When a Nation-tan is about to disappear, it becomes human.First some canon base: Himaruya said in one of his notes that Germany had other siblings (namely Saxony, Bavaria, Holstein, and so on) and that they simply passed the baton to Germany and then either retired, lived on their territories without visiting anyone anymore, or slowly faded away. Thinking about it, it kinda makes sense: when a nation stops existing, either by conquering or political change they lose whatever magical trait they have that makes them age differently. Then they become normal humans and start aging from there. If, for example, England disappeared as a nation at, say, 23 years old (nation-tan age, not actual age of course), he'd then continue aging year by year (next year, he'd be 24) and be now exposed to die by wounds, sickness, old age and everything else that can kill normal people.
Barjona Bombers and Advance! Kitakou Broadcasting Club are set in the same universe as Gakuen Hetalia.All of the main characters in Himaruya's ealier series also represents certain administrative units (Japan's cities and prefectures) but does it in a less direct way than Hetalia. Therefore, it is possible that this is an extention of the High School A.U., with the focus being Japan's various prefectures. In the main Hetalia universe, the characters shown in those series lack their human names and are direct personifications of the places that they represent. (Yamato is Nara and Miyako is Owari, etc.) The versions of Noto and Yamato appearing in the deleted Christmas strips are the main Hetalia universe versions of them, meaning they are actually Prefecture-tans intruding on a party for Nation-tans. They went unrecognized because Japan was not present at the time.
The nations are a separate race.
The nation-tans are born from the land itself.
Nations can only die if...1) their capital is destroyed, or 2), they collapse
Nation-tans exist.They are just like ordinary citizens; even throughout their immortality and their participation in historical events, nobody singles them out. The only people who know them are other Nation-tans and the leaders of the nations. It's a well-kept secret.
The nation-tans are gods/demi-gods.They're immortal (or something like it), they're present at ANY historical event that requires their participation, no matter how difficult it would be to transport themselves there, and some of their miscellaneous traits can be neatly accounted for (Russia's ability to be nigh-perpetually hammered and still have a functioning liver, for example). Taking a page from American Gods - pun not intended - they can only die once their nation has stopped exerting major influence over the rest of the world. This explains why Grandpa Rome could age and die after the empire collapsed. The same thing could (conceivably, mind you) happen to Prussia, and probably happened to Mother Egypt and Mother Greece as well. (General Winter, who may be the embodiment of all the ancient Eurasian/Slavic nomads, still exists because of Siberia and its people.)
The series takes place in two different worlds/dimensions/what have you.The characters are shown interacting with citizens and the bosses of their nation, but also in some other random dimension where they don't have to walk hundreds of thousands of miles to, say, interrupt England's embroidery fun. The fact that their houses represent their nation's land, but each nation is also shown in actual places, taking part in historical events, also supports this. In essence, their collective houses are akin to the Mount Olympus of Greek mythology, and our world either works in tandem with this other dimension or is directly affected by the activity there (or vice-versa). This provides a reasonably sane reason for the character's both representing their entire country and acting as a normal human would during an event (Cleaning Out The Storage, for example).
Axis Powers Hetalia isn't about the personifications of some countries, but how these countries really are.They love to joke about their populations as part of their own personality traits, and Japan is one hell of a Yandere, for causing earthquakes and stuff. The characters that appear are few and more important, since it's a retelling of older times, but it's suggested that everybody else will appear, sooner or later. Oh, and USA wants to screw badly with Iraq, but he's against gay sex. Afghanistan is a girl (Afghanis-tan), and she is still crying for what USA did to her. France is still one hell of a nymphomaniac, and Argentina is so uppity that the only explanation is that he's a Tsundere with an Embarrassing First Name.
The Nation-tans all have Babel Fish stuffed in their ears.
The dubs represent how that particular nation hears everyone else.The original Japanese dub is how Japan hears everyone, English is America, etc.
One or more characters is a Time Lord.More on the Time Lord WMG page.
