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Food. Animals that big need a lot of calories. Maybe giants eat huge quantities of plant material like elephants. Even elephants prefer crop plants like corn and melons over grass and bark. A giant can do more work than a team of horses. Employ them to do agriculture. Pay them with funds they can use to buy the huge quantities of food and beer they ...


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As described, your tax system will be difficult to implement The problem with taxing by proportion of income is that it will be very hard to enforce without a ridiculous amount of literate manhours. Every single individual will somehow have to show how much they have earned in the previous tax period, which will be impossible unless they are able to keep ...


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Drugs Giants get hooked on drugs more readily than humans due to a neurological quirk, although you still need a pretty big dose. So you get your giants addicted to opium, which you import from a separate region as to prevent them from just taking it from you. Giants have a very hard time beating addictions because they’re so used to always getting their ...


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We outnumber others, either by out-breeding them at some point in time or by out-killing them. Use one or combine at your leisure. The source can be technological or biological. Technological edge: Hard edge, by outkilling the others: Humans were the first who discovered how to smelt iron. While the others were still using bronze armor and swords, here ...


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The central nation is a kingmaker in the conflict between the nations. It is not as powerful, but it can deal enough damage to ensure any country that attacks would fall to it's rivals. Perhaps magic is stronger in the location, there is a dragon / council of powerful mages defending the place, or they've got a single use WMD. Sure two nations could work ...


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The central territory can be hosting an important religious item, which is worshipped by all the 3 nations. As such whoever tries to take over the central region, will openly violate the sacrality of the territory be sure to face the combined reaction of the 2 others, being in evident inferiority The above is enough to ensure an equilibrium in that region....


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Humans straddle the divide between r and k selected species. Let us consider evolutionary theory. http://www.bio.miami.edu/tom/courses/bil160/bil160goods/16_rKselection.html The two evolutionary "strategies" are termed r-selection, for those species that produce many "cheap" offspring and live in unstable environments and K-selection for those ...


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how big their baby is ? i think a method to tame elephant can be use here, basically catch the infant put them in chain or shackle and tame them or brainwash them in the process. when they grow they probably wont even realize that they can remove the shackle easily and can be manipulate easily. here some copy paste from http://www.stevescottsite.com/how-...


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Summary, or TL;DR. Of course one is free to imagine a world where the inhabitants pay a flat tax computed as a percent of something and that's it. However, this is not at all how things worked in the Middle Ages, or at any other time, in any place of the real world. As usual on this site, I assume that by "medieval" the question assumes western European ...


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Step One: Eliminate or Assimilate the Opposition The authority of the Dark Lord must be absolute. It is absolutely critical for any dictator or warlord to either destroy or convert any potential rivals or rebels to their cause. Your best real world parallel would be Genghis Khan, who united the Steppe Tribes through violence, marriage alliances, and shrewd ...


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Humans are more social, we collect in larger groups. This may very well be the reason humans won out over neanderthal, who were larger, stronger, and tougher. Human had no physical advantages over neanderthal. But the average neanderthal tribe was around 10-30 individuals. while human bands range from 30-150. These are both controlled by how big a certain ...


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With skin that thick they've got no manual dexterity. Win them over with the sort of goods than can only be produced with nimble fingers -- fine-woven cloth, tools, gadgets -- and build a trading economy that binds them closely to your interests.


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How do Switzerland and Belgium exist as stable countries? The answer is a mixture of: (a) they have their own identity separate from their linguistic community identities (b) geographic governmental subdivisions that break roughly along linguistic lines (c) in Belgium, non-geographic linguistic-based governments co-exist with geographical governments (d) ...


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Don't capture one giant from the tribe. Instead, hire the whole tribe (they are as smart as humans). Then spend treasure and resources to flatter them, corrupt them, promote them, and win their loyalty. THAT will make you a force to be reckoned with.


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Balance, versatility, and adaptability. While humans have a large range of strengths and weaknesses, the other races are often humanoid, with one or multiple traits amplified. This comes with its own set of strengths and weaknesses on top of human ones. With humans being the in-between, we are the most balanced in any field, because we can adapt ourself in ...


