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11 April 2006 @ 03:46 pm
Q-U-E-S-T-I-O-N!  
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?
 
 
The Indomitable Sambruisedgarden on April 12th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I really doubt that it's the size of Canada... for me to go just halfway across the country requires 3-4 days of driving 100-120km/hour (with obvious stops). To cross two provinces is about 14 hours at 100-120 km/hour (with only about an hour of stops), so I can't see Amestris being that large.

I'm basing this on the fact that in the anime or manga, we have never seen any sleep cars on the trains. They're all just normal streets. And considering that if Amestris were even near the size of Canada, and travelled the average speed of a train, they would definatley need sleep cars. I don't think we've ever even seen then on a train at night.

So, I'm going to stick with the idea that it's only a couple thousand miles in diameter. Also, I'm considering climate and geography, like I said. If you go even a few hundred miles from North to South in Canada, sometimes even east to west, the geography changes dramatically. That there aren't any mountains in the middle of Amestris that we've seen, or that the weather dosen't change much either tells me there's no chance it's the size of Canada. Unless Arakawa didn't figure that kind of thing in when she made the world, which is entirely feasable.
Ketitaketita on April 12th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Thing is, climate change is not always proportional to the area of the country. Take a look at Israel, for example- it's a tiny country by any standards, and yet it has heavy-ish snow up north, middling climates, and desert all in one country. Other much larger countries (say, Libya) don't have nearly so much climate change. Besides, don't we know that the border up by Drachma is colder than the center?
(I was a bit loose with the word 'near'...I mean, there was still a difference of several million square miles. Which is a large difference.) Even if it's only 500 miles radius, that still makes it 2 million square kilometers, which is still not very small.
Besides, we haven't seen enough of the climate in different areas to get a proper feel yet, I think.