The reason you hardly ever see the Tans for provinces, states, etc. is because...They do exist, but they usually travel around with the personification of their country ala Party in My Pocket. It's very rare that they separate to do anything.
The World of Hetalia Is About the Same Size as Pluto.
Every Hetalia Nation-Tan Can Speak Fluent Latin. Everyone.
Marukaite Chikyuu is some sort of magical song that Nation-tans suddenly sing out of nowhere when they turn into a more developed country.In episode 48 the anime, when Austria and Hungary hear Chibitalia (well... practically full grown Italy by then) singing this song, they become concerned about it for no apparent reason and go over to check on him, only to find that he has grown up. His voice even changes. Maybe when moving on to the next stage of... nationhood?... randomly singing this song is one of the symptoms. Singing "Marukaite Chikyuu" intentionally without anything really happening seems like it's exclusive to the ending credits only, and so far that one incident seems to be the only time any of the Nation-tans sing it in the actual storyline. (correct me if I'm wrong though...)
There are -tans for every major political unitWe see this in the existence of Sealand-tan, among others. The nation-tans are the leaders of clans of state/province/prefecture -tans. Thus if we were able to take a more detailed look at say America-tan's family, we would find California-tan, New York-tan, Texas-tan, Virginia-tan, Florida-tan, Utah-tan, etc. A lot of the nation-tan's meetings are really discussions on how what their clan's member-tans want to do (like Ontario-tan wants to send oil to Texas-tan and Louisiana-tan for refining), but since the nation-tans are so damn bizarre Hilarity Ensues.
A Nation is not only powered by the beliefs of his own cultureRather, if we follow the "each nation is a representation of his people's beliefs" theory, then it's not only a people's own beliefs that shape the Nation. The concept of the nation is also influenced in part by how others view the country: that's why the nations are represented by stereotypes! It's because of how others view them that they take on their shape as-seen by other nations! It's also how the relationships between the nations are personified; they're influenced by how the other nation's people see them just as much as they are influenced by their own nation. That's why a country like Canada, with so many citizens who are patriotic and angry over their nation's representation, is still seen as "invisible" to others - it's how the rest of the world sees Canada! Just like how America is represented as having elements of Type-2 Eagle Land; whilst many Americans probably wouldn't see themselves that way, others would.
In short, each Nation is represented by the beliefs of the world society at the time. Influenced largely by their own nations' beliefs, culture, and viewpoints... but also influenced externally by the stereotypes believed and imprinted on the nation by other cultures and their people. England may not see himself as anything other than prude, but France is more than willing to point out what other people think of England's sexual achievements. It gives the lyrics to Germany's Image Song "Einsamkeit (Loneliness)" a tragic angle when you realize how he looks at other nation's stereotypes of him and he comments how the reasons behind his cultural quirks are different from what others guess ("I may appear stern, but only because I'm straining to laugh")... The concept of a "nation" isn't just based on how the people see themselves - it never has been. It has always been influenced, at least in part, by how that nation presents itself to the world, and how they respond to it, whether even the nation is recognized. Humans are affected by how other view us, we in our own ways are influenced by these expectations, so why should nations be any different?
The Hetaliaverse was a 'dry run' for our worldSo maybe an unfathomably long time ago, God thought it would be cool to make a world in ways x, y, and z. However, He wasn't sure if He'd end up with a fantastic work of art or a big fat mess, so He decided to crudely model the future history in advance, using a much, much smaller scale than the final product. Hence, the nation-tans came to be and unwittingly forecast an exponentially bigger future. One might even theorize that after the 'tan's deaths or disappearances, they were reincarnated as their real life counterparts.
Who is controlling whom?We've seen both sides of the coin. We've seen nations bowing to the will of their bosses, and we've also seen them acting independently of their bosses (such as the Italian Wars, the War of Austrian Succession, etc...) So who's really pulling the strings? Discuss.
This series was not originally supposed to be so homoerotic.America was originally supposed to be female, per the real life use of feminine pronouns in reference to America. However, Executive Meddling put the kibosh on that plan because they didn't want Japan to get beaten by a girl. As this rendered relationships with America incredibly Ho Yay laced, they decided to go the whole nine yards with additional characters and make the whole series like that.
