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A feudal subject's allegiance was to his lord, not directly to the Emperor. Many wars would be fought against the Emperor who may have been very powerful in his own right but could not fight the entire Empire, just like the Landsraad could oppose the Emperor if united. The Imperial Diet is quite clearly the inspiration of the Landsraad.
 
A feudal subject's allegiance was to his lord, not directly to the Emperor. Many wars would be fought against the Emperor who may have been very powerful in his own right but could not fight the entire Empire, just like the Landsraad could oppose the Emperor if united. The Imperial Diet is quite clearly the inspiration of the Landsraad.
   
The Landfrieden of the Holy Roman Empire (limiting the right of violence and feuding) is an example of another analogue with it being translated into the Dune Universe as [[Kanly]] and [[War of Assassins]] . 
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The Landfrieden of the Holy Roman Empire (limting the right of violence and feuding) is an example of another analogue with it being translated into the Dune Universe as [[Kanly]] and [[War of Assassins]] . 
   
 
Alongside the Emperor, major states and minor ones, there existed powerful power structures, chief of them the Church (divided eventually during the Reformation), a weak analogue of the [[Bene Gesserit]] and the powerful guilds running basically independent systems and cities, including the Hanseatic League, a sea-going monopolistic guild, which could and would oppose the feudal lords - an obvious analogue to the [[Spacing Guild]] .
 
Alongside the Emperor, major states and minor ones, there existed powerful power structures, chief of them the Church (divided eventually during the Reformation), a weak analogue of the [[Bene Gesserit]] and the powerful guilds running basically independent systems and cities, including the Hanseatic League, a sea-going monopolistic guild, which could and would oppose the feudal lords - an obvious analogue to the [[Spacing Guild]] .
   
The Emperor did not have an elite army analogue to the Sardaukar though he would have the theoretical ability to call the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_the_Holy_Roman_Empire Army of the Holy Roman Empire] from his feudal subjects (see the armies of the Landsraad in Dune orbit during the final battle against the Padishah Emperor), while having his own private [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Army_(Holy_Roman_Empire) Imperial Army], supported from his territories, during the time of the Habsburgs, not a seperate military caste. 
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The Emperor did not have an elite army analogue to the Sardukar though he would have the theoretical ability to call the [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_of_the_Holy_Roman_Empire Army of the Holy Roman Empire] from his feudal subjects (see the armies of the Landsraad in Dune orbit during the final battle against the Padishah Emperor), while having his own private [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Army_(Holy_Roman_Empire) Imperial Army], supported from his territories, during the time of the Habsburgs, not a seperate military caste. 
   
The Sardaukar seem to be heavily based on the Janissaries or Mamluks of the ancient Ottoman Empire. The Janissaries were recruited (in a form of a tax) from Christian subjects and became slaves of the Emperor, while the Mamluks, were slaves but not recruited  from Christians and would form their own basically independent state. The Janissaries would, on their own hand, become heavily corrupt and arrogant during the late period of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was much more centralized and subject to direct rule by appointed governors, rather than de facto independent feudal lords (except in the case ot the Mamluks in Egypt).  
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The Sardukar seem to be heavily based on the Janissaries or Mamluks of the ancient Ottoman Empire. The Janissaries were recruited (in a form of a tax) from Christian subjects and became slaves of the Emperor, while the Mamluks, were slaves but not recruited  from Christains and would form their own basically independent state. The Janissaries would on their own hand become heavily corrupt and arrogant during the late period of the Ottoman Empire. The Ottoman Empire was much more centralized and subject to direct rule by appointed governors, rather than de facto independent feudal lords (except in the case ot the Mamluks in Egypt).  
   
 
The Holy Roman Emperor spent much of his time and effort keeping a delicate balance of power between the Electoral States, who were also very careful not to be subdued by the Emperor, leading to divisions and fragmentation which would doom the Empire in the future.  
 
The Holy Roman Emperor spent much of his time and effort keeping a delicate balance of power between the Electoral States, who were also very careful not to be subdued by the Emperor, leading to divisions and fragmentation which would doom the Empire in the future.  

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