Considering the horrific war crime of nuking two civilian cities (and the myth-making around it & focusing on the attack on the military target of Pearl Harbour as worse or justifying anything that came later - the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal as grotesque theatre), it makes me wonder if Bethesda Game Studios isn’t actually a perfect reflection of the dominant US imperialist mentality that has flowed from the C20 right up to today (it being unsurprising that any earlier subversion has washed away with iteration and eventual massive profits).
Like, you’ve got to know that you’re the bad guys after that, right? Being the one nation on the planet to deploy massive-scale near-instant civilian massacre - the ultimate “perfecting” of every previous civilian massacre to happen before. And to see the manufacturing of the “hero” lie, turning into a justification for being “police” that patrols the world while constructing the most massive of capitalist empires that pretends to leave some autonomy (and fiction of self-rule) to the subjugated. The endless massacres that came after in pursuit of that empire; “hey, at least we didn’t nuke anyone” always left unsaid.
Always saluting that flag. “It’s pretty fscking epic!”