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Old Jul 11 2017, 10:12 AM   #26
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Default Re: Relative size of major holds.

If a tithe was a percentage of production rather than a fixed amount, i.e. "one tenth of annual produce or earnings, formerly taken as a tax for the support of the Church and clergy." as per the dictionary meaning of the word, then yes, the tithe amount would drop at the end of the pass.

Local commoners, farmers, fishermen etc who gained their living from supporting the jumped-forward weyrs would simply up sticks and migrate to wherever they did have a market, leading to something similar to the current refugee problems faced by Europe - the actual effect of the sudden loss of such a huge percentage of Pern's population would have been devastating to the remainder.
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