"Well, I must agree that the feudal system is somewhat outdated. After all, we have moved past it here in England and we did have our own periods of turmoil... The War of the Roses, the Civil War and Cromwell. Nasty business."
The military man munched reflectively on a slice of chicken. "And I can see how flogging peasants would make them want to revolt. They're freemen after all, not slaves like they use over in the col- excuse me, the United States."
From Christopher's tone of voice, it was clear he did not think very highly of that new nation.