Just a quick belated thought about this debate.
> I thaought the Lunars were smarter than that. No
> surprise they lost the war...
And John replied that
> The Lunars are primarily an urban folk, [snip]
> They don't really understand the nature of steads (halfway
> between a farm and a village) and so look to the few
> Sartarite cities and towns as the measure of Sartarite
> population, religious activity and resistence.
On the whole, I agree with you, John, but it is important to note that imperial commanders are not all effete Dara Happan urbanites - the southern tier of provinces such as Sylilia provide troops and officers from only partially assimilated peoples. Of course, there might be some truth in the suggestion that when you get commanders like Tatius, these provincials might have trouble having their voices heard, but at least on a tactical level they should understand about steads, sacred hills, etc.
As well as the cultural issue, there is a practical military issue. The empire cannot garrison the countryside, or at least not without committing more resources than it believes this theatre merits. To lock down a countryside, rough terrain, against locals who know it well, is a formidable task. Consider the trouble the Russians are having against the Chechens - not a very good example considering how appallingly the Russian army has degenerated, but they can't control the terrain despite their having helicopter gunships and the Chechens - unlike the Sartarites - not having access to friendly local spirits, etc.
So the empire has three main options:
So the empire is adopting what it thinks is its best option. It has worked well elsewhere before, surely these Orlanthi will in time be subjugated, pacified and assimilated the same way... Surely?
All the best,
End of The Glorantha Digest V8 #112
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