I am continuing to work on the animal society as dictated in this question here.
- Certain groups of animals have attained human-level intelligence. The details of species are laid out in my previous question. TL;DR version is Eastern North American & Western European species of non-domesticated species, though I've dialed back the population to be about 1% of the total population of each species that were granted this boost in intelligence.
Human intelligence is the intellectual capacity of humans, which is characterized by perception, consciousness, self-awareness, and volition. Through their intelligence, humans possess the cognitive abilities to learn, form concepts, understand, apply logic, and reason, including the capacities to recognize patterns, comprehend ideas, plan, problem solve, make decisions, retaining, and use language to communicate. Intelligence enables humans to experience and think.
Our total population is made up of herbivores and carnivores, who have chosen to live peacefully together due to their shared intelligence. They have come to the conclusion that as they are such a small group and because their existence is so unusual, they should stick together for safety from humans and other non-intelligent creatures. They number in the hundreds, with 15-30 members of each species or so? Still working on exact numbers.
Rats and other rodents that had been living in close proximity to humans are regarded as the wisest, and have become the teachers and advisors for the rest of the animal population. As such, they draw most of their inspiration from human governments and methods that they have observed.
As stated in my previous question, this all takes place at the very beginning of the Industrial Revolution, putting our time period at 1760-1800. We are also assuming that the animals have been able to observe the fledgling American Democracy and the English and French monarchies (rats who have traveled across the Atlantic can bring news of each system of government).
So, I've managed to get them intelligent, and get them together, where they have formed the beginnings of a city-state. Society is still primitive, but we are starting to see the beginnings of aspects that mimic human ones.
My question is:
How do the animals go about dealing with politics and forming a government in their newly formed city-state?
Namely, I want to figure out what to do with the following problems:
- Herbivores outnumber the carnivores, if we use 1% of herbivores it is a much higher number than 1% of carnivores, so naturally their populations are off. Omnivores could be considered independents in this scenario, or just outliers.
- Rats may be the smartest due to their contact with humans, but are probably the least respected of the animal species because of similar factors to why humans dislike them (carriers of disease, thieves of food, excessive breeding, etc).
- The goal has to be maintaining society as a whole, looking at the bigger picture, and making decisions and passing laws or edicts that reflect that.
- For the moment, the animals want to stay hidden from human interaction until they have established themselves and their society.
So, how do we reconcile the above problems within our society? I've checked out resources on early human societies and methods of government, but the problem is that the animals are not doing this on their own, but instead basing their own city-state on interpreting the human societies around them and using this as a basis to form their government. So perhaps a bit like Animal Farm, in a way, the animals attempt to mimic human society because it is their only frame of reference.
So, essentially it boils down to what is the best method of creating a government using the governments of 1760-1800 as a frame of reference? Additionally, what are the best species of animal for the job?
Bonus points for what problems might arise as a result of bad interpretations of human society that I might need to consider.