All nation-tan's are pansexualEven Sweden, especially since it's stated that he only likes Finland. They're personifications of countries. They must be ready to make treaties, get married, and be nice with other countries, no matter their gender.
The Nation-tans don't really have human namesThey just recently chose human names to use as a cover-up. Sure in the past we've seen humans refer to the nation-tans by their nation name, but then the nations were relatively safe from humans. There weren't things such as bombs around that could blast a country apart, so in those times it didn't matter if anyone knew that was a nation walking around or not. However, ever since the W Ws, and the invention of nuclear weapons, nations now have to be very wary. Especially with terrorism. Imagine how much trouble would occur if terrorists realized that they could attack one nation-tan and destroy that nation as a result? At least if a nation-tan is alive there's always a chance for the country and culture to survive no matter what damage occurs to the landmass. Think about it, we haven't seen any human call a nation-tan by their nation name in the modern strips. The only one was the old book store owner that Germany sees, but considering his age the book store owner could very well be a veteran, thus knew Germany back when they were fighting in war together. On the other hand, we've seen America being called "Alfred" in a commercial; if his people were still calling him America then why did he need to use an alias? Surely they would know who their nation was if he appeared on TV, so why would he even need to use the fake name? It's because his people don't know that he's the embodiment of their nation, much like other people don't know who their own nation-tans are. Only the government and military personal know who the nation-tans are, because the government needs to keep an eye on the nation-tans to be able to know if there's any problems in their lands, and the military have to protect the nation-tan so the must know who to protect. Everyone outside of that just sees them as regular people though, thus they need fake human names to blend in.
The nation-tans cannot be killed.At least, not directly. The only way one could be killed would be by completely destroying their country. They do seem to get on relatively well, considering that most of the major characters have, at various times, been at war with the others. If they'd actually been trying to kill each other, you'd think there'd be a lot more tension than there is. Italy and France are still having phone conversations during WW2! It would also explain why they're all still alive when they seem to fight on the front lines. When they shoot at each other, they're just trying to injure the other, but they know they can't actually kill them.
Admittedly, it's stated in a character profile that Germania 'delivered the fatal blow' to Roman Empire, but that could be interpreted as delivering the blow to the Roman Empire itself, not the actual person (I'm not strong on this area of History, so if that can be verified or shown wrong...). Alternatively, since Rome was shown to have aged after taking Italy and running off, the blow may have come after he started to age - something which rather suggests that he'd lost his position as a nation-tan by this point.
I also know England 'died' once, but since America was able to bring him back just by insulting him, he can't have really been that dead.
Really, I can't see that the nation-tans are able to be killed physically, considering how many battlefields they must have been on over the centuries. China was stabbed in the back, and he survived. Seriously, look at that scar. There is no way he should have survived that.
The early history of Great Britain......went as follows:
In Celtic times there was one nation-tan for the entire island. He was then forced up north by Rome, and became Scotland. Around this time a second nation-tan appeared, who represented Roman Britain. After Rome left and the Saxons invaded, he retreated into a relatively small part of the island and became Wales. And around this time England appeared. The Viking invasions then caused England to become the subject of a joint custody agreement.
As for the Norman invasion... Normandy could have had a personification. He took custody of England and for a while essentially took on the role of the England nation-tan (because actual England was still a child). He probably passed away quite peacefully sometime later, and England (by this point an adult or at least a teenager) quietly took his rightful role back.
Not everything gets a TanWhen Finland first told France and England about a child sighted near his settlement, he didn't consider this could be a Tan. Despite all being there, having formed colonies, all three seem ecstatic that a new personification had possibly been born. Especially considering how much France and England colonized, this is an unusual reaction to something that in other theories would have been common.
The people of New Sweden (the probable establishment that birthed America) considered themselves members of their home countries, and not citizens of a new nation. It could be that a Tan's creation is linked to future development and identity, rather than just a identity claimed by its founding people.
