rules_the_north: (look out of the window)
Timeline appropriate racism, sexism, and similar -isms might be mentioned or come up. The one that Sweden would be by far the most unreflected and overt about would probably be racism directed at Sami.

Sweden has been confronted with a number of violent acts over his long life and performed them himself; this includes violence against innocents and children.

He has also witnessed people being raped (he's been in too many wars and raids not to), and during his time in Atia both been the victim and the perpetrator of that specific form of violence.

If you want me to not bring up any one or all of these topics, please tell me so here!
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Player
Name: Kira
Preferred Pronoun: She/her
Contact: [plurk.com profile] narwa

Character
Name: (Kingdom of) Sweden
Canon: Axis Powers Hetalia
CRAU: He lived on the island of Atia for about a year before coming to AM.

Pull-point: 1851.

Power Opt-in post link: N/A

Content Opt-out post link: Here: Racism and other -isms (he's from the 19th century); violence (in memories this includes violence against children); rape.

Age: Looks 21, actually a bit under 2000.

Gender/Sex: Male

Appearance: 182 cm; blond & blue eyes; he has a rather intense glare that is on his face most of the time, tends to loom, and his manner of speaking is equally (accidentally) intimidating; around his neck is a collar in blue, yellow and blue-yellow-red-white like this, just that it runs on on both sides. There is a small golden buckle on it in the shape of a crown.
Picture!

History: tl;dr version of the canon history

He was around for a good long while before he became a unified kingdom. Most of his time before and after that he spent being a bit of a hooligan (though also a trader) bothering mostly the eastern parts of Europe, sometimes teaming up with and sometimes fighting against Norway and Denmark - though once he became a strong nation and an important power in the North his relationship with Denmark started to consist of constant wars (they hold the record for the most wars fought between two nations...). For a while, Sweden was the strongest military power in Europe. Then he was the first idiot to attack Russia in a land war, but he stayed significant even after, though he did calm down a bit. Norway at some point declined from being on equal footing with them to being a territory - of Denmark, most of the time, but about fifty years ago Sweden made him live with himself instead.

This was shortly after Russia invited Finland, who had been living with Sweden for hundreds of years by that time and whom Sweden had a massive crush on, (more or less nicely) to live with him instead. Not that Sweden hadn't been dating Norway when they were much younger, either, but ...well, that didn't exactly make it a less complicated situation.

And then Sweden, and briefly after Norway and Finland, were all pulled to the same island, where they ceased having the duties and powers of nations. The primary concern of the island (requiring sex of its residents at least once every two weeks) wasn't much of a concern, because Norway moved in with Sweden due to not quite having fallen out of thinking like nations yet and being practical people they found an arrangement. That is, until dramatic things happened, and Norway moved out to live with Finland instead. A process of courting began, and in the end all three nations started dating and they (and briefly, Japan) moved into a farm at the outskirts of the town together with their two dogs (Floweregg and Pocchi), two cats (Dencat and Icecat), some chicken and sheep. After a while they also hosted another character's horses.

Personality:

There are more or less two Swedens: The one that one would see, and the one that he is inside. Sometimes, they seem like polar opposites. I'll describe those two sides first before making the connection.

The outside: Is plain intimidating or even scary, and the more you talk to him, the scarier he gets. He tends to loom over people, partly because of his height, partly because of his face and the eerie aura that he emits. He doesn't speak much and when he does, it is usually only very short sentences that are hard to understand. On the other hand, this is only him being intimidating, he never attacks anyone or utters open threats in a conversation (though what he says can often be interpreted as such, since he doesn't really manage to pick an appropriate tone, facial expression and body speech very well).

The inside: Is described as playful. From what we have seen so far he is very caring, reliable and gentle and tries to keep Finland and others that he cares for as happy and safe as possible. He tends to secondguess what he wants to say too much and thus never says much at all, and can even be really shy sometimes. He tries to understand what others are thinking and to make them feel at ease, just usually doesn't succeed.

He is a calm person who likes to do things on his own, with his own hands, instead of leaving it to others. When he seems scary, he is usually either worried or concentrated or both or just thinking/trying to figure something out. Pretty much every expression that isn't neutral looks scary (okay, even his neutral expression is). Smiling or long speeches are just something that he doesn't do.

But he doesn't shy away from a fight or disagreement for the sake of peace and harmony if it seems necessary to him and instead dives in head-first. And he has a significant potential for violence, both for political means and as a result of emotions. When younger, he is shown to have no issues with attacking and injuring younger nations (to be fair, that is almost everyone in his area, and they are just as violent to each other) and have highly violent fights with Denmark. This violence can be because of economic reasons like raiding or crusades, for political reasons like territorial gain or to fight another's influence on himself, but also to deal with anger by just turning it into aggression, not necessarily at the party that angered him. He seems to have a good grasp on himself though, and we have good reason to assume that he isn't quick to anger – but gets really violent when someone manages that. Over the last years, his potential for violence has been receding, and it is unlikely that he would harm minors now.

Abilities:

☀ Nations are neither born nor die, they simply show up and go away one day. (In AM, he obviously could die, but it will be very hard to kill him and he can't die of "natural" causes.)

☀ Nations do not get ill the way humans do. They catch colds from bad economies, but they don't catch colds from being in the cold for too long, things like that.

☀ Related to the above as well, a very long life and a physical ageing process that has nothing to do with age.

☀ Nations are shown to be generally stronger and more enduring than normal humans of the same stature.

