A number of years ago (30-ish?), I was living in a little, tiny apartment built over a garage, behind a house. Cozy little place. No complaints, except for the crime rate in the neighborhood. But I had no problems with my neighbors, except for this one time.
Probably a kid, possibly a tween or teen, but I never saw him/her, so don’t know –but this person started practicing the electric guitar – at volume. The nice thing about an electric guitar is that - when you’re learning - you can keep the volume fairly low, so that you’re the only one suffering your learning pangs. And then, when you get good, you can turn up the volume and thrash. However, this person was learning a basic cord, and basic strumming, at a loud volume: “BUM-CHUCK, BUM-CHUCK, BUM-CHUCK, A-CHUCKA-CHUCK.“ Rinse. Repeat. And, again. This went on for days. Finally, on a warm, quiet afternoon - there’s not even the sound of lawnmowers going in the neighborhood, when this very loud, very electric, very newbie guitar player starts practicing again. And I had had it.
I went and got the speakers to my record player (yes - it’s that long ago!), and put them in the windows of my apartment, facing outwards. I found a Russian Red Army Chorus album and put it on the record player. I cranked up the sound. I went into my bedroom in the back of the apartment, and closed the door. Fifteen minutes later, I came out, turned off the stereo, to discover peace and quiet had returned to my neighborhood. Permanently.
“Suddenly there were buildings exploding, riots in the streets, complete and utter panic everywhere! These were not acts of freedom, they were acts of terrorism!” - General Doyal of the Federal Army of Chorus
“Today we are in the shock of the catastrophe in which our colleges of the Alexandrov Choirs and Dances disappeared. Not only were they our colleagues, but a very important military art company, and I am shocked to learn of the disappearance of their leader, my fellow student and friend General Valery Khalilov, with whom we studied and professed together at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow . It is a terrible loss for Russian music and art. All members of the Red Army Chorus MVD of the Russian National Guard join me in expressing their friendship to the families of the members of the Alexandrov Ensemble and the families of all the victims of this tragedy and to address our feelings to them More affectionate in this dramatic moment ”.
Alright, time for a brief splurge of thoughts regarding the peoples, and governments, of Chorus.
I think both sides have been wronged by theother, and they have legitimate grievances in their respective causes.
It’s potentially canon that the New Republic
consists of the more rural/outlying populaces of Chorus. (The fact that Armonia is under Federalist
control and the discussion of how the New Republic was given leave to exit the
pre-war government, which is difficult to reconcile with a bunch of heavily
urbanized areas wanting to vacate)
While the Federalist’s negative qualities are
readily apparent (authoritarianism, centralism), I don’t think canon does
enough justice to the potential sins of the New Republic. Just saying “booo, scary anarchistic
terrorists!!1!” is very non-descriptive.
(Although to be fair, limited run time and the fact that we heard that
statement from Doyle, someone who’s been entrenched in the war for a while,
makes it easy to dismiss as simple demonization of the opposition)
So, here’s some ideas for real grievances the
Federalists could hold against the New Republic (note, these are all pre-war,
as I suspect that once the bullets started flying, they didn’t ever really
stop) – corrupt regional officials (the further away you get from central government,
the easier it is to start setting-up little fiefdoms a la corrupt sheriffs in
the modern USA or corrupt magistrates in old Chinese history), tribalism (not
in the sense of ethnic populations, but in the “why are the g-men telling us to
hand over Bob, he didn’t break any law we recognize” kind of fashion), and high
societal acceptance of criminal activity (which ties into both of the previous
I think there is some interesting potential
symbolism in giving the Federalists a helmet with a single, dominant eye-piece. It’s reminiscent of Sauron, who is himself a
symbol of authoritarianism (and industrialism interestingly enough, something
that could be tied back to the potential urban/rural divide of the Federal
Also, note that both Locus and Felix have
elements of their “employers” helmet designs in their own. Locus’s is rounded, like the Federalists,
while Felix has angular elements and a visor to match the New Republic’s.
The war-front was likely very porous. Note how easy it was for the New Republic
forces to just roll on up into Armonia.
Potentially, the war (by the time of the Reds and Blues arrival) had
boiled down to a string of heavily fortified Federal outposts whose supply
lines kept being raided by the New Republic irregular forces.
The war had become total in a very real sense by
the end. Grey’s comment on armor and
civilians is probably the most enlightening bit there.