If Hetalia is a parallel to Scandinavia and the World, then Nyotalia/Hetalia Genderbends are all canon.The Nyotalias represent the Sisters. They just haven't appeared because marketing the series as a mostly borderline-boy's love series has been working too well.
The Hartford Convention, Hetalia StyleThe Hartford Convention, in which the New England states met to debate making a separate peace with Great Britain and thereby declaring their independence, will take the form of a previously unseen New England character threatening America with cutting off his Nantucket ahoge. Before New England can act though, America and Great Britain make peace, much to the chagrin of New England.
The Nation-tans have been mistaken for gods and/or heroic figures later personified as gods in the past.After all, if you were living in the ancient world and there was an immortal being running around on your land and accompanying your tribe or small principality into battle, you would likely think of it as a god, too. Especially since the Nation-tans represent their culture as a whole oh so well. Since religious and political leaders were often one and the same in those eras (and even in some recent ones), this served to reinforce the view among the people. Some of them could be rather obvious: The Olympian Pantheon were likely the Nation-tans of the many different city-states of Ancient Greece. The City of Athens, for example, was likely personified as Athena, who put a lot of emphasis on her people being wise and philosophical. It's possible that Momma Greece started out life as one of these (perhaps Athens, considering its the capitol, or Ancient Macedonia, being the Prussia of that relationship) before unifying à la Germany. Alternatively, she was their daughter, just as modern Greece is her son. Bonus points if the city-states lied in or met to do business in a house or similar structure on Mount Olympus. Ancient Rome's story follows the idea of a historic character later deified (in this case, Quirinus). Quirinus, of course, is the divine persona of the Roman people. His original identity was Romulus. It really isn't too hard to figure out the story from that: Romulus and Remus were twin "city-state tans" who were born on or near the seven hills. As time passed and the small would-be nations grew, there came a reckoning, and Remus came out the loser. Rome, left as the sole -tan, was devastated by his actions and felt incredibly lonely. So, he agreed with his early bosses (the early Senate, perhaps?) when they said Rome needs women, and so he went off to abduct Sabine-tan, the personification of the Sabine people. Married to her, and with the abduction of the Sabine women taking place, they eventually became one people and Rome was left lonely again. He changed his human-name "identity" to Quirinus after "Romulus" mysteriously disappeared (he chose to go into hiding full-time as a nation-tan, rather than continue to be King) and Quirinus/Romulus was deified by his people. He, of course, chose to go out conquering to fill the void left behind by Remus and Sabine, which would fit perfectly with the theory some fans have that Rome indirectly killed Ancient Greece and Egypt after falling in love with them. He never got over killing his brother, and when he became old and knew that his time was near, willingly let Germania - the nation he thought of as his best friend - put him out of his misery. It may also explain why he favoured North Italy so much. After all, if Rome vaguely resembles South Italy, then perhaps North Italy took after Remus? Of course, the Germanic gods were likely the personifications of the various Germanic and Norse tribes that existed in pre-Christian Europe (there were a LOT). As time passed and the tribes conquered, and in turn were conquered, the Germanic pantheon grew. Perhaps Odin/Woden and Thor were nation-tans at one time? A similar theory could be used for the Celtic gods. Maybe they were all ancestors of the modern British Isles siblings? Native American and other cultures may have held to the idea that the spirits of their tribes were in fact the spirits of nature and the land? Eventually, of course, the nations decided to go into hiding, perhaps as a sort of Statute of Secrecy that was agreed upon by the nations. Maybe they didn't like playing god anymore, or they were forced into hiding after the rise of Monotheism in many places (Christianity in the West, Islam in Africa and the Middle East). India with its various states likely explains the Hindu pantheon, and China of course has his dragon and likely chose to hide anyway, just because he was old and didn't feel like bothering with all the power struggles any more. By the modern day, gods and goddesses disappeared into myth and nations chose to keep the concept of themselves alive by telling some artists and writers about the concept of a national personification, leading to the phenomena of Marianne, Britannia, Columbia, Germania, Italia, and Mother Russia.
