military influence

hey it doesnt matter that the us military sucks ass - trump banning trans people from it shows the administration’s hostility and sets concerning precedent for other transphobic policies

Soviet global power projection, 1981.

Map published by the U.S. Department of Defense in 1981, about the military influence of the Soviet Union in the third world countries. The map shows nuclear submarine operating areas, sea lines of communication, overseas naval facilities, major Soviet arms clients, Soviet reconnaissance aircraft facilities and several other Soviet power structures.

goat-secretary  asked:

Totally on board with your assessment of the U.S. as a mid-tier country (at best). I'm curious: what would you consider a top-tier country? I've yet to leave the USA myself.

For a start: places that have universal healthcare, free college, well-protected workers’ rights, and low income inequality.

I didn’t use to be such a socialist*, but I’m more and more frustrated with perky news about how the stock market is going up up up! …and meanwhile most of the people on the ground are being overworked and going into debt just to survive.  A big imposing GDP means nothing if hardly anyone’s getting to enjoy it.

I think the only areas where the US is really exceptional are cultural influence and military power.  On the other hand, I don’t really want one country to have a monopoly on either of those, so, eh.  Still, I gotta give points for them.

We’re not low-tier, low-tier is somewhere that basic healthcare isn’t available to many people.  Here it’s available but you’ll go bankrupt.  That’s mid-tier.

*used loosely, I didn’t do the reading, etc etc, get off my back, you know what I mean

leaffishere  asked:

Why Fell!Palette looks like Nazi ಠ_ಠ xD

One of the things I like is the military costumes and I unconsciously put it on. (I was listening to Jesus of Suburbia from Green Day at the time) XD So it looks like I suppose it is because of my taste for the military costumes and the influence of many documentaries that I have seen for HOURS of the WW II :’D

anonymous asked:

not a request, but just imagine samurai Hanzo in the era of the shogunate where samurai wield a powerful political influence and military force, and Hanzo falls in love with the young daughter of one of his clients. They can't do anything to stop him as he seizes the girl and pulls her to him, declaring that she will be his wife, even if the girl herself is terrified and trying to pull away, but he is a trained warrior and she cannot escape his strength

If his client owes money to him, Hanzo might be benevolent enough to say that giving him their daughter will wipe out their debt, and they have no money to hire other samurai to stop him and reclaim their daughter - Hanzo will kill them before they touch his precious wife as well. The young maiden is struggling, frightened tears gathering in her eyes - “no, let me go! I don’t want this-” but Hanzo holds her close and tells her that everything will be fine, and she will come to love him.  as much as he loves her. “I - I am betrothed!” she blurts out, saying anything to try and escape, and his grip around her tightens until she cries out in pain. “I’ll just have to get rid if him. Nothing will come between us, dearest,” and he smiles as her face grows pale with fear

oh man something catering to exactly my tastes 

French Election

The left has won the French election once again, ah France, once more you submit to the authority of crypto-fascist German authority. Bending over for old Gerry just like the good old days eh? Seriously, from the medieval period until the days of Bonaparte, the French were a military power with influence spanning the world… What the absolute fuck happened?! Napoleon dies and your country becomes a weak pacifistic leftist shit hole. You let foreigners and terrorists have the run not just of the streets of once proud Paris, but of the government itself! The Left has made you even weaker, once more leading you down the path of destruction claiming to be in the name of liberty, equality, fraternity. France has surrendered again to tyrants and kissed its own chains! I’m told Macron even now plans to visit Berlin to receive his instructions from his masters. As he won the election he had them play the EU anthem! After becoming president of France he plays the anthem of the EU?! What more proof do you need?! In all our homelands, the US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany and so many others, the left wears the mask of liberty, equality, tolerance, unity, but they bring division, destruction, intolerance, madness, and corruption on a grand scale! Globalist socialists claiming to care about our freedoms while they take them away. Fascism is alive and well, masquerading as liberalism. Pray for France. They know not what they do.

