The Real Illuminati

You may think you know a thing or two about the Illuminati. That may in fact be true, but you almost certainly know nothing about the *Real* Illuminati. In this subsite of Con City Press we shed light on the truth behind the most ancient secret society of them all, one so secret you didn't even know they existed... until now.

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The Hundred Years' War

posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:43 PM by Viktor Zólyomi

When the Real Illuminati found themselves kicked out of the English Court at the end of 1431, it seemed to many in the secretive group that the plan they had set into motion in 1337 -- when they tricked France and England into fighting a war -- had utterly and completely failed. Not only did they have to leave England in disgrace for the umpteenth time, they had to do so knowing that Henry VI, the very man who sent them into exile, was now King of both England and France, and was on his way to uniting the two countries without them. Their entire multi-generation plan seemed pointless. That was until the Real Illuminati finally realized the obvious, namely, that what we know today as the Hundred Years' War had in fact been raging for nearly a hundred years.

The group quickly concluded that the only chance they had at gaining influence in the English and the French Courts was to prevent Henry VI from unifying England and France. To do so, they needed to make sure that the war would go on indefinitely. It was then that the Real Illuminati coined the phrase, `Hundred Years' War,' and had their agents spread it among commoners and nobles alike, in an effort to make them believe that with a few more years still missing to reach a full century, the war was bound to go on.

Alongside the psychological warfare, they invested considerable funds into the war effort, on both sides. They secretly supplied funds for army provisions to both England and France to keep the fighting going. But of all the tricks they pulled, perhaps the most notorious one was in 1435, when they made use of their long time allies, the Burgundians, to engineer a major shift in the tide of the war.

The Real Illuminati paid off the Duke of Burgundy to have him switch sides from England to France and surrender the city of Paris to French rule. The English suffered a major humiliation due to this betrayal, and had no intention of stopping the war, exactly as the Real Illuminati had hoped. The fighting went on, eventually surpassing the hundred year mark, and looked like it would go on with no end in sight. The Real Illuminati were pleased, even considered renaming the Hundred Years' War to the Thousand Years' War and keep it going until they could wipe all hope of resistance from the lands of Europe.

However, the Real Illuminati had made a grave miscalculation. The war effort proved far more expensive than they had anticipated, and by 1453 their treasury ran completely dry. With no one funding the cost of army supplies and no one paying off French or English noblemen to advise their respective monarchs to keep the war going, neither side of the conflict was keen to continue fighting after a century of bloodshed. The Hundred Years' War came to an end and the Real Illuminati, having barely any funds left to buy candles for their midnight gatherings, let alone bribe anyone in either the English or the French Court for any purpose, had gained absolutely nothing from the century of violence. It was truly the darkest time in the history of the group, with the threat of dissolving and fading to obscurity looming over their heads like the Sword of Damocles. Yet even poor as a pauper the Real Illuminati would go on to prove that one should never count out the followers of Alexander the Great.

Joan of Arc

posted Jan 14, 2018, 11:49 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Jan 14, 2018, 11:51 AM ]

In the early 15th century the Real Illuminati believed, that when they helped Henry V claim total victory over the French army at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, they succeeded in putting themselves on the path to conquering all of Europe. Yet as history records it, what we know today as the Hundred Years' War did not conclude at Agincourt. The reason for this was that the Real Illuminati underestimated the power of French motivational speakers.

By the late 1420s the English had a good chunk of France under their control, but in 1429 they hit a roadblock at Orleans. They spent half a year laying siege to the city until in the spring of 1429 a young woman named Joan of Arc joined the French at Orleans. Making bold claims of having divine visions, she rallied the French troops who turned the table on the besieging army. The defenders attacked the English redoubts and forced them to lift the siege and retreat.

Whether or not there was any truth to her claims of divine visions, Joan of Arc's ability as a motivational speaker cannot be denied. The French heir apparent saw this as well and allowed her to accompany his army as they went on the offensive. They managed to take enough fortifications to force the English to abandon the whole of the Loire Valley. On their way out, the English lost thousands of men to a cavalry charge.

