Well, my theory about all the European sounding families in Britannia is that as the French Revolution spread across the continent, Britannia had a sort of open door policy for aristocratic families seeking to flee their embattled countries. I think the Romanov Dynasty was the last to fall, but the Russians never took kindly to what amounted to European subjugation (The EU probably already having turned to forging colonial possessions in Africa and South-East Asia); and so the Russians began to idolize Romanov rule the same way many Russians idolize Stalin's rule as a Golden Era.
(Some random Alt History musings: I mentioned this before but there is a sort of historical precedent for Britannia. During the Peninsular War, when Napoleon invaded the Iberian Peninsula, the Portugese Imperial Court fled Lisbon for Brasil, where they stayed for the duration of the war, eventually leading Brasil to be spun off as the Empire of Brasil. I was thinking it'd be cool to have Britannia and Brasil/Gran Colombia be early regional rivals.
Also, another worldbuilding fact, and one of the few concrete facts about Britannia's history, is that the Tudor line did not end with Elizabeth I. At first I thought "So what? What difference does that make," and dismissed it as pointless Inspite Of A Nail
changes. But then I thought about it, after some lessons in class about Locke, and then I realized why its so important. Since the Tudor line is continued, House Stuart never comes to the throne, which means no ineffective monarchs that lead to the English Civil War, which means no Glorious Revolution 1688. That means that Constitutionalism and Parliamentarism never take hold in the British Empire, meaning it'd be just as Absolutist as the Ancien Regime
in France (Ironically, it'd also probably mean that Rule Britannia is never written, because it was done mainly in commemoration of the Glorious Revolution).)
I think another one of my problems with the EU's portrayal so far is its just too similar to Britannia in its culture. The scene of the Gala in Tuluiries, for example, could've easily been a gathering of Britannian nobles with only changes to the dialogue (Also the bunny girl waitresses were really weirdly out of place but maybe it was just a wink to R2's opening episode). They need to really tone done the aristocratic elements and play up the political, bureaucratic, and populist elements. See more average Europeans and sort of you know; honestly Ralph Fiennes' rendition of Coriolanus (Minus the food riots and with more prosperity) would be a good kind of base for the world: A few good principled politicians, a few bad politicians, and a huge media obsessed public that feels dependent upon its government.
But yeah, just want a more nuanced view of it. Also I'm really hoping this next episode is more like 90 minutes than 50.
You a big fan of the Bard btw? To me that's sorta when I feel Geass is at its best, when it has that serious, bombastic tone and things feel larger than life.
Where'd you hear that thing about Leila becoming a pilot?
Oh, completely unrelated, but I'd love an anime version of Nightmare of Nunnally. It'd have to be tightened up a bit though. (And cut out the loli fan-service)
edited 7th May '13 12:36:33 PM by Scherzo09