Alternatively, to the above theories, America and other nations simply adopt new customs instead of dying.It's been established that, if anything, America looks like a cross between nations, such as Finland and/or Netherlands. More likely than not, America represented local tribes at first, before effectively converting to the American colonists. We already know from the Chibitalia stories that France and other European countries existed alongside Rome (normally, that would be an anachronism), and that the British Isles nations are England's brothers (and possibly sister). For that to work, the nation-tans would have had to exist in a previous incarnation (such as Gallia, Britannia, etc.) before becoming the modern nations they are now. That could possibly be because, when a new culture establishes itself in a country, the nation-tan simply adopts the new customs and language instead of outright dying. Therefore, the European countries likely became Frenchified/Anglophied/Germanophied/etc. It could be that a nation, like Rome, only outright dies when his entire government, society, structure, language, and everything else is effectively dead. Rome's "duties" were taken over by his grandsons, so, they took whatever survived Rome's fall and he subsequently died. In the same way, it could very well be that America at first represented the tribes, and found himself transformed to represent the colonists, the new dominant force in that region. On top of that, regions of both Canada and the United States have many native people who have effectively assimilated into the majority culture, further lending credence to this theory. A previous nation-tan didn't just die and him replace it because the process of white people taking over the "New World" was somewhat gradual (the United States only declared the end of the "Frontier" in the last century, and Canada still has one with a large Native majority in those regions).
Provinces, states, whatever. They all have Tans.This◊, from the Christmas event, shows that China's provinces are alive and vocal. If they're around for him, the cast of potential characters is far more massive than originally assumed.
The Turnout of Eurovision 2010 and the entrants for 2011......is because of the Hetalia-verse. Austria, although he loves music, hasn't competed since 2007. But Italy hasn't competed since 1997. Germany wins in 2010. In short, Italy is way happy that Germany won, and annoys the heck out of Austria to urge him to join again so they can both join Germany for 2011.
The nation-tans age physically partially based on how their country growsAs said above, the nation-tans age psychically partially based on how their country grows economically, politically, land and population wise. How else would America catch up so quickly with England (according to the wikia, they are physically a year or apart)? Like humans, though, they can't age backwards. How old their land is, how long civilization has lived there and so on also contribute to their age.
The gender-bends exist in canon.For every nation there is a male and a female personification, and, in theory, a ruler gets to choose which of them will represent them at world meetings and such. However, the fact that bosses can choose was forgotten a long time ago, and they very rarely change things now. This is why there are more boys than girls; naturally, leaders of the past would be more likely to choose the males to represent them. Some, for whatever reasons, did choose the girl, but not very many. In Hungary's case, they probably thought they had two boys, and picked the more boyish of the two.
Family kinships are different amongst the nations compared to the ones humans have.No one is really blood related since it is impossible for different nations to be fully blood related. Even with Romano and Italy they were confirmed to have different lineages with Romano having Arabic blood while Italy's is Germanic, at most I would say they are more like half siblings. Other siblings like Belgium and Netherlands, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus etc are related due to a common root in their heritage rather than a genetic bond. It could also explain why Russia and Belarus have different last names.
I hope to be Jossed. The prefectures that have been featured on Himaruya's blog are going to be characters for a new series he's working on and thus he will be ending APH pretty soon.
The strip will end covering the end of World War II.The strip is loose in covering whatever time period it feels like, but it began by covering the formation of the Axis and Allied Powers, with a brief introduction to the Holy Roman Empire, and World War I. It's only fitting the finale would cover the victory of the Allies, with Germany, Italy, and Japan standing there, dumbfounded.
Hetalia takes place in Ireland.It has to take place somewhere, right? That would explain why we don't have an Ireland nation-tan.