The Real Illuminati were baffled by the success of what they perceived as `a standard bearer in a skirt' according to records in their Secret Library. As they struggled to find a way to counter Joan of Arc's motivational power, the riled up French forces marched on Paris in order to take it back from the English. In September of 1429 they laid siege to the city and very nearly managed to take it over. Fortunately for the Real Illuminati, they had an assassin in the city whom they immediately tasked with removing the sole source of motivation the French army had. While Joan of Arc survived the assassination attempt, she did take a crossbow bolt in the thigh, and was forced to leave the battlefield, which demoralized the French army and drove them into retreat.

After the siege of Paris was lifted, the Real Illuminati thought they had averted disaster. That was until in November of 1429 Henry VI was officially crowned King of England at eight years of age. While his father Henry V had been on the best of terms with the Real Illuminati, the young new king was much more critical of the group and flat out placed all blame for the failures against the revitalized French forces upon their shoulders. The Real Illuminati found themselves faced with an ultimatum: either they could neutralize Joan of Arc, or they would get kicked out of the British Isles, yet again.

Not ones to surrender, the Real Illuminati decided to do what they did best, and pulled some strings. They convinced a French faction allied with the English, the Burgundians, that Joan of Arc was a servant of the Devil, and more importantly, that the English would pay them a fortune for her if she was captured alive. And so the Burgundians, who knew France inside and out, managed to set a trap near Compiègne where they successfully ambushed Joan of Arc and her escort in May of 1430. The Burgundians traded her to the English, and as soon as she was in England, the Real Illuminati quickly arranged for a mock trial where she was found guilty of false charges, and executed in short order.

Following the execution, the English seemed to be on track to victory once more, as Henry VI managed to have himself officially crowned the King of France in December of 1431. The Real Illuminati thought they had managed to avert disaster by removing the root of all their problems. However, the ten-year-old King of England told them in no uncertain terms that they were no longer welcome in the English Court on account of how much money he had to pay to the Burgundians in exchange for Joan of Arc.

And so, less than two decades after the triumph at Agincourt, the Real Illuminati were once again back to square one. But as history records it, the Hundred Years' War did not end in 1431, either.

Henry V

posted Dec 12, 2017, 3:47 PM by Viktor Zólyomi

The Hundred Years' War is considered one of the most vicious long-term conflicts throughout human history. As its name implies, the war raged for over a century, only pausing for a couple of years on occasion, and claimed the lives of countless people. It is widely believed that dispute over England's control of several territories in France and their claim on the French throne were the chief causes of the lengthy conflict. While those were indeed major contributing factors, the real casus belli was the decision made by the Real Illuminati to instigate a war.

The secretive group, still very much eager to reestablish their influence on the British Isles, took notice of the growing tension between the Kingdoms of England and France and realized that by offering their support to England and aiding them in their efforts to conquer the French they could gain the favor of the English Court. First, however, they needed to start the war. To this end, they infiltrated the French Court and manipulated King Philip VI to interfere in the ongoing war between Scotland and King Edward III of England. As the Real Illuminati had expected, Edward responded by asserting his claim on the French throne.

The fighting began in 1337. Initially, the war went quite well for the English side, too well in fact. In order for the plan of the Real Illuminati to come to fruition, they needed the war to last a long time so at the end they could be seen as the heroes who brought about the end of a lengthy and brutal conflict. Therefore, the Real Illuminati limited their support to England in order to slow down the war, and settled for a long term strategy until they could orchestrate the perfect moment at which to win the war for the English. That time came in 1415, over seventy years after the start of the war, during the reign of Henry V as King of England.

Henry, as later documented by William Shakespeare, was a brilliant, cunning leader, and he knew an opportunity when he saw one. He understood what power the Real Illuminati possessed, and accepted the alliance they offered him. Henry made them his secret advisors and the Real Illuminati supplied him with invaluable inside information on troop movements and army compositions from the French side. It was for this reason that Henry knew exactly how to defeat the French army.

