by: the Common Constitutionalist
One of my favorite movies of all time, if not my favorite, is the 10 Commandments, starring Charlton Heston. Not just for the story but also the scope and scale of the movie. It was estimated that if they were to make it today, it would cost $1 billion or more.
Anyway, toward the beginning, the young Egyptian Prince Moses, comes home as a conquering hero. He says to Pharaoh that rather than conquer Ethiopia, he has brought them into the Egyptian empire as an ally. Yet he also proclaims to Pharaoh that there are umpteen treasure barges full of “tribute” from Ethiopia to Pharaoh coming up the Nile.
So in other words the Ethiopians are now, in effect second-class, quasi-Egyptians, forced to pay protection money to Pharaoh.