Maintenance of Empire

How many homicides are necessary on the periphery to ensure the free flow of wine to the center?


โ€  utricide, n. Obsolete. One who stabs an inflated vessel of skin.

That I after the slaughter of so many enemies..might embrace..not an homicide but an Utricide.
— Apuleius, 'Metamorphoses, The Golden Ass' (trans. William Adlington, 1566)