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Versatility is the first that comes to mind. It might be a different genre but in Star Trek Enterprise Admiral Forrest has this conversation with the Vulcan ambassador to Earth. Where the Ambassador admits that they fear humans because of one simple thing, their versatility. And i think this applies to humans in most Sci-Fi and fantasy. We are not the ...


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The harvesting and selling of a humaniod by-products sounds like it would fall under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(APHIS). More specifically The Lacy Act which, "regulates the trade of wildlife and plants and creates penalties for violations." While The Lacy Act doesn't cover bi-product distribution and ...


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Once this superscience/technology becomes commonplace identification will be completely replaced by non-physical measures. Already nowadays we have a realm where your physical body is meaningless and identification happens only based on non-physical codes: the internet uses passwords, names & emails to keep track of who is who. Once bodies are ...


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First, in classical medieval times not everybody were paying taxes by money. Actually only about 10-15% of all people were. A peasant may never see a penny in his whole (quite short) life, paying his taxes in food supplies, in his hands and in his sons (greatly depends on country and region). Only traders, guilds and other "burghers" were taxed with money. ...


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Option 1: Create global superpowers through warfare I'm reminded of the Cold War, in which after defeating Germany, the USA and USSR entered a period of escalating hostility. If you grew your militia to such an extent that it became dangerous - or you modified your premise to make it a third, violent country - then the ensuing war could incentivize the two ...


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There are examples of this, and even current-day movements to secede from the Australia's Federation. It is not inconceivable for what you suggest to happen. For some while, the Principality of the Hutt River was a self-declared state within a state, inside Western Australia, with a population of around 23 - and you can even visit it as a 'tourist ...


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Since you're creating the other races and give them the traits you want, you might want to consider, aside from the Jack of All Trades trope, another one which I've seen used from time to time: humans, from the point of view of other races, are unpredictable. You might posit that, with individual exceptions, your other races might have defining behaviours, ...


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Wanderlust Why are humans found pretty much everywhere in the world? As we were developing as a species, humans were prone to walking pretty much everywhere. People would set out for the horizon and settle new lands, just because they were there. In this way humans had pretty much settled the whole globe before civilization was even a thing. In your ...


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False Flag The concept of a false flag attack gets abused a lot by conspiracy theorists peddling absurdities, but there are historical precedents in which bad actors have dressed or passed themselves off as a different party in order to incite greater violence. The most famous example being at the very start of WWII with the Gleiwitz Incident, in which ...


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It’s a fourth, more liberal country. It governs itself. It has its own borders. Clearly it values immigration from its neighbours while they don’t seem to. It looks a lot like this place is a much more liberal ‘live and let live’ place to be than the more nationalistic triad that surrounds it. Bill it as such. People who want a multicultural society will ...


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Wow. 10% flat tax. That would be heaven for peasants. 10% was called "tithe". A tithe that had to be paid to the church, land owner, "goverment" aaaand you needed to save some seeds for the spring. They HAD to be paid. No crops this years? Tought luck, taxes need to be paid. So peasants tried to get aways with as much "paying" with money or good as much ...


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Assume that travel and trade is possible. Then the usual reason to trade is comparative advantage. Planet A has pretty exhausted mines for iron ore (because they've been producing steel tablespoons for a long time) and excellent factories for tablespoons (same reason). Say that it takes 10 man-days to mine the ore for a shipment of tablespoons, and 10 man-...


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Politics: Divide and Conquer Since they live in semi-nomadic tribes, I imagine that some of the tribes... don't get along. Make a deal with the tribe(s) you find to be the least offensive. Woo them with food and drink. Have them go after the other tribes, and capture them for you. Then, once all the allied giants have captured all of the enemy giants, ...


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To give it a more Sci-Fi feeling but keeping the roots in reality I would go for brainwaves scanning. Currently there are studies showing that such waves could be unique for each individual (https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7435286). In order for this to work we will have to assume that the wave pattern will be unique to the “consciousness” transferred ...


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Not familiar with the mentioned book series but assuming it is related enough to our real world situation. Missed income would be an issue. Person A earns 100 gold in a month Person B earns 9000 gold in a month. this would mean that in your system Person A would pay 10 gold and person B would pay 900 gold leaving Person A with 90 and Person B with ...


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