History Literature / TheDraka

6th Aug '16 5:40:44 PM SgtFrog1
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** It needs them to explain how and why a sparsely-populated colony of farmers of the late 1700s could industrialize quicker than all European nations together and conquer a continent which no less than ''three RealLife superpowers'' (British, French and German Empires) could barely do, even with several other Great Powers' help.

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** It needs them to explain how and why a sparsely-populated colony of farmers of the late 1700s could industrialize quicker than all European nations put together and conquer a continent which no less than ''three RealLife superpowers'' (British, French and German Empires) could barely do, even with several other Great Powers' help.
11th Jul '16 12:50:12 PM Snarf
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** The Draka have legal standards for maintaining serfs properly; serfs must be adequately fed and cared for or they can be seized by the State. Can't have malcontent serfs starting an uprising, after all...



* EvilutionaryBiologist: At the Virunga Biocontrol Institute, the Draka manage to crack the human genome, allowing them to create a literal MasterRace, a literal ServantRace, and other breeds of mutant creatures as soldiers or game. ''Drakon'' makes reference to centaurs, goblins, and other mythical/prehistoric creatures being created to populate Draka hunting preserves.

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* EvilutionaryBiologist: At the Virunga Biocontrol Institute, the Draka manage to crack the human genome, allowing them to create a literal MasterRace, a literal ServantRace, and other breeds of mutant creatures as soldiers or game. ''Drakon'' makes reference to centaurs, goblins, and other mythical/prehistoric creatures being created to populate Draka hunting preserves. [[spoiler: Virunga Biocontol is also responsible for]] ''[[spoiler: [[UpToEleven weaponizing the HIV virus]]]]'' [[spoiler: for use against the Alliance in the Final War.]]
8th Jun '16 3:06:05 PM AtmosBlitzer
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: after the Final War nearly destroys the ecosystem, the Draka respond by invoking strict environmental standards to ensure stability. Nature preserves are created from entire continents and the population levels are kept low.


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** After the Final War nearly destroys the ecosystem, the Draka respond by invoking strict environmental standards to ensure stability. Nature preserves are created from entire continents and the population levels are kept low.
6th May '16 4:51:05 AM KlawKalash
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* TheWarToEndAllWars: Occurs in ''TheStoneDogs.''

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* TheWarToEndAllWars: Occurs in ''TheStoneDogs.''The Stone Dogs.''
9th Apr '16 5:58:53 PM Eievie
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Science Fiction author Creator/SMStirling said ''"Screw that"''. Apparently tired of seeing the same cliches being used again, and again; he created the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Domination Domination]] of the Draka, [[VillainSue an Evil Empire that doesn't intend to lose...ever]].

The Draka timeline diverges from our own during the American Revolution, where American Crown Loyalists, due to the Dutch intervening in the war, are shipped to the new British Crown Colony of Drakia-named after Sir Francis Drake-on the southern coast of Africa. They are joined shortly by French Royalists, defeated Confederate troops, and generally the other losers of history. Burning with a desire for revenge, they founded the Domination of Draka: an Empire forged on conquest and slavery. Their goal is nothing less than world domination. Standing in their way is the United States of America and the Alliance for Democracy. And you just know this is going to be bloody.

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Science Fiction author Creator/SMStirling said ''"Screw that"''. Apparently tired of seeing the same cliches being used again, and again; he created the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Domination Domination]] of the Draka, [[VillainSue an Evil Empire that doesn't intend to lose...lose… ever]].

The Draka timeline diverges from our own during the American Revolution, where American Crown Loyalists, due to the Dutch intervening in the war, are shipped to the new British Crown Colony of Drakia-named Drakia--named after Sir Francis Drake-on Drake--on the southern coast of Africa. They are joined shortly by French Royalists, defeated Confederate troops, and generally the other losers of history. Burning with a desire for revenge, they founded the Domination of Draka: an Empire forged on conquest and slavery. Their goal is nothing less than world domination. Standing in their way is the United States of America and the Alliance for Democracy. And you just know this is going to be bloody.



* AncientGrome: Not LITERALLY, but the Draka love for the ancient classics leads to a lot of Greek, Roman, and Indian (!) themes in the names of their cities, architecture, and even military ranks.
* AuthorAppeal: S.M. Stirling seems to like lesbian or bisexual female characters. Johanna, Rahksan, Yolande, Myfwanwy, Gwendolyn... you can't throw a rock in any of the books without hitting at least two.
** 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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* AncientGrome: Not LITERALLY, ''literally'' , but the Draka love for the ancient classics leads to a lot of Greek, Roman, and Indian (!) themes in the names of their cities, architecture, and even military ranks.
* AuthorAppeal: S.M. Stirling seems to like lesbian or bisexual female characters. Johanna, Rahksan, Yolande, Myfwanwy, Gwendolyn... Gwendolyn… you can't throw a rock in any of the books without hitting at least two.
** He does try to handwave it a couple of ways -- primary 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 mothers)--but it still feels heavy-handed at times.



* BrutalHonesty: ''Marching Through Georgia'' has a scene where Karl von Shrakenberg (the father of the book's Draka protagonist, Eric) tells an American journalist that any partnership of between the Domination and the USA will be "a temporary alliance of convenience". He then adds that it's only to keep the United States out of the Domination's hair while they conquer and enslave Europe...in pretty much those exact words. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday All in a gentlemanly, conversational tone]]. The American is understandably shaken by how brazen Karl is, and outright ''terrified'' that his country is already being sized up for conquest.

