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Join the conversation! There are now 2 comments on this chapter's page 91. Civilizations Without Borders. What are your thoughts?
  1. Jordy says

    It seems that leaders are an embodiment of the group they lead. E.g., as you note, when conquerers die, the empire usually collapses. I wonder, is that the reason that leaders usually become elitists? Because their prosperity might be a reflection of the general prosperity of the group?

  2. B.J. says

    My thoughts:

    1: Maybe it’s the webcomic format, but Chinaye’s Story is feeling disjointed from the narrative. It’s like this page and the one predating Chinaye would go better together. (Or maybe the placement will make more sense when I’ve seen the whole unit.)

    2: And here we see the big innovation that moves from government by consent to government by force. While people might live in their own tribe and city-state because they, ultimately, consent to be a part of that team and narrative (if Chinaye wanted to run away and live in the hills on her own instead of dying for the tribe, she could), a slave is kept in line by the threat of violence. I’m sure that nobody will ever get the idea to employ this force against their own people, no sir!

    3: “We’re gonna need a bigger narrative. Again.” -Cyrus the Great, the guy who kicked over Nebuchadnezzar’s empire.

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