Three-Pronged Fork

Written by Timepool

Calm down sir, it's nothing but a fork. There's no need to be afraid.
— Kingsboon operative
  During the Crown Civil War, the three-pronged fork became a symbol for undercover Kingsboon operatives to signal their allegiance to one another.

A mockery

After Kingsboon's defeat, many would carry three-pronged forks with the two outer prongs bent or snapped off in order to mock their defeated enemies.

Fit for a King

The three-pronged fork became a symbol for Kingsboon due to its striking similarity to their insignia, which prominently features three large spikes at its top. That, and, the relative ease with which one can deny any meaning associated with it— it being such a common object.  
Of course I don't support the monarchy! I just wish to be prepared at any moment, should a cake come my way.
— A plausible denial
Signaling a suspected operative required three steps, first, simply getting the fork to be seen. Either by eating with it, dropping it, or having it displayed on one's person. Second, checking to see if the other party possessed a fork as well. And third, holding the fork upright— this needed only be done for a brief moment, and by both parties. Once one's allegiance was confirmed, both parties could begin to work together.
 

In the modern day

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by Garrett Lewis
After Kingsboon's defeat, the three-pronged fork has become a dog-whistle for those who still wish to bring about a monarchy within the United Territories— though it is not exactly a secret any longer. In the intervening decades, as trials were conducted, confessions made, and eventually historians and history buffs alike began to research each and every facet of the war— the three-pronged fork's ulterior meaning came to be fairly well known. Its use as a symbol for Kingsboon is even seen in various war-related media today.   As such, those who attempt to use it as it once was are now seen as either attempting to make a joke— or dangerous buffoons. Unfortunately, they can use the former to allow them plausible deniability in the modern day. It is worth noting that these modern groups are not affiliated with the modern day Kingsboon— and are instead a loose collection of extremists.  
Of course, it's just a joke. Who would want to support a monarchy in the modern day?
— Member of the Thronewatchers

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Author's Notes

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Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
12 Jul, 2020 22:13

Those quotes are priceless. Lol I liked this one, as I always do when it comes your articles. It seems so creative, a simple fork being a symbol for what, I assume, was considered quite a menace.   My favorite bit is the inclusion of how some would mock kingsboon with forks that had their prongs broke. That's such a little detail but it adds some life to the symbolism. Nice touch there.

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12 Jul, 2020 22:34

Thank you! This was the one I've struggled the most on so far honestly, it's not too high over the minimum words due to that.   The sidebar often squeezes out the best little details from me, so I have to be grateful for not having written this in a generic template!

Sage Dylonishere123
R. Dylon Elder
12 Jul, 2020 23:03

I understand that entirely. I've had the same struggle. I got lucky with library cards XD all in all though I think it worked out great. It's a nice addition to the world.   Till next time! I've got quite a few if yours in my notifs!

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12 Jul, 2020 23:22

This is so well done. It reminds me of the poem "For lack of a nail, a shoe was lost..." only with a fork!   The quotes are great and the bit about the mockery! I laughed out loud. Priceless.   Nicely done!

12 Jul, 2020 23:35

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it!

Grandmaster Serukis
Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull
13 Jul, 2020 00:34

Ahh, there are some little details here that are very close to the real world - ‘it’s just a joke!’ Love the use of the one-pronged fork for mockery too!

Emy x
13 Jul, 2020 01:51

Thanks! Yeah it does unfortunately pull a bit from real-life experiences...

14 Jul, 2020 04:47

For struggling with this prompt, you did a fantastic job Time! It feels so strongly written and thought out. Including a section on how the symbol is seen in modern times is a brilliant idea!   I also really enjoyed the quotes, they injected some more great humour into the article :D

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14 Jul, 2020 05:19

Thank you! I'm just glad to be done with this prompt, lol.