☀ Sweden can speak multiple languages. Those at the very least include
➥ [fluently] the linguae francae/high society languages that he's used over the years: Latin, French;
➥ [fluently] the language spoken by his own people: Swedish, Old Swedish, Old Norse and Old Germanic;
➥ [to varying degrees from fluent to a grasp on the basics] languages that were or are spoken by a large enough number of his people, or were important for trade: Proto-Russian, old Kazakh, Tartar, various versions of German languages, English, Dutch, late medieval and early modern age Polish, Byzantian Greek, Meänkieli and mainland Finnish {the latter is an oddball because he learned it for purely personal reasons}
➥ He also understands Norwegian and Danish in their various versions, but instead of speaking them he would revert to “Scandinavian”, so that is a passive thing.

☀ He is very skilled at crafts. (Carpentry and model building from scratch without instructions, sewing. Probably others, too.)

☀ General proficiency with everything connected to warfare. This includes hand to hand combat; proficiency with all weapons and tactics used between the Scandinavian iron age and 1851; seafaring (including building them, navigation and sailing/rowing/etc up until 1851); general organization and logistics.

☀ General high proficiency with farming and to a lesser degree trading.

☀ He can ride and train dogs.



Inventory:

- Two cats
- A dog (Floweregg)
- A hoe.
- Aranrúth

Anything else: His collar cannot come off, though it has lost all other limiting properties.
rules_the_north: (...)
PLAYER INFORMATION
PLAYER: Kira
ARE YOU AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD?: yes
IF UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, PLEASE STATE YOUR AGE: well over 18
CONTACT: plurk: [plurk.com profile] narwa
PERSONAL JOURNAL: [personal profile] narva
CHARACTERS PLAYED: N/A


CHARACTER INFORMATION
NAME: Björn Oxenstierna | Sweden | nicknamed "Nalle"
CANON: Axis Powers Hetalia
CANON REFERENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetalia ; http://sites.google.com/site/hetaliaindexes/simple-character-introduction ; http://hetalia.kitawiki.net/index.php?title=Sweden [note: As Berwald is a German last name, I'm using Björn as his first name instead]
AGE: 18
GENDER: Male/Male
YEAR IN SCHOOL/FACULTY POSITION: HS4

APPEARANCE:

Björn is very tall. He has light blond hair that is cropped short, wears glasses and has light greenish blue eyes. His almost never changing facial expression is probably the most striking thing about him - and not in a good way. This is the face that makes his best friends still scream every so often after years that they've known each other, that in his canon makes the very militarily strong nation of Prussia faint every time he sees it - in short, he is fricken scary. The scariness is only supported by his clipped way of speaking and the fact that he stares very intensely at whoever is in front of him when thinking. He usually wears clean and tidy, but simple clothes, in plain colours (often dark blue), that don't stand out much.

PERSONALITY:

There are more or less two Björns: The one that one would see, and the one that he is inside. Sometimes, they seem like polar opposites. I'll describe those two sides first before making the connection.

The outside: Is plain intimidating or even scary, and the more you talk to him, the scarier he gets. He tends to loom over people, partly because of his height, partly because of his face and the eerie aura that he emits. He doesn't speak much and when he does, it's usually only in very short, clipped sentences that are hard to understand. In Japanese, he speaks with a Tohoku accent, which is usually translated as grunt speak (dropping a few vowels). On the other hand, he is only intimidating, he never attacks anyone or utters open threats in a conversation (though what he says can often be interpreted as such, since he doesn't really manage to pick an appropriate tone, facial expression and body language very well) outside of situations where it is appropriate like fights.

The inside: Is described as playful. From what we have seen so far he is very caring, reliable and gentle and tries to keep those that he cares for as happy and safe as possible. He tends to second-guess what he wants to say too much and thus never says much at all, and can even be really shy sometimes. He tries to understand what others are thinking and to make them feel at ease, just usually doesn't succeed.

He is a calm person who likes to do things on his own, with his own hands, instead of leaving it to others. On the one hand, that means that he is a practical guy who can solve issues and fix a lot of broken things just with his wits and maybe a few tools. On the other hand it, coupled with his inability to make proper conversations, means that he will often do something that he assumes to be good in the situation or good for someone without first consulting with anyone else, even when he is helping someone; often he guesses right what was wrong in the beginning, but even when that is the case his actions most often seem very sudden and arbitrary, and often enough weird.

When he seems scary, he is usually either worried or concentrated or both or just thinking/trying to figure something out. Pretty much every expression that isn't neutral looks scary (okay, even his neutral expression does). Smiling or long speeches are just something that he doesn't do (the longest speech that he has ever given in canon consisted of three little speech bubbles and the way that Finland reacted to it implies that it was a huge exception; in all of his canon depictions, he has smiled once).

It is also noted that he is "argument/dispute loving" (I'm not sure if there's something lost in translation, since you would assume that that involves words. I play it as him not shying away from a fight or disagreement for the sake of peace and harmony if he can afford it at all, but instead diving in head-first). He's not someone who needs confrontations to prosper, but to defend his pride, friends, family or himself he will readily fight someone. He's calmed down some, especially when it comes to his half-brother Vilmar whom he used to fight with a lot, physically or not. Despite all the fighting, he would defend his brother or come to his aid without a second thought if it was ever needed.


POWERS/ABILITIES:

Björn can make wood grow, no matter if it is living or dead (though living wood is easier). Upon entering the school, he can mostly control when and to what it happens, but he's unable to control the shape or amount of what it turns into. Eventually, he should be able to make a tree grow (but not make it blossom or have leaves) in a few minutes, or to turn a wooden spoon into a table. There are of course time limits, and using his power tires him out in the long run so he will never be able to build say, a ship in one sitting. If he reaches his full potential, he would take two days for a cog and would be absolutely shot after that.

