posted on Jun, 16 2004 @ 12:22 PM
Now what makes me think AD5763 is a fellow "Age of Empires" addict?
I'm working on some info on relics, especially the true cross. I'll try to post a thread when I've got enough info. I think the hunt for it may
be a motivating force on the world stage . . .
Conquerors. Hmm. Who have we left out?
Pizzaro & Cortez.
I use both of these for models of what would happen if we faced belligerant extraterrestial contact. The more specialized ( I hesitate to say
'advanced') civilization had superior body armor, distance weapons (cannon/musket), transportation the victims could not keep up with (horses &
galleons) and the computational ability to calculate supplies needed, plus a far more advanced communication network and technology (alphabet); plus
industrial production that simply overwhelms the primal culture.
The real killer though was disease. Most Spanish casualties were the result of combat. Most amerindian casualties were the result of malaria,
smallpox, and the probably the common cold.
Now Pizzaro and Cortez were not in the league w/ Alexander and Napolean. Like the Nazis, they reaped the benefits of short-term differentials in
technology vis-a-vis their victims. Still, for the pure adventure of exploring a new land and amassing so much silver & gold that it revolutionized
(and still impacts) the world economy, you just have to be impressed.
Both commmanders ran out of gunpowder in the new world, and were forced to re-invent it, build factories to produce it, and distribute it to troops
without the enemy grasping the technology. No small feat. In some ways, they were more intrepid than say, Napolean, who was as much a chess-player
on the chessboard of Europe as he was an innovator and courageous leader.