[ Dark and NaN are probably the only two people that have gotten me to like a canon character through sheer RP power alone. ]
"Cannons aren’t musical instruments? Goes to show what you know. Tchaikovsky was a genius of his time."
This profoundly prophetic quote is attributed to Prince Otto Von Bismarck (in 1890), the first Chancellor of Germany. While Bismarck was correct he could not have know it would be a war perpetuated by a German government, albeit an expansionist one that had forced him to resign.
100 years ago today, the ‘damned silly thing in the Balkans’ materialised as the German-supported Austro-Hungarian declaration of war on Serbia.
The boast of heraldry, the pomp of power,
And all the beauty, all that wealth ever gave,
Awaits alike the inevitable hour.
The Paths of Glory lead but to the grave.
"Do you remember all the mudfoot war individually, or do they all sort of blur together, Ms Y'Voina? There must be an awful lot to remember."
"Some of them do seem to merge into one blur but those are ones that happened when I was given life by mother millenia ago. Wars which happen three hundred or four hundred years ago are fresher memories ans I said, even though it was one hundred years ago to this day the beginning of man’s Great War feels like it was only yesterday. All my wars, no matter when they occurred are logged in their own individual book or volume and kept in the record room of my home."
"One hundred years ago? Why it feels like it all happened yesterday."
神宮皇后三韓征伐圖 - Empress Jingu Invades Korea, woodblock print by Kuniyoshi Utagawa, c. 1839 - 1841. [x]
If you include her then you have nine Japanese female monarchs as empress regnant. It’s actually unclear as to why she attacked Korea (Japan’s interest? To get through China? Other dispute?). Her being an empress regnant is disputed because her title is kougou which is similar to empress consort, compared to Empress Genmei whose titled Genmei-tennou.