Things I learned from "In the Year of the Dragon"
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Let me start off by saying that I really like this game. However, there are a number of things that made me wonder about the society of China circa 1000 AD as portrayed in this game. Little things that made me think "isn't that odd" or "oh really" or just the plain and simple "WTF". This, then, is my tribute to a game I love and its brilliant locial foibles.
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Chinese astrologers were really good back then. They knew when plagues, famines, and Mongols would come. I supposed that this is a singular benefit of a planned society.

"Hey, Han, open those gates in the Great Wall on Monday. We are about due for a Mongol invasion, or your brother the court diviner will be become one of our most worthy ancestors."
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The size of all palaces is strongly regulated by the Buildings' Planning Commision and zoning laws. No building can be higher than three stories.

Apparently the medieval Chinese lacked the engineering skills to build large structures.
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One bag of rice will feed everyone within a palace. Oh, and you only need to feed your people two months out of the year (that sounds suspiciously like the diet of most supermodels; maybe those women rediscovered this ancient Chinese secret).
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Chinese courtiers were really pushy. Each one demanded their own floor of a palace, refusing to share that space with anyone else. This type of behavior obviously limited the nation's population growth and explains why it lags behind the rest of the world in this area.
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In China, no matter how many workers or courtiers you had, you could only perform one action per month. And, in a tradtion opposed to "keeping up with the Joneses", it was preffered if you did something different than that of your neighbors. If you should commit such a faux pas then you had to tithe away money to deal with such a loss of face.
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Others did not impede your progress, particularly if they were in front of you. Instead you just walked over then and they did not seem to mind. No, they let you do you business first. Ah, the joys and intricasies of living in a "polite society".
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No matter how much money you had or how successful you were, you could only hire one worker or courtier per month. Apparently ancient Chinese classifieds only had so much room due to the verbosity-level of the Chinese language.
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Craftsmen spent most of their time on their lazy butts not doing anything unless you told them. Then they worked like madmen and built one palace floor each, plus one palace floor that mysterious appeared as if created by dragons.
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You only taxed people when you needed to. Ah, the joys without the IRS. This was trully an enlightened society.
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Farmers, who also demand their own palace floors, spend most of their time relaxing. Once you notice, then they head out and harvest rice and only rice. And just the minimum amount of rice. Then they return to their palaces.
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The quality of your fireworks does not matter, only the quantity. Oh, and only if you've got more fireworks than your neighbors. And after seeing two shows, the Emperor does not want to see any more for at least a month.
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Helmets scare Mongols.

However, one of your courtiers might become so enchanted with the Mongol lifestyle that they run off to join them on the steppes of the discard pile.
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Monks like really big palaces.
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Is is real easy to score with Court Ladies (ahem). A little harder with monks.
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The Chinese labour market must really have been paranoid. What was just the hot, in-demand occupation is now yesterday's news. Better not specialize; it's far better to be a jack-of-all-trades: tax collector one moment, monk the next, and why not dabble in healing and farming while you're at it!
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You do not need farmers to harvest rice, scholars to study, or builders to build. No, you always get one rice, book or palace for free - you need the artisans to get more of them at a time. They're more, like, catalysts or something.

Also, they must have had a strange forgiving kind of social security system in China back then: doing nothing gets you 3 yuan, as much as the tax collector increases your income by working.

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Coarse-ground cocaine tacos (pictured left) were a dietary staple in ancient China, and provided much needed modifiers to saving throws made versus droughts in this period.
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Once two (and only two) plagues, droughts, festivals or Mongol invasions went through Ancient China in a year, for some reason physicians, farmers, firework artisans and generals (respectively) suddenly became very susceptible to dying or otherwise being replaced by upstart advisers to the Court.

Chinese physicians referred to this strange disease as ren fei or, as it's known in the West, Acute Redundantitis.

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