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In Character
Name: England
Canon: Manga/Webcomic
Canon Point: January 1858, just after the marriage of Princess Victoria of Britain to Prince Frederick William of Prussia. England and Prussia got very drunk.
Sex/Gender: Male
Actual Age/Apparent Age: about 2000 year give or take a few, appears 23

Belongings: A very fancy suit worn for a wedding with the cravat stuffed into the pocket, a pocketwatch of the finest quality, and a bottle of wine, stolen from the wedding.

Skills and Powers:
Arthur is extremely proficient in the use of magic, particularly black magic in the form of curses and demon summoning. He is also shown on multiple occasions to be able to see and talk to mythical creatures such as unicorns, pixies, fairies etc. As the personification of England, he also has a deep connection with the land and the people of his country. He knows if someone is from his country or has roots there, and he feels the pain of the land and the people when they're hurt, especially in wartime. He is nearly impossible to kill, something only possible when his country is completely destroyed and forgotten about--presumably when no-one identifies as English anymore. He is also stronger and has better stamina than a human, able to keep going after a human would have collapsed. Because of his status, he also heals rather more quickly and effectively from wounds. Things which would kill or maim a human are things which he could recover from in a relatively short space of time

Arthur (understandably) has pretty much an encyclopedic knowledge of English history and customs, as well as a very good knowledge of general world history, politics and economics. He's also very good with a number of weapons, from swords to guns. He's very good with these skills, but it comes from long centuries of practice rather than any particular talent on his part. Oh, and his cooking can be considered a lethal weapon. In canon art, he has been shown with a longbow and, as the English were particularly feared for their use of this weapon, it can be assumed that England is rather proficient with one. He has doubtless decent physical fighting skills. Nothing flashy, but a good brawler. He fights dirty and is not ashamed of it.

He speaks several languages, most commonly at the present time English and German (his royal family is German after all), but also French (which he tries to avoid using) and Latin, the language of education.


Physical Description: Arthur is a man of medium height and slim--although not skinny--build. This is particularly obvious at this point in time because he is at his most powerful - the most powerful country in the world. His hair is short and blond and somewhat scruffy in appearance, and he has deep green eyes. The most prominent feature is his eyebrows, which are very thick and surprisingly dark. He is usually seen wearing a naval military uniform or the highest fashion of the day; at the time, an evening coat (formal) or Newmarket coat, with a shirt and tie/cravat, waistcoat and trousers or pantaloons. Bespoke, of course, made from the finest and most expensive fabrics without being austentatious. He also generally wears a beaver top hat. Think any novel written by Charles Dickens.


Book Description: England's book looks like a large, leatherbound Atlas with a golden gilded image of Britannia and a lion on the cover (one of the symbols of Great Britain). The bookmark is silver stamped with a heraldic unicorn (One of the symbols of the British Empire and also, England loves unicorns XD)

History and Personality: England's early history isn't really touched upon in canon, so I'm going with historical evidence to flesh out what happened before his earliest appearance (while focusing on his canon appearances).

England didn't really see himself as a country at first. The island was more of a disparate selection of tribes than a cohesive nation and thus England himself felt very little attachment to any of his people. He probably grew up mainly around the mystical creatures of his land, since he seems in canon to have a very close bond with them (the only Nation besides Norway who does); fairies and goblins and unicorns who, along with the druids and pagans, taught him the magic which he retains to the present day. His brothers, Scotland, Wales and Ireland only showed up to bully him and beat him up, so he remained mostly cut off from any other Nations until Rome invaded and this--coupled with his lack of interest in his people--made him rather antisocial and reclusive. Rome was England's first experience of being invaded and England made it as difficult as he possibly could, annoyed at Rome for disturbing his peace. (Even if he did quite like the roads.) However, it was this invasion that gave England his first taste of imperialism and the power that it was possible for a Nation to wield.

Rome left and others came to England's shores, bringing him into contact with other nations (whether he liked it or not). Eventually, people began to band together to form kingdoms and eventually a country under the first king of England, Alfred the Great. During this time, England suffered raids from the Vikings, who taunted and bullied him, until finally Denmark took over for a while, forcing England to serve him.

England was rather gleeful when Denmark lost his power, but it wasn't to last for long. France showed up as he had been doing for a while, mainly to tease England, calling him 'splendidly short'. He mocked England for not being fashionable which prompted England to grow his hair out (despite the very vehement objections of the bishop who was rather displeased with England). When France came to see him again, he cut England's hair, promising to make it look cool, only to leave it looking as it had before he'd grown it.

