Here you see Germany's Freistaaten (free states)
: Bavaria and Saxony. Actually there is one more, namely Thuringia. But he's not in the series and I don't want to make up OCs.
"Free state" has nothing to do with freedom or independence actually, even if Bavaria likes to make Ludwig think it does.
It is only the old German word for "republic". When the countries turned from monarchy to republic, they could of course have called themselves "Republik" as well. But back then their archenemy France was already a république and the German countries didn't want to have anything in common with him, not even seven letters. So they came up with "Freistaat".
That was the intelligent part of my comment.
Usually I don't use the countries' human names in my fanworks as you might have noticed. Normally I also don't medle in other fans' projects and I hate being a Gscheithaferl (wisenheimer)
, but there are some things going on that keep bugging me. So this time is an exception, since I want to demonstrate you something.
I saw some really strange artworks about my country (Bavaria) and I keep wondering why some people want to draw/ write/ RP a country so badly when they obviously don't know anything about it.
That starts with the name. You wouldn't want me to e.g. call America "Hänsel" either, would you? So please do a little research what kind of names are common in Bavaria... or even existent. I used "Joseph" here, since 1. it's (also) a German name, 2. it's a biblical name (Bavaria is Germany's most catholic federal state)
, 3. it's the name of some famous Bavarians (e.g. the current Pope)
and 4. "Joseph"'s nickname is "Sepp" which is even more typical Bavarian. Other fans call him "Maximilian" or "Alois" which are also very typical, traditional Bavarian names (but unfortunatelly I can't take "Alois" seriously because of the "Münchner im Himmel" [link])
And his last name is most certainly not
"Beilschmidt"! Bavaria is not exactly closely related to the Saupreiss, and would rather die than have something in common with him anyway, even if it's just a name. If
you want to use a canon family name, take "Edelstein".
Saxony's name is not my invention. I got the idea to use it from a real Saxonian (thanks! ^^)
PLEASE, please, please if you're not 100% sure, do some research! If you're too lazy to do research or don't know how, just ask me. I'd love to help and I'll probably give you more information than you could ever use in your lifetime. When I am unsure about my fanworks, I also ask people from the respective countries for help. It's no shame, but even a big fun. You get to know a lot of nice people that way.
We Bavarians are extremely proud people and portraying our country the wrong way may be considered a personal insult. Drawing Bavaria as a big eyed, innocent, princess-like girl (which he obviously is not in the original series! Considering Bavaria's history and the Bavarians' mindset even Nyotalia!Bavaria wouldn't be like that.)
who is head over heels in love with Prussia, is a slap in the face for every real Bavarian. I'll tell you straight out: it is disgusting!
If you're into Foe Yay [link]
so much, think of some reasonable explanation, but don't just brainwash the characters.
So please either make effort and do research, or ask some real Bavarians - or just keep your hands off it. - Thanks!
Sorry for the rant!
I had to vent my spleen, since it really bugged me for a while now. Now I feel better. Sorry if I was being mean.
Now some funny little anecdote to lift the spirits again:
Some years ago I helped the Leipzig book fair (in Saxony)
out a little and they thanked me with a gift. You have three guesses what that could have been... Yes, of course it has to do with coffee.
It's a beautiful coffee cup and saucer with „Im Osten geht die Sonne auf“ („the sun rises in the east“)
written over it.
Hetalia © Hidekaz HimaruyaSaxony and Bavaria are not my OCs (at least not their appearance XD). They are both shown in the "Summary of the war of Austrian succession".