Maniacal Mister Melet’ - Model: Malgosia Bela | Photography: Aaron Ward | Styling: Bill Mullen | Hair: Raymond McLaren | Make-up: Mariel Barrera | from the debut issue of Let’s Panic Magazine (9/13)

Let’s Panic is a New York based biannual publication committed to exploring the creative.  Each story is a collaboration between editors and contributors which result in a cultural statement of individuality that transcends the ordinary and allows opportunities to evolve in an arena free of constraints.  The result is a surprising curation of mixed talent.



Honoring the art of publishing and magazines, it strives to solidify the importance of the physical printed image and word by producing an artfully crafted object.

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Meet the Castor brothers: Mark Rollins

Mark has changed so much since his first appearance. Mark is different now, because he spend a lot of time away from military base and Virginia’s influence. Castor clones aren’t even treated like people, they’re just objects - just weapons. Even though the Prolethean Ranch wasn’t exactly a healthy environment, Mark was probably first time in his life treated like a real person. With time he started to see other people as individuals (not as a mission), he allowed himself create emotional bond towards Gracie -and he fell in love with her. The way he talked about Sarah with Paul - she’s not indifferent to him anymore. He wants the ‘right thing’ to happen - because he understand what the 'right thing’ is. Nobody taught him to objective principles of 'right and wrong’ when he was a kid. 

Now he knows, there are different options in life, than just be somebody else’s property.

The path unfollowed

I had been planning to skip on writing a post this week, after all it’s not like I’m one for regularity or consistency. It’s been a dark and frightening week for so many, too many, with global ramifications. This afternoon I went to see Arrival which is a film I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I won’t lie, I cried for about an hour afterwards. I can’t help but feel that it was scheduled to be released into a brighter world, a more optimistic week, but it is a wonderful and moving film and, honestly, the film that we need. Right now. Everyone should go and see it and open their minds and their hearts and just enjoy a film that both engages and challenges. I feel like, maybe, it will at the end of 2016 be a quiet sister-film to Rogue One. Time will tell. 

More importantly, and relevantly, it is a rare film that acknowledges motherhood and the importance of it it, the importance of connection. Even amongst politics, first contact, and the seeming threat of the end of days. Which leads me (tenuously) to the actual subject of this week’s post (which will be a short one): 

A long time ago - a long long time ago - I got an ask on my main blog that I never got round to answering, asking about the parallels between Padme’s Mustafar costume and Leia’s Boussh disguise. The similarities between the two costumes and scenarios are undeniable. Both costumes are worn by these women when they undergo a personal and dangerous mission to try to rescue the man that they love - one from falling over the brink into the darkside, one from imprisonment - a fun inversion of the Rescue the Princess trope. Neither mission goes entirely to plan, both women are stripped of their autonomy for greater or worse. But unlike her mother before her, Leia is ultimately and eventually successful in rescuing Han Solo from Jabba’s clutches.

L & C: Boush sketches by Nilo Rodis-Jamero, R: The completed costume from the archives

Somewhat notoriously Boushh, like Boba Fett before her, was a Joe Johnston creation. However, whereas Boba Fett was fleshed out from a rough helmet sketch by Ralph McQuarrie, Boushh was first explored in 3D by Johnston before any design pinned down. Using model kits, odds and ends and scraps from the costume and manufacturing workshops, a maquette was built around an artist’s model that was then passed on to the costume department. Due to this unusual prototyping approach, it meant that the influences in the design itself were primarily internal. The underlayer of a kimono, the wide belt called back to those same Japanese influences seen elsewhere in the franchise with Obi-Wan, Yoda and Luke, transposed into hardy suedes, leathers and rubbers. The quarter-circle cape was a nod back to Boba Fett placing her firmly within the galaxy’s underbelly:

‘It was supposed to be a different kind of bounty hunter. there were a bunch of them in the palace.’ 
Joe Johnston, p. 125, Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy

The helmet shape was so other, that it took extensive building and reshaping to form something that could be comfortably worn by a person, nevermind taken off easily on camera. 

