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tpedes wrote

The definition I used is a bog-standard, freshman textbook definition. There are many other definitions of "empire" that revolve around the same basic concept, which is unitary political control and exploitation of different peoples/polities/groups. Saying that "Empire," capitalized or not, means "who is meant by the infamous 'them'" doesn't really make sense. If you want to talk about things with other people, adopting a private and poorly defined vocabulary isn't a good tactic.

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