New Feature: RFIT Tumblr Weekly Digest

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I’ve decided to add a new feature to Race to the Iron Throne – over on Tumblr, I’ve been doing some fun smaller posts on ASOIAF that don’t quite merit a cross-post on their own, but would be fun as part of a tasting plate of meta. So once a week I’ll post some links to the best stuff that I’ve done recently. Starting out:

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22 thoughts on “New Feature: RFIT Tumblr Weekly Digest

  1. They will Bend the knee says:

    those posts are such a thread to read ! I sure hope you’ll continue your “how to turn a feudal economy into a renaissance state like power”. The North ought to be a bit tough, which makes me just extra eager to read it.

    On a slight minus note, don’t your text suffer from some kind of presentism ? We now know what worked, and what didn’t, for the Kingdom, cities and duchies of medieval Europe. Those Westrosi Lords don’t.

    • I’ll definitely continue the series, but presentism is sort of built into the fabric of that series, so it needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

      • derzquist says:

        There’s definitely presentism in the sense that Attwell knows about larger historical trends and would seek to guide territories towards the more successful, relevant examples.

        However Steven, I think you do an excellent job of avoiding ‘in universe’ presentism. You didn’t suggest propping up the post-rebellion Baratheons by hunting down evidence of Cersei’s physical relationship with her brother, since this wasn’t suspected by Stannis for a few years. But you did list several basic strategies (some with in-universe historical examples) that would have strengthened the Stags in the early post-Rebellion years.

  2. colin c says:

    That followup is to the Riverlands piece.

    I’m loving these. Can’t wait for the other kingdoms/areas.

  3. Lann says:

    Re: The Lannister influence essay. Do we know if Stannis was already married to Selyse before Robert’s rebellion?
    Also Renly did have ties to the Tyrells, Loras was (also) his squire if I’m not mistaken.

    • somethinglikealawyer says:

      Edric Storm was conceived on Stannis’s wedding night, in 287 AC, and Robert’s Rebellion was over by 283 AC.

  4. somethinglikealawyer says:

    This look familiar.

    I tease, of course. I enjoy your economics work, and it’s good to have a reference when they fall off the front page.

  5. winnie says:

    These are really fun Steve. I hope you continue for all Seven Kingdoms. Especially curious about your plans for the North and the Iron Islands.

    ITA that Stannis should have been married way higher than House Florent. If Stannis had wed a Tyrell for instance he’d have taken KL without a sweat no matter what the Lannisters did.

    • Grant says:

      Given Florent and Tyrell history it seems very likely that Stannis was engaged as a sorta subtle threat to the Tyrells. They were forgiven for taking the Targaryen side during the war, but reminded that if they did anything disloyal to the new royal family they could be replaced. Of course there must have been other people related to the Baratheons that Robert (or really, Jon Arryn) could have arranged to marry Selyse.

  6. Evelyn Newman says:

    Hi Steven,

    This is interesting, but I don’t have a clue what Tumblr is or how to get there. Is there a quick easy way for you to tell me? If not, I’ll get your mother to show me when she’s here Saturday. Hope all is well with you.

    Love, Grandma

  7. Space Oddity says:

    This finally lets me make a comment on the Stormlands, and its population, I’ve been meaning to since I first read that plan…

    *Ahem*

    Reading the Stormlands history it’s obvious that this kingdom has something going for it, as it cycles between imperialistic booms and disintegrating busts. And then looking at it, it hit me–the Stormlands is Westeros’ own Sweden/Prussia, a land of lumberjacks and small farmers who can make up for its lack of manpower by being able to mobilize more of its people faster, and with fewer immediate side-effects than most of its neighbors. Throw in what looks like a local martial tradition, and it becomes clear why the Stormlands are able, in the short term to build the empire that includes the Riverlands, and why, in the long term, said empire falls apart thanks to the lack of Stormlanders to hold it.

  8. Steven says:

    I love the economic development pieces. I would love to see them expanded to fuller posts, with perhaps reference to real world examples. These ideas are things that I think about a lot myself. It’s one of the reasons I respect houses like the Freys. As abhorrent as they are they have an economic strength and they have leveraged it to great effect. The Manderlys are much the same. I can’t wait to read more pieces like those.

  9. derzquist says:

    Very glad that you’re doing this Steven. I thoroughly enjoy your inside baseball conversations on Tumblr. But, I don’t think Tumblr is overly conducive for Q&As, and I just don’t get on there enough to keep track (also, those kids need to get off my lawn). So, this sort of recap is ideal for me. Thanks!

  10. KrimzonStriker says:

    Great new series. Quick comment though.

    In your Stormlands piece couldn’t you use the amber as a monetary reserve in order to help fund your expansion plans and keep the Stormlands relatively in the black. Amber is still considered a precious stone last them I checked, not as rare/expensive as sapphires, diamonds, or emeralds but worth a decent amount still I think, especially to the jewelry flamboyant Essosi across the Narrow Sea providing the client base that you could sell to. Why is it that we can’t treat the amber in much the same way as the Lannisters treat their gold in the Westerlands, they managed to get away with building a bustling port city themselves on the wrong side of the continent (as you frequently bring up) because of said gold after all.

    • Space Oddity says:

      It’s worth pointing out that the Baltic amber trade started in the Bronze age, and is still running to this very day. So, yes, it’s a VERY lucrative business

  11. therealcersei says:

    I love the economic development plans and wish more folks would write about the economics of Westeros more generally….Over on Reddit there was a question recently about whom the Iron Throne would back – possible subject for economic analysis on your blog?

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