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  1. Depends how the burning of KL is interpreted. And thank you very much for your concerns, I do know what a dictionary is
  2. Arakan

    Tywin's Sack of KL vs Dany's burning of KL

    No it’s not. Great observation
  3. Arakan

    Tywin's Sack of KL vs Dany's burning of KL

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sack_of_Magdeburg The sacking of Magdeburg in 1631 during the 30 Years War would have been a more apt reference point if one ones to take an example out of German history. But the firebombing of Dresden is relatively well-known in the West, it’s more recent and its quite controversial in the Anglo-American sphere. It’s actually not a really good reference point but here you go.
  4. Arakan

    Tywin's Sack of KL vs Dany's burning of KL

    No I don’t refer to Dresden. Magdeburg 1631 would be my reference point when it comes to the total burning of a „medieval“ city. 20k our of 25k perished mostly due to the massive fires. Oh and of course Tywin was a bona fide machiavellist but at least he never pretended to be something else
  5. Problem is, given the infrastructural and technical circumstances, Westeros is way too big to be ruled absolutely. The Targaryens at the height of their power pre-Dance had good power projection capabilities but even that was not enough.
  6. Arakan

    Tywin's Sack of KL vs Dany's burning of KL

    Well... Tywin‘s sacking of KL would surely be considered a grievous war crime in our modern times, no doubt about that. But as brutal and evil as it was, it is something which happened in Eurasian history ten thousands of times. The books tell us of „hundreds of deaths“ due to the Tywin‘s sacking, so maybe 1500-2000 civilian victims of the massacre. Dany‘s annihiliation of KL on the other hand well this is not only a different ballpark, it’s a different ball game. And one has to really look to find something comparable in the sheer scale. The mongols really could go berserk if a city defied them, the history books of China, India, the Middle East and Eastern Europe/Russia are full of those atrocities. The only comparison I could find in Eurasian history is the annilihation of Bagdad in 1258, given the size and importance of the city and the sheer magnitude of the slaughtering. We all saw the pictures of the burning of KL, we all saw the pillaging and slaughtering done by the Dothraki and Westerosi allies of Dany. Assuming the city had a population of 500.000 at the time, and considering the obvious lack of bomb shelters, it is not far fetched to assume at least 100.000 (or 20%) deads in this genocide. Presumably much more. When a medieval city starts burning on a massive scale, the apocalypse is near. A good comparison would be the sacking and burning of Magdeburg in 1631 during the 30 Years War which resulted in the death of 20.000 of its 25.000 inhabitants.
  7. This is NOT the same road. Scenario one can and will be justified as tragic but military necessity and colletaral damage. Scenario two is a full blown massacre. A total and deliberate butchery. This is the difference between bombing Hamburg in WW2 and going full Nanking. GRRM deliberately chose scenario 2, DD executed it in visual form. Those who don’t want to believe it live in denial.
  8. Arakan

    This is all Jon’s fault

    I agree. Yes there are reasons for her dark personality traits to come out in full force. I agree. But the post I quoted explicitly blamed Jon. It’s there for all to read. And this is not only not correct, it is dishonest and denial. Regarding the term „genocide“, well no one of us is a human rights lawyer (I am not), so yes, I should be more carefully in using this term. But there is a case to be made that she targeted „Westerosi“ indiscriminately because those „Westerosi“ never showed her the affection and love she „deserved”. Was it a spontaneous decision? Did she had thoughts about this before? One can argue that her statement „let it be fear“ points in the direction that it wasn’t so spontaneous at all. Then we are in the ballpark of genocide.
  9. Arakan

    A failed tragedy

    Indeed if there is one person in the real world to go on a global rampage out of narcissistic rage, it would be DT. Thank god (or at least I hope so), there are still checks and balances in the US.
  10. Arakan

    This is all Jon’s fault

    So Hitler was breaking bad because his Daddy didn’t love him enough (actually historians agree Hitler had a shit childhood). What about taking fucking responsibility for ones deeds? No, Jon is not to blame for Dany‘s genocidal rampage. So he didn’t love Dany enough and so it’s all his fault. Tough luck. Happens to all of us at one point in live. Deal with it. Wow, just wow.
  11. Arakan

    A failed tragedy

    In the case of KL we have to speak of wanted destruction. Unfortunately.
  12. Arakan

    A failed tragedy

    We disagree in many aspects but this is a great thoughtful post nonetheless
  13. Arakan

    A failed tragedy

    I don’t think so. Popular Fantasy has a much bigger reach than historical fiction. People love their escapism, I do too, but to hit a homerun you have to hit them where it hurts the most, in their escapist bubbles. If GRRM plays it out in the books as the show did, he will establish a relevance well beyond the SFF niche. But of course we have to see if we get to the last chapter in this story.
  14. Arakan

    A failed tragedy

    Katherine „the Great“ is actually a very good analogy. The era of enlightenment was in full swing and we had all those „enlightened” „benevolent“ absolute rulers. The biggest hippocrites of them all. Frederick the „Great“ is also a good analogy but he is male so Katherine works better. You can even see the parallels of being sold like meat at a young age into a foreign Culture. Happened to Katherine as well. In the end they all believed their own hype and the more they did the less they showed self-reflection.
  15. I studied business engineering from 2002 to 2007. Then I studied again from 2014 until 2017. Psychology with focus on organizational psychology and business psychology. Now I am working as a business consultant for big and middle sized companies to prevent that people with pathological psychopathic and narcissistic tendencies go too far up the ladder. The economic damage they do is enormous. Business is great at the Moment. Keep in mind that there are 6 times more pathological psychopaths and narcissists in top management than in the average population. As I said business is great in the moment. „lol“
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