At the Battle of Agincourt, when most of his advisors told him to bring lots of cavalry and spearmen to the fight, he opted to listen to the Real Illuminati and led an army eighty percent of which was made up of longbowmen. As history records it, the archers absolutely massacred the French army. The victory shifted the war decisively in favor of the Kingdom of England, and when the Real Illuminati arranged for Henry V to marry a French princess, they all but ensured that his son would become the heir to both the Kingdoms of England and France.

Thus the Real Illuminati gained the utmost favor of the English Court. With their influence firmly rising in both England and France, all seemed set for the group to finally accomplish the goal set out for them by Alexander the Great many centuries earlier, that of world domination. Yet the wheels of history kept on turning, and the Real Illuminati had to learn, that even with a brilliant tactician like Henry V on their side, conquest would not come as easy as they had hoped.

Genghis Khan

posted Oct 16, 2017, 3:31 PM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 3:34 PM ]

Since Alexander the Great founded the Real Illuminati in ancient times, the secretive group plotted and schemed its way towards their goal of world domination from within the shadows. While subtlety defined the group as a whole, a handful of its members opted for a more direct approach to conquest. One of these was the great Mongolian warlord Genghis Khan.

Following the humiliating failure of the Real Illuminati to manipulate William the Conqueror to give them control of Britain, Genghis Khan decided that it was time for a more hands-on approach. He was essentially the first person in history to become the embodiment of the idea that if you want something done right you should do it yourself: instead of manipulating others to fight their wars for him, Genghis Khan led his army personally and lay waste to everything in his path. He took over massive territories in Asia and made steady advances towards Europe, with the ultimate goal being to stretch the Mongolian Empire from the Asian shores of the Pacific Ocean to the European shores of the Atlantic.

The Inner Council of the Real Illuminati strongly disagreed with his course of action, for albeit the Mongolian conqueror exercised restraint and loyalty in keeping his allegiance to the secretive group to himself throughout his conquests, they feared that he would attract too much attention with the destruction in his wake. Nevertheless the Inner Council was powerless to stop the Khan, and so it seemed nothing would prevent him from sailing his hordes into England and showing the Inner Council that what worked for Alexander the Great could still get the job done over a thousand years later.

When Genghis Khan died shortly before he could lead his unstoppable army into Europe, the Inner Council of the Real Illuminati let out a collective sigh of relief, thinking, that the danger had passed. That was until the son and heir of Genghis Khan, Ögedei Khan, decided to honor his father's dying wish and take over Europe. The Real Illuminati could only watch their nightmare unfold, as the young new Khan sent his hordes under the command of his best strategists into Europe and had them lay waste to the eastern kingdoms without opposition.

Unfortunately for Ögedei Khan, but perhaps fortunately for the Real Illuminati as a whole, the Mongolian advance was decisively halted in Eastern Europe where the clever Hungarian King Béla IV managed to build several castles before the bulk of the Mongolian army arrived that prevented the horde from continuing its locust-swarm-like march towards the British Isles. Before the Mongolians had a chance to figure out how to lay siege to castles, Ögedei Khan suddenly and inexplicably died in Mongolia, which resulted in his generals rushing back home in order to try to claim the unexpectedly vacated throne.

It was decades later that the Mongolian army returned to Eastern Europe to continue where they left off. By then, Europe had made preparations. The Kingdom of Hungary awaited the Mongolians with dozens of newly erected, strategically placed fortifications, against which the invading nomadic army could do nothing. The Mongolian army was forced to retreat and had to give up on Genghis Khan's dreams of taking Europe by force.

There are those among the Real Illuminati who believe that the Inner Council had a hand in erecting the castles that forced the Mongolian army to turn around, and also in the sudden and peculiarly timed death of Ögedei Khan. The majority of the Real Illuminati consider these nothing more than mere rumors of conspiracy theorists, as no records exist in the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati to substantiate such claims. Or at least none have been leaked by traitors to date.

