2021-01-26, 02:49 PM (ISO 8601)
Re: The Empire of the Silver Fruit
The bushes kill the soil, and the soil where they live is bad to begin with. They live on a moor or steppe, and range animals in the spaces between villages to use the manure to keep the soil alive. That creates a kind of secondary herder class which is greatly outnumbered by the farming class. They aren't a classless society, just one that can convert marginal land to productivity through a labor intensive trick.
Originally Posted by Gallowglass
Also the amount of labor time makes it difficult to work more then that many. Instead of a lot of labor, then little, then a lot like seasonal crops the bushes require basically 8 hours a day year round. In return they rarely have bad years, so the population can continue to grow continuously. Think if you had an 8 hr a day job that covered just your food and shelter and enough for taxes. Everyone else is basically doing the same job, and instead of saving you have more children to work more jobs.
I appreciate all the questions, it is helping me clarify my ideas a lot :)
Last edited by Tvtyrant; 2021-01-26 at 02:53 PM.
Originally Posted by The Glyphstone