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    How long had the north wanted independence for?

    I don't think they cared much for independence until Ned Stark was killed. They live in a feudal system: Commoners are ruled by their lord, and don't care much about the crown. Lords care about their own privileges and quarrels, try to keep their own vassals under control while trying to chip away and steal advantages, privileges and bits of power from their neighbors and from their own lieges... The Starks probably chafed under the Targaryan rule at times, but they probably were too busy with their own problems to care about the south most of the time...
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    So why are the dead such a threat?

    The NK is doing what he was created for: Wiping all humans on Westeros. The fact that he kept enough personality to resent his creators and turn against them was a bug in his programming, but he still follows the main directive...
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    [Spoilers] Rant and Rave Without Repercussion

    It's kinda sad that Tyrion's role in this season seems to be reduced to induce Daenerys to commit mistakes. She could have won the war first day if she had attacked on arrival and torched the Red Keep, burnt the soldiers on the city walls and set the gates on fire, no need to harm KL itself... The Reach and Dorne (Olenna and Ellaria) would have followed her. The North (Jon) would have to bend the knee if he wanted any help against the WW. Either Sansa or Littlefinger would have to make the Vale follow her too, because, what other option do they have? Sansa wants to save the North, and Littlefinger doesn't want to die defending the Vale against the "foreign invaders". Dany could get Edmure to bend the knee easily. The Stormlands are without a leader, and they don't even seem to be trying to resist Cersei, so, why would they make a stand against Dany? We have seen that Dany could easily destroy the Lannister army and take Casterly Rock, so, no problem there... However, following Tyrion's advice has made her pile mistake on mistake and accumulate losses... I don't even know why she does still keep him around. People claim that telling her not to go to the Land Beyond the Wall with her dragons was good advice, but Dany will have to do that sooner or later (what is she going to do, keep her dragons in reserve until the WW breach the Wall?), and she didn't know about the NK's ice super-javelin. If something, their mistake was to not get away fast enough... Yeah, why the hell didn't they take Ghost with them? Ghost could probably have detected the undead army from miles away. Ghost can act as an advanced scout, and even if they don't send him ahead and keep him by Jon, he could probably hear and smell those 100,000 wights a couple days before they even meet them...
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    How did The Reach lose?

    The Reach lost because D&D want to start cutting loose threads. They had no more use for the Reach once the Tyrells were exterminated, so they got rid of it... Realistically speaking, there is no way the Lannisters could beat the Reach on their own...
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    [twow Spoilers] Arianne II, Part 2

    I don't really like the Elric of Melnibone books... Elric kind of... passively allows his fate to carry him... When he does something good/right/intelligent, it is usually because a wiser character is telling him that it his his fate or that he was chosen or just that is the best option; otherwise he willingly falls in the snares of Chaos, surrending to his destiny... There isn't any real character growth... he is like "woe of me, damned to this terrible fate I'm barely doing anything to avoid!"
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Everybody is related to everybody, and every genetic marker can be found in every place in the world. For every genetic marker you can find in Walles, there are people in Southeast Asia with that genetic markers. However, those tests don't rely on a single genetic marker to pinpoint you as having Welsh ancestry; they use all the genetic markers to calculate a guess. Those tests rely on using Probability Theory to try to make a good guess about where your ancestors came from. If you have a lot of genetic markers that are common among the Welsh, and you lack many genetic markers that are common among other related populations, there is a decent chance that many of your ancestors came from Walles. However, there are more than 7,000,000,000 people in the world, so freaky stuff happens. There probably is a guy in Malaysia who got, by chance, a lot of genetic markers that are common in Walles.
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    Board Issues 4

    I can't read the content of many posts that include quotes.
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    So who would you bend the knee to?

