Nice to meet you:
I am Pieter Hasselaer, a merchant. My father, a rich brewer, is on the board of directors for the Dutch East India Company (Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC) and on the Amsterdam city council. I want to go even further. So I'll have to do some networking.
I can do that in the civic guards, which is the citizens’ army that maintains order in the city. The higher your rank, the greater your influence on city life - and vice versa. I will be promoted from lieutenant to captain and eventually become colonel - the highest possible rank.