Clean Water

maybe the next war-inducing resource after Cheap Oil? (Water War)

Hydraulic Empire - where Monopoly control of water drives the structure of government. Governments were extremely centralized, with no trace of an independent aristocracy - this is completely different to the decentralized Feudalism which existed in medieval Europe. Though tribal societies had structures that were usually personal in nature, exercised by a patriarch over a tribal group related by various degrees of kinship. With hydraulic hierarchies, an impersonal government as a permanent institution was established. Popular revolution was impossible: a dynasty may die out or be overthrown by force, but the new regime (Regime Change) would differ very little from the old one.

John Robb:

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