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how does one make such a vastly unequal war last forever? You are pretty much describing the frontier along the Rhine and Danube for the Roman Empire. Restless neighbors were on the other side and they wanted a share of the wealth they knew was within their reach. On the other side the Empire never set on a long term strategy of conquering the trans limes ...


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War IS the tribe's business: In ancient times, everyone knew how to fight if they could afford weapons. The standing army part is the hard one to swallow, as labor is wasted if you're just standing around. Unless standing around as an army is the point. The best way to justify tribal people having a standing army is if the business of your tribe is warfare. ...


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Contrary to popular belief, inbreeding doesn't radically increase the chance of offspring developing health problems in isolated cases--it takes many, many generations of close, in-family relationships for offspring to start having high chances of birth defects or other inbreeding-related health problems. That said, In your tribe, not only do you have ...


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The regions out there should not be "pseudo-independent" but independent. Furthermore, they should be tribes, not states. This hinterland needs to be hard to conquer in the sense of hold. Therefore, like the lands on the border of China, it needs to be bad land to farm. The tribes should be nomadic hunters or herdsmen. This land is hard to ...


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It's difficult, because of the math. Think of the effort it takes to feed one person--say the average tribesman spends 10 hours a day doing directly survival-related tasks like gathering food or repairing shelters. That means if you have one person who isn't working on these survival-tasks, someone else has to take up their slack. If you have a 1000 person ...


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The Roman empire had a small bureaucracy at first which expanded over time in classical Antiquity and in the Middle Ages in the eastern Roman or "Byzantine" Empire. The higher positions in the government were usually reserved for aristocrats who would have been appointed partially because of their family connections and partially because of their ...


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Inbreeding does not automatically result in birth defects or cripples. It's the method used to produce "purebreeds" and it's no different between horses, dogs and humans; it will increase greatly the chances that any negative trait that is present in the genetic stock, and is normally masked by genetic variability, will surface and breed true - ...


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without the threat of violence in this life Governments work through a threat of violence (follow the rules, or be punished). That said, if by violence you mean internal wars and skirmishes among different groups, then take a page from Ghenghis Khan. He united his people against common enemies one at a time. People of different upbringings and cultures ...


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Governments that to do not favor the ruling class and significant cultural diversity are mutually exclusive. ... the country is completely multicultural ... there's one culture with about 25% of the people, a couple with 10-15%, and whole bunch of tiny ones; a few hundred in total ... every now and then a different culture becomes the dominant one for a ...


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Maybe if your tribe has a lot of cattle that needs protecting. Even than you have to do a lot of hand-waving. Domesticated herds were the perfect article of plunder. They could easily be captured, moved, and absorbed into the plunderer’s herd. And from the other side, once people’s herds were stolen, they themselves would die off unless they in turn raided ...


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Improbable. A standing army -- by definition full time soldiers -- requires that the culture be so wealthy that they can afford a large number of young men -- in their most productive years -- be out of the productive labor force for several years. In your structure, you are positing that ALL of them are thus in the army. You may be able to have a culture ...


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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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Your standing army is composed entirely of men too old to work on the farm. The young men are needed to do the work of survival. Farming is hard. Fit women are on the farm and/or pregnant, and old women are in charge of the kids. That leaves the old men. They are bent and sore from a lifetime of hardship. But in this tribe men's minds stay sharp, and ...


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Ok, this is going to be a long one. I come from tribal culture. My tribe name is Cuce. And i am Serb, Europe, Balkan peninsula. We were under the rule of Ottoman Turks for centuries and my ancestors had a miniature free enclave in the empire (it remained mostly by being a minor nuisance than a real threat to the empire). That being said, here is about the ...


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In a word, yes. In fact, it's more common historically than you think. Multiculturalism has become a political issue recently, but the way we are practising civilisation is far removed from history. Indeed, European empires didn't last very long compared to older ones precisely because they tried to enforce standardised customs upon a variety of far-flung ...


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Protect your roads. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Silk-Road-trade-route Your state does not have a borderland of 200 km to raid. It has trade routes of many thousands of kilometers to protect. Your Empire guarantees the safety of merchants conducting commerce along these roads. If a merchant party is attacked or lost, or not accounted for, or any ...


