Pop-culture of the Kaiserreich

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Raumfahrer Rolf is one of many alter egos of Calvin in the newspaper comic Calvin and Hobbes (1985-1995). In his tenth anniversary book, Bill Watterson explains the character of Rolf originated from a homework assignment from his German class in which an astronaut gets eaten by a monster. After college, Watterson submitted Raumfahrer Rolf to the newspaper syndicates but was rejected. In this early incarnation, Raumfahrer Rolf was a diminutive loudmouth (not unlike Calvin) with a Charlie Chaplin moustache, flying goggles and a cigar. He had a dimwitted assistant named Dummkopf and together they roamed space in a dirigible, crash-landing on planets and battling space monsters.

Years later when he created Calvin and Hobbes, he brought the character back. The character of Rolf drew inspiration from Watterson’s interest in the space race as well as TV shows like Flash Gordon and Weltraumforscher. From it’s over the top narrations peppered with faux German to the grand space opera adventures. Watterson says that while limited in narrative potential, they were still very fun to draw.
 
In the 21st Century, game like Eve Online could be made, but what would the four empires be like? There would almost certainly be a Space! Prussia/Germany up there, and a stand-in for the Syndicalists. But what about the other factions?
 
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In the 21st Century, game like Eve Online could be made, but what would the four empires be like? There would almost certainly be a Space! Prussia/Germany up there, and a stand-in for the Syndicalists. But what about the other factions?
From what I recall the factions are basically totalitarian slave empire, corporatocracy, progressive democracy apparently known for the porn industry and the occasional bout of ultranationalism, and a revolutionary state that broke off from the slave empire but has since lost a lot of its moral high ground through state sponsored terrorism and mass historical revisionism.

So if I was to guess, I would say that the revolutionary state may be more unambiguously positive, or the empire being a faction that you can't start as depending on who exactly made the game, but tbh I don't think the states would be obvious stand-ins. The corporatocracy faction IRL is Finnish for example, not exactly a country known for it's ruthless capitalism.
 
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Wild (2016), a German drama film directed by Nicolette Krebitz and starring Lilith Stangenberg. The film focuses on an introverted young woman named Ania (Stangenberg), living in dreary German city, encounters a wild wolf purely by chance at the edge of town. An instant connection occurs between them, awakening a new passion in Ania. She soon lures the beast to her apartment, where after some haphazard attempts to domesticate it, the two manage to create a bond. Eventually Ania choses to leave the city behind, moving into her late grandfather's cabin deep in the woods, alongside her lupin companion.

While some of the elements of the movie seemed controversial in conservative nations like the Kaiserreich, such as Ania's apparent wild obsession with the wolf (and some of the more intimate scenes she has with it), the film has received praises with many critics in Germany and across the globe. It even won third place in the Mitteleuropa Film Festival in Warsaw.
 
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What would a AUS version of Star Wars be like?

The initially obscure politician Palpatine becomes the local governor of swamp planet Naboo and becomes a beloved, benevolent leader there. Then, the honorable populist Palpatine gains popularity in the rest of the galaxy and runs for Supreme Chancellor, only for the corrupt, evil elites of the Galactic Republic to try to keep him out of power by any means necessary. The evil elites even attempt to assassinate him, but their plans fail. Palpatine then leads a revolution against the elites of the Galactic Republic and forms the Galactic Union State.

However, after taking over, some conservative separatists calling themselves the Confederacy of Indepedent Systems and some evil Syndicalist terrorists calling themselves the "Rebel Alliance" wage a war against him.
 
The initially obscure politician Palpatine becomes the local governor of swamp planet Naboo and becomes a beloved, benevolent leader there. Then, the honorable populist Palpatine gains popularity in the rest of the galaxy and runs for Supreme Chancellor, only for the corrupt, evil elites of the Galactic Republic to try to keep him out of power by any means necessary. The evil elites even attempt to assassinate him, but their plans fail. Palpatine then leads a revolution against the elites of the Galactic Republic and forms the Galactic Union State.

However, after taking over, some conservative separatists calling themselves the Confederacy of Indepedent Systems and some evil Syndicalist terrorists calling themselves the "Rebel Alliance" wage a war against him.
Do you think a PSA, Federalist or even New England version of Star Wars would be different from OTL?
 
I had an idea about a comic featuring a socialist working-class hero called the Joker, who lacks superpowers and fights using his wits to produce tools and traps to fight criminals with. His main enemy is the Lord of Bats, a blood-sucking vampire that terrorizes the commune of Gotham at night, whose real identity is revealed to be an unscrupulous capitalist with connections to the German arms industry.

Joker's catchphrase is "Why so serious?", playfully said to seething criminals after they've fallen into one of his traps.
 
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I had an idea about a comic featuring a socialist working-class hero called the Joker, who lacks superpowers and fights using his wits to produce tools and traps to fight criminals with. His main enemy is the Lord of Bats, a blood-sucking vampire that terrorizes the commune of Gotham at night, whose real identity is revealed to be an unscrupulous capitalist with connections to the German arms industry.