Something that he cannot do at all yet but should be able to do eventually is making the shape of wood change in other ways than adding to it: For example the wood of a door withdrawing from one side so one can squeeze through, or a plank bending into tent-shaped object, or a table losing mass and becoming a spoon. His powers will at no point extend past wood, though.


AU HISTORY:

[Note: The history was planned together with Denmark (Vilmar)-, Norway (Sigurd)- and Finland (Timo)-mun]

Björn was born into a complicated situation. His parents were not married to each other; which should not have been a problem, had his father not been married to someone else. The father, a Norwegian furniture trader currently living in Scania, Sweden, had been unable to just not have sex while his wife wasn't in the mood because of being pregnant, and presented himself as single and looking to Björn's mother. The relationship didn't last long, as, a malfunctioning condom later, both women were pregnant and by chance were in the same room in the maternity ward, having given birth to their sons only one day apart from each other.

A very stressful time with many bad feelings and nasty words followed, but by the time that the boys turned old enough to understand the adults had worked out an agreement: They would try to not let the bad feelings spill over to the children (which they of course did, kids are very good at noticing tense feelings) and the boys should meet each other regularly from an early age, and while the father remained married to his wife, he also had to spend time with Björn.

This all got a bit harder when Björn's mother decided to move back home to Finland when the boy started school. She was from the Swedish speaking part of Finland originally and had studied in Turku, Finland, but come to Lund, Scania, Sweden for her doctorate. Having grown into a rather forbidding looking child, Björn had trouble finding friends at first but eventually made friends with a boy who talked enough to make up for his rather quiet demeanour. They grew into very good friends and when they hit puberty, Björn slowly started to realize that his feelings for the other boy had turned romantic.

It was around the same time that he finally realized that the odd occurrences that sometimes happened around him when they were out in the woods were actually related to him. He kept it to himself though, wood being a material that he heavily associated with his father's business - a father that he did not hate but didn't want to be anything alike to. After all he had cheated on his wife and lied to Björn's mother, breaking something that is one of the highest values to the boy: Loyalty and trust.

Meanwhile, the relationship with his half-brother had taken a turn for the worse. Influenced by the underlying hard feelings of their parents, and fuelled by the fact that Vilmar couldn't not defend their father where Björn held strong antipathy against some of his life choices and actions, they started to fight more and more during the summer holidays, that Björn always spent with his father, his wife and his brother, his mother always being busy with work - excursions, projects, research... - during that time: She was working on her post-doctoral qualification. From the time that he was 11, his best friend Timo came with him during the summers, the boy's family being too poor to afford going on vacation plus their mothers agreeing that the two boys were good for each other. It was through those summer vacations that he met Sigurd and Ari, too. Another thing that started during this time was Björn playing computer multiplayer games; but he still loved hiking, fishing and general outdoor activities as well as crafts just as much.

The summer that they turned 14, the fighting turned physical and finally, one of their stints landed them in hospital. Shortly after that, Björn declared that he never wanted to see Vilmar again and, together with Timo, went back to Finland (on bicycle, to use the rest of the holidays in a meaningful way. So they had a nice tour of Sweden and parts of Finland). They didn't know it, but there was a background to this, and the next year the boys didn't meet because of the same reason: Their father had, unbeknownst to the children who only noticed the tension, filed a divorce and then switched to a branch of his business that had opened up in Turku. Him and Björn's mother tried to get back together, and of course all of that disrupted the precarious arrangement between the two mothers.

But the father proved to be fickle again and again, and the relationship with Björn's mother didn't work out well. And when she got an offer for a professorship in Aarhus, Denmark, where Vilmar and his mother were living now, she got back in touch with the other part of the family. Things worked out surprisingly well between the two women after they had clarified that they wanted to make a clear cut with the father of their sons, and the official break-up of Björn's parents brought a move to Aarhus.

Things between the boys were still tense, but slowly started to get patched up; their mothers were a lot happier and Christmases and summer vacation were done together again. A pleasant surprise waited for him in Aarhus: Through Vilmar's complaints, him and Sigurd discovered that they had been gaming partners for many years without ever realizing that they knew each other in real life. That of course led to long computer sessions that just got them more complaints from Vilmar (though it provided bonding time for Timo and Vilmar during summers, since neither of them was interested in the games so they typically were kicked out for too much chatting). The only downside for Björn was that he had had to leave Timo back in Finland; and while they still visited each other over the summer, it just wasn't enough, so long, long letters were written and small gifts were sent. Until the day when Timo wrote to Björn that he would now attend the institute, and Björn, set on seeing his crush best friend again, finally forced himself to admit that he had powers. Arguing that Timo went to that place as well, he finally convinced his mother that even though it was far away, the school would be the right place for him.



SAMPLE
1ST PERSON SAMPLE:

At the institute & this too


THIRD PERSON SAMPLE:

Set during Björn's last winter in Finland, obviously won't be game-canon
Set a little while after Björn moved to Denmark, will be game canon

The farm

Nov. 21st, 2012 11:03 pm
rules_the_north: (su fin nor)
1. Business Name: Kuokkimajärvi (justification: Kuokimmuodka that is also called Kuokkimajärvi)

2. Business Type: Farm (10 hectares: Small fields that should yield three harvests a year in Atia's climate + livestock, namely chicken, sheep, a horse for the manual labor, later on maybe a few cows and pigs/geese/goats + preferably a bit of forest)

3. Short Description: A small farm house not that far away from the city. A few fields that will be used for growing vegatables, grain, and as paddocks for grazing animals. A small greenhouse. A herb garden.
They plan to sell their produce directly to (especially collar-owned) restaurants and the likes, reasoning that they are fresher and more local than the imported goods from other islands. The business will be small and hardly enough to really affect much the going market between the islands, but it will ultimately be able to supply a couple of collared businesses with agricultural products and be able to employ and feed at least it's three owners, maybe even a few helping hands if it works out really well.

