In a dysfunctional world where a corporate business controls most of the world, who are the Turks? How do they fit in this type of political structure? My guess is they’d be loss prevention and security. Shinra is a parody of America’s capitalist political structure, so why not? Of course, the game is far more extensive than this.
If Shinra were analogous to America, the Turks would be the FBI, or maybe even the CIA. Shinra runs Midgar like a business, complete with hostile takeovers. America has seen a few presidents turned business, most recently the reverse. Shinra doesn’t just have bodyguards, he has an army and a ton of overseas interests. His main commodity: oil.
So it would seem that Shinra is a satire on American society. Why wouldn’t it be?
If there’s one thing we know about Final Fantasy, is that nothing is what it seems at first. Cloud was not SOLDIER, despite claiming to be. Perhaps the same goes for our introspection of Shinra. Of course, we in the West think Shinra and Midgar represent America; who’s #1?
But keep in mind, this is a Japanese game. Of course, Japan is familiar with America and they’ve done their research. I believe they’ve found an interesting parallel with two concepts. The first is America. The second is someone else who would do the “dirty work” of a business. This way, the boss doesn’t have to get his hands dirty. I think the Turks are analogous to the Yakuza.
The Yakuza is a crime syndicate of various gangs. Think of them as the Japanese Mafia. They’re like the Turks, in a sense they do less than legal activity while maintaining to be professionals. The Turks themselves liken themselves to Japanese “salaryman” who do a job. If that job involves dropping a plate on citizens below, I can see why they’d need a vacation.
However, the Yakuza also liken themselves to samurais with no masters. Others see them as menaces who intimidated entire villages. Both may be true in a sense. In the same way, the Turks see themselves as the Yakuza. Outsiders to the system, yet working within it. But for the Yakuza, a lord or master can put them to good use, right? The Turks show extremely loyal to Rufus, and complete obedience to the company.
If this were true, then who exactly is Shinra? Is he just another businessman who hired the Turks to do his bidding? Or is he, in a sense, head of a Yakuza outfit that got bigger until it controlled the world? Perhaps America is a convenient cover to talk about the Yakuza?