Talk:Helvetia

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Is Helvetia the full size of Switzerland *here*? Or is it missing the Canton of Neuchatel, Geneva, Ticino and Wallis? BoArthur

Yes. Deiniol 08:15, 6 March 2006 (PST)
I thought that Ticino was a member of the Swiss Confederation (And Neuchatel was Prussian till 1848 *here*) anyway. As an aside, is the Graubunden full-size? --Sikulu 08:17, 6 March 2006 (PST)
An interesting thought has occurred to me. *Here* Sigmund Freud had to flee Germany with the rise of Hitler while Carl Jung remained in Switzerland. Among other things, this had the impact of spreading Freuding theory further because of sympathy with a refugee coupled with a taint of collaboration suffered by Jung in the wake of WW2. But *there* Freud would most likely remain within the HRE while Jung probably had to flee Helvetia following the Prussian invasion. I also suspect he might have taken up residence in Kemr. Just a thought. Zahir 07:16, 4 March 2006 (PST)
I wonder what their version of the movie Excalibur is like....? - AndrewSmith 20:26, 4 March 2006 (PST).
An interesting question! A little hard not to see it as a non sequitor, but still an interesting question. <g> Zahir 08:00, 6 March 2006 (PST)
I think that Andrew meant that with Freud in residence, Excalibur (wich take place in Cambria) might have contained some... interesting... hidden meaning. Quite a sequitur realy.
What does "<g>" stand for ? --Marc Pasquin 15:52, 6 March 2006 (PST)
Stands for "giggle." Zahir 15:57, 6 March 2006 (PST)
Ah, but would Jung have even been in Helvetia *there*? Would he have even been a psychologist? Remember that Helvetia is not like it is *here*. From what I gather, Helvetia is so different that _I_ wouldn't even exist. BoArthur 10:58, 6 March 2006 (PST)

Cuisine?

Can somebody let me in on the joke that Helvetians cook bad food? Benkarnell 10:32, 13 November 2007 (PST)

Dan came up with the idea of Helvetian cuisine being about the most awful of any European country. Apparently even worse than English!
In 2002, he said: "Last year it was in the news after the last king was assassinated and the leader of the armed forces took control for a month or so. It's now a fledgeling democratic republic which minds its own business and still has some pretty awful cuisine." It seems to consist largely of pickled vegetables.
According to John C., their clocks are no better than the food; though in all fairness, the Helvetians *are* renown for crafting and marketing a rather nifty multi-tool tin opener thingy. "Helvetian Army Tin-Opening Device" is probably what it's called.
The joke got started as part of the schtick involving the Anual Semi-Anual Societad di Ill Bethisad Dinner. Everyone who's paid their six quid dues is welcome to don the ceremonial long robes and tricorn hats and enjoy some good food (for preference, non-Helvetian) and better company. Went hand-in-hand with the early desire to actually gather in person -- of course, economics and distance have prevented that meeting. Back when Conlang list members were getting into meeting up in odd places around the world.
Bad food was simply adopted as part of Helvetian culture. Mind you, it does pair *very* well with Jervaine wine! ;)))))) Elemtilas 04:17, 23 August 2009 (UTC)

Source material:

  • The Helvetian succession was governed by Salic law, moreover no Protestant could sit on the throne. (5801)
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