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Sigrid Ellis
I always have SO MANY QUESTIONS about the economies of post-collapse fictional societies.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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I remember seeing Waterworld in the theater, and AUDIBLY YELPING at the economics of the premise.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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I am still peeved at the wastefulness of the Space Teens in The 100 -- they would NOT throw anything away are you KIDDING me!?!?
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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So I'm trying to watch Into the Badlands. S1E4. And I have so many questions.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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We know, from Viking records, from Early Medieval Europe records, how many people it takes to support a part- or full-time swordsman.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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Many, is what it takes. A full-time warrior-knight takes about one small village, per.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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(An ACTUAL knight took much more. And a part-time Viking raider took less.)
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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This isn't a mystery, we have the tax records.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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So, Dear Fictional World Creator, when you are building your post-apocalyptic society's army, COUNT YOUR POPULATION.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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Your town has 500 people? Then you get five full-time non-food-producers, maybe. That's warriors, mayors, librarians, etc.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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If your militia is part-time, you get more. And your librarian can also be a blacksmith, sure, that's fine.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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(This is why in Westerns, the good guys and bad guys are frequently from out-of-town. The town can't SUPPORT gunslingers.)
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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But, in Into the Badlands, Baron-in-red has, what, 250 warriors and about 750 trainees? Where the HECK are his 100,000 serfs?
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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We see MAYBE 50 serfs in the poppy fields at any moment. And, yes, opium gets good market value. But who is dying all that leather?
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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Where are the clothiers? The carpenters? Okay, fine, sure, Baron-in-red sells opium and imports EVERYTHING, sure, why not --
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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But we don't see manufacturing or crafting in ANY location. The only industries in the Badlands are killing, oil refining, opium, and sex.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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WHEN YOUR BACKGROUNDS ARE ALL CGI, PUT A GODDAMN FARM IN A SCENE OF TWO.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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Would it KILL you to CGI a COW once in a damn while? Or a SHEEP for pity's sake?!?!? CGI a water-powered mill, for the love of crickets!!
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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I, I just, I cannot take your baronial war seriously when I know in my soul that you are all starving and naked.
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Sigrid Ellis 21 Apr 17
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Tl;dr, I want to write A Practical Guide to the Post-Apocalypse, Or, My Year in Agriculture While the War Raged.
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