4. What do you feel this business would bring to the island? Firstly: Something new. It's something rather different from the things that are mainly around in player bussinesses. And secondly: With the current player plot it could be a place for player run bussinesses that require things to cook with to get stuff from if the NPC importers or producers start to charge impossible prices or refuse trade. It also can advertise its produce as "local" and "you can check where your food is coming from" and also "can't be fresher than this". It would also, thirdly, in the long run be a place for characters that aren't social enough to work in the 3rd sector to work at.
And also on a less material side it would be a place for character from other places than Earth to encounter farm animals.

5. How will it be financed? Sweden and Norway have been working for roughly half a year and lived in cramped spaces or their work places, generally not spending more than absolutely necessary, so they both have accumulated savings. They are also taking up credits.
Also, they won't need as much money as others might as they need to buy the land, the animals, seeds, tools and material, but won't need to pay anyone to build the houses etc because they can do that themselves.

6. Owner/s: Sweden (rules-the-north), Norway (laukr) and Finland (moimin-papa)

7. Location/s: Wherever there is space; probably either on the southern side of the small bay that has the spa to the north, or at the edge of one of the forests.

8. Anything else you think we should know about the business?: For now, there will only be a barn, the farmhouse will be built after the winter. There'll also only be chicken and a few sheep, so until the first harvest the farm will only produce eggs and sheep milk - aka it will take a few months until it starts to pay off and they can sell their produce to more than a one or three businesses. That means that there will be time to broaden the net of buyers.

9. If the owners leave the island, who would the business would be left to?: If all of the three left, it would be left to any nations that are present in Atia at that time (sans Russia!!), Yuj, or Maraich.
rules_the_north: (almost a small talk)
Sweden is from 1851 at the moment. That means that he is married to Norway (a marriage that he forced on the other nation and while they are on speaking terms right now, Norway is very cold towards him) and getting closer again with Denmark, whom he was at war with for centuries but now they even allied in a war.

Aside from the nations thing, Sweden's world is exactly like ours (160 years ago). The difference is that the nations are "personified". Sweden is not only people and land, but also a person. That person comes to exist before the actual nation is founded, but will exist as long as their people think of themselves of their people, even if they have no land anymore (for example Poland had no territory for a while, but was still kicking around) and only leave when that isn't the case anymore. They literally go away though and don't die like humans, and before that time comes they are basically immortal and heal quickly and thoroughly. They can be hurt, but not die. What we see from the strips, the existence of the nations is no secret and those that live in the capital or are involved with the government usually know about them. What happens to a country (the people) tends to also happen to the nation-person, like if there is a recession they catch a cold.

Age-wise, nations age very slowly and in a vague relation to their status as a nation. Typically, adult nations are between 15 and 25 human years. Sweden is 22 atm.

~50BC-1397AD: Sweden grows from a toddler into a teen. He befriends Denmark and Norway and sometimes does stuff with them, sometimes allies or even marries one of them and sometimes is at war with them. For a while he is a Viking and during that time meets Finland for the first time while Norway introduces Iceland to the other two Scandinavians. He raids, trades and works as a bodyguard and along the way helps Russia and Ukraine to get a steady shape of government and unify. He also meets Turkey (=Byzantine, later Ottoman).
The time around 1000AD sees a few changes as he unifies (Götaland and Svealand become one), ceases being a Viking and subsequently stays in the Baltic Sea area & Scandinavian peninsula (he makes exceptions for wars, though). He also starts to pick up Christianity and during the 13th/14th century makes Finland stay with him (under the name East Sweden).

1397-1523AD (Kalmarunion): Our Scandianvian boys have an awesome idea: Let's all move in together :D ...this works out well for roughly a hundred years, but as Sweden becomes more and more powerful and Denmark becomes more and more controlling, while Norway sinks into a more and more powerless state, the now two main players start to clash frequently. In 1520, Denmark's king Christian decides that killing off a couple of Sweden's nobles will subdue the nation - which does not happen. Sweden rebels, and after 3 years of war breaks free of Denmark. Thus the North splits into East and West: Sweden takes Finland with him while Norway and Iceland stay with Denmark. Sweden also adopts Lutheranism when he establishes his independence, which will play a role for royal succession and alliances with other nations alike (see 30 years war).

1523-early 1700s AD: Sweden continues to rise after that, becoming a major power in Europe and for a while being THE military power, the most advanced and with the strongest army. Along the way he expands his territory to include Scania (from Denmark), a couple of Norwegian territories, Latvia, Estonia and some territory in today's Germany. Finland is still there, too.
1700-1723 AD: And then he does something that after him France and Germany did and failed at as well. He attacks Russia too late in the year, gets stuck in the Russian winter, and BAM. Over this he loses Latvia and Estonia.

