From Stateless Crusader: I have been reading about the Indo-Europeans, and I found it interesting their society consisted of three main classes. The warrior class, the clerical class and the trade/farmer class. This reminded me a lot of the society found in Planet of the Apes.
The humans in Planet of the Apes (PotA) are not modern humans. They are unable to talk, think abstractly or do any complex behavior. At most, they can accomplish actions a young child or modern ape can. The Gorilla are the warrior class. They serve primarily in the military, but you could also call them police, pest control and hunters. Their primary action is to cull the human population, as the Law Giver commanded. Their other functions are to ensure the security of Ape City and to keep the relative peace. This seems to be a natural consequence of the Gorilla’s size and strength, as well as the Gorilla’s strong protective instinct.
The Chimpanzees are the general citizens. They are your farmers, scientists, and craftsmen. Chimpanzees are the most sociable of the great apes, they are also the most human. It makes sense that they would be inclined towards pacifism and trade, since they have the most complex social organization. They also seem to have a wide range of tasks, probably due to the large range of intelligence and complex hierarchy found in Chimp society.
The Orangutan are the clerical class. They have reign over the law and spiritual needs of the Apes. They ensure society functions along Ape law. If I remember correctly, Dr. Zaius was in charge of the university. He also held title of “Chief Defender of the Faith.” While scientific inquiry was important, nothing was more important than order. The laws they live by have existed for many generations, they have ensured the survival of the Apes. Orangutans are natural leaders, males control large territories with many females. They are also fairly solitary, an essential part of the clerical life.
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