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  1. There's been several threads surrounding this topic but I'm still somewhat indecisive in regards to the theoretical pararells between ASIOAF and real life history. Many claim Westeros is a super sized British Isles, whereas others tend to liken each of the seven kingdoms and different Western European countries I think it it a cross between the two sentiments: Westeros as a whole clearly alludes to Great Britain historically, culturally, and geographically, while the autonomous regions draws inspiration to various European states and peoples. Although, the second part suggests more vague comparisons, in my mind the parallels can be drawn like this: The North= Combination of Scotland, Northern England, Scandinavia, and Siberia. Reasons for Scotland and Northern England- 1.The disctiveness of the regions Great Britan 2.House Stark=House York of Yorkshire in Northen England Reasons for Scandinavia- 1.Similar Climate and geography. 2. Northmen and the real life Norsemen are reminscinet to me (more so than Ironborn and the Norsemen). 3.Also, the Northern English connection has Norse roots there's an inherent connection there Siberia=Beyond The Wall This is mostly due to the similar geography and biome. This comparison gets a little fuzzy because this would imply wildings are in essence equivalent to the indigenous people of Siberia, although the wall is equivalent to Hadrian's Wall, leading others to believe the wildings are Scots. However, of the wildings are akin to Siberians, that implies the North is European Russia. This would work because Russia have been hard to invade throughout history due to its severe winters, and has a distinct Slavic culture as opposed to Western Europe. The Riverlands=Low Countries mixed with Central Europe The Reach= France The Vale = Switzerland Dorne=Spain, Portugal, possibly Turkey King's Landing=London+Rome 2.0 (I'll come back to this) Crowlands=Italy Iron Islands= Isle of Man Now, out of all the regions, I am especially ambiguous on where to place the Stormlands and the Westerlands. The Westerlands- Reminds me of Germany, but everyone seems to say it is mEngland The Stormlands- The Balkans being the Stormlands makes sense geographically. And the Baratheon look reminds me of Eastern Europeans, however the Storm King history is says to parallel that of the Holy Roman Empire and Prussia. Could the kingdom be a cross between the Baltic countries in the North and Balkan pensiula in the south? Essos: Valyrian Freehold= Ancient Rome (Roman Republic specifically) Ghiscari =Cathragian Empire Slaver's Bay=Phonecian city states Free Cities= Ressiance Italy city-states Bravos=Venice x Amerstdam climate People groups: First Men= Celtic Britons Anglo-Saxons=Andals Targaryens= Normans King's Landing explanation: The Targs are analogous to the Normans, yet share a secondary analog to the Romans by virtue of being Valyrian. 100 years after the Doom of Valyria, Aegon I conquerored Westeros and united the Seven Kingdoms under the Iron Throne (apart from Dorne who we all now was never conquered). Therefore, King's Landinng is in essence the Valyria of the West, Old Valyria restored, Valyria 2.O etc. Likewise to how after the Fall of Rome, Constinapole aka Byzantium was still strong. Akin to King's Landing being Valyria of the West during the time of Targaryens, Byzantium was the Rome of the East. In all respects, I'm aware each people or region does not 100% pure analogs but many are loosely based on certain civilizations and ethic groups in western history. Is there any information that you guys know of that could help support the areas of I'm unclear of? Feel free to share alternative suggestions too.
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