L: Sketches by Iain McCaig ‘The red is in her hair because it’s the end of the film, and i thought she might be going after the bull [Anakin] -
Iain McCaig, The Art of Star Wars Episode III R: The final costume.

The costume worn by the heavily pregnant Padme to go after Anakin on Mustafar went through some vague conceptual explorations, before falling on this design. It is neat and simple, arguably elegant, a galaxy away from the complexity of the Boushh disguise, but it is obvious that it was used as a key influence. The suede fabric and colouring directly parallels the Return of the Jedi costume whilst making it something new. The front panel and sloped hemline echoes the under-kimono and fall of Boushh’s cape, whilst creating an empire-line shape that could potentially enable to Padme to continue the concealment of her pregnancy. Padme’s sleeves are an unembellished take on Boushh’s studded sleeves encasing her hands. 

L: Replica WWI Nurse’s uniform. C: 1916-1918 Women’s Motor Corps of America uniform. R: Thimister Spring 2010.

While following the narrative symmetry of echoing Leia’s future in Padme’s present costume, there was also space to introduce a fashion element and historical element. This is especially evident in the leather detailing of Padme’s costume, the crossed belts holding a particularly military influence: echoes of cape suspenders, which were commonly worn by British nurses during in WWI for security when working, and Sam Browne belts which were a key component of military uniforms from the mid-nineteenth century and were adopted into some women’s uniforms as a statement piece. Sam Brownes in particular have appeared several times in fashion iterations, both in the lead-up to WWII, and again in high fashion in the ‘70′s, ‘90′s and noughties. In this cases, its appearance was more often than not a statement of protest against war and militarisation, even whilst set against military cuts. This point of protestation, quiet rebellion would not have been out of character for Padme as she is set to fight for the democracy that is crumbling around her, but equally it is a statement of strength and defence as she goes to save her husband from himself.

Some things run in the family.
This is also a rare live action costume that was translated into TCW, in the season episode An Old Friend. The costume was altered slightly to include a darker suede overtunic, which is possibly to explain alterations made to Padme’s preexisting wardrobe as she began to show. 

Drawing a direct line between Leia and Padme was a great opportunity to show character and explore both personal and wider stories through costume, and served to deepen the emotion of Padme’s actions in Revenge of the Sith through those future echoes. The differences in these two costumes show how radically the galaxy has changed, the changes in scales and tactics, the differences between the two women’s role. Padme’s mission to rescue Anakin failed because she was on the edge of dying hope, a galaxy falling apart, and because she was alone and isolated. Leia danced with disaster and hope was nearly lost, but she had already lost so much and had a team of friends to save her and save Han. Leia’s disguise was cobbled together (though i believe in the old EU stolen it was stolen from a preexisting bounty hunter), Padme’s was a product of fashion. Ultimately these two woman shared a determination, a hope, and a mission in the face of all odds. The connection between the two women gets lost so much both in fandom and in canon, so these moments of highlight are always notable. Like mother like daughter.

Next Time: The explosive aesthetic of Sabine Wren

Last time: The historicity of Satine Kryze

Because I’m absolutely IN LOVE with The Art of Dragon Age Inquistion and the artbook is filled with interesting little facts, I decided to share a few of them with you :D

