"I think the thing the imperial government wants is for people to not break some laws which it isn't that hard to not break, not for everyone to orient their entire lives around maximally satisfying local government officials? And people all have input into what the empire does and they seem to like the system of 'there's an empire that enforces some laws and does things like give people tablets about what the laws are and isn't in charge of everything'. Whereas this person … I'll just say Asmodeus, that's his name, not mentioning his name has been silly… whereas Asmodeus wants layers of slaves owning slaves owning slaves with him the only genuinely free person. And if you want people to think cooperation is their only choice for that, I think that just takes more torture than people thinking cooperation is their only choice with, uh, not assaulting people or stealing things or breaking contracts. Honestly I'm not sure the latter actually requires any torture, I'm pretty sure it doesn't, but I don't, uh, have access to the library I'd be referencing on that. Heaven probably has information on how to make people follow those laws without torture though."