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Why would mechs be used in underwater combat but not on land?

Heat Mechs are inefficient temperature-wise, being submerged in water helps them dissipate heat quickly, which allows them to operate longer than few minutes on land before overheating
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Which geographic areas within an empire produce the best soldiers?

It isn't Based On Geography... Usually The idea that a particular country/region (always somewhere inhospitable to most people so as to breed "hard men") is pretty much a lie. The best ...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

The necessary labor could be drawn from multiple sources: The incarcerated - hard labor as part of a sentence for a convicted criminal is not a new concept, and it's one that operated for centuries. ...
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Why would mechs be used in underwater combat but not on land?

There are a few reasons not to use mechs on land, with one of the main ones being that the joints are unable to support the weight of the body if the mech is too large. For details see Plausible ...
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Which geographic areas within an empire produce the best soldiers?

Do you need warriors or soldiers? The key ingredient of a warrior is bravery. The key ingredient of a soldier is discipline. One against one, the warrior might win. One thousand against one thousand, ...
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How can I prevent semi-independent royal families from rebelling against the empire?

If I remember correctly, in ancient Japan all the daiymios had to send their sons to reside in the Shogun's castle, where they were held as hostages, as a warranty for the underling's fidelity. The ...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

I'm going for a definitive YES Contrary to what one could think - and apparently, most users in SE think - slavery is bad for the economy. Slavery is the worst form of unequality, and it gives way to ...
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How could a imperial dynasty keep a loose collection of pirates, raiders, etc unified?

There is a problem with raiders. They don't build. Some historians used the label Gunpowder Empire for an empire where only the central government had the means to produce siege guns and the vast ...
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Could The Spartan Discipline Work on Larger Nations?

Spartan citizens could afford spending years and years on full time military training only because they had a large base of workers/slaves gained with the Messenian wars, who replaced them in all but ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

Distance - the intervening mountain range, swamp, or near barren grasslands make logistics of open war extremely impractical Attitude - it just isn't worth the trouble unless they bother us first ...
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Why Would a Nation Choose to join A Foreign Empire?

Why do any two geo-political bodies join together? Well...there are countless reasons and many methods. The methods discussion is more simple to explain so lets start there. How does one geo-...
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What is the safest and most extravagant place for an interstellar emperor to make his palace?

Think about the purpose of a Royal Palace: It's NOT to impress the Emperor of their lackeys. It's to impress the Emperor's potential enemies when they drop by for a chat. I'm so rich and powerful ...
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Why would mechs be used in underwater combat but not on land?

They are too heavy to go on land. These mechs have seriously thick armor. The weight of this metal is balanced by gas filled spaces. The underwater mechs are neutrally buoyant. Because of their ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

One means to keeping a cold war going is the two antagonistic sides having the means of mutually assured destruction. These two empires could go to full-out war with each, but in the end, at best, one ...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

I actually think it could, but it would need some very good reason to not have slavery. As others have noted forced labor has been a major factor in civilization. And this is kind of inevitable as the ...
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Could mass production of guns be possible by slaves?

In that time period, firearms (and every other complex product) were handcrafted by an artisan. It was certainly possible to train slaves as artisans, but you had to treat them nearly as well as free ...
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Why Would a Nation Choose to join A Foreign Empire?

Ye olde-fashioned way: Marriage A previous Emperor happened to have a dashing young prince for a son, who stole the heart of the beautiful and kind princess of the territory. They had some wacky ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges?

For the same reason why the British filled in the Braye du Valle in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. its a lot easier to defend Historical Example: the Braye du Valle The Channel Island of Guernsey ...
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How Much is Too Much Land for One Province?

This...is a very big question to answer. To start, let's look at some history. Rome divvied up their empire into provinces, but they kept changing them and redrawing them--as of AD 14, it looked like ...
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How can I make money work across separate planets?

I'm going to go against the grain and suggest that not only is it impractical, but it's actually a bad idea to have a common currency across a single planet, let alone a single solar system. ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

One way would be to introduce a third party. It's neutral towards both the dragons and the knights, and it wouldn't stand a chance if it went to war with either of them. But if both the dragons and ...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

Slave labour is not necessarily required, but some form of forced labour is I think it depends on what you mean by slavery. Although some will say this is hairy splitting, I say given the nature of ...
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Imperial Kingdoms?

Canonical example The Holy Roman Empire (HRE) endured for about one thousand years, from the 9th (debatable), certainly from the 10th, to the 19th century. It was a loose confederation of countless ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

Mutually Assured Destruction Yes, it worked for Earth, it should work for your world. The main difference is that the means for destruction are asymmetric in your case. I'll assume for the question ...
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What drastic changes would occur if an architect went to ancient times

If Ray survives and prospers, it won't be because he's an architect. Ray is a world-renowned 21st century architect. He is used to designing buildings using concrete rebar, steel, glass. He's used ...
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Could an empire control the whole planet with today's comunication methods?

Yes... and no... Is today's communication fast enough and capable enough to manage a planetary empire? Absolutely. The Internet alone could do it. That's not your problem. Let me suggest a frame ...
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How large could an empire with WWII-era tech become on a very large world?

Potentially very large. The limits would be speed of transport and communication. For comparison the Roman Empire was about 4,000 km across with maximum communication and transport speed of ~10 km/...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

Yes. Have you ever watched 300? Do you remember the bad guys in that movie, with the scary huge army and spooky masks? Well, it turns out they weren't so bad, after all. The largest empire in our ...
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Why would mechs be used in underwater combat but not on land?

Underwater mechas are already in use There are many tasks which need to be performed by workers working underwater; tightening bolts on pipelines for example. People don't do well underwater, because ...
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