<jargon, architecture> A term describing any system that has so many
labyrinthine internal interconnections that it would be impossible to simplify
by separation into loosely coupled or linked components.
The city of Byzantium, later renamed Constantinople and then Istanbul, and the
Byzantine Empire were vitiated by a bureaucratic overelaboration bordering on
lunacy: quadruple banked agencies, dozens or even scores of superfluous levels
and officials with high flown titles unrelated to their actual function, if any.
Access to the Emperor and his council was controlled by powerful and inscrutable
eunuchs and by rival sports factions.
[Edward Gibbon, "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire"].
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