It all seemed to be a cunning plot because before too long France returned, this time backed by knights and soldiers who killed England's king and took over, setting up William the Conqueror as the king of the Normans.

He really hated being under French control, so he proceeded to take over more and more of France sneakily, although his harshest blow was when he ruthlessly killed France's favourite person, Jeanne d'Arc, burning her for witchcraft in front of France's eyes. It hurt France, ensuring their enmity for centuries to come.

England's early contact with the rest of Europe left him rather disinclined to get along with them. France and Spain bullied him, and thus England became determined to bully them back. The only person who didn't bully him was Portugal, and the two became close friends.

England began to amass power, focusing on building up his navy. Henry VIII proved to a little bit of an annoyance though, constantly bugging England with bitching about how the Pope wouldn't let him legally bang the chick he wanted to. Finally England cracked and broke away from the Catholic Church just to shut him up, severing his ties with the rest of Europe quite effectively.


Pirates became an issue during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. England had a very simple solution to that: become one himself. And become one he did--rather gleefully, in fact, joining the pirates in attacking Spain instead and enjoying every minute of it. He became extremely feared for his mastery of the oceans, especially after beating Spain's 'Invincible' Armada and beating Spain himself up.

He'd gained a taste for power and now sought to increase that, to make sure that he could never be bullied or invaded again. Thus began the age of Imperialism.

While exploring the New World, both England and France were visited by Finland, who said that he and Sweden had been seeing a strange child who kept popping up from the wilderness. Realising that no human child could survive there alone, they decided that the child must be one of them--another Nation. France and England finally encountered the child, who introduced himself as America. England was instantly smitten with the young boy but of course, France wanted him too. France offered the child all of the fine food that he could create and knowing that he couldn't compete, England began to cry, depressed at losing. Seeing England's loneliness, baby America approached him, saying that he wanted to be England's little brother. England was very happy, although being called 'big brother' by America brought back bad memories of his own brothers bullying him. He asked America just to call him England instead.

England doted on America, visiting him as often as he could, giving him presents such as toy soldiers that he'd carved himself and cooking the best cuisine that he could manage (which America ate, explaining why America's taste buds are so bad). He also introduced America to his brother, the shy colony of Canada, whom England had claimed after France abandoned him.

He was kept away from America for several years, however, while his country tore itself apart in a vicious civil war. England's King was killed and the tyrannical Puritan, Oliver Cromwell, took control, essentially turning the country into a military dictatorship for several years. Cromwell ruled the country with an iron fist and kept England virtually a prisoner in his own country until he was eventually liberated with help from the Netherlands (who gloated). Although a King was returned to him, the Civil War essentially made England a parliamentary democracy, with the power of the monarch slowly decreasing over time.

America grew quickly on the other side of the Atlantic, seeming to grow larger with every visit that England made until eventually he was taller than England himself. England tried to get him to act like a proper colony, bringing him fine clothes to wear and teaching him how to shoot a musket. But America became rebellious; disliking that England treated him as a colony and gave him the taxes that came along with that. Things finally came to a head after America rejected the governance of England and the American War of Independence began. The fighting was vicious, with England seeming to gain the upper hand until the fateful battle at Yorktown. On a rainy day on a muddy battlefield, England and America faced each other. While he had the opportunity to shoot America (at one point he even had his musket pointed directly at the younger nation), England found that he was unable to take the shot, caring too much for America to bring himself to hurt him. Anguished, he fell to his knees sobbing while America declared that he was no longer England's colony or his little brother, that he was a free nation and would have to be treated as an equal.

After leaving America to his own devices, England threw himself into continuing his rise to power, expanding his influences overseas and getting into fights with the rest of Europe. The Industrial Revolution left him the most advanced country in the world as well as one of the richest. His rivalry with France came to a head when France, under Napoleon, began to gain territory in Europe, conquering or subduing much of the continent. England refused to be defeated, joining his powerful navy to defeat France (gleefully and with much mocking) at the battle of Trafalgar under Admiral Nelson (and being rather cut up when Nelson was killed). He joined the Seventh Coalition with Prussia and the Netherlands to kick France's ass again at the battle of Waterloo, proving to be the fire that drove the struggle. It was very satisfying to beat up France once again, and left England in a position to pretty much dictate the terms during the negotiations. Despite this, he allowed France to remain a nation rather than being carved up by the other members of the coalition--because really, no matter how much France annoyed him, he'd been an annoyance for the better part of a thousand years and life just wouldn't be the same without him.

