MaudlinMutantMollusk: //and their population is growing almost exponentially
miniflea: wildcardjack: Historically China has had a tendency to rise up, bureaucratize, and stagnate under a tyranny of the mandarinate. Then something goes to shiat, regions fracture, a little war with lots of innovation, then a new central authority rises, establishes a new mandarinate, and the whole thing starts over again.The weird factor was when the latest mandarinate threw up their hands and said "go ahead and trade with the capitalists, we won't tell you how to do things".I read something once about a theory that Europe emerged as dominant because they had a relatively even distribution of powers. No single state was able to suppress new ideas or technology if there was any military benefit. There was also something there about how having a largeish island nation helps, as it makes it much more difficult for a Napoleon or a Hitler from completely taking over.Wish I could remember where I read that.
Bennie Crabtree: Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Remember the 1980s when the Japanese were going to take over the USA?Good times. Good times.MFAWG: Remember when the Japanese were going to take everything over because they bought Pebble Beach Golf Course and built a resort hotel? Good times, my friends.Remember how that comic strip Broom Hilda kept depicting evil sheiks and Arabians who were taking over the USA by buying hotels and condos? Good times, besties.
Mentat: Guess what happens after the exponential phase.
Mentat: MaudlinMutantMollusk: //and their population is growing almost exponentiallyGuess what happens after the exponential phase.
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