It may interest you to know that it’s written into the Constitution that no American citizen can hold a hereditary title of nobility. You can be noble, or you can be American. Pick one.
This is a background plot point in A Net of Dawn and Bones. Yaldabaoth and Aariel may be demonic nobility, but Aidan is an American citizen through his mother and refuses to give that up. They can’t bind him to their court. They tried. The Constitution and the Declaration are a matter of faith. If you believe in them, if you abide by them, it doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, purple, or a sentient alien with grasping tentacles. This is the one country in the world where your bloodline, legally, doesn’t matter. Because if you cross a trackless ocean and settle a wild frontier and have to face off with wild beasts, wilder men, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires, with whoever just happens to be nearby-
Then, to lift a bit from Clan Korval, your considerations on who you get help from boil down to: 1) Can he shoot? 2) Will he aim at my enemies?
If everyone around you is making the same calculation, then everyone has to be prepared to use violence if called for.
We have an entire population whose culture is that it’s acceptable to take risks, move anywhere, and use violence if necessary. Who are not legally obligated to serve anyone, ever. An American citizen has no master.
No wonder stories of ronin and the masterless martial artists of the jianghu resonate over here. That’s our ideal.
Though, not exactly. Which is important: we’re not like anywhere else. To be American is to be distinctly odd. We don’t fit anywhere else on the planet.
(Off the planet? A lot of us want to colonize the Moon, Mars, and further. Which is classic American style; move where it’s interesting!)
But we haven’t colonized other worlds yet. So if you’re American, there’s nowhere else to go and fit… except America.
And this is why people bringing up “international law” and “how they do it in Europe” make those who love America so really, really ticked off. Because if we wanted to live like Europeans, we’d move to Europe already.
We don’t. We left. Or our ancestors left. This is our place, the only nation like it in the world, and we like it the way it is. We have separate state and federal governments for a reason: if people in one state decide to change their laws, they can, and people can either move in if they like it, or move out if they don’t. Because gun laws that (supposedly) work in New York City are an annoyance in most of the rest of the country, and downright lethal in places like Alaska, where you have to carry a firearm on a plane in case it goes down in a wilderness full of grizzlies, wolves, and polar bears.
I suspect too many people do not understand the reality of polar bears. Or other predators on humans. Including our fellow humans.
Someone who won’t let you choose your own risks is a predator. Someone who won’t let you get away from them is a predator. Someone who says, this group has the right to use violence, the rest of you do not–
I think you get the idea.
America was created by thinking outside the box of every government created to that point. America is the Third Option.
And if you try to take that option away from us… we will be very, very cranky.
Ask George III how that worked out.
A/N: And if you were wondering about Myrrh – she was in the country when the Constitution was signed, and there’s a citizenry clause about that, too.