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#ActualLorenzoGatti

Posted 03 July 2013 - 02:10 PM

Relatively slow and inexpensive space flight allows colonization of planets and star systems but requires a large degree of autonomy (nobody can come to help), ideally suitable for making every planet a fiefdom.
For example, nuclear-powered drives pushing large ships close to lightspeed would allow regularly scheduled caravans between, say, Earth and Alpha Centauri.

Apart from the planetary rulers, equally (or more) important lords could command fleets and space stations in deep space, while the most important nobles could rule one or more star systems (obviously losing sleep on what's the best location for their own space navy).

Fast communication would allow large organizations to function and keep the empire together.

I don't know why you are averse to "space navigation" excuses, but you don't need a huge empire with flight times of thousands of years; putting help even a few weeks away is enough for most military engagements, catastrophes, etc.

You could also switch an empire that matured with slow travel to FTL propulsion, with a likely outcome of global war between planets and/or noble houses and/or guilds (when there is a way, there is a will).

#1LorenzoGatti

Posted 03 July 2013 - 01:52 AM

Relatively slow and inexpensive space flight allows colonization of planets and star systems but requires a large degree of autonomy (nobody can come to help), ideally suitable for making every planet a fiefdom. For example, nuclear-powered drives pushing large ships close to lightspeed would allow regularly scheduled caravans between, say, Earth and Alpha Centauri. Apart from the planetary rulers, equally (or more) important lords could command fleets and space stations in deep space, while the most important nobles could rule one or more star systems (obviously losing sleep on what's the best location for their own space navy). Fast communication would allow large organizations to function and keep the empire together. I don't know why you are averse to "space navigation" excuses, but you don't need a huge empire with flight times of thousands of years; putting help even a few weeks away is enough for most military engagements, catastrophes, etc. You could also switch an empire that matured with slow travel to FTL propulsion, with a likely outcome of global war between planets and/or noble houses and/or guilds (when there is a way, there is a will).

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