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* BrutalHonesty: ''Marching Through Georgia'' has a scene where Karl von Shrakenberg (the father of the book's Draka protagonist, Eric) tells an American journalist that any partnership of between the Domination and the USA will be "a temporary alliance of convenience". He then adds that it's only to keep the United States out of the Domination's hair while they conquer and enslave Europe...Europe… in pretty much those exact words. [[ButForMeItWasTuesday All in a gentlemanly, conversational tone]]. The American is understandably shaken by how brazen Karl is, and outright ''terrified'' that his country is already being sized up for conquest.



** Raping nuns during a war is technically OK too, but if the nun resourcefully finds a way to kill you then your commanding officer may just figure that you were asking for it, pureblood Draka or no, and you should have been smart enough to see it coming.
* EveryoneIsBi: The genetically-engineered New Race -- "Homo drakensis" -- portrayed in ''Drakon'', is all bisexual.

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** Raping nuns during a war is technically OK too, but if the nun resourcefully finds a way to kill you then your commanding officer may just figure that you were asking for it, pureblood it--pureblood Draka or no, and no--and that you should have been smart enough to see it coming.
* EveryoneIsBi: The genetically-engineered New Race -- "Homo drakensis" -- portrayed Race--"Homo drakensis"--portrayed in ''Drakon'', is all bisexual.



* GratuitousGerman: Especially the first (WW2-centered) book glories in misspelled and otherwise butchered German (as well as [[GratuitousRussian some bad Russian]]). For just one example, the SS division the Drakas fight is consistently identified as the "Liebstandarte" -- Which, when spelled in this manner, translates into English as the "Regiment of Love" ... (Stirling has since improved in this regard, presumably making this aspect of the Draka books something of an OldShame.)

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* GratuitousGerman: Especially the first (WW2-centered) book glories in misspelled and otherwise butchered German (as well as [[GratuitousRussian some bad Russian]]). For just one example, the SS division the Drakas fight is consistently identified as the "Liebstandarte" -- Which, "Liebstandarte"--Which, when spelled in this manner, translates into English as the "Regiment of Love" ... Love"… (Stirling has since improved in this regard, presumably making this aspect of the Draka books something of an OldShame.)



* 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).

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* LesCollaborateurs: The 'chain-dog' "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).



*** They weren't necessarily fooled for long, if at all -- according to the Custer story in ''Drakas!'' Drakia paid only lip-service to being British even in the late 1870s; one officer is considered eccentric/politically extreme for taking loyalty to Queen Victoria seriously.

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*** They weren't necessarily fooled for long, if at all -- according all--according to the Custer story in ''Drakas!'' Drakia paid only lip-service to being British even in the late 1870s; one officer is considered eccentric/politically extreme for taking loyalty to Queen Victoria seriously.



* PraetorianGuard: The Archonal Guard Legion, nicknamed "Boss' Brass Knucks" by Draka regular troops for their unit insignia - a gauntlet-wearing hand crushing a globe.
* PragmaticVillainy: The Draka are horrified at the Holocaust...because it was a tremendous waste of slave labor.

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* PraetorianGuard: The Archonal Guard Legion, nicknamed "Boss' Brass Knucks" by Draka regular troops for their unit insignia - a insignia--a gauntlet-wearing hand crushing a globe.
* PragmaticVillainy: The Draka are horrified at the Holocaust...Holocaust… because it was a tremendous waste of slave labor.



** In the mid-1800s, they had smokeless powder and bolt-actions. In [[strike:World War One]] the Great War, they had semi-automatic rifles and squad automatic weapons. In the Eurasian War, they have assault rifles with 75-round drum mags, integrated bipods, and optical sights. And none of this is getting into their vehicles...

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** In the mid-1800s, they had smokeless powder and bolt-actions. In [[strike:World War One]] the Great War, they had semi-automatic rifles and squad automatic weapons. In the Eurasian War, they have assault rifles with 75-round drum mags, integrated bipods, and optical sights. And none of this is getting into their vehicles...vehicles…
26th Mar '16 8:28:41 PM blerg223
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* InsistentTerminology: ''Serfs'', not slaves.


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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Draka Race, having been fighting since they first landed in South Africa, are extremely proud of their military heritage and traditions.
25th Feb '16 3:28:27 AM CaptainPedant
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Technically you are at liberty to inflict whatever you like on a slave that you own. However, if you insist on persistently torturing someone just because they killed someone you loved in a war, your family will get around to having a word in your ear until you see the error of your ways.
** Using slaves for sex is fine, but if you've an ounce of humanity in you then at least you will make sure that the slave will find it a physically enjoyable experience.
** Raping nuns during a war is technically OK too, but if the nun resourcefully finds a way to kill you then your commanding officer may just figure that you were asking for it, pureblood Draka or no, and you should have been smart enough to see it coming.
31st Dec '15 1:08:56 PM blerg223
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* ThePlague: [[spoiler: The Stone Dogs.]]
28th Dec '15 4:30:04 PM Arch9enius
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*** The British Empire had its' own get-arounds re. abolition.
26th Dec '15 12:53:20 PM blerg223
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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: The [[spoiler: ''New America'' Project, an antimatter-powered generation ship that takes the Alliance survivors of the Final War to Alpha Centauri, away from the Draka Yoke, to continue the war against the Domination.]]

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* FlingALightIntoTheFuture: The [[spoiler: ''New America'' Project, an antimatter-powered generation sleeper ship that takes the Alliance survivors of the Final War to Alpha Centauri, away from the Draka Yoke, to continue the war against the Domination.]]


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* SleeperShip: The [[spoiler: ''New America'']]
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