In the late 1980s, a new generation of Salesmen entered the force after a population explosion of sorts (similar to the ‘baby boomers’ generation of the U.S. after World War II). Many of these new men and women didn’t assimilate well into the Salesman Empire.
However, at first the new generation brought with it fresh approaches to the Empire and how things were run. There was a small Renaissance of creative ideas in the Salesman world. The old way and the new way tried to blend.
Some of the older Salesmen were unwilling to consider making changes to the way it always had been. On the other side, some of the younger Salesmen were frustrated at their lack of power and what they saw as an outdated bureaucracy dictating the way the Empire was run.
Salesmen like Daniel Swift worked hard to bridge the gap – and often did. But the newest generation of Salesmen wasn’t ready to buckle under the older rulers of the Empire. While some worked within the system to create change, others decided to work outside of the Empire, rejecting tradition as they sought to build their own power. They began to ignore basic rules, broke laws, and over time, became increasingly violent.
These Salesmen eventually became the Fringe.
See also Sebastian St. Michel.
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