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On Sun, 3 Nov 2002 08:06:09 +0000, =?iso-8859-1?q?Jan=20van=20Steenbergen?=
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> --- Mat McVeagh wrote:
>
>> If you look on the page
>> http://www.geocities.com/elemtilas/ill_bethisad/minor_countries.htm it
>> goes into Russia and China a bit. Personally I don't 'believe' what they
>> say about Russia - the idea of Red (Great) Square being filled with
>> Russian Buddhist fanatics chanting "Nam myoho renge kyo!" may be funny
>> but it's not at all realistic :) - but I can certainly swallow the
>> defeat of the Communist forces in China.
>
>I agree. IMO this is probably the weakest part of the whole, otherwise
>extremely interesting and enjoyable, alternate universe Ill Bethisad.
>Russia definitely deserves a better treatment. The idea (what would have
>happened if Russia had lost the war with Japan in 1905) is good, but
>should be worked out differently, because this is completely unrealistic,
>indeed.
>
>Jan

I agree about it being unrealistic. I only note that *here*, the present
Value Creation Society (Soka Gakkai) didn't exist until 1946. The Value
Creation _Educators_ Society didn't exist until 1930, and wasn't originally
concerned with Buddhism.

Jeff