|George the Great|
|Directed by||Linhuan Sin|
|Produced by||Beijing University|
|Written by||Linhuan Sin|
|Release dates||ca. 3010|
|Running time||5 minutes 14 seconds|
|Country||Empire of China (MP2)|
George the Great or King George the Great is a film produced by Beijing University in the Chinese Empire during Multipolarity II. Directed by Professor Linhuan Sin, it purports to be a biography of George I of China from the previous game. Produced on a nonexistent budget, it was widely criticized abroad for its poor production value and historical revisionism, and is widely held as government propaganda.
The film opens with a brief synopsis of George von Constantine's early life, but spends most of its time in a step-by-step recount of the Pan-Asiatic War, ending after the 2165 capitulation and the flight of the China Six. The film concludes by stating George "won all battles but lost the war", proceeding to list a series of claims as to why he is a statesman worth veneration.
Despite Imperial embassies distributing free copies, George the Great received almost no attention outside the Empire upon its release, save for jabs at its amateur editing. Writing for the Luxuria Daily, Edmund Nedellier panned it as "utter schlock":
- the entire film consists of stock images overlaid with the barest descriptive text that reads like a five-year-old's primer on history. It barely qualifies as a biography: most of the film's forgettable span is spent on the wars of the period, rather than George himself.
He went on to accuse Sin of engaging in historical revisionism, stating:
- Worse than the zero-budget production value is the gross distortions [the film makes] to the historical record. Anyone with a basic understanding of Chinese history will notice the glaring omission of any mention of the Scarlet Lancers; in fact, the 2166-2173 interregnum is completely ignored. King George suggests the imperial legacy continued uninterrupted for a millennium, when that chapter ended with Otto I's arrest in 2179.
- ↑ Edmund Nedellier, "Beijing University serves up propaganda double-bill", Luxuria Daily, 19 April 3012.