1809 AD: He loses Finland to Russia as well.

1814 AD: But then Napoleon does what I mentioned above :D And since Sweden is in the Sixth Coalition, the alliance against France that forms when Russia's winter basically destroys France's army, Sweden is allowed to collect his spoils. Which is Norway whom he has wanted to marry or otherwise have in his house for *ages*. (Basically, Denmark whom Norway basically belonged to even if it was formally an union was forced into an alliance with France by England destroying his fleet so France couldn't get it. As such Denmark-Norway was on the losing side in the war of the Sixth Coalition and Sweden collected his spoils afterwards against a lot of people wanting to stop him - among them Norway who had budding hopes of independence.) Sweden's and Norway's marriage began very tersely, but slowly calmed down a bit. They are vaguely getting along now back home.
rules_the_north: (shy)
27th: Nightshift, a set of clothes and basic toiletries
28th: A box with dark bitter chocolate
29th: http://blog.couponalbum.com/images/2011/05/telefloras-hope-bouquet.jpeg
30th: A new shirt, a bit more ornamental than plain and cut to flatter Norway's shape
31st: A box with rye bread to last roughly four days
1st: A box with cinnamon rolls
2nd: http://flowersfast.com/f4038l.jpg
3rd: A cup painted with Norway's flag (with the union jack in the corner)
4th: A basket with fruit
5th: A knitted sweater with cats on it
6th: A few pairs of socks and rye bread
7th: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTVCYS-jZceNtsE9eqoT3jeTIyj8OGEjdZHpOICiAFsg5KmdpP9dA&t=1
8th: Two books
9th: Dark blue pants, Sweden added a little application of Norway's flag on the left leg
10th: Box with meatballs and potatoes
11th: http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT619Z3ySARHSKdk9u8QWf5c5QAZowYEeDZZQ3NXwXZqHRQgLYAQg&t=1
12th: Box of cookies and dark chocolate rum balls
13th: A bottle of high-end mead
14th: Rye bread and two glasses with jam in them
15th: https://www.800florals.com/img/TW502.jpg
rules_the_north: (adorable peering)
PLAYER
» Journal: narva
» Birthdate/Age: 87-12-7; 24
» Characters Played: N/A

CHARACTER
» Name: The Kingdom of Sweden (he also has the semi-canonical human name Berwald Oxenstierna, but I would rather use "Sweden", if possible)
» Fandom: Axis Powers Hetalia
» Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetalia ; http://sites.google.com/site/hetaliaindexes/simple-character-introduction ; http://hetalia.wikinet.org/wiki/Sweden
» Canon Point: 1851
» Gender: Male/Male
» Age: looks 21; actually a bit under 2000.

» Orientation:

Fan (rephrased): "Is Sweden homosexual?"

Himaruya: "Sweden is a real one. But, please feel relieved, he never ever reacts to/acts toward [translation unclear] anyone but Finland in that way."


The comment from 2007, while having been deleted since (along with a lot of other things, strips, pictures and commentary, some of which have been jossed), works well with what we have seen of Sweden (and his interactions with other nations, especially Finland), so I will treat it as valid Word of God for the purpose of this app. It makes Sweden the only Hetalia character who has an officially sexuality. Kind of, since the comment is actually rather vague and leaves a lot of room for interpretation.

Canon suggests that Sweden and Finland have known each other and spent time together from an very early age. To assume that Sweden has been ogling (and maybe dating; we don't know how one-sided his affections are, and while Sweden scares Finland rather frequently, they do still hang out in modern day despite their national attitudes not being necessarily friendly towards each other) at Finland so long that falling for another person just never came up isn't too far fetched. Still, "Finlandsexual" is not really a valid sexuality for the sake of this application. So what does that quote mean about Sweden's sexuality when removed from Finland?

✖ He feels sexually attracted to one male, Finland. Let's cross "heterosexual" off the list.
✖ While Himaruya does say "Yes" to the question if Sweden is homosexual, the yes is put into perspective immediately when he adds that this is only true for Finland. It sounds like a case of "a guy likes one other guy, this defines him as gay (even if he has slept with girls before or will in the future - sexuality is defined by the person that you are with right now - a concept that is rather popular outside the LGBT community)" and like Himaruya is simply trying to say that "yes, Sweden is interested in Finland that way". After all Sweden's sexuality beyond Finland is not important as long as the other Nordic is around. This leaves us with a wide variety of options: Homo-, bi- or pansexual.

So I would say that Sweden's sexuality is "mostly unknown, but definitely not heterosexual or asexual".



» Personality:

There are more or less two Swedens: The one that one would see, and the one that he is inside. Sometimes, they seem like polar opposites. I'll describe those two sides first before making the connection.

The outside: Is plain intimidating or even scary, and the more you talk to him, the scarier he gets. He tends to loom over people, partly because of his height, partly because of his face and the eerie aura that he emits. He doesn't speak much and when he does, it's usually only in very short sentences that are hard to understand. In Japanese, he speaks with a Tohoku accent, which is usually translated as grunt speak (dropping a few vowels). On the other hand, he is only intimidating, he never attacks anyone or utters open threats in a conversation (though what he says can often be interpreted as such, since he doesn't really manage to pick an appropriate tone, facial expression and body language very well).

The inside: Is described as playful. From what we have seen so far he is very caring, reliable and gentle and tries to keep those that he cares for as happy and safe as possible. He tends to second-guess what he wants to say too much and thus never says much at all, and can even be really shy sometimes. He tries to understand what others are thinking and to make them feel at ease, just usually doesn't succeed.

He is a calm person who likes to do things on his own, with his own hands, instead of leaving it to others. When he seems scary, he is usually either worried or concentrated or both or just thinking/trying to figure something out. Pretty much every expression that isn't neutral looks scary (okay, even his neutral expression does). Smiling or long speeches are just something that he doesn't do (the longest speech that he has ever given in canon consisted of three little speech bubbles and the way that Finland reacted to it implies that it was a huge exception; in all of his canon depictions, he has smiled once).

