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The Kingdom that founded Siege has collapsed so it can't officially declare an armistice. Siege don't want to publicly admit this. There is no King to declare an end to hostilities anymore. The people of Siege may think of their kingdom how early medieval Europe thought of the Roman empire: not willing to admit it's gone, occasionally getting behind ...


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This might be possible, but it will take a large amount of time for this situation to develop. For the sake of this answer I will refer to both the town as well as their inhabitants as Caertydin and Siege. What I think is the most plausible explanation, is that the siege started out as a serious assault, but dragged out too long. Siege didn't cut off ...


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A Government Is Not A Single Unified Entity, Particularly Elected Governments Government priorities change over time, often swinging back and forth between different ends of a particular country's political range. Not every policy put in place under one administration is repealed under the next, even if that policy would not have been passed by the new ...


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Gambling. The laws of Caertydin prohibit gambling in any form. When the siege wasn't going very well and was entering its second year residents of Caertydin slowly realised they could sneak out at night and go gamble in Siege, as their laws don't prohibit this. The soldiers in Siege let this happen because people from Caertydin aren't very good at poker. ...


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The Land of Abundance So, the biggest issue with an eternal siege is going to be food, both in the city and for the army. So we take this away. Your city is valuable because it's located in a realm with an endless food supply, which also makes a siege a uselessly terrible strategy for taking the city, leading to the present situation. Note, you can replace ...


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Previous King of whatever country had started the Siege was a rush, loud, warmongering, boasting type. Probably had a red beard. He had sworn a Holy Oath that if he can not capture Caertydin, he would step down and relinquish the crown. However, while the army was on the march, the King finally had to pay for all the years of drinking and reveling: he had a ...


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This kind of thing happens all the time in the real world. Take Paris and London for example. On the coast of France there is a little island called Britain. The people there have been at odds with the french for centuries. They did wage war at some point, but after the last one it's been centuries of peace. Fast forward to the 20th century. The french ...


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Siege reminds me to the situation of Calais (France) during the 15th century. The city had been conquered to the French in 1347 and until 1558 it served as an enclave in continental Europe for Britain. The city was called a "jewel" because it served as a trading port for wool, cloth, wine, lead and tin. In a way, it made the trading between French and ...


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The hero will grow too powerful if left alive. If the hero is locked away eventually her/his powers will grow enough to be uncontainable. The power takes time to manifest and mature so it gives Emperor Evulz time to find the new incarnation and get rid of it, failing to do so or keeping the hero alive will eventually lead to the prophecy being fulfilled. ...


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You should study Banana Republics In political science, the term banana republic describes a politically unstable country with an economy dependent upon the exportation of a limited-resource product, such as bananas or minerals. In 1901, the American author O. Henry coined the term to describe Honduras and neighbouring countries under economic exploitation ...


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Old "divide et impera". As long as the two factions fight each other they will: depend on external suppliers of goods and services, in which the government can play a role and get an earning waste their resources in the mutual fight and not dedicate them to some other scope


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Not Possible for several reasons: A well-run hierarchy ensures proper stewardship of resources, good morale, and unity of effort. A lack of hierarchy (or a poorly-run hierarchy) is likely to result in squandered or stolen resources, low morale (and consequent desertions), uncoordinated (and less-effective or wasted) efforts, and ultimately loss of the war ...


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Ever heard of the Canadian- Danish war? There is an island(Hans Island.) both nations have a claim on. But the joke is the island is just a barren surface without any natural resources or population. Even going as far as the Danish planting their flag with a bottle of Schnapps and the Canadians returning the favor. So for your story, why did they even ...


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They have the same exact goal that they are offering to potential funders: protection of humanity from supernatural entities. While their approach to achieving this and the philosophical outlook behind their decisions are entirely different this is not particularly important to the governments. First, they care about the result. Not the philosophy. ...


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As others have said, there are a number of ways that a region can remain at war when the parent country has moved on. If the attacking country was defeated or merged with another, for example, so can no longer declare truce, and nobody has enough interest in provincial issues to resolve the trifling war. However, the problem is: how can the besieging city ...


