SCREW ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: Considering it's around 1,000 years in the future (I think...), it never occured to me, why doesn't the B.E. has somewhat primitive tech. I understand that the N.F. is smaller, younger, and an uprising as opposed to a massive empire, but the B.E. seems to have no real excuse. Excuses for the B.E. having low-ish technology: -It's cheap. -The B.E. is currently in a technological Dark Age. -Financial troubles back home. -The N.F. often sabotages the B.E. -The corporations who manufacture the B.E.'s equipment overprice things beyond belief. -White-collar crime and corruption haven't helped the B.E. at all. -The Emperor is completely corrupt and couldn't give half a rat's ass about the war, so long as he gets his expensive luxuries. What do you think? EDIT: ...Is it really 50 years...!??