Modeling Historical Dynasties
Dynasty Structure, Economics and Society
By Mark Ciotola
First published on March 21, 2019
The beginning of a major dynasty is often characterized by chaos and disruption. Old, rigid power structures have been overthrown, and the wealth of the society likely greatly reduced. Eventually, society eventually settles down, and its economy can begin to grow again. However, as the society consumes resources that are nonrenewable within its lifespan, the intrinsic efficiency of converting consumption to production decreases. However, consolidation and centralization can be used to obtain economies in scale that can result in increased overall efficiency. Meanwhile, as the dynasty becomes wealthier, gentrification occurs and bureacracy grows. More wealth becomes controlled by a managerial class that comprises neither the military nor primary economic producers. However, increased consolidation and centralization result in the disenfranchisement of an increasing proportion of the population. Yet, the dynasty’s expenses in maintaining control and taxes increase.