  • the Inquisition’s style was inspired by Babylon and Mesopotamia, the team also studied early Islamic armors and traditional Sikh warriors’ outfits
  • the massive war table in Skyhold was made from The Peace Tree - a symbol of peace between two forgotten factions that had been cut down before the fortress was built
  • at first Skyhold was supposed to reflect player’s choices even more than now; everything would depend on Inquisitor’s approach to solving problems (military might, social influence, secrecy and intrigue), so if the player would mostly choose Leliana’s way of getting things done, there would be more “shadowy accessories” around Skyhold to reflect Inquisition’s dependence on spy games and subterfuge
  • Josephine wears rich materials, so she constantly looks ready to meet important dignitaries
  • Cullen’s armor shows that he’s the type of the leader who spends as much time in the dirt with his soldiers as he does on planning stategies in the war room
  • Leliana’s scarf hood represents two sides of her character: the rogue and the devout believer
  • Varric was initially given a short beard in DAI to make him look more harsh, but the idea was abandoned because it didn’t play well with his attitude towards dwarven culture, so they decided to keep his face quite smooth
  • Solas wears all that he owns, because he’s a typical lonely wanderer. He’s bald because the artists decided that other hairstyles didn’t “evoke the sense of ageless wisdom required by the character” (yes, he’s basically a bald egg, because he’s too wise :P)
  • judging by the concept art, King Alistair was initially present during the fight with Alexius
  • Dorian is described as “a rock star mage” and “a good black sheep” with a unique style
  • blue, gold and white are colours typical for Orleasian nobility
  • early concept arts of Val Royeaux included a drained canal system inhabited by a slum class, but the idea was abandoned because it resembled Kirkwall too much
  • Blackwall, as the sturdy and weathered warrior, is an example of “the ideal Warden”, the kind of hero from old stories for children
  • The Fade was designed to be a place where players can’t feel safe (“you’re watched by a thousand eyes”), a place where no mortal foot was meant to step
  • The Arbor Wilds was inspired by primal forests in New Zealand and Vancouver Island
  • Morrigan was imagined in several different outfits designed for different climates in DAI, but the final decision was to keep her traditional outfit known from DA Origins
  • Iron Bull is Dragon Age’s answer to “a badass action hero” that you want fighting by your side
The Satyricon through Different Lenses, Part I: A Critique of Roman Literary Idealism

Petronius is writing parody with a purpose; the Satyricon is as an attack against the generalized genre, the fetish of equivalence, and literary abstraction. The domination of empire––although the prescriptions of Roman culture were present throughout the period of the republic––streamlined culture as it spread far beyond the borders of Italy. An industry of Roman culture that is pumping out replicas of itself through colonies, military camps, and its influence over newly conquered areas. As Roman ideology solidified it became a symbol of status: to fully integrate oneself with the Roman ideal of culture, no matter where you are in the world or what level of society you come from, is what defines success or failure in society. Along with this idea of centralized culture comes the expectation of patterns in both social behavior and literature. The structure of traditional literary genres leaves no room for innovation, especially within a culture that regards novelty as synonymous with revolution. Therefore, Roman writers––especially those who write within the moralizing tradition––craft “a calculated framework that allows the audience to guess what is going to happen next, and be gratified by actually being right, subduing any unruliness and subordinating them to a formula which supplants the work.” Using a quote by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno is fitting because they wrote during the rise of the modern culture industry, and it is among this sort of cultural atmosphere that the Satyricon is created.

All mass culture under empire is identical and that includes art in all of its manifestations. Style becomes tantamount to universality of form, and “what is expressed seeks to be reconciled with the idea of the true universal.” How then does the Satyricon accomplish the task of not being a literary repetition while also subverting the reader’s expectations? Petronius supplies what is lacking: “a tension between the poles…the extremes which touch.” Similarity to others is what most works of traditional art coming out of the Roman cultural sphere rely upon, and the Satyricon is no different, however, through parody, Petronius mimics tradition while eventually subverting it and therefore creating something new. As Horkheimer and Adorno claim, “it is only in its struggle with tradition…that art can find expression for suffering.” Petronius’ use of tension professes the untruth of style and genre, through which literary tradition has created stagnation and generalizations that do not display reality, but only an idealized form of it. Like Trimalchio’s narration of the Greek actors performing Homer behind him, what is said and what is happening are two distinctly different things.

