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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?
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.