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Mass Effect Real World Parallels by GeneralHelghast Mass Effect Real World Parallels by GeneralHelghast
Asari= Great Britain (How the Asari were before the Reaper War was much like the British Empire before WW II. Also, they tend to be an all-female race that achieved great wealth and power. Yet, there are some Greek influences within the Asari)
Quarians= Russia (primarily because of their accents and a bit more Gypsy.)
Humanity/Systems Alliance= United States of America (mostly a multicultural state much like America. Plus, Vancouver is the capital on Earth and Canada may possibly be part of a unified North America. However, the Alliance HQ is on a space station called Arcturus Station.)
Turians= Greece (mostly because of their Sparta heritage)
Batarian hegemony= France (its name is French and that they were rivals with the Asari, much like Napoleonic France was a rival to Britain.)
Krogan= Afghanisatn (their views are similar to Islam's with some Mongol characteristics and are native to Tuchunka, a ruined, desert world.)
Volus= People's Republic of China (ultimately because of their economic dominance and mafia-based behavior within the galaxy, but this doesn't go with all Chinese people.)
Salarians= Germany (highly intelligent and highly advanced)
Vorcha= Mexico (most notably, drug cartels)
Hanar= Japan (higly advanced in technology and widely intelligent with some superstitions)
Drell= Israel (both Jews and Drell were exiled from their homelands, but for different reasons.)
Geth= Soviet Union (The Geth speak in an Ayn Randish form of English and were responsible for overthrowing and replacing the Quarian regime with a collective, communist society.)
Elcor= Australia (rowdy and rough because the elcor have missles on their backs incase of invasion. They also tend to be conservative in nature.)
Rachni= Vikings (raided and threatened Citadel Space just as the Vikings raided and threatened Christian Europe.)
Yahg= Pre-colonial Africa (since the capturing and enslavement of yahg is similar to the colonial slave trade.)
Prothean= Jamaica (Jamaican-accented people with a Roman-based society.)
Reapers= Mongols (known for bringing terror towards their conquered victims.)
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kylemon73 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
I'd have to say the quarian geth thing is really close to the Arab Israeli conflict 
also I think krogon are more like Italy, always thought as violent but well meaning 
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Glide08 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, krogans are space ukraine.

Beacuse of cossacks and the fact that Genophage = Holodomor
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 31, 2014
Sorry, but that´s pretty far-fetched.
While the Asari basically seek harmony with and between the other species, the British Empire enslaved, oppressed and exploited it´s subject people (no offense Brits, empires are never nice).
I don´t see how the rolling R accent of the Quarians is specific Russian. Also the Romani ("Gipsies") descending from North India, so no connection to Russia whatsoever.
The Mass Effect EU clearly stats that all of the other species are just as diverse in races and cultures as the humans. It´s just their kinds of overall mainstream cultures, which are perceived by other species. And in this times Britian, France, Germany and other countries are pretty multicultural too. 
Word of God states that the Turians are styled after Prussia and the Roman Empire. Also Sparta was quite different from other Greek city states.
There was just as much beef between France and Germany, as with Britain. French Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, Franco-Prussian War, World War I, World War II...always Frenchs vs Germans. Plus you ignored the Batarian caste system and slavery, which have little to no similarities with France. 
In my POV the Volus have more similarities with the Hanseatic League, the Venice city state or  the medieval Jewish trade network. Unlike China the Volus are not a military power and have no phony socialism.
The German scientist is an old stereotype, but nations like Denmark Switzerland and Singapur as just as or even more high-tech then Germany.
As I understand, the Vorcha are always enslaved and subjected by other species, who consider them inferior. Sounds more like the African slave trade to me. 
Why Japan for the Hanar? Nations like the USA, the UAE or the German Bavaria state are wealthy, high-tech and religious too. 
There are lots of displaced minorities in the world. The Drell might just as well be modern African Americans, Indigenous Americans or Indigenous Australians.
Ayn Rand´s objectivism is pretty much the opposite of the Soviet socialism. The Soviet Union was just another Russian Empire with a different name and a new leadership, so no real similarities to the efficient, modest and overall peacefull Geth collective. 
In the way you´re describing the Elcor, they might just as well be stereotypes of Americans from the Deep South and the Mountain states. 
Vikings threatened Christan Europe? Quite the opposite! The Christians conquered pagan Europe with fire and steel. 
Word of Gods says that Javik´s accent is supposed to be vague African. Nothing specific Jamaiccan here. 
The Mongols were a nomadic herder-hunter culture, that conquered a big empire with their superior horse-riding. The Reapers a bunch of big-ass AIs with no culture and the will to exterminate all sentient life. Where for Marx sake are similarities here?

Sorry again, but you just can´t compare fictional alien species to real-life human cultures, based on some vague stereotypes. 
 
