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BTS FALLACY - Charlemagne has NEVER ruled the Holy Roman Empire !

Discussion in 'Civ4 - General Discussions' started by Marla_Singer, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    Charlemagne was the ruler of the Frankish Kingdom, mainly located in today's France. From this, he has established through Conquest a large Empire encompassing most of today's France, Germany, Benelux and Northern Italy. In 800, he has been crowned "Emperor of the West" and remained as such untill his death in 814. His son, Louis le Pieux, became the new ruler of the Empire.

    When Louis le Pieux died in 843, it's been decided to divide the Empire between his 3 sons at the Treaty of Verdun. The three parts of the Carolingian Empire were divided as such :
    - Charles the Bald became King of Western Francia (ancestor of France)
    - Louis the German became King of Eastern Francia (ancestor of Germany)
    - Lothair I became King of Middle Francia (ancestor of no one as he got screwed up by his two brothers).



    What is remembered as the Holy Roman Empire is NOT the Carolingian Empire, but actually the Eastern Francia inherited by Louis the German. Hence, what became the Holy Roman Empire is only one third of the Carolingian Empire that became an independent entity only in 843 at the Treaty of Verdun. Apparently, the adjective "Holy" to designate it appeared only during the 12th century under the rule of Barbarossa.

    It's totally unrespectful of History to consider Charlemagne as the ruler of a civ having this name. Actually, it would be exactly the same as considering Constantine as the ruler of the Byzantine Empire.
     
  2. ChrTh

    ChrTh Mmm...tasty!

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    Hannibal never ruled Carthage, and Gandhi never ruled India.
    (Not debating the argument of Charlemagne as leader of the HRE, just pointing out that this isn't new territory for Firaxis)
     
  3. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    So now, the question Firaxis should ask itself is :
    What could we do when we make such an awful ridiculous fallacy that will make laugh the whole world and we realize it so close to the game release ?

    There's only three choices :
    • Change the name of the leader (Barbarossa being a more obvious representative of the HRE)
    • Changing the name of the civ (probably Western Empire or Carolingian Empire).
    • Removing the whole civ or keeping it strictly forr a scenario.
     
  4. ChrTh

    ChrTh Mmm...tasty!

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    You forgot option 4: they don't care, and will release it as is.
     
  5. TheLastOne36

    TheLastOne36 Chieftain

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    And get tons of angry fan mail.
     
  6. ChrTh

    ChrTh Mmm...tasty!

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    It'll help pad the bed of cash they're sleeping on.

    Look, I agree it's historically inaccurate. But people LOVE Charlemagne, and will gladly embrace it.

    Most don't complain about Julius Caesar running the "Roman Empire", why would there be a lot of complaints about this?
     
  7. dcbandicoot

    dcbandicoot the true corporate champ

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    Don't forget, we on the site constitute only a small percentage of Civ players.... a lot/most people won't know and won't care..
     
  8. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    The French Kingdom is as much the heir of the Carolingian Empire as is the Holy Roman Empire.

    I'm sorry but I'm French, and I can tell you that it does matter for me to see all of a sudden Charlemagne being removed from the History of my country. At least Hannibal was from Carthages and Gandhi was from India. The same would be true with Joan of Arch being from France.

    Charlemagne IS NOT from the Holy roman empire. He's a FRANKISH KING.

    Would you consider Queen Victoria as Australian ? Would you consider George II of England as American ? I'm sorry but this does not make sense at all !
     
  9. Gaius Octavius

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    It bothers me when the designers make glaring historical errors such as this. I absolutely went ballistic when I saw the Roman UU: the "Praetorian." :confused:

    What makes it even worse is when somebody comes up with some silly remark, "Oh it's not about history, it's about gameplay." To that, I often respond: "I propose a new Roman UU: the kamikaze. We who are about to die salute you!"
     
  10. ChrTh

    ChrTh Mmm...tasty!

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    You just contradicted yourself. If the French Kingdom is an heir of the Carolingian Empire, and thus Charlemagne is part of French history, then Australia is an heir of the British Empire, and Queen Victoria is part of Australian history.
     
  11. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    There's no contradiction. Queen Victoria is indeed part of Australian history, but that doesn't make her Australian. Considering Queen Victoria as the ruler of the Australian civilization would be a major flaw wouldn't you think ?

    When a large empire is divided in 3 parts, the ruler of that large Empire cannot be considered as being the leader of only one of the remaining parts, as he's as much part of the History of the two other remaining parts.

    Charlemagne is indeed as much part of French than German History. We can't deny this simply because "it would be great to have Charlemagne in the game".

    Actually, THE solution could be simply to call the new civilization "Frankish Kingdom" or "Frankish Realm". After all, the Franks have been one of the most influent Barbarian tribe in the early Middle Age.
     
  12. ChrTh

    ChrTh Mmm...tasty!

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    Think about it this way: if they had Charlemagne as French or German, the outcry would be far greater from the denied half than over he being leader of the HRE.

    Besides, you can always mod the xml to say Frankish.
     
  13. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    Considering Charlemagne as leader of the HRE is EXACTLY considering him as German ! The full name of the HRE is "Sacrum Romanum Imperium Nationis Germanicæ", which means "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation".
     
  14. Tee Kay

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    Hannibal ruled Carthage as suffet for a few years after the Punic War.
    Gandhi never ruled India but lead it to independence.
     
  15. Tee Kay

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    Maybe they could add Charlemagne as a leader but not afflilate him with any civ?
     
  16. Thrallia

    Thrallia Prodigal Staffer GOTM Staff

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    If the Holy Roman Empire came out of Charlemagne's empire, why is it wrong to have him as the leader of that empire?

    Charlemagne was crowned 'Emperor of the Western Roman Empire,' not 'Emperor of the Western'...that makes no sense! Its an incomplete title!

    The reason he is not a leader of France is because they have two leaders. The reason he is not a leader of Germany is because Germany didn't exist until the late 1800s.
    It makes plenty of sense to make Charlemagne the leader of an entirely new civ called the Holy Roman Empire, when he did infact rule the entirety of it, and it was later split by his descendents into France and the HRE.

    He may have originated in France, but it was due to his wars that Central Europe was united for the first time since Rome fell, and when he is considered the first 'Emperor of the Western Roman Empire' since the fall of Rome, it is entirely understandable for him to be its ruler.
     
  17. ohcrapitsnico

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    The damage Firaxis did is done and I don't think they will undo it.
     
  18. Marla_Singer

    Marla_Singer United in diversity

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    In French, the name of his Empire has always been tought to me as the "Empire d'Occident" (aka "Empire of the West"). This has no link whatsoever with the HRE. What I mean is that the Eastern offshoot which became the HRE hasn't taken the name of the Carolingian Empire.

    What you don't seem to understand is that the French Kingdom is AS MUCH an offshoot of the Carolingian Empire than is the HRE, not less !

    I'm sorry, but no one has the right to steal Charlemagne from France's inheritance simply because "france has two leaders". AFAIK, Germany also has already 2 leaders (Bismarck and Friedrich). That's a totally silly argument.
     
  19. Dutch Canuck

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    It just dawned on me that I don't ever recall any direct connection between Charlemagne and HRE. Did Firaxis specifically affirm who the leaderhead for HRE would be? Maybe they chose someone else to lead the HRE in the main game and Charlemagne only appears in a scenerio involving HRE?

    Firaxis has been skillfully vague on a great many details! :(
     
  20. Mango

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    And Joan of Arc never ruled France, but that didn't stop her from being in Civ 3.
     

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