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Just to get back to our regular reason for coming to this thread... Belkar may be suspicious but he might need a bit of work on how to resolve the issue.
We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our Island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the Old.
Radicalism is “the conservatism of tomorrow injected into the affairs of today.” - Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
“I am in every fibre of my body a radical” - Theodore Roosevelt
“I tell you the so-called radicalism of our times is simply the effort of nature to release the generous energies of our people.” - Woodrow Wilson
“A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted in the air”-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
“Don’t get the idea that I’m one of these g$#!@$ radicals. Don’t get the idea that I’m knocking the American system.” - Al Capone
“If a man is right, he can’t be too radical; if he is wrong, he can’t be too conservative.” - Henry Wheeler Shaw, pen name Josh Billings
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. - Abraham Lincoln
"I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to understand that you are enquiring whether I am of Jewish origin, I can only reply that I regret that I appear to have no ancestors of that gifted people." - J.R.R. Tolkien, responding to a potential German publisher for The Hobbit, as a Take That against the then in power Nazi regime
“I am sick, of obscure towns that exist ... for the sole accommodation of these so-called limerick writers – and even sicker of their residents, all of whom suffer from physical deformities and spend their time dismembering relatives and attending fancy dress balls.” - The editor of the Limerick Times, circa 1900
It's difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.
Ramses the II chariot forces wipe out the Hittite advance force at the battle of Qadesh before the Hittites can successfully cross the river. Hittite King Muwatellish's reserves, comprised of forces from the Hittites allies are also cut down. Ramses' forces, emboldened by their victory, continue north, eventually conquering the Hittite Empire and allowing Egypt to stand against the Sea Peoples and Babylonian Empire.
Genghis Khan dies before he can unite the Mongol clans. As a result China continues its technological and cultural golden age, eventually colonizing the Americas, while the Muslim states destroy the Crusader states and achieve dominance over the political, economic, scientific, cultural and military sphere across Eastern Europe.
Awesome thread and if my old home computer hadn't died July 25 I would have jumped in sooner. Anyway...
In the late 990s Leif Ericsson gathers a much larger group of colonists and supplies and lands in numerous spots along the coast of Newfoundland, allowing the Norse to maintain a long term settlement and this forms the basis of a trading (and occasionally raiding) empire that ranges all along the eastern coast of the Americas. The native people are exposed to a lesser disease load from the Norse than they would be from other Europeans and native communities develop resistance to European diseases more effectively so that by the time other European states arrive the natives and the Norse are able to beat them back.
Actually it is kind of interesting: among bees, wasps (and some ants for that matter) only the females have stingers as they are modified ovipositors and in the communal wasps and bees most females are sterile except for the queens, but in solitary species the stings work both as ovipositors and as weapons and in fact some wasps are parasitic, disabling a host bug with a sting and then laying an egg inside it using the stinger and the resultant larva will eat the host alive when it hatches. So in some ways wasps can be an excellent symbol for Calistria and the wasp association definitely works (to me anyway).
To expand on the point in a way: Urgathoa has a fly as a symbol and certain flies (horseflies, blackflies and deerflies, as well as mosquitoes) only the females bite as they need the blood (or flesh, in some cases) as nourishment to successfully lay their eggs. So insects can be excellent deity symbols (that isn't even adding in the Red Mantis material to the discussion).