very immensity lends itself to more architectural variation. Glass, stone, and reinforced concrete rise in massive planes and columns of exquisitely blended colors. These buildings are soundproof, air conditioned, and totally free of dust and dirt inside because of efficient dust-collection systems at each machine. Most of the machines are run by preprogrammed computers, and the operators primarily inspect the parts and adjust machinery and oversee the movement of materials and product. The customary heat, grime, and deafening noise of forging has been transformed into a comfortable, non-fatiguing skill through capital investment in support equipment. Even smelting of iron and other metals is reduced to automated functions from which all fumes are drawn off and converted into chemicals for sale or are neutralized for safe disposal. Fish thrive in the rivers and harbors next to industrial complexes; and wherever fresh water is found, it is drinkable as is. Even the final treatment of sewage effluent is by distillation before it is allowed back into the streams.
All cities follow the same general layout whether it is Industrial, Educational, or Governmental. They are all limited to a maximum of 230,000 population except the capital, which is the seat of the national government. The mart is the central feature of each city and town and takes the place of today’s downtown shopping center and outlying shopping malls.
The mart contains all the city’s food stores and service and repair shops as well as the city’s theatres and restaurants (unless there is a hotel). If one wishes to buy an automobile or an apple, he goes to the city’s only mart. The mart is a service by the government to provide all the goods of the nation to every consumer at the lowest possible cost. On the other side of the coin, every manufacturer and food producer is provided a nationwide market for his product. Food is instantly whisked to the far corners of the continent by air while it is at peak freshness. All goods are delivered by air freighters which land on the roof of the mart and distribute the various items of their cargo to the appropriate departments by gravity-fed chutes.
Most customers do not go to the mart but rather have food and goods delivered to their homes. Since only the best food is allowed to be shipped to the marts, and whatever remains at the end of each day is canned, frozen, or used to feed livestock, it is not necessary to hand pick fresh produce and meats from the counters yourself. Every home has a catalog of prices and goods available, and one’s telephone order is delivered by trucks which keep frozen goods and perishables at their proper temperature right up to your door. For those who wish to pick out items new to them, the food department has everything on delightful display. For those who come to try on ready-made clothing and shoes for fit, and who wish to browse among artworks and gift items for sale, the mart is a delightful experience. Every courtesy and comfort is provided the shopper. Restaurants provide excellent service and every kind of dish while you relax in the most comfortable furnishings. Each major city is about eight miles across; so no one is more than four miles from the mart.
You note in viewing the city that the industrial sites are scattered throughout the residential areas so the employees can walk to work down tree-lined streets. Each neighborhood also has a combined primary and secondary school within walking distance of the children’s homes. This reduces vehicular traffic and adds a sense of leisure to the day’s schedule. The workday is about six hours and the average workweek is two days; therefore, three times as many employees can find work in the same factories, offices, and mart during the six days that they are open for business. This yields far higher efficiencies in both labor and plant. The twelve-hour workweek leaves much more time for personal study, rearing children, and interpersonal relationships. The quality of manufactured goods is such that major items usually outlast the life of the buyer. Homes leased by the commonwealth are designed to be functional for thousands of years. It is therefore not necessary for the people to work for so much money to pay for replacement of these items; and the fact that there are no interest charges anywhere in the nation makes everything far less expensive.
The Educational City
The Educational City of Philadelphia is the location of the first university in the Nation of God, and this is but one of a dozen educational cities. Public transportation is luxurious and inexpensive—the equivalent of a penny a mile for air fare—so students can easily afford to attend college away from their own city. The air ships are wingless, anti-gravity machines about 300 feet long and cigar shaped.
The center of the city is occupied by the university buildings instead of a mart. As a part of all educational cities in the Nation of God, each of the Lesser Brotherhoods maintains a building which houses a branch of the Brotherhood itself rather than a MundaneSchool. They have seven buildings grouped together on this campus, and each is presided over by Elder Brothers representing their particular Brotherhood. The educational program which encompasses Citizenship Training and subsequent training for eligibility to public office is provided under the direct supervision of Elder Brothers throughout the nation.
Hamukulia, the Capitol and Governmental City
The capital city of the Nation of God is built at the site of the ancient seat of the Lemurian Empire and takes its name from the original city.
The capitol building itself occupies the center of the city, and its grounds are contained within a circular boulevard almost a mile in diameter. The building will one day be seven stories high, but at this time only two stories have been built. All the twelve departments have their national headquarters in the capitol building; and the Board of Governors, which is presided over by the Chief Executive of the nation, meets in the building. The residential apartment of the Chief Executive is also housed in the same structure. The nation is divided into twelve administrative districts each under the executive directorship of a Governor elected by the people in his district. These Governors travel to the capital to convene at regular intervals. Each Governor is elected for life or, as is usually the case, until he retires. The Governors elect one of their number to serve as Chief Executive for a life term.
The twelve departments are each headed by a professional civil servant who together with the other department heads comprise the cabinet which serves under and is coordinated by the Chief Executive. Each of the departments functions in complete harmony with the other eleven, and all are dedicated to serving every citizen of the nation in whatever way they can. An organizational arrangement that is quite different from the American governmental system is that the Courts of Justice are part of the Department of Defense. The courts are presided over by Adepts in the Brotherhoods, who act as judges, and They settle differences between the citizens by common sense arbitration and try to get both parties to agree to amicable settlements. Juries in the courts also decide in matters where a citizen’s actions have affected the public good. Justice is as much a concern of the protection of the members of the nation as is public sanitation, medical services, and maintenance of the armed forces, all of which are also under the Department of Defense.