Compile a comparative table of Byzantine and Western European feudalism

European Middle Ages (V-XII centuries) Byzantium (395-1453) Venice, Florence, other Italian states (XI-XVI centuries)
Supreme, central authority Kings, emperors, dynastic power is inherited Elected emperors with inherited elements of dynastic rule Elected rulers (doji) from noble families, with elements of dynastic power by inheritance
Local authority Dukes, Earls, Princes Heads of individual territories Heads of individual territories
Judicial branch Top and local leaders with community participation Top and local leaders with community participation Special Courts
Military establishment Rulers’ squads, militias and mercenaries Guards, troops of rulers, militias and mercenaries Militia, mercenaries
Church Christian church led by the pope Christian Church headed by the Patriarch Christian church led by Pope 


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