I’m trying to come up with the name of the bad guys in my NaNoWriMo story, the ones who are perpetuating “outdated imperialist dogma which perpetuates the economic and social differences in our society.”
You know, the bad guys!
My rough plot outline calls them “storm troopers” which some people associate with Nazis, or the Empire of Star Wars, so I’m trying to come up with a better name. My process is to feed a word into an online thesaurus and jot down the words that seem interesting or spark a new idea. Rinse and repeat.
So far I have: Storm trooper, national guard, imperial guard, legionnaire, ranger, militia, shock trooper, conquistador, commando, marine, paratrooper, soldier, beret, cop, police, deputy, sheriff, lawman, patrol, peacer, proctor, agent, prober, steward, shepherd, inquisitor, interrogator, enforcer, butcher, executioner, liquidator, disciplinarian, teacher, instructor, preceptor, coach, counselor, guide, mentor, monitor, chaperone, minder, duenna, escort, docent, trainer, companion, squire, servant, custodian, usher, sherpa, sergeant, …
What do you think? Which term suggests a most interesting society, one that would use it as the “Official” name of it’s jackbooted thugs?