This victory left England as the predominant power of the world; the richest, most advanced country. The unrivaled power of his navy and their presence in every ocean of the world left him in a position as the arbiter of the world's affairs. England reveled in this power, having grown from a tiny island nation of disparate clans to the most powerful nation on Earth and took the title of the British Empire as his own. His naval power allowed him to enforce his own brand of peace across the oceans of the world: the Pax Britannica. He began to expand further, acquiring colonies across the globe, notably India and Hong Kong. The latter, gained during the First Opium War, made him an enemy of China who still resents him for what happened then - England flooded China with Opium in order to secure the upper hand in trade without having to pay an ever increasing amoutn of silver.


It was a golden age for him, a time of prosperity; he had access to whatever he wanted, any luxury, and no-one could stand against him.

He finally made contact with America again, secretly enforcing America's decree that there should be no more European expansion into any territory on the American continents. The meeting between them was brief, with England being particularly cold to him and completely subsumed in the personality of the Empire, and explained that he wasn't doing it for America's sake--he just didn't want anyone in Europe to gain more territory.

It was during this time that England began to pay attention to Russia, the only viable rival to his power. Russia's expansion threatened England's control of India, the jewel of his empire. Of course, this threat could not be tolerated. The two of them began a sort of flirtation, a game between them. It was an odd sort of rivalry, almost amicable at times and deadly vicious at others; a fixation. His desire to defeat Russia even led to him to, rather reluctantly, ally with France during the Crimean War, fighting over the crumbling remains of the declinging Ottoman Empire, though he often wondered why he was allied with the damn frog when he should have been beating him up (again). The Crimean ended in 1856 with a resounding defeat for Russia and an increase in power for Britain who gained territories from the war.


During this time, his Queen, Victoria, moved to try to improve relations between Britain and France, including a series of state visits between the two countries which did bring them closer together (they still bickered like an old married couple privately though; one imagines an awful lot of gritted teeth at state functions). England is taken from close to this point. His eldest princess, Princess Victoria had just been married to the Prussian Prince Frederick William, whom she had been betrothed to since she was 14. They were married in St. James' Palace in London, with the hopes that their marriage would tie Prussia and Britain closer together. The two nations in question did improve relations that evening at least, by getting very very drunk in celebration.


(Note, I'm making mention of strips from later in the timeline as well, as I feel that they still demonstrate his underlying personality)
The first impression that one gets of England is that he is very much an English gentleman; he dresses well, drinks tea from nice china, practices embroidery and probably knows exactly which fork to use for what course during dinner. He expects other people to display proper manners and etiquette, as well as expecting them to practice proper English restraint (despite them not being English). He is quite capable of threatening someone while appearing to be entirely diplomatic and polite, never saying a harsh word.

Of course, this impression only lasts for so long. When he loses his composure, or is out of sight of polite company, he reveals that he is rather rough around the edges, with a sharp tongue, a foul mouth, and a cynical view of the world.

While he attempts to present himself as a gentleman, not very far below the surface he is, in many ways, actually something of a delinquent thug. It takes very little to break through his gentlemanly veneer--little more than France speaking in fact--and bring that side of him out. At best he is foul-mouthed and ready to mercilessly insult anyone who gets in his way (as shown in the Meeting of the World strip where he quite happily gets involved in a brawl with France), and at worst, he is a vicious pirate who will use any means to get his way (as in the 'We Love England' strip where he is quite happy to join pirates in tormenting Spain and stripping his power, as well as episode 10 of the anime where he is shown defeating Spain's Armada as a pirate). This more raucous side of him is also demonstrated in the 'France's Christmas Bloodbath' and 'England's Christmas Party' strip where he is quite happy to get naked and get other people naked for a party, and in 'Iggy-Iggy Annoyance' where several European countries are desperate to keep him from visiting them because of his lewd behaviour (in reference to English tourists and their bad behaviour abroad). He is arrogant and willing to do almost anything to get his way, especially at the point in time I am taking him from where he is tightening his hold on the various colonies and dominions of the Empire to help him maintain his power.

One thing that is almost immediately obvious about England is that he is incredibly stubborn. When he believes something, it is almost impossible to make him back down (for example, he still insists that he sees and interacts with mythical beings despite no-one else being able to see them). Even when faced with near insurmountable odds, for example, he refuses to sign any kind of agreement with Germany during WW2 (despite being left to fight Germany alone after the fall of France) and continues to fight many times when it would have been easier to give up. However, this stubbornness also manifests in many less positive ways. He can hold a grudge for centuries. He is still bitter about America becoming independent even over two hundred years later, and his grudges can even turn into something more malicious. (Like when he attempts to get rid of America by making him sit on a cursed chair.) His stubbornness also leads to him sometimes making decisions based on old grudges; for example, siding with everyone who opposes France just for the chance to fight France as shown in the War of Austrian Succession, where he forms an alliance with Prussia against France.

