When a person goes to read history, they inundated with shit about Rome. All you fucking hear about is ROME ROME ROME ROME ROME ROME ROME
Find a book about the history toilets, I bet the biggest chapter in the book is about Rome and their toilets.
Everyone has a theory on why Rome fell. There are like a million of them.
I'm sitting here staring at Rome.
Rome is sitting there in Italy. Doing basically nothing. Pretending to be greek.
Some people called the Mametines of Messina get into a conflict, ask the Carthaginians for help, then betray them then ask Rome for help. Rome was like whatever, we'll help you. Then Rome beats Carthage and 'gets' the Mediterranean.
That is the first Punic War.
Rome is like, "Wow, we have the Mediterranean, this is so cool." Then they take over other places and then conquer Carthage itself in 148 BC. And then Rome really explodes because it has all this fertile land.
This is where it gets fucked up in my head.
Rome using North African food is then able to take over large pieces of land. Rome doesn't even really have any resources, it grows like olives and grapes for wine. Their population explodes and at the same time they decide to force out all the small farmers who made up the middle class and the military with this thing called Latifundia, which is a slave plantation. So all these hard working people making money paying taxes go to Rome and sit around and eat North African bread.
Britain does this too. They were importing a good amount of their food from other places while they took over the world. They were getting their resources from India and Africa.
America's empire is from oil, which comes from Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, etc. NOTE: If America didn't have oil for their farm tractors, water spraying systems which run on diesel, and planes to crop dust, there would have to be at least Richard Heinberg says 50 million people farming right. But only 1 percent farms now. Which is 3 million. If we couldn't transport the crops by semi-trucks and produce so much corn to feed animals we would only be eating meat on holidays or maybe twice a month like humans did before oil.
The biggest empires in history got their main resources to remain empires from other countries.
While the countries with the resources were shitty little countries that didn't matter.
It must be noted also that perhaps the genius of these empires is, TAKE OVER UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES.
England took over countries like India, The Congo, Canada, etc. Countries where people didn't have modern technology, and their worldviews weren't full of ownership and profits. Basically worldviews that did not understand warring for the sake of porfits.
Rome took over a Europe that was still very much tribal and had no written language.
America takes over countries like Iraq and Afghanistan. Completely ruined countries with no infrastructure and no money.
A good example of not something an empire would do, would be German in World War 2 trying to take over countries that were modern and had highly developed universities, written language.
So this is what you do if you want an empire:
1. Use what resources you have to build a military.
2. Find a third world mostly illiterate country with a worldview that doesn't have anything to do with yours.
3. Go there and take it over.
4. Shortly after taking it over, find some uncle toms in that population to become their new government. Say you are only there to free them or civilize them. But while doing that employ them to get desired resources.
5. Use that third world country's resources to fund your campaign to take over other third world countries that have resources.
6. Put your own people out of work, give them stupid service sector jobs in the cities or food stamps, (bread and circuses.) Get slaves from other countries to do your hard work, (Mexicans.)
This will be your empire.
Historians for thousands of years will study your empire and stare and make grand theories and write 10 volume books on your empire.