Indeed they had! And one of the first at that.
Earlier, and at other places in the world, the government wasnothing more than the King and his army wandering about demandingfood from farmers and warring with other Kings and Chieftains.

Instead of being built on soldiers with swords, the Chinesegovernment was based on the use of bureaucrats who on a local levelgoverned the populace and land while answering upwards to theEmperor.

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