The Gen-Ben and 2P Nations are different personalities/bodiesSee here for Nyotalia and Nyo-2Ps and here for 2Ps (Some fans say 2P are their dark sides, some just say different colors) nation-tans. The Nyo, 2P and Nyo-2P nations are different personalities in each 'original' nation-tan's head. There are four per nation-tan (Original, Nyo, 2P, and Nyo-2P) and each has their own body and personality. They can change the body of the nation-tan to their own whenever they feel like it, but the 'original' can overpower them if s/he really, really needs to. Whenever someone talks about or references a personality, the nation-tan automatically changes to that personality.
The 2P versions are the Nation's HeartlessThis goes along with the 'dark side' theory that is briefly mentioned above. After all, from what we've seen of the 2P versions, they certainly seem much more sinister than their original versions ([[YMMV Your Mileage May Vary]] on this). Anyway, if I remember correctly, it was mentioned that, if a person had enough darkness in their heart, their Heartless could take the form similar to their original body (similar to Nobodies, with the exception that the rank of Nobody depends on the strength of a person's heart). That said, saying as these guys are nations, and they've gone through a LOT of junk in their lives, it's safe to assume that, if they were to lose their hearts, then the resulting Heartless would be very powerful. I'm not saying that the Nation-tans are evil; I'm just saying that they've been through a lot and nobody's record is spotless. In a similar vein, the nations would also have very strong Nobodies, saying as, for every heartless, there is a corresponding Nobody. But, with all said, I can safely come to the conclusion that, if the Nations ever did turn into Heartless, we'd need a LOT of powerful keyblades...and an equal amount of people who know Curaga...
The nations' homes are all in a separate dimension/universe/colony/whathaveyou.They may have houses in the human world, but their primary homes are in another universe/colony/whatever that's strictly for nations, and they are in the same positions as the land masses would be. For example, Canada, Mexico, and America would all have homes near one another. The Atlantic Ocean might be a river or a lake separating the Western half of the nation's world from the Eastern, and England has a house on the water. Then you have Germany's house, and then France's, and so on and so forth. They have the ability to go into the human world whenever they please, but they really only stay there when they're on business. As for nations that share homes with someone else (like Germany and Prussia), there is a specific part of the house reserved for them. So, in Germany and Prussia's case, Prussia's wing would probably be in the Eastern part of the house.
In Paint it White, the alien's order of attack depends entirely on a nation's level of neutrality.Mainly based off their stance in World War II, but general levels of neutrality contribute too.
Switzerland and Liechtenstein were protected permanently, as is shown in the movie. Iceland also appears to have done OK. And if I recall correctly, when England and France were in the room looking at the globe, and England turned it to look at his land, it showed the United Kingdom had been overtaken, but not Ireland, which frankly seems illogical, considering they're right next to each other.
Which countries were overtaken? The former Axis and Allies, Finland, the only Nordic not to take a neutral stance during the war, and Poland, who didn't really get much of a choice, but nonetheless could not be called neutral.
Some countries - like Canada - may have avoided being attacked earlier because they were under another country's rule at the time.
There's probably serious issues with this theory, but if permanent neutrality causes complete protection, surely it makes sense that a neutrality that hasn't lasted as long and isn't asstrong would also have some effect? So the aliens had to attack the countries which tend to take sides first, then they would be powerful enough to attack the more neutral ones (but not Switzerland).
The beauty of the nations is an adaptive characteristic.It's intended to keep their leaders from hurting them, similar to how cuteness in the offspring of many species keeps their parents from abandoning them. If it's true that a nation cannot disobey a direct order from their boss unless the wider population is in revolt against the government, then this could lead to power abuse even on a very personal level (think of someone like Caligula ordering Rome to disembowel himself over and over again for sadistic amusement). The reason the nations all look like supermodels is because leaders are less willing to brutalize beautiful, cute, charming looking people. In addition, it might inspire regular citizens to fight harder for the country during wars (there are no ugly people on propaganda posters). This might be at work even on a generational level since nations live so long; it would explain why Rome looks so much rougher than his descendants/successors (that or standards of beauty changed).
