30 August 2017

As summarised in the storyworld article on ‘Health in the Commonwealth’, the health of the general populace in mid-17th-century England, as with everywhere else in Europe and the wider world, was truly dire by modern standards. Yet within a few years of the advent of the Commonwealth, radical change was already underway. Although there were…

26 August 2017

Vinery is a (fictitious) plant-based technology, unique to the Commonwealth of the story. The simplest summary of vinery is ‘gene-splicing with 17th-century technology’ – though specifically gene-splicing for plants, not animals. Key elements in the technologies of that period include: plant-husbandry brewery and bulk-production of liquids milling and bulk-production of powders blacksmithery and basic mechanics…

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