From the highest point of Castle Conservative the lookout saw a monster looming that clearly had the capacity to envelop the serfs living below in moribund misery, denude the palaces of the influential and reduce the ConLib kingdom to a sub-region with the status of a fusty tourist attraction. The serfs had long been feeling the vibrations of the coming monster and felt its icy breath tickling at their nether regions. Castle Conservative being well heated even with the windows open and situated high on an outcrop of insulated condescention was immune to both tremors and icy blasts.
The immediate approach of the monster however drew the attention of the influential money men whose palaces were not as well insulated as Castle Conservative though arguably better protected by their owners mastery of the mysterious financial arts and their networks of spy and analyst serfs. The influential had been feeding the monster for a long time on sheep, common serfs who by definition were breeding commodities and therefore dispensable, and written stories known as treaties to placate it's insatiable thirst for power and influence. Fearing domination and the plundering of their personal wealth above all; their useful speaking puppet Dave was primed for his mission by their higher level priests of politics and dispatched to the field of battle.
Meanwhile some of the more literate and easily controlled serfs called media serfs, having long been used to promote the image of Castle Conservative and the agenda of its financial masters, were dispatched to report the agenda of the influential in such a way as to placate the fears of the majority of common serfs. In the story as reported Dave, hero of the piece, rode forth on his trusty charger and single handedly thwarted the European federal behemoth by delivering the fatal blow in the form of a veto. No doubt he would have preferred a sword and shield for the photocall but as we all know; the use (or not in this case) of a pen is mightier than the swish of a sword. I personally am sure that many readers at this point are imagining Dave in a swordfight, but moving on - Media serfs herald the return of the conquering hero saturating the confused regular serfs with congratulatory statements and flattering smiling and waving images of their hero as he returns to Castle Conservative.
The influential were not idle whilst this illusionary battle was diverting the attention of the media serfs and through them the general serf population. The masters of the mystical financial arts used the battle as a diversion to unleash financial instruments upon the leveraged market wealth of the common serfs and further consolidate their wealth, and therefore their influence, over both the common serfs and Castle Conservative.
With the battle over and copious quantities of output from the media serfs absorbed the common serfs returned to their natural state.Though the serfs were aware that the monster had not been slain as hoped a wound had been inflicted that would keep the slavering dark beast at bay for a while.
Heed my warning serfs. The beast is licking its wounds and will return soon. It's insatiable appetite for devouring serfs and nations unquenshable it will one day have to be conquered.
Don't like a description of yourself that you recognise in the post above? Show some spine and join the rebel serfs then. Use any influence that you have to unmask the selfish, grandising, quisling and traitorous agenda of the influential and vote in ways that do not serve them.