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The Political Environment

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Yudrug-tsang presumably was not ready, or not in a position to maltreat dependents for two reason. Firstly, Yudrug-tsang was extremely ambitious and successful to a large extent, and alienating its dependents would have only eroded all that it had been trying to build up. Secondly, having as many dependents as possible was essential in the face of inter-estate conflicts. Because of these factors the Yudrug-tsang dependents regarded themselves as being more fortunate compared to the situation of other dependents under other leaders elsewhere. Moreover, defection was not something one readily chose to do because it clearly entailed a number of risks, including being pursued by one's lord and punished, cutting one's social ties and networks, sometimes leaving behind one's spouse or relatives, and starting a new life from scratch in an alien country. A potential defector had to carefully consider all the pros and cons of eventual defection.

Keywords: Political Environment; Yudrug-tsang

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