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Civilisation

When increasing technological and cultural sophistication reaches a critical mass, the result is civilisation.

Civilisation began some time in the fourth millenium b.c.e., with the confluence of the walled city state, writing, a centralised government, agricultural surplace (allowing the rise of an artisan class), money or some means of economic exchange, a standing army, and a state religion or priesthood.

The following table summarises the various stages of civilisation


geological age or epoch
Holocene
technozoic
time
4,000 b.c.e. 
3,000 b.c.e
1500 b.c.e.
1,200- 500 b.c.e.
500 b.c.e - 500 c.e.
500 c.e. - 1500 c.e.
16th 17th
18th C
19th - early 20th C
late 20th C.
early 21st C
mid 21st C?
late 21st C?
Civilisation type
Proto- civilisation
Ancient Civilisations
Early Classical
Classical Antiquity
medieval period
early modern
modern
present (hi tech)
futuristic
(very hi tech)
post-human
Age (based on dominant material)
Neolithic
Bronze
Iron
steel and plastic
light-weight polymers
new synthetic materials
Diamondoid
primary production
Agricultural
Industrial
Information
Nanotech
culture
 type
"Great Round"
Four Quarters
Pyramid 
(Heirarchical) 
Monarchic (sun pattern)
technological
(grid pattern)
Network
???
information type
oral tradition
writing
printed books
centralised mass media
decentralised internet media
beginning of virtual reality
virtual reality - mature noosphere
community type
walled city-states
empires
empires centered on capital city
international community of nations
PAZ's, virtual nations
politics/ rulership
patriarchal cheiftains
centered on priest caste and god-king
Monarchic - centered on empire capital
secular nation states
decline of the nation state
the Sovereign individual


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