The Satyricon creates novelty through both the depiction of reality and the satirizing of traditional genres. This task of subversion can be shown by concentrating on the tension between the poles, that is, the tension between female and male characters, which manifests itself throughout the Satyricon. Why focus on this area specifically? Because those who do not conform to the ideals of Roman genre––women, slaves, the lowers classes––are convicted of inadequacy by exclusion, and therefore, by focusing on women and their declaration of adequacy in the Satyricon, there can be seen a clear subversion by Petronius. Furthermore, women specifically because many other excluded types insist unwaveringly on the ideology by which they are enslaved, e.g. Trimalchio and his freedmen ensemble. Petronius, by including a tension between Roman men and women, is acknowledging what is idealized by other authors: that culture is that which is the sum of both spheres, both the upper and lower classes, both the free and enslaved, and both men and women. Moreover, that within this tension resides reality.

hella-vanilla-candi  asked:

Any handy dandy tips for worldbuilding in fantasy? I know I've gotta work on culture (holidays and traditions and stuff), governments, geography (making a map to cover that fun stuff), names & common slang, and religion, but what else is there I should cover before starting? + is having an entire fantasy world that follows one religion acceptable? Thanks!

Culture isn’t only about holidays, traditions, and clothes. Culture goes from where, when, how, and who acquire materials; where, when, how, and who prepares/works on that material, and where, when, how, and who that material is used/being using. This applies for clothes, food, tools, medicine, among others. Culture is highly influenced by the environment, and environment is also influenced by culture. Your body is a vehicle for culture. Practices, rituals, ceremonies, dances, and traditions, are part of culture, but not what culture means. The way I do something tells about my culture, the way I don’t do something tells about my culture. Social relationships, marriages, barters, and economical systems are also part of culture. The type of government, how people choose their government (if they can choose at all), and who can choose the government, is also part of culture.

Things to cover when creating a world

  • Clothes, how do people dress?, where does clothe come from?, where do they acquire clothes?, do men and women (in case your world is binary) dress differently?, what about children?, do people wear different clothes for different jobs?, are there exclusive clothes? (people wearing certain clothes for certain activities), what about colors?, do people dress the way they want, do they follow trends?, if they follow trends, who or what is the organism imposing these trends?
  • Food, what do people eat?, where is the food coming from?, who prepares the food?, where do people eat?, are special food for certain dates?, do people from different places eat different things?, where do people buy the food, in case they buy it?, do people eat different food according to their social status?
  • Transport, how do people move from one place to another?, do they have to pay for it?, who’s driving the vehicle?, does it work 24/7 or people have to walk past certain time?, who takes care of the vehicles, the government or a private company?, do people from different social classes use different vehicles, or the same?
  • Health, who has the responsibility about health?, who can be a medic?, are they needed at all?, are any alternatives to occidental medicine?, how much do you have to pay for it? do rich people have better access to medicine than poor people, or is it equal for everyone?, who surpervise the practice of medicine?
  • Sports, are there any sports in your world?, are they regulated officialy?, who can play sports?, is it an affordable career?, are there any olimpiads?, where do people go watch sports?, are specific sports for specific genres?, do holidays have sports played during the time they last?
  • Economy, what is the economic system of the world you’re creating?, what kind of goods and services are they producing, how are they producing them, how much do they cost?, what are their resources and technologies to elaborate goods, and to provide services?, who have access to these goods and services, are they for everyone, or there is an unequal distribution?, of how many goods and services government is responsible for?, of how many goods and services private corporations are responsible for?
  • Education, how many years does it last?, who are the people teaching?, why do they can teach?, who supervise them?, where do people go to be educated?, is the government responsible for it, or a private company is the one responsible for educating people?, what kind of things do people learn is these places?, are there any segragations due to gender, biological sex, race, social rank within these establishments?
  • Government, what kind of government exists in your world?, how much does it last in power or is it forever?, what kind of system is used to choose the government?, who can choose the government?, how much power does the government have?, are they from a certain social class, do they have certain level of education or anyone can be elected?, are there any political parties?, is there a special building for the government?
  • Entertainment, what do people do in their free time, if they have free time?, where do they go?, do they have vacations?, people from different social class go to different places or it doesn’t matter?
  • Justice, is there an specialised organism who takes care of justice, or do people do what they think is convenient?, are the laws written or do people know them?, are there prisons, correctionals, and other establishments to lock people up in case they have commited a fellony?, what kind of crimes are punished in your world?, who can go to prison?, are there segregated prisons?, how much is the crime rate?, what about capital punishment?, do men have power over their wives and children in case they have commited a crime, is it the other way around?, do gender, biological sex, color, social status influence the punishment received?
  • Language, what kind of language do people speak?, what are its variations?, do people from different places speak different languages or variations of the same?
  • Holidays and Celebrations, what do people celebrate?, who are the people celebrating, do they come from the same social rank or from different ones?, how much do holidays and celebration lasts?, what kind of rites are being performed?
  • Arts, what types of art exist in your world?, music, painting, sculpture, dances, movies, books?, who enjoy the arts?, who makes the art?
  • Media, what kind of media exist in your world?, tv, newspaper, internet?, how much power do they have on people’s lives and choices?
  • Military, does your world have an army?, what are the ranks existing in your world?, is it necessary?, who can join the military?, what is their behavior with civilians?, how much does the military influence the government?, what if one of them commits a crime?
  • Police Forces, who are they?, who do they follow?, who can join in?, is it necessary?, do they segregate due to gender, color, social status?, do they dress in a different way or they dress like civilians?
  • Religion, what kinds of religion exist in your world?, are they monotheistic, polytheistic, animism, chamanism?, how many people follow the religion?, who are the people followin the religion?, how is it organised?, do people pay to churches or religious establishments?, how many religions exist in your world?,  do people follow a certain religion due to their gender, color, social status?, how can people be excommunicated?, what if they commit a crime?, does the religion have certain places?, what about rites?, who perform the rites?, are there any rites of passage?
  • Jobs, what kind of jobs does your world have?, who can work?, who is offering the jobs?, are there any jobs especialised to people from different color, gender, social status?, how much do people earn?

