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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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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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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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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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