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11 April 2006 @ 03:46 pm
I hope this hasn't been asked before... If it has, then sue me.

In Fullmetal Alchemist, volume 6, page 168, chapter 25 (Yes. I remembered all that. Shut up.), Breda beat someone for the fifteenth time in a row at Shogi, which is the Japanese form of chess. Three panels over, Breda tells Falman that it's a "form of chess called 'Shogi' from an island country in the east." Would that mean that a Japan might actually exist in Fullmetal Alchemist?
Lira Alicia Kraunik: Elrics Munichliralicia on April 11th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
And what could Amestris be on the real world then? o.o
x__primadonna on April 11th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
Some europeon country?
homestuckdonkey on April 11th, 2006 08:48 pm (UTC)

There's some interesting stuff about Amestris and the surrounding countries there, if you're interested. =)
Lira Alicia Kraunikliralicia on April 11th, 2006 08:51 pm (UTC)
"Amestris or Amastris: wife of the Persian king Xerxes, mother of king Artaxerxes I. Her reputation among Greek historians is very bad.
Amestris was the daughter of Otanes, one of the seven conspirators who killed the Persian rebel king Gaumâta (September 22, 522 BCE). After this, Darius I the Great started his reign. According to the Greek researcher Herodotus (fifth century), Otanes was honored with a diplomatic marriage. The new king married Otanes' daughter Phaedymia, and Otanes married a sister of Darius, who gave birth to Amestris.

When Darius died in 486, Amestris must have been in her thirties. She was married to the crown prince, Xerxes. Herodotus describes queen Amestris as a cruel despot".

Just found it... and Xerxes is there too =O
Taken from http://www.livius.org/am-ao/amestris/amestris.htm
Bluetardshichahn on April 11th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)
I don't think Amestris corresponds directly to an individual existing country so much as an existing culture. The arbitrary borders between nations in our world that affect so much of our politics don't really have anything to do with Amestris. Rather, it seems Amestris is a reflection of a general Western European culture, obviously heavily German but also with a good bit of England and France in there as well.