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I believe history of numerous Hansa cities, Venice, Genoa their rise to power and fall will give you all information needed and loot of ideas. Other part is that 2 generations is not enough 1) Nowadays it's 50 years in middle ages it would be about 30 years - Charlemagne need 50 years to create his empire and he started with huge developed country 2) You ...


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Here's the easiest solution: Low population. A high tech world requires hundreds of millions of people. People needed to build the tools needed to mine the resources needed to build the tools needed to build the factories needed to build... Supply chains in a high tech world are incredibly long and involve huge numbers of people. So if you make your ...


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Technology can't magically just not work This is in reaction to the answers suggesting that you can magically ban technology from working in your world, thus halting the technological advancement. Problem There is a great post on LessWrong on why you cannot change one simple reaction without it having consequences too massive to explain away. It takes ...


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So technically it probably could in the right conditions. History has proven that civilizations near rivers and specific resources last longer. But if you want this empire to expand within a few generations it needs to be placed correctly, be lead by a brilliant strategist that can conquer land quickly, and have a large number of grown men and women that ...


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