by Tom Luongo (Gold Goats ‘n Guns)
It’s important for bullies to always win. Because once their weakness is exposed they can no longer be bullies.
Empires don’t start out as bullies. They start out as the reaction to the last Empire which became a bully after embracing hubris over humility.
Empires have to resort to bullying near the end because they are fundamentally weak. They all over-extend themselves through currency debasement which, in turn, degrades the cultural advantage the society had over the previous Empire.