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 →

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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Issue of Slaver’s Bay

Daenerys gives herself the mission to civilize the Slaver's Bay. But Martin shows at least somewhat correctly what happens when different groups, different cultures, meet: strife, conflict and bloodshed. Good intentions are not enough; in fact, idealism often makes the situation worse because it leads to inability to account for reality. And in her mission,... Continue Reading →

An Argument for War

Catelyn waited until they had quieted. “My lords,” she said then, “Lord Eddard was your liege, but I shared his bed and bore his children. Do you think I love him any less than you?” Her voice almost broke with her grief, but Catelyn took a long breath and steadied herself. “Robb, if that sword... Continue Reading →

Why I dislike Daenerys

Basically... ...she has dragons. Yes, that is the main reason. There are others - her idealism and impatience screaming "I am about to get disappointed and become a tyrant", her dreaming about throne in Westeros while piling up responsibilities in Essos, her conquering a city and then leaving it with new government and absolutely no... Continue Reading →

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