It is also noted that he is "argument/dispute loving" (I'm not sure if there's something lost in translation, since you would assume that that involves words. I play it as him not shying away from a fight or disagreement for the sake of peace and harmony if he can afford it at all, but instead diving in head-first). While he was backwards for a long time in a lot of fields and was never a cultural centre or exporter of culture, his battle skills and his fleet are a different thing and have been known as up to date and strong for almost all of his life. He hasn't been involved in any wars for almost forty years now, though, and while he hasn't fully redrawn from the wars of Europe yet, he instead concentrates on his own house and Norway, who lives with him. His house having gotten that small is actually one of the main reasons why he has calmed down so much and doesn't get involved with the constant fighting in Europe anymore: His territory is now limited to the Scandinavian peninsula, the only border with another country too far up North to really warrant border disputes. But going in a circle here, past experiences (especially losing Finland, the rise of other powers and changing times in general) have calmed him down enough to not have him desire more than what he has (and Norway mostly really is a. the rest of the peninsula so this is meant to be and b. he has just wanted his neighbour to live in his house since forever.)

Sweden is about to transform from a stagnant rural to a very modern nation concerning politics, society and industry (having Norway with him is like a little thorn in his side calling for reforms), but hasn't gotten there yet. This for example means that he does not work with his modern codes of morals, manners and appropriate reactions yet. Examples of this would be that modern Sweden would definitely never hit a child, while for this one, it is a perfectly normal and acceptable way to get a point across; that this Sweden would not realize that smoking and asthma/other sicknesses are related; that he wouldn't consider it necessary yet for a legitimate government to be democratically elected by all adult citizens.

An important difference from most other times in his life is that he gets along well with Denmark due to the influence of Pan-Scandinavism movement (he even promised him help in a war!) and has no relations with Finland (whom he lost to Russia in 1809 and hasn't really talked to ever since).


» Appearance:

Standing at 182 cm, Sweden is very tall for a nation (the only nation who is of the same height is Russia, and everyone else is shorter). He has light blond hair that is cropped short, wears glasses and has light greenish blue eyes. His almost never changing facial expression is probably the most striking thing about him - and not in a good way. This is the face that makes Finland scream every so often, that makes Prussia faint every time he sees it - in short, he is fricken scary. The scariness is only supported by his clipped way of speaking and the fact that he stares very intensely at whoever is in front of him when thinking. He usually wears clean and tidy, but simple clothes, in plain colours (often dark blue), that don't stand out much.


» Suitability: N/A


SAMPLES
» "amatomnes" First-Person Network Entry:

[The person making the transmission clearly is not used to devices like this, and as such the camera shows a nice view of the ceiling and the voice is a bit muffled because the microphone is at the bottom. There are a few moments of silence as Sweden waits for the thing to be surely on. When the nation speaks, it sounds almost like he's reading off a list.]

Who really brought 's here, 'nd why? [A goddess just sounds too unlikely.]

'm need work, a bed 'nd clothes. Pr'ferably crafts, l'ke carpentry or forging.

'm also looking fer Norway.

[A pause, and rustling can be heard.]

Mostl' clothes, though.

How does th' collar come off? [At this point he has been told by the maids that it doesn't come off, but they also redirected him to this ...thing... so who knows. He's not one to give up this easily.]



» "amatomneslogs" Third-Person Prose Entry:

It has been ages since he dreamt of Finland that way, and he's not sure if it is good or bad - bad because it means that he still hasn't gotten over him (not that he wants to, but that is what his boss is asking him to do and while not all bosses are good, this one definitely means well - and also mostly lives up to that intention) or good, because... well. Time might be an one-way street, but it is also what made a person - or a nation - and forgetting or completely abandoning a part of it would never be good. It would be abandoning a part of himself. ...Even if it would be easier.

He really hopes that his bedmate neither did nor will notice though, because that has always been a source of being made fun of in the past. Not that he hadn't expected it when they started to share a bed, but Sweden just - well, he needed the presence of someone there, because while he isn't particularly good with other people, he has not been really alone for many centuries. And then there was the hope that sharing a bed would make them grow together more, make them get along and grow into something more than two countries that happen to share a king and a house (at least technically). But the most that has come of it is that their daily schedules have adjusted to each other. Well, that probably isn't the worst thing that could have happened.

None of that changes the fact that he is lying here, his lap rather sticky, and hopes fervently that he didn't moan or talk in his sleep, or that at least it didn't wake Norway up. If he pretends to sleep in just long enough for the other nation to have left the room when he gets up, he should be able to change the covers and his nightgown without the other man notic-

he isn't wearing his nightgown. Or anything at all. And the covers don't feel like they should, too light and smooth. And thirdly, the room is a lot warmer and the air fresher than it should be after two people slept in it in the middle of winter. For the first he could have blamed being drunk, and also for the second, but... well, technically for the third as well. But he is neither hungover nor can he recall meeting any nations except for his immediate neighbours the day before, nor making any appointments to do so.

And he cannot hear another person breathing in the room. Sweden sits up with a jolt and looks around, and yes, he seems to be alone. And judging from the bed, he has been alone in it as well. So the question is how and why he got here, and why whoever brought him here felt the need to get him undressed. ...And then place his nightgown, and thankfully also his glasses, on a chair next to the bed. He slides the glasses on and then grabs for the nightgown and pulls it on, glad to have something to feel less indecent in, but can't help to think that really - day clothes would have been a lot *more* helpful. He needs to find someone, maybe a maid (the room looks luxurious enough to assume that the house will have staff) and figure out where this is, why he is here and who is responsible. And then take action accordingly. His boss won't be happy, nor is he: Everything was going so well, and now someone plays weird pranks on him (and the only ones who would really do that are Norway and Denmark, and this isn't really their style. At all. The interior points to maybe Greece or Ottoman, but that makes no sense, either. So who?) - or abducted him. But how would anyone abduct a nation and why to a different country, and why this way? And if he is here, and alone, did anything happen to Norway?

