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  1. So you ask for lore accurate and them immediately turn it around and say no lmao

  2. Then you must not understand my meaning, or you're trolling.

  3. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. In my opinion it is a STUNNING novel, but it is so. Damn. Creepy. Absolutely would not fault anyone for hating it, was the entire plot gives me the heebie jeebies, but I also devoured it in a day.

  4. "Lolita" would be my answer as well. Creepy, sensual and insane, insightful and dangerous. One of the most taboo and original works in human history.

  5. Read the first two Chinaski novels and yeah, I tend to agree. Beautifully ugly, if that makes any sense.

  6. Kentucky. From what I remember, we were taught a rather sanitized version of events. Not precisely Lost Cause Theory, but a more generalized, less detailed "states rights" interpretation, that included slavery but didn't accentuate its importance.

  7. That’s interesting, considering Kentucky was a border state between the Union and CSA where it was split about 50/50 of people who supported the Union and ones who supported the CSA.

  8. Yeah that's kinda what it felt like growing up. There were good old boys with rebel flags on their pickup, but also those who took pride in the Kentuckian resistance, such as at the Battle of Perryville.

  9. Hmm interesting thank you, but I come bearing more questions 😅. So I'm a little confused, what do you mean by "...religion is organized..." Am I gonna have to transfer faiths or something?

  10. Essentially yes, you could either convert to an Organized Faith (Catholicism, Orthodox, Ash'ari, etc.), or, perhaps if you're feeling more ambitious, you can reform the Unorganized Faith of the native Prussians (Vidilism, I think?) if you control all of their Holy Sites.

  11. Holy shit. I didn't even realize I could edit the faith, lol I just got this game for PS5. Thank you though

  12. No problem, have fun! 😉 As the Player you can get really nutty with making your own Faiths, and reviving ancient, dead Faiths like Greco-Roman Hellenism, Zunism, or ancient Celtic Paganism.

  13. I'd go for restoring the Armenian Empire. I think there's a decision for Armenian characters? If I were you, I think I'd replace the light cavalry with light footmen or pikemen. Armenia and the surrounding counties are largely hilly and mountainous, and your light cavalry will be at a disadvantage in those terrains.

  14. Hey thanks for the reply much appreciated. I do plan to create great Armenia, i just need to wait for biz to fall. All holy sites are on to do list but only one so far.

  15. It may be wise to willingly submit to the Byzantines. You may be able to dismantle the Empire from within, and, especially in the early game, it can be quite advantageous to remain a vassal. Over time you can renegotiate your feudal contract to become an immensely powerful vassal and enjoy the protection of a large empire at the same time.

  16. David the Gnome, and, though not necessarily a fictional character, Abigail Adams from John Adams (HBO)

  17. I think doing this kind of commentary twice a week gets old, and that people should just adopt the mindset that convincing other people how to have fun is a fruitless endeavour. Especially when the lede is "unpopular opinion."

  18. Since when does sharing one's opinion constitute a "fruitless endeavor"? All that I said was that a certain playstyle that seems to be rather popular, was not for me, and that I preferred what I considered to be a more rewarding strategy.

  19. It's not a different perspective. It's something that's said literally twice a week.

  20. I beg your pardon, but if I had seen such a post, I likely would not have made mine. Granted, I did see one that criticized the implementation of the "Genius" trait, but not the popular strategy of targeting inheritable traits as such.

  21. This is a nice coin but WAY overpriced. You should check out the current auction on Vcoins. There are a lot of Sasanian coins open for bidding including several of Khosrau II. This one is currently at $24:

  22. Beautiful! Thank you, very much! I'm particularly enamored of Sasanian history, and this would be a lovely beginning to my collection.

  23. Happy to help. Sasanians are fun to collect because they’re cheap and often in really great condition with sharp details. Good luck and welcome to the hobby!

  24. Seems like an unintentionally excellent place to start, before I might try for more ambitious purchases.

  25. I am not a professional historian, but this is, as I understand it, what happened to the Visigoths. They intermixed, socially, culturally, religiously and sexually with the many other peoples of the Iberian Peninsula. This intermixture included the Roman Spaniards and older, native peoples, as well as the Germanic Suebi, who also settled in Iberia. Later, as you said, there were the Moors, who also intermingled with the Visigoths.

  26. Edit: thanks for the advice everyone! My heir had a martial education, and with some changes to my men-at-arms, I think I'll be able to outmatch the Tulunids.

  27. I have the same problem. Probably should have written a comprehensive outline from start to finish. About a year ago I just started writing as if it were a novel. Essentially brute forcing myself through the plot. Now that I'm about 400 pages in, I've taken time to outline multiple areas of the story across different periods of time, from different POVs. It's been an arduous, challenging process, but I've slowly been tying multiple plot threads, storylines and themes together.

  28. "You tell me that law is above freedom of utterance. And I reply that you can have no wise laws nor free entertainment of wise laws unless there is free expression of the wisdom of the people - and, alas, their folly with it. But if there is freedom, folly will die of its own poison, and the wisdom will survive. That is the history of the race. It is proof of man's kinship with God. You say that freedom of utterance is not for time of stress, and I reply with the sad truth that only in time of stress is freedom of utterance in danger. No one questions it in calm days, because it is not needed. And the reverse is true also; only when free utterance is suppressed is it needed, and when it is needed, it is most vital to justice.

  29. I have a much less erudite quote to add to your own, "What can men do against such reckless hate?"

  30. "They referred to the rise of Hitler through propaganda and public speeches, implying that if he and others had not been allowed to speak, the atrocities of the Nazis would not have happened."

  31. I suppose they think that if he'd been suppressed more thoroughly, the evil to follow would not have occurred.

  32. Yes. Someone should not be allowed to explain why murdering me is good!

  33. Yes they should, as it allows everyone else, including their would-be supporters to see them for what they are. Shutting them down only forces them underground. It creates selection pressure for secrecy and resentment. Give them a platform, and watch them lose it by their own hand.

  34. Creating pressure to be secret is good actually. Makes them paranoid & less effective.

  35. Paranoia is not a good thing to engender in an extremist group, or anyone for that matter. It makes people desperate and afraid. Shutting down their ability to effectively communicate draws people into extremism, not away from it.

  36. OOP just wanted his chair back, it really tied the party together did it not?

  37. The jungles of Tiregonia are swarming with poisonous insects, infested with deadly diseases, and teeming with tribes hostile to most outsiders. It is unwise to venture beyond the Isperadi or Gerannois colonies along the coast.

  38. Land your heir with a feudal title, and when they inherit it should convert your government.

  39. Local 58 and Mandela Catalogue really disturbed me after watching. Trouble sleeping, seeing faces under my eyelids, jumpiness, etc. I actually was scared of the Moon the night after watching Local 58. So yeah, I don't think you're alone...

  40. What are these Local 58 and Mandela Catalogue you speak of? I’m super intrigued but also too scared to look them up because I’m a baby lol. Also sorry if this is a stupid question, I’m kind of new here.

  41. While I haven't elaborated on it yet (still working out the kinks), there is a Thanksgiving analog in the history of my stories' New World. However in my world it was the result of a political marriage and long-standing alliance between the settlers and natives that was largely mutually respected across time. This lead to a vastly different geopolitical landscape in my Americas analog.

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