Because anarchy doesn’t provide much of the infrastructure needed to deal with larger populations, warlords use force to fill the power vacuum. With warlords, each region has its own haphazard rules in place, so traveling, trading or intermingling involve taking one’s life in one’s hands. These little dominions encourage others to spring up in defence, and before you can say ‘national identity’, chaos and gangsterism take over. Being a warlord is not the safest profession, nor does it produce the most stable form of government, and it’s usually not too long before another ‘leader’ claws their way to the top to make life miserable for all. Of course, it goes without saying that being treated brutally by a local gangster isn’t any better than being treated brutally by an oppressive state, no matter what either of them preaches.

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