Longer-term, I wonder how differences in the gravitational field might effect spaceflight, but that's a long way off (side note: look into magical sources of immortality).Elheru Aran wrote: ↑2018-08-29 05:55pmNo reason to assume it will. Stuff works on the Disc largely as it does on Roundworld, because the basic physical laws are, quite literally, magically the same. Other than things like the speed of light, but presumably the substance of 'light' in the Disc is a different animal than, for example, visual light, otherwise the 'Moving Pictures' films wouldn't have worked. I don't think electricity would be a great issue on the Disc either, as Igors make use of it IIRC, and lightning does exist there.
Indeed. And the notion of setting up a regular time when commoners can submit a petition is an excellent idea.Being the power behind the throne is certainly a little safer than being on the throne itself. It also has the advantage of being approachable; it's easier to speak to the Hand of the King than it is the King himself, for example. Perhaps not for commoners (though one could set up a day or a week of the month when petitioners might present their case), but certainly nobility could approach and be approached with greater ease than the King/Queen.
Modern standards of hygiene, the basics of the scientific method, and the printing press seem the main things to get the ball rolling on tech, yeah.The tech setting is also helpful; it's a lot easier to go to Modern, or Enlightenment/Early Modern anyway, from Renaissance than it is from Dark Ages or Roman or even Hyborian Age. The Renaissance era is right on the brink of a number of significant discoveries and should already have made a few of its own; the main thing to do is give it a few nudges in the right direction and bring the right ideas together. Movable type, as noted, should be a splendid help; widespread literacy will do a LOT for uplifting people.
As much as I deplore hereditary or absolute monarchy as a system of government, its potentially preferable to a bunch of warring feudal lords (certainly I feel this way about Danny and her dragons vs. the status quo in Game of Thrones, for example). And it certainly gives me more leverage, if I have the ear of the monarch. It would be better if I can avoid the whole "divine right of kings" crap though, and move towards a more parliamentary system. My idea is to try to set up a Bill of Rights, perhaps initially for nobles (who may feel that their position is threatened by the aforementioned changes) but then expanding at least some of it to the commoners (including the right to petition the Crown, as noted above), then eventually set up a Senate (perhaps growing out of an expanded Royal Council of nobles and prominent/wealthy commoners), but perhaps retaining a Royal Veto.Renaissance era, politically, is seeing a shift from feudalism (a lot of small lordlings, with absolute control over the people in their realm) to a more conventional centralized monarchy, where you still have a lot of nobles, but they're more beholden to the Crown, and the people are subjects of the Crown rather than their feudal lord (more or less, will vary, the Germans for example maintained a lot of feudal institutions for a long time). As such it should be easier for the King to tell the nobles what to do, rather than having to pander to them. Of course you have to temper this with a bit of wisdom, you can't be pushing them around too much...
This is pretty much me copying my "Reform Westeros" plan, though, at least in broad strokes.