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Norwich Gazette
October 1904.

Sunrise: 7:20 AM
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Temperature: 65F

Bright and warm, with a refreshing breeze; clouding over later. Small chance of light showers in the evening.

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Post  God on Sun 1 Apr 2018 - 16:46

The idea that "a man should live on his salary" in regards to official employment is a relatively new one. Before the twentieth century, what we would call nepotism, embezzlement, abuse of office and outright bribery was rife. MP's would appoint friends and family to positions within government, military suppliers would skim off supplies for their personal profit, lawyers would take the "portable property" of their clients who were about to be hanged and so on.

All of the above was not only legal, but accepted; such positions usually only had a token salary, or none at all - such things were considered "perks of the job", nothing more or less. This had the upside of making administration cheap, but also meant it was frequently much less effective and unfair.

The Camarilla, like in other things, provides a mirror of the previous age of Kine history. Officials not only are unpaid positions, but they lack the ability to claim expenses [such as a Hound's weapons] or even compensation for damage incurred during filling their duties [such as property damage].

It is automatically assumed by the superior that the appointee will use their position for personal gain which is in effect "their salary". On occasion, the "perks" are so high that the applicant is expected to pay their superior for the privilege of the Office.

This is a significant issue of "Values Dissonance" which I felt needed to be spelt out explicitly.

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