    Most people have to follow the lead of their direct liege, so they don't really have an option to choose, and those who dare to resist their lieges tend to be harshly puhished. On the other hand, those who follow their lieges and are defeated tend to escape with a slap on the writst from the winners, if they bend the knee quickly. Taking that into account, the sensible thing to do is to follow your direct liege. It seems that there were some lucky lords who were in a position in which they could avoid sending their troops to support anybody and got away with it. If I could,I would indeed do that. Now,if I were a wandering knight without lands or titles or bonds... -I would never follow Balon Greyjoy (screw those murpillapists!). -I'm sorry for the Freefolk, but I don't want the northen women to be kidnapped and raped, so Mance Rayder has to fall. -Joffrey was a psycho, so nope. -Stannis had potential, but he had killed his brother with black magic, burned people as sacrifice, was influenced by a sinister woman who was either an evil con artist with magical powers or a crazy fanatic, and last but not least, the way he treated his loyal maester Cressen, the man who raised his as if he were his own son, the only person who truly loved Stannis, repelled me. I don't want to serve a man who treates his followers that way once they cease to be useful. -I don't like the idea of an mentally unstable inbred family controlling a continent with weapons of mass destruction, so goodbye, Daenerys. -Beric was nice, but he could never end the war or make peace. So I guess it has to be Robb Stark, despite his huge fumbles.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Doran will probably hand Ellaria and all his nieces to Cersei or whoever rules at KL in exchange for the return of Trystane.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP510 Discussion

    Holy... Well, let look for the silver lining: Sothoyros may become a pretty nice, disease-free, temperate place during the incoming glacial age that nobody will be able to stop (or even try to stop it because everybody will be too busy fighting everybody else)...
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    Board Issues 4

    The search function doesn't work for me. I can't view new content or view my content. Is anybody else having this problem, or am I the only one? I would like to know before contancting the mods. EDIT: I have read the answer in another post.
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Many urban Roman slaves were freed and created their own families. The promise of freedom was used to encourage them to work more efficiently, and later you could still count on them working for you or giving you money so they could free their mates and children. And many female slaves were impregnated and gave birth ot their master's children, and those children in turn had a higher chance of being freed. The rural slaves, who were of the unskilled, cheap, low-profit-per-head sort, on the other hand, received a much worse treatment, usually didn't have mates or children of their own, and weren't expected to become free, but to work until death or to be "released" (meaning, "dumped") once they were too old and weak to work anymore. The Romans also recruited soldiers in many corners of the Empire, and those usually were recruited while very young, served for 20 years and then settled in another part of the Empire, usually in colonies where they received a house and land. So yes, there was genetic exchange between the roman provinces. About the Celts, they are connected to the Hallstatt and La Tène cultures, whose original core was in Central Europe, but those people came in turn from somewhere else. The Celts spoke Indo-european languages, and it is thought that the Indo-european languages were brought to Europe by people who migrated from Central Asia. That doesn't mean that the people who came from Central Asia were already Celt. Those people contributed genetically and culturally to most cultures in Europe to some extent, and the Celts were just one of those.
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    Those markers are mutations that originated in Great Britain and have spread a lot in GB but not so much outside it, or even ones that originated outside GB but got mostly extinct elsewhere while prospering in the island. Not all British people have all the markers, but most "ethnic British" have several of them. Some could have very few of those markers, it's all a matter of chances, like buying a bingo card. As I said, those markers can get lost. You only inherit half the markers from each parent on average, but a person could by chance pass even less to his descendants. 12'5 % of your genes come from your great-grandfather, so you should have about a 12'5 % of his markers, but by chance you could have received a lesser amount. I guess your English great-great-grandparent could have a lesser amount of those markers than average and have passed less than average to his children, who in turn passed less than average to their own. The test detects enough of those markers to claim that you have british ancestors, but not enough to detect that you have a 12,5 % of British ancestry.
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    Who Are We Anyway: Tracing Our History

    But what do you want to research? Only your direct male bloodline? Or all of your ancestry? And how far back? If you go back only a couple centuries you will find about 64 great-great-great-great-great-granparents who would come from different countries, and each in turn have ancestors from different countries and races. And if you go back a couple thousand years, well everybody in the world who lived then and had descendants is your ancestor. Everybody is basically a mix of everything in different proportions. If she's Irish then it should be normal to have Great Britain markers. If you go back far enough, every Irish person has some British ancestors and every British person has some Irish ancestors. You also have to take into account that markers can get lost. You don't have all the DNA of all your many ancestors, only a bit from each of them. You have a bunch of ancestors that aren't detected by those tests. If you have Iberian ancestors, for example, you have Black, North African, Italian, Greek, Phoenician (Caananean), Jew, Celtic, Germanic...etc., ancestors. If you have Russian ancestors you have Slav, Nordic, Mongol, Turkish...etc., ancestors.
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