Tax Policy of Gondor

As can be seen from military organization, Gondor is in fact a centralized monarchy in the vein of Byzantine Empire. It remained a fairly centralized monarchy, with not a trace of feudalism to be seen. History is also similar: where Arnor fell apart into multiple kingdoms (echoing both barbarization of Western Roman Empire, and later... Continue Reading →

In Defense of Imperium of Man

Imperium of Man (from Warhammer 40 000) is often seen as a fascist, totalitarian state with absolutely no redeeming qualities other than "keeps humanity alive" – a hideous amalgman of Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, North Korea, European Union, Imperial Japan, Roman Empire, Byzantine era of Roman Empire and George Orwell's 1984. It is genocidal, xenophobic,... Continue Reading →

Blood Tax (Devshirme) in Ottoman Empire

Blood tax or Devshirme was a system of slavery through which Ottoman Empire recruited its Janissary Corps. Janissary in fact comes from "Jeni Ceri", or "new troops". Slave soldiers have a long tradition in Islamic societies (e.g. Mamluks), and they invariably gained significant influence in said societies. Janissaries were no exception. System of blood tax... Continue Reading →

Proof that Westerosi armies are professionals

Note on terminology: by "professional" here I mean "people whose job is fighting". It does not mean that it is necessarily their only job or that they are under arms 365/y, but rather, that they are trained and organized military force. Example of part-time professionals would be US Army Reserve or US National Guard for... Continue Reading →

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Tactical Overview: Golden Company

Introduction This will be similar to my previous overview of Unsullied. Tactics and Organization Golden Company was formed of Westerosi exiles, defeated remnants of Blackfyre Rebellion. Because of this, they utilize many of Westerosi tactics and approaches. First impression made is that of their camp: "compact, orderly and defensible", with defences consisting of a deep... Continue Reading →

Argument for Monarchy

This started from posts by Libertus, but with expansion and commentary. Tyrannical nature of democracy Democracy is a self-destructive political system for several reasons. Democracy formalizes political competition between interest groups, which leads to deep divisions within the society. It also produces artificial divisions, as politicians seek to gain votes at the expense of one... Continue Reading →

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Tactical Overview: Dothraki

Viserys promises that 10 000 Dothraki screamers are enough to "sweep the Seven Kingdoms". But Free Cities do not really fear Dothraki; they are rather confident in their walls. Dothraki use short stirrups, which is enough to show that they are meant to be horse archers. However, if so, then they are the most useless... Continue Reading →

Multiculturalism in Fantasy

Introduction Much of modern fantasy often shows various degrees of multiculturalism and, particularly, multiracialism. In Elder Scrolls, various human races and species of intelligent humanoid beings mix and coexist together. There are different reasons behind it. In role-playing PC games, it allows players to customize characters as they like. In books and movies, it is... Continue Reading →

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