"We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist."
- – Queen Victoria
"“The sun never set on the British empire, because even God couldn’t trust the Englishman in the dark” ."
- – Indian nationalist
The British Empire was formed in 1707 under the Acts of Union, merging the Kingdom of England (which included poor, forgotten Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland with their respective empires into the United Kingdom. Over the next 200 years, the empire would swell to become the largest overseas empire in history. The empire, while criticized for it's colonialism and numerous atrocities committed against it’s subjects and enemies, the British Empire is credited for it's major role in ending the slave trade, creating and expanding infrastructure throughout Africa and Asia, introducing English as the world’s Lingua Franca, and maintaining international stability across the world. The empire is typically believed to have dissolved in 1997 with the loss of Hong Kong, it being the last major economic and demographic outpost of the United Kingdom outside of Europe. It might no longer be "The empire on which the sun never sets" on account of it no longer being am empire, but if you include its overseas territories, the sun still does not set upon the United Kingdom.
Like the Roman Empire, the British variant is often used as a setting in many fantasy games. While not being as totalitarian and corrupt as it's Latin counterpart, colonialism and intense patriotism and jingoism are often used traits for both antagonistic and protagonist settings. Any steampunk game ever made is based on a model of Victorian London. Scampi and all.Also very important, tea, jolly good tea. TEEAAA!!!! Even the commissar likes tea! Yes I do so I will not blam you today.. oh oops!
British Empire Analogs in Fantasy
- The Empire in the Elder scrolls series is a mash up of Roman and British Empire culture. Examples of this include the "East Empire company", based off the British East India company.
- Note for discussion: Praetorian and Varangian guard are both Roman Empire (or East-Roman aka Byzantine) concepts.
- Dwarfs in fantasy typically have an isolationist view of the world which parallels with Britain's "Splendid Isolation" wherein it did little to make alliances and focused on expansion. They are also were modeled after Yorkshire stereotypes.
- Bretonnia was blatantly named after Brittania, a national personification of the United Kingdom, but most of it is other more blatantly French.
- The Empire in Warhammer Fantasy is based more on the German Holy Roman Empire, but certain elements of it are certainly British; Altdorf takes influence from both Vienna and every bad stereotype of London (ala Ankh Morpork, except less funny), and every single Empire character is given a British accent in every Warhammer Video game (see Mark of Chaos and Total Warhammer: War).
- The High Elves in Warhammer Fantasy has a lot of similarity to the British Empire. Back before Malekith's betrayal as well as the war of the beard, High Elves have settled across the globe through their sea faring superiority and have established trade with various races like the Dwarfs. Just like the British Empire, they've built colonies on islands all over the world, be it near Cathay or Lustria. Like the English, they are viewed as perfectly mannered and well dressed while hidden deep chaos corruption due to having innate magical abilities. They even have their own American counter part called the Dark Elves, a race of cruel Elves who enjoys war, automatic weapons (darkshards) and fighting on their floating island ship called Black Ark, an analogue to the WW2 air carrier, and they live on a continent that is similar shaped to America. The High Elves are also known for their arrogant, expansionist attitude similar to the British in that era and loves to look down the minor race, and that attitude (with a little help from Malekith) led them to fought the most devastating war against the Dwarfs, their former allies, just like how the British Empire fall.
- A posh British accent is often used in fantasy settings to show a character's wisdom, experience, nobility or evil nature.
- A cockney British accent is often used in fantasy settings to show a character's shittiness, untrustworthiness, scumminess, toughness, lovability, or just to make them as annoying as possible. Most commonly the latter two, because cockney accents are always either the most lovable thing in a setting, or the single most ear-gratingly annoying thing in the setting.
- Many wargaming companies are/were originally based in the UK such as Games Worskhop. Truly the
best worstbest thing to come out of the Empire.
- The city of Dunwall in Dishonored is heavily influenced by Victorian Liverpool and London.
The previous "Britain" page was deleted because
I am an Anglophobic American who hates the idea the modern world was made by someone else it was irrelevant to /tg/. Any in-depth historical analysis should be kept to Wikipedia. Also, we already have a page for general outlines of historical empires.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sSnJSUU_7q0, for if you want to see questionable Czech propaganda that conveniently ignores much of the slaughter and genocide of native peoples performed by the British in the name of Empire.