Tell the students that they are Suleyman the Lawgiver and they face the challenge of maintaining a large empire. (They do not want to see it fall as many other large empires did, such as Rome). Divide the class in pairs so that they can discuss solutions and give them the worksheet below. The worksheet first reviews the causes why Rome fell and then the following page makes them come up with solutions to the slavery problem as well as the loyalty problem.
After they are done, go over some of their answers. Then lecture on what really happened, which was the implementation of the devshirme system.
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