Given the number of aspersions he cast on my character, I'm not hugely fond of him either.Thanks I hate him.
I take it that Mr Hume, Eʃq. failed in his goal of edification of diverse readers?That was...
What is the opposite of enlightening?
More seriously, this chapter was partly meant to be having fun writing in the character of TTL's equivalent of Clive Pompous-Arse, but there are some genuine nuggets of foreshadowing there, buried deep in Mr Hume, Eʃq.'s rather turgid, torturous and twisted prose... damn, now I'm starting to sound like him. @LostInNewDelhi has already started to draw some of those bits of foreshadowing out, and there are others.
In his case, the writer and the reader are two individuals separated by a common language.He speaks English, and yet he's somehow more incomprehensible than the Scots-speaking professor from Look to the West VII...
That's close to the mark, but as you note, there's more going on that.Reading this I assumed that the Scottish "monarchy" is now something like one of the African traditional monarchies-- a primarily cultural institution nowadays, with most of its political power outsourced to a state of republican or "Common-Wealthick" persuasion. I still think I'm right, but also that it goes deeper than that:
There's several different ideological threads which have led to TTL's modern world being the way it is. Solidarity Jenkins is a labour organiser par excellence, and he's also the co-author of something called The Nationalist Manifesto, a nineteenth-century document where some brief excerpts have been used as opening quotes in a couple of chapters. Without going into too much detail, I'd note that Mr Hume, Eʃq. had no concept of there being such a thing as a national government. The basic modern conception of sovereignty goes to the nation-state, but ITTL Mr Hume, Eʃq. (and others) have drawn a sharp distinction between what a state is and what a nation is.Some kingless state governs the entirety of Britain, yet it is nothing more than that-- a state. There is no British nationality, the people of the island instead have one of 3 (or possibly more?) nationalities which predate the state, and have the right to autonomous institutions even to the point of having a monarchy. We've seen this ideology before, in the form of panollidism and other concepts associated with this Solidarity Jenkins... so evidently that whole thing took off in a big way, and the ideology invented to help the Congxie survive as a nation without a state has taken over several states, and made them acknowledge their own constituent nations
France may go through a Revolution, or it just may adopt a revolutionary attitude.Looking forward to whatever monism ends up being-- I get the feeling France would hew to it, if it responds to its regionalist-labor movements by going "what nations are we talking about? I only see one :^)" But that assumes a France which goes through a Revolution in a familiar time and of a familiar nature, which is impossible.