i never quite imagined what he would become
the american revolutionary war really fascinates me because it’s kind of amazing to think that the europeans basically created a colony that would go on to become a superpower- who would go on to profoundly shape the world in the centuries to come.
for me i’d portray the split between alfred and arthur them as being more coldly antagonistic than sad- their dynamics would be more of a power struggle. imo, alfred’s mixed feelings go only as far as because in 1776, about 15-20% of americans were loyalists-and while some of them were motivated by seeing england as a “mother country”, other concerns were more pragmatic: the british empire had protection and resources, or they were sympathetic to the rebel’s demands, but simply wanted any disputes to be resolved diplomatically. furthermore, in comparison, approx 45% supported the rebellion.
so headcanon: alfred has been ambitious from the very beginning- he knows he cannot be great unless he breaks free from british rule. emotionally, he resents being a colony with no proper representation and say over his destiny. and england here is bloody pissed off his ungrateful, young charge had the nerve to rebel- and has won. he’s pissed that the jewel of his empire has gone and run off and forestalled his imperial ambitions.
stupid boy- did you forget that it is winter now, and this is my house?
One of the major turning points of WW2! Hitler’s attempts to invade the Soviet Union, codenamed Barbarossa- ended disastrously and shattered the image of Nazi invincibility. They initially made good progress- until General Winter came to the aid of Russia. Still, the winter wasn’t abnormally colder than other years- plus the Soviets had to contend with the exact same conditions. Hitler, however, was so convinced of Soviet inferiority that he believed the conquest of the USSR would be long over before the winter set in.
So there was no proper logistical planning: the Wehrmacht had no winter uniforms, and were unprepared for fighting in conditions below freezing point- compared to the Soviets who were well-used to such weather and had specially adapted their uniforms, guns and tanks to the winter. Many German soldiers suffered frostbite, malnutrition or froze to death because the supply lines stretched so far back over roads in very poor condition. Guns and tanks iced over, and some panzers even broke down completely or got stuck in mud (the Soviets had a different type of tank with wider treads that minimised this problem). This was an incredibly costly campaign for both sides- but the Germans made expensive mistakes that frittered away their advantage.
"If he wants to choke off Berlin- then I’ll airlift everything the city needs- and he can’t do a thing, because how does one justify shooting down a cargo plane loaded with baby milk or ladies’ stockings eh?"
whohoo more historical hetalia! the Berlin Blockade this time- another key flashpoint in the Cold War. The Americans, British and French responded with the Berlin Airlift- which delivered everything the city needed until the Soviets finally caved. There was quite a lot of anxiety because it looked as though the US and USSR might start another war just after one had ended.
Basically, the larger picture was that the Americans, British and French had kind of reversed on the original positions agreed with the Soviet Union as to what they’d do with post-war Germany. They no longer were willing to dismantle German industry or hobble its economy. (which was intended to “neuter” Germany from becoming a threat ever again- because Hitler had rearmed Germany despite it being under the WW1 restrictions by producing arms in German factories). The US was especially convinced it was essential to remake Germany into Europe’s economic powerhouse- and one necessity was currency reform to deal with the hyperinflation and other problems.
The USSR viewed the economic revival of Germany as a threat- because of Germany’s history of invading Russia- as it did in 1941 (Operation Barbarossa). Furthermore, the city of Berlin was inside the Soviet zone- the post war agreement had cut it up further into the East/West zones administered by the USSR and the US, France and UK respectively. So- allowing the currency reforms to occur in West Berlin would pretty much create a capitalist enclave in heart of the Communist Soviet zone- and threaten the USSR’s attempt to create a non-capitalist, friendly Eastern German zone. There was quite a lot of suspicion towards the Americans because at this point, they also had a monopoly over the atomic bomb.
a house divided
the historical hetalia roll continues- here’s Union!America during the American Civil War. The Union are the Northern states, so that’s why he has lost Texas. Up till today, it is the most deadly conflict in American history- partly because the soldiers who died on both sides are counted as Americans. But it really was an extremely destructive war- and a pivotal point in US history- because although it forever ended slavery, it opened a whole new can of worms about racial equality from then on. Even till today, there are disputes over people flying the Confederate flag- as some view it as just a homage to Southern culture, whereas others view it as inextricably linked to slavery.
My headcanon is that the Civil War was the worst Alfred has ever been injured- and he was literally fighting for his survival because the war did not just tear apart the idea of the United States, but forced him to finally confront the issue of slavery and the unfulfilled promise of the “all men are equal” within his Constitution, because it went to the heart of the entire idea behind America as a nation.
1945: Perhaps they will kill us all
i really like the idea that China and Iran are like BFFs because they’re both very old nations who managed to outlast their peers. They’d both sometimes be a little detached and cynical from living so long- and seeing even the greatest empires like in Greece, Rome, Byzantine rise and fall. So there is a kind of acceptance and fatalism that no matter how great a nation you are, it can just all fall apart no matter how hard you try- that kind of awareness the superpowers don’t quite have. Although the introduction of nuclear weapons made the possibility of a nation disappearing from one day to the next real, through their eyes, the Cold War is at its heart just another chapter in the age-old story of human strife they’ve seen innumerable times. And one part of them is reallyyyyy tired of living that long- that they wouldn’t mind an end to their journey through eternity.
Also, in many ways they do see their old selves in the superpowers- because they were once extremely influential empires that the much of the world swayed to. Although the USSR and US never claimed to be empires- they pretty much were- in the way they each had their sphere of influence and a lot of countries like Germany pretty much became pawns in a larger power struggle.
I… I-I don’t..-
w-why would you tell me that?? oh my god!
.. that’s some deep shit.
I really did not need this right now—
2p M!A: 2/8