Despite this stubbornness, he is also a pragmatist at heart and will put aside vindictiveness in favour of the greater good; or at least for /his/ greater good.


England can also be seen as being a bit repressed. He acts as though the idea of sex horrifies and offends him despite him being something of a pervert (as in the 'We Love England' strip where France points out his masturbation marathon and the fact that London is the horniest city in Europe, as well as in 'France and the Olympics' strip where the idea of seeing France naked horrifies him). Similarly, he also seems uncomfortable with displaying any kind of weakness, or emotion that could be construed as weakness; he remains aloof from his fellow Nations, preferring to tend to his own Empire, which does, later, leave him isolated from the other emerging powers of the world (his Splendid Isolation).

Oddly enough, in some ways he does possess an air of child-like innocence. He is able to see and speak to magical creatures like fairies and unicorns, who are known to only approach the pure of heart. That he can see and talk to them suggests that he has a rather spiritual side to him and a connection to an older way of living that is far removed from the modern cynical age. Coupled with this, England does actually have a softer side beneath his violent temper and sharp tongue. He has a definite brotherly/paternal side, as is shown when he raises America and Canada; his time with the child America is one of the few times in the series where we see England look genuinely happy. When he does let himself care for someone, he cares deeply and wholeheartedly and will be devastated if this is thrown back in his face, as is shown in his relationship with America. He states that America left him heartbroken for 150 years after the American Revolution even though he claims not to like America, his thoughts are often turned that way when he is at his most unguarded (like when he's drunk). This suggests that he takes the betrayal of his affections very, very hard. This history and his later behaviour towards America also suggests that when he does genuinely care for someone, he will deny it--even to himself--pretending to dislike them and make fun of them to hide what he really feels so that if he is rejected he can pretend that he never felt anything at all (such as in 'We're Shipwrecked Too', where England seems to be suggesting that America should help him keep warm, but immediately denies that he was thinking any such thing after America refuses to do anything). This reluctance to display any feelings towards another also is evidenced in 'The Alliance of Two Lonely Nations' where, after a long search to find friends to end his loneliness, he forms an alliance with Japan only to insist that he's only doing this for his own benefit and cares nothing for it otherwise.



Samples

First Person/Action brackets: [Actions in brackets] Speaking outside. Low on the descriptions and introspection, fast and dirty. Please structure the sample as if the character was using the Bookmark within the game. It does not have to be their first post however.

[The video turns on, entirely out of focus and showing something that might be a jacket, but then again, it might also be a curtain. Difficult to tell.]

What on earth is this blasted th-

[It turns dizzyingly, showing England's face sideways. he's peering into it in utter confusion, looking rather annoyed at the whole process.]

What ridiculous chicanery is this?

Third Person/Prose:
He woke with a groan and opened his eyes. Then closed them again when the light seemed to pierce into his skull with the force of a drill accompanied with the pounding of roughly a thousand hammers behind his eyes.

Dear lord above, what had prompted him to to such a fit of madness? He frowned, brow creasing as he tried to remember the circumstances. There had been music, he remembered that, and alcohol obviously and something about a white dre- Oh. Oh yes, he remembered. Remembering it made him wince and he truly hoped that Victoria had not seen him in such a deplorable state. She was fretting enough about the Princess without seeing her Nation acting like some... some lush.

"Oi, Prussia," he groaned in mangled German, because if he was awake then the reprobate was certainly going to be awake to suffer alongside him. It was all his fault after all. Many things were Prussia's fault. It was only fair that he pay for them.

There was no response.

"Prussia!" he snapped again, shifting painfully (must've slept in some odd position because he didn't remember his bed being such a strange shape) and reaching out to nudge the other nation in the general vicinity of his ribs. "Wake-"

Where was he?

Finally England forced his eyes open, enduring the pain of cursed light in favour of looking around. He was in an overstuffed armchair and surrounded by books. Had they... had they fallen asleep in the palace's library? He didn't remember staggering that way, but then, he didn't remember much of anything at the moment, not after the fifth bottle of obscenely expensive stuff that one of the visiting royals (they were so difficult to keep straight, even for him) had brought.

No, the palace library didn't have-

A tinny voice interrupted his thoughts and he peered around blearily, finally settling on something that glowed faintly blue. He stared for a moment, certain that he hadn't seen this particular ghost before, until it spoke again.

"Hello and greetings! Welcome to the library."

Well, this was getting stranger and stranger. Maybe he should hold off the absinthe next time.

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