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Optimusnorm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Britain also ended slavery before any other major power, including the USA and used the Royal Navy to enforce it's ban. The way Britain has given back many of the territories it once held is remarkable in human history when compared to most other Empires. I still don't see the British as Asari.

Britain was a trade based Empire not some all conquering machine of death. The British were as adept at getting treaties that favoured them as they were at going to war. The British Empire also had troops of almost all races of man. In this respect it is more like The Alliance than the USA (who were making a big deal of ending slavery and allowing non-white troops in their army while the British raised entire armies of South Asians  and Africans into their armies around the world). The Alliance Capitol is in Vancouver...British Columbia. Let's hope any North American alliance follows the Canadian rather than USA system in the future. Lower crime, better healthcare, a reasonably balanced budget etc. 
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 1, 2015
Wrong, the first major power to enact laws against slavery was Spain in 1542.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Laws
Slavery abolishing laws were also enacted in the US states of Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and Ohio; years before it was the case in  London. International slave trade itself was outlawed by the UK and the US at the same time. 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abolitio…
And when it came to the treatement of the aborigine people in Australia? Zero fucks given.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_G…

As for the "given back territories":
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jallianw…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1936%E2%…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_V…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-ces…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malayan_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mau_Mau_…
The breakdown of the empire was a simple fact, not a good intention made by the House of Lords. Especially not by Winston Churchill. 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_…
It´s not like Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Japan, Germany,  Belgium, the Netherlands or the Ottoman Empire have much of their own colonial territory left today either. 

Indeed, Britian was a trade-based empire.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangul…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historio…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_C…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Ind…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Op…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plantati…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criminal…


So let me repeat this: The British were progressive because they used their colonial peoples as cannon fodder? 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martial_…
Big suprise: So did France, so did Italy, so did the US, so did Germany! So did everyone! 
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_S…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Military…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philippi…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troupes_…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spahi
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senegale…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonkines…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Askari#G…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiwi_(vo…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Co…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manchuku…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwarte_H…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Force_Pu…
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulare…


And why bringing Canada up? You know, Canada is an independent nation for quite some time now.
www.history.com/this-day-in-hi…
And who is talking about an "
all conquering machine of death"? There was never any human empire that worked this way.
And, no, even Nazi Germany heavily relied on workers, soldiers and collaborators from it´s conquered and allied territories. 
Without them the Germans would have been defeated in 1943 already. 
But seriously, you can´t be so naive to believe that the British Empire was etablished by signing some trade treaties and patting some childrens heads? Or do they really teach such ivory tower nonsense in British schools? 
www.theguardian.com/commentisf…






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tylurker Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
Hate to be that guy, but the military culture and meritocracy of the Turians sounds a lot more like Prussia than Greece.
And the Volus are quite a bit more like the Dutch or Venetian banking houses in the 18th century.
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CrazyCanuck96 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Given that Earth's capital is Vancouver -- a Canadian city -- and also the makers of the game are Canadian, I think it might be more appropriate to label the systems alliance Canadian.
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Optimusnorm Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
...or British - a global multiracial empire that punches above it's weight in economics, military and culture. Actually I think the Alliance would be the Commonwealth had any of us paid attention to it and grown it to it's natural conclusion.
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davethesoldier Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
isn't shepard canadian?
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billyjack1000 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Shepard is candian
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davethesoldier Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
yes, i know
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013   General Artist
It's equivilence based on government types, culture, and political ideology, not race/sexuality/gender/religion.
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davethesoldier Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
yes, i know. it is just for curiosity.
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Kokoro1987 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I disagree with Drell, they are Palestine.
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Glide08 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fuck i do not want to be drell shitshitshitshitshit why you wont ot salarians israel?
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Actually that would kinda make more sense.
A nation, who´s military power is mainly based on high-tech and a very capable secret service. 
At least that´s a common stereotype abouth Israel. Sweating a little... 
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Glide08 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is real.
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davethesoldier Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
YES FUCK! in particular the Drells
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Pierre-Caillou Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
So, i'm a horrible Batarian studying Salarian culture ^^
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Dang, I never noticed the French´s four eyes! ;)
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Ed9306 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
that is racist in many ways
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012   General Artist
This has nothing to do with racism. Nor is it supposed to be racist. Not all Mexicans are drug lords. I think most Mexicans are good people in heart and the only ones who are evil are the drug cartels terrorizing Mexico. Also, not all vorcha are evil in Mass Effect and only the ones in the Blood Pack tend to be blood crazed. I remember that in the Omega DLC for Mass Effect 3, there are Vorcha that aid you and Aria into taking back Omega Station. then there is this one mass Effect 3 scene in which one Vorcha quotes "I may be ambitious, but I'm not crazy." Basically, Mexico's culture is rich with history and tradition and I understand how you fell. Still, this artwork has nothing to do with racism nor is it supposed to be of anti-mexican sentiment.
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Pumita Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for that, i'm mexican and i don't find this racist, (It was funny in fact! because i love the vorchas (They are tough SOB's in ME2)) but you might wanna edit the description on the deviaton; in mexico we know how bad things are, and how tough we have to be to overcome the fact that around the world everyone thinks that we live in a desert, drinking tequila and eating nopales, and yes, there's a lot of drug cartels and our best client "Shepard"
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Vanwa-Haleth Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was under the impression that the Systems Alliance's or at least Earth's capital city was Vancouver, Canada
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   General Artist
Well the characters in the game did mention about New York and there's also a fictional country called the United North American States, a merging of America, Mexico, and Canada.
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The capital was a space station in Arcturus... Reapers destroyed it on the way to earth.
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   General Artist
Perhaps, yes. But to have a space station as a capital instead of a city on a planet is basically confusing. Besides, why would they use it as their capital? Why can't they use New York as the capital?
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GigoXXIII Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Because New York is a city in oneof Earths nation states while the Alliance represents Humanity offworld. Earth itself is technically not governed by the Alliance at all and having Arcturus as the capital prevents bias towards one particular nation.