Other things

  • Geography
  • Typography
  • Wheater
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Energy
  • Access to natural resources
  • Demography

Answering your question, is having an entire fantasy world that follows one religion acceptable? yes; is it boring? yes; is it uncommon? yes. When you create an entire world it is, I don’t know if statistically, but it is anthropologically speaking, rare, for not saying impossible. When you have a group of people, even a small one, there will be differences among them, specially about beliefs and opinions, if you enlarge this group of people, some differences will increase, some others will decrease. This means there will be conflicts and there will also be tolerance. Creating more than one religion gives you more options about differences among people.

I think that’d be all.

Good luck (:

L.-

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A woman who stood up to 300 neo-Nazis in Sweden hopes her gesture will draw attention to the fight against racism in the Scandinavian country.

Tess Asplund tried to block the path of the Nordic Resistance Movement as the right-wing extremist group marched in the town of Borlange on May 1.

An image of Ms Asplund facing the neo-Nazis up close with a clenched fist has been shared thousands of times on social media in Sweden and internationally.

The 42-year-old anti-racism activist told Swedish Radio her defiant gesture was inspired by the late Nelson Mandela, who fought against apartheid in South Africa.

“I felt when they arrived that they shouldn’t be here and spread their hate,” Ms Asplund said. “I don’t think I was even thinking. I just jumped out. Things happened quite quickly. Then a police officer pulled me away.”

A video of the incident from the Dala-Demokraten newspaper shows Ms Asplund walking backward as she faces men with shaved heads at the front of the procession. One of them tries to shove her aside while another counter-demonstrator is forcefully pushed out of the path of the parade.

Ms Asplund said she was stunned by the attention she got after images of her defiant gesture spread in Sweden and beyond.

“I have fought against racism for 26 years. I am 42 now. And if this is a thing that makes people pay attention to the fight against racism and xenophobia, then that’s very good,” Ms Asplund told Swedish Radio. “But I don’t want people to see me as a symbol. There were a lot of others who were there against the racists in Borlange.”

David Lagerlof, the photographer who took the most shared photo of Ms Asplund, said he was getting ready to take photos of the approaching march when Ms Asplund suddenly walked out into the middle of the street.