William the Conqueror

posted Sep 25, 2017, 5:38 AM by Viktor Zólyomi   [ updated Sep 25, 2017, 5:43 AM ]

The conquest of England in the year 1066 is one of the most famous events in the history of the British Isles, as evidenced by the fact that 1066 is the most popular PIN code in England today. The story of how William of Normandy, better known as William the Conqueror, destroyed the Anglo-Saxons and became the first Norman King of England, is so legendary it was even recorded in an embroidery in France (even if they call it a tapestry). What is not so well known, however, was the reason why William invaded Britain in the first place.

The Real Illuminati, still bitter that they lost control of Britain when the Saxons destroyed Camelot centuries earlier, wanted to reestablish control over the British Isles. When they saw that Anglo-Saxon king Harold Godwinson found himself in a vicious conflict with a challenger to the throne, namely seven foot tall giant Harald Hardrada, King of Norway, they saw an opportunity. They hired a distant relative of Harold, a mercenary lord from Normandy by the name of William, and sent him to England to launch a surprise attack on the unsuspecting Saxons and their challengers.

As history records, William waited for the right moment to strike, which was right after Harold Godwinson famously gave Harald Hardrada exactly seven feet of England, just enough for his grave, following a hard fought battle. William's cunning did not end by taking the fight to a weary Saxon army, either. During the battle William had his archers put the temporarily victorious Anglo-Saxon king out of his misery. After that the battle was all but a formality.

With William's crushing victory over the Anglo-Saxons, all was set for the Real Illuminati to march in and take control of Britain. What they did not consider, however, was that while William earned himself the title of Conqueror in England, he had long thought of himself in such a manner even back in Normandy, and with such a mindset he had no intention of handing over his newly earned kingdom to anyone. And so it came to pass that William the Conqueror, true to his name, not only conquered England, but chased every last member of the Real Illuminati so far away from his lands that no one in Britain heard from the group again during his lifetime.

That is not to say that the Real Illuminati took their defeat in dignity. Throughout William's reign they cooked up every scheme and plot imaginable to remove the Conqueror from his throne. The Real Illuminati had, according to the records in their Secret Library, incited dozens of rebellions against William, but with having to organize these revolts from a distance via carrier pigeons (since none of their members dared to set foot in Britain while William was still in power), each revolt proved more disorganized than the one that preceded it, and ultimately failed.

William the Conqueror sat firmly on his throne until his death, and during his reign he built the foundations of an empire that would later go on to have a foothold in every major continent on the planet, a feat not even the founder of the Real Illuminati, Alexander the Great, had accomplished. The Real Illuminati seethed with envy for centuries.

The Vikings

posted Aug 28, 2017, 3:16 PM by Viktor Zólyomi

History remembers the Vikings as a group of vicious barbarians adept at three things: looting, pillaging, and sailing. It is believed that they were the first European people to discover what we know today as America. What the history books do not record is the true purpose for their expedition across the Atlantic.

Operating as scouts of the Real Illuminati, the Vikings built a fleet of ships designed for long journeys across the seas, and used them to explore the world. The Inner Circle of the Real Illuminati had set upon them the unenviable task of finding the ideal location at which to establish the great metropolis envisioned by Alexander the Great, and the Vikings did not disappoint. By the end of the 11th century they not only set foot upon the shores of North America, the eventual home of Con City, but also brought back a detailed account of the area for the scholars of the Real Illuminati to record.

One might wonder why it is that the Real Illuminati did not build Con City immediately after the Vikings discovered America. It certainly would have made sense considering how much they wanted to keep their very existence a secret from the world. Had they built the great metropolis there and then, they could have built it up over the centuries with the help of the natives, and the European cultures would have been none the wiser. No one could keep up with the Viking ships, after all, and even if they could have, few would have dared to risk the wrath of the infamous northern savages.