Besides if they were to use an Earth nation as a capital it would likely be geneva due to the fact that swiss have historically been neutral. That or London :)
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012   General Artist
Perhaps, yes. But to have a space station as a capital instead of a city on a planet is basically confusing.
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Koralika Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
The Asari are based on Ancient Greece. Thessia is named after Thessaly and their government and religions were similar to Greece's ones.
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   General Artist
Pretty much, yes. But to an economic extent, its much like Britain. Should the Reapers be defeated in Mass effect 3, the Humans would replace the Asari as a dominant power, similar to how the US replaced Britain as a world superpower.
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Koralika Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
I don't think the humans will replace them. They will still have the power. Those are speculations, of course.
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have thought that the Turians were more like the German Empire what with the love of siege warfare and all.
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   General Artist
Well, salarians tend to be much like the Germans because they both tend to be very intelligent and capable of doing scientific project. Sad thing, however, is that both were involved in a genocidal event that killed millions of lives. The Holocaust conducted by the Nazis can be compared with the genophage created by the Salarians.
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Kraut007 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Last time I checked, the Jews during World War II were not a bunch of rabid might-makes-right conquerors, who tried to take over the lebensraum of other people and ignored all pleas for a peaceful solution.  So if the Krogans have any similarity with human people, it´s not the Jews but more like...Oh, damnit! 
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wilji1090 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah.
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scorpio-bos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What does being gypsy have with Russians? Your saying Russians are Gypsy, or Quarians??
Anyway i agree on most of the parallels lol
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   General Artist
There may be some gypsies in Russia, but the Quarians are a mixture between Gypsies and russians.
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scorpio-bos Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh because they don't have a homeworld anymore, so they travel around in space kind of like gypsies?
Like Russians without Russia?

Also that was a quick reply :D
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012   General Artist
Seems so, yes.
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Imuildaeren Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Turians remind me of Prussia.
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linvetta6 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
lol no surprise that the US is the one with the most humans in it... XD
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yoyonah Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I like it :) .
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   General Artist
thx
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TW6464 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Ok, may I point some things out? (I'm not criticizing, just saying my opinion)
Turians: they're more like the Romans, I mean, come on..,. Half the names should be obvious
Hanar: I've seen TOO much hentai to know why the Hanar are compared to the Japanese ;)
Quarians: I think that they are more like the ancient Jews
Volus: and these guys are like the stereotype of Jews....
Asari: they're more like the Greeks..... Sexually immoral, democratic.... Yu get what I mean ;)
Vorcha: I wouldn't say "Mexican" but the drug runner thing I can agree with
Prothean: again, racist. They're more like the Republican Party (I'm a republican, so I can make these jokes ;))
Batarian Hegemony: personally, these guys seem more like the Soviet Union to me...
Salarians.... Actually kind of spot on
Krogan: They're more like the Africans pre-European settlement.
Drell: these guys seem to be more like... Actually, Nevermind
Humans: again, spot on
Rachni: they have NO comparison whatsoever
Geth: they maybe more like.... Uh..... Um...... I don't know actually....
Again, just offering what I think of this.
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Zingam Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rachni: they have NO comparison whatsoever

You are totally wrong here... they are the typical cockroaches :D The cockroach people rule the planet earth but always remain hidden and come only at night. During the day they look just normal people.
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TW6464 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Whatever
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GeneralHelghast Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012   General Artist
Sexuality doesn't seem to fit in this piece. Even though Asari are an all-female race, this poster is more likely a political comparison.
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TW6464 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Really? Of all the things I pointed out, you picked the Asari?........ Strangely, I'm not shocked...
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