So much to talk about today.
First of all, ugnaughts.
Second, Napoleon’s totally rad dream of crushing England through AT-AT attack reflects two changes to the timestream brought about by Frederick’s actions. In “normal history”, 1806 Napoleon would have known that Lord Nelson had already died in 1805 at the Battle of Trafalgar, and probably would have not yet heard of the Duke of Wellington, whose big moment beating up the French Army at the head of the British Peninsular Army didn’t really come until 1809 or so. Still, AT-ATs, yo?
The title of Emperor is a tricky one. Frederick’s grandfather had, through a bit of diplomatic sleight of hand, just managed to get himself crowned “King IN Prussia” (not King OF Prussia, mind you), so Frederick couldn’t legitimately call himself an Emperor. Peter was declared an Emperor in 1721, but no other country recognized his title save Poland, Sweden, and Prussia. That’s Poland, perennial stomping ground for any army that happened to be nearby that felt like invading something; Sweden, which had just been defeated BY RUSSIA; and Prussia, under Frederick’s father at the time, who was grateful to Peter for sending him some tall dudes for his private army of giants. Not the strongest base of support ever, really. Still, it stuck.
And if anybody has a better notion on how to transliterate the Imperial March, I’d like to hear it.
– Count Dolby von Luckner
Relevant Archival Episodes to Peruse:
Lord Nelson Doesn’t Get a Break
Peter and his Dwarves