History Literature / TheDraka

30th Apr '17 10:53:49 PM Ktotwf
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* SpaceOpera: The series becomes more and more Space Opera-ish as it goes on. The Draka rulers in ''Drakon'' dream of [[MasterRace The Race]] feventually conquering the entire galaxy. It is wisely pointed out that there may be [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powerful species]] in space that could destroy the Draka if they are not cautious.

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* SpaceOpera: The series becomes more and more Space Opera-ish as it goes on. The Draka rulers in ''Drakon'' dream of [[MasterRace The Race]] feventually eventually conquering the entire galaxy. It is wisely pointed out that there may be [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powerful species]] in space that could destroy the Draka if they are not cautious.
16th Apr '17 11:46:02 AM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: The "chain-dog" serfs who serve as the muscle for the Security Directorate qualify. They are resented by the Citizens and utterly detested by their fellow serfs (particularly those who are highly-placed, or attached to powerful Citizen families).



* TheEmpire: The Domination of the Draka.



* TheFederation: The United States.



* LaResistance: The Finns are the only nation presented as waging anything like a determined resistance in the face of Drakan occupation. ''Under the Yoke'' seems to suggest that the free Finns will eventually simply die from attrition or lack of supply, never posing a serious threat to Drakan strategic interests.
** According to the chronology given for the series, Switzerland apparently is considered a hotbed of resistance into the 1970's. And the French Resistance at the beginning of ''UnderTheYoke'' is featured, but only as a shadow of its former self, its members forced into cannibalism to survive and generally considered little more than an annoyance by not only the Draka but also the serf population.
** The Finns are the only ones we actually get to see in action. In addition to Switzerland and France, Russia is also said to have pockets of holdouts, Barcelona was ''nuked'' to stop an uprising, and as late as the 1960s some serfs in former Italy are trying (unsuccessfully) to resist the Draka (seen at the beginning of ''The Stone Dogs''). Most of the rest of Europe has been so battered by war that the Draka are mostly picking up the pieces and rebuilding--many civilians are so worn-out and beleaguered that they're actually lining up for their serf tattoos just to get food and medical care.
* LesCollaborateurs: The "chain-dog" serfs who serve as the muscle for the Security Directorate qualify. They are resented by the Citizens and utterly detested by their fellow serfs (particularly those who are highly-placed, or attached to powerful Citizen families).



* LaResistance: The Finns are the only nation presented as waging anything like a determined resistance in the face of Drakan occupation. ''Under the Yoke'' seems to suggest that the free Finns will eventually simply die from attrition or lack of supply, never posing a serious threat to Drakan strategic interests.
** According to the chronology given for the series, Switzerland apparently is considered a hotbed of resistance into the 1970's. And the French Resistance at the beginning of ''UnderTheYoke'' is featured, but only as a shadow of its former self, its members forced into cannibalism to survive and generally considered little more than an annoyance by not only the Draka but also the serf population.
** The Finns are the only ones we actually get to see in action. In addition to Switzerland and France, Russia is also said to have pockets of holdouts, Barcelona was ''nuked'' to stop an uprising, and as late as the 1960s some serfs in former Italy are trying (unsuccessfully) to resist the Draka (seen at the beginning of ''The Stone Dogs''). Most of the rest of Europe has been so battered by war that the Draka are mostly picking up the pieces and rebuilding--many civilians are so worn-out and beleaguered that they're actually lining up for their serf tattoos just to get food and medical care.



* SpaceOpera: The series becomes more and more Space Opera-ish as it goes on. The Draka rulers in ''Drakon'' dream of [[MasterRace The Race]] eventually conquering the entire galaxy. It is wisely pointed out that there may be [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powerful species]] in space that could destroy the Draka if they are not cautious.

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* SpaceOpera: The series becomes more and more Space Opera-ish as it goes on. The Draka rulers in ''Drakon'' dream of [[MasterRace The Race]] eventually feventually conquering the entire galaxy. It is wisely pointed out that there may be [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens powerful species]] in space that could destroy the Draka if they are not cautious.



* TheEmpire: The Domination of the Draka.
* TheFederation: The United States.
* TheWarToEndAllWars: Occurs in ''The Stone Dogs.''


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* TheWarToEndAllWars: Occurs in ''The Stone Dogs.''
22nd Mar '17 6:07:00 AM THEKHAN
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** The Finnish partisans openly declare that they make no difference between killing enemy Janissaries and their comfort women or noncombatant serfs in a patrol, and are heavily implied to be cannibals. Given their enemies have absolutely no mercy, it is jarring nevertheless.


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** American tourists to the Domination, implied to spend dollars for "pleasures not found in the Alliance territories." It's up to the reader to determine.
22nd Mar '17 5:55:04 AM THEKHAN
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** He does try to handwave it a couple of ways--primary education is sex-segregated, and prior to the development of the ''drakenses'' the Race Purity Laws create a variation on ReallyGetsAround in that it's acceptable for male Draka to have sex with any serf woman they like, but for a female Draka to have sex with a male serf is a capital offense (diluting the Race, presumably), with a side of FamilyVersusCareer for female Draka, who are required by law to produce a minimum number of offspring (the actual pregnancy eventually being off-loaded to host mothers)--but it still feels heavy-handed at times.

