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From:     brian gute <bgute@?.???.edu>
Date:     Wed, 2 Nov 1994 13:03:36 -0600 (CST)
Subject:  Re: merchant fleets
I just read Michael Sandys lastest input on the groundlimg empires using
spelljammers thread.  It made me think of what Jim Sales said about
independant merchant/adventurers which in turn reminded me of the
Foundation trilogy (the first three books).
  An extremely powerful government is created through the use of
free-traders.  The free-traders are essentially the ambassadors of the
Foundation, spreading technology (and a dependence on technology) to
other more primitive societies.
  My point is that, through a cooperative agreement with
adventurer/merchants, a country could expand economically by decreasing
the wait for manufactured goods, providing rapid turn-around, and simply
expanding it's influence on other countries.
  A prime Realms example would be Lantan.  If they could engage
free-traders to export smokepowder weapons, to countries that won't turn
them on the Lantans, they will begin to really advance their importance
as a country and as a quick and reliable exporter of advanced weaponry.
This approach, economic expansion, would seem to be more feasible than
the simple militaristic expansionism that everyone else seems to be
focusing on.

Brian Gute
bgute@??.?.???.edu



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