: Maybe I missed something, but I'm not sure about the Pfhor being knocked back
: thousands of years by a slave revolt, even a devastating one. If the Pfhor
: successfully suppressed the Nahk revolt, that suggests they did not revert
: back to an earlier stage of development. They would have certainly been
: weakened, but I imagine their level of technology would stay the same, or
: even increase, as conflict tends to be a catalyst for technological
: development. A long time ago I theorized that the Pfhor didn't undergo
: much technological development because slaves provided all their needs:
: following this, it could be argued that technological improvement only
: ocurred during slave revolts or other massive conflicts!
I'm not speaking so much of technological development but of sheer loss of resources and infrastructure. A planet was lost during the S'pht victory at Lh'owon; worlds, plural, were destroyed during the Nahk revolt; the Drinniol rebellion was significantly worse than that.
Think about it like this: if the US populace decided to overthrow the government, and could successfully do so on the ground, and the government was SO DETERMINED not to be overthrown that they bombed whatever city had already been taken from their control... don't you think that would set the US back quite a bit?