Why, then, did the Real Illuminati not go down this path? The answer lies in what the Vikings told the scholars of the Real Illuminati about the lands they had discovered. It was their firm belief, that America was the perfect location at which to build the most violent, most dangerous, most barbaric city in the entire world. Given their nature, it is no surprise that they found this conclusion exhilarating, hence they communicated their findings to the scholars with the greatest enthusiasm.

The Inner Circle on the other hand was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of building the next Alexandria according to the Vikings' vision, as they meant to build a city where merchants could thrive, and they believed that extreme violence would hardly lure the richest merchants to such a place. Hence they abandoned the idea until, centuries later, one of their members read between the lines of the Viking scouts and separated the facts from the opinionated ramblings of what he perceived were `primitive northern savages.' It is thanks to him that eventually further expeditions were sent from Europe to America and, in time, Con City was established as a trade hub where merchants could thrive and multiply their fortunes, just as Alexander had envisioned.

The fact that by the early 21st century Con City and its surroundings had grown into the most violent plot of land on the planet seems to imply that the Vikings, perhaps, were not so far from the truth after all.


posted Jul 31, 2017, 2:19 PM by Viktor Zólyomi

Merlin, the famous magician from the Arthurian legends, lives in the minds of the public as the goodhearted supporter of a benevolent king and his court of heroic knights. Few know, that Merlin was first of all a real person, and second, he was in fact a high ranking member of the Real Illuminati.

Most historians rebuke the theory that Camelot was a real place and that Merlin was the strategic mind behind the kingdom, despite the available indisputable proof. Texts removed by traitors from the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati state that Merlin, not really a wizard but a traveling actor, used theatrical tricks to fool thousands into believing that Arthur, a capable but dim swordsman, managed to pull a supposedly legendary sword from a stone, and thereby manipulated the masses into accepting Arthur as their king. Camelot quickly rose to power as a medieval re-imagining of Alexandria. Merlin controlled the kingdom from behind the scenes and believed that he had built the foundations for the vision of the founder of the Real Illuminati, Alexander the Great.

While Merlin was a master manipulator and a brilliant strategist, he failed to prevent the fall of Camelot due to his inability to control women. Jealousy over a mutual love interest led to continued infighting between the members of Arthur's court, and despite Merlin's best efforts to motivate the knights into directing their jealous wrath at the common enemy, that enemy being the invading Saxon army, the disorganized kingdom fell in a matter of days.

Merlin fled and went on to erase Camelot from history in order to prevent the truth from ever leaking out. He knew he could never completely erase Camelot's rise and fall from memory, hence he opted to build it into a legend, adding elements of mystique, even going so far as presenting himself as a magician, all in an effort to hide the truth from the world.

The only reason anyone outside of or even among the Real Illuminati knows of the true history of Camelot is that Merlin felt the need to document his failed attempt to build the next Alexandria, so future strategists of the Real Illuminati would not commit his mistakes. His efforts proved worthwhile, as centuries later the Real Illuminati founded Con City and successfully grew it into the picture perfect vision of Alexander the Great. A few leaked texts from the Secret Library were a small price to pay for this success, especially considering that most people, mistakenly, dismiss these accounts as the ramblings of paranoid conspiracy theorists. Merlin, the Real Illuminati believe, is grinning in his grave.


posted Jul 3, 2017, 2:47 PM by Viktor Zólyomi

The rise of the Roman Empire was seen by the Real Illuminati at the time as the culmination of centuries of waiting and planning. The Inner Circle believed that Rome had the power to crush all opposition beyond its borders and that it was only a matter of time before they conquered the entire world. Rome, the Real Illuminati believed, would realize their founder's dream and become the last incarnation of Alexandria.

The fire of 64 AD which consumed half the city made them reconsider their view of the Empire and its future. The reason for this was not the fire itself, but the man who had caused it. Nero, then Emperor of Rome, enjoyed the firm support of the Real Illuminati, and while he was loyal to the powerful group, he proved rather difficult to control. He believed that the Emperor deserved a lot more splendor and grandeur than what had been afforded his predecessors, hence he insisted on having a new palace built for himself. When he realized that no suitable location was available in the city, he decided to improvise and set fire to Rome.