“I thought, ‘how is this going to end?’ She got out there and stared into the eyes of the leader of the demonstration,” Mr Lagerlof said. “They continued going forward, stone-faced.”

Swedish anti-racism organisation Expo published his photo on its website, and Mr Lagerlof also posted it on social media. Many people shared the image and expressed support and admiration of Ms Asplund’s defiance.

JK Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted “Tess Asplund, you are magnificent” and shared Mr Lagerlof’s image.

“I don’t know if it gets any bigger than that,” Mr Lagerlof said.

Swedish security service SAPO has described the Nordic Resistance Movement as a white supremacist group with a strict hierarchy and military influences. Several of its members have been convicted of violent crimes including manslaughter, assault and attempted murder.

-Belfast Telegraph

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Saint George and the dragon, ca. 1500
This icon of Saint George and the dragon is one of the most famous icons in Russia, and this particular icon is 500 years old. According to legend, there was a terrible dragon living in a lake in Libya. The local people were pagans, and worshipped the dragon as a god. They made sacrifices to him as a god, and appeased him by giving him their children one by one. It came time for the daughter of Queen Elisiba to be sacrificed. Saint George appeared on a white horse, and with the words “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,” he charged the dragon and struck him with his lance, while his horse trampled on him. Then Saint George told the young maiden to bind the dragon with her belt and lead him through town. In the town center, Saint George then slew the dragon with his sword. Since the dragon symbolized evil, the image of George slaying the dragon is considered a symbol of a heathen country being converted to Christianity. This was one of the most popular icons in early Christian and Byzantine painting. Saint George is the patron saint of Moscow

Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov (1896 – 1974), was a Soviet career officer in the Red Army who, in the course of World War II, played the most pivotal role in leading the Red Army drive through much of Eastern Europe to liberate the Soviet Union and other nations from the occupation of the Axis Powers and, ultimately, to conquer Berlin. He is the most decorated general officer in the history of the Soviet Union and Russia.Amongst many notable generals in World War II, Zhukov was placed at the top due to the number and scale of victories, and his talent in operational and strategic command was recognized by many people. Many famous military leaders in the world such as Bernard Montgomery and Dwight D. Eisenhower recognized Zhukov’s great contributions in many important victories in the Second World War. His combat achievements significantly improved humanity’s military knowledge, exerting great influence on both the Soviet and the whole world’s military theory.

I’m running a fever and nauseous and incredibly stressed out about my rent today so I’m only going to say this once.

The Nohr route is constructed as one big Hope Spot. If you don’t know what the Hope Spot trope is, it’s when, in a narrative, a solution is presented to the reader that makes them hope for the best (or at least a good) outcome before crushing it down. Some of the most infamous Hope Spots are in time-loop narratives in the penultimate loop of a story (anyone who’s played/watched/read Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni knows exactly what I’m talking about).

Consider the arc of the story - it starts out with Kamui being able to defeat their enemies WITHOUT killing them for the first 8 chapters after the route split. Not only does the narrative explicitly say that no one was killed, the chapter direction hinges on the fact Kamui made the explicit choice not to kill anyone. People trust Kamui because they aren’t just kill kill kill. This, along with the Rainbow Sage being introduced early and giving the full prophecy about how to attain the Fire Emblem that can save the world (instead of just Fuuga’s legend) is what builds Kamui up. They believe that they can save everyone without losing anyone (if anyone has ever watched Fate/Stay Night, it’s clear Emiya syndrome). Then, we get to chapter 13 and guess what! Kamui still makes sure to spare everyone when suppressing the rebellion! It isn’t until fucking Ganz comes in and ruins everything that people die. And guess what - Kamui is not strong enough to oppose Ganz. Ganz is one of Garon’s right hand men and a general. Ganz leads a bigger portion of the army than your ragtag team. 

Chapter 14, however, provides us with an answer to this, and revitalizes hope in Kamui. The Muse songstress is severely injured in the chapter, which, you know isn’t good, but not killed. And Leon specifically tells Kamui that there’s a way to help save people without directly defying Garon.

