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Wake up, the British Club has developed culturally.....
...that since 1872, in fact post 1830, there was no longer a need for SPOILs of WAR to pay for the troops!|
Financial markets were being developed, and reached a peak in 1900's.
The GREAT VICTORIAN era.
Thereafter, Colonels only get salary.
Colonels in the army, who control PURSE STRINGs now only get a salary of BPD3.000 a year.
A princely sum of Bpd250 a month.
A soldier, a Dragoon troop get paid only 6 lb 7 sch.; foot soldiers get paid 2 lb 10 sch. - imagine that!!!!!!
CAN WE IMAGINE SUCH A SITUATION TODAY.
YOU WOULD SAID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE........
That pay, Bpd 250 a month is equivalent to US$750,000 a year salary!!!!!!! (forgot that US$4.8 = Bpd 1 in 1900!)
HUGE, while the foot soldier, Dragoons calvary has enough to save after food, soap, grazing materials for the horse (for the dragoons), and they even need to buy their own uniforms!!!!!
ha ha ha
fun isn't it, in old China...the same, GENERALs get "spoils of war" after a battle, and their soldiers are paid stipends.
the money from the IMPERIAL COFFERs often don't arrive in a timely manner!!!!
so, rich people gets COMMISSIONed as COLONELs & GENERALs in the respective BRITISH and CHINESE IMPERIAL ARMIES!!!!!!
so, the BUSINESSMAN or LANDOWNER with private source of income run the REGIMENTs in the UK, even in IMPERIAL CHINA, as troops needs to be paid, or needs to be fed when marching to battle!
ha ha ha
and many rather strange policies, cultural behaviour that we cannot fanthom or understand today!!!!!
(how can we fanthom the "strange" policies of the past, when it's actually RATIONAL)
[ Last edited by greendragon at 2009-8-12 01:29 PM ]