Fire Emblem Dawn of Political Commentary


So over the last few days two things I’ve long been waiting for have finally happened, one was that I finally reached the Dominion War arc in Star Trek Deep Space Nine, and the other was that Apostle Sanaki finally entered the stage in Fire Emblem Goddess of Dawn, and gave me something to ponder…..

Basically there are two major powers in Begnion, the largest empire in the continent of Tellius where Radiant Dawn takes place.  One is the Apostle and the other is the Senate.  Both hold an equal amount of respect, but behave in different manners.  Now typically when you get a power clash between two branches of a government, the writers like to depict the singular head as a crazed despot, while the senate or people’s representatives are depicted as helpless good natured people, who are having their ability to make decisions for the good of the people eroded by the head of government bent on furthering their own position.  Fire Emblem turns this cliche on it’s head.

In Fire Emblem’s case, Sanaki is the all powerful apostle, who has the power to make all final decisions and theoretically anything she desires in the name of the Goddess, yet she is humble almost to a fault.  The governing system awards her almost absolute power, yet she seeks nothing more than her peoples well being, and a peaceful relationship between the Beorc (humans) and the Laguz (Beastmen).  The senate on the other hand is composed of elected officials, who while commanding a significant amount of respect, are ultimately at the command of the apostle.  Yet the senate is filled with horribly corrupt individuals who are motivated by greed alone, and care for nothing but furthering there own position, and in the games current timeline have waged war on most of the known world in the pursuit of power.  The contrast is astounding, especially when you look at the contrast between power and motivation. 

Recently I have come into contact with a number of Japanese series that seem to be arguing for the case of what I define as “the benign dictactor”.  Considering I live in Canada, where a Prime Minister with a majority government is the closest thing you can imagine to a monarch, I have a bit of experience in this area.  I don’t advocate such a thing for all countries, but merely say that I think Fire Emblem has a valid point here whether it intended to have one or not.  Absolute Power doesn’t necessarily corrupt all, and for those whom it doesn’t corrupt, great change is possible, like Sanaki is attempting.  The pursuit of more power by those who have had a taste of it though is sure to lead to little but destruction, as it leaves little possibility for anything but selfishness and a never ending quest for more of it.


2 Responses to “Fire Emblem Dawn of Political Commentary”

  1. 1 animanachronism January 7, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    That’s rather interesting.

    I know what you mean about a Prime Minister who commands a majority. Something I often have to remind myself when I’m following the US Presidential elections is that, while the US President exercises considerable power over foreign affairs and certain other facets of government, he’s by no means as free to mess around within his own country as a Prime Minister is.

  2. 2 pikapika January 7, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    Sanaki is not humble at all, just look at how she speaks in POR. But she’s indeed a smart and caring queen.

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