What is a country, really?
Great read. I always identify as English rather that British. What’s strange is how British seems to have replaced English. Go to Scotland and you’ll see Scottish flags and people will identify as Scottish, go to Wales and it’s the same. You’ll even see Cornish flags in Cornwall. But you’ll struggle to find an English flag in England unless it relates to football. (And glad you’re reading the Space Trilogy).
Very good stuff. I'm glad to see other people using the term "folk", and rejecting the idea that the folk is derived from the state or the country.
"Es lebe das heilige Deutschland!"
I'm from Québec and I totally agree with this essay. Very interesting.
Having reclaimed my Polish folkland birthright, couldn't agree more. Logres doesn't exist in California, except among Natives. To call the difference palpable would be putting it mildly. Anyway, another outstanding essay!
With that being said, political entities do leave their mark on a folk culture. In the case of Poland, the legacy of the Respublika looms large. What I think you'd find interesting is that during the period when the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth elected kings from across Europe, almost all the kings who are remembered fondly today from that electoral period are all Polish. It seems they understood their place in Logres, while the others did not.
I generally agree, but things can get messy when 2 or more folk-peoples move into the same region. Often they become a blended culture.
Well stated. Thank you.