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Bulgaria in the SW universe of course, I admit when I first heard the name I thought it was a joke, like...Moesia? Really?
But when I learned it was actually REAL and it was the roman province Moesia, it was a great surprise...Strike Witches has made me learn so much more about history, really amazing.

Anyway, Enjoy!

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bucue4 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Interesting thing about Moesia is that apparently it (much like it's real life counterpart Bulgaria) allows women to serve in it's military and seeing as apparently Bulgaria was historically known for permitting women to enlist (especially during times of crisis) with equal training standards and equal professional rights as men held by the law; the same may very well be true of Moesia. And by that I mean that witches aren't the only female personnel serving in front-line combat roles: women and girls without magic are permitted to serve in combat roles on the frontlines as well. While I do get the feeling that in the Strike Witches World that their some women who are not witches serving to various degrees in each nations military: I think Moesia may be amongst the few (assuming if their are any others) to allow full gender integration in it's military while in other nations women are barred or exempted from actual front-line combat roles.

Matter of fact one witch from Moesia, an orphn named Stoyana Stoyanov, actually got a schollorship to apply at a military academy to serve as a Calvary 2nd Lieutenant before her magic awakened. Although... given the ages most witch awaken to their magic being fairly young on average...it seems to imply that, in dire straits, Moesia also permits the use of conventional child soliders: not just witches. Although seeing as it appears that Moesia was faced with a great deal of Neruoi incursions with frequency and the events of the "the longest evacuation war" it might be sort of understandable for why this would be the case.

It's a bit dark an element in in some parts for the Strike Witches World, but it's still interesting in others: and I'm all for gender equality in the military so this is really kind of cool that in Strike Witches at least one nation allows conventional women onto it's firing-lines besides the witchs.
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Kzvasilski Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Check Донка Ушлинова in google. She served in the Bulgarian army and fought in the first world war, and the two balkan wars.
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bucue4 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
thanks for bringing her to my attention; I did a bit of digging into her and she is honestly a very interesting woman to say the least.
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
They do have a special taste for history and topography.
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ThanyTony Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Indeed XDD
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
but they forgot to include the Romagna region in the Duchy of Romagna...
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ThanyTony Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What do you mean? Can you explain?
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015
"Romagna" is an historical Italian region now incorporated in the Emilia-Romagna region.
But the Duchy of Romagna in Strike Witches doesn't include that region that is part of the Duchy of Venezia.
this is... awkward
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ThanyTony Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow you're right XD
Wow, what an interesting...thing....I wonder if it's a mistake or it's intentional.
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TheFlagandAnthemGuy Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015
I think they focused more on Rome, in italian: Roma
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ThanyTony Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably, does the name mean something like "People from Rome" or something?
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