Joker's catchphrase is "Why so serious?", usually said to seething criminals after they've fallen into one of his traps.
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Paris, je t'aime (Paris, I love you)

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A 2007 anthology movie set in Paris, this film focuses on 18 separate love stories set in the Commune capital, following characters raging from factory workers, union leaders, visitors from other Syndicalist nations such as American and Britain, and refugees from the Russian State or Qing China.
 
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A poster for the Chinese anime Delta
The story tells that after a global blue flash burst in 2033, many huge unknown cracks appeared on the earth. Everything is unknown to mankind... In a world after a disaster, where is the future of mankind, and what will happen to the future of the little people in this huge disaster.
 

On January 22, 2021, an anime television series adaptation produced by Warner Bros. Japan and animated by Asahi Production was announced and is set to air sometime in 2022. The series is directed by Shigeru Ueda, with Hideyuki Kurata handling series composition, Masaki Yamada designing characters, and Takashi Watanabe composing the music.The opening theme song "BAD CANDY" is performed by yukaDD.
 
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Clifton: a long running humorous spy-genre comic book series widely popular in the Internationale, first published in 1959. The series focuses on the adventures an eccentric R.E.D. agent named Harold Wilberforce Clifton as he travels the world fighting against the nefarious forces of German Imperialism and global Capitalism (but often in a very family friendly manner). In recent years, as relations between the Syndicalist and non-Syndicalist nations became more stable, Clifton's missions involved taking on proto-Totalists and NatPop organizations. As of 2003, Clifton was later partnered with a young woman named Jade, whom he eventually formed a May-December relationship with.

Currently an animated series is being produced for Syndiflix as well as live action film series.
 
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Just how the Pacific States used the Western genre to solidify its national mythos, the Northern or Northwestern genre was used by Canada to fulfill a similar purpose.

The stories are primarily set in western Canada or Alaska during the late 19th or early 20th century. The protagonist is commonly a Mountie who fulfills the same role as a Cowboy or Sheriff in a Western setting. Other characters include lumberjacks, fur traders, outlaws, smugglers, prospectors, Native Americans, and settlers. Common settings were the boreal forests, mining towns, isolated cabins and tundra. The primary antagonist in a Northern is usually the wilderness, or the weather or other natural enemies that the protagonists must overcome. Animals were a common in the genre either as companions or as the antagonist.

Unlike the Western genre, there are no outlaws or lawlessness. Even in a crime centric Northern, the side of law and order is always done by the Mounties, who are the paragons of Canadian's values and principals. A typical story outline of a Northern involving Mounties is the pursuit, confrontation and capture. The chase taking place across the Canadian wilderness.

The genre first gained traction in the 1920’s then exploded in popularity in the 1930’s thanks to the Canadian government giving generous subsidies to promote the genre. Its popularity would eventually taper off by the late 1950’s.
 
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Just how the Pacific States used the Western genre to solidify its national mythos, the Northern or Northwestern genre was used by Canada to fulfill a similar purpose.

The stories are primarily set in western Canada or Alaska during the late 19th or early 20th century. The protagonist is commonly a Mountie who fulfills the same role as a Cowboy or Sheriff in a Western setting. Other characters include lumberjacks, fur traders, outlaws, smugglers, prospectors, Native Americans, and settlers. Common settings were the boreal forests, mining towns, isolated cabins and tundra. The primary antagonist in a Northern is usually the wilderness, or the weather or other natural enemies that the protagonists must overcome. Animals were a common in the genre either as companions or as the antagonist.

Unlike the Western genre, there are no outlaws or lawlessness. Even in a crime centric Northern, the side of law and order is always done by the Mounties, who are the paragons of Canadian's values and principals. A typical story outline of a Northern involving Mounties is the pursuit, confrontation and capture. The chase taking place across the Canadian wilderness.

The genre first gained traction in the 1920’s then exploded in popularity in the 1930’s thanks to the Canadian government giving generous subsidies to promote the genre. Its popularity would eventually taper off by the late 1950’s.
Gotta admit they make the Mounties look cool
 
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Dudley Do-Right was a character that started out with a segment on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, and eventually grew in popularity to garner feature length film and an amusement park attraction. Dudley Do-Right is a dim-witted officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who tries and fails to foil the plans of his nemesis Snidely Whiplash while also trying to win the affections of Nell Fenwick who is daughter of his boss Inspector Fenwick. A running gag of the show was that Nell had affections for Dudley’s horse named Horse. The show’s style was in parody of early Northern genre style of films that were popular in Canada at the time.

Despite being beloved by Canadians today, it was not always the case. When it first aired the Canadian government banned Dudley Do-Right as being subversive propaganda that carried a 15-year prison sentence for anyone caught viewing the show. The show’s creators and their voice actors also received lifetime bans from entering Canada. The ban would eventually be lifted in 1986 thanks to a successful petition.

 

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