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Why keep killing the Hero? Because Emperor Evulz isn't suffering from locked-heroes-with-large-airvents syndrom. A hero in a cell could convince his jailors to let him out, or if the jailors are cruel the hero might someday escape his bonds and go on a murderous rampage which includes you, or the jailors might get soft for this random guy in solitary, or an ...


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I see an issue. A prescription is enforceable if the sanction for not observing it is deemed realistically executable. When you prescribe exotic weapons may be utilized in the purge You are basically stating "having exotic weapons is forbidden, and if you do, I will use my exotic weapons to punish you". This is a logical shortcircuit, because every ...


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The answer is right there in your question: Stalin. As of 2020, more than half of Russians have a positive view of him. I won't go into great detail here, because I am not qualified to do so knowledgewise on that issue and because it would be too long anyway, but you will see, that the comtemporary Russian perspective on Stalin offers you plenty of material ...


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Have a lot of players with similar power levels on the board: You essentially described medieval europe on steroids. Honestly not even on steroids, just with a different mentality. Combine European feudalism wth the Chinese idea of "The mandate of Heaven", which basically says that the ruler has a mandate to reign given by the heavens, however ...


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They simply forgot about it. Happens all the time. For example when the United Kingdom declared war on the Russian Empire, legend has it they included the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed in the war declaration but forgot about them in the peace treaty. (The historical facts don't appear to bear this out, unfortunately.) According to a story by George ...


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It encourages rigorous documentation for all people First, assumptions: Worldwide empires are not manageable without fast communication. Therefore, this would must have at least late 19th century technology (especially telegraph), or the magical equivalents. The soul reincarnates into a child that is in the process of being born at that time the execution ...


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how does a reasonably large geographical area (at least a moderate country, preferably larger) sustain regular and drastic shifts in power (the more rapid the better) over a long period of time (at least living memory)? Proxy wars The never ending war scenario you are describing is best exemplified by Afghanistan which has been embroiled in wars more or less ...


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No, not even remotely. A blockchain can certainly help with financial transparency. But it itself won't prevent fraud. For example, if the Dept of Agriculture gives a university $10 million to research something, the blockchain doesn't prove that money spent was actually worthwhile, or that it was the wisest thing to spend the money on. A surprising ...


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Why would a government support organizations with completely opposing goals? Because while the goals are philosophically in direct opposition, in practice their services are both necessary, even if neither side is willing to admit it, the government sees this. The GOC destroys objects they get their hands on that can be destroyed, and they're better about ...


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Given the amount of trade involved, the culture probably is a mix of both sides, and would have been even without the conquests. Much depends on how much the "Islamic" side imposes restrictions (the Romans were pretty cool about most stuff). As for the conquest, that would depend on the amount of damage they expect. If the soldiers traditionally ...


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For the same reason a very hierarchical structure like a military has subunits; simply stated, there are some things that having to go up the chain of command to the top to deal with will result in the top having to deal with so much unimportant crap they have to deal with that they can't deal with it all, let alone the higher-level things they should be ...


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is it reasonable to believe that innovation would be ground to a halt? Probably not. Necessity is the mother of innovation, that's how the saying goes. Apparently if these folks are not subjected to death, they apparently have no urge to innovate and improve their life. Why worrying about improving hygiene if even eating from your toilet bowl will not ...


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A bandit kingdom meaning that banditry is a significant source of its revenue? It would be on a trade route that is the only way to move essential trade goods, because that would be the only way for it to avoid simply starving when trade moved elsewhere or just stopped. It would not last long because if the goods are essential, and this is the only route, ...


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You cannot be explicit about your eugenics, but you can always set hiring conditions... You want to make werewolves into a private army. Hire them! Put out ads for Innocuous Security Company Incorporated; or maybe even the regular army. Then set a hefty wage, and watch the applications roll in. Now, only hire the most cooperative of them. The ones with the ...


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It does not make economic sense Only 2,130 people have been killed by the coronavirus so far (Feb. 20), mostly in China. The economic cost of the virus looks to set China's growth for Q1 2020 back to as low as 3.5%, compared to 6.0% for Q1 2019. That's a loss of one-third of a trillion USD. Any savings from a few thousand elderly killed off will hence be ...


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