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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

(Later Edit: Clarifying my question to could Rome, its empire, its complex urban civilization, grandeur, and vast public works be built without slavery in its era or the middle ages?) Could a ...
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An empire to last a hundred centuries [closed]

Let's say that in the next few decades, a regional power arises that essentially resurrects your favourite historical empire's borders (in this case, let's say Roman) at their greatest extent. Whether ...
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How large can a medieval Empire conceivably get and still be considered a single political entity?

I was reading a book on the Byzantine Empire, and at its height it controlled much of the Mediterranean. I looked up the Arabs and saw that at the dawn of Islam they built an empire that lasted for a ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

So here's the scenario. I have two rather large and evenly matched empires: one led by human knight sorcerers with bloodline based magic and another by dragons, who are fairly similar to the dragons ...
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Why Would a Nation Choose to join A Foreign Empire?

In my story/universe, I have several Empires- some good and some bad. My protagonist Empires are good, however I realized I've hit a setting related snag: One of my empires has established a colony ...
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How can I prevent semi-independent royal families from rebelling against the empire?

This global-spanning empire is divided among five royal families, each headed by a prince. The emperor himself leads the empire, with the five princes serving under him. While they owe fealty to the ...
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Could The Spartan Discipline Work on Larger Nations?

From the moment it was born, a Spartan was bred to service the state. If a baby passed inspection with a clean bill of health, he or she would be spared until age seven--agoge season. If a baby ...
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How would I keep a set of Medieval technology?

This question is based off of some of the concepts of this question, but is NOT a duplicate, as the linked question asks how long a Medieval set of tech could conceivably last. Assuming we have all ...
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How could a imperial dynasty keep a loose collection of pirates, raiders, etc unified?

The Artarkan Star Empire is a loose confederacy of stellar warlords, pirates, slavers, and other groups lying on the edge of known space. While most of these groups hail from one common culture (...
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What would a galactic Empire based off Plato's Utopia (from his “Republic” and “Laws”) be like?

What would a galactic Empire based off Plato's Utopia be like? The government of Plato's Utopia was designed for a city-state at the time of the Bronze Age. But what if you upscale it to a galactic ...
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Could an empire control the whole planet with today's comunication methods?

I remember watching a documentary some time ago and at one point they were talking about how empires were limited to a certain size since there was no way to communicate across the empire quickly and ...
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City state with a direct democracy turns into an empire?

I was thinking of a situation in which there is a city state with a direct democracy in which citizens not only vote directly on the issues but vote on which issues are to be voted on as well as ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges? [closed]

I’ve got a fantasy world in which the landmass is essentially a large series of archipelagos and island chains. For a real world comparison, think the Hawaiian islands in range of size and distance ...
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How can a highly advanced sub-luminal galactic empire minimise the effects of speciation?

The Humern Empire (no relation) spans the galaxy, using a variety of methods to move from place to place and planet to planet. One thing all of their modes of transport share is that they are not ...
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How large could an empire with WWII-era tech become on a very large world?

How big could an empire using World-War II equivalent technology become on a very large world? Setting: Handwavium-based-artifact by a Kardashev III+ civilization, or perhaps a simworld created by ...
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How would political power shift without upheaveal?

I have a world where there are five guilds, each creating a semi-autonomous political entity over a region of the world. At one point, a single empire controlled the whole continent, but the empire's ...
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How can a revolution occur if the leadership class is indestructible?

In the future, a globalized economy gradually stitches the various governments of the world together into a single federation. The richest and most powerful of each state and economy entrench their ...
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In a decadent galactic empire with instantaneous communication, how would the most remote planet gain their independence?

In a very large and decadent galactic empire (think of Asimov's foundation empire), a new technology leap allows planet's government bodies to communicate instantaneously across the galaxy. It can be ...
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Fall of an empire

So the heroes banded together, roamed the world, found new allies, amassed an army and set out to free their lands from the evil empire. And they succeeded! But what happens now? A lot of stories like ...
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How might an inter-planetary confederation turn into a highly centralized empire?

Many scifi stories feature a vast interstellar empire that spans more worlds and races than a single being could hope to visit in a lifetime. These empires, in many cases, are highly centralized and ...
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Imperial Kingdoms?

I am writing a fantasy story where a vast Empire has been weakened, and the previous (inept) emperor allowed the feudal lords to act nearly autonomously. Once he died, the lords that ruled their ...
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Emperor that nominates a council that nominates the next emperor?

As part of the political making of a country I'm working on, I was imagining the following structure: The country is ruled by an emperor/king, who has near-absolute authority over the land. The ...
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How would the Anglo-French empire arise?

After I asked what language the Anglo-French Empire would use, I got a few comments that made me realise that I haven't really thought about how this would arise in the first place. For starters, as ...
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Allowing Freedom in Local Law in an Empire

So I am looking to structure a country so that there are other areas that are "free" to make their own laws but pay a tribute to the main country. I know that there's historical precedent (Rome's a ...
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Could a regularly erupting volcano create fertile soil for a fantasy empire to thrive?

