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07:05:06 PM Aug 20th 2015
Mr Thorfan 64 split Literature off into a subpage so could a mod please activate indexing
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12:36:59 PM May 11th 2014
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  • While the country of Borogravia, featured prominently in Monstrous Regiment, is a fairly original creation, there are signs pointing to it being something of a small United States in a world that doesn't have much room for it. Constantly at war for no clear reason, it devotes all of its resources to its military at the expense of domestic standards of living, and the ever-changing commandments of its god Nuggan reach a level of puritanism and fundamentalism that mirrors America's unique approach to Christianity.
    • Am I the only one who finds this offensive as well as inexplicable?
    • Or due to its constant wars with its equally mountainous neighbours and religious diffidences. It definitely could be a stand-in for the Balkan nations. Or because of its steady more insane religious proclamations and treatment of woman it could be Afghanistan.
    • The language has a mostly central European/ Ruritania feel, and its nearest neighbour is kind of Austria-Hungarian-ish.

Pulled due to Conversation in the Main Page. But I think it's fair to say the Borogravia/Zlovenia are intended to be Generic Balkan States arguing over the border.

I certainly don't see much of an American influence - puritanism and fundementalism are not unique to the US, and Nugganism isn't really that similar to the Religious Right. In fact, if you were going to draw a US parallel in Monstrous Regiment, surely it would be Ankh-Morpork, the rich superpower that gets involved in a war on the other side of the Disc because it sees itself as the world's policeman.
07:38:52 PM Jul 16th 2013
I always thought the Centauri in B5 reminded me of Renaissance Italy with their intrigue and family feuds and Costume Porn and their Deadly Decadent Court.
10:08:51 AM Oct 12th 2012
RE: The entry on A Song of Ice and Fire:

According to the interview, Dorne is influenced by Moorish Spain and Wales.

"Dorne is definitely influenced a bit by Spain, a bit by Wales. But nothing is one and one. I took that together. Dorne is a very special land, with a slightly different cultural basis than the rest of Westeros… it was politically apart for a long time, it was also culturally apart because of the Rhoynar and the traditions they brought, but they didn’t influenced the rest of Westeros so much. So the dornish have their own particular sort of costumes. I see that in Spain with the whole history, particularly the Moorish history of Spain, you know… it really sets apart from France."

I dunno, just felt like mentioning it.
12:05:36 PM Dec 21st 2010
Does the Land of Iron example for Naruto really belong? Switzerland is not known for having samurai, after all.
12:45:03 PM Jul 25th 2010
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They are now merged into one edit. I'm not familiar with Eberron, but I still wanted to gid rid of a Justifying Edit. Any fixes to this example will be welcome.
05:14:00 AM May 4th 2010
Anyone got a slightly higher quality image of the picture? Perhaps also a slightly wider shot that shows a bit more of the magic. I think the caption works well with it so if we could get more of those magical powers, it would be a minor but definite improvement.
02:55:35 AM May 9th 2011
Yeah. The caption was actually terrible, so I changed it. Inuit IS the proper name for eskimo's.
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