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The Aztec empire would like a word with you.

But more to the point, "kill everyone" only makes sense as imperial doctrine if (a) you have surplus population in the imperial center that you want to resettle, (b) you have surplus population somewhere else in the empire, and the cost of killing everyone and relocating a workforce to exploit the resources formerly occupied by the people you killed is less than the expense of bribing or threatening the local strongman to force the locals to exploit the resources for you, or (c) the locals are annoying to the administration of neighboring colonies.

In ancient times, (a) and (b) were fairly uncommon. And I doubt that you'll find any ancient empire which didn't intermittently exterminate particularly annoying colonial populations.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Tue May 14th, 2013 at 01:49:52 PM EST
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