Before I begin, I'd like to clear out something, "System" is not a voodoo word, it's not some sort of term that whenever used means whoever uses it is some sort of conspiracy nuts.
For those of you that don't know (which I hope are few to none), a system is a combination of rules. Depending on the context, it can mean, for example, the laws and law enforcers of a certain place, be it an internet forum or a country.
What all systems have in common is that whatever action taken within it will be *Judged*, it can come out good or bad, depending on the rules of the system in on itself. If it's good, either nothing happens or you get a reward, and if it's bad you get punishment... the degree of which varies depending on what action was taken and under which circumstances.
This could be like spamming in a forum and getting banned by the administrator, or stealing a purse and getting caught. Though implementation of every system is flawed since no one is either omniscient nor omnipotent, from the saying "If you don't get caught it's not illegal".
With that cleared, I will be explaining which would be the ideal System and how to implement it to achieve complete domination over a large population. It will take a lot of time, so make sure to get everyone in the family involved, this'll take several generations.
Step 1: Get loads of money or loads of support
Either become filthy (and I do mean filthy) rich or get the support of those that are filthy rich. Becoming the leader of the country should be easy after that, more or less, that mostly depends on how you got there and who you've become enemies with, so be careful.
Step 2: Give the people hope.
What you want at the beginning of your country is a place where ANYONE could become very rich if the right conditions and enough effort and ingenuity is applied. However, be very careful, you must avoid any of them getting as powerful or as rich as you or your *buddies*.
In the event someone does get to that level, either introduce them to your friends or have him killed making it look like some sort of accident. I said how to take over the population, not that it would be pretty.
Step 3: Take over the media.
If you control the news, you control what they'll learn about the world. Taking over is fairly simple when you've got the money, buy them. And if they don't want to join sink them. Regardless of the means.
Once taken over, allow them to keep on doing their work as always. You'll get to use them later on.
Step 4: Make them fat.
Using the media you took over, promote junk food and things that're normally unhealthy or bad if eaten in large enough quantities. Also, use the influence and $ either from your own pocket or from your *buddies* to reduce its price in comparison to usual food. With this you increase the number of people that eat it.
Remember, healthy people hit harder, so fatten them up so they can barely move.
Step 5: Make them pay to get healthy.
Take out public health-care and make them pay for it. Since everyone's got money since the country has been in a boom in your country thanks to everyone believing they can get somewhere while living there. No one will complain about it, and if they do, just use the media you took over to block them out.
Also, saying that public health-care is a *Communist plot* will aid in public accepting the privatization movement.
Though this might not make much sense now because nearly everyone can pay for it, it'll make sense later on, so be patient and wait.
Step 6: Make them pay for their education.
Same as the previous step, privatize schools as much as possible, make them believe that they need to pay more to give their children a better future and have more success.
Whatever you do don't even give the idea of a concept that everyone should be equal when in education and that effort and skills should decide your future rather than family money. If anyone so much as sneezes something like this on the television, use whatever means necessary to blame them of *Communism*, that should shun them in public enough to shut their mouths.
While you're at it, since the schools are being bought by private companies, have the owners of said companies (the ones that got the $, your *buddies*) slightly modify the curriculum of things to be taught on the school. Just give the little ones a strong sense of national pride (use the media as well), later on this will make a large percentage of them not doubt the *good intentions* of the government. Further explanation will come later on.
Also, make it so the level of education starts lowering bit by bit, and add a middle level education for when they're around their teens that's near completely useless for their future and frustrating, so as to take away incentive to study and better themselves and tempt them into becoming a part-time worker as soon as possible.
Step 7:Make them fight each other
Not really take out the baseball bats and try to tear each other's head, but more like arguing at each other heatedly and trying to avoid hearing at one another's opinion.
To achieve this, you've gotta put something that'll naturally draw their opinions into polar opposites that they all have to participate in and that will decide their short and long-term future.
For example, make it so the politicians that're to be elected are basically two, of opposing believes. Then make it so anyone else could also go into the position they're being elected for (to make it seem it's not really under anyone's control), but ensure the percentage of the population that supports them is ignorable (with the media you had taken over).
Step 8:Make them paranoid
Using the media you had taken over, overwhelm the normal citizen with as much chaos and danger as their senses can take. There's an assassination in some corner of the country? Make it national news, add as much gruesome detail as possible, repeat over and over again that the murderer/rapist was: "Someone close to the victim, whom he/she trusted".
A paranoid citizen does not trust other citizens, and is much less likely to form groups with strangers.
Step 9:Increase security forces
Now, it might seem dumb to make the citizens feel paranoid and then increase the number of police and military officers, which would reduce the paranoia.
Don't worry, this'll pay off eventually. Just continue feeding them chaos and murder through the television, and the more cops there are, the more you give them, just to keep the balance.
