The time has come to present the ultimate version of my ethno-cultural vision of the planet’s populations! Not only is it the final update (v.30) of the past half-year’s worth of labour, but have I also gathered all the freely-available stages of my work into both albums and videos (for the exhaustive list, see the following pastebin).
Truly, it was a task of immense magnitude. Every single administrative subdivision’s cultural belonging has a justification, no matter how tenuous. It was my last-minute learning opportunity to depict New Brunswick as close to Quebec in the light of the former’s two official languages. And it works backwards, too – Saint Pierre and Miquelon still celebrate their Basque heritage while speaking French, while I stand by my depicting the Falkland Islands as neo-Christian due to their speaking English, thus having no protection, however flimsy, before the burning Eye of Sauron of the West.
I can outline two principles that have guided me in my work as follows. First, it is the principle of “inner relativity” – each region has a feature that highlights its cultural character (the Ismaili Pamiris are one example, the Arbëreshë Albanians in Calabria and the Arvanites in Attica another). Second, there is what I would call the principle of “outer relativity” – just like the black in the yin-yang symbol is more visible against the backdrop of white, so do the tiny Zainichi Korean and historical Christian communities stand out in Osaka and Nagasaki respectively in the otherwise-homogeneous population of the Japanese archipelago. This is why I depicted the Hindu plurality of 35.4% in Trinidad as part of the Indian culture – the same reasoning has been applied to the Muslim Swahili Coast of Zanj and the Afro-Arab character of Basrah Governorate in Iraq (or indeed to the Afro-Yemeni caste of Al-Akhdam that populates the outskirts of cities such as Aden, or to the arguably Dravidian nature of the half-Islamic inhabitants of the South Arabian wasteland).
The changes of the past three versions have touched upon the Levant, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Australia, Venezuela and North America. Among the changes, I have depicted HaTzafon District of Israel as the Arab-plurality Galilee that it is, West Bank as Sunni Muslim (they deserve it by being at the forefront of anti-Israeli struggle), the Christian population in Lebanese North Governorate, and the Anglo bases on Cyprus.
In the Caribbean, I was more lenient with depicting the mixed cultures of some of the islands – as far as marking Dominica such due to its Indian Kalinago reservation. In the Atlantic, I returned to Saint Helena, the final resting place of Napoleon I, and decided against counting them among the full-blooded Negroes.
In the Pacific, I went back on trying to paint the mixed character of the Austronesian Micronesians and Polynesians, instead confining the “Imperial Amalgamations” culture to the cases of clear Mongoloid and Aryan admixture – the Marshall Islands, Guam and Palau representing the former, and New Caledonia, Tahiti, Pitcairn and Norfolk the latter.
With Australia, I took another look and chose to mark them as much more European in the areas other than Victoria and New South Wales.
New Zealand and India are those cases where inspiration came to me right when I was drawing. In the former case, I used to paint both the Asian-dominated Auckland and Waikato the same as the Maori-populated provinces, but now I saw the opportunity to count the latter among savages – because they are, famously so.
Ngāti Mutunga and Ngāti Tama in turn saw the meeting as a precursor to warfare on the part of Moriori and responded. The Māori attacked and in the ensuing action killed over 260 Moriori. A Moriori survivor recalled: “[The Māori] commenced to kill us like sheep… [We] were terrified, fled to the bush, concealed ourselves in holes underground, and in any place to escape our enemies. It was of no avail; we were discovered and killed – men, women and children – indiscriminately”. A Māori chief, Te Rakatau Katihe, said in the Native Land Court in 1870: “We took possession … in accordance with our custom, and we caught all the people. Not one escaped. Some ran away from us, these we killed; and others also we killed – but what of that? It was in accordance with our custom. I am not aware of any of our people being killed by them.”
After the killings, Moriori were forbidden to marry Moriori, or to have children with each other. Māori kept Moriori slaves until 1863, following a proclamation by the resident magistrate. Many Moriori women had children by their Māori masters. A number of Moriori women eventually married either Māori or European men. Some were taken away from the Chathams and never returned. Ernst Dieffenbach, who visited the Chathams on a New Zealand Company ship in 1840, reported that the Moriori were the virtual slaves of Māori and were severely mistreated, with death being a blessing. By the time the slaves were released in 1863, only 160 remained, hardly 10% of the 1835 population.
© Chatham Islands
…Regarding India, there were two puzzling questions. First, the character of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands – in my folly, I once marked them as savage, referring to the sub-human tribes from that one Sherlock Holmes story. Yet on second viewing, I came to realise that those aboriginals have long since been exterminated by the Hindu colonists – who in turn sport a remarkable Christian community. I entertained both the idea of leaving them grey due to the Dravidian race of the Hindus, or adding them to the imperial purple region, but in the spur of the moment, I went with calling them… Hindu.
This drew my sight towards India overall. I was thinking about splitting that immense colossus even more, yet stopped short. Indeed, the division is along the linguistic lines (Aryan vs Dravidian), but both their caste system and their Hindu religion hold them together – and not merely imposed from the North, but also having taken so much from the South. No wonder the Dravidian Tigers of Tamil Eelam used to sacrifice themselves for the supposedly Aryan gods!
And just as I was leaving the idea, the perfect solution struck me – the Naxalites! Ironically, these Communist guerrillas wage their struggle in the Aryan-speaking lands of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, but the south-east has traditionally been the nadir of India, both racially and culturally, so this “Red Corridor” (akin to the two “Bible Belts”, Dutch and American) fully deserves being portrayed. Marxism is precisely the cultural weapon that invigorates the lowly races to wage bloody struggle.
And so here it is, an artistic Weltanschauung of the planet’s cultures which by its very sight seems to incense the Anglophone Westerners (as my interactions with their ilk have shown here and here, with my uncensored responses here). I’m not exactly sure as to the mechanism of their smell, but their sense of racism is impeccable, bravo. Taqiya and ignorance have never been my strongest suits.
Now, whatever cataclysms may accompany the unholy West’s devoration of the husk of Russia, my work here is finished.
P.S. Both the 24th and 25th of the month of October are (were?) amusing days (and nights), but the link to the current blog entry is the following.