Sunday, March 30, 2014

Germany on Mars in 1889, in The Dream Forge

Anders Blixt in Stockholm Sweden writes a thoughtful and entertaining blog entitled The Dream Forge, covering a wide range of fantasy and science fiction topics, with a heavy emphasis on steampunk/dieselpunk, and frequent articles covering Space 1889 world building. The other day he did a very nice piece on the German colonial venture on Mars. The illustration shows German colonial artillery supporting Schutztruppen in a skirmish with Hill Martians in Western Dioscuria. Here's the link. Check it out.

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  2. I might also direct everyone to a great Osprey title that came out this year:
    Men-at-Arms 490, Imperial German Colonial and Overseas Troops
    It's available at ospreypublishing.com.

    I'd also like to take [minor] issue with Anders' article insofar as Imperial German relations with it's colonial natives. Germany was, in the end, a colonial power with a colonial mindset. If the natives cooperated, then they would receive the benefits Germany had to offer [which in some cases was damned little]. But if the native resisted, they were conquered mercilessly. Take a look at Wikipedia's articles on the Herero and Namaqua Genocides and the Maji-Maji Rebellion to see what I'm talking about. I should say, however, that EVERY colonial power [including the US] has similar atrocities on it's record; this wasn't just a German phenomenon.
    Lastly, if you'd like a great portrayal of Imperial Germans for your game, let me direct you to two fairly-awful-to-slightly-above-average movies set in Germany's colonies.
    The first is 'Shout At The Devil' [1976] starring Lee Marvin as a drunken captain trying to sink a German cruiser on the East African coast and Roger Moore as his somewhat hapless cohort.
    The second is 'Nate and Hayes' [1983] which stars an incredibly young Tommy Lee Jones and is a swashbuckling tale of slavers and anti-colonialists set in the Pacific ca. 1870 or so.
    Anyway, that's my 2 pfennigs worth. Happy gaming everyone

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    1. I don't know if either of those movies could be called an accurate portrayal of Imperial Germany's colonial forces. In Nate and Hayes/Savage Islands, the German representative was cast in the role of villainous heavy, and Shout at the Devil concerned a German cruiser, which was part of the Imperial Navy.

      And as pointed out, yes, Germany did have its share of massacres to call its own, but overall used a much lighter, and more enlightened and cooperative hand in its colonies than the other empires. If, for no other reason, than they didn't have the resources to have a stronger presence.

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