Friday, 14 July 2017

Founders Of Nations

"'You will not be fleeing. You will be off to forge a mighty morrow. Alawin, you now keep the blood of your fathers. Ward it well.'"
-Poul Anderson, "The Sorrow of Odin the Goth" IN Anderson, Time Patrol (Riverdale, NY, 2006), pp. 333-465 AT p. 458.

"'Descendants of [Alawin's] took a leading part in founding the Spanish nation.'" (op. cit., p. 462)

"So had Sun Hair promised... 'A new world.' He did not understand, but he believed, and made his people believe."
-Poul Anderson, The Shield Of Time (New York, 1991), Part Four, "Beringia," 13,210 B.C., p. 250.

"...David and Coya Conyon/Falkayn...led to this planet humans who would found new homes...they were raising afresh the ancient banner of freedom...they knew - it is in their writings - how rich and strong a world must come from the dwelling together of two races so unlike."
-Poul Anderson, The Earth Book Of Stormgate (New York, 1979), p. 409. (Hloch's commentary between "Lodestar" and "Wingless.")

Time travellers and historians know when nations are founded.

And how many new nations are founded in SM Stirling's Emberverse?


  1. Kaor, Paul!

    And, of course, there was Manuel Argos, the Founder of the Terran Empire, who became Manuel the Great. It's apt to quote a bit from what John Henry Reeves, narrator "The Star Plunderer," said about Manuel Argos and Kathryn at the end of that story: "Even then, with a long and desperate struggle to come, I think I knew that those were the parents of the Empire and the glorious Argolid dynasty, that they carried the future within them."


    1. Sean,
      A good addition to my examples.

    2. Kaor, Paul!

      Thanks! And, as for post-Change nations, it's only necessary to point out that many able and charismatic leaders who rallied or gathered survivors around them, would become founders of new nations. Norman Arminger for the PPA, Mike Havel for the Bearkillers, Juniper Mackenzie for the Mackenzie "clan," Abbot-Bishop Dmwoski for Mt. Angel, Lawrence Thurston for the US of Boise, etc.