How does the Steel Ministry support itself? It has been a little while since I read the books, but I don't remember any taxes. I remember only a few ways the Ministry gets money
1. The nobility pays Obligators to witness things, but that seemed to go to the individual Obligator and didn't seem to be that much money.
2. The plantation nobility also leased the Skaa, but that doesn't seem to be enough to support a government. Especially with all the "special" projects done by the Lord Ruler.
3. Atium. Again doesn't seem to make enough money for an entire government
Thanks in advance!
From what I recall the steelministry (heh, combined the two words without thinking
), or perhaps each canton of the steel ministry acts a lot like a great house in and of itself with it's own contracts, holdings and deals. I think competition inside and between cantons is very active and fierce. I can't remember where I read this stuff though so take it with a grain of salt.