While historians debate whether or not Nero had caused the fire himself, the records in the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati contain plenty of written evidence pertaining to the fact, including the personal account of the centurion who was supposed to toss the first torch into the streets until his Emperor, standing right behind him, decided he wanted to do it himself. The witness accounts also record that Nero broke out in song and danced all night long while flames consumed much of the city.

After the destruction, the Emperor wasted no time beginning the construction of his new palace. During the constructions, the Real Illuminati met with him in an effort to convince him that such behavior will turn the people against him and make the planned conquest next to impossible. Nero responded by having the palace built even larger than he had planned and by commissioning the construction of a giant statue of himself.

It was then that the Real Illuminati decided to deal with Nero the same way they had with Julius Caesar. Their plan to assassinate the out-of-control narcissist ultimately failed for one very simple reason: not even the bravest, fiercest, or even most desperate assassins dared to go anywhere near the man who sang and danced while Rome burned and even had his own mother killed years earlier. Hence the Real Illuminati decided that the best thing they could do under the circumstances was to cut their losses and start over somewhere else.

As soon as the Real Illuminati abandoned Rome, Nero's empire descended into chaos. Within years he collected himself more enemies than he could count, which ultimately drove him to assisted suicide. It was all downhill for the Roman Empire after that, and while the Real Illuminati could have returned and seized control, they believed that after Julius the Traitor and Nero it was just a matter of time before yet another Roman Emperor messed up their plans. Hence they followed their first impulse and moved on. They did, however, celebrate with song and dance on the day the news of Nero's demise reached their ears.

Julius Caesar

posted May 29, 2017, 7:29 AM by Viktor Zólyomi

The true history of the Real Illuminati is filled with treachery and intrigue, and with figures embodying these notions. Perhaps the most prominent of such figures is the first traitor of the Real Illuminati, Julius Caesar.

The famous Roman dictator rose to power as one of the strongest supporters of the Real Illuminati. In the early years of his reign he vowed to make Rome into the next Alexandria and finally realize the vision of Alexander: he would conquer the entire world and make Rome its center. Backed by the illustrious secret society, he crushed his enemies and became one of the most powerful rulers Rome had ever seen. It was perhaps inevitable, that this power eventually went to his head.

With an unstoppable army at his beck and call, power over the seas, and reign over much of Europe and parts of Egypt, he came to the conclusion that he did not need the Real Illuminati any more. He had their members imprisoned on made-up charges and made preparations for their execution. He even had the Library of Alexandria in Egypt burnt to the ground, where he (mistakenly) believed the Secret Library of the Real Illuminati had been located.

As the saying goes, if you take a shot at the king, you better not miss. It's difficult to say whether Julius Caesar underestimated the Real Illuminati or simply did not pay enough attention, but his hasty attempt to rid himself of his unwanted allies was met with failure on account of Brutus, one of his closest confidantes. Brutus was in fact a loyal member of the Real Illuminati. Caesar either knew that and assumed Brutus had joined him in treason, or he never realized that the Real Illuminati had spies everywhere. Whatever the reason, Caesar found himself facing a room full of knives as the promise of wealth, power, and being free of a conceited megalomaniac turned the Roman Senate against him. Brutus delivered the famous finishing blow and set into motion the events which would lead to the rise of the Roman Empire, which he hoped would conquer the world for the Real Illuminati.

Rome eventually fell into ruin, in no small part due to the actions of a certain Emperor, but the violent demise of Julius Caesar ultimately saved the Real Illuminati. The example of Julius the Traitor sent a clear message to those who knew what it meant: no one can defy the will of Alexander the Great. The fate of Caesar inspired loyalty in the Real Illuminati for centuries to come, and many point to this event as the reason for the eventual colonization of North America and the founding of Con City, the great metropolis built to realize Alexander's dream. While Rome failed to meet expectations, the Real Illuminati of present day find solace in the fact that, since the dawn of the 21st century, all roads lead to Con City.

