etween 6% and 40% depending on whether the country was

at war. Of course tax demands varied too. A country at war will have

medium or high taxation, and will spend its savings, possibly borrow, and

cut back on court costs to wage war. A country at peace will maximize court

costs, maintain little or no military and will be building up its coffers.

At peace, lets put Ilien at 40% (or in that range). The poster said one

military unit was maintained, so that unit, the roads, port, and a subsidy

for ships (being used for commercial purposes in peace time) would

constitute the other 60%.

So, if Ilien had a peace time income of 12 GB, it should be light tax, and 5

GB for court make sense. During wartime, court costs would be 3GB if the

count stayed in the capital, 2 GB if the count was in the field, and the

maximum income of the realm would be around 36 GB. With such a set of

figures, medium taxation probabaly works out to be 24 GB.

Of course much of the additional 12 GB of the heavy taxation would be

extraordinary taxes which would exact a stability cost, loyalty cost, as

well as an economic cost to the realm.

Costs also should vary between war and peace. Troops in garrison may well

cost 1 GB to maintain, troops in the field who are fighting and for whom

recruits must be bountied and supplies must be shipped might cost 3 GB. 2,

if the can live off the land, but this is just shifting the burden of

economic costs to the locals.

Kenneth Gauck