I have recently learnt about the flooding of the Nile and the irrigation around it, enabling plentiful crops by depositing nutrient rich silt during bronze age Egypt. I have also learnt about volcanic ...
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From City-States to Kingdoms to Empires: Where are the lines

So in the process of creating my world, I came across a question that I could not find the answer to. When do you decide that a nation is a City-State, a Kingdom, or an Empire? I am going to start by ...
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How do you make a Roman-esque style army more adaptive to situations even if they've never confronted them?

So in my fantasy world, my Emperor has recently come into control of a declining empire and managed to restore its control over the continent he lives on. This empire, a continuation of previous ...
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Can a single empire rule the world if all the landmass is part of one supercontinent? [closed]

Let’s say that the tech level is that of antiquity to early medieval times and the entirety of the planet’s landmass exists as a single supercontinent. Could the local equivalent of the Roman/Persian/...
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What's an appropriate title for a person who deals with conflicts of an Empire? [closed]

What would be a good title for someone who works closely with an emperor, is skilled in diplomacy, deals with different factions and individuals in the Empire's capital city to resolve issues, while ...
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Rebuilding an Empire

Scenario: The world has suffered from near apocalyptic cataclysm from the new birth of a God. The nations of the world have teamed up and defeated the Evil God and have formed a new Alliance of ...
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Convince happy nomads to settle down

The population of my world is well fed and water can be plentifully scavenged from the plant life. We live in a wonderful tropical utopia that boasts a large nomadic population. The weather systems ...
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The Empires of America BC (Before Columbus)

In this alternate scenario, man created the bow and arrow BEFORE leaving Africa. From what I had read, this can result in many technological revolutions while the Earth was still in the grip of an ...
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How likely is it that an interplanetary empire could exist in the future?

I'm building a world with an interplanetary empire (with an emperor as head-of-state), but I wonder how realistic it is for one to even exist. An empire, according to Google, is defined as: an ...
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Rules of a puppeted nation/State

For a world I'm building I would like to have a nation that is a puppet of a larger empire. I know that a puppet state is a state that is supposedly independent but is in fact dependent upon an ...
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How to integrate a tribe into a larger society?

After nuclear war destroys society, a new society emerged, called the Midwestern Empire. It shares many similarities with the Roman Empire. Their society is geared toward expansion and conquest, ...
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The Camelry Has Arrived

This is a series of maps of Old World empires: And now look at the pre-Columbian New World empires: We're not 100% sure why Old World empires were so huge and New World empires so small, but a good ...
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How long does it take a Space Opera setting to recover after losing more than 80% of its collective civilization

In a space opera soft sci-fi setting, the typical War in Heaven happens as two superpowers go to war and drag everyone into it. Over the course of about 30-ish years, planets were trashed, empires ...
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On the unsustainability of exponential growth [closed]

Greg Egan was the first I heard talking about how exponential growth is unsustainable. He talked about it from a hard sci-fi standpoint, noting that you are limited to cubic expansion once your ...
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Are there alternate materials to build warships with?

I have an empire set in a medieval era tech level. It has to have a powerful navy to defend its shores from pirates (it controls the entire continent) and it has a problem: lack of wood. The wood is ...
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Would the need for control limit a superintelligent rational agent's expansion in the universe?

My thoughts go like this: I postulate a superintelligent rational agent, that is given, or assumes, control over its mother civilization. I call this agent "the Ruler". I postulate that in order to ...
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What are the 'pacifist-spiritualist' galactic empire be like?

Sorry for my bad english. I have been playing Stellaris for a while, and I found it very interesting to have a pacifist-spiritualist in my sci-fi story. But I have difficulties in understanding what ...
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Demon Empire annexs North America. How would the world react in 1972? [closed]

I had an urge to make an alternate history, which is an alien space bats scenario. Here some worldbuilding that I made. In another dimension, a planet is divided by 4 space filling empires. Theis ...
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Possibility of an alliance between Rome and China

For plot reasons, I need there to be global-ish peace by the 1700's. Obviously, the easiest and best way to do this, is union under the system of Pax Romana. However, at this particular time (about ...
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Could an empire like this survive?

I am wanting to know if an empire with a continental size, lots of biomes, and a lot of diversity could survive. Might be good for the start or the middle of a story. Size Basically what is in this ...
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Dispersed Empire, Homogeneous Culture?

Note- Empires, in the traditional sense, are large tracts of land, connected by land. A good example of an empire this question is not based on is Russia. Russia is connected and fairly culturally ...
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SciFi multi stellar human empire post collapse [closed]

Does anyone know of a SciFi "Universe" where humans have expanded across hundreds/thousands of stellar systems, but the empire has collapsed? Furthermore, the human occupied worlds fall to various ...
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What drastic changes would occur if an architect went to ancient times [closed]

My character Ray was transported to the most fertile region of Africa about 569 B.C. He was born in into a small farming family and learned about the history and evolution of farming because his ...
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Establishing an empire in a world with flying ships

In What would an age of sail flying ship look like?, my answer suggested ships that fly using 'keels' that utilise a difference in physics to that of our own world to achieve flight. Now, I am trying ...
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Destruction of a great Empire [closed]

Following conditions applied-- No good group of people overthrowing the dark ruler or anything like that. No problems in the Empire related to finance or money. The political conditions of the empire ...
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How to build a plumbing system in a magic world? [closed]

How do I build a plumbing system in a magic world? Because a lot of stories seem to completely ignore this and I don't want to make my story like that. The magic in this world allows you to create ...