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 →

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