# Conceptual Foundations

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Quantitative realism rests upon a small set of definitions and axioms from which all of its consequences derive. The goal is to describe a wide variety of phenomena in a logical way, by making as few assumptions as possible and by being explicit about those assumptions. This axiomatic structure provides a way for all of the mathematical bits and pieces to fit together, ultimately offering an account of how power structures change over time.

The following sections describe the objects that are the subject of our investigation and the axioms that govern how those objects change: