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Old Apr 9 2015, 05:17 PM   #56
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Default Re: What is the tithe rate?

Pern has to have a fairly large population in order to support industrialization absent technology. Pern has to have a fairly advanced level of industrialization to support the tithing system, to keep the dragons alive, to keep people alive.

Who builds the roads? Who farms? Who collects tithe? Who mines?

The human population anywhere hasn't been much smaller than 15 million since the discovery of agriculture. If there really were only 1.3 million Pernese, they'd have trouble keeping anyone in food because even with plows farming is labor intensive.
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