April 24, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (2/10)

The roka or roke (廬家) is a building on the commons where farmers can stay if they choose to winter over on their allotment. This post goes into greater depth about the physical layout of the allotment and hamlet system in the Twelve Kingdoms.

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April 10, 2021

Hills of Silver Ruins (2/9)

The koseki (local census record) system is still used in Japan. Only recently has Japan embraced the equivalent of the social security number as a permanent ID. Literally running away to escape a debt collector remains a reliable plot device in television dramas.

An allotment (給田) is allocated to all legal residents of a kingdom when they reach their majority. A single allotment equals approximately one hectare.

From The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway.

"How did you go bankrupt?" Bill asked.
"Two ways," Mike said. "Gradually and then suddenly."

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