Hrm. My first question to you is where are you finding the Imperium's taxation model & budget expenditures? The Imperial budget would be even MORE disorganized than the current US one. It's not a question of computers or data. It's never been. It's a question of people, politics and clashes in the bureaucracy and government. Just because it's the 52nd century why do you assume humans change? If anything the Imperium would be MORE illogical, based on the governmental model. It's highly illogical (using current standards) to allow megacorps to deploy armed forces and slug it out when they get pissed at each other, or overthrow world governments when it becomes profitable to do so.paltrysum wrote: ↑Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:22 pmI would debate both the points you make above:
- Again, the U.S. is not the best example. We don't have the data resources to better allocate our expenditures in the U.S. I would expect that the Imperial military, with its access to TL-15 AI computers, would feature a more exacting approach to procurement of military hardware. In the U.S., a lot of our military expenditures are dictated by political and economic factors instead of logic.
- I believe the ubiquitous distribution of battledress among infantry marines at Capital makes even more sense. That's where you want to convey power and military supremacy. It prevents insurrection when the entire populace knows and sees firsthand how powerful and well-equipped their armed forces are. (Tell that to Dulinor. I know!)
Second question, why would Capital be deploying battledress equipped soldiers in the government halls? Using Dulinor as an example, it wouldn't have helped, Stephon (or his body double/clone) would still have died. Under your military model all the nobles on capital would have to have battledress-equipped bodyguards because you've pushed the standard all the way to the right. If they were properly armed (with fusion or plasma weaponry), everyone would have to be traveling in vehicles armored like tanks. And tanks to provide escort so they can disable or destroy attacking vehicles. Hell, everyone should just carry a nuke, right? It would be a firsthand and powerful example to the citizens (whom I assume you would not be allowing to be armed to increase the power of the troops?).
Would there be state-of-the-art equipped troops on Capital? Most certainly! Would they be stationed in highly visible areas, the Moot and the throne room? Probably not. Marines answer to the crown. Posting them everywhere would be an attempt by the Emperor to potentially influence and pressure the nobles to obey him. While on paper it works that way, in reality it does not. If the Emperor had ultimate authority he would have no need for nobles or the nobility. Though humans being what they are, some sort of mechanism would need to be there. The game postulates a noble class to help with governance. The Star Wars universe (#3-#5) postulated military governors as the method. It's all gaming, so anything is possible. But if you want the game to have some logical backgrounds then you need to apply some logic as your baseline.
But hey, it's Traveller. If it wasn't customized to your own desires it wouldn't be Traveller.