The Maori are sort of… there. I would say that fleet is scary, but then I compare it to the Australian one “just down the road” and remember the Icelandic one on the other side of the globe and kind of chuckle. Their cities sound decidedly less Middle Earth than “Harar,” “Axum,” and “Adigrat,” though. I figure these island nations are going to start bickering with each other at some point, but the situation on the continent is going to be far more crucial.
I think Sparta took this passage to heart about being a total asshole but just sort of owning it…
“And therefore, since I cannot prove a lover,
To entertain these fair well-spoken days,
I am determined to prove a villain
And hate the idle pleasures of these days.”
William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act 1 Scene 1