Posted by Christopher O'Regan on 17:45 2/2/02
In reply to: Xurno and some other stuff posted by Irgend Jemand on 16:09 12/31/01
Yes, Happy New Year, everyone! I don't know how they celebrate it in cooler climes, but New Years around here is an opportunity for general running around, quaffing and carousing and such. And the fireworks, of course.
Just on Xazno: Don't assume that colonies will automatically want their independence from the "mother country". Take for example the case of Australia: around the time of Federation nobody really thought that full independence from Britain was a good idea - we needed the strength of the Imperial Navy to safeguard us from the Asian hordes. Xurno similarly would provide more resources to fend off the barbarians. Britain also provided a market for wool, the mainstay of the economy. And while Aussies by this time of course were quite different to the Poms, they really did consider Britain a mother country, and the cultural ties were very strong. Better to be within the Empire than without it. Of course, times change . . .
And of course the Xurnese have laid great stress on the unity of the Axunaic peoples. I spose another anaology, a lot more tenuous, would be the Reunification in Germany (I don't however, pretend to know much about that). Their differences were not nearly as strong as their commonalities.
again, happy new year everyone, the last palindromic one we will have in a long time. . .
The Xazengri notables welcome the new Xurnese governor: "I'd like to welcome the arty bastard to God's own earth, and remind him that we don't like stuck-up sticky-beets here..."
(Perhaps Aussies get awfully tired of that sketch!)