Alexander the Great

posted May 1, 2017, 8:51 AM by Viktor Zólyomi

The Illuminati. For better or worse, when one hears their name, what first comes to mind are the conspiracy theories. Wild stories and legends that claim the Illuminati pull the strings of the world's governments from the shadows. Historians are quick to point out that the Illuminati, or more precisely the Bavarian Illuminati, were merely a group of well meaning intellectuals who wanted to enlighten the masses in a dark age of superstition and bigotry.

What historians will neglect to tell you, either on purpose or due to sheer ignorance, is that the Bavarian Illuminati called themselves the Bavarian Illuminati not to specify where they were from but to differentiate themselves from a very different and much older group called the Real Illuminati. This group was founded over two thousand years ago with a purpose orthogonal to that of the Bavarian Illuminati: to conquer the world.

The Real Illuminati were founded by none other than Macedonian emperor Alexander the Great. Alexander, after spending years conquering the world known to him, one day looked to the horizon and realized that the world, the true world, had to be much larger than he could see. On that day, he had a vision, and that vision was to build a great metropolis in the center of the world and from there slowly but steadily seize control of every corner of the Earth. Some, mistakenly, believe that the great city of Alexandria was this great metropolis. In truth, Alexandria served as a prototype, a testing ground, where Alexander demonstrated his vision to his followers on a smaller scale than what he truly envisioned.

Over his lifetime Alexander iterated his blueprint of the future, building newer and better incarnations of Alexandria, in order to convince the men and women who would then become the first of the Real Illuminati that one day, one of their descendants would come across a spot of the world where they could build the greatest city in history. And though it would take more than two thousand years, that city eventually became a reality in the heart of the Republic of North America; but more on that later.

Alexander left clear instructions for his followers: find a piece of unoccupied land next to a river with abundant natural resources in the surrounding area, and draw the richest merchants of the world there with the promise of multiplying their fortune. Then, when the great metropolis grows larger than any city in history and controls the economy of the world, the time would come to begin the unstoppable conquest. Few believed that the man who preferred to sow the blood of his enemies over exercising even an ounce of diplomacy would be willing to commit to such a long term and pacifist strategy, but the splendor of Alexandria and the unspoken threat of `defy me and die' burning from his eyes convinced even his loudest naysayers, and thus the Real Illuminati were born.

Knowing Alexander's well documented hunger for conquest it is easy to understand his decision to establish a powerful secret society that can not only realize his vision but make it last through the ages. What may be difficult to understand, however, is his naming choice. Why, one must wonder, did he name this group the Real Illuminati? Why not simply Illuminati? The answer lies in Alexander's visionary nature. Well over a thousand years before the Bavarian Illuminati came to be, he knew there would be imitators who would try to capitalize on his success.

Today, trademark law prohibits imitators from stealing another society's name, but in ancient times trademark protection was limited to the rule `if you rip off Alexander the Great he will rip off your head.' And while this was an excellent deterrent, Alexander knew that it would not be a very intimidating threat centuries after his death. Hence he chose to name his society the Real Illuminati. Because nothing says `we were here first' than calling yourself `real' eons before the competition.

Alexander's vision of the great metropolis at the center of the world eventually came true, at least in part. At the end of the 18th century, the Real Illuminati founded a tiny riverside settlement in North America and named it Con City. Over the years it became one of the biggest cities in the world; by the early 21st century it grew to a population of twenty million and established a firm hold on the economy of the Republic of North America, exactly as Alexander planned over two thousand years earlier.

And what became of the conquest of the world that the great Macedonian monarch envisioned? Whether or not that will come to pass remains to be seen. Perhaps it already happened, and the Real Illuminati control every country in the world, manipulating their leaders like puppets. Or perhaps they are just waiting for the right moment to demonstrate their dominance, relying on Con City to fill their conquest budget before they establish the new world order and plant Alexander's flag on every public building on the planet. Time will tell which it is, but if recent events are any indication, one thing is abundantly certain: anything can happen where Con City is concerned.

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