This is important because Kamui can’t directly defy Garon because they will be killed. They do not have the military power or the influence to bring him down without dying themselves - and if they failed (which would absolutely happen as chapter 27 shows) then no one would have a chance of being saved because Kamui was the only one who had hope they could save anyone. I love the Nohr siblings, but they’re so fucked up even in their own fucking route that even if they want to save people, they don’t believe they can. 

After that, Chapter 15 is a chapter in Invisible Kingdom meaning they’re fighting corpse puppets of Anankos so whatever they’re already dead. In chapter 16, you’re defeating Nohr troops (and it’s never specifically stated if you’re killing them or not). Besides that, the chapter hinges on whether you follow “Nohr’s Way” and kill Ashura, or if you follow your own path and spare him. That is an active choice the player can make. Chapter 17 is the whole deal with Kotarou and the people you defeat are aligned with Nohr because Kotarou is a huge fuckwad. Chapter 18! Again, if you’re killing anyone, it is Nohr soldiers! Because of Zola/Zora! And even though you can totally just leave the Hoshido siblings to die at his dirty tricks guess what!!!! Marx steps in! This serves as a hope spot for both families! A dream, a what could’ve been! A brief taste of your happy ending before everything gets wrecked and goes to hell!

Chapter 19 functions the same was as chapter 15 in Hoshido. You try not to kill your furry friends but they force your hand. That’s the only chapter Kamui explicitly kills people from Hoshido. Chapter 20 doesn’t involve killing anyone. Chapter 21 has a lot of dead Hoshido soldiers but they were dead before you got there because of Fucking Nosferatu that Macbeth ALSO sent to kill you and your crew by the way. Chapter 22 features Marx absolutely willing to spare the Hoshido soldiers if they stand down which almost happens right before Fucking Macbeth and Ganz show up to kill people and even Marx is going to Fucking kill them but then guess what! Garon shows up and he can’t. Which also serves as (one of) Marx’s breaking point(s) after being built up to believe that hey! He can save people!

Chapter 23 ends with Takumi jumping off a fucking wall before you can save him. Chapter 24, you save Hinoka and her retainers and there’s no Macbeth or Ganz to stop you. Chapter 25 obviously Ryouma dies, but!!!! THERE IS A REASON HE COMMITS SEPPUKU. BECAUSE HE DOESN’T WANT KAMUI TO KILL!!!!!! BECAUSE NOT KILLING IS THE ENTIRE POINT OF THIS FUCKING ROUTE!!!!!!!! IN HOSHIDO YOU GO AROUND WAGING WAR LIKE A TRADITIONAL FIRE EMBLEM!!!!! Yeah you spare some people, but they’re ~important characters~ and no part of the narrative except those parts expressly tells you you’re sparing people. The implication is that yeah you’re killing people but it’s justified because Kamui doesn’t know Nohr’s situation. The Nohr route provides an alternative - what if you didn’t have to kill people? What if you tried avoiding that and sparing them? And you know what? It almost works. It’s passive vs active at play. If Nohr played out exactly the same as Hoshido but from the other side there would be no Fucking Point. The point of the route is to understand Nohr and to save almost everyone. (but not bc. Hope Spot).

Chapter 26. Guess what! You kill Nohr soldiers again! Because Macbeth and Ganz are the fucking worst! And then chapter 27 and endgame have you fighting corpses possessed by Anankos.

In short, in 22 chapters you kill people in like. Maybe 5 (definitely chapter 19, and I’m including chapters 22-25 even though you either do spare or try to spare most people because at that point you are engaged in war and it’s silly to think you’d lay siege to a fortress without a casualty or two).

tl;dr - You don’t have to like Kamui as a protagonist on the Nohr route and you can think they’re stupid bc I know idealistic Emiya type protagonists are not for everyone but do not even try to insinuate that Kamui totally just kills “thousands” of Hoshido soldiers without remorse.