Dressed and deep in thoughts, he wanders over to the window, making sure to not fully turn his back to the door, and looks outside. He doesn't recognize the view - generically southern, and the buildings mirror the style of the bedroom.

Some more searching presents him with a door that leads out to a hallway and another one that opens to what he can only guess to be a bathroom. It reflects the same wealth as the bedroom, including a water closet (he's only heard about these until now, and this model looks - interesting, but he is sure that it is one) and being generally well equipped. Sweden first gets a towel and quickly cleans himself off, suddenly grateful about waking up naked - at least that meant that his nightgown wouldn't be spoiled - and leans on the sink and turns on the tap, squinting into the mirror. It's only now that he realizes what else was off - why is he wearing a collar? It's a rather small and soft affair, but he cannot find a clasp, and it is a bit creepy how it seems to be customized for him, coloured after his flag and having two little lion pendants dangling off it. It's rather loose so it isn't painful or even uncomfortable, but considering what collars symbolize, he dearly wants to take it off. He is nobody's possession, and will never again be.

First of all, he will find scissors or a knife or something similar to take this off, and then he will find whoever did this and then there will be consequences. He might not be an empire any more, but that does not mean that he can let things like this slide without endangering his status and standing among the nations, and with that his and also Norway's safety.
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More exactly, Christmas Night 1249

Things that haven't happened yet/are different:

- Kalmar. Or rather, Kalmar going sour and resulting in Sweden and Denmark starting to fight eternally, their rather brotherly relationship growing into one of contempt and constant aggression. At the time that Sweden is from, they get along rather well, and Sweden even admires Denmark's current "queen" and considers living together with the two other Scandinavians a smaller evil than staying with his own king. Sweden still considers Denmark a "brother".
- Related to that, Sweden isn't a rising power yet. He isn't weak, he is trying to expand, but he's not a particularely major power - the balance between him and Denmark hasn't started to tilt in his favour yet, and he has no strong aspiration for it to do so yet.
- Finland is still a kid to him. A kid that he cares about, but the feeling is brotherly and platonic, more like Norway feels about Iceland.
- The Reformation hasn't happened yet (Sweden adopted Lutheranism the year he declared independence, in 1523), so he is still Catholic.
- He's on relatively equal terms with Norway, Sweden hasn't yet started to become the much heavier weight between them. (atm they also have a functioning treaty to not bother each other)
- He is younger phsyically by two years.
- Russia is already an enemy to him, though more an annoyance than a threat.
- His eyes haven't worsened yet, so he doesn't wear glasses. He is also a bit shorter, roughly Norway's height (5'8~5'9).

tl;dr, he is an a lot lesser power and his three main relationships are quite different.


Things that are hot right now:
- The Second Swedish Crusade of Finland, roughly against Russia. Finland becomes Swedish.
- The Treaty of Lödöse with Norway. They stop being asses to each other, for now.
- Gotland is Sweden's, Scania is Danish.
- Electing your king is so yesterday. (A hint of democracy will only return during the 1319 union with Norway, when in 1359 the Riksdag is summoned for the first time (because Norway is a good influence, considering that the 1814 union helped Sweden's democracy a lot as well...). The folkung is abolished, partly by using the Catholic church as an instrument. Birger Jarl is also referred to as the "first true king of Sweden".
- Feudal systems are the latest fad and super awesome, let's get that too!
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Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:32 pm
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Jan. 10th, 2012 10:07 am
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's Sweden. L've a message.
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OOC Information;
Name; Kira
Personal Journal; Dreamwidth: narva, also Livejournal: whatisnarva
Contact; mail: whatisnarva at gmail dot com
Other Characters; N/A


IC Information;
Character Name; Sweden (The Kingdom of Sweden)
Canon; Axis Powers Hetalia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hetalia ; http://sites.google.com/site/hetaliaindexes/simple-character-introduction ; http://hetalia.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Sweden
Canon Point; 1588
Age; 18


House; Freya
Power; Power Transfer


Personality;

There are more or less two Swedens: The one that one would see, and the one that he is inside. Sometimes, they seem like polar opposites. I'll describe those two sides first before making the connection.

The outside: Is plain intimidating or even scary, and the more you talk to him, the scarier he gets. He tends to loom over people, partly because of his height, partly because of his face and the eerie aura that he emits. He doesn't speak much and when he does, it are usually only very short sentences that are hard to understand. In Japanese, he speaks Tohoku accent, which is usually translated as grunt speak (dropping a few vowels). On the other hand, he is only intimidating, he never attacks anyone or utters open threats in a conversation (though what he says can often be interpreted as such, since he doesn't really manage to pick an appropriate tone, facial expression and body speech very well).

The inside: Is described as playful. From what we have seen so far he is very caring, reliable and gentle and tries to keep Finland and others that he cares for as happy and safe as possible. He tends to secondguess what he wants to say too much and thus never says much at all, and can even be really shy sometimes. He tries to understand what others are thinking and to make them feel at ease, just usually doesn't succeed.

He is a calm person who likes to do things on his own, with his own hands, instead of leaving it to others. When he seems scary, he is usually either worried or concentrated or both or just thinking/trying to figure something out. Pretty much every expression that isn't neutral looks scary (okay, even his neutral expression is). Smiling or long speeches are just something that he doesn't do (the longest speech that he has ever given is three little speech bubbles and the way that Finland reacted to it implies that it was a huge exception; in all of his canon depictions, he has smiled once).

