I definitely feel that there has been some sort of ''drole de guerre''
period going on between E.U. and Britannia, at least after the initial territorial gains made by the Empire, without much in the way of major offensives by either side, other than the failed attempt to liberate St. Petersburg and the successful operation to break the resulting encirclement. Maintaining the front line positions must still require significant E.U. expenses though.
I wouldn't know if there really is or isn't a proper proxy regime in Russia beyond just the whole "Euro Britannian" faction being in de facto
control though, but I guess there's still a lot of room for speculation about the details. Hopefully we do get to see a little more of that too.
The information you looked up is the closest thing we have to an official answer about the Alexander's current status as an unorthodox type of robot produced by a private company, while the mainstream military establishment may remain skeptical over fully adopting it at the moment. It's ultimately a petty thing, to be sure, but such doubts and rivalries have affected or at least slowed down the adoption of superior equipment even in real life situations.
I would also point out the first episode does tell us that the suicide attacks were a last minute change made to the plan by Lt. Colonel Anou, the incompetent (former) commanding officer of the W-0 unit. Leila's original intentions, which I suppose will be reflected in how the W-0 team operates from now on, apparently seem to focus more on creating a special operations unit that can boldly strike behind enemy lines, even if the HQ isn't willing to commit too many resources nor much homegrown manpower to such a risky proposition, since the politicians are apparently afraid of dealing with excessive E.U. casualties.
Which reminds me...you might not sympathize very much with General Smilas, but at least he is a more sensible person than Anou, despite his cynicism and overall disillusion with the republican form of government. Smilas might not show a lot of sympathy for the Japanese, yet he also blames the incompetence and cowardice of the current E.U. administration for their treatment.
Yes, this really is a story that makes the E.U. government look bad in a several ways, but I guess that comes along with the foregone conclusion of having a gradually decaying democratic power that will inevitably fall to Britannia and also split up into various entities in the end. We might get to see other "good" named E.U. characters outside of Leila's sphere of influence, hopefully, but I get the feeling they won't be too numerous.
And on a related note, concerning the whole victimization issue...I guess you could say part of it comes with the territory, since the world of Code Geass already had Japan fall to Britannia, but also with the director's interests. It's a double-edged sword, in a way. The director, Kazuki Akane, is directly responsible for the increased focus on Alternate History but the guy also says that one of things he found interesting about Code Geass was the idea of a world where Japan was erased from the map, so it's not very surprising that he would center the story on a set of characters who literally have "nowhere to go" in order to explore the implications and themes of that fact. Apparently it was Akane himself, not Sunrise, who insisted on the protagonist being Japanese and not European (which was apparently the original concept for the side story).
edited 3rd May '13 5:18:39 PM by Madonis