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  1. My fav example is Hongwu Emperor, paranoid and cruel tyrant who started successful dynasty, bringing peace and order to war torn China. His personality in later years reminds me of Stalin - he said once to execute thousands of citizens of Nanjing after one was heard talking about him without respect - not to mention thousands of officials with friends and families who fell victims to his paranoia. "First emperor" also seems like extremely cruel piece of work. Speaking of Stalin, USSR was strong empire for decades after his death, whatever else you can say about it, as such surviving WWII which killed about few dozens millions overall. Tyrans actually have pretty good track record on building sustainable empires particularly. Those were rarely forged without extreme cruelty, "fire and blood". Whether it was worth it is different thing entirely. I think Aegon I is much more pertinent example. He and his sisters used their dragons much more than Dany possibly could (simply b/c hers are much smaller) and it led to creation of Westeros, yay! Losing dragons eventually led to Targs losing empire and subsequent civil wars. So if anything history of Westeros teaches any prospective monarch that smart use of dragons is a way to go...
  2. I am sure Aegon will be another Martin's example that Best laid plans of mice and men (gang aft a-gley, which WTF)))). You can no more create ideal (or anywhere near ideal) king purposefully than you can fulfill prophecy by checking off requirements. It either happens orgаnicаlly or not аt аll. There are too many variables to predict them all. Bet we'll be shown it. Even Doran's best laid plans, as sympathetic as they are (he has good reason for revenge & put it off out of noble considerations) will end up in chaos via our merciless author. If Varys truly hopes to bring prosperity to Westeros by throwing it into horrible civil wаr and then brining his own creature to rule, his plans are even less likely to result in much good. Don't think Aegon will be another monster, hope not, its' getting old, too many absolute monstrosities already in series lauded for psychological realism, but his personality problems which already demonstrated themselves a bit (in this series such signs rarely lead to nothing, but usually portain trouble to come) will play their role together with difficult circumstances he'll be put in.
  3. Dany and Viserys had same blood and titles. And yet... In general, majority of important characters in the books are nobleborn. it stands to reason - few baseborn folks would be able to read or hold any influence. Davos is one of exceptions, from women, one can think of Willow, Ellaria Sand, Arya - sure, she's noble, but her fits are mostly of cunning and physical bravery, and her strength of character is all of her own.
  4. What a bizarre argument. Margaery is about to be married off to sadistic psychopath whether she wants it or not, she sees him humiliating his uncle and can imagine what will happen to her if she displeases him. For Roslin her marriage to Edmure is a dream come true, a once in a lifetime opportunity to get decent hustand and get away from Twins, where majority of offsprings and women especially are given as much respect as cattle. Only she won't become the Lady of Riverrun because her wedding is about to be turned into bloodbath. Btw, I was an excellent liar even as a child. My own mother couldn't tell if I am lying or not. Some people are just good actors. You believe in what you're saying in the moment so it's convincing. More relevantly, we'll soon see Sansa lying pretty convincingly under duress. ETA: If Tyrells didn't plan to kill Joffrey, it would be beyond moronic for them to use such an important and triumphant moment as Marge wedding into royal family to kill relatively unimportant guy like Tyrion, who can be killed at any time. Joffrey is harder to get to however and it's their last chance to do it before Marge becomes "spoiled goods".
  5. There was a talk about Russia in the thread and you guys either overestimate or underestimate Russian people. We're not scared organized crowd living in fear of police or MVD (not sure i've ever seen anyone from MVD in my life), we're more like part fatalist/part devil-may-care with some pointless panic thrown in people, who as soon as they hear about a new law, start coming up with ingenious ways to work around it (or ignore it straight up). Cops mostly only pretend to be busy, authorities are mostly lazy and/or corrupt, and nobody trusts them. I am surprised that at least Moscow citizens seem to have taken recommendations somewhat to heart. Here in my city, the stores, public transport and official organizations are full of elderly people sitting or standing as close to each other as possible. We have a week long moratorium on work beginning Monday (you know what I mean) and already tons of organizations are planning to keep on working anyway. People buy everything like crazy b/c they realize that the prices are about to shoot up so everywhere is very busy and orders are on the rise. I understand where this fatalism is coming from, I'd feel similarly myself if I didn't have to worry about my mother, though I'd still not act like a total asshole - why people can't stay two meters away from each other or take turns riding elevator is bizarre to me. I think typical russian attitude is this: 2 days after terrorist attack in our subway, journalists tried to enter subway with lots of metal in the bag. The gates at the entrance were pinging, however, the guards simply waved them through. It happened everywhere, including the very station that was hit by attack. There is a saying in my country (bad translation time) "The severity of laws is diminished by how unnecessary it is to follow them".
  6. I've just read that it's 793 people in Italy, in a day. Frigging day. It's good that some people can afford to self-isolate. I live with my mother in one apartment (Yes, I know how that sounds in US and most of Western Europe ) with one bathroom, which is typical for my country. I go to work (at least I don't have to use public transport), so if I get sick, she gets sick. and she has heart condition and type B diabetes. She wouldn't stay indoors in any case, nor do I think it's healthy not to do exercising in her age, it might be death sentence in itself. Wish I could convince her to just walk around without going to buy groceries, but I don't think it's humanly possible.
  7. Heh, he also thought women are obviously inferior to men, so yeah.
  8. But you like slavery better? Because that's what it sounds like. It's pretty funny to judge harshly a person for not respecting Dothraki superstition (and that's what it is) when you don't like them trying to stop a form of slavery where children are killed routinely and openly as means of production or just for fun. Putting an end to something like that should be anyone's top goal, by any means necessary. Those are weird priorities, I am just saying.
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