It is also noted that he is "argument/dispute loving" (I'm not sure if there's something lost in translation, since you would assume that that involves words. I play it as him not shying away from a fight or disagreement for the sake of peace and harmony if he can afford it at all, but instead diving in head-first). While he was backwards for a long time in a lot of fields and was never a cultural center or exporter of culture, his battle skills and his fleet are a different thing and have been known as up to date and strong for almost all of his life. Right now, he is at the very beginning of his way to become an empire one day and not as successful yet in the military sector, but he's working on it. After all, military strength is what you need to protect yourself and those that are dear to you (and gaining certain territories means more fertile lands and thus a better life with better food supply for Finland and/or his own citizens).

Sweden hasn't changed much over the years, the earliest strip that he shows up in describes him nearly exactly like the later strips do; the only difference is that he is described as rebellious and violent towards Denmark. It fits his history, so I'd guess that he calmed down a lot after his fall from power in the 18th/19th century and on his way to neutrality; which means that he would be more ...physical about his actions, and easier to anger (though his anger usually tends to be quiet). And his attitude towards his fellow nations would be different, of course; most notably Denmark whom he harbours a lot more negative feelings toward than in present day, and Finland whom he only started getting closer to very recently. Sweden also does not work with a modern codes of morals, manners and approriate reactions. An example of this would be that modern Sweden would very extremely never hit a child, while for this one, it is a perfectly normal and acceptable way to get a point across.



Samples;
Network Sample;

Everything in [personal profile] rules_the_north, especially this: http://rules-the-north.dreamwidth.org/12884.html (he is from 1523 here)

Log Sample;

Sweden looks at the map on the wall. It shows the eastern border - his most beloved little territory's border with Russia, to be exact. It has been safe for years now, but the treaty will run out soon, and he should prepare for that. He knows that he should, but that would mean drawing troops there that he might direly need somewhere else. There is always Denmark at the opposite end of his lands.

He can of course utilize everything in Finland's place, people and materials, to make up for sending more of his own troops, but that might not be enough. Sure, Finland is strong and so are his people; Sweden is very aware of the fact that his wife is not only the cutest and nicest and most lovely nation in the world. He is also a fearsome warrior if he has to be. But that is in the context of the Swedish troops. One day, the other man will be strong enough to stand on his own, but for now...

He just cannot dispatch any troops to Finland, he has none that he can spare just now, and maybe they will get lucky. Maybe Russia won't be strong enough to run them over. Maybe... he should tell Finland about the situation. But how is he going to say it? To explain all of that in a way in which it will not sound like the other nation doesn't mean much to him is way beyond his very limited abilities with words, and for the younger male to think that he doesn't mean much to Sweden, that is really the last thing that the Scandinvian wants.

"I havn't got 'nough troops." Not enough to properly protect the other and himself at the same time, and while important, the territory that they gained from Russia for Finland is less important than the more western territories that Denmark or one of the German cities might snatch from him if he isn't careful there. Because the lands over there are much closer to his heartlands. They are his heartlands. His people live there, and no matter how much he loves another nation, his people will always be the closest to his heart.

No, no. He cannot tell the younger man, it would hurt him and put grief between them before its time and maybe all will be well. He'd rather make more of the other blond's lingonberry jam and stock the cupboard with it so Finland won't run out of it. Without saying a word which probably makes it less effective, but how could he tell the other male that he has taken care of their supply with Finland's favourite foods for years without it coming out weird? ...When the time comes and the treaty ends, he will just do his best for that border and hope that what troops they can pull together in that region then will be enough to fend off the aspiring Slav.

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Nov. 30th, 2011 08:09 pm
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☀ The Kingdom of Sweden
> Axis Powers Hetalia
> HMD
> INFO

Asgard
☀ FREYA: power transfer
☀ from 1588; physically 16
☀ Occupation: Owner of the Highwind
☀ Residence: In the backroom of the Highwind
> IC INBOX
> APPLICATION + Downgrade to 1249

Amatomnes
☀ from 1851; physically 21
☀ Occupation: Cook at the Cat's Eye Cafe
☀ Rsidence: 2nd distrct with Eagle and Norway.
> Application
> Information post

> CREDIT
journal by [personal profile] sforzinda & profile by [personal profile] narva
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If you are from [livejournal.com profile] discedo and still have this journal friended, please remove it. Thank you!
rules_the_north: (thinking hard)
18:00

There's a memorial yard in Dissimulo, behind the church. Like a graveyard for those who left. Will help put up memorial stones.

Soup kichen's next to it, you'll find me there.


The peguins are called "Prinnies". Explode when thrown, sometimes just so. Be careful.


Head count. Who lives in Dissimulo, and where? Keeping track of it for emergencies.
Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ran Mori, white haired child


2:00

[And then, about eight hours later, there is another post. This time it is voice and definitely accidential, because all you can hear is someone screaming. And this time, it is not Finland, at least not at first. You might never heard this before, and chances are that you will never hear it again. It is Sweden.

You don't wake up with you not!brother's shit eating grin split in two next to you and stay perfectly calm.

The feed cuts off when the communicator is knocked to the ground as hell breaks loose in the Nordic bed.]
rules_the_north: (thinking)
[So the very first thing that Sweden did after coming back was sit down and think. Also hit an sentinel with his rifle. The second was figuring out where he was. The third was making a network post.]

Where is Finland?
What's the fastest way from Discedo to Dissimulo now?
Ace, Marco, are you still here?

This monster was new.




Norway?

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