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Jews in Ill Bethisad: MS *and* the Judajca-speakers? (was: Judajca)

From:Steg Belsky <draqonfayir@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 18:41
On Thu, 22 Aug 2002 07:01:25 +0100
=?iso-8859-1?q?Jan=20van=20Steenbergen?= <ijzeren_jan@...>
> > The reason that Mueva Sefarad and Judajca are mutually exclusive > is that > > if there were to be an independent Jewish presence in Judea at the > time > > of the Expulsion from Spain, the Sefaradim would have gone there, > since > > it's just at the other end of the Mediterranean, instead of > sailing off > > into the unknown wilds of the Atlantic Ocean.
> Well, couldn't it be that the Jews in Judea lived under the same > kind of > oppression as the Jews in Spain? > One could even imagine a scenario that their situation was actually > so bad, > that they decided to take the same boat as well and settled in Mueva > Sefarad as > well. It would just mean that the country became bilingual, but > *here* the Jews are used to that as well, I think. > May I assume that there is no Birobidzhan in Ill Bethisad? > Jan
- Birobidzhan is that area in far-eastern Russia where the soviets set up a "Jewish Autonomous Zone" in order to redirect Jewish Nationalism in Russia from Zionism to something more Soviet-friendly, right? or something like that? I have no idea if it exists *there*... here's what's known about Russia in Ill Bethisad, from Padraic's "The Cultures of Ill Bethisad" page: ~~~~~ RUSSIA. The modern history of Russia begins with its loss of the 1905 War with Japan. After the war, Imperialist Russia became increasingly influenced by Japanese culture. By 1916, the end of the Great War of 1914, the Value Creation Party - the political arm of a banned militant Buddhist sect - siezed power in a coup that sent the Czar and the Imperial family into exile in the West (ending up amongst relations in England). The VCP government ruled the Russias and several Eastern European countries with and iron fist for 72 years, spending vast sums on militarisation, enforced modernisation, propaganda for Mystic Law and experiments in mass- scale reconditioning (picture thousands cramming Moscow's Great Square chanting "Nam myoho renge kyo!" in unison). Eventually, the empire outspent its economic base and collapsed of its own rigid ideology. Since then, several governments have come to power and have been overthrown and many of the constituent regions have declared their own independance. Several factions in the country favour the return of the Czar, though the heir to the Imperial throne has yet to entertain the suggestion. ~~~~~ Also, according to the site, in North America, Alyeska (=Alaska) is refered to as "Russian territory" and "is largely Inuit, though there are many Russian towns along the coast and in former gold bearing areas." And then there's the People's Ecotopic Republic of Oregon, where they speak a dialect of English, but due to Russian-Alyeskan influence (or maybe just because they're weird ultra-hippie Ecotopians like in that book, and want to be different) they write it in Cyrillic. Hmm... so what could make it so bad in Judea that the Sephardim would rather sail off into the Atlantic (without knowing if there's land on the other side; the Expulsion happened within a few days of Columbus's leaving) rather than go back to their homeland? It would have to be REALLY bad; after all, the Judeans *there* never really learned that it's not a good idea to throw yourself at huge Empires. Present conception of Judajca-speaking Judean History: c.135CE ~ *here* and *there* diverge as Hadrian decides to swamp Judea with imperial colonists instead of directly punishing the Judeans for the Bar Kokhba Rebellion. He hopes the colonists will assimilate the native populations. c.640CE ~ the Islamic conquests sweep across the middle-east, including Judea. Here's something from an old post to Conculture: ~~~~~ Hmm... a little snippet of Judean history that just popped into my mind. _Ehud Hussinnistri_ [?e'hu:z hUSSinniStri:], hero of the _Rebelljon Grened Tra Jismagel_ [rEBEl'ljo:n g@rEnEz trO: jiSmO:3el], the Great Rebellion against Ishmael (=the Islamic Empire) which founded the Third Commonwealth, which lasted until the time of the Crusaders. Under the pretext of negotiating the final surrender of Judea to the Caliph Manzur in Baghdad (who had threatened them with the extermination of the entire Babylonian Jewish community), he disemboweled the Caliph in 775 CE and miraculously escaped the palace and led a rebellion which threatened to break up the empire. Judea declared its independence, but the empire was too busy trying to stay alive that order was only restored during the reign of the next caliph, Mehedi. However, Mehedi didn't have time to retaliate against the Judeans and their coreligionists in the Abbasid Empire. He died in 785, and during the short reign of his successor Hadi, the Andalusian and Moroccan caliphates broke off from the Empire. From then on, the Abbasids generally left Judea alone (except for the frequent 'minor border skirmishes'). Fatimid Egypt was happy to have a buffer zone against the Abbasids, and the Third Judean Commonwealth survived until it was overrun by the Crusaders. Ehud Hussinnistri is considered by those who believe in such things to be a reincarnation of the Biblical hero Ehud ben Gera who did pretty much the same thing to King Geglon [3EGlo:n] of Moab. ~~~~~ has some interesting maps, btw. Hmmm... maybe the crusades were a lot more successful *there* then they were *here*, and so Judea was still under Crusader control (or at least embroiled in war with them) all the way until 1492? What kind of factor could make the Crusaders hold on for so long when they had to deal with not only the armies of the Islamic empire but also Judean guerrilla warfare? Hmm. Does it sound likely that the Muslims would have left Judea alone, to wait for the Crusaders and Judeans to wipe eachother out, and because of the smaller amount of resources on the Judean side, the wars would have lasted much longer, since they didn't have the strength to completely kick the Crusaders out? According to a globe i just looked at, the distance from western Iberia to Newfoundland is only slightly longer than the distance from eastern Iberia to Israel; it would probably be easier for refugees to sail out into the open Atlantic towards Mueva Sefarad then to have to try and dodge Crusader and Islamic warships in the Mediterranean while trying to get to Judea. Maybe it could work after all? But having the Crusades continue for an extra 2 centuries may be too much for the preexisting continuity of Ill Bethisad... My head hurts from thinking too much about this :-b -Stephen (Steg) "suteikina sutêki ga suki desu."


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