WARNING: Before taking Step 10, make extremely sure that, throughout the process of privatization, the names of the companies that buy the health-care, media and education ARE NOT THE SAME. Regardless that they might have been created with the $ of a certain group of three or four family names, if the public sees the same corporate name everywhere they go they'll get suspicious.
Even better would be to have three or four *Main* ones in each sector *Competing* against one another.
Step 10: Cause an economical crisis. Sink them in debt and take their hope away
The best way to cause a crisis is to make the prices go up impossibly high very fast. This is achieved more easily when in a country where everyone thinks they can get to the top, with that mentality, all you have to do is convince them that the price of something will rise in a very short period of time. Convince enough, and the act of them buying that will cause the price to rise on its own.
Eventually the bubble will burst on its own.
As the number of poor people go up, start spreading news of more poor people, this'll take away their hopes of getting anywhere.
Remember, when almost all the population is neck high in debt, they become irritable and easily spurred into nasty rebellions. This is the reason this step is the last one. Now every step you've taken until this point will pay off completely, and here's how:
-Thanks to step 1, you won't be hit that hard by the crisis, you and your buddies will be among the few that remain afloat in the current economy.
-Thanks to step 2, those that're on borderline poverty or slightly above it, even if much worse than before, will have hopes to get somewhere when *things get better*
-Thanks to step 3, you can keep the level of stress and fear on the population going up and down, as well as lie about the reasons of the crisis and how well things are or aren't going.
Remember that if you keep fear and stress constant the population will get used to is, so make it have ups and downs in constant intervals.
-Thanks to step 4, there will be a large part of the populace that will be fat, and fat people tend to be lazy, uninterested and not that capable of doing much against you.
-Thanks to step 5, the now poor will be unable to pay to remain healthy, and those that're borderline will be in pretty much the same conditions. More so if you've raised the prices.
As everyone knows, unhealthy people are unable to fight very well, and those that became healthy but are neck deep in dept thanks to the price they had to pay will keep their heads down and work like dogs because they're afraid of losing what's left of their house.
-Thanks to step 6, over the many years that's taken you to reach this point, those that began taking school back in the days you had cleaned the land of public teaching are now dumber than the generation before them, this helps a lot since a dumb person is less likely to figure out how to get out of debt.
Make sure to keep slowly lowering the education level on what's left of public schools, so the poor can't get even a decent education. And thanks to the good ones being expensive to get in, only those with rich families will ever get to study there... ensure the family names with money remain on top.
-Thanks to step 7, the population won't agree with one another that easily, it might seem smarter to have divided them in further than two, but had that occurred then the secterism would have allowed for a greater possibility of a joining in forces since it's not that bipolar.
-Thanks to step 8, those that're not that on the extreme of political views will feel unsure and unsafe, reducing the amount of movement they'll do and the chances they'll go out into the streets in mobs.
-Thanks to step 9, now you've got a pretty decent police and military force to ensure that, in the unlikely event that the people do rebel, you'll be capable of squishing them back into their cardboard houses.
After all, even if the police and military are citizens in the end, the training they've received makes question of orders from higher authority almost nill, hence getting you a near brainless force of suppression.
There are a couple tips you should follow throughout your plan, such as making the changes either away from the public eye or throughout a long period of time, to avoid commotion about it.
Also, if you wish to remain in power, you'll need to add somewhere in the law system, rules that pretty much give you the ability to incarcerate, torture and even kill any citizen under *suspicion of terrorism*. The name will avoid people from suspecting that much about why it's there for (everyone hates terrorists after all), and it'll grant you the freedom to rid yourself of anyone that could become a threat to your plans later on. All this without getting messy judges or long lasting court sessions where you'll need to fake proof to get rid of him/her (or having to pay a bunch of people to make their deaths look like accidents).
Be warned, keep a watchful eye out for anyone with good intentions that's somehow slipped through the cracks in the system you've built and gained a high status in political and/or economical power. Be they in your country or any other.
In such event, you need to quickly assess the situation. If that person can be corrupted, buy them off and make them a part of your game, if not, have them killed.
Anyone that could get in such a position could and will become a threat to your plan if they continue unchecked. So be wary.
Lastly, in the event that the population you took over is not the entire world, then you need to force the same steps you've taken (with or without modification, depends) onto the other countries. This way you'll avoid getting other governments involved in *your turf*.
Follow these simple ten steps and you could very well name yourself emperor if you manage to pull it off during your life time.
Though it'd be preferable to do this throughout a very long period of time, a couple hundred at best. With that, no one throughout their lifetime will notice anything odd about what's going on.
So good luck! And let's hope that if you don't get crowned emperor at least your great grandchildren do!