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Dystopian Stew: One strong central government that controls education, information, and entertainment very tightly. A religion emphasizing peace and obedience, although an extreme anti-religion stance can be substituted. Anything against the system is a sin. The government should control this, but not be seen to control it. Several highly efficient ...


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The empire is a magocracy ruled by powerful magicians. If you're basing this empire off of pre-modern China, then there's a fairly simple option for you to take: base your empire off of the various fantasy Chinas within the xianxia sub-genre of Chinese fantasy, where the empire is ruled by clans and/or sects of powerful magicians who cultivate their magical ...


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Depends on your hand waving First off, there are real world limitations to how much an insect can scale. Here's an excerpt from Reddit user Astrokiwi's answer to the question "If an ant was the size of a human, would it still be able to lift 10x it’s body weight?" No. This is commonly referred to as the "square-cube law". Basically, the ...


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In the modern USA, some politicians have declared a metaphorical war on crime. The US federal and state governments have far more military power than all the criminals in the USA put together, let alone any one criminal organization. It is certainly possible for governments to adopt policies which will greatly reduce the crime rate in the future. But any &...


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My question is: how to prevent most of mankind to resort to doing the bare minimum to survive and spend the rest of their time in the Virtual World? You don't. I stead of fighting against the trend, profit from it. See How to monetize uploaded consciousness? , specifically my answer to it. If people who want to waste their time away with videogames, social ...


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Consanguinity is defined by a coefficient which is the probability of two genes being identical (homozygote) by random. you can learn to compute the coefficient here. In your case, the first generation will have a coefficient of 1/8. In comparison Charles 2 the infamous king of Spain that was crippled by several and severe consequence of consanguinity had a ...


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The government is weak Perhaps this is a cynical view, but I don't think very different cultures can coexist within the same political system unless they are able to live out their own very different values and be left alone. In other words, you need a central government that is extremely weak and matters very little to an individual's everyday life. It ...


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Western society Western society already ticks a lot of boxes you want. In a lot of Western countries people have many mental diseases. Depression and burn-out are rising in many countries. Both cause a tired, unhappy civilization that can't enjoy their luxuries. Obviously this is just the beginning of your unhappy society. Monitor and restrict the internet, ...


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By not calling it war: it's tribute. Or faithfulness. But really, it's slavery. Bureaucracy is not so much about raids and plunder as it is at making things run efficiently. I think your neighbors have a lot to gain by being your neighbors, but you have an insatiable need for blood & death. So demand your neighbors provide the offerings. You could even ...


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That is why the Empire has the Imperial Intelligence Corps. The IIC's primary function is to foment local wars over succession and religious matters, civil unrest and rebellion against the local rulers, banditry/border raiding and any other mayhem among the neighbors they can come up with. That gives the Empire plenty of plausible reasons to intervene: Back ...


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Become the World Police Don't fight your own wars. Fight the wars of others. Whenever there is a conflict in the world, decide whose victory would further your geopolitical and economic interest more, and then send your troops to intervene on their behalf. When there aren't any suitable conflicts going on right now, use diplomacy and spycraft to create them. ...


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Sure. Selective breeding has been around for a very very long time. At 6 years to sexual maturity, it might take a long time to get the traits they want really nailed-down, but if the rock folk had some other purpose (maybe they're delicious when cooked, or they have a knack for finding good rocks, or something else) then some family of farmers would find a ...


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How would it work? It wouldn't Simply speaking adding arbitrary restrictions to 50% of your population won't improve anything. Forcing people to not contribute politically, militarily, scientifically, or in the labor pool has never helped a country when giving the option to help can be allowed. In the best case scenario you get Roman/Victorian era ideas ...


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Tribal societies are charecterised by constant warfare among, well, the tribes. There are limited resources and there is limited production(value addition). Almost all the production(meat from the herd etc.) is spent in subsistence. Hence warfare is a natural outlet to the desire to get wealthy. You sense weakness in a neighbour, you raid them. They sense ...


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