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** He does try to handwave it a couple of ways--primary education is sex-segregated, and prior to the development of the ''drakenses'' the Race Purity Laws create a variation on ReallyGetsAround in that it's acceptable for male Draka to have sex with any serf woman they like, but for a female Draka to have sex with a male serf is a capital offense (diluting the Race, presumably), presumably) well until the 70's (Ironically, around the age of Civil Rights era in {{Real Life}}), with a side of FamilyVersusCareer for female Draka, who are required by law to produce a minimum number of offspring (the actual pregnancy eventually being off-loaded to host mothers)--but mothers after the 60's)--but it still feels heavy-handed at times.
12th Feb '17 8:36:33 AM Willbyr
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30th Jan '17 10:26:14 AM Ktotwf
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* StupidEvil: Possibly overlaps with ArtisticLicenseHistory, and/or the author not understanding the implications of his changed historical timeline. In real life 1941, Japan was desperate to somehow finish off their huge engagement in China, which was destroying their economy, but unable to do so as the US kept backing the Chinese and opposing any peace deal but total Japanese surrender. When President Roosevelt then added a crippling global oil embargo against Japan, they struck out against America, not because they thought that was necessarily a good idea, but because it was their only option ''but'' abject surrender, which they would not accept without a fight. However, in the Draka storyline, Japan has already long since pacified ''and annexed'' China by then; i.e., obtained all their goals and much more besides. So there is literally no reason at all for them to attack the US, and it becomes gargantuously and gratuitously stupid for them to do so. And on top of this, they share a long, vulnerable border with the most evil, expansionist and powerful regime in history, so one would think they should care more about guarding their own flanks than picking unneeded fights with others. Not even a flimsy in-story justification is offered for this act of stupid villainy.
24th Jan '17 9:07:53 AM IdumeanPatriot
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* StupidEvil: Possibly overlaps with ArtisticLicenseHistory, and/or the author not understanding the implications of his changed historical timeline. In real life 1941, Japan was desperate to somehow finish off their huge engagement in China, which was destroying their economy, but unable to do so as the US kept backing the Chinese and opposing any peace deal but total Japanese surrender. When President Roosevelt then added a crippling global oil embargo against Japan, they struck out against America, not because they thought that was necessarily a good idea, but because it was their only option ''but'' abject surrender, which they would not accept without a fight. However, in the Draka storyline, Japan has already long since pacified ''and annexed'' China by then; i.e., obtained all their goals and much more besides. So there is literally no reason at all for them to attack the US, and it becomes gargantuously and gratuitously stupid for them to do so. And on top of this, they share a long, vulnerable border with the most evil, expansionist and powerful regime in history, so one would think they should care more about guarding their own flanks than picking unneeded fights with others. Not even a flimsy in-story justification is offered for this act of stupid villainy.
8th Jan '17 12:21:56 PM Morgenthaler
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* CrapsackWorld: The ''raison d'etre'' of the series. Before the stories even begin, the Draka enslave the entire native population of Africa and much of Asia's. The Drakaverse version of WorldWar2, made worse by the radical nature of Drakan tactics, including arbitrary starvation of resisting cities, unflinchingly brutal punishment of partisan activity, and much more liberal use of atomic weapons, kills off approximately one-tenth of humanity, and ends in a majority of survivors going into slavery. Out of self-defense, the United States and her allies become massive armed camps. Eventually, a nuclear holocaust ensues in which TheBadGuyWins, and most Americans who aren't killed or enslaved are treated as hunting game for the Draka. Then, of course, the Draka create two posthuman species, and the Serfs are engineered into a pliant, non-resistant slave race which happily serves the Draka masters. The Draka then develop interstellar and interdimensional travel, attempting to enslave sentient alien races and alternate timelines. So far their first attempt is stopped by a human cyborg. For now.

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* CrapsackWorld: The ''raison d'etre'' of the series. Before the stories even begin, the Draka enslave the entire native population of Africa and much of Asia's. The Drakaverse version of WorldWar2, UsefulNotes/WorldWar2, made worse by the radical nature of Drakan tactics, including arbitrary starvation of resisting cities, unflinchingly brutal punishment of partisan activity, and much more liberal use of atomic weapons, kills off approximately one-tenth of humanity, and ends in a majority of survivors going into slavery. Out of self-defense, the United States and her allies become massive armed camps. Eventually, a nuclear holocaust ensues in which TheBadGuyWins, and most Americans who aren't killed or enslaved are treated as hunting game for the Draka. Then, of course, the Draka create two posthuman species, and the Serfs are engineered into a pliant, non-resistant slave race which happily serves the Draka masters. The Draka then develop interstellar and interdimensional travel, attempting to enslave sentient alien races and alternate timelines. So far their first attempt is stopped by a human cyborg. For now.
14th Dec '16 12:52:07 AM THEKHAN
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** A black janissary under Shrakenberg household abuses newly bought serfs who are in a transport telling his stories of rape and plunder of their cities, freshly traumatized, until a french male amongst them snaps, only to be beaten to death.

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** A black janissary under Shrakenberg household abuses newly bought serfs who are in a transport telling his stories of rape and plunder of their cities, freshly traumatized, until a french male amongst them snaps, only to be beaten to death. Later, the slow death of said Janissary due to a gutshot is all the more pleasant.
14th Dec '16 12:46:57 AM THEKHAN
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**The Shrakenbergs' newcomer serfs from warzones set out to bully and abuse their inferiors at first opportunity. Such as Chinese Deng, who was saved barely from an execution, only to abuse, hit and deny cigarette breaks to his assistant after some experience.
**A black janissary under Shrakenberg household abuses newly bought serfs who are in a transport telling his stories of rape and plunder of their cities, freshly traumatized, until a french male amongst them snaps, only to be beaten to death.
**A Frenchman who is a plumber losing his legs during the Drakan occupation of Europe is bought to manage the household's water system. He quickly marries a serf woman and sets out to slap and rain abuse to inferior serf workers who aren't well versed in plumbing. It's easy to lose faith in humanity in the books.
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