Oh, yeah. Slaughtering, said Cohen.
the population is being a bit behind with its taxes. You pick
some city where people are being troublesome and kill everyone
and set fire to it and pull down the walls and plough up the ashes.
That way you get rid of the trouble and all the other cities
are suddenly really well behaved and polite and all you back
taxes turn up in a big rush, which is handy for governments,
I understand. Then if they ever give trouble you just have to say
"Remember Nagnang?" or whatever, and they say "Where's Nangnang?"
and you say, "My point exactly."