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Very easily If you look at the history books, your assumption of a slave revolt being successful is, unfortunately, incorrect. Revolts can work on a small scale, but on a large scale, slave revolts by themselves have never stood a chance against whatever regime they were up against. Sure, the Aztecs kind of made enemies of whoever wasn't an Aztec, but it ...


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Our Intrepid Victim Looter is Severely Limited Let's say the gold piece is the size of the U.S. Washington Dollar coin. According to good old Wikipedia, the coin is 26.5mm in diamter and 2mm thick. Volume: 1,103 mm3. Gold weighs 0.019 g/mm3 so the coin weighs 21 grams. Now, there's some subjective parts to this. I'm going to assume that X and Y depend ...


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The empire grows a lot of food. That is what they are doing with the demons. The demon secrets, special items etc are all deployed to one end: grow food. And they grow it - lots of it, and it is good, not demon flavored at all but crunchy and toasty and delicious. Lots of food means lots of full bellies which means lots of people. That is why there are ...


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Peninsula I live in Washington DC and I can speak to the local geography. The biggest difference between the two maps is whether or not you include the waterfront of Saint Mary's county. As @Kepotx points out, there is a tactical advantage to waterfront real estate. The end of the peninsula is a state park called Lookout Point, which was a military base ...


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Peninsula map Assuming zombies can't swim, ocean is a very good border. Even against other humans, number of people coming from seas is limited by logistics, much more than in land, and it will be easier to see. You have more land, without the struggle to defend a border. It's not only good for defense, but it is also a good source of food, river + sea ...


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If we are making the assumption that the Federal Government has survived and actually has communications and can exert control over Federal institutions across the country, then we have both a plausible starting point for a story, and an answer to your map issue: a map of the Continental United States plus overseas territories and possessions. This would ...


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This is more or less what happened with slavery, with the Europeans taking and transporting millions of Africans to the New World over many decades, effectively sacrificing them to the gods of economics (or Mammon, if you will). They also needed many other resources (gold, diamonds, land etc), which they took by similarly violent means with little effective ...


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A question of politics, not economics. In the 17th and 18th century, kings could sell land, or give them as dowry. In the 19th century, national sentiment became stronger but kings still lingered. The Louisiana Purchase was in 1803, the Alaska Purchase was in 1867. After that there was a double standard when colonies could be traded, or conquered, but that ...


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X and Y vary in relation to the crime for which a death sentence has been earned. If the would-be dragon slayer is a murderer and a days wage is 1 silver piece, then their victim's life value can be calculated as... 300 silvers per year (assuming a six day work week) times 50 years of productive work (exaggerated but possible) equals 15,000 silver or 1,...


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Divide et impera (Divide and conquer) Of course, your risk is higher if those oppressed people all work together against you. Fortunately, preventing it is easy; the main risk being that you empire becomes divided by internal frictions itself.. First, geographical division. The peoples to the west of the empire will not have an easy way with organizing ...


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The Aztecs got overthrown because an outsider with advanced technology sided with the local tribes. Without said outside, the Aztecs could have continued sacrificing people to this day. As such, to make it an eternal empire, make their army advanced. They have demons which give them modern equivalent technology They have demons that can summon fireballs, ...


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Strong conventional army Plenty of real world nations have survived long periods of warfare with their neighbours. So long as the demon-summoning nation has a strong army, solid leadership and a functional economy they should be able to keep most of their enemies at bay, especially if they are also: Flexible Even a strong nation would struggle to fight ...


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The Danes have sold territory to the US before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_Danish_West_Indian_Islands_sale_referendum In 1917 the Danish government sold the Danish West Indies to the US for $25 million in gold. These became the US Virgin Islands. In your alternate timeline, the Danes see an opportunity with this agreement (which both sides had ...


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A Greenlandic Missile Crisis In the immediate aftermath of WW2, the Danish Communist Party (which had been at the core of the country's anti-Nazi resistance movement, and was reasonably popular in the real world until the mid-50s) does much better in Denmark's first post-war free elections, and ends up leads the governing coalition. With the support of the ...


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Let's make Greenland one of the topics of Yalta Conference, held in February 1945. There, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin had decided what post-war world would look like. It is conceivable that USA would ask for control of Greenland, and not impossible that other superpowers would accede to this demand. Of course, USA would have to yield something back in ...


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World War 1: This is similar to Willk's answer, but it's what first occurred to me. Denmark is more friendly with Germany during WW1, or allied powers declare the mining of the belt to be a violation of Danish neutrality, and as a result Greenland is stripped from Denmark in the restructuring at the end of the war as punishment. https://encyclopedia.1914-...


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Okay, so, first problem with both maps is that the Raven Rock Mountain Complex is not included in either. Being the US government's hiding hole in the advent of exactly the kind of apocalypse that is described, it would probably be the effective administrative capitol even if Washington DC was reclaimed and reinhabited. I buy that DC would be used as a ...


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If this is for a tabletop RPG, then the appropriate amounts of gold should be determined by game balance. If you want the game to continue afterwards, then X and Y should be enough to be a reward which allows the players to buy a couple nice magical items or resolve a plot point, but not so much that it makes the players so wealthy that the rest of the game ...


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Many trips down the mine There's no reason a given condemned person can only go in once. After all, this is their life we're talking about here. Meanwhile, the deterrent effect has to be as big as the deterrent effect of capital punishment, while at the same time encouraging prisoners to try their luck instead of giving up. Maybe one in three prisoners ...


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