Countess Anastasia Romanov

Known by both lovers and enemies as Countess Nasty, Anastasia imagines herself the classic femme fatale. She possesses the tactical brilliance of Rommel and the personal habits of an alley cat. The Countess has always been fascinated with powerful men, and makes it quite clear that she would much prefer to be allied to the winning side. Descended from a long line of pampered aristocrats, Countess Romanov is arrogant and vain, preferring a life of luxury adorned with the trappings of war. Deeply...

Napolienne

Imagining herself as the reincarnation of Napoleon I, Napolienne believes that a unified world is logical and right. Rather than let the world fall to the barbarians, she'll claim their territories one by one, being careful to avoid Napoleon's mistakes in Russia one opponent at a time, not the enemy and the weather. She is a benevolent dictator at heart, with only the best intentions for her people, but on a long-term, not a short-term basis. Wearing the uniforms of Napoleon she liberated from...

Introduction

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer Things fall apart the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity William Butler Yeats The Second Coming In the last years of the twentieth century, lifestyles reached a climax of avarice and greed. Governments became entangled in economic...