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I've read a book series before which had a technologically advanced feudal society in a very believable way. While the reasons for feudalism's developement were complicated, one very large reason was the difficulty of direct control. After the breakdown of the Roman Empire, and with it both its military might and its intricate postal system, it became ...


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The main feature of a feudal monarchy is the "vassalic contract". It means that one vassal serves it's liege while the liege provide protection. It can be on a small scale : organizing a local police force to protect from day to day violence, or it can be on a huge scale... organizing intergalactic diplomacy to prevent war between the carebear monarchy and ...


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"Could a society exist with the technological advancement we have today, but not the social or political advancement": a few examples of modern(-ish) societies which cannot be called democracies, and most certainly are not similar to "western" polities: National-Socialist Germany, also known as the Third Realm, 1933-1945. The Empire of Japan, 1868-1945. The ...


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Who controls the money controls the power The rise of the middle class broke the aristocracy, the problem being that the aristocracy were obsessed with land because that's where all the money had been up until the industrial revolution. In practice it mostly remained in the land for a considerable transition period as well. However if you get an ...


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I would say "no", but for economic reasons. The apparent surface link between technology and politics is underneath mediated by economics. In Western history, the three have always been intertwined. And it's difficult to imagine an alternative history where the ruling class in a feudal society have the incentive or even the notion to innovate ...


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Steam engine is one of the most important technological advancements. Let's compare how James Watt created his steam engine in Britain and at the same time Ivan Polzunov created one in Russian Empire. Watt was a free person - he went to different cities, partnered with the best iron-makers, metalworkers, factory owners. He not only developed his machine, ...


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One of the key aspects of feudal systems is that all is property of the king, and the underlings are "animated property". What the farmer produces belongs to the king, none of the eventual surplus in production will remain with him. Based on the current theories on capitalism, the lack of incentive given by the lack of profit for the individual leads to ...


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We've actually had one of those: The Zaibatsu era of Imperial Japan. These were large conglomerates (and quasi-dependent smaller companies) that controlled so much of the country's economy that everyone and everything in the country was essentially subservient to their interests. This is essentially a pseudo-feudal system where loyalties to large companies ...


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In addition to the answers already posted, one significant factor to consider is how your hypothetical society musters and applies military force. Although geography and communications played a role in creating societies with feudal systems, military technology appears to have also played a highly significant role. Western European feudalism, Japanese ...


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I think what you ask for is quite feasible. You assume that enlightenment sparked the desire for freedom, resulting in democracies. But in my opinion, that is not correct. Let's take a look at two of the first democracies, namely France and the united states. The driving factors that mobilized the masses were literacy, i.e. the ability to spread information ...


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Yes. Techonological advancement is a function of specialization and specialization is a function of the energy sources your society has access. It has nothing to do with political liberalism. If you have more energy you have the greater the farming output and with it more people that can become specialized knowledge workers. What you need is that your ...


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Short Answer: Yes it is possible for an advanced country to have a monarchy. Yes it is possible for an advanced country to have a federal political system that is partially feudalistic, with hereditary lords and vassals. No, it is not possible for an advanced country to have serfdom, so if you are thinking about serfdom as a vital feature of feudal ...


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"What can batteries have that would make it insufficient to fill this role of replacing mages in rituals?" Control. Just as a battery alone cannot replace, say, a wall clock, even if it can power the wall clock, so a mana-battery cannot replace the mage in a ritual. Maybe, you could have some very simple spell that can be directly powered by a mana-...


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Wow, haven't heard the word 'orgone' for ages. Blast from the Past... It might be better to think of mages as conduits of orgone rather than containing their own orgone. That way the limiting factor would be how much 'voltage' a particular mage could handle without burning himself out. Batteries might then be a useful supplement — e.g., if a particularly ...


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Expiry dates Perhaps they bleed off power when not in use, and are only good for short term charges. Efficiency Perhaps they take more power to make than they can return. Much more, to the point where it isn't worth it for a mage to make one by himself. It might take multiple mages to make them in the first place. Corporations or governments may still ...


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you are asking about the relationship between political systems and the velocity of technological development. there is middleman, a link between these two worlds, and that is the economic system. from that perspective technological development´s main dependance is the extent/magnitude of -> accumulation of capital present in the current economy. whether ...


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Arguably they already do: anything with a strong Mafia presence has feaudal-ish feel to it, one swears loyalty a lord, who then allows one to work the land (or run a store, within said land). That lord also offers protection against other lords. And, of course, plenty of technologically advanced countries are not democratic. Really the main difference in ...


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