The nations were originally normal humans.I've been toying with this idea for a while, but I never had any canon evidence to support it. However, in the recent micronation event, we met Nikko Nikko, who has apparently "RETURNED to being a normal Japanese citizen". Himaruya also noted at the end that it "might be difficult for the usual nations to REVERT back to normal people". The implications are clear: the nation-tans were once human.
What exactly this entails is hard to say. Perhaps it just means that when they first appeared, they aged normally, but quickly slowed in their age process. However, an idea I find more intriguing is that they were born to regular humans, and were just chosen to represent their country.
There are obviously a few issues here. Firstly, familial relations between countries. Perhaps when they become nations, their appearance changes slightly to resemble their new 'family'. Also, micronations. I can't say exactly where Sealand would have come from; maybe his parents were just some poor, random couple in Britain.
Yes, this guess does have some pretty heartbreaking implications. But I think it has a basis.
The nation-tans genuinely don't know how bad war actually is for normal humans.The worst they usually get from wars is a painful and embarrassing but non-lethal beating, so they assume it's the same for humans. This explains how the nation-tans appear to be perfectly sweet and nice people (with the exception of Russia) and remain on speaking terms with each other while the nations they represent get involved in horrible war crimes. From their point of view, it's like losing a playground game; stings a bit, but no real damage. Horrific indeed, plus Tear Jerker if they ever found out.
War is a contact sport for nationsMost countries have contact sports; they're a way for people to express the our innate violent tendencies which we suppress because it's 'unacceptable' in modern society. But if you're hard enough to take a rocket to the head and still walk away to plan your next move then a rugby tackle is probably going to deal you minimal damage, if any, so you're going to get together with your immortal frenemies for a bit of rough-housing you'd better be sure to make it 'sting'.
Alternately, they're all secretly raving psychopaths and enjoy killing humans.Human lives don't really matter when you're centuries old, and most people don't know the nation-tans exist so nobody can stop them.
The ahoges aren't actually hair, but antennae.The nations appear to have sensation in them, and hair is dead tissue. Since they're not actually human, they're not obliged to follow human anatomy. Brings to mind the Vermillion Lies song "Long Red Hair", almost ...
The nation-tans are the souls of their respective countriesThe troper will admit that this theory was inspired by a certain Humanoid Abomination but it makes sense. You know the term 'national psyche'? Well, that's what they are; the collective attitudes, values, emotions, motivations, abilities, beliefs and quirks of every person who considers themselves part of any given nation given human form, with some other, more metaphysical stuff mixed in.
Spain is responsible for the Italies' uselessness.From this kinkmeme request: "So you all probably noticed how potentially badass Chibitalia and Chibimano were. But when they grew older, they became more and more useless and cowardly. In the series, they stated that tomatoes can make you useless. Spain grows tomatoes. But you don't see him eating them. He does, however, feed them to the Italies. The reason is this- he's afraid that the Italies, being descended from Rome, would rise up and control Europe. They do have the potential power and strength after all. In order to stop that from happening, Spain feeds them tomatoes so that they would grow more useless and useless. BONUS: The times when Spain would fall into trouble? It's usually because he ate a tomato at that time, because there was nothing else to eat."
A nation-tan can not exist unless a 'national bond' of sorts is strong enough among it's people.Allow me to explain. In order for a nation-state to genuinely exist internally, it's people must recognize a common bond between themselves. It can be something as simple as language, traditions, or something like agriculture. Or it can be something like religion, political beliefs, or a common enemy. In order for a nation-tan to come about, this bond has to be strong enough among the people to create an anthropomorphical form, and thus a nation might be born. However, in order for the nation-tan to survive, others must recognize it as a potential form of state, or it will disappear the moment the bond between it's citizens become non-existent, or simply changes.
That little girl that England saw at Japan's house was an Ame-warashi.She totally fits the bill. A young child, around five to six years of age, with a bob-cut and mischievous nature. Plus, it's a Japanese yo-kai, so it would make sense that England could see it, because technically a yokai is a type of supernatural creature. Actually, this troper has read a fanfic where this theory was expanded- she's the Ame-warashi from xxxHOLiC.
Nations take over the body of one of their citizens as their own when they have a mortal woundAs in, their 'consciousness' or whatever jumps out of their current body, invades another body, then alters that body to look like their former body. Hey, it's a WMG. It doesn't have to make sense.
Developed nations always appear at their top form of health.......meaning that they will remain in their teens or twenties from the time that the nation firmly establishes itself until it begins to fall apart. Reaching any age above that peak is a sign of imminent death... Rome appears middle aged before collapsing, Holy Roman Empire ages rapidly into an old man before disappearing, and so on. This also explains the abnormal attractiveness many nations posses, there bodies are healthier looking because they are healthier- they may have to hold up for centuries rather than an average eighty or so years.
All the nations are giant woobies.Some of them have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years. Far, far longer than the lifespan of a normal human. They're all suffering from the emotional angst of being potentially immortal. All the crazy quirks they have are mechanisms they've developed to keep themselves from getting too attached to people who will eventually die. Feliciano suppresses his own childhood and painful memories, Ludwig rarely seems to relax so he doesn't end up getting too close to people, America goofs off.... I only came to this realization when talking to a friend I do roleplays and we realized Ludwig and Romano would likely outlive their non-nation children if enough time passed in the roleplay.
Every Nation has some kind of super power.And they just don't notice. Maybe it comes with being nation.
Nations don't have bellybuttons.Bellybuttons are scars from where the umbilical cord attached to the fetus during its time in the womb. Since the Nations are found, not born, they wouldn't have that scar.
Nations are incapable of growing mustaches.Seriously, they're walking stereotypes but not a single one has a mustache! Stereotypes are made of mustaches!
Nations have a very Mind Screwy system of genetics.Be warned: you may break your brain reading this one. Or not. Essentially, how it works is that nation-tans have an often dormant gene passed down like any normal one. If people start defining themselves with a cultural and/or political identity, it becomes active among those people. To make sure there's only one or two nations for every identity, this troper presents that either the gene has to be strong enough in a particular person, as in the person with that gene has to have the strongest form of it in the entire cultural/political identity or said gene has a collective consciousness that allows it to choose someone based on whoever it thinks at the time would be best for the job, granted it does make mistakes and/or fail to predict Values Dissonance, of course, and I will not say names. Probably the first option, and besides, the second partly relies on A Wizard Did It.
If a civil war occurs...
Nations were born human, and orphaned.Allow me to explain. Let's just say, there is a Tan for Earth.
more then nations have tans.
Going along with the theory that they were once humans, here are some theories on how the nations died in human life
Regular Show takes place within the hetaliaverseSeriously though, personified nations wouldn't be the weirdest aspect about the world Regular Show takes place in.
Why so few nations who raise another nation call themselves the "parent..."In particular, England being America's 'brother' or Ancient Rome being 'Grandpa Rome.' If they used the term 'father' instead, it's possible that the child nation would expect a relationship similar to a human parent and child. Considering that the older -tans have their own country to run, they wouldn't be around nearly as much as a single human parent would be. So, they choose a family relation that is fairly close, but doesn't have to have the same role as a parent. It's like meeting family while on holiday but still getting gifts from them while they're away.
Nation-tans are the manifestation of culture and only live as long as the culture doesWhen a nation no longer holds cultural similarities to its predecessor they just fade away, thats what happened to the roman empire, still remembered fondly by his Italia because they spent time together during the Renaissance when Italia learned to paint. this also explains why Prussia is still around despite there being no purissan land anymore he is the manifestation of a culture that still exist, america has elements of Eagleland type 2 because in greed corruption and jingoism exist but he also tries to be a good person.
Nation-tans are JediThe ones who bother to fight have skills that would rival a Jedi. Germany and Japan seem to supernaturally sense when the allies are near. Rome's body was never found; he simply "disappeared" and he pops up every now and then to look on Italy. (His song in Paint It, White could be analogous to "Use the Force, Luke.")