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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

Luxembourg Luxembourg sits on the border of France, Germany and Belgium. Historically this made it the first stop for any of these major powers invading their neighbours, and it changed hands ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

If you want your city to not be attacked over a long period of time, then having an army is not sufficient anyway; you want there to be no reason to attack it in the first place, and then having an ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

How about the situation is reversed? That is, all around the city is a military strong-hold. Here, camps train super-warriors, craftspeople make the most advanced weapons, alchemists make the most ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

*There could be huge political ramification for attacking such a city. From your description, this town could either be a neutral ground for trading, a manufacture powerhouse with contracts everywhere ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

History - the city has a history of providing neutral and efficient banking and other financial services to the lords and leading citizens of surrounding neighboring kingdoms. Not just that it houses ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

Careful balancing of power Your city survives by making the risks of attacking it greater than the rewards. It is neutral ground to allow trading, for instance. It does not play favorites with its ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

A Militia The city does not have a standing army, but instead treats the bearing of arms and fighting as a civic obligation. It was quite common in the Middle Ages for cities to have crossbow or ...
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Where in the American West Would a New City Arise?

Camp Pendleton The military based at Camp Pendelton kept order during the plague. It also kept the nuclear power plant at NRG Cabrillo running, and running at 5% capacity the nuclear fuel stored on ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

City walls. https://www.the961.com/alexander-the-great-siege-of-phoenician-tyre/ Your merchant city on the water has circumferential walls. Depicted: Tyre. Alexander the Great did eventually defeat ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

A "protectorate" If this city is such a cornucopia, the powerful states on its doorstep will come to depend on it. If those states have prudent, far-sighted rulers, they will take steps to ...
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Where in the American West Would a New City Arise?

I can at least offer one group, that being my own. If you like New Vegas, think of the New Canaanites. My ancestors in early Utah had an extremely arid landscape that they were able to make into one ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

They can hire mercenaries. Lots of cities relied heavily on hired mercenaries in the event of a war. They are next to an allied kingdom which presumably has a large military. If they need soldiers for ...
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Where in the American West Would a New City Arise?

Your 20 years is too short of a time before people will start to move back into cities. This 